News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in November 2007
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Next Tuesday, December 4, is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
What Does Verizon's "Open Move" Mean For Smaller Companies?
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Verizon challenged the way America does wireless today when it announced that it plans to open its wireless network to third party mobile devices, software, and applications. If other carriers are forced to follow suit, what might that mean to small and midsize companies' mobility plans?
Macworld May Disappoint iPhone Phreaks
Commentary  |  11/26/2007  | 
The January classic will be bigger than ever and more comprehensive than in years past. But unless Apple makes an announcement, don't expect to get insider scoop on how to hack an iPhone at Macworld 2008.
Work From Anywhere -- Carefully
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
The ability to work anywhere, at anytime, is crucial for anyone involved in a smaller business. Until recently, though, working in airports or hotels was a hit or miss affair.
So, Apple Is Not Spying On iPhone Users After All
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere erupted when evidence surfaced that Apple was potentially spying on iPhone users. Now other bloggers are claiming that Apple is not spying on its users. So which is it?
Video: Vintage Apple Lisa Commercial Stars Kevin Costner
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
This commercial stars the Dances With Wolves actor as a hip executive who bicycles to the office with his dog and uses a Lisa when he gets there.

Excessively Nervous Apple Worries About Threat From Its Own Boot Camp
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
Apple last week delivered a far-fetched warning to investors that Boot Camp on Macs could backfire, and cause developers to write fewer Mac apps. That's just plain wrong.Boot Camp is an incentive for Windows users to switch to the Mac, which will lead to more demand for applications and therefore more -- not less -- Mac software.

Is Apple Spying On iPhone Users?
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
Just when you thought the security risks of the iPhone couldn't get any worse, we discover this. According to one member of the Hackint0sh forum, Apple is using the iPhone to spy on its users.
iPhone Is A Bigger Security Risk Than You Think
Commentary  |  11/18/2007  | 
Just when it looked like the iPhone might make headway with the business market, a security expert shows just how vulnerable the iPhone really is to hackers.
Businesspeople Finding Emailing, Texting on iPhone a Challenge
Commentary  |  11/14/2007  | 
The iPhone is entering the enterprise with a bang but new research indicates that business people have a harder time adapting to the mobile phone's keyboard.
Will Android Be Windows To Apple's iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
Everyone is complaining that Google's Android looks an a lot like the iPhone. Well, what if that is Google's point? What if Google hopes to do to the iPhone what Microsoft did to Apple's first user experience breakthrough, the Mac?
Is This Android Running On An iPod Touch?
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
Yesterday I predicted that someone would create a hack that would put Android on an iPhone. Well, this isn't quite a match, but it looks close enough. Is this Android running on an iPod Touch?
China Mobile In Talks With Apple To Offer The iPhone
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
While the word is still out on the success of the iPhone's debut in the U.K., Apple isn't wasting any time trying to turn the it phone of 2007 into a global hit. China Mobile is reportedly in talks to offer the iPhone. But will Apply play by China Mobile's rules?
New Mac Ads Ridicule Vista -- But Vista Complaints Are Yesterday's News
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
The I'm-a-Mac/I'm-a-PC ads have lost their entertainment value, but nobody's told Apple, which just introduced three new commercials in the threadbare series. Not only are the ads tired, they target issues are no longer relevant to the current PC market.

Did The iPhone Bomb In The U.K.?
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
According to the blog round-up, Apple's iPhone -- the it smartphone of the year in the U.S. -- bombed like the latest Hollywood movie on the other side of the Atlantic. Does this mean the iPhone has no future outside of the United States?
The iPhone as a Business Tool?
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
Whether IT managers like it or not, the iPhone is worming its way into the enterprise. According to new research from IDC, 70 percent of those polled who own, or plan to purchase an iPhone in the next year, consider it to be for both personal and business use.
Guide For Switching From Windows To Mac
Commentary  |  11/9/2007  | 
Going through some Web pages from the beginning of the year, I came across this excellent Lifehacker guide for switching from Windows to the Mac. The guide focuses on the two biggest headaches for switchers: Different keyboard shortcuts, and different ways of launching and shutting down programs and documents.

Nobody Wants Tablet PCs
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Maybe Apple is coming out with a tablet PC, but it seems unlikely. It's not a product that makes sense. Tablet computers have been available for Windows a couple of years now; they're not selling like gangbusters and there's no reason to assume that a Mac version will do better, no matter how much magic pixie dust Steve Jobs shovels onto the product.

Apple Readying Leopard Update
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Apple is distributing test versions of a bug-fix upgrade of its new Leopard Mac OS. 10.5.1 fixes bugs in the firewall, data lost problems, and bugs in Mail, Spotlight, iCal, and more, according to Engadget, which lists a couple of dozen bugs that the update fixes.

Google Maps at the Gas Pump
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Attention all small and midsize business road warriors: Stopping at the gas station for directions when you're lost somewhere will no longer be a humiliating experience involving convoluted instructions from an attendant. Google Maps is coming to your gas pump.
Google's Android: What Does it Mean to IT?
Commentary  |  11/7/2007  | 
Google's non-release of a phone, but rather of the promise of open software standards for mobile phones can either have IT managers quaking in their sneakers or dismissing the whole thing as a consumer device. Which is it?
Mac Software Bug Can Lead To Massive Data Loss
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
The blog reports that you can experience "horrendous data loss" if you move data from one volume to another, and the destination volume disappears midway. Karpik says he first encountered it in Samba, but it also occurs no matter the type of destination -- local USB, Firewire, network, etc. -- and that the bug dates back all the way to Panther and affects Leopard.

Report: Apple Developing Tablet PC
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
One of the perennial rumors of the Apple community is coming around again. This time, it's a CNET blog reporting that Apple is developing a tablet PC Really. Not kidding this time.

Apple Releasing iPhone Update 1.1.2, Breaking Third-Party Apps -- Again
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Apple plans on Friday to release version 1.1.2 of its iPhone software, timed to coincide with the European release of the phone, according to reports on Apple blogs. The new software adds support for foreign languages, and a leading European wireless broadband vendor. And -- oh yeah -- the new release breaks third-party apps on the iPhone. Again.

RIM Announces Blackberry Software for Small Businesses
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Smaller businesses are getting more attention than ever from vendors that used to steamroll by them on their way to enterprise customers with big bucks. The latest such vendor is Blackberry maker Research in Motion.
BlackBerry Users are the Happiest Business People
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
A new survey indicates that business smartphone users are most satisfied with their BlackBerry handhelds. We don't call them CrackBerrys for nothing.
What's Great And What Stinks In The New Apple Mail
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
While the young people nowadays are all about their "instant messaging," and "social networks," e-mail is still the switchboard through which most of my business communication flows. Apple Mail 3, the upgraded mail client included in Mac OS X Leopard, is a very good mail client and a significant improvement over previous versions. It has a few features I love, some I hate, and some that are frustrating because they're good but could be so much better.

Apple Bans Nuclear Plants From Running 'Leopard' OS
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
While researching a story about Apple letting users run Leopard in a virtualized environment, I came across some interesting language in the software's license agreement. Who knew you can't use Leopard to run a nuclear power plant, or a 747?
Wozniak: Apple Should Unlock The iPhone
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Steve Jobs got a suggestion the other day from an old friend and business partner -- a guy named Steve Wozniak. Unlock the iPhone, Woz said: "I am really for the unlockers, the rebels trying to make it free. I'd really like it to be open to new applications."

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