News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in March 2008
Outspring Mail For Mac Learns From You
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
I've recently been bumping up against the rough edges of Apple Mail, and so I was very interested in learning about Outspring Mail, a $95 Mac e-mail program that's designed to observe the user's actions and learn from them.
802.11n Price Points Drop, Features Rise
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
The inexorable push to higher speed wireless LANs recently took a significant step forward. Wireless access points that support PoE (Power over Ethernet) and cost less than $1,000 are now in the product delivery pipeline.
Motorola to Spin Off Handset Business
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
CNET News, Associated Press via New York Times
802.11n: Myth vs. Reality
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
Most people think of the upcoming 802.11n Wi-Fi standard as the best thing since wireless bread -- who doesn't want more speed and longer range? But even wireless vendors acknowledge that the hype may have overtaken the reality.
Ultralight Notebooks Buyer's Guide
News  |  3/18/2008  | 
Superbly portable laptops from Dell, Toshiba, Panasonic, and Fujitsu promise mobile productivity in a slender package, but can this crop of lightweights get the job done?
Have Blackberry, Will Travel
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
As if we needed yet another reason to be dependent upon our BlackBerries, along comes the airline industry demonstrating its commitment to the idea that handhelds and cellphones can be used as electronic boarding passes. Ok, ok -- it is much more convenient. Just make sure you detach the BlackBerry from your fingers, at least during the flight.
Apple WWDC Dates Announced
Commentary  |  3/13/2008  | 
Mark your calendars for the annual developer conference in San Francisco, but expect more than just the iPhone SDK on the agenda.
Developer: iPhone SDK Is 'Crippled'
Commentary  |  3/10/2008  | 
One of the underground developers working on hacking iPhones says that the Apple SDK is "crippled," and predicted that the thriving market in jailbroken applications will continue.
Will The SDK Be The iPhone's Achilles' Heel?
Commentary  |  3/10/2008  | 
Apple is betting its future in the smartphone market on a control-freak business model. Where other smartphone platforms let anybody build applications for them, Apple demands to be the gatekeeper for what goes on the iPhone, to protect users from inappropriate and dangerous content, and to generate additional revenue for itself. But developers might decide that Apple's business model is too much hassle and give their business to competitors instead. And Apple needs third-party developers to ens
A $1 Trillion Opportunity
Commentary  |  3/6/2008  | 
How pervasive is mobile computing? In 2008, the cellular market will generate $1 trillion in revenue. That is $200 million more than Australia, which happens to have the 19th largest economy in the world. Wow, those are impressive numbers.
25 Third-Party iPhone Apps We'd Like To See
Commentary  |  3/3/2008  | 
In a case of great minds thinking alike, even as I was putting the polish on a wishlist of third-party iPhone apps, Macworld was doing the same. They had a few ideas I missed, including a finger-painting app, voice recorder, and app for listening to Internet radio.

Developers, Get To Work: Third-Party Apps We Need For The iPhone
Commentary  |  3/3/2008  | 
The iPhone is a terrific smartphone, but it's got some glaring gaps in what it can do. Many of these gaps are baffling because they're not particularly glamorous -- capabilities that have been available for more than a decade on other PDAs and smartphones are unavailable on the iPhone today. I'm excited about the imminent availability of sanctioned third-party apps on the iPhone in part because I'm looking forward to the iPhone getting some basic capabilities that, frankly, should have been th


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