Google Activates The Kill Switch
Google's comparatively lax controls on what apps make it into the Android Market have allowed dozens of malicious apps to be distributed to its users. Google is starting to fight back, but how bad is the problem?
8x8 Adds Android App
Smartphones have become key extensions to business communications systems. In response, 8x8 Inc., a hosted communications provider, added an Android application to its repertoire.
Breaking The Open Source Licenses
An increasing number of apps found in smartphone app repositories are based on open source. For that matter, the number one platform, Android, is itself open source. Even though open source licensing requirements are meager, a lot of apps violate the terms of the license.
AdGrok Helps SMBs With Website Marketing
Search engine marketing is hot right now, but doing it effectively can be a challenge for small businesses that don't have the time or resources to learn its ins and outs. That's why a number of companies are coming out with products that simplify SEM/SEO for SMBs.
Will Sprint Dump WiMax For LTE?
If Sprint doesn't announce new WiMax gear at CTIA Wireless, you can count WiMax out of the 4G game -- at least from Sprint.
Dealing With Recovery Transfer Time
In our last entry we discussed lessons to be learned from the Gmail crash. In an upcoming entry we'll cover establishing the tiered recovery points. These three tiers of recovery; high availability (HA), backup and archive provide a similar goal; application availability. What separates them is the time it takes to put the data back in place so the application can return to service. Dealing with recove
Keynote Focuses On Cloud Application Performance
Monitoring tools typically arrive after a technology has begun to take root. With cloud computing gaining so much buzz recently, Keynote Systems threw its hat into the cloud application performance monitoring arena.
Is Mobile BI Worth the Hype?
Separate "must have" from "nice to have" mobile business intelligence functionality. And watch out for licensing implications.
Motorola To Plug Android Security Gaps
Android has taken over as the number one smartphone platform but it still isn't being welcomed with open arms by the enterprise. Motorola is hoping to change that with a new set of APIs.
What Makes A Successful Community Manager?
Community managers' greatest weapons are the relationships they build, the connections they make, and the advocates they empower through engagement with and collaboration in the very communities they manage.
Don't Be Quick To Pull Trigger on Xoom
One of the features of Motorola's new 3G Xoom tablet is the ability to upgrade to 4G support. As you might have guessed, this isn't an over the air update but one where you send it back via truck. Motorola may keep it for up to six business days to perform the delicate surgery. Six days is forever.
iPad 2 Debate: Specs Vs. Experience?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' "post-PC" remarks have struck a chord with the non-spec-obsessed -- is the experience of using a device more important than the speeds and feeds?
Getting Granular About Social Media For SMBs
We know the use of social media is exploding in the business world, but what can vendors of these solutions do to earn more mind--and market--share from small and midsize businesses? The SMB Group will have some concrete answers soon.
iPad2: A Reflection Of Jobsian Philosophy
It's hard not to love a week in which we are graced with two holidays. On Tuesday we had National Pancake Day, an unabashed marketing creation by the likes of IHOP to rekindle America's love affair with flapjacks. On Wednesday we celebrated National iPod Day, an equally-scripted spectacle by those maestros of tech marketing at Apple to fan the flames of tablet lust. The iPad 2 has been covered like a blanket this week, so by now most technophiles already know the essential new
Social Software Is Not Enough
Companies considering using social tools in their organizations must also come up to speed on community management.
The End Is Nigh For T-Mobile's Sidekick
Launched in 2002, the Sidekick has been a staple of T-Mobile's offerings and very popular, especially among the younger crowd. Its days are numbered though. If you still rock the Sidekick, start shopping.
What We Can Learn From The Gmail Crash
Google's Gmail had a glitch introduced that caused 30,000 users or so to loose email, chat and contacts from their Gmail accounts. The cause appears to be a bug in a software update. The current piling on by some storage vendors is humorous. As my mother used to say "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". Instead of doing that, lets learn from this experience so we can keep this from
iPad 2 Undercuts Tablet Competition
Apple unveiled its thinner, lighter, and faster tablet device less than a year after the first generation and will start shipping it nine days after the announcement while competitors struggle to get models to market.
SAP Sales On-Demand Heads to Market
The secret sauce is tight integration to the entire Business ByDesign suite. That makes it possible to deliver the kind of deeply integrated CRM/ERP app that Salesforce has to partner to deliver.
SolarWinds Announces IPv6 Management Tool
After years of talk, the move from IPv4 to IPv6 has finally begun to gain some momentum. While the evolution promises to relieve the Internet of potential addressing problems, it may create some management challenges for businesses. In response, SolarWinds has developed a new management module.
Live Blog: Apple Announces iPad2
Apple's invitation to its announcement teased recipients with the number "2," causing many to anoint the next iPad the "iPad2." Nothing like a little cockiness to usher in a new product.
Best Buy's Buyback Program Not A Good Deal
Best Buy recently launched a buyback program where you pay them a fee up front and they will buy your rapidly depreciating technology back from you at a set price in the future. Like extended warranties, you are better off passing on it. Companies don't sell products like this because it is such a good deal for the consumer.
Why Sun Microsystems Failed
Former CEO Scott McNealy's allegiance to Sun's hardware culture shortchanged its software initiatives, and ultimately doomed the company.
Top 10 Security Spring Cleanup Tips
The change of seasons offers a good time to take a look at your security posture -- and especially any vulnerabilities that may have cropped up.
Will iPad 2 Be Another Enterprise Afterthought?
Apple is expected to announce the next version of its fast-selling tablet, which has been a bigger enterprise success than many observers expected. With the competition paying closer attention to enterprise needs, it would be nice to see Apple do the same.