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My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild
Commentary  |  6/30/2007  | 
This journal of my Friday-night search for an iPhone has everything you look for in summer entertainment: suspense, fast driving, crime, sex, Eastern mysticism, finance, humor, and adventure.

How iPhone May Change How We Carry Phones
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Perhaps it's our Star Trek communicator roots, but North Americans are obsessed with clamshell designs. That may change dramatically if Apple's iPhone takes off with consumers.
AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Should The iPhone Make Telcos Tremble In Fear?
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
The iPhone is a stylish gadget, but it kowtows to the established telecom industry, Slate Magazine argues. But Slate dangles an intriguing possibility as an afterthought: Is the iPhone a Trojan horse?

Video: The Daily Show Looks At iPhone-Mania
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Correspondent Rob Riggle will do anything to get his hands on an iPhone in this funny, raunchy short video.

We Can't Stop Talking About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
There is no escape from the iPhone. I have never seen a consumer-electronics device dominate public discourse as much as this gadget. In my many years of writing about cell phones, I always thought the buzz surrounding the launch of the Motorola Razr was unique. But that was nothing compared to the iPhone.
Getting My Hands On An iPhone -- I Hope
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
What are you doing this weekend? As I write this, it's Friday morning, and I'm hoping I'll be working this weekend, posting image galleries and writing reviews of the iPhone. Of course, to do that, I need to get my hands on an iPhone.

The Enterprise Content Management - SOA Divide
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
In the content management world, I sense something of a backlash brewing against SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), but I wonder how real it is. With most Fortune 2000 firms already way down the SOA path, there seems to be no turning back. At the enterprise architecture level, there is no Plan B. So the issue for me is not whether SOA is the way forward for ECM, but rather how seriously some of the ECM vendors are embracing it.
Research: In-Building Wireless Coverage Critical
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
A report from ABI Research says that more work and important communications takes place indoors rather than out, and that propels the need for better wireless coverage inside.
AT&T Boosts EDGE Speeds On iPhone Eve
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
First rumored a couple of weeks ago, it turns out that AT&T has indeed enhanced its EDGE network for faster speeds. Yesterday, on iPhone eve, users of AT&T's EDGE network
Bringing Web 2.0 To The Enterprise
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
The 'Real Web' Kills The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was so happy to show off the fact that the iPhone's browser lets users experience the "real" Internet that he forgot one important fact: The "real" Internet requires speed. As early reviews of the iPhone are pointing out in hordes, speed is one thing the iPhone doesn't have over AT&T's EDGE network<
Meeting The Best Gadget-Makers In Second Life At Geek Meet
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
We're kicking off the new Geek Meet discussions in Second Life by meeting with the top gadgeteers in Second Life, the creators of the MystiTool, Calendar Cogs, Stats Collector, and Squawk tools.

The Only Thing That Matters About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Yes, there's a lot of hype about the iPhone. Yes, it's a very expensive piece of equipment. But neither of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is: How good is it?

Why Tainted Toothpaste Matters In The Outsourcing Discussion
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
As a talent war escalates in India, many companies are looking to China as the next big opportunity for offshore outsourcing. I have two words for you: tainted toothpaste.
MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
Get Real About Marketing Performance Management
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Nick Sharp, a VP and general manager at WebTrends, recently wrote a piece for mycustomer.com entitled "Web Analytics is dead!" The gist of the article is that Web marketers should not look at Web analytics data in a vacuum, but rather, use it to drive campaigns and solutions. No disagreement with the premise... but then I came across the term term "Marketing Performance Management." What is MPM exactly?
Nokia Looks To Ease The Cost Of Entry For Developers
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
For companies or individuals interested in developing for Nokia phones that don't necessarily have the resources to join Forum Nokia, a new opportunity has arisen. Today Nokia announced its Launchpad mobile software developer offering for the closet developer in everyone.
InformationWeek Gets Voice In Second Life -- Sort Of
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Recently, I checked on an obscure corner of my vast Second Life real-estate empire, and by gosh, voice is working there. I was excited -- I've been impatient to start incorporating voice into my regular Second Life usage.

A Preview Of This Summer's Tech Toys
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Perhaps it was because the humidity was so high in New York that it felt like I was swimming through Manhattan's streets, or perhaps it was because my thoughts were drifting longingly to summer vacations by the beach, or perhaps because my cell phone recently took a disastrous dip in the Atlantic Ocean -- but I couldn't help noticing a trend toward water-resistant technology at the Digital Experience press event last night.
Why Apple-Style Secrecy Won't Work For Microsoft
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
One of the hallmarks of Apple's current cachet, along with pure stylishness, is its secrecy. Products don't get announced until very close to release date, features sometimes even later, and Apple's public relations department isn't exactly the most open. Apple's caginess certainly breeds intrigue, but it wouldn't work as a corporate policy at a place like Microsoft.
Whither iPhone? iPod or Newton?
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Review Scorecard Reveals That EDGE May Ruin The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Are you desperate to see how well the iPhone is coming out in early reviews? Do you need a comprehensive scorecard? Well, look no more.
Simple Web Design And Discoverability Are Keys To Mobile SEO
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Now that the mobile Web is mainstream, everyone is launching mobile Web sites. The problem is no one seems to know how to drive traffic to them. As a result, mobile search engine optimization has emerged as a big topic for everyone from marketers to online editors and publishers. The mobile Web, though, is not as developed as the desktop Web and as a result, optimizing mobile sites for search is far from easy.
Relaunching Our Discussion Group In Second Life
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
I'm very pleased to report that we're teaming up with one of the best virtual-worlds news blogs, Metaversed, to beef up our ongoing discussion group in Second Life.

Enterprise 2.0 Won't Fix 'Broken E-mail Culture'
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
I'm still thinking about last week's Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, which ranks as the most exciting and thought-provoking event I've attended thus far this year... Blogs, wikis, text messaging, presence awareness and all things social networking received a lot of attention... but rich Internet applications, Ajax, mashups, SOA, SaaS and composite applications are also a big part of the Enterprise 2.0 mix.
LinkedIn's Plan To Open Platform Is But A Step
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Business social networking site LinkedIn is going to be following in the footsteps of Facebook by opening up APIs over the next several months. Facebook's move has bolstered already skyrocketing membership and led to a ton of new applications. But what does this big step mean for LinkedIn and for social networking in business? Just like everything else in the Enterprise 2.0 world, business social networks won't get used unless they can do something better than e-mail and other apps.
T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home Service Graduates From Test Markets And Launches Nationally
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Today marks the official national launch of T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service, whereby subscribers can use their cell phones to roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks for calls. Just who is this service for, and is it worth the $19.99 per month?
Sprint All But Cans Nextel Identity
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Sprint is launching a new marketing campaign, and it is all about speed. Conspicuously absent? Any real references to Nextel, which Sprint paid big bucks to merge with a couple of years ago. Does this spell the end of Nextel?
Are You Ready for (Google) Location Intelligence?
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Google is offering its mapping capabilities as a potential source of enterprise-class business intelligence in the area of location intelligence. Google has made its Google Maps for the Enterprise available at a low cost while providing telephone and e-mail support. The challenge for you is to decide whether this offering can meet your enterprise needs.
How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' Heel, which'll enable you to crash the OS in under 10 seconds.
Google Is The Top Mobile Web Site
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher M:Metrics, Google is the top mobile Web site in terms of smartphone users in the U.S. and the U.K. Is anyone really surprised that Google is the top mobile site?
iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just this morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.) Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.
Early iPhone Review Confirms Keyboard Is Difficult To Use And EDGE Is Too Slow
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
While the iPhone may be the it gadget of 2007, it looks like the so-called "Jesus Phone" is far from perfect. NY Times columnist David Pogue published one of the first reviews to hit the Web and he confirms what many bloggers have long suspected: The virtual keyboard is difficult to use and AT&T's ED
National ID Cards The 'Sleeper' Immigration Issue?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
A largely overlooked section in the comprehensive immigration reform being debated in the Senate calls for the Social Security Administration to come up with fraud-resistant cards within two years to aid in electronic worker verification, possibly including biometric information. One top immigration scholar says this could be the "sleeper" issue of the debate, since it affects every U.S. employee.
Gates' Legacy Also Transforms A City
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
After reading the articles on Bill Gates' legacy by my colleagues John Foley and John Soat, I have to add an aspect that they left out: the profound reshaping of Seattle that was a direct result of Microsoft's ascendance. Has any individual (well, pair of individuals, since you have to count Paul Allen in this calculation) ever had a more profound effect on a large American city?
iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Wired has the breakdown: The 8-Gbyte iPhone for $599, plus $36 activation fee, plus $220 a month for the highest-priced, highest-usage plan. The 4-Gbyte iPhone with the basic plan, at $60 a month, adds up to about $2,000 over two years.

Will The iPhone Support Microsoft Exchange?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
For much of the last six months, bloggers and reporters operated under the assumption that the iPhone would not support major enterprise platforms like BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Microsoft Exchange. That may change tomorrow, though, if Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley is correct. According to her the iPhone will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
CIO Gregor Bailar Responds: It's Time To Give Back
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Just heard back from outgoing Capital One CIO Gregor Bailar, who's departure I wrote about below and promised a response from the horse's mouth. Capital One, you may know, was the top company in the InformationWeek 500 list two years ago. Check out the last paragraph in Gregor's response about his insight into the future role of the CIO in this industry -- very interesting and right in l
C'Mon, Apple, Give Us Mac Users Some Love
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
With iPhone hype building to a frenzy, Mac users are feeling neglected and unloved. I can't remember Apple's last interesting Mac announcement. Instead, Apple's been giving its love to the mobile phone crowd, and even Windows users.

Lawrence Lessig Takes On An Even Bigger Problem
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has for a decade worked in the area of that great oxymoron, "intellectual property," but last week he announced that he will no longer focus on IP issues. He isn't leaving "the movement," he wrote in his blog, ". . . but I have come to believe that until a more fundamental problem is fixed, 'the movement' can't succeed either." The problem? The corruption of the political
Small Firms Take on Big SaaS Integration Woes
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Indeed, as SMBs first moved into SaaS, they looked at SaaS-delivered applications as something new and interesting, and managed it as a silo. With increased use of SaaS, and as the business matures, there's a need to link SaaS-based apps with the rest of the enterprise. That type of integration is hard, but many SMBs now see the need. So, how do you integrate your SaaS applications with your other enterprise applications?...
A Cell Phone Is A Woman's Best Friend
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
If you believe a new study from Samsung, women use cell phones for more than just security reasons. Young women are super savvy at using all the facets of a mobile phone to enhance their lives. When women want to flirt, they'll send a text message. When they need to avoid a stalker, they will fake technical difficulties. And more than a handful said they wouldn't date a man who had a big, bulky cell phone. I guess size matters in more ways than one.
Is Silence Golden?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Since a bunch of badly disguised radicals trespassed on a merchant ship and tossed some of its cargo into the waters of Boston Harbor, people have come up with imaginative ways to protest laws that they see as unfair, unjustified, or wrong.... OK, that's a pretty hokey opening. I apologize. But it was the best way I could think of to introduce the topic of the "Day of Silence" that is being held today by a group of U.S.-based Webcasters.
MySpace: Online Safety In Focus
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Squinting at the Future of Rich Internet Apps
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Whatever you think a Rich Internet Application is today, it won't be like that a few years from now. It's predictable that someday RIAs (or whatever they'll be called) will be a much more sophisticated amalgam of networked media, data, and programming. If I may bend a term used by composer Richard Wagner, RIAs will be like a Gesamtkunstwerk, by which he meant a work of art (opera) that unites many works of art (drama, music, scenic design)...
Satellite Destruction
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
The Best iPod Alternatives
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Apple And AT&T Finally Announce iPhone Rate Plans
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
If you've been hankering for a hunk of hot Apple gadget love on Friday, but were waiting to find out just how much the service plan for the Apple iPhone will cost before committing, there is good news. Voice and data plans for the iPhone start at the reasonable price
Looking Back on Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
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