Five Pros And Cons Of iPhone OS 4
Apple offered iOS 4 to iPhone users today. Here are five things about the new software that rock, and five things that, well, don't.
Need Help Building Mobile Applications?
Mobile devices are becoming as popular and common as PCs and laptops. However, it can be difficult for users to work with information on cell phones because of their small form factors. In response, dotMobi has delivered a development environment designed to help small and medium businesses create mobile applications.
Desktops Won't Die
So this week a writer at Slate says that "Soon there will be no reason to have a big, boxy computer on your desk." I think what he really was trying to say was that the days of full-sized keyboards and monitors is over, since most desktop PCs have long since migrated under the desktop. Still, I think he's wrong.
Video: SAP Demos StreamWork At Enterprise 2.0
I'm just back from the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, where the big takeaway was that collaborative tools are moving out of the hype phase into the implementation mode. This means a raft of products, to be followed by a titanic market battle among Cisco, IBM, Google, Jive, and others. One offering on display was SAP's StreamWork, which adds a business-intelligence twist to the whole workplace social tool thing. Click ahead for the video demo.
The Value Of Multi-Core Processors On Phones
We all know the value of symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) on our PC's. At any given time, a modern desktop can have 50-100 process running from the browser or RSS reader you are using to read this to dozens of background tasks indexing files, checking your email, looking for keywords on Twitter and more. Your phone can benefit from SMP as well, but for entirely different reasons.
Five Friday Phone Features
Here's a collection of five stories from the past week that you might have missed. Included: HTC EVO 4G in white, Verizon data hogs (or not), new Palm webOS in the works, and more.
Apple Revamps MobileMe Cloud Service
The webmail/sync/online storage/file sharing service gets some new features, including push webmail, and a new interface. And Find My iPhone gets an app version.
Superhighway To Hell
Internet Evolution founder Stephen Saunders believes everything you think you know about the future of the Internet is wrong. Read why, and join our discussion by leaving a comment at the bottom of his open letter to readers.
SaaS Industry Is Collapsing! And The Sky Is Falling.
In 1977, Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olsen said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Another prediction's not quite as atrociously bad but almost: 22 months ago, Lawson Software CEO Harry Debes said the SaaS industry will go "nowhere" and within two years "will collapse." But hey, he's not wrong just yet-he's still got two months to go.
How Many iPhones Will Apple Sell?
According to Morgan Stanley, 50% of current iPhone owners will upgrade to the new device, and Apple will expand to 100 million iPhone users.
The Continued Evolution Of Windows Phone 7
Even though consumers are supposed to be able to buy a Windows Phone 7 device by the end of this year, Microsoft is still tweaking the user interface. Some of the changes are subtle and others are more noticeable.
WordPress 3.0 Released
WordPress, the popular blogging platform, has released the 3.0 version to the public today. Here's a list of the new updates and additions to WordPress 3.0.
Cloud Computing Expands Mandate, Influence
At this point in its evolution, cloud computing remains mostly identified with software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (including storage) (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). But the cost effectiveness of virtualized, dispersed, multi-tenant computing services is making the cloud appropriate and appealing in all manner of digital arenas.
John Chambers On Speed: How To Accelerate Decisions
If you think Cisco's been aggressive with acquisitions and product launches in the past, you'd better tighten your shoelaces because John Chambers says the company's new management structure has slashed decision-making times by more than 90%.
Enterprise 2.0 Gets Down To Business
I had the chance to attend the Enterprise 2.0 conference this week in Boston and I was pleasantly surprised to see some very welcome developments and improvements in the companies and products that were at the conference.
Does RIM's Tablet Make Sense?
It seems everyone is jumping on the tablet bandwagon and Apple's iPad success is just increasing the excitement surrounding the form factor. Unlike the iPad though, RIM's tablet is rumored to be a companion device to the Blackberry, not a stand-alone tablet.
The Worth of Cloud Computing
How do you measure the business value of cloud computing? Do traditional IT metrics like ROI and TCO apply? How can the benefits of business agility be applied to the bottom line?
Startups Shake Up The SSD Storage Market
Two startups are both looking to make a big splash in the storage market. And if they succeed, the ripples are bound to reach into the SMB space before very long.
All Phones Free At T-Mobile June 19
If you are looking for that special Father's Day gift for that technical dad, T-Mobile may have just what you are looking for. This Saturday, June 19, all T-Mobile phones are free.
AT&T And Apple Register 600,000 iPhone 4 Orders
Both Apple and AT&T issued statements today after their systems were overwhelmed by people attempting to pre-order the iPhone 4. Apple said 600,000 people tried to snag the hot new device.
SMBs: 8 Tips For Building A Website
During my frequent trips along the info superhighway, I've noticed that some small businesses still don't have a "pit stop" (i.e., website).
Rackspace Enhances Hybrid Email System
Many small and medium businesses are moving information off of their premises and into the cloud. Email has been one of the early applications to make this switch, and cloud service supplier Rackspace made a number of improvements to its email service.
Does The Enterprise 2.0 Emperor Have No Clothes?
There's only so much rah-rah about enterprise collaboration I can take before I fall back on three thoughts: 1. Collaboration is already going on in enterprises... 2. Collaboration is just not that interesting if it doesn't impact the core business processes 3. The millennials are not going to save us...
Hewlett-Packard Picks Five Winners Among Global Clients
At HP's Software Universe event this week, five global customers received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Transformation, Business Agility, Cost Optimization, Business Impact, and Outstanding Achievement. One winner rolled out "an IT operational model that can be supported by less than one quarter of the merged staff."
AT&T Exposes iPhone Customer Information
Not content to let 3G iPad users have all of the fun, AT&T decided to let iPhone users in on the data exposure game. Those jumping on the iPhone 4.0 bandwagon early today may have been shown your iPhone account information during the upgrade process rather than their own.
Google-Disclosed Hole Being Exploited
Less than a week after Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy disclosed a security problem with the Windows Help application, attackers are exploiting the hole on Windows XP. Their work was simple since he provided proof-of-concept code.
Cloud Computing's Silver Lining For The Channel
Part 1 of a two-part blog: Hey, VARsï¿¼afraid that cloud computing might leave you in the dust? It's not likely -- as long as you're open to the possibility of tweaking your mindset, and possibly your business model.
Microsoft Is Hiring 500 Cloud Specialists To Battle Google
Microsoft is hiring up to 500 sales reps for its public-sector cloud-computing solutions to add more firepower to its intensifying competition with Google for the hundreds of millions-and potentially billions-of government dollars being pushed into the cloud.