Content tagged with Services
posted in December 2008
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China Approves 3G Licenses
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Sprint Increases Payments To Virgin Mobile
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
At last count, Sprint had slightly more than 50 million subscribers.
Samsung Building Its Own 4G Chips
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The company will bypass paying royalties to the likes of Qualcomm by manufacturing its own WiMax and LTE chips.
Text Messaging Rates Questioned Again
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Industry watchers and politicians say the cost to transmit the growing number of SMS messages isn't in line with the rising fees.
Winter Storm Causes Major AT&T Outages
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The large scale voice and data outages came as Wal-Mart began selling Apple's iPhone 3G in thousands of stores.
Plane Crash Survivor Twitters Eyewitness Account
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Twitter also was instrumental in getting the news out about the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the October 2007 Southern California wildfires.
iPhone Gets High-Profile Apps
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
HP, NPR, and USA Today are the latest organizations to develop applications for Apple's App Store.
AT&T, Verizon Finalize Asset Swap
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The swap, which stems from the acquisitions of rural carriers, will improve AT&T's voice and data coverage in several states.
Sprint, Clearwire Sued Over WiMax Patents
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
A wireless software and service provider claims the companies are infringing on six patents, and a lawsuit could eventually halt the nationwide WiMax network rollout.
Building The Next Generation Of Text Messaging
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
CTIA has laid the groundwork for Enhanced Messaging, which is similar to SMS but enables users to include sound, animation, and presence in messages.
Minneapolis' Wi-Fi Municipal Network Hits A Bump -- Its Parks Department
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
A permitting glitch is preventing people who live near the city's lakes from accessing the muni Wi-Fi network.
RIAA Taps ISPs To Fight Illegal Downloads
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.
Free Wireless Broadband Still Available?
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Two congressmen have found a technicality in the morass of FCC rules and regulations that pertain to the auctioning of the AWS-3 spectrum, which resides in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
Q&A: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels
Features  |  12/19/2008  | 
InformationWeek's 2008 Chief of the Year discusses Web services architecture, cloud computing, and his changing role as CTO.
Nokia Messaging Goes Gold For Symbian S60's
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The application, available on the N97 smartphone, gives S60 users free push e-mail from the likes of Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.
Chief Of The Year: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels
Features  |  12/18/2008  | 
Amazon's external-facing CTO is helping to devise a cloud computing architecture with customer requirements built-in.
Portland Prepping For Jan. 6 WiMax Debut
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
Even though the official ribbon-cutting event for the Clear service is set for next month, the wide area hotspot has been in operation for at least two weeks.
Service Desk Software Is Here To Help -- Really
Features  |  12/17/2008  | 
A raft of useful products can boost your help desk while cutting support costs.
U.S. Scrambles To Avoid TV Converter Box Fiasco
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
In addition to coupons, DTV Assistance Centers are opening in seven cities with low numbers of digital convertor-box coupon redemptions and high numbers of over-the-air television viewers.
Sprint Debuts Dual CDMA/WiMax Modem
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The 3G/4G USB Modem U300 for laptops will be available beginning this weekend in Sprint outlets in the Baltimore area.
Visa Releases Banking Android App
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
The application lets G1 users get account alerts and discount offers, and it has integration with Google Maps to find nearby stores and ATMs.
Delta Adds Wi-Fi To U.S. Flights
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Wi-Fi service has been introduced in fits and starts in recent years, and most U.S. domestic airlines are now launching the service.
Execs Really Want 40% Of Spend For IT Investments
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Recession or not, executives want IT to improve competitiveness, not just cut costs, a McKinsey report reveals.
FCC Reform Expected On Obama's Agenda
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Key industry players and public interest groups will discuss proposed FCC reforms in managing spectrum, net neutrality, and media ownership at a January conference.
Palm Intros App Store Of Its Own
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Not wanting to be left behind by Apple, Google, and RIM, Palm has launched a centralized store where customers can find more than 5,000 apps.
North Korea Launches 3G Network
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
Backed by Orascom Telecom, the WCDM 3G network is live but it will only be accessible by certain people.
Workday Updates SaaS Offerings
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The updated human resources software as a service includes features for helping managers track the total cost of employees.
Free Internet In Limbo As FCC Chairman Cancels Vote
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The proposal would have helped established a nationwide license in the 2,155-MHz to 2,180-MHz band, of which 25% would have been set aside for free Internet access.
Rogers Wireless Boosts Its 3G Network
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
The Canadian carrier can now offer subscribers 7.2 Mbps download speeds.
RIM To Acquire App Developer For $19 Million
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
With its own app store a on the horizon, RIM is purchasing Chalk Media to boosts its enterprise app offerings.
Nokia Prepping HSPA Wireless Dongle Modem
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
HSPA is utilized in the United States by AT&T, which currently has more subscribers than any other U.S. wireless service provider.
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2008
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
Having bid farewell to Bill Gates, Microsoft tempered its appetite for Yahoo, tweaked Vista, leapt into cloud computing, allowed a peek at Windows 7, and warmed up to open source.
RadioShack To Offer $100 Netbook With AT&T
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
The offering reflects an emerging trend among wireless providers to subsidize PCs and cell phones in return for customers signing service contracts.
Alcatel-Lucent To Cut Jobs, Reorganize Around Web 2.0
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
In its new incarnation, Alcatel-Lucent will focus on three markets -- service providers, enterprises, and selected verticals.
Down To Business: Rumble In The Cloud: Salesforce Vs. Microsoft
Commentary  |  12/11/2008  | 
Two distinct cultures, two different commercial priorities, but a similar message: Amid the economic downturn, the time is now for IT organizations to consider moving their IT resources into the cloud.
Open Source And SaaS Shake Up ECM
Features  |  12/11/2008  | 
Alfresco and SpringCM are challenging the dominant deployment of proprietary, premises-based software.
White House Opposes FCC Free Wireless Network Plan
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez reveals President Bush's resistance to an auction of 25 megahertz of spectrum in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
Sprint To Pay $17.5 Million For Early Termination Fees
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The company has secured preliminary court approval for a settlement regarding early termination fees, and it may help the carrier dodge larger class-action suits.
Sun Discloses Plans To Enter Cloud Computing
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
To move into the cloud, Sun is phasing out its Network.com service, a computing utility based on its own data center where usage was charged by the hour.
Microsoft, HP Extend 'Private Label' Hosting Opportunities To VARs
Commentary  |  12/10/2008  | 
Microsoft and HP announced today a joint initiative that enables value-added resellers to benefit from a SaaS business model by providing new revenue streams and helping them be strategic advisers to their clients.
PayCycle Smoothes Path To Online Payroll
Commentary  |  12/8/2008  | 
Processing payroll is a task that touches every business regardless of size -- you've got to pay your people. But making the leap from cutting checks manually to an online payroll services is significant barrier to entry for many small business according to PayCycle's market research.
ExtraHop Eases Application Performance
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
The company said its APM appliance gives administrators 10,000-foot to microscopic views of network applications on the same appliance.
IBM, Oracle, Red Hat Form Test Bed For Web Service Interoperability
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
The Web Services Test Forum aims to establish interoperability among products built to the IETF, Oasis, World Wide Web Consortium, and other standards.
Salesforce.com, Google Expand Partnership To Google App Engine
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
The deal, which connects Google App Engine with the Force.com Web application platform, ramps up an already broad partnership between Google and Salesforce.
AT&T, Nokia Announce Belt-Tightening Measures
News  |  12/5/2008  | 
Both companies are facing layoffs as they cope with declining revenue and the need to increase market share in the mobile phone sector.
Telstra CEO Details Australia's 'Next G' Network
News  |  12/4/2008  | 
Chief executive Sol Trujillo explains how his company built a huge wireless network based on HSPA technology in one year.
Microsoft Plans Roofless Data Centers
News  |  12/3/2008  | 
The new architecture called "Generation 4 Modular Data Center," or Gen 4 for short, takes its cues from Microsoft's mega-data center in Chicago.
MySpace Brings Video To Cell Phones
News  |  12/3/2008  | 
The social network will give users of certain cell phones on-the-go access to videos from TMZ, National Geographic, The Onion, and other content providers.
Alltel Readying Mobile Wallets
News  |  12/2/2008  | 
The wireless carrier has teamed with mFoundry to let customers potentially use their handsets for mobile banking, mobile payments, and other financial services.
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