Smartphone Security: How To Manage Rogue Mobile Devices
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Will Apple's 3G iPhone Still Fall Short?
In April, shortly after I bought my very own iPhone, I blogged about the device's design flaws, pointing out the 5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short. With the new 3G iPhone on the way, the question to ask now is whether all the lingering annoyances are being fixed.
The answer would seem to be mostly "yes." My two biggest complaints about the current, EDGE-based iPhone are the slowness of its over-the-air Web surfing and the lack of corporate "push" e-mail. The latter problem involves software, not hardware, and anyway Apple plans to upgrade all iPhone users to its 2.0 software, complete with enterprise e-mail support, in June. This means that existing (aka "old") iPhone users like me will be able to access their work e-mails, without forwarding tricks which leave you exposed when you reply. Of course, that's assuming one's company supports the feature, which could take some time.
The more vexing iPhone complaint is the slow over-the-air surfing. In point of fact, the iPhone's Safari browser does a much better (faster) job of loading than does the browser on my beloved Blackberry. So the difficulty isn't one of reality, but of perception, because Steve Jobs and the early iPhone ads made it appear as if the iPhone could surf at desktop-like speeds. Not true.
What is true is that the 3G iPhone will by definition be getting a speed surge, since 3G mobile networks support faster data speeds than EDGE. How much faster is what we need to parse. This depends, both because the 3G spec defines a variety of data speeds, and because implementations vary by service provider. Thus, for real world purposes, the spec is meaningless; what's relevant in our case is what AT&T Wireless is doing.
Find out what AT&T Wireless is doing and whether the 3G iPhone will answer my other complaints by reading the rest of my blog post.
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Monday, June 9, 2008, 5:30-8:30pm – Boston
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Midmarket Heroes: A Rocker Girl's Journey to Tech CEO
Cyndee Sugra took a chance developing technology that no one else wanted. That leap of faith paved the way for her evolution from indie rock musician to CEO of a tech development and design firm. Now she's singing all the way to the bank.
SLIDESHOW: Unified Communications Puzzle Smaller Companies Unified Communications holds the promise of boosting productivity -- and dramatically transforming business processes. Yet this exclusive new bMighty Research Report reveals that many small and midsized companies still don't know much about UC. Find out what SMBs are looking for in their next generation communications solutions, where UC is likely to appear first, and how to overcome the fears and concerns keeping smaller businesses from adopting UC.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
3G iPhone Report Of The Day: It's Delayed
Quick, everyone panic! Apple's stock is going to tank if this one is true! German cell phone chip maker Infineon said that it is seeing less demand for its HSDPA chips than it was expecting for some big, unnamed project (hint: 3G iPhone). Surely this means Apple is delaying the 3G iPhone's launch. Right? As Mr. Spock would say, "That's highly illogical."
Opera Cozies Up To Google, Adds Gears Support
I use Google Gears. I also use FireFox. When I upgraded to FireFox 3 Release Candidate 1, I lost access to Google Gears because it isn't supported yet. This is somewhat vexing. I also use the Opera browser from time to time. Today, Opera Software announced that both the desktop and the mobile versions of its browser will support Gears. Time for me to change browsers?
Windows 7 'Ultimate' Video: First Glimpse?
Windows 7 appears to look a lot like Windows Vista, judging from a video purporting to show the "Ultimate" version of Microsoft's next operating system that has popped up on the Internet and drawn more than one million hits on YouTube.
Like It Or Not, You're An Internet Exhibitionist
Emily Gould is an attractive young woman who's an Internet exhibitionist. She writes in the New York Times Magazine about her experiences as the co-editor of the gossip blog Gawker, where she shared intimate details of her romantic life and posted scantily clad pictures of herself. You might simply look at Emily as a freak. But if you use Facebook, or Twitter, or keep a personal blog, or are active on any other social media, then you and Gould are two of a kind -- the only difference is where you draw the line between private and public.
Converting Science Fiction To Reality: The Transformative Power Of Technology
Think there's no more magic in this business? Still have people trying to tell you that IT doesn't matter? Think again. I spent most of Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University and among the people I spoke with was Jay Srini, the Chief Innovation Officer for the neighboring University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center Health Plan. Jay spoke about the extraordinary advances being made in the spaces where IT and medical technology and bioengineering meet health care.
Why The NY Times And Mashable.com Were Off Base On Blogging And Heart Failure
OK, I'm going off-campus in this post, but I now feel as though I've joined a "privileged class" that entitles me to comment on the New York Timesstory questioning the connection between the stresses of prolific blogging and heart failure and subsequently, a completely distasteful post on Mashable.com about being able to see (on a map) where bloggers are "dropping dead." The NY Times piece was shoddy reporting. Mashable was out of line. Here's why.
Open Source And Open APIs, Facebook-Style
The more I read Facebook's statement about opening its platform to third-party developers, the more it seems like you could interpret what they say as a promise to open just their APIs, or both their APIs and their underlying platform code. Which one's more likely? Better to ask: which one makes the most sense for Facebook, or any other Web company?
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
Software as a Service Research Report No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service (SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & the Developing World The evolution of the Internet has been full of surprises - surprises that have sometimes resulted in radical changes in the commercial landscape, such as the arrival of Amazon, eBay, Google, YouTube, and Skype. Could one of the next big surprises turn out to be linked to developing countries? Read the full report for free from InternetEvolution.com
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