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Nine Alternatives To Apple's iPhone

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: A Preview Of This Summer's Tech Toys
2. Today's Top Story
    - Nine Alternatives To Apple's iPhone
    - Don't Get Greedy: Only Two iPhones To A Customer
    - Verizon Wireless Tries To Counter iPhone Frenzy With Store Stunt
3. Breaking News
    - Linspire's Michael Robertson: Why I Love MP3 Music Lockers But Hate DRM
    - Webroot Offers Tips For Keeping Kids Safe Online
    - Cybercriminals Playing Mind Games With Users
    - Google Offers Cash For Gadgets
    - The iPhone's Achilles' Heel: AT&T's Slow Edge Network
    - Immigration Reform Bill Is Dead, But H-1B Visa Debate Lives On
    - HP Pretexting Charges Dismissed
    - 'Push' E-Mail Service For iPhone Pops Up
    - California Bill Would Put Data Breach Responsibility On Retailers
    - DOJ Alerts Users To Spam Hoax
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
    - Review Scorecard Reveals That Edge May Ruin The iPhone
    - How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
    - iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
    - Lawrence Lessig Takes On An Even Bigger Problem
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Unifying ECM And BPM Through Enterprise Reference Architecture
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody." -- W.S. Gilbert



1. Editor's Note: A Preview Of This Summer's Tech Toys

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 the other night.

Digital Experience is one of those events where a bunch of vendors get together to show their wares to journalists, bloggers, analysts, and other professionals eager to take a look at what's coming and what's here. No long presentations, no stages, no movies -- just folding tables and whatever products the vendors want to show. And some food and drink -- well, these are journalists, after all.

(For a look at the scene at Digital Experience and some of the products on display there, click over to our Image Gallery.)

At least three of those vendors had filled fish tanks or bowls on their tables, demonstrating how safe it was to take their technology for a swim.

  • Casio was showing off its G'zOne Type-S cell phone, a ruggedized phone that, according to its marketing manager, is "virtually indestructible." To illustrate that, the phone was shown sitting in a tank of water and a tank of sand.

  • Belkin, long known for its PC peripherals, has gotten into the act with its Washable Mouse. (Personally, I'm waiting for a really good washable keyboard, since that particular peripheral has to be the grimiest piece of equipment that I own.)

  • And Sanyo, which was showing some new digital video cameras, drew the most attention with its Xacti E1, the "world's first waterproof camcorder."

    In fact, video (accessed either on your desktop system or via your mobile device) was the word of the day as far as many of the vendors were concerned -- especially if that word started with "V." For example, a company called Vudu showed its video download service, another broadband video service called Vongo was introduced by the Starz Entertainment Group, and VideoJug offered a menu of professionally produced how-to videos.

    You didn't have to alliterate, however, to be offering a video service. A company called Mywaves showcased its new streaming video service for cell phones, and Blinkx offered a preview of its broadband video platform, which features the ability to search via the videos' speech tracks.

    The sad fact, though, was that you didn't have to be a vendor to get attention -- at one point, the other products in the hall were eclipsed by the journalist who had managed to get his hands on an iPhone and was exhibiting it to his eager colleagues.

    What do you think are this year's most interesting new and upcoming tech toys? Is there any gadget out there that would make you say, "No, way, I'm keeping this!" if somebody offered to trade it for an iPhone?

    Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

    Barbara Krasnoff
    bkrasnoff@cmp.com
    www.informationweek.com


    2. Today's Top Story

    Nine Alternatives To Apple's iPhone
    Not every businessperson wants or needs a $500 smartphone. Here are some highly capable options.

    Related Stories:

    Don't Get Greedy: Only Two iPhones To A Customer
    Apple says customers buying the iPhone through one of its 164 retail stores in the United States will be limited to two on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Verizon Wireless Tries To Counter iPhone Frenzy With Store Stunt
    Verizon said its stores and kiosks will stay open until 9 p.m. Friday so customers can "test drive" and purchase any of its 18 multimedia music devices.


    3. Breaking News

    Linspire's Michael Robertson: Why I Love MP3 Music Lockers But Hate DRM
    The MP3.com and Linspire founder talks about his current ventures AnywhereCD and SIPphone, and why he thinks the Symbian-powered Nokia platform beats the iPhone hands down.

    Webroot Offers Tips For Keeping Kids Safe Online
    Security company offers parents safety tips, along with a free handbook with a glossary of terms and ideas for keeping children safe online.

    Cybercriminals Playing Mind Games With Users
    A study shows that spammers and phishers are playing on our biggest fears and our biggest desires.

    Google Offers Cash For Gadgets
    The catch is that the cash is available only to those with gadgets already garnering 250,000 page views per week or more.

    The iPhone's Achilles' Heel: AT&T's Slow Edge Network
    The Edge network can be painfully slow; it generally operates at between 75 and 135 Kbps.

    Immigration Reform Bill Is Dead, But H-1B Visa Debate Lives On
    Industry leaders express frustration that Senate action on the immigration bill has once again stalled.

    HP Pretexting Charges Dismissed
    A judge dismissed all remaining charges at a hearing Thursday morning, during which defendants presented proof that they had completed community service they agreed to in March.

    'Push' E-Mail Service For iPhone Pops Up
    Visto's Mobile product includes support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.

    California Bill Would Put Data Breach Responsibility On Retailers
    The bill would require retailers to follow payment card industry data security standards to ensure proper retention and protection of credit and debit card information.

    DOJ Alerts Users To Spam Hoax
    The phony e-mails are set up to appear to be notifying recipients that someone has filed a complaint against them or their business with the Department of Justice.

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    4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
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    Review Scorecard Reveals That Edge May Ruin The iPhone
    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.

    How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
    Microsoft's Windows Vista is more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' heel that will enable you to crash the OS in less than 10 seconds.

    iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
    Wired has the breakdown: The 4-Gbyte iPhone with the basic plan, at $60 a month, adds up to about $2,000 over two years.

    Lawrence Lessig Takes On An Even Bigger Problem
    Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has for a decade worked in the area of intellectual property, but last week he announced that he will no longer focus on IP issues. The problem? The corruption of the political process by corporations.


    5. Job Listings From TechCareers

    MarketSense seeking Programmer - C#, ASP.NET in Burr Ridge, IL

    McCamish Systems seeking Business Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    MCCI seeking Project Manager in Ithaca, NY

    BreakthroughIT, Inc. seeking Change Management, Technical Impact Assessment in Groton, CT

    Blizzard Entertainment seeking Senior Oracle DBA in Irvine, CA

    For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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    Unifying ECM And BPM Through Enterprise Reference Architecture
    This paper reviews the business need and key characteristics of enterprise reference architecture, explains where ECM and BPM fit into ERA strategies, and explains how organizations can address their content and process-centric application requirements.


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