Doing the iPhone Shuffle
We're headed into the home stretch on the iPhone frenzy. Apple is still saying "end of June" but Web sites like The Boy Genius Report are saying June 15, just about two weeks away. Alpha early adopters will be flaunting them in every martini bar and boardroom in America and the rest of us will be doing the iPhone Shuffle, waiting in line at the Cingular store. Already there are leaks and spe
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
Are Carriers Delaying The S60 Mobile Version Of Skype?
Darla Mack asks a great question: Where is the Symbian version of Skype? While Symbian smartphone users wait the Gizmo Project is already available for the N800, N95, N80ie and E61i. Will Gizmo become the Skype of the S60 smartphone world?
Americans Buy Low-Tech Phones And Keep Them Forever
According to J.D. Power and Associates, Americans are keeping their phones an average of 17.5 months, up from 16.6 months since last fall. That means more and more people are opting for 2-year contracts...and opting against the latest technology. Do people care about high tech?
Businesses To Spend $9 Billion On Mobile Applications By 2011
It's time to dust off the hockey stick because we've got another mobile enterprise market study. According to the latest findings from Compass Intelligence, U.S. businesses will spend $9 billion on mobile CRM and other mobile applications by 2011.
Apple's Jobs: Mobile Internet Is Terrible. iPhone Delivers the Real Internet
Speaking to Walt Mossberg at yesterday's D: All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave us some interesting tidbits of info regarding the iPhone. The OS is the full Mac OS X with a different user interface. Third-party apps? Maybe. QWERTY keyboards? A waste of valuable space. FMC? Sort of. 3G? Well, Wi-Fi is faster. Oh, and current music phones stink.
Top Five Reasons The Palm Foleo Makes No Sense
Palm today decided to show us the future of mobile computing by giving us... a $500 laptop-sized Treo smartphone add-on that isn't even a real laptop. While I am sure some of you are excited by the Foleo and its Linux OS, I for one am under whelmed. Why would I pay $500 for a glorified smartphone accessory when I could get an entire laptop for just a little bit more?
Palm Adds The Folly, Er, The Foleo To Its Portfolio
For once, the rumor sites had it completely right. If you heard a gunshot around 11:30 AM Pacific Time this morning over in Carlsbad, Calif., that was Palm shooting itself in the foot. Rather than spend its time and money developing the next kick-butt smartphone for the enterprise, Palm thought about the future and decided to give us a laptop that isn't even a laptop.
Will The Exit Of InfoSpace Spell The End Of The Carrier Deck?
Mobile content, advertising, and search firm InfoSpace is rumored to be on the auction block with Spanish firm LaNetro Zed as the prospective buyer. According to the rumors, InfoSpace could fetch around $1.08 billion if the merger goes through. This deal could mark the end of the first phase of the mobile Web.
Is The Next Generation iPhone Already In Production?
The iPhone rumors are non-stop today. The iPhone supposedly will have more features than Steve Jobs announced in January and Microsoft might have some new patent with which to challenge the iPhone (and possibly block its path to market). Now reports claim that the
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
What Is The Real Market For Wireless MVNOs?
The wireless industry has been trying to figure out the secret to MVNOs for the last five years. With the exception of Virgin Mobile, though, I haven't seen very many success stories. Now Voce, a new MVNO designed for the busy professional with disposable income, is trying to capture the coveted high-end market. Why do MVNOs think wealthy people want to go through a re-seller?
Does The iPhone Have Hidden Features?
We're just a few weeks away from the launch of the iPhone and the rumor mill is in overdrive. Yesterday my colleague, Eric Zeman, questioned if the iPhone would usher in a new era of fixed-mobile convergence and seamless connectivity. Today it seems the iPhone might be hiding some features that Steve Jobs didn't reveal in January.
Rumors On Palm Device Not So Promising
Well, as to be expected, tech and gadget rumor sites are already running pieces on what Palm will be announcing today. The one rumor that looks more substantive than the others (because it's based on an errant Palm press release) speaks of a Linux-based UMPC-type device. Hmm. Is this a market
Mobile Web Turns Into An Escape From Corporate Firewalls
A few months ago I reported how mobile Web use was growing, particularly in the U.S. In the U.K., employees are flocking to toilets to use the mobile Web. Why? Because it's a fast and easy way to escape the prying eyes of IT managers and corporate firewalls.
BT To Add Wireless VoIP To PlayStation Portable
BT said it is developing a software-based VoIP app for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). The new app will let users to make voice and video calls over a Wi-Fi network. Will VoIP be the newest add-on for mobile game handhelds?
Smartphone Accessories Make More Money Than Smartphones
That's right, there is more money in Bluetooth headsets and phone cover cases than in smartphones proper. According to researcher ABI, the market for smartphone accessories will hit $32 billion in 2007, much more than the $28 billion expected from the smartphone market.
With Toshiba Turion Laptop Deal, AMD Regains Ground On Intel
AMD has released additional information surrounding its important design win announced early Tuesday, in which Toshiba said it would ship laptops equipped with processors from the Avis of chip makers. As was the case when Dell opted for AMD, it's big industry news anytime a major PC manufacturers diverges from an Intel-only strategy. For AMD, the big challenge remains making such market advances stick, as opposed to the two-steps forward, one-step backwards dance it's been doing for the past fe
Palm To Unveil New Device Tomorrow
Palm, one-time innovator of the PDA market and maker of the Treo line of smartphones, has announced that it will be showing off a brand new category of mobile devices tomorrow. A new category? Something other than a PDA, smartphone, or glorified hard drive? My interest is piqued.
Shazam! Nokia to Develop Lightning-Detecting Cell Phone
Well, strike me down! In the spirit of saving lives (because dead cell phone users aren't very profitable), Nokia has applied to patent the use of FM and GSM technology that will detect potential lightning strikes and warn users to head for the nearest tree, er, shelter. If Benjamin Franklin could only see this!
90% Of Cell Phone Owners Rate iPhone Over Theirs
That lovely statistic comes from a recent Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Labs study on the perceptions of technology. I have to find a small amount of fault in their methodology, though. The study participants' reactions were based on a video they watched of the iPhone, and not actually using the iPhone itself. Would the results be the same with hardware on the table?
Windows Mobile Contributed To Surge In PDA/Smartphone Sales
Defying logic, enterprise users flocked to Windows Mobile 5 in droves during the first quarter of 2007, despite the announcement that Windows Mobile 6 would be available in the second quarter. The PDA market actually grew 40% compared to the year-ago quarter, fueled by strong WinMo5 sales.
Report: The End Is Nigh For Mobile Enterprise Vendors
According to The 451 Group, tech vendors that sell mobile office and productivity apps will see their market consolidate with few survivors remaining. The research also highlights that the number of premium enterprise-device users will remain limited when compared to the overall mobile market, which will be dominated by consumers. This is not good news for the mobile enterprise.
I Want My Seamless Mobility
I have heard a lot about seamless mobility -- the dream of universal wireless access where users can roam freely between wireless LANs and cellular networks and back again -- this week at Interop. I keep hearing vendors promise dual-mode access, but when I raise the issue of the pink elephant in the room, the vendors just smile at me and change the subject.
Can Dell Figure Out How To Make A Cell Phone?
So, is Dell going to make a cell phone or not? In a recent interview with CRN, Michael Dell spoke about the possibility of his company developing a mobile device, but he didn't seem to know what kind of mobile gadget to make.
Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at DEMO but didn't release a public version until yesterday.
Will Google Be Eaten By The Niche Players?
Google is increasingly looking like a big, slow giant tech company and less like the nimble innovator that defined the beginning of Web 2.0. Yesterday Web video search engine Blinkx successfully went public, proving that there is plenty of room for small Web video companies, even when Google controls both YouTube and its own video platform.
Was Making A Cell Phone Call From The Top Of Mount Everest Really Necessary?
I smell a publicity stunt. Seriously. I've been an armchair climber of Mount Everest for about 12 years now. I think I've read every book on the subject, and I follow each season's news of summit attempts. What makes the news seem less spectacular is that China set up mobile (i.e., temporary) base stations so the call could be completed, and the climber's trip was sponsored by Motorola. Did the parties involved really prove anything new here? No, they didn't. They do, however, get bragging right
Verizon Wireless' Strigl Rattles Saber, Says iPhone Killer In The Wings
No, Denny Strigl wasn't talking about T-Mobile's new smartphone. Verizon Wireless' COO recently said in an interview that Verizon is preparing to battle the iPhone with a product it will release later this summer. He even went so far as to take a potshot at AT&T's network, saying, "The is
Net Neutrality: Not the American Way
I've always had a problem with the Internet-freedom crowd who declare that "net neutrality" - the principle that no one has the right to prioritize or charge higher rates for bandwidth regardless of how much is used or what it's being used for - is an inviolable right on the order of bearing arms and speaking freely. And now Mayor Michael Bloomberg has crystallized my vague unease. In his vision for the future of
High-Performance Wireless LAN Is Key To Business Mobility
There has been a lot of talk about improving the performance of the wireless LAN here at this year's Interop. Why do IT departments need high-performance Wi-Fi? Without it, initiatives like business mobility and unified communications will go nowhere fast.
Chambers Talks Internet Phase 2
I first wrote about John Chambers back in 2001, just before the tech bubble burst, in a lengthy profile for The Industry Standard. At the time, Chambers was still predicting that Cisco would go on growing its revenue at 35% to 40% indefinitely. As even a lowly tech journalist could predict, that didn't happen: Cisco went from being a phenomenal engine of growth to a solid tech giant growing at more like 10% to 15% a year. Chambers managed that shift adroitly, and today, now that Bill Gate
Will The iPhone Be Available Without A Contract?
According to The Boy Genius, the answer to that question is yes! It is showing off some internal AT&T screen shots that indicate the iPhone will be available to prepaid customers. The beauty of the prepaid model is that you can enjoy all the positive aspects of the iPhone without being locked into a multiyear contract.
T-Mobile Launches First Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone In The U.S.
At the tony little Spanish restaurant Boqueria in Manhattan's Flatiron district, T-Mobile hosted a small gathering for tech industry press and analysts to show off its newest gadget. The Wing, which is available starting today for $299, is the first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone to hit store shelves in the United States. The informal launch party featured tapas, sangr
IBM's Power6 Spotlights Big Blue's Processor Prowess
Did you know IBM was the first company to ship a dual-core processor? Most people don't; they incorrectly assume it was Intel or AMD. Wrong. IBM rolled out its Power 4 module, which contained two 64-bit, 1-GHz processor cores, in 2001. Yesterday, Big Blue's deep expertise in chip technology was on display when it launched the latest update to its multicore Power family.
Mobile Banking Takes One Step Further From The Counter
According to a new report from Celent, mobile banking will outstrip online banking in growth over the next three years. It says 35% of online bankers also will use mobile banking. Today that figure stands at less than 1%. Who will lead the way? Gen Y.
AT&T Has Finally Decided What To Call Itself
We've only waited six months for the combined AT&T/Cingular Wireless entity to decide what its brand will be going forward. Looks like the AT&T globe is kicking the orange-colored Cingular Happy Jack out the door. Even though I think Cingular has better brand equity, I am glad that AT&T has stopped equivocating and finally made a decision.
Look For Mobility To Be Big Next Week At Interop
I am packing my bags for Interop Las Vegas next week. I expect to hear vendors talk more about mobility at next week's show. I think smartphones and other wireless gadgets will soon become central to enterprise telephony.