AT&T, Verizon Banking On Firethorn
Software provider Firethorn is providing the engine behind AT&T/Cingular's and Verizon Wireless's recently announced mobile banking programs. Will consumers really use their cell phones to do their banking?
MVNO Helio Steals Thunder From Everyone Else At CTIA
How did an MVNO start-up with only 100,000 subscribers pass up the big boys such as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile at CTIA Wireless? By announcing the only truly innovative product at show, the Helio Ocean. The unofficial "Best of CTIA 2007 Award" definitely goes to Helio.
CTIA 2007 = Biggest Letdown In Years
Every person I spoke with at CTIA Wireless this week in Orlando, Fla., was disappointed with the show. The reasons varied from person to person, but the overall lack of enthusiasm was felt across the board. Foot traffic seemed slow on the show floor all three days, and there was simply no industry-changing announcements made. Is the pace of innovation slowing?
Ubi, I Be, We Be Screaming For Samsung's UbiCell Femtocell
Mobile network operators will soon have one more weapon in the their arsenal to blanket every last square inch of the US with network coverage. First was the general macro network environment. Then, as people realized that the macro network doesn't always penetrate large buildings or reach high into the sky and fill office towers with signal, the picocell evolved. Now, for those who have weak coverage at remote office or home locations, the femtocell is beginning to see some early light in the m
Could The iPhone Destroy Apple's Reputation?
MarketWatch columnist John Dvorak argues that Apple should just make the iPhone a reference design and move on. Why, you may ask, would Apple want to walk away from the hottest mobile device in years? Because it isn't equipped to handle the demands of the nonstop mobile phone market, that's why.
Microsoft Describes How Virtual Earth Was Built
You want to know what the definition of "cool" is? It's sitting in the front row of a hotel meeting hall, watching a demo of Microsoft Virtual Earth on the 12-foot display in the front of the room, as the camera plunges from the sky to swoop and soar around detailed digital models of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the streets of Philadelphia. Even cooler: Listening to John Curlander, general manager of Microsoft Virtual Earth, explain how it was built.
What Makes a BPM Suite a Winner?
I'm updating my BPMS Report series on BPMInstitute.org to the new-and-improved 2007 version. A major change from last year is a beefed-up evaluation scoring. I've discovered that many users go straight to the scorecard at the end of the 25-page report to find out which product "won?" It's probably asking for trouble, but I'm posting my new methodology right here so readers can comment.
Making Sound Waves At CTIA
If there was any sort of theme at CTIA this year, it was that music is in. Many of the phones announced at the show are aimed at the mid-tier music lover, rather than the high-end business user. I guess the wireless industry thinks we're not getting enough of our groove on.
Former Presidents Dazzle CTIA Crowd
Eighty-three years old and looking remarkably hale -- a lifetime of golf, tennis, and fishing in Kennebunkport will do that for you, I guess -- George H.W. Bush wowed the crowd at CTIA Wireless 2007 with a combination of jokes about his unlikely partnership with former president Bill Clinton, anecdotes about his time in office, and stories of how wireless communications technology played roles in the momentous events that occurred during his time in office, including the aftermath of the end of
Elvis Has Entered The Building
When I arrived at the Orange County Convention Center at 8:30 this morning, a queue stretched about two miles from the entrance to Hall D, scene of the keynotes for CTIA Wireless 2007, snaking through the endless corridors of the immense building. The show-goers were lined up to see Elvis, a.k.a. former President Bill Clinton, who's addressing the convention this morning.
Oh, former President George H.W. Bush is on the agenda this morning, too, but there's no question who the real rock star is.
Viacom Bets On Wireless At CTIA
Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman said his company is serious about wireless during his keynote address today at CTIA Wireless. Dauman opened his address with an amusing video intro by Jon Stewart and a camera trick designed to make the audience see how small Dauman would appear on a mobile phone screen.
IBM's Server Piñata: Where's My Stick?
IBM's marketing campaigns have come a long way since the '80s. Anyone here get a teary-eyed nostalgic feeling thinking about the old Charlie Chaplin series? No? Me neither.
Zen And The Art Of Kyocera Maintenance
Yesterday evening at CTIA Wireless, Kyocera invited a select group of tech journalists to a small cocktail reception with the express purpose of showing off its new direction. Based on the short presentations from its marketing and design heads, its evident that Kyocera wants to reinvent itself and start standing toe to toe with the bigger, mor
CTIA Party Roundup: Can Motorola Make Mobile Business Work? Oh, And The iPhone Too.
It's been a busy CTIA show so far. While there has been lots of activity, I haven't seen much in terms of real breaking news or highlights. So far, the appearance of the iPhone -- only the device's second public showing since January -- has been this CTIA's biggest news item.
But If you want the real news at CTIA, you have to get off the show floor, walk out of the press room, and head over to some part
Photos Of The $100 One Laptop Per Child Laptop
I was able to get my hands on the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop at the O'Reilly ETech conference today. I took pictures, and they came out great -- take a look for yourself below the fold. The OLPC looks like a toy, with its hard plastic enclosure, soft plastic keyboard, bright colors, and handle. But it's a fully functional computer, designed for children in the emerging world.
HTC Hits the US Market with Several New Smart Devices
The incredible lack of smartphones at this year's CTIA is beyond disappointing. However, there were a few Windows-powered devices announced for the US market from HTC , which seems to be holding the lone banner of enterprise mobility at CTIA Wireless 2007.
Nokia 'Excited' About US Market
Nokia has been hard at work behind the scenes to realign its business strategy in the US market to gain some traction with US carriers and consumers. After speaking to a Nokia rep today at CTIA Wireless, it's evident that they do indeed want to succeed here.
RFID Won't Be Texas Tea For Everyone
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the sprawling hotel that's hosting the RFID World conference and the quarter-sized spider camped outside my room's window. Also big are the dreams of a lot of little software and hardware vendors who've come here to Dallas to hawk their wares. My guess is that within a few years, many of these vendors will join with others or, sadly, cease to exist.
AT&T COO Shows Off The iPhone At CTIA
Just in case you thought the iPhone wasn't hanging out at CTIA, think again. During today's keynote addresses, the iPhone made a rare public appearance. Like a silver screen diva from Hollywood's golden age, the iPhone is a source of public hysteria wherever it goes.
How Do You Tell If A Flash Drive Is ReadyBoost-Ready?
Although my article on ReadyBoost doesn't dwell on it, the Windows Vista feature that creates a code-page cache on a flash drive or flash memory card does put potential users of the feature in a bind, and reader Rich Farkas called me on it almost as soon as the article appeared. How, he wants to know, are potential Vista users supposed to know whether their PC will benefit from ReadyBoost? And
Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
So much is said about the rivalry between Microsoft and Google that it's easy to forget they share a common interest. Windows Vista and Google's Web-based applications will coexist on millions of computers as more people make the move to Microsoft's new operating system. That software combo had incendiary potential, but so far no alarms are sounding.
Palm Gives Enterprise Users Some Good News
Today at CTIA Wireless, Palm announced that it is providing an update for Windows Mobile users of the Treo 750. The update includes Windows Mobile 6 and a software key to upgrade the radio to HSDPA speeds.
Stale Doughnuts On The CTIA Stage
Coming to you live from the Tuesday morning keynote session at CTIA Wireless 2007 in Orlando. This is my fourth CTIA, best I can recall, and each year the stage props get bigger, the music gets more pounding, and the crowds get larger. At last fall's CTIA, in Los Angeles, we were joined by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This year's edition will have a political cast as well: those strange bedfellows (and former
No News Is Bad News
The CTIA Wireless show had its unofficial kick-off last night at the Mobile Focus event at Orlando's Peabody Hotel. There was a surprising lack of news from the mini-show floor, and there wasn't even any good industry gossip. What gives?
Q&A: SAP on Rich Apps, Architecture and Ajax-Based Portal Enhancements
Rich Internet applications promise interfaces that are more responsive, productive and adaptable to various deployment environments. SAP executives Dennis Moore, General Manager of Emerging Solutions, and Andrew Cabanski-Dunning, marketing director for NetWeaver User Productivity Solutions, discuss the required back-end infrastructure, and they reveal plans for Ajax-powered portal functionality to be introduced at next month's Sapphire event.
When You Wish Upon a SmartPhone
Welcome to central Florida, a region of completely artificial consumer attractions charging way-outrageous prices to customers satisfying needs and desires they didn't know they had.
Oh, yeah, and then there's Disney World.
Faster Chipsets? It's About Time
Lord knows, getting any kind of breakthrough innovation in the computer hardware sector is like working at Dunkin' Donuts ... so many variations using pretty much the same materials again and again.
Packing For CTIA: What I Expect To See In Orlando
Right now I am heading out the door to CTIA Wireless 2007 in sunny Orlando, Florida (also known as Disneytown, USA and Las Vegas East). As I was packing my belongings, I decided to jot down a list of the wireless news and trends I expect to see down in Orlando.
Is Motorola Up For Sale?
While everyone was following the Palm rumors this week, a few bloggers claimed that Motorola might be up for sale, too.
Outrageous Royalty Ruling To Be Reviewed
While the Bush administration may not be capable of saying "Oops, we screwed up," it seems that another part of the federal government -- the U.S. Copyright Review Board -- might have had a change of heart. After facing a storm of outrage, the board this week agreed to review its decision to impose staggering new royalty payments on I
Jott Helps Keep Track Of To-Dos When You Can't Write 'Em Down
I'm so excited I could just plotz -- I actually had a chance to field-test Jott yesterday and it worked like a champ. Jott is a new service that lets you phone in and record a 15-second sound bite, which it transcribes using speech recognition and then e-mails the text back to you. I used it to record an idea while I was driving to the dentist, and by gosh I had that e-mail waiting for me when I got back to my desk.
Nokia Gives U.S. Consumers Short End of the Stick. Again.
Yesterday Nokia finally released its fully featured flagship phone, the N95. It may not have a touch screen and slick Apple GUI, but the N95 is as close to an iPhone killer as you're going to get. Its drool-worthy spec list checks off every major functionality a so-called "multimedia computer" should have, including the Symbian Series 60 3rd Edition operating system, a 5-megapixel
Verizon Soft-Launches Its Second V Cast TV Handset
Remember the hullabaloo that was made over Verizon Wireless' V Cast Mobile TV service a few weeks ago? The second-largest U.S. carrier began offering its mobile TV service in select markets on one handset beginning March 1. Today, it made the second mobile TV-capable handset available, the LG vx9400, for $200. Too bad Verizon didn't m
Still No Deal For Palm
The much-ballyhooed deal to acquire smartphone maker Palm has yet to materialize. Meanwhile, Palm's shares took a hit while the market remains antsy for some M&A action.
Microsoft Attempts To Explain Its Windows Mobile Naming Conventions
When Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6 back in February, it also renamed the different versions of the software. Now, rather than actually describing what specific device they're for, the names are vague and confusing: Standard, Professional, and Classic. Find out why.
Motorola's Mobile Phone Business Is Back In The Red
Motorola this week said that its mobile phone business is not doing well and that it will likely continue to post losses for much of 2007. Just a couple of years ago Motorola was the darling of the mobile market. The Razr was the hottest cell phone on the block and CEO Ed Zander could do wrong. What happened?
The Real Issues With XPDL, BPEL and BPMN
Keith Swenson is one of the true superheroes of BPM, and a pioneer in the development of interoperability standards. He periodically feels called upon to insist that XPDL does not compete with BPEL… then usually adding that XPDL is actually better... The latest fracas started when Keith claimed victory from the fact that eight of the 12 vendors in the top-three Gartner Magic Quadrants support XPDL.
How To Dress For Success At Google
Google employee Jason Warner offers some fashion advice on how to dress for success in Google's offices. Apparently, it starts out with the right shoes.
Will That Be Cash, Credit, Or SMS?
Bankers, mobile network operators, and retailers have all come together to offer a text message-based payment program to the citizens of Belgium. Unlike near-field communication, which requires a handset equipped with an NFC short-range radio, this program will let every cell phone user complete
Google Denies Google Phone And Stresses Mobile Software
So is Google actually building a mobile phone or not? This burning question is keeping mobile bloggers everywhere busy. And just when it looked like Google had confirmed the long-awaited Google Phone, another company executive thi
Take 5: How To Better Manage Mobility In Your Organization
Welcome to Take 5, a new feature on Over The Air. In each edition of Take 5, we will sit down with a key industry insider -- a CIO or IT manager, consultant, vendor, or analyst -- and ask them five (or more) key questions about business mobility. In today's edition, I sat down with David Wise, co-founder and managing partner for mindWireless, a mobility consultancy that helps businesses figure out how to better us
GPL Redraws The Rules Of Software Competition
Work on GPL Version 3 continues, but the debate between Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds over new features is less important than the rewriting of the rules that GPL has imposed on the landscape.