Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
Six Questions About The Google Phone
We're all waiting for the big news next week: Will Google finally announce the Google Phone? Well, I am ready for the Google Phone. In fact, I know exactly what I want to do with it when I first get my hands on one, assuming there actually will be a Google Phone. Here is my list of questions.
When Will Anyone Actually Watch Mobile TV?
With his post today, my colleague Eric Zeman raised a great question: Is anyone actually watching mobile TV? If by that he meant people watching video on their iPods, yes, I see many iPod users watching video. If, however, he meant people watching V CAST and other mobile TV services that stream over cellular networks...
Jaxtr's New Twist on VoIP
Given the recent failure of SunRocket, and Vonage's lack of profits and patent problems, you might find it odd to see VCs pouring money into yet another VoIP company.
To Dream the Impossible Wi-Fi Dream
The efforts in certain cities to provide free Wi-fi access to all reminds me of the efforts to provide universal health care coverage in this country: Everyone agrees that it's a great idea; everyone knows that it would be beneficial to many; but a combination of politics and finances keep stalling those efforts.
The latest Quixotic attempt to provide free Wi-fi access came in Chicago. The city wanted to create a citywide wireless Internet network but after less than two years of trying to get
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
By Paul Korzeniowski
Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todayï¿¼s high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports
are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are passï¿¼
iWork's Play for the Small Biz Desktop
"Productivity suite" used to mean one thing and one thing only: Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Love it or hate it, most of us use Office daily to grind out bargeloads of documents, spreadsheets, email, and presentations.
How To Optimize Your Mobile Website For Search
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where I inteview an industry insider about a pressing mobile or wireless topic. Today's guest, David Harper, is the founder of Winksite, a mobile application designed to make it easier to build mobile Websites. In this edition of Take 5, David and I discussed mobile search op
Does Privacy Matter?
Donald Leka, CEO of New York-based TransMedia, maker of the Glide online media sharing and storage service, believes consumers care about privacy.
5 Keys To Social Networking Success
Investors are flocking to fund social networking startups. How can you identify a good investment? Here are five key characteristics, backed up with real-world examples.
Coming to Your Cell Phone: Ink-free Printing
Remember the tantalizing promise of the paperless office? I'll believe it when I take delivery of the personal jetpack I've been waiting for since childhood*. But the idea of an inkless printer is almost as close as my next mobile phone.
Six Sigma and Lean Meet BPM: Q&A With Software AG's Bruce Williams
There are plenty of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing practitioners out there, but all too often they worked in isolation, unable to penetrate the IT domain and hard-pressed to measure and replicate success. Bruce Williams, general manager of business process management solutions at Software AG, says there's a big opportunity for companies to connect their Six Sigma or Lean initiatives with the data-gathering, execution and closed-loop-improvement advantages of BPM.
Where's the Beef in Acer's Gateway PC Buy?
Like the Wendy's customer asked way back when: where's the beef in today's $710 million takeover of Gateway by Taiwanese computer maker Acer?
Sure, the deal makes Acer the number 3 PC-maker in the world, pushing past mainland China's Lenovo (which got that big by swallowing IBM's PC business). I just don't think it's likely to have an immediate impact on small and midsize computer buyers.
Aggregate Knowledge Aims To Be A Mind Reader On The Web
Having jumped into the market for Web "discovery" technology last December, Aggregate Knowledge is getting closer to general availability of three new services. Founded by the same guys behind social networking site Tribe.net -- the assets of which were acquired by Cisco in March -- Aggregate Knowledge promises to help companies get the most appropriate products and content in front of Web site visitors.
There's Still Room On The Web For Small E-Tailers
It may seem that the giant online retailers have the search engines all locked up and that there's no way smaller companies can get noticed on the Web.
But a new study suggests that most of the top 100 e-tailers still don't quite get search engine optimization (SEO), and their failings leave room for other players to gain market attention.
Microsoft Endorses A Fix For Something It Insists Isn't A Problem
Vista's User Account Controls prompts are something almost everybody loves to hate. Microsoft has steadfastly maintained that they're a feature that improves the product. But this week, "Microsoft has taken the very unusual step of endorsing another company's product that fixes a problem in its own operating system." The "Through the Looking Glass" saga of Vista continues.
What Orkut Really Needs
Google's software engineers report that they've been busy giving Orkut, the company's social networking service, a face-lift. But perhaps what the site really needs is a new name for the U.S market.
It's true that short, memorable domain names are hard to come by, but if ever there was a Google product in need of re-branding, it's Orkut.
Palm, It's About The Experience And Your Experience Is Out Of Date
The mobile blogosphere has been abuzz this week with the now notorious open letter from Engadget to Palm. Like my fellow blogger, Eric Zeman, I agreed with a lot of what the letter had to say. But I also think that the letter didn't focus enough on the one key ingredient missing from Palm's mobile strategy: A great u
Google In Oregon: Mother Nature Meets The Data Center
I just got back from a week's vacation in Oregon, where the highlights included a hike up Mt. Hood, fishing in the Deschutes River canyon, and a county fair where goats competed in an obstacle course. There also was the magnificent Columbia River Gorge -- and, on the banks of the Columbia, Google's expansive new data center complex.
It's IT's Job ï¿¼ Not Mine
The employees in your company are all over the place, on the road, working in coffee shops, from home, in the airport, at a client's site ï¿¼ you name it. But you, Mr. IT manager, don't have to worry. They know what they're doing, right? They listen to you when you tell them how to be careful and how to keep their machines and devices secure and virus-free, correct?
And guess what? It's all your fault.
Itï¿¼s Time to Take a Close Look at Business Ethernet Services
Tired of the companyï¿¼s LAN and WAN acting like spoiled fraternal twins, who simply canï¿¼t get along with each other? WAN Ethernet services offer medium and small companies a chance to streamline their management tasks by providing a consistent network transport from usersï¿¼ desktop though the WAN. After a slow ramp up, these services are now taking root and offer companies a range of speeds from 10M bps to 1G and a variety of wiring options. As a
Calling Out The Storage Market's Innovators
Are you an IT professional who needs to find more efficient, cost-effective ways to handle the storage of your burgeoning corporate data before your infrastructure costs spiral out of control?
Google Still Likely To Bid On Spectrum
Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday said his company is still likely to bid in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. OK, why does Google want to buy spectrum?
Hey Ma, Would You Stop IM'ing Me? I Have to Work
It's finally happened. Email has overtaken the telephone as the most common workplace tool. At least that's according to research done by Dimension Data which noted that a full 100 percent of the survey's respondents said they used email followed by 80 percent that use fixed-line telephones, 76 percent that use cell phones, and 66 percent that use instant messaging. Of course they use all those technologies. How else can
Blogging Convention Open Only To Traditional Press
Chalk this one up to the great moments in unintentional irony department. I just received an invitation to "the industry's first BlogWorld and New Media Expo." What's interesting is that the only people who can get in with a media pass are traditional press. Just what kind of blog and new media show is this?
Facebook Could Challenge Google And Become The Remote Control For The Web
Yesterday the blog Facebook Insider reported that TripAdvisor acquired Where I've Been, the top travel-related application on Facebook. While TripAdvisor later denied the rumor, the ensuing story exposed something: The exploding number of applications on Facebook. Thanks to its Facebook API program, Facebook is fast becoming the front page for mu
How Startups Get A Foot In The Door
How do startups attract those crucial first customers? A venture capitalist shares four key steps. In a previous post, I wrote about balancing the risks and rewards of buying from a startup.
Video: Steve Jobs Demoes The Macintosh In 1984
This clunky-looking little Macintosh is a recognizable ancestor to the more sophisticated machines today. It's simple, versatile, and playful. I'm impressed by how Apple's central philosophy hasn't changed in 23 years. They build machines that work, and are fun to use.
Microsoft Needs Integrated Online Storage
This week, Microsoft announced some updates to Windows Live Hotmail, including 5 Gbytes of free storage. Meanwhile, Windows Live SkyDrive has a relatively measly 500 Mbytes of storage. Why isn't Microsoft's online storage integrated?
Wall Street Journal Reporter Eats Crow, Sort of
Not that anyone races to the stodgy Wall Street Journal for tech info anyway but it's recent article about how to circumvent a company's IT department policies made lots of people angry, including yours truly.
Does The "A" in RIA Also Mean "Art?"
In IT software development circles, at a time say about 10 BW (Before Web), seeing the work of an artist was usually a matter of a Friday or Saturday night out on the town. Then along came the Web with all its bells and whistles… and pictures, and graphics, and animations, and video... Eventually applications destined for the Web were expected to have artwork, especially multimedia... Now we get to Rich Internet Applications, and the connection to artwork goes up a notch.
Taking A Chance On Startups
In case you haven't noticed, startups are back. And not just the Web 2.0 kind that appeal to hyper-connected youth. Today, new companies aiming to solve complex enterprise problems are sprouting up as if the dot-com bust never happened.
Pornography Publisher Sues Microsoft MSN
Did you hear the one about the pornography company squealing about exploitation? Perfect 10, a magazine that publishes images of naked women, is steamed at Microsoft's MSN search engine, which is linking images of these nubile young women to Web sites that have not paid for viewing, let alone duplicating, its pictures and videos. Some of these Web sites have even been cutting and pasting celebritiesï&
Look, Ma, No Batteries!
Here's another startup that's been starting up for a while now. Active Power was founded in 1992 and provides what it calls flywheel-based UPS systems.
BPMN and the Metastorm-Proforma Deal
In the wake of the Metastorm-Proforma deal early this month, a graduate of my BPMN training pinged me about a white paper on the Metastorm Web site that disses BPMN big-time... Certainly BPMN is not perfect... but most agree it's the closest thing we have today to a multivendor, architecture-neutral standard, and the one standard that addresses the biggest issue in BPM today, which is true business-IT collaboration.