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Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in December 2007
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Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
Commentary  |  12/31/2007
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Features Peeked
Commentary  |  12/31/2007
An early working version of firmware update 1.1.3 for the iPhone has been spotted in the wild and given the full video preview treatment over at Gizmodo. A short list of the confirmed new features includes multiple-recipient SMS and Google's new faux GPS maps application.
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/28/2007
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience
Commentary  |  12/27/2007
Startup is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.
"Entitled" Younger Workers Could Be Advantage For Small Firms
Commentary  |  12/26/2007
No surprise, but it seems Generation Y workers expect more workplace perks than their more mature colleagues. Actually, though, that opens an opportunity for smaller firms with more flexible HR policies.
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Commentary  |  12/26/2007
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
BlackBerry Maker Proposes An Angular Keyboard For Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  12/26/2007
Apple stole the show this year by introducing its touch-screen-only iPhone. But mobile innovation doesn't stop there. Many device makers are stepping up their game, including Research In Motion, which, according to a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is proposing an angular keyboard for (what appears to be) future BlackBerry smartphones.
Are Cell Phones Replacing Landlines?
Commentary  |  12/21/2007
It's not uncommon for a household to bypass landline phones and use cell phones as the primary means of communication inside and outside the home. In fact, U.S. households are forecast to spend more on cell phone services than landline services this year.
Intel: Apple Likes Our Mobile Device Chips, Hungry For More
Commentary  |  12/21/2007
According to word from Intel, Apple will be relying on the processor company more and more in the future. In fact, Apple has committed to Intel's Menlow Mobile Internet Device platform and
The Top 5 Mobile Stories Of 2007
Commentary  |  12/21/2007
This year has been a heck of a ride in the world of mobility. We've seen success and failure, love and hate, and tons of new technology. Here are the five biggest stories of the year. I'll bet you'll never guess what number 1 is.
AT&T Disables Windows Live On Treo 750 Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
Palm earlier this month released a Windows Mobile 6 update for AT&T customers with Treo 750 smartphones. But it turns out that Treo 750 users are unable to utilize Windows Live. Instead, they're restricted to using AT&T's Xpress Mail and instant messaging, as one very unhappy AT&T customer pointed out.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Brits Caught Talking While Driving To Be Jailed
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
Talking, texting, or otherwise using a mobile device while driving is becoming illegal in more and more states here in the United States. None of the penalties here are as severe as those ab
RIM Closes 2007 With 10% Of Worldwide Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
RIM saw yet another year of strong growth in 2007. It will finish the year as the world's No. 2 supplier of smartphones, behind only behemoth Nokia. RIM is going to have to do better outside of North America if it wants to keep it up.
T-Mobile Promises To Support SunCom Customers
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
T-Mobile this week issued a letter to SunCom customers, updating them on its upcoming acquisition of the southeastern wireless carrier and outlining its plan to support the customers going forward.
An Easy -- and Guilt-Free -- Way to Make Room for That New Smartphone
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
With the holidays fast approaching and images of brand new electronics -- smartphones, PDAs, laptops or anything that makes it easier, or more fun, to conduct your business -- dancing in your head, there is one obvious question: What are you going to do with the old stuff?
Now You Can Own A Ferrari For A Few Hundred Dollars
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
The latest Ferrari won't go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, nor top out at more than 200 mph. But it will make pretty good phone calls, let you watch video, and browse the Web. Did you think I was talking about a real Ferrari? Nope. I'm talking about the Motorola Z8 Ferrari Edition mobile phone (which isn't going to really compensate for anything).
5 Tips for Green Data Storage
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
Everyone wants to be green these days, and so does your data. Apparently, though, tape-based backup just doesn't cut it, environmentally speaking.
Why Is Palm Still Standing?
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
In view of the latest earnings report from Palm Inc. -- a quarterly loss of $9.63 million (compared with a $12.8 million profit a year earlier), revenue down 11%, and a stock in free fall -- it's time to ask, Why does this company still exist as an independent entity?
Verizon's Flagship Media Phone Receives Firmware Update To Fix Bugs
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
Turns out the iPhone isn't the only high-profile device to receive regular firmware updates. Today, LG and Verizon Wireless made a firmware update available for the LG VX-10000 Voyager,
Location-Based Service Provider Balances Security And Privacy
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
SquareLoop, a three-year-old developer of wireless location-based messaging services, has just secured $1 million in funding. The company promises to protect the privacy of mobile users even as it broadcasts sometimes urgent messages based on their location.
Wish You Could Listen To That MP3 At Home On Your Smartphone? WeBot Can Help
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.
Developers: Android Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
Looks like Google doesn't have the Midas touch after all. According to reports, a sizable number of developers who've been working with the SDK for Google's Linux-based Android platform say it is full of bugs and often
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.
2008: Buy, Build, Or Rent Your Software?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
It used to be that when deploying software, the biggest decision to make was commercial or open source. These days, the choices have expanded to include SaaS and ad-supported software.
Isn't 'Commercial Open Source' an Oxymoron?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
"Commercial open-source software" certainly sounds like a contradiction in terms. The phrase "free and open" is part of the definition of open source software, which translated into real terms means that people can download the software and source code at will and for no charge. In most instances, this is how open-source works. Where it may work less well is for the enterprise.
Report: People Will Send More Text Messages Next Year Than This Year
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Gartner took quite a leap of faith in predicting that SMS usage in 2008 will top 2007's numbers. In fact, Gartner goes so far as to say that the number of messages will top 2.3 trillion worldwide. That's an average of 767 messages per mobile subscriber over the course of 12 months. I think we can all do better than that.
Vista is Bad. Should Smaller Businesses Go For it Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Vista's adoption rate among businesses is much lower than anticipated, largely because of difficulties many businesses have had with its deployment. So why are analysts urging more businesses to get on board? Is there a compelling reason for smaller businesses to abandon XP?
iPhone Second Only To RIM In U.S. Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Canalys released some interesting stats regarding smartphone sales in the third quarter. The iPhone has jumped to the number two spot, grabbing 27% of the market, handily beating out Windows Mobile, Linux, Symbian, and Palm devices. Will RIM ever lose the to
Finally, an Easier Way to Retrieve Your Voice Mail Messages
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Having trouble hearing your phone messages? Are you ever in a crowded room so listening closely is not an option? Alltel rolled out a new service, so small and medium businesspersons have a new option for retrieving their voice mail messages.
The Corporate Vista Slow-Down
Commentary  |  12/17/2007
Last October, a Gartner survey found that 64% of companies planned to begin moving from Windows XP to Windows Vista by the winter of 2008. One year later, that number stands at a measly 9%. Vista may be down, but don't count it out.
Verizon's $399 Price Tag Of The Palm 755p Is Out Of Touch With Reality
Commentary  |  12/17/2007
Has Verizon Wireless looked at the competition lately? Almost every smartphone in its own roster of devices is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the newly launched 755p. Sprint sells the same phone for $249. Why on earth does Verizon think people will be dumb enough to pay $399 for a tired device like t
Vista is the Year's Biggest Tech Disappointment? Ouch
Commentary  |  12/17/2007
The end of the year lists are coming fast and furious but who would've thought that the much ballyhooed and much maligned Vista would end up on the top of anybody's list? Well PC World is calling it the biggest tech disappointment of the year. That's gotta hurt.
Report: Mobile Phones To Be Primary Means Of Accessing The Internet In 2008
Commentary  |  12/17/2007
M/C Ventures is predicting that 2008 will see more people access the Internet via their mobile phones than via desktops or laptops. That's globally. In the developed world, PCs will still be the primary means of access. But in developing regions, most Internet use will come from mobile phones, helping to bridge the digital divide.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-20 Stories of 2007
News  |  12/17/2007
Trend stories, how-tos and reviews. Visitors to Intelligent Enterprise depend on all of the above, as proven by our list of the top-20 most-read stories of 2007. The roster includes perennial favorites, like the "Kimball University" series on better data warehousing, as well as forward-looking analyses, like Neil Raden's treatise on BI 2.0, and in-depth reviews, like Cindi Howson's tests of new BI products. Read on to catch the gems you might have missed.
iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2007
Market statistician Net Applications says on its Web site that Apple iPhones currently account for .09% of Web browsing, while all Windows Mobile devices put together account for only .06%. That's pretty astonishing, given the relative numbers of handheld devices running each OS in the marketplace.
A Hack Turns iPhone's Still Camera Into Camcorder
Commentary  |  12/14/2007
Many mobile phones currently on the market come with both a built-in camera and camcorder. I haven't been able to figure out why the iPhone doesn't. But reportedly there's a new hack that allows the iPhone's camera to capture video. Perhaps it's a preview of things to come?
Adobe Answers Rich-App Need for High-Performance Data/Messaging Services
News  |  12/14/2007
Open source code is aimed at sophisticated Web 20-style apps such as live help, dashboard performance monitoring and guided self-service.
Apple Officially Lets You Create Your Own iPhone Ringtones For Free
Commentary  |  12/14/2007
Finally! Apple has added the capability to allow users to create their own ringtones in GarageBand and export them to the iPhone. You need to have the latest 4.1.1 version of GarageBand 8 running. It takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, and you can even use songs from your
One In Seven Have Been Dumped By A Text Message Or E-Mail
Commentary  |  12/14/2007
"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.
Canadian Man's Phone Bill Costs More Than A BMW M5
Commentary  |  12/14/2007
Some poor Calgary man thought the $10 unlimited mobile browser plan he subscribed to meant he could tether his phone to his laptop and download movies. So he was rather shocked when he received a phone bill for $85,000 in the mail -- more than the price tag of one of Germany's finest sports sedans.
IBM Takes Content Classification Software To ECM
News  |  12/13/2007
IBM has modified its Classification Module used to route incoming email in call centers, so it can be used with the company's FileNet P8.
Top Tech Predictions For 2008
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
Yesterday I attended the Third Annual SNS New York Dinner, a gathering of tech professionals and investors at the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel hosted by futurist Mark Anderson. As usual, Anderson stirred controversy with a big dose of his high-powered brain candy.
What's Coming In 2008? Follow The Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
Marc Fleury, Marc Maiffret, and Omar Tawakol are moving to new gigs. The startups they're joining represent some of what's next for the tech industry.
Five Hot-Button Issues For Enterprise Mobility
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
What are the big issues for mobility in your business as you move into 2008? Is it device management, security, line of business applications, or just finding budget to deploy more smartphones?
Resisting Smartphones Is Futile, You Will Be Assimilated
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
Mobility is changing everything. Not only will sales of smartphones surpass laptops in a few years, but 1 in 8 U.S. households has cut their wireline telephone services in favor of wireless. Will enterprises ever cut the cord?
Smaller Businesses, Open Source is Going to Get Easier to Use. No More Excuses
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
Recent research indicates that one of the main reasons smaller businesses don't use open source applications is interoperability between solutions. If that improves, will more smaller businesses go open source? They should.
Google Takes Mobile Fight To Microsoft's Doorstep
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
Google's latest mobile software offering takes aim at the heart of Microsoft Exchange. Google has made it possible to sync your Gmail, applications, your own domains, and now your Google calendar with your BlackBerry's on-board calendar application. No pricey Exchange servers and licenses required.
Is Your Computer Keyboard Dishwasher Safe?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007
My keyboard is pretty nasty. It just accumulates dirt. About a year ago, I made a new rule for myself: No eating at my desk. That helped a little, but my keyboard still looks like a fraternity house after homecoming weekend. So I was excited to see this news on the Internet: Most keyboards are dishwasher safe.
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