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Content tagged with Mobile Business posted in November 2008
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Nokia Gives Up On Japan, Starts Shipping Its Touch-Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2008
Some interesting news out of Finland this week. First up, Nokia announced that it will cease making mobile phones for the Japanese market. Second, the touch-based XpressMusic 5800 is now shipping in some markets.
Researcher Trims Forecast For LCD-TV shipments
News  |  11/26/2008
Given the seriousness of the global economic slowdown, iSuppli lowered its 2008 forecast for LCD-TV shipments by 6%.
Samsung Sees Cell Phone Market Squeezed
News  |  11/26/2008
The company joins a long chorus line of handset makers who say the economic slowdown will cut into the growth of the global cell phone market.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
Apple's 'Really Fast' Ad Banned In U.K.
News  |  11/26/2008
Apple was asked to drop another commercial for the iPhone 3G that promised the handset could access "all parts of the Internet."
Bell Canada's Takeover Deal In Danger Of Failing
News  |  11/26/2008
An audit by KPMG revealed that it does not believe BCE "would meet the solvency tests" stipulated in the deal.
Sony Ericsson Adds Facebook, Windows Live To Xperia Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
Looks like developers have taken advantage of the SDK that Sony Ericsson made available for its Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone. This week, Sony Ericsson added two more panels to the X1's user interface: one for Facebook and another for Microsoft's Windows Live.
Blockbuster Takes On Netflix, Apple With Direct-To-TV Player
News  |  11/25/2008
To lure customers, Blockbuster is offering the player at no charge for people who rent 25 online Blockbuster movies in advance for $99.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
News  |  11/25/2008
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
Nokia's Symbian Acquisition Reportedly On Schedule
News  |  11/25/2008
In preparation, Nokia said it would port its Qt cross-application framework to Symbian in a move to attract developers of other platforms.
Are Netbooks On Your Company's Shopping List?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
If your company occasionally sends workers out of the office, you might want to consider a having a "loaner" Netbook available to keep them productive without weighing them down. Especially since holiday sales are pushing prices down below $300 on Black Friday.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
IBM Launches New Cloud Computing Services
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
IBM has announced new services aimed at helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing. And small- and midsize-business owners that have been thinking about making the leap to the cloud will be most interested in the industry-specific consulting service that assesses the cost of building a cloud.
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
HTC: We're Gonna Sell 1 Million G1's In 2008
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
Forecasts for sales of the first Android phone from HTC have been all over the map. HTC now says demand is so strong that it is doubling the number it originally projected to sell.
Samsung, InterDigital Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit
News  |  11/25/2008
The multimillion-dollar arbitration involves Samsung's sale of 2G products and 3G patent licensing.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
Samsung Adds Its Omnia To Verizon's Smartphone Lineup
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
With just three days before Black Friday, the phone manufacturers and network operators are rolling out the new phones in furious fashion. The latest? Samsung and Verizon Wireless jointly announced the Omnia, Samsung's Windows Mobile 6.1-wielding, TouchWiz-toting, touch screen titan.
To Remain Viable, Palm Plans to Cut Positions
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
Remember Palm, the company that helped to define the smartphone market? While many may have forgotten about the company in the midst of all the hoopla about Apples iPhone and Googles Android, Palm still has a sizable customer base. The company plans significant moves to try and retain that base.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
Intel, Micron Start Mass Production Of 34-nm Memory Chips
News  |  11/24/2008
The product can fit 4 GB of memory on a core and eight cores on a layer for a total of 64 GB of memory on a two-layer stack.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
BlackBerry Storm Sees Long Lines, Delays
News  |  11/24/2008
Analysts estimate the first touch-screen BlackBerry sold more than 100,000 units over the weekend, but the demand may be outstripping supply.
Dell Offers 'Black Friday' $349 Notebook
News  |  11/24/2008
Dell also slashed the price of the Vostro 200 Slim Tower and the PowerEdge SC440 single-socket tower server on its Web site.
Small-Town Tech Firm Reversing Outsourcing Tide
News  |  11/24/2008
Eleutian Technology, based in rural Wyoming, is poised to do big business teaching English to Korean and Chinese students over the Internet.
iPhone MMS App In The Works
Commentary  |  11/24/2008
It appears that the iPhone may get the ability to send and receive picture messages after all...but not from Apple. A Swedish company called Mobispine is working on an MMS application that would be available through the iPhone Apps Store. Too little too late?
Nokia To Launch MVNO In Japan
News  |  11/24/2008
The cell phone manufacturing giant is hoping to boost its miniscule market share in Japan with a high-end mobile phone service.
Sprint's CDMA Chief Garcia Leaves
News  |  11/24/2008
Keith Cowan, who has been serving as Sprint's president of strategy and corporate development, takes his place temporarily.
iPhone Firmware 2.2 Breaking Some Apps
Commentary  |  11/24/2008
Now that the iPhone firmware 2.2 is available, reports are trickling in about new issues brought on by the upgrade. Among the problems are disabled third-party applications purchased via the iPhone Apps Store.
This Presidential Blackberry Thing Is More Complicated Than We Thought
Commentary  |  11/22/2008
Earlier this week, The rANT posted a screed blasting the powers that be for denying President-Elect Obama his prized Blackberry once he enters the White House. Well, it turns out that Blackberry has already been hacked.
Video-Game Consoles Also Waste Your Electricity
News  |  11/21/2008
On average, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 use 150 watts and 119 watts of electricity, respectively, more than prior generations of the consoles.
Thoughts On The BlackBerry Bold
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
I know everyone has the BlackBerry Storm on their minds, but I haven't had enough time to really kick the tires and give a good review. I have been handling the BlackBerry Bold for a few weeks, though, and keep on reading to see if it's been worth the multiple delays.
Airvana Upgrades Software For EV-DO Wireless Networks
News  |  11/21/2008
The company's Release 7 enhances the current boradband infrastructure that has been developed by Qualcomm.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
News  |  11/21/2008
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
First Look: iPhone 2.2 Makes A Great Thing Better
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
The biggest improvement in the iPhone software Version 2.2 is in the Maps application -- particularly the addition of Street View. It's a slick implementation that gets a lot of information into a very small screen. You can figure out the new Street View and other Maps features easily, especially if you've already used Maps.
Was There Really A Fist Fight Over The BlackBerry Storm?
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
Reuters posted a piece this afternoon about how Verizon Wireless customers are lining up at retail stores across the country to buy the new BlackBerry Storm. Apparently at one midtown Manhattan location, a "ruckus" broke out. Really? Over a cell phone?
HP Offers AMD Shanghai-Based Workstation
News  |  11/21/2008
The xw9400 is available with Windows Vista and XP Professional and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Update
News  |  11/21/2008
The firmware upgrade adds the ability to download podcasts directly on the device, improves map applications, and fixes some bugs.
BlackBerry's Storm Rolls In -- Do You Need One?
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
With the launch of the BlackBerry Storm -- and Apple's midnight-hour iPhone upgrade -- comes the long-awaited battle between the smartphones. Which will prevail -- the Storm or the iPhone? Lest all the hype cloud your good judgment, a better question might be: Does your company really need either one?
Verizon Looks To Steal iPhone's Thunder With BlackBerry Storm
News  |  11/21/2008
The Storm has many features that are similar to or better than Apple's handset, and Verizon's aggressively pricing it to hold onto subscribers.
Nokia Goes Hollywood With Latest Research Center
News  |  11/21/2008
The lab will work on a range of technologies, many of them sensor-based, which will include film, music, games, Web, and TV.
Apple Makes iPhone Firmware 2.2 Available
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
The latest version of firmware for the Apple iPhone became available overnight. The 246 megabyte download brings with it a host of new features for the iPhone, many of them for Google Maps. Still no MMS and still no cut-and-paste, however.
People Lining Up For The BlackBerry Storm
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
This morning as I drove past the local Verizon Wireless retail store, I was surprised to see no less than 50 people waiting outside. I stopped and asked (just to be sure) what they were waiting for. They answered, "The BlackBerry Storm!"
Software Selection Tips: StarOffice Vs. OpenOffice
Commentary  |  11/20/2008
Now that Sun has released StarOffice 9, it's a good time to answer an important question: What, exactly, is the difference between and StarOffice?
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