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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in February 2009
Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft is not interested in building and selling its own phone. This was the same speech where he announced Windows Mobile 7 would be out in 2010. Instead, Microsoft would focus on the operating system and working with manufacturers to get products built. Should Microsoft be so rigid in this stance?
Now that cell phones have morphed into mini-computing devices, people are putting a lot more in them than just a few cell phone numbers. Now they have hundreds if not thousands of contacts, all of our appointments, tasks, a sizable chunk of our music library, pictures and maybe even a few DVDs that have been ripped to watch during a flight. Trying to keep a personal and work phone up to date with critical information has just about become impossible, leaving many to just go for a single device f
Just a week after Windows Mobile 6.5 was announced at Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer spoke at a strategic update meeting and said that Windows Mobile 7 was coming in 2010.
RIM announced a BlackBerry on Windows Mobile Service at Mobile World Congress, according to TheStreet.com. If you are tied to BlackBerry e-mail but prefer a device that has a bit more computing power, this solution may work for you.
Security programs like firewalls, antivirus, and anti-spyware are just common sense in most PC scenarios, at least for the Windows market. The Mac and Linux platforms are the target of far fewer attacks than their Microsoft-powered brethren. What about your smartphone? Should you worry about being attacked?
I am sure just about everyone reading this blog knows exactly what operating system their smartphone runs, and more than a few of you know what patches and updates have been applied, either automatically or manually. I suspect few average consumers knows what is driving their smartphone. This is in stark contrast to the desktop, where just about everyone knows what operating system their desktop runs.
Google has released yet another application for Windows Mobile this month, following on the heels of its Google Latitude and Google Sync for Mobile releases. Google Mobile App is a search bar for the home screen of your Windows Mobile device that allows you to quickly search the Internet. It also has 11 icons to launch other Google services on your device.
The GSM Association announced at Mobile World Congress yesterday that most phone manufacturers will use an energy-efficient charger with a universal Micro-USB connector. There are a number of benefits, including less money out of consumer's pockets when they get a new phone as they won't have to buy extra chargers for travel or replacement car chargers t
LG Electronics and Microsoft have signed a deal that will put Windows Mobile on at least 50 LG phones in the next five years. This will be a big help in getting Windows Mobile phones in the hands of the mainstream consumer.
Adobe announced Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player at Mobile World Congress, initially available for Nokia's S60 platform and Windows Mobile. Although not in its official press release, it is reported that it also will support the Palm Pre. Notably absent is any mentio
For those of us with multiple computers and devices, and even with multiple browsers on those devices, keeping all of our shortcuts (or favorites or bookmarks) accessible no matter which computer we are using can be quite a chore. Foxmarks has a product that will help you out, and best of all, it is free.
If your job description resembles that of Jack Bauer's, or you handle your phone a bit more roughly than the average person does, vnunet.com is reporting that i-mate is preparing to release a ruggedized phone that doesn't require you to carry around a brick-sized device.
Well, maybe just browser skirmishes. Certainly nothing like the browser wars on the desktop when Netscape and Microsoft duked it out for supremacy in the late 1990s. There are a surprising number of third-party browsers for mobile devices.
Last week Microsoft's My Phone Web site went live prematurely, but confirmed rumors that the software giant had been working on a service for its Windows Mobile devices that would bring some form of synchronization between a Windows Mobile phone and some cloud on the Internet. Will it be enough to compete with the likes of Apple's MobileMe service and entice the average Joe into buying a Windows Mobile phone?
DigiTimes is reporting that Microsoft will be changing the name of Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. It isn't the first (or second or even third) time Microsoft has renamed its platform.
Last year, messaging security firm Cloudmark conducted a survey and found that 66% of Britons had received spam on their phone via SMS or MMS. That number is surely going to increase.
The Washington Post has suggested that not every company needs an app store for their devices. As Samsung readies their new Mobile Application Marketplace I have to wonder is a cell phone manufacturer the right person to do this?
Nokia announced last week that it is buying bit-side GmbH in an effort to increase its social network mapping presence. Social network mapping goes beyond getting directions or finding retail services near your current location.
Motorola has confirmed that it will participate in the Windows Mobile 7 area in 2010, but it will focus on Android for the time being.
Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of the mobile open source company Funambol, has all but declared Windows Mobile dead in a recent blog entry. Is he right, or is there still life left in the mobile platform from Microsoft?