Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away
In a USA Today interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is asked if he wishes consumers would get as passionate about Microsoft as they do when Apple comes out with something new. "It's sort of a funny question," he answers. "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? I want to have products that appeal to everybody." Steve, I've got one word for you: iPod.
Transparency Defined: A Look Inside VMware's IPO
VMware's IPO-related filings include a discussion of the competitive threat posed by Microsoft in the virtualization space, a breakout of VMware license revenue versus professional services revenue (guess which is growing more rapidly?), the hiring of a CFO from Amazon, and a decision by many customers to run all of their new apps on VMware software. While the SEC-mandated documents are a tad dry in places, they also provide an unpreceden
Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 (http://www.global360.com/ ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Google To Launch iGoogle
At a brunch for journalists (where I am typing this), Google today rolled out new personalization applications and features that are scheduled to go live first thing Tuesday morning.
First, the Google Personalized Home Page, previously known as IG because those two characters are at the end of the Personalized Home Page URL (www.google.com/ig), has formally become iGoogle. If you thought Froogle was a poor product name, be thankful Google rejected Yougle, Fusion, and Mockingbird for the rename
Intel Hopes The UMPC Will Kill The Smartphone
The PC industry seems confused about the future of mobile computing. Notebooks are a mature device category but other new form factors haven't fared so well. Smartphones represent a strong growing market, but this sector is controlled by the wireless industry, i.e. carriers and handset makers, not traditional PC companies. PC companies have yet to really win in the smartphone arena -- though the iPhone promises to change that. Regardless, Intel is trying to push a new mobile form factor that it
Mobile And Wireless Prominent In IBM's Top Five Technology Innovations
Wireless and mobility figure prominently in IBM's "Next Five in Five," a list of the top five technologies that will impact people's lives in the next five years. The results of this study come from IBM's interal research labs and think tank, as well as input from 150,000 people in 104 countries. So what are the top five technologies to look out for?
Has An Inappropriate Ringtone Ever Embarrassed You?
Raise your hand if you have a specialized ringtone set on your phone. Now raise your hand if you haven't bothered to switch your mobile phone's ringer from the default ringer it came with out of the box. Lastly, raise your hand if you keep your phone on vibrate or silent most of the time. According to the
Mobile Blogging Plug-In Available For Wordpress Users
To continue fellow blogger Mitch Wagner's discussion on blogging tools, I thought I'd share a bit of news from Wordpress. A new plug-in from Andy Moore, creator of Web2Txt, allows bloggers to create versions of their blogs that will be viewable on mobile phones. It will also allow bloggers to create posts
Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him, the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business -- as well as position OS X as a competitor in the mobile OS market.
Carnival Of Mobilists #70
Break out the balloons and clown shoes, it's carnival time. The Carnival of Mobilists #70 is live at Mobile Opportunity. This edition's topics include RIM's BlackBerry service outage, the future of MVNOs, how to make feature phones better, dumb convergence solutions, and a new wireless carrier in Spain. Check it out.
Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary. TV is passive entertainment and I'm fine with that. If I want to interact, I'll do so using the computer in my home office, or maybe, if I'm feeling decadent, from my laptop while watching TV.
Businesses Should Ditch Mobile E-mail And Use SMS Instead
That's what Alan Moore, CEO of SMLXL, recommends. His reasoning isn't all that outlandish, either. Turns out, most users of expensive mobile e-mail systems rarely type out messages that are longer than the 160-character limit with SMS. Why are enterprises paying for all that fancy technology if simple
Europeans Highly Skeptical About The iPhone
In the very unscientific poll I took while attending the S60 Summit in Madrid this week, most Europeans I spoke with said the iPhone is "worthless without 3G." They are also unconvinced that the touchscreen interface will allo
Report From A Weary Mobile Traveler
Well, my trip to Madrid and back to cover the Nokia Applications Summit and S60 Summit was met with good success from a technology standpoint. My mobile phone had no problems adjusting to the European flavors of GSM, though I
FCC Fiddles, Broadband Opportunity Burns
"The most important step we can take to provide affordable broadband to all Americans is to facilitate the deployment of a third pipe into the home,'' FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said yesterday in announcing that the Commission would put off, once again, finalizing the structure of the 700MHz spectrum auction scheduled for later this year. "The upcoming auction represents the single most important opportunity f
The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know
I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.
Does A Job Ad Signal The Return Of The Google Phone?
Just when you thought it was safe to deny the existence of a Google Phone, more rumors stir the blogosphere. Late last week Dan Jones at Unstrung pointed out that Google posted a job ad for hardware product manager. So much for Google not getting into the hardware business. Oh, it gets better.
Is It An 'Interview' If It's Via E-Mail?
In working on my story on Wall Street's efforts to reduce data latency, I had several e-mail exchanges with a spokesperson for BATS, a very nice but not overly responsive fellow. After the story came out, he chided me for not checking the facts with him. I pointed out that in the week the story was being edited, I made several attempts to reach him by phone and by e-mail, unsuccessfully. I am reminded of this
How Does RadioShack Stay In Business?
Leave it to The Onion to ask one of the pressing questions of our time: How does RadioShack stay in business? This clever satire ponders how the age-old retailer manages to survive in the era of Best Buy and Amazon.
S60 Summit Exhibitors Show Off Consumer Applications
Continuing our tour around the S60 Summit expo hall, Over The Air saw another handful of innovative applications and services aimed at consumers and enterprise users. Want to find the nearest Wi-Fi? Easy. Need to seamlessly switch your cellphone from business to personal mode? Done.
100 Millionth S60-Based Smartphone Ships
During this morning's keynote address at the S60 Summit in Madrid, Spain, Nokia announced that more than 100 million devices based on the S60 platform have shipped. That totals 53.5% of the world market share for smartphone operating systems, and that doesn't include Symbian UIQ, which also has a sizable chunk of t
E-Mail Is Out With Today's Younger Web Users
For most of us in the business world, e-mail is an integral part of our work lives. But for the millennials -- the generation between ages 13 and 24 -- e-mail is for old people. That's right, the first form of communication that brought many of us into the online world is now as outdated as a leisure suit.
The Regeneration Of Mobile Sales Force Automation
Just ask any CIO and they'll tell you mobility is a top priority for 2007. While certain enterprise applications are obvious ROI generators when mobilized, the real value of others is hard to pin down. Intuitively, we know that getting rid of paper-based processes in field service and other tasks is a major time and money saver. But what is the value in mobilizin
Take 5: The Evolution Of The Mobile Phone User Experience
Welcome to this week's edition of Take 5, our regular feature on Over The Air where we ask a wireless or enterprise IT industry insider five (or in this case eight) questions about a specific area of interest. This week's guest is Frank Tyneski, Senior Director of Design and Human Factors for Kyocera Wireless. Our topic is The Evolution Of Mobile Usability, with an emphasis on handsets and smartphones. Let's dig in.
Hey Mel, Your (Pay-)Slip is Showing
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez wasn't the only one getting raked over the coals before Congress last week. Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin also faced a hostile audience in a hearing at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the proposed XM-Sirius merger, in which committee chairman Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii said he believes the deal faces "a steep hill to climb" because of concerns over competition. Th
Attention Cellular Customers: It's Time To Speak Out!
Most of us, if not all of us, use mobile devices whether it's a cell phone, a smartphone, or a Pocket PC. We all pay the monthly fees, the necessary taxes, and sometimes even those obscure charges that show up on our bills. We all deal with dropped calls, "dead zones," and lack of features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 3G. But it's time for us-the consumers-to speak out and confront the cellular carriers with our frustrations.
By Jupiter! Consumers Don't Find Mobile Banking All That Intriguing
The latest results from Jupiter Research note that no matter how hard banks and other financial institutions push mobile banking, only 8% of cell phone users who use online banking services are interested in mobile banking. Jupiter says banks are going about it the wrong way.
Enterprise Apps Galore On Display At Nokia Application Summit
Live from Madrid, Spain, Over The Air got the latest scoop on some cool enterprise applications for the connected business user. Ranging from business card readers to invoice approval and device security applications, there's a wealth of enterprise tools for the Symbian S60 platform to make working on the go more productive.
Forrester Claims Mobile Business Will Not Be A Reality Until 2013
A new study from Forrester Research claims that while CIOs and IT managers are interested in business mobility, they are only now beginning to really embrace the technology. As a result, we may have to wait a little longer for the truly mobile enterprise. Are they serious?
Put to the Test: Oracle BI Enterprise Edition
Built on the federated data access and Web-based architecture of Siebel Analytics, Oracle's latest BI offering is competitive, but the admin and query interfaces could stand a few usability improvements.
13-Year-Old Gets Thumbs Up At LG National Texting Championship
On Saturday I decided to skip my usual weekend routine to check out the LG National Texting Championship in New York's Roseland Ballroom. More than 300 text messagers crowded the historic space to show off their texting skills and earn a chance to take home the $25,000 grand prize.
Growth Of Mobile Phones Sales Continues, But At Slower Rate
Across the globe sales of mobile phones rose 10% during the first quarter of 2007, according to research firm IDC. The 256.4 million units represent an increase over the year-ago quarter, but it's somewhat cooler than the hot sales from the fourth quarter of 2006, which were 13.8% higher. Will sales hit 1 billion again this year?
Cingular To Refund Affected BlackBerry Users
According to an inside memo, business subscribers who call Cingular/AT&T's customer service line will receive a prorated credit (up to $2.50) for the loss of their BlackBerry e-mail service for one day last week. Looks like complaining can accomplish something after all.
Is CA Serious About Software Development?
Think of CA, once the definition of the serial-acquirer software company, and "organic development" doesn't leap to mind. But a homegrown mobile-device management tool CA has in beta is a sign of things to come, its CTO says. He's promising to show off more such work this week at CA World.
Got Any Good Windows Vista Tips?
Have you got your feet wet with Microsoft's new operating system? If you're like me, you don't have it at work, but you've been spending an untoward amount of time with it on your home PC. That's where I came up with my Top 5 Windows Vista Tips To Personalize Your PC.
A Hammock For Your Electronics
Because your electronics needs its beauty rest? No, it's a little doo-hickey to use when charging your gadgets at inconveniently placed electrical sockets, to keep from having to put 'em on the floor. Still: Funny.
Microsoft News And Notes From My Redmond Visit
You learn a lot about a company after being on its campus for two days. Microsoft's no different. The company's main campus in Redmond is huge, with tens of thousands working there daily. With so many people, my meetings cut across business and product lines, and I was able to get a bunch of good insight, as well as some bits and pieces that I find newsworthy and interesting, including some release dates and/or new details about Windows Live, security, management and developer tools. So, onto a
5 Rules For Exploiting Tragedy
And the award for The Crassest PR Pitch I received this week in the wake of the Virginia Tech slayings goes to … Sam Sims, of Jones PR in Oklahoma City! (Take a bow, Sam.)
AT&T Delivers The Fruits Of Its BellSouth Merger
If you're a business, AT&T has good news for you: It's rolling out the first set of integrated wireline and wireless services. The products are a result of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth last year. The carrier says it's responding to customer demand for wireless technology, which accounted for about 30% of total telecom budgets last year, according to