Google Wants It All When It Comes To Wireless
Google put months of speculation to rest today by officially announcing that it will bid in the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction come January. It might eventually have its own mobile platform, offer all kinds of
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Motorola's CEO Calls It Quits
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Shop Google, Earn Airline Miles
Google is taking a page from the credit card companies by incorporating an airline miles reward program as part of Google Checkout this month.
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
AMD Opens Bangalore R&D Center
When you get CEO Hector Ruiz to fly into India to open up a new engineering facility, you know AMD is getting serious about 45nm quad-core chips.
Microsoft Rumored To Release A Windows Mobile Update
Although there aren't many details currently available, word on the street is that Microsoft has previewed an update to its smartphone operating system, Windows Mobile 6, to the lucky few attending the annual Mobius conference.
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
AT&T CEO Says 3G iPhone Will Be Available Next Year
The 3G iPhone has been naught but a rumor until AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson opened his mouth recently and spilled the beans. Oh, how Steve Jobs must be fuming right now. All Stephenson would commit to is "next year", but that's enough for many.
Verizon Wireless Picks LTE With Vodafone For 4G Technology
Verizon Wireless officially dropped another bomb this week. Though the move was widely speculated about several months ago after a Vodafone executive made some comments about the two companies' plans, Verizon made it official this morning. CDMA and its 4G derivative UWB are out. L
BI Startup Targets Microsoft, Siebel CRM
Semantra, a four-year-old company in Dallas, has developed what sounds like the Holy Grail of the database technologies: A business intelligence-like search tool that lets non-technical users make ad hoc queries in plain English. It's going after Microsoft and Siebel CRM customers first.
On Clean Energy, Google Jumps The Shark
As a citizen of Planet Earth, I'm glad to know that Google, the country's sixth-largest corporation in terms of market cap, is planning to invest hundreds of millions to fight global warming. If I were a shareholder (which I'm not), I wouldn't be so thrilled.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Super 3G In The Hands Of 24 Million People Predicted By 2012
A new report by Juniper Research forecasts that by 2012, nearly 24 million subscribers worldwide will be using services based on a cellular technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, which is often referred to as "super 3G." That means in the next couple of years wireless carriers and mobile device makers will have to step up their game, especially in the United States.
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Next Tuesday, December 4, bMighty.com is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Google Adds Locator Feature To Mobile Maps Application
Google made a new beta version of its Mobile Maps application available to certain smartphones today. The biggest improvement of the application comes with its My Location feature, which uses cell tower information--and not on-board GPS--to determine user location. Watch our demo here.
Motorola Loses The Number Two Spot To Samsung, Has Clearly Lost Its Mojo
More bad news for Motorola. Plagued by a tough year all around, Motorola slipped from the world's second-largest supplier of mobile phones to the third, according to third quarter figures released yesterday. In comparison, Nokia increased its lead and sold nearly three times as many devices as Motorola. Can Moto turn it around and get its moj
Why Microsoft Rattles The Patent Saber
It must be maddening to believe you command developer loyalties and lead legions worldwide, then watch developers flock to the Linux kernel. Maddening, that is, if you're Microsoft. Why does Microsoft say its patents cover Linux, while at the same time reaching out to other open source code projects? It's the Linux kernel development process.
What Does Verizon's "Open Move" Mean For Smaller Companies?
Verizon challenged the way America does wireless today when it announced that it plans to open its wireless network to third party mobile devices, software, and applications. If other carriers are forced to follow suit, what might that mean to small and midsize companies' mobility plans?
University To Make Students Carry GPS Mobile Phones
For those of you who thought I was jumping the gun with location and GPS, check this out: Montclair State University will require its students to buy and carry a special cell phone equipped with GPS. Is this a sign of things to come?
Industry Begins To Weigh In On Verizon's Open Handset Policy
Microsoft is one of the first companies to formally announce that it supports Verizon's new "any apps, any device" idea. So far other companies have remained mum on the subject. You have to wonder what members of the Open Handset Alliance thin
Now That Verizon Wireless Is Opening Its Network, What's Next?
It looks like Google is about to get everything it wants. The king of closed wireless networks, Verizon Wireless, this morning said it will open its networks to "wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the carrier." Now what's next?
Verizon Wireless's Walled Garden Comes Tumbling Down
Holy cell towers, Batman! In a stunning announcement, Verizon Wireless has promised that customers will be able to use "any app, any device" on its network starting next year. Is this the end of the walled garden as we know it?
Converting A Few Measly Page Views Into Real Business
Yodle, a specialist in placing online ads for small, local companies, has secured $12 million in second round venture funding. Its clients are the small-fries of Web commerce, but large enterprises could learn a few things from them.
Linux Kernel Maintainers: Accountable To All, Beholden To None?
The Linux kernel is surrounded by hundreds of interested parties. How is it that none of them gains a commanding influence over the kernel's development priorities? HP, IBM, Oracle. Google, eBay and Intel each has a primary stake in Linux and employs kernel developers. Does this mean money talks when it comes to Linux? If not, why not?
Why Doesn't Google Android Support SIP?
While Google's Android OS promises to break open the mobile market, some insiders are wondering why it has no support for SIP or IMS. How revolutionary can Android be if it does not include SIP?
Rumor Mill: T-Mobile Might Be Ready To Launch Its 3G Network
This one has been a long time coming. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major U.S. carriers that doesn't offer 3G data services. It bought 3G spectrum back in 2006, but has yet to get any portions of its planned 3G network up and running. Looks like that might be about to change.
Blyk MVNO Claims 43 Percent Click-Through On Its Mobile-For-Ads Service
The U.K.-based mobile virtual network operator is saying that in its first eight weeks of operation it just might have a valid business model after all. The MVNO offers free mobile service to 16-24 year olds. In exchange for free minutes and text-message allowances, users have to view ads on their phones. So far, up to 43 percent are actually clicking o
Business Security Lessons From 60 Minutes
Nice piece on information security on this week's 60 Minutes, with Lesley Stahl being walked through venues from wireless network vulnerabilities to stolen credit card number auctions.
A Mother Lode Of Business Code
Forget IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. How much software do you think businesses have developed for internal use? Here's one expert's guesstimate.
The Promise Of Mobile GPS And Location
If 2007 was the year of smartphones, then 2008 promises to be the year of mobile location. Consumers and business users want GPS and other location services on their smartphones. But what does 2008 really hold in store?
Why Does Jaron Lanier Hate Google?
Spurred into opining by the television writers strike, virtual-reality guru Jaron Lanier has reversed his long-standing "piracy is good" position. Writing on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, he's lamenting the fact that content creators aren't reaping their fair share of the Web's riches, and that this comes at the expense
Gmail As Designed By Microsoft
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it's time for some holiday chestnuts. Here's one: What if Microsoft, and not Google, had designed Gmail? How would the application be different? Let's take a look.
And The Best Selling Mobile Phone Of The Third Quarter Was...
...Not the iPhone. It was the Motorola Razr V3. Not the new version of the Razr, mind you, but the ancient version of the Razr that used to be a trendsetter. My question is, should it really count as a "sale" when people are not actually paying for the phone?
Study Links Wi-Fi Exposure To Autism
Another day, another study. This one comes from the Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine and says that the signals spewing from the Wi-Fi router in your office can trap certain metals within brain cells and increase the chances your kids will develop autism.
Is Your Site Ready for the Holiday Rush?
The Christmas season officially begins Friday, traditionally being the busiest day of the year for retailers. So as customers get ready to open up their wallets, the question becomes: Will your Web site withstand the dramatic surge in traffic?
Hanging Up On Mobile AV
It's good to see security vendors getting in front of a problem. But when it comes to mobile malware, Symantec and McAfee are getting ahead of themselves.
Work From Anywhere -- Carefully
The ability to work anywhere, at anytime, is crucial for anyone involved in a smaller business. Until recently, though, working in airports or hotels was a hit or miss affair.