Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
The Mobile Roundup
While there wasn't a massive industry trade show this week, there was some major news. We saw Nokia hint that it might make a laptop, Microsoft confirmed that it wouldn't build its own
Google News Gets Text Ads
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Should Microsoft Build Its Own Phone?
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?
FCC Approves CDMA Version Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip
If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
Users Want One Phone For Personal And Business
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
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Microsoft Sues TomTom; Orange Alert For Linux Backers
Microsoft has filed suit against a software maker whose GPS navigation system uses Linux. Microsoft claims TomTom infringes eight of its patents. Linux backers are keeping a wary eye on the case, but so far consider this to be a dispute over GPS mapping software.
Google Shortchanges Android Developers
Developers who paid $400 for the fully unlocked Android Dev 1 are being prevented from buying and downloading premium applications from the Android Market.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.
Opera Brings Gears Support To Mobile Browser
Google Gears is a great tool to have if you need to access certain Google or other Web services and there's no Internet connection available. Opera has extended the ability to use Gears to its Opera Mobile 9.5 browser, bringing new potential to the offline powers of mobile phones.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Business Owners' Optimism Starts To Inch Upward
Knowing exactly when the low point (or high point) of any fluctuation occurs is almost impossible without some distance from the events. According to a new survey, the low point of optimism for small business owners may have been last October.
Despite Outage, Google Makes More Tweaks To Gmail
Even though Gmail crashed for several hours earlier this week, Google is moving forward with its continual roll out of new features for its e-mail product. This week, Gmail adds the ability to change the tab label for Gmail, as well as add multiple attachments at once.
bMighty vs. Bernanke - Obama Finally Steps Up For Small Businesses. But Will It Be Enough?
Small business got a lot of attention on the Presidential campaign trail last year, but they've seemed kind of invisible in Washington since then. Until last night, that is, when President Obama finally shared the love with entrepreneurs and small business owners. But despite the glowing rhetoric, it's not at all clear that business owners will get what they what they really want out of the administration.
Softwear By Microsoft: What A Puzzle
While doing some browsing a few days ago, I stumbled into a bizarre Microsoft site named Softwear By Microsoft. Really, I had to check the domain name several times to make sure this wasn't some sort of phishing site or parody. But no, it's real.
Nokia Mulling Laptop Business
Nokia's CEO recently said that the company is thinking about a future in laptops. Can the Finnish maker of cell phones successfully make the leap from cell phones and Internet tablets to full-featured laptops?
Android Users Can Look Rich, Too
Remember that $1,000 iPhone App "I Am Rich?" The app showed a glowing red jewel, and ... well, that's about it. The point was that you could afford it and show it off. Now Android users can have that same kind of fun, and you'll also be able to get a recession-friendly discount as well.
Britain Endorses ODF; Why Not The U.S.?
The Open Document Format was adopted today by the British government as a basis for making future software purchases based on open standards. In general, Britain is requiring government agencies to use as much software based on standards as possible, based on its 10-point program to encourage open standards and open source. If Britain can do it, why can't we?