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Content tagged with Mobile Business posted in October 2009
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The Crapware Plague: Fed Up And Fighting Back!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Would you buy a PC from a vendor that treats you like an idiot, wastes your time and makes your life miserable? Chances are, you already do.
Nokia Dis-N-Gages
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Nokia has decided to shut down its N-Gage gaming service in September 2010. This is a rare public admission of defeat for Nokia, which launched the N-Gage gaming platform to much fanfare several years ago. Ever since Nokia transitioned the service to an online gaming portal, it has failed to find users.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
News  |  10/30/2009
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
Backup & Recovery: Practice Makes Perfect!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
When it comes to recovering data from a backup source, practice makes perfect. And failing to practice can leave your small business in a terrible mess at the worst possible time.
VoiceCon 2009: Tackling A Shifting Business Communications Landscape
News  |  10/30/2009
The enterprise communications event, in San Francisco November 2-5, will feature deep dive sessions and keynotes from Avaya, IBM, and Siemens.
Alcatel Lucent Sales, Profits Slide
News  |  10/30/2009
A 2Q profit of $19.7 million, however, may help the networking company break even for the year.
Users Reporting BlackBerry Storm2 Wi-Fi Goof
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Covered by the tidal wave of Motorola Droid news this week was the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on Verizon's network. In all respects, the device is a major update to the original that is seriously worth considering. Although, there appears to be an issue with the Storm2's Wi-Fi radio.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Qualcomm Unit Joins Symbian Foundation
News  |  10/30/2009
The move boosts the Symbian platform, which includes a mobile operating system, user interfaces, middleware, and various mobile applications.
iTunes 9.0.2 Breaks Palm Pre Sync Again
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and Palm continues. Apple offered up iTunes 9.0.2 yesterday. The main reason for the update was to bring new compatibility with Apple TV 3.0 software. Apple was sure to take the time to nix the Palm Pre's ability to sync with iTunes, too.
Sprint Nextel Subscribers Dwindling
News  |  10/30/2009
To counter losses, the carrier is betting on Android handsets and a plan to roll out WiMax through Clearwire.
Does The World Need A Twitter Device?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Twitter has become a very popular service and to make the most of it, Peek has released a new device called the TwitterPeek that does just one thing - Twitter. Really?
Asus Unveils USB 3.0 Motherboard
News  |  10/29/2009
USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, supports throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
Sprint: No More Tethering
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Here's an interesting move. Today, a Sprint spokesperson said that moving forward it will not allow its smartphone customers to tether their devices to their laptops. You want mobile Internet on your laptop? Buy a Sprint dongle and data plan.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
The State Of The Mobile Web
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Opera has released a report on the state of the mobile web and it shows, as expected, growth in the number of people viewing the web on their mobile phones, the number of pages each person views and the amount of data they each consume.
bMighty Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers -- Now Available On Demand
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
If you thought you missed last week's informative bMighty virtual event on how SMBs can deal with data centers in tough times, it's time to think again. The entire event is now available on demand!
An Android App For The Military
News  |  10/29/2009
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
Motorola Posts 3Q Profit
News  |  10/29/2009
The handset maker is looking to its Google Android-based smartphones, like the Verizon Droid, to regain market share.
Sprint Continues To Bleed Customers
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Sprint reported its third quarter earnings today, and the news wasn't so good. Though Sprint lost customers at a slower pace than the previous two quarters, it still saw overall subscriber numbers drop. So much for that whole "Palm Pre to the Rescue" notion, eh?
Practical Analysis: Time To Embrace The Netbook
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
One thing's for certain: The computing device policy you laid down a few years ago won't do anymore.
HTC Bringing Android 2.0 To Hero
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
It's no secret that the Motorola Droid's ace-in-the-hole is the Android 2.0 "Eclair" operating system that's on board. The big question on everyone's mind is, will existing Android devices be able to upgrade? The answer is yes. Sort of.
Verizon: Our Network Can Handle The Droid
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the Droid smartphone yesterday with much hoopla. Neither company spared the competition, and Verizon took a direct shot at AT&T when it said, "We're not anticipating the network will take a hit on this."
Nortel Sells LTE Packet Assets To Hitachi
News  |  10/29/2009
The $10 million deal for long term evolution technology will enable Hitachi to support the transfer of data from 3G networks to next-generation mobile broadband.
Qwest Profits Dip, But Outlook Brightens
News  |  10/29/2009
Its next-generation network backbone facilities will deliver 100 Gbps speeds and will be implemented next year.
Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
News  |  10/29/2009
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system makes it easier for users to get corporate e-mail, calendar, and contact information on their handsets.
Xerox Unveiling Enterprise Print Services
News  |  10/28/2009
Xerox is expanding its enterprise print services to support home and remote locations and help enterprise customers cut costs and improve efficiency.
Sony Recalls 69,000 Vaio AC Adapters
News  |  10/28/2009
Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warn the devices could deliver an electrical shock to users.
First Impressions Of The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
I was able to spend some serious time with the Motorola Droid today. The hardware has a few quirks, but it is solidly engineered and built. The materials exude quality, and it feels great to hold in your hand. Oh yeah, and Android on it is pretty cool, too. Its real killer feature is its lead on every other Android handset with the 2.0 -- a.k.a. Eclair -- system software.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Verizon Droid Targets iPhone
News  |  10/28/2009
The enterprise-friendly Motorola Droid smartphone, which runs on Google's Android OS, has built-in Microsoft Exchange support.
Boingo Rolls Out Wi-Fi For BlackBerry
News  |  10/28/2009
BlackBerry owners using the service are automatically alerted when they are in range of a Boingo Wi-Fi hotspot.
Smartphone Boom Challenging PC Makers
News  |  10/28/2009
A shift in mobile computing from laptops to smaller devices is forcing PC makers to adjust, research firm says.
Motorola And Verizon Wireless Make Droid Official
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
This morning Motorola and Verizon Wireless officially unveiled the Motorola Droid. The Droid features some fantastic specs and looks to be a winner for Verizon Wireless and Motorola both, especially at the price point of $200.
Ericsson Shuffles Top Management
News  |  10/28/2009
The wireless networking equipment maker has named a new CEO and CFO.
SMBs To Lag In IT Purchases
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
While overall hardware buying plans have returned to August 2008 levels, midsize and small businesses are split on their buying plans and levels of confidence.
How Important Is Open Source To Mobile Devices?
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
Open Source software has been around for a long time but really made its name in the public eye with Linux. For some, they think open source is Linux. Despite the name recognition Linux enjoys, it is still a relatively minor part of the overall computer industry, especially on the desktop side. The mobile industry though is shaping up to be quite different, and most of this has come about in just the last few years.
Barnes & Noble To Sell Plastic Logic eReader
News  |  10/27/2009
The high-end device will fill out Amazon's upcoming product line, to compete with Amazon's Kindle.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
Symbian Kick Starts Developer Program
News  |  10/27/2009
Developers in the Horizon program will be able to more efficiently distribute applications for Symbian, the most widely used mobile OS.
Dell Unveils Thin, Light Convertible Tablet
News  |  10/27/2009
The new system is designed for use in harsh environments, such as military, police, field-service and factory floors.
Opera's Latest Report: 35M Users, 2PB Of Data
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
Today Opera Software released the findings of its monthly "State of the Mobile Web" report. Among the many tidbits of data shared is that Opera Mini saved its 35.6 million users $8 billion in data fees, and processed 2 petabytes of data.
Sony Ericsson's Android Phone Coming Soon
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
It looks like the Android Army is going to add another top-tier handset to its ranks, as Sony Ericsson is preparing to announce a new phone Nov. 3. All signs point to it being the latest version of its high-end Xperia line running the Google-backed operating system with a custom user interface.
Lithium Batteries On The Hot Seat Over Airline Fires
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
The mantra for today's portable device batteries is "better, stronger and longer." When they take to the sky, however, "snap, crackle, pop!" might be more appropriate.
Verizon CEO: iPhone Deal 'In Apple's Court'
News  |  10/27/2009
The Verizon Wireless network is positioned to handle heavy smartphone usage, but it's Apple's call, says Verizon chief.
Windows 7 Boosts Laptop Battery Life
News  |  10/27/2009
Collaboration between Intel and Microsoft means at least an extra hour of power, vendors claim.
Android 2.0 Changelog Is Droolworthy
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
Today Google officially made Android 2.0 available to developers and along with it a new SDK, toolbox and APIs for them to use in crafting their apps. Google also spilled some details about the features that are now going to be part of Android. Some of the goodies include support for multiple Gmail and Exchange accounts.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
News  |  10/27/2009
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
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