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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
Google For IT?
These days, if people have a question they turn to Google for an answer. Startup Paglo wants to become Google for IT administrators.
It's Time to Reinvent Your BI Strategy
Four trends are changing the face of business intelligence, according to a new report by Forrester Research. Here's the analyst's take on the shift along with ten suggested best practices for forging an up-to-date strategy.
Is Apple Spying On iPhone Users?
Just when you thought the security risks of the iPhone couldn't get any worse, we discover ">this. According to one member of the Hackint0sh forum, Apple is using the iPhone to spy on its users.
Google's Wireless Bid Plan Means It's Phone Serious
The chatter that Google may indeed be planning to bid for wireless spectrum space gives additional impetus to the expectation that there will indeed be a bunch of Google phones on the market in 2008. Yes, I know Google itself will not manufacture a phone. However, as I explained in my recent article, Inside The Gphone, the search-engine giant's Android partners are already putting a cutting-edge handset toget
Four Reasons Android Will Not Lead To Cheaper Mobile Phones
Everyone was talking about Google's new Android mobile phone platform at Mobile Internet World this week. One of the meme's following Android around is that the platform will lead to low-cost mobile phones packed with cool features. Sorry, folks, but Android will not make your mobile phone any cheaper.
Nokia Talks Widgets, Navteq, And Mobile 2.0
Earlier this week at Mobile Internet World, I sat down with Craig Cumberland, director, technology and applications marketing for software platforms, at Nokia. We talked about the role of widgets in the mobile Web and other topics, including Google's Android platform. Let's see what Nokia is doing with Mobile 2.0.
How Much E-Mail Is A Lot?
I spend countless hours reading, writing, deleting, and organizing e-mail. My day begins and ends with it, and I still haven't seen the bottom of my in-box in weeks.
Rich Enterprise Apps: A Cart and Horse Problem
The horse, of course, is the pull of rich presentation media and highly interactive user interfaces. The horse is lively and leads the way. The cart is all the backend machinery that enables a Rich Internet Application. The cart is homely and utilitarian, but made of necessary things such as data management, security systems, and communications. The current problem is that enterprise IT, quite naturally, prefers to put the cart before the horse.
How To Check The Health Of A Tech Startup
Doing business with a startup is a leap of faith, but knowing something about its financial wherewithal lowers the risk. Here's how health insurer Cigna vets promising new companies.
Will Android Be Windows To Apple's iPhone?
Everyone is complaining that Google's Android looks an a lot like the iPhone. Well, what if that is Google's point? What if Google hopes to do to the iPhone what Microsoft did to Apple's first user experience breakthrough, the Mac?
A Dashboard For Well-Meaning Companies
StakeWare sells software that lets companies track their performance in areas such as environmental protection and human rights. Your company may be doing well financially, but is it doing good?
Is This Android Running On An iPod Touch?
Yesterday I predicted that someone would create a hack that would put Android on an iPhone. Well, this isn't quite a match, but it looks close enough. Is this Android running on an iPod Touch?
China Mobile In Talks With Apple To Offer The iPhone
While the word is still out on the success of the iPhone's debut in the U.K., Apple isn't wasting any time trying to turn the it phone of 2007 into a global hit. China Mobile is reportedly in talks to offer the iPhone. But will Apply play by China Mobile's rules?
Microsoft MAR Takes A Half-Step
The first comments posted to last Friday's story about the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) licensing program were of the "Microsoft is screwing us again" variety. That doesn't seem to be the case, but there are other reasons why the idea of a new license for old hardware doesn't make much sense.
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Is Android Google's Key To The Mobile Ad Market?
While Google didn't mention anything about ads during its Android press call last week, that hasn't stopped everyone from guessing if the search giant will use Android as its key to capturing the mobile ad market.
T-Mobile Looks Ready To Go All The Way With Google
While Verizon Wireless and AT&T sit on the sidelines and watch Google's Android initiative, T-Mobile looks like its ready to go all the way with the search giant. But will Google drive T-Mobile to the bank or the graveyard?
First Look At Android-Powered Mobile Apps
Along with the launch of the Android SDK, Google today showed off samples of what Android-powered mobile applications might look like. Not surprisingly, these apps look more than a little like the iPhone's.
Did The iPhone Bomb In The U.K.?
According to the blog round-up, Apple's iPhone -- the it smartphone of the year in the U.S. -- bombed like the latest Hollywood movie on the other side of the Atlantic. Does this mean the iPhone has no future outside of the United States?
IBM Announces Agreement to Acquire Cognos
Joining the acquisition bandwagon, Big Blue snatches the largest remaining independent business intelligence and performance management vendor after months of industry consolidation.