Profile of Terry SweeneyContributing Editor
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Terry Sweeney is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered technology, networking, and security for more than 20 years. He was part of the team that started Dark Reading and has been a contributor to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Network World, InformationWeek and Mobile Sports Report.
In addition to information security, Sweeney has written extensively about cloud computing, wireless technologies, storage networking, and analytics. After watching successive waves of technological advancement, he still prefers to chronicle the actual application of these breakthroughs by businesses and public sector organizations.
Sweeney is also the founder and chief jarhead of Paragon Jams, which specializes in small-batch jams and preserves for adults.
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Finnish cell phone vendor battles Apple's iPhone and iTunes with two new XpressMusic smartphones and a recently opened music store.
The built-in GPS capabilities in the Pearl 8110 provide directions, 3-D maps, and traffic alerts.
It might be tempting to write off corporate activities on Earth Day as empty, cynical, or too little too late. But as I was driving to Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition in downtown Los Angeles this morning and saw the skyline and its brownish air backdrop, my real thought was "Now more than ever."
It doesn't have a camera, Web browser, or Bluetooth, but the basic handset has a basic price: $19.99
Rove said its Mobile Admin 4.0 has a redesigned Web interface and now supports Microsoft Exchange 2007, Windows 2008, and Windows Vista.
TapRoot trial is aimed at piquing carrier interest for Symbian, Windows Mobile-based handsets.
Support from the Linux Mobile Foundation, Google's Android initiative, and Nokia's acquisition of Trolltech are seen as fueling the prediction from analyst firm ABI.
With its XR450 platform, mono- and bi-static ports can be activated depending on requirements and local signal propagation issues, the company said.
The company's latest BizTalk RFID software aims to foster management and integration of RF-based applications across the enterprise.
The EV-DO 3G-enhanced XV6900 includes a media player, camera, and mobile versions of Microsoft apps.
Wireless Dynamics' SDiD 1212 plugs into the SD slot built into many mobiles, and is the industry's first card with embedded 512 MB SD memory.
The software integrates contact lists for packetized voice, IM communications, and other Web 2.0 sites.
Record sales, profits, and units in the mobile handset division highlight the company's quarterly results.
The beta version of its Livecontacts application tracks contacts' movement geographically on mobile handsets.
The 6212 is enabled with near field communication technology that is designed to simplify wireless data transfers.
Each of its 17 stores in New York will be equipped for RFID during the next three months; an additional 120 locations in North America will follow.
FreeMobile411 lets users browse by category, get maps, or ask for driving directions.
ABI forecasts 700 million browsers shipped in 2013, compared with 76 million in 2007.
Data gleaned from mobile handsets and GPS-enabled vehicles will flag congested areas all across the country.
The Windows Mobile-based app helps healthcare providers access only the information they need at any given moment.
The free service, which is compatible with any handset with Java-based MIPD 2.0, features video jockeys' playlists that change on the hour, a la MTV.
The company's PBX Mobile Extension software turns BlackBerry devices and other mobile handsets into extensions of the corporate voice environment.
The partnership positions the two companies to serve a mobile enterprise app market, which is growing at 30% annually.
The company's Mobile Financial software is part business news reader, part investment dealer research portal.
The company's Secure Mobile Payment software works with Windows Mobile 5.0 and RIM 4.1 devices.
The carrier is set to test a new Mobile Fragrance Communication service that pairs audio and video with programmable aromas.
Fleet management for enterprises and personal navigation will be the highest-revenue-producing apps for GPS-enabled phones, ABI predicts.
New terminal-emulation software resides on Windows Mobile-based handsets and uses VPN-level security protections.
The company's voice command software let users make calls, send texts, or record reminders.
Mobile Data Now v1.3 lets users access CRM apps via E-mail, SMS, or instant messaging sent from mobile handsets.
The cell phone client, like a mixed blogging platform, lets users post their thoughts simultaneously in the real world and the virtual world.
Citing rapid growth of replacement market in developing economies, the company prices some of its handsets below $150.
PGP Mobile encrypts Windows Mobile-based data automatically, but still allows mobile data to be shared securely with other mobile and desktop users.
New slider smartphone blends Web access, media player, GPS location services and video sharing.
The BlackBerry Curve 8330 and Moto Q 9c are both optimized for business users that rely on keeping in touch via QWERTY keyboards.
By combining nodes with Internet Protocol capabilities, wireless sensor nets get the same addressing, naming, and management as the rest of the enterprise network.
Transcard Mobile was built for payroll card members with text-enabled cell phones and gives them full bank account access using their mobiles.
A soft semiconductor market and a weak global economy contribute to gloomier outlook.
The MyShot camera phone is equipped for use on emerging CDMA Advanced Wireless Services spectrum.
Content is presented in a slideshow format of up to eight slides. Each slide can contain an image, 300 characters of text, and an optional URL.
Application software from Nuance offers hands-free access to mobile applications and content.
The company's clientless applications make it easier to conference, text, and handle messaging for groups from mobile handsets.
The wireless technology company's adoption of WURFL means content gets served to more than 7,000 mobile devices in a format they can handle.
The BlackBerry 8820 offers voice connectivity at public and private hotspots.
The trim camera phone also automatically adjusts the brightness of the LED screen to help conserve the power capacity of the handset.
Global revenue from mobile messaging will reach $212 billion in five years, ABI predicts.
One in three devices sold in five years will be a smartphone, ABI Research says.
The company's publishing system allows publishers, bloggers, and other content generators to engage with mobile users.
MapQuest, Rand McNally enhance location and traffic services for GPS-enabled mobile phones.
The N95 includes a 5-megapixel camera and A-GPS capability, which can guide users through all 50 states and 150 countries.
The handset vendor issues a warning on sales and profits because of component shortages and slowness in the high-end replacement market.
The Intelligent Content Delivery system aims to make it easier to develop content for the thousands of mobile devices on the market.
EOL's plogg device measures consumption and relays it back to management system to help control energy costs.
The latest N82 captures images, DVD-quality video, and then tags it with location metadata for mapping and routing.
The industry group looks to improve mashup security and open up APIs for mobile devices with an update to its publish/subscribe platform.
Networking vendor says a richer interplay of desktop phones, PCs, and mobile handsets will improve efficiency and decision making.
Mobile Sales Assistant helps field reps manage appointments, collaborate with sales team members, and connect with customers.
The new smartphone combines voice, messaging and Web browsing with Wi-Fi access.
BIO-key's PocketCop 3.5 sends and receives silent dispatches and turns the smartphone into a thin client.
Look for wireless, video, business apps, and social networking to enter the VoIP lexicon next week in San Jose.
The collaboration is a blend of CRM, database software, and wireless intended to save money and increase operational efficiency.
The slider smartphone features touchscreen, camera, music player, and GPS capability.
The new smartphone supports every major public wireless network type, and sports all the mobile versions of Microsoft Office apps.
Near-field communications technology lets mobile phones act as electronic wallets, electronic tickets, and access control devices.
The mobile virtual network operator launches mobile IM service that initiates packetized voice calls.
The carrier's new Mogul handset can be upgraded with free software to deliver a DSL-like experience.
Entertainment apps were more widely downloaded in 2007 than business tools on smartphones, the content provider reports.
The companies launch a fitness phone called miCoach, which combines a mobile phone and audio, to battle rivals.
The latest Pew survey shows 62% of all Americans have either used a mobile handset for a "nonvoice data application" or accessed the Internet wirelessly.
By freeing up unused memory, the company said its MemoryUp Standard Edition increases performance in quick 20-minute bursts.
Mconfirm software compares a cell phone's physical location to where a card's being used and can deny a transaction if the locations don't match.
The eastern European operator takes talking by the seat of your pants to a new level with a handset that evokes the classic American blue jean.
SaaS app is intended to automate segregation and chargeback of wireless calls and spare companies compliance and audit pain.
It's not jewel encrusted, but vendor hopes polished metal and gleaming surfaces appeal to the fashion conscious.
Citing difficult days in the mobile market, the vendor will fold employees and assets back into its core businesses.
New smartphones are expected to be offered at nominal cost for customers who
sign up for a multimedia services package.
"IT managers continue to place a premium on system reliability as they grapple with storage capacity concerns," started a press release in this morning's inbox. This was the key (and altogether unsurprising) data point of a vendor survey. Why do vendors bother with these blazing insights into the glaringly obvious?
If tennis ace Roger Federer were a tech company right now, he might be VMware. Long the dominant player in his sport, he got a nasty dose of reality at last week's Australian Open. Hang on and let me torture this sports metaphor just a little longer -- likewise, VMware got knocked off its do-no-wrong perch
If I were an IT vendor like Cisco and competing with Juniper (telecom) and Brocade (storage), a new Nexus platform and accompanying OS might make a lot of sense, splitting the difference as they do between these two backbone switching markets, each so hungry for terabyte and petabyte capacities. But if I were a storage buyer, I'd probably yawn.
Cisco executives have often said they don't need to be first to market with any technology. And we've heard EMC downplay the first-to-market advantage. Still, it's remarkably clear that EMC caught everyone flatfooted with its decision to be the first major storage vendor to add solid-state disk technology to its products.
And unfortunately, it's a feeling I've learned to trust: Humor and IT do not make for the best match. Ditto sex and IT, though catch me sometime late at a tradeshow and I might be persuaded to recount the one about the desktop support guy fired by a local government entity for using up more than a quarter of the agency's server capacity with porn he'd stored.
Why rent when you can buy? Why lease when you can own? My accountant's smacked me around pretty good on both these questions over the years. Luckily we're not the target market for EMC's new online backup service, or other offerings envisioned under its newly formed software-as-a-service division.
Oil prices hit new highs daily. Federal aid to boost the economy. Whispers of inflation at every turn. It's economic doldrums, except here in Storageville, one of the few sectors of the economy (and IT) that appears relatively insulated from it all.
This isn't a partisan screed -- you've got plenty of places across the blogosphere to click for that sort of thing. So here goes: Why is the White House getting a free pass where overwriting the same backup tapes is concerned?
EMC's trying to break some new ground by adding flash-based, solid-state drives (SSDs) to its high-end Symmetrix arrays. The thinking is that these high performance drives can be used for especially processing-intensive applications (think database backup and replication) or for data that's frequently accessed.
Even with Macworld in full swing this week, the confluence of Apple and storage isn't one of the more prominent threads emanating from the show. But this bit about using an iPhone to manage servers makes me think Apple may have missed the storage boat.
MCI's new Utility Storage Service is intended for customers whose capacity needs fluctuate or who want to consolidate storage across multiple platforms.
Sticking to the acquisition route, EMC is opening its checkbook to add to its network-attached storage assets and to its switching line. The value of the combined deals is less than $105 million.
SonaSafe continually updates a redundant, standby server, which takes over instantly in the event of primary system failure.
Baird survey finds that 85% have budgets that are the same or higher than last year, with 40% growing their IT budgets by at least 3% over 2004.
Decru, particularly strong in government markets, uses a combination of strong encryption, authentication and access controls to secure stored data.
StorageAuthority Suite's new version centralizes management of distributed filers from NetApp; integrates reporting and fault analysis for Veritas; and handles mutiple tasks for IBM TotalStorage ESS.
Tapestry software provides automated provisioning and activation of servers and related application resources, as well as new Wide Area File Services capabilities.
The Celerra NSX network-attached-storage gateway can accommodate up to eight X-Blades, for a maximum system capacity of 112 terabytes.
Foremost among the enhancements is a multipath I/O feature intended to improve performance and robustness of IP-based storage networks.
Overstock.com credits a changeout to EMC gear with pages that load 77 percent faster, a boon to customers and retailer alike during the busiest shopping season of the year.
The vendors have integrated Princeton Softech's database archiving with the Veritas' Data Lifecycle Manager for customers who need to manage structured data and application performance.