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posted in February 2007
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all t
Japan's leading wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, signed a deal with fast food company McDonald's that will let DoCoMo subscribers buy food at the restaurant chain by using their mobile phones. Do you want fries with that mobile payment?
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia has tried to kill Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone platform. But after almost four years of nonstop effort, BlackBerry is still on top. Not even a massive lawsuit from holding company NTP managed to slow down BlackBerry in the eyes of the business world. In fact, since then, BlackBerry has expanded beyond t
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
It looks like Intel has flip flopped on its earlier support for built-in 3G. Intel in September said it planned to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks in the next-generation of the Centrino mobile notebook platform, code-named Santa Rosa. But the company has since reveresed that decision. So why no 3G?
Yesterday Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."
Let's admit it. You've thought about it before. Is it possible to remove carriers from the mobile enterprise equation? The promise of all-IP networks and better smartphones is that the role of carriers can be eliminated, or at least greatly reduced. Will this promised day ever arrive?
Just in case you had any doubts that mobile enterprise is back and bigger than ever, check out the latest findings from Frost & Sullivan. The researcher claims that the market for mobile enterprise services in the 12 major Asia-Pacific countries (excluding Japan) will grow from $20.68 billion in 2006 to $35.51 billion by the end of 2011. That's a compound annual growth rate of 11.4%. In other words, co
Mike Masnick over at Techdirt picks up the old invention vs. innovation debate and how it applies to the iPhone. So, does that mean that Apple's 200 patents surrounding the iPhone are unnecessary? Or even unjustified?
The future of the Web is smaller than you think. And also much bigger, according to Google VP Vinton Cerf. Cerf, speaking in India this week, predicted that mobile phones, not PCs, are the future of the Web.
Mobile customers in Beijing, China, kicked off the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday with tons of SMS text messages -- 400 million to be exact. According to numbers from the two largest carriers in the city, partying Beijingers sent roughly 5,800 text messages per second on Saturday. That's a whole lot of text messages.
I have almost recovered from the insanity that was the 3GSM World Congress last week in Barcelona. Not only did my airline manage to lose my baggage on the flight home, I also caught a nasty case of the flu -- so much for constantly using hand sanitizer and taking large doses of Vitamin C. As I sat down to digest the week that was, I kept thinking about how differently the carrier and the enterprise IT worlds see mobility.
Day three is winding to a close tonight as the attendees run off to the last round of parties. Before I pack up and head off, it's time for a wrap-up of this year's 3GSM World Congress.
Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. walked into the 3GSM World Congress today and pointed right at the pink elephant in the room: The iPhone. Bronfman warned the industry that if it cannot improve mobile music services, it could lose the market to Apple.
Two years ago if you asked carriers about mobile VoIP -- the use of voice-over-IP services on cell phones -- they would ignore your question. There was an unwritten rule that mobile VoIP was taboo. Carriers seemed to be afraid that VoIP would disrupt their market they way it had affected the wireline telecom world. At this year's 3GSM, the carriers are finally talking about mobile VoIP, but they seem to be in denial about its potential.
Sony Ericsson President Miles Flint today at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona said he wants wireless carriers and other wireless companies to take an interest (and a stake) in UIQ Technology. UIQ is the Swedish company that makes the UIQ Symbian interface. Sony Ericsson acquired UIQ earlier this month.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is working with Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Philips to develop a prototype wireless device. The proposed device would, supposedly, use some variant of Wi-Fi. I'm not sure if this is the Google Phone or something else.
We're rolling into the middle of day three here at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. There are many things that make 3GSM my favorite wireless industry trade show. There is the charming Mediterranean location (the show is in Barcelona; in years past it was located on the French Riviera in Cannes). The endless glitz and glamour of big announcements. Plush booths, swag, and a more relaxed attitude than similar shows in the U.S. But, the best
Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for Google at 3GSM. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed with Google at this year's show. Last year, they wowed the crowds with customer deals and announcements (I had to follow the news then online, since I wasn't here for the 2006 show). And for the last six months, they've been talking about wireless almost non-stop. So where is the Google news at 3GSM?
Mobile software company Symbian today at 3GSM reported revenues of $87.85 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, up from 30 percent a year ago. Symbian also shipped 51.7 million units last year, making Symbian the global mobile OS market leader with 70 percent share. So, why isn't your company using Symbian-powered mobile devices?
According to a new survey from mobile e-mail vendor Visto, up to 70% of mobile professionals could use mobile e-mail by the end of this year. Is that possible?
One of the big stories here at 3GSM is the return of the mobile enterprise as an industry-wide priority. I have seen more mobile enterprise devices and services at this show than at any wireless show since 2002.
It is day two at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona and the crowds have swelled since yesterday. There are now 60,000 people congregated in the exhibition halls and the atmosphere is electric. Yesterday felt a little slow. The halls weren't that crowded and the pace was a little down. I half expected this show to disappoint based on yesterday's atmosphere. But, today it's a totally different story.
It looks like the coming of the iPhone could revolutionize the enterprise device market by making all enterprise-focused phones just a little more consumer friendly in orientation. Or better yet, prosumer. Today, Research in Motion stepped into the arena with the iPhone here at 3GSM in Barcelona by announcing the BlackBerry 8800, a f
Microsoft today finally unveiled its newest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6, at 3GSM in Barcelona. Details of the new operating system broke last week after a site in France broke its nondisclosure agreement with Microsoft.
Last night it was the Sony Ericsson W880i and this morning it's the new Motorola Slvr L9. Ultra-thin handsets are the chic new design for 2007 (unless you're the iPhone).
Global carrier Vodafone expanded its presence in India, acquiring Hutchison's stake in Indian carrier Hutch. Vodafone outbid rivals Reliance and the Hinduja group to win the stake. The deal will give Vodafone a larger presence in one of the world's leading wireless growth markets.
The news is flying fast and furious at the 3GSM World Congress today in Barcelona. The wireless industry is hot-to-trot for mobile search, while mobile TV has fallen off the industry's radar screen as initial deployments have failed to excite consumers.
Handset maker Sony Ericsson kicked off the 3GSM World Congress festivities tonight with an exclusive press bash at Barcelona's Metronom. Sony Ericsson President Miles Flint was on hand to help kick off the show's first big party of the week.
Vodafone has been busy as it prepares to head into the 3GSM World Congress next week. Earlier this week, it announced a deal to offer MySpace to its subscribers. Then the rumor mill was abuzz with news that Vodafone was in talks with other carriers to launch a new mobile search service. Then Vodafone announced a
After years of speculation, it looks like VoIP is finally about to hit the wireless market. Let's take a look at the intersection of VoIP and mobile phones and see what it means for you.
I was eating dinner when my colleague, Eric Zeman, pinged me with a text message: Get to a PC and post something about Windows Mobile 6. The news just broke.
As an always-on tech blogger, I ran from my plate of tacos to my laptop to check it out. Lo and behold, he was right. The curtain has finally opened on Microsoft's newest mobile OS. Let's check out the upgrades.
Daniel Taylor over at the Mobile Enterprise Blog asks an interesting question: Why are few people in enterprise IT departments excited about mobile devices? Is it because device freaks see opportunity where IT managers see risk?
Vodafone agreed to offer MySpace to its European subscribers. Get ready for hyper-personalization on your cell phone.
A group of international carriers including Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and U.S. wireless carrier Cingular Wireless this weekend said they would work together to develop a mobile search engine they hope will keep Google and Yahoo from dominating the emerging mobile search market. That's all great, but does anyone actually use search on their
OK, you spent tons of money and hundreds of hours equipping your workforce with mobile e-mail. Now they're always on and you can squeeze more hours of productivity from them. Everyone is happy, right? Until the mobile e-mail system goes down.
Apple is warning iPod users to stay clear of Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, warning that the new OS could damage their iPods.
While the Coast Guard may have ended its search for missing Microsoft researcher James Gray, friends and other concerned parties have turned to satellite photos and the Web to help in the search.
This week CIOs and senior IT managers are heading off to the Gartner Wireless & Mobile Summit to learn if their businesses can afford to pony up for a new mobile deployment.
Blogger backlash is emerging as the hot trend for early 2007. Texas and Tennessee both have anti-blogger initiatives in their state legislatures. But red state populists aren't the only ones out to get those pesky bloggers.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday spoke about Google's mobile plans during the company's fourth quarter earnings report. Schmidt highlighted Google's wireless deals with China Mobile (the world's biggest wireless carrier), Apple and its mapping app for the iPhone, cell phone maker Samsung, and Korean carrier SK Telecom. It's clear that Google is betting big on mobile.
I was surfing around the Web looking for some information about Google when I stumbled across Google's Mobile Enterprise play. That's right, Google has a mobile service designed specifically for the enterprise. Who knew?
Mobile message enabler Sybase 365 today said it delivered a jaw-dropping 25 billion SMS and MMS messages in 2006. That's almost double from 2005. And I thought I sent a lot of text messages.
What's driving all this SMS growth?
Hard drive maker Seagate Technology today at DEMO showed off what it has dubbed DAVE (digital audio/video experience), a wireless storage platform. DAVE gives users 10 GB to 20 GB of wireless storage in a form-factor smaller than most cell phones. Sign me up.