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posted in March 2007

Could The iPhone Destroy Apple's Reputation?

3/30/2007
MarketWatch columnist John Dvorak argues that Apple should just make the iPhone a reference design and move on. Why, you may ask, would Apple want to walk away from the hottest mobile device in years? Because it isn't equipped to handle the demands of the nonstop mobile phone market, that's why.

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Viacom Bets On Wireless At CTIA

3/28/2007
Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman said his company is serious about wireless during his keynote address today at CTIA Wireless. Dauman opened his address with an amusing video intro by Jon Stewart and a camera trick designed to make the audience see how small Dauman would appear on a mobile phone screen.

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CTIA Party Roundup: Can Motorola Make Mobile Business Work? Oh, And The iPhone Too.

3/28/2007
It's been a busy CTIA show so far. While there has been lots of activity, I haven't seen much in terms of real breaking news or highlights. So far, the appearance of the iPhone -- only the device's second public showing since January -- has been this CTIA's biggest news item. But If you want the real news at CTIA, you have to get off the show floor, walk out of the press room, and head over to some part

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Take 5: How To Better Manage Mobility In Your Organization

3/21/2007
Welcome to Take 5, a new feature on Over The Air. In each edition of Take 5, we will sit down with a key industry insider -- a CIO or IT manager, consultant, vendor, or analyst -- and ask them five (or more) key questions about business mobility. In today's edition, I sat down with David Wise, co-founder and managing partner for mindWireless, a mobility consultancy that helps businesses figure out how to better us

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Streaming Mobile Video At Mobile Monday

3/20/2007
Mobile video was the hot topic at last night's Mobile Monday in New York. Those of you who know me know that I am something of a cynic when it comes to this subject. This is not to say that I don't think that mobile video has a future, but I do think several developments are needed to make it work, including better battery life and enhanced screen sizes. Maybe the Post a Comment

What Happened To CeBit?

3/17/2007
You probably haven't noticed, but CeBit is going on right now in Germany. Several years ago, CeBit was the definitive show for wireless. Today that is no longer the case. The wireless industry has shifted from CeBit to CES, 3GSM and CTIA, leaving CeBit as a kind of wireless has been. Why did this happen?

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Nokia Evangelizes S60 At A Blogger Party In NYC

3/16/2007
Nokia last night kicked off a road show of sorts for its S60 smartphone platform here in New York City. The company threw a party for a select group of bloggers and S60 enthusiasts complete with free food, drinks, and a chance to win an unlocked N95 smartphone. How could I resist?

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Sprint Nextel, Nokia To Launch Mobile WiMax In Texas

3/14/2007
Nokia today said that it won Sprint Nextel's business to deploy a mobile WiMax network for the Texas markets of Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. Sprint Nextel will launch WiMax services in the Lone Star state in the first half of 2008. Sprint Nextel plans to deploy a WiMax network covering 100 million people in the

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RFID Helps Diabetes Patients

3/13/2007
RFID is taking off in the health care sector. One RFID chip vendor, VeriChip, is showing off a new system that allows hospitals and health workers to track patient information for diabetes patients on wireless RFID chips.

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Smartphone Sales Continue To Soar

3/9/2007
Smartphone sales continue to soar. InPhonic said its online store, Wirefly, reported a 70 percent increase in smartphone sales between the third quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007. Which smartphones are users flocking to?

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Palm Hires iPod Designer To Help The Treo Fight The iPhone

3/9/2007
Palm this week hired Paul Mercer, a top Silicon Valley designer who helped in the creation of the iPod user interface. Mercer started working at Palm three weeks ago on a line of new products, but the company won't say anything more about what he is working on. Mercer brought two other designers to Palm from his design firm, Inventor. Hum... I wonder what Paul Mercer is working on?

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Did Clearwire Really Deserve To Go Public?

3/8/2007
Serial telecom entrepreneur Craig McCaw today helped take his latest venture, wireless broadband service provider Clearwire, public. Clearwire raised $600 million in the initial public offering, selling 24 million shares at $25 a share going into the start of public trading only to close down 1.5 percent at $24.62 a share. Should Clearwire have gone public?

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Many Mobile Gamers Are Young Professional Women

3/5/2007
It looks like all those smartphone users out there are doing more than just sending e-mail. According to a new study by researcher Telephia, young professionals make up 40% of mobile phone game players. That means many of you know about Jamdat Bowling 2.

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Does The Mobile Browser Have A Future?

3/2/2007
Many wireless industry insiders question the future of the mobile Web browser. While mobile browsers have been around since the first iteration of WAP in the late 1990s, there still aren't that many people surfing the Web on their cell phones. Personally, I don't think cell phones are the best medium for browsing. And for applications, I think the future of the mobile Web lies in clients, not browsers.

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