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Articles by Stephen Wellman
posted in April 2007

Intel Hopes The UMPC Will Kill The Smartphone

The PC industry seems confused about the future of mobile computing. Notebooks are a mature device category but other new form factors haven't fared so well. Smartphones represent a strong growing market, but this sector is controlled by the wireless industry, i.e. carriers and handset makers, not traditional PC companies. PC companies have yet to really win in the smartphone arena -- though the iPhone promises to change that. Regardless, Intel is trying to push a new mobile form factor that it

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Mobile And Wireless Prominent In IBM's Top Five Technology Innovations

Wireless and mobility figure prominently in IBM's "Next Five in Five," a list of the top five technologies that will impact people's lives in the next five years. The results of this study come from IBM's interal research labs and think tank, as well as input from 150,000 people in 104 countries. So what are the top five technologies to look out for?

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Take 5: The Evolution Of The Mobile Phone User Experience

Welcome to this week's edition of Take 5, our regular feature on Over The Air where we ask a wireless or enterprise IT industry insider five (or in this case eight) questions about a specific area of interest. This week's guest is Frank Tyneski, Senior Director of Design and Human Factors for Kyocera Wireless. Our topic is The Evolution Of Mobile Usability, with an emphasis on handsets and smartphones. Let's dig in.

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Make Your Cell Phone Retro Chic

Do you crave that perfect ironic phone accessory? Looking to trump all of your friends with their oh-so-2005 Bluetooth headsets? Then check out this cool mobile phone accessory that looks like... an old 1940s-era phone handset?

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Is Google Both The Perfect Cash Cow And A Star?

Alex Iskold at Read/WriteWeb asks a great question: Is Google the ultimate money making machine? Iskold argues that Google may have discovered the world's most perfect business model. Is Google both the perfect cash cow and a star?

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Take 5: Socialight Combines Mobile Location And Social Networking For Something New

Welcome back to Take 5, my regular feature where I ask an industry insider five (or in this case six) questions about their company and the mobile business market as a whole. In this edition I throw the spotlight on a new mobile startup called Socialight. I spoke with the company's co-founder, Dan Melinger, about his new service, which combines mobile location, online local search, and social networking.

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Google Lays Out Its Mobile User Experience Strategy

Just market the word 'Google' with any event these days and you can pretty much bet it will sell out. Last night I was at a presentation by Google on mobile user experience. If any other company gave this talk, maybe 40 or so people would show up. But because the speaker was from Google and the event was in the company's New York City nerve center, over 250 people packed out the Google auditorium. For those of us lucky enough to get a ticket, we received an upfront look at how Google designs its

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KDDI To Launch MVNO In The U.S.

Japanese wireless carrier KDDI is preparing to launch a US-based mobile phone service. KDDI's new service will be an MVNO that resells wireless access using Sprint's network. Does this mean that KDDI wants to compete with American carriers?

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What Happened To The Push-To-Talk Explosion?

Three years ago everyone was green with envy at Nextel's push-to-talk (PTT) service. Network vendors, handset makers, and carriers were all eager to duplicate Nextel's success. Everyone was ready for PTT to explode and they all predicted the cash cow was just around the corner. Then... nothing happened.

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Carnival Of Mobilists #67

The Carnival of Mobilists #67 is up over at Wap Review. This edition's topics include the future of smartphones, mobile content creation, mobile marketing news from CTIA, the mobile user experience, the walled mobile content garden, and, of course, the iPhone.

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Mobile Banking Is About To Go Mainstream

Citibank today launched a mobile banking service that lets customers pay bills, check account information, and other basic online functions through their mobile phones. The new service, dubbed Citi Mobile, will be available for Citibank customers in Southern California through a download this week at and will expand across the United States this summer.

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The Web 2.0 MVNO

Juha Christensen, a former head of Microsoft's mobile business and a founder of Symbian, today launched a new MVNO (that's Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or wireless service reseller, for those of you who don't speak telecom) called Sonopia. Sonopia offers a back-end solution that allows any business to launch its own b

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