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posted in May 2007
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
Darla Mack asks a great question: Where is the Symbian version of Skype? While Symbian smartphone users wait the Gizmo Project is already available for the N800, N95, N80ie and E61i. Will Gizmo become the Skype of the S60 smartphone world?
Steve Jobs made headlines yesterday at the D: All Things Digital conference. Of course, Jobs spoke about the iPhone, but during his remarks, I began to see the telltale signs of the reality distortion field at work.
It's time to dust off the hockey stick because we've got another mobile enterprise market study. According to the latest findings from Compass Intelligence, U.S. businesses will spend $9 billion on mobile CRM and other mobile applications by 2011.
Palm today decided to show us the future of mobile computing by giving us... a $500 laptop-sized Treo smartphone add-on that isn't even a real laptop. While I am sure some of you are excited by the Foleo and its Linux OS, I for one am under whelmed. Why would I pay $500 for a glorified smartphone accessory when I could get an entire laptop for just a little bit more?
For those of you eagerly waiting the upgrades to Internet Explorer Mobile for Windows Mobile 6, here is a rundown of what you can expect from the new OS.
Mobile content, advertising, and search firm InfoSpace is rumored to be on the auction block with Spanish firm LaNetro Zed as the prospective buyer. According to the rumors, InfoSpace could fetch around $1.08 billion if the merger goes through. This deal could mark the end of the first phase of the mobile Web.
The iPhone rumors are non-stop today. The iPhone supposedly will have more features than Steve Jobs announced in January and Microsoft might have some new patent with which to challenge the iPhone (and possibly block its path to market). Now reports claim that the Post a Comment
The wireless industry has been trying to figure out the secret to MVNOs for the last five years. With the exception of Virgin Mobile, though, I haven't seen very many success stories. Now Voce, a new MVNO designed for the busy professional with disposable income, is trying to capture the coveted high-end market. Why do MVNOs think wealthy people want to go through a re-seller?
We're just a few weeks away from the launch of the iPhone and the rumor mill is in overdrive. Yesterday my colleague, Eric Zeman, questioned if the iPhone would usher in a new era of fixed-mobile convergence and seamless connectivity. Today it seems the iPhone might be hiding some features that Steve Jobs didn't reveal in January.
A few months ago I reported how mobile Web use was growing, particularly in the U.S. In the U.K., employees are flocking to toilets to use the mobile Web. Why? Because it's a fast and easy way to escape the prying eyes of IT managers and corporate firewalls.
BT said it is developing a software-based VoIP app for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). The new app will let users to make voice and video calls over a Wi-Fi network. Will VoIP be the newest add-on for mobile game handhelds?
That's right, there is more money in Bluetooth headsets and phone cover cases than in smartphones proper. According to researcher ABI, the market for smartphone accessories will hit $32 billion in 2007, much more than the $28 billion expected from the smartphone market.
Google this week released a mobile version of its Calendar tool. Sign up is easy: Just go to calendar.google.com from your mobile phone and the application should work on your phone.
If Google finally pulls the trigger and closes its proposed deal to buy FeedBurner, it will be one step closer to having all the tools its needs to control online publishers. Do you feel that hand near your throat?
Wireless and mobility were big topics at this year's Interop. Let's take a look at the wireless news in review.
I have heard a lot about seamless mobility -- the dream of universal wireless access where users can roam freely between wireless LANs and cellular networks and back again -- this week at Interop. I keep hearing vendors promise dual-mode access, but when I raise the issue of the pink elephant in the room, the vendors just smile at me and change the subject.
It's about time someone stepped up and offered a useable optimization platform for smartphones. Do your smartphone applications run too slow?
So, is Dell going to make a cell phone or not? In a recent interview with CRN, Michael Dell spoke about the possibility of his company developing a mobile device, but he didn't seem to know what kind of mobile gadget to make.
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at DEMO but didn't release a public version until yesterday.
Google is increasingly looking like a big, slow giant tech company and less like the nimble innovator that defined the beginning of Web 2.0. Yesterday Web video search engine Blinkx successfully went public, proving that there is plenty of room for small Web video companies, even when Google controls both YouTube and its own video platform.
The small- to medium-sized business (SMB) market is big at this year's Interop as vendors scramble to find new markets. Are SMBs really ready to kick down for routers and IP PBX systems?
Salesforce.com chairman and CEO Marc Benioff yesterday did not deny rumors that his company may be planning a partnership with Google. Let the Google Apps CRM rumors begin.
There has been a lot of talk about improving the performance of the wireless LAN here at this year's Interop. Why do IT departments need high-performance Wi-Fi? Without it, initiatives like business mobility and unified communications will go nowhere fast.
Mobility continues to dominate the agenda here at Interop. John Chambers electrified the crowd this morning with his vision of a new mobile workforce, while yesterday Avaya, Citrix, a
Today was the pre-meet here at Interop -- that strange time right before all the keynotes kick off and the endless slew of press releases inundates your e-mail in-box. Despite the calm before the storm, news already was breaking.
I am packing my bags for Interop Las Vegas next week. I expect to hear vendors talk more about mobility at next week's show. I think smartphones and other wireless gadgets will soon become central to enterprise telephony.
RealNetworks bought a division of Sony called Sony NetServices for $9 million. The deal will give RealNetworks technology that broadcasts music, video, and games to mobile phones in Europe. Is mobile content still a viable long-term play?
The iPhone today was officially approved by the FCC. That's right, Mac fans, you were right and we bloggers were wrong. It looks like your iPhone party will commence on schedule next month.
Google yesterday unveiled its new universal search, a move that adds content such as relevant videos, images, news, and maps to standard Web links with search queries. Will this move spell the end of search engine marketing?
Just when you thought the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model might go away, some big giant pulls it back into the limelight. The giant this week is Qualcomm and its play is a health and fitness MVNO. So Qualcomm wants to become a service provider?
The first wave of the mobile business wars was defined by two fronts. Front one was the vertical market. A few verticals, like healthcare, led the way to mobility and vendors who were ready for these markets and their unique demands won. Those who kept waiting for the universal mobile office in-a-box lost. The other front was push e-mail, which RIM's BlackBerry has obviously captured. What's next in the
Get ready for advertising on your cell phone. According to AOL CEO Randy Falco the mobile advertising market could be worth $5 billion in the next five years. Is this just a move to defend AOL's decision to buy Third Screen Media? And does mobile advertising really have a chance?
This morning I soaked in the latest updates from the world of enterprise Web technology at the packed-out Enterprise Search Summit in New York City. Based on what I heard, no one seems to know for sure what enterprise search will look like in the next few years. But everyone agrees on one thing: It's hot.
Do you have $1,000 sitting around for the iPhone? If so, you can buy the most-coveted cell phone of the 21st century from some retailers on eBay.
According to research from M:Metrics, young Hispanics are among the most active consumers of mobile content. The mobile Web in the U.S. could be defined by this key demographic.
Controversy surrounding satellite mapping services like Google Earth continues to grow. This week Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, told AP that commercial satellite services may need to be edited or censored to protect
Did you know that an all-white Web page takes roughly 74 watts to display, while an all-black page uses only 59 watts? This little piece of information could lead to a revolution in Web design.
Nokia is determined to help its customers be a little greener. New Nokia phone chargers will use alerts to remind users to unplug their chargers from electrical sockets once their phones are charged.
Can you really open a car door with a cell phone? According to one story floating around the blogosphere, yes you can.
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 questions about a specific area of interest. This week's guest is Shirley Macbeth, senior director of marketing for Sybase iAnywhere. Our topic is "Business Mobility Beyond Push E-mail." Let's dig in.
Doug Henschen at Intelligent Enterprise takes an in-depth look at the mobile version of Cognos 8. You want reports and KPIs on your BlackBerry, you got it!
In a world where companies, products, and even people live and die by online search, the quest for unique names is taking precedence over being average or mundane.
After years of waiting for a usable mobile version of Linux, it looks like Linux is finally on its way to a cell phone near you thanks to some Ubuntu developers and Intel.
The Carnival of Mobilists # 71 is up over at Silicon Valley Himalayan Expedition. This edition includes a wide range of mobile topics including music phones, how to measure mobile marketing, SMS and mobile marketing, a look at the mobile data market, Nokia S60 applications development, VoIP and the Nokia N95 smartphone, an
According to a new report from researcher iGR, tweens, or those between 5 and 9 years old, are the newest growth segment for wireless. Is the market really that saturated?
Do you think the mobile business sector is stuck in technology worship and unable to actually, you know, build useful products? That's what Daniel Taylor over at the Mobile Enterprise Blog argues. And I think he's right.
Yesterday the New York Post shocked the blogosphere by reporting that Microsoft was in talks to buy Yahoo. Within minutes of the report bloggers were firing away on the topic. And then the Wall Street Journal stepped up as the "official" voice and claimed that the Post's report was without justification. So is Microsoft going to buy Yahoo or not?
While we're still waiting for the June launch of the iPhone on this side of the pond, U.K. carriers Orange and Vodafone are fighting it out for exclusive rights to the device when it debuts in Europe later this year.
According to a report in today's New York Post, Microsoft is pursuing a deal to acquire Yahoo. And the report claims that Microsoft may be desperate to buy Yahoo. Translation: Microsoft may actually close the deal this time.
Microsoft this week agreed to buy mobile advertising company ScreenTonic for an undisclosed sum. Will this move make Windows Mobile 6 a mobile advertising platform?
According to a survey by Infosecurity Europe, 26 percent of companies do not enforce wireless security. So all those Wi-Fi networks out there are wide open?
According to a bunch of IP bloggers, Google may soon add both a multichat function and conference calling to Google Talk. If Google Talk has these functions, other peer-to-peer VoIP clients, especially Skype, may find themselves unable to compete. Could this be Google's play to kill Skype?
Last night I had the pleasure to moderate a panel for the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday entitled, "Mobile Business 2.0 - How Mobility Will Impact Business from the SMB to the Enterprise." We addressed the big issues that going mobile poses for so many businesses.