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posted in June 2007
There is no escape from the iPhone. I have never seen a consumer-electronics device dominate public discourse as much as this gadget. In my many years of writing about cell phones, I always thought the buzz surrounding the launch of the Motorola Razr was unique. But that was nothing compared to the iPhone.
Are you desperate to see how well the iPhone is coming out in early reviews? Do you need a comprehensive scorecard? Well, look no more.
Now that the mobile Web is mainstream, everyone is launching mobile Web sites. The problem is no one seems to know how to drive traffic to them. As a result, mobile search engine optimization has emerged as a big topic for everyone from marketers to online editors and publishers. The mobile Web, though, is not as developed as the desktop Web and as a result, optimizing mobile sites for search is far from easy.
According to new findings from researcher M:Metrics, Google is the top mobile Web site in terms of smartphone users in the U.S. and the U.K. Is anyone really surprised that Google is the top mobile site?
While the iPhone may be the it gadget of 2007, it looks like the so-called "Jesus Phone" is far from perfect. NY Times columnist David Pogue published one of the first reviews to hit the Web and he confirms what many bloggers have long suspected: The virtual keyboard is difficult to use and AT&T's ED
For much of the last six months, bloggers and reporters operated under the assumption that the iPhone would not support major enterprise platforms like BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Microsoft Exchange. That may change tomorrow, though, if Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley is correct. According to her the iPhone will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
Mobile e-mail solution maker Good Technology today announced the latest version of its mobile business solution, Good Messaging 5. I was able to get a sneak peek of Good 5 a few weeks ago, and it looks like Good is ready for Web 2.0. Or at least moving in that direction.
Fring, the free mobile VoIP service that works just like Skype, is now available for Windows Mobile 5
The iPhone holds two big promises for the mobile Web. The first is that users will begin to rely on it as much as they currently do the desktop Web. And the second is that widgets will be the answer where previous attempts to i
It's just one week until the launch of the iPhone and to mark the final seven days of waiting, Apple has released a Web-based "guided tour" designed to further whet the appetites of Macheads around the world.
Forget all the hype we've heard. It seems that the iPhone will not offer the full Web, after all. At least not according to Apple's developer specifications.
Qualcomm has embraced off-deck mobile content and entered the mobile marketing game. Today Qualcomm announced a new service, called BREW BrandXtend Signature Solution, designed to let major brands take their mobile content directly to their customers. As marketers embrace the third screen, many now want to bypass the carriers and Post a Comment
The campaign of Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama has embraced the third screen as a way to rally support and organize volunteers. Looks like Election 2008 is going mobile.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson yesterday at the NXTcomm conference showed off AT&T's new video sharing service. The "first-ever service" in the U.S. allows users to share live video over their cell phones while talking. While this is cool, guess what, it won't work on the iPhone. And this video service is way too expensiv
AT&T is sending the E62 out to the smartphone retirement village. That's right, the smartphone that was destined to kill the BlackBerry is now nothing more than a memory in the minds of mobile geeks and abandoned enterprise users. What happened?
I just returned from a panel on business mobility at Enteprise 2.0 called "Integrating the Mobile Worker." Everyone there seemed eager to learn one thing: Is business mobility ready for Enterprise 2.0? The answer: You'd better make sure all those Enterprise 2.0 applications can work on smartphones.
One of the themes that emerged during this morning's keynote sessions at Enterprise 2.0 was how Web 2.0 technologies act as new communications tools. Some technologists (including a few of the speakers this morning) suggest that Web 2.0 could kill e-mail for consumers. Could technologies like social networks, blogs, Skype, and IM kill e-mail for businesses as well?
I am at the Enterprise 2.0 conference today in Boston. Enterprise 2.0 is a relatively new term -- it was first coined in March last year. But it has captured the imaginations of technologists and vendors around the world in just 15 months and gone memetic. But what does Enterprise 2.0 really mean for businesses?
While some Wi-Fi evangelists wax poetic about the potential of muni Wi-Fi and free broadband wireless for the masses, I have a much simpler question: Why is Wi-Fi access on most corporate campuses so bad? Corporate Wi-Fi has been around now fo
Yahoo CEO Terry Semel resigned today in a move that sent shockwaves through the Web. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang will replace Semel at the top spot. Despite Semel's best efforts -- buying Overture and building Panama -- Yahoo hasn't been able to keep up with Google in terms of search or online ad growth. Today's announcement opens up plenty of new questions.
Just how powerful a pull will the iPhone be for AT&T? It's hard to say. According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, just because someone knows about the iPhone doesn't mean they'll buy it. But it seems some carriers' subscribers may be more vulnerable for poaching than others.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Sprint might spin off its WiMax unit. The spinoff could be part of a deal to form a joint venture with Craig McCaw's Clearwire, which currently
Get ready for this week's edition of the analyst hockey stick. According to the latest report from Research and Markets, the U.S. market for paid mobile video services is just bustin' at the seams, with growth expected to go from $180 million in 2006 to $10.2 billion in 2012. Are they serious?
It looks like mobile search ads could soon take off in what is arguable the world's most advanced wireless market, South Korea. Looks like mobile search advertising is on its way.
Earlier this week, technology columnist Walter Mossberg pulled out his iPhone at The Chronicle of Higher Education's President's Forum. The iPhone even stole the show at a conference of academic administrators. But, even more important, Mossberg gave a possible preview of his upcoming review.
After the Jobsnote at WWDC on Monday, almost everyone (including yours truly) thought that the iPhone would be open to third-party applications. But in the last two days, close scrutiny of Jobs' announcement has led some experts to conclude that the iPhone will not be anywhere near as open as we first thought.
At least not according to a recent Harris poll. Eighty-one percent of U.S. adults still have a landline in their homes (and that landline in most cases isn't VoIP). What happened to the mobile and IP telephony revolution?
Steve Jobs today in his keynote (or is it Jobsnote) at WWDC in San Francisco talked up the iPhone as a truly mobile Web 2.0 solution. Jobs said that the power of the "full" Safari browser on the iPhone lets developers design and use real, Web 2.0 applications like widgets. That's right, third-party developers will be able to make applications for the iPhone. But just how easy will it be? Is this real or just more of the Post a Comment
The iPhone is the gift that just keeps on giving. This weekend, just when you thought it was safe to go to the beach or have a BBQ, an AT&T manual for the iPhone was leaked. The leaked manual supposedly details all the features of the iPhone. But one feature -- the lack of
I don't know who kickstarted the iPhone rumor mill today, but it's cranked and running at fever-pitch. The latest iPhone tidbit claims t
Earlier this week we heard rumors that the iPhone may require special contracts. And then there were rumors that the iPhone might be available as a pre-paid device as well. Now it looks like the iPhone will not have a removable S
For whatever reason, I just can't get Palm's Foleo out of my head. Frankly, I still don't know what Palm intends this device to be -- is it a low-cost Linux notebook or a smartphone companion? Or none of the above?
Mobile commerce is back in the news thanks to an announcement from Sprint. Yesterday at the Mobile Marketing Forum, Laura Marriott pointed out to me that mobile commerce is the next big phase for mobile marketing. Today Sprint announced a new service that combines product and price search with location. Is the fut
It looks like AT&T's and Apple's talking points for the iPhone are now up on the Web. The document reveals just who can buy the iPhone and what you have to do to get your hands on it. But it also raises lots of new questions.
Today I sat down briefly with Laura Marriott, executive director, Mobile Marketing Association, at the Mobile Marketing Forum. We spoke about mobile marketing and how it's evolving. If you think mobile marketing is only something for companies in Japan and Europe, think again.
Soft drink brand Sprite announced today at the Mobile Marketing Forum 2007 conference in New York plans to launch a mobile social networking platform for the U.S. market. Looks like some marketers are putting some money where their mouth is when it comes to long-term customer engagement. Or is this just some crazy dot-com-like spending?
Use of the mobile Web in the U.S. continues to grow, despite all the criticisms from bloggers and wireless insiders. According to the latest findings, the U.S. is now second only to the U.K. in terms of mobile Web use. What's driving all this growth?
Avaya late yesterday said it has agreed to be acquired by two private equity firms -- Silver Lake and TPG Capital -- for $8.2 billion. Now that it looks like Avaya will go private, will the company be better positioned to compete with Cisco for the future of the IP telephony business?
Maybe. Staci Kramer at mocoNews.net points out that the carrier may have played a hand in the event. Verizon Wireless -- Amp'd Mobile's host carrier -- reportedly played a key role in Amp'd Mobile's decision to file. Is this real or is this just Amp'd trying to spin the story?
AT&T's new CEO Randall Stephenson gave telecom blogger Om Malik some insight into the new AT&T and its plans. According to Stephenson, wireless will be central to AT&T's future. Oh, and that iPhone is gonna be big, too.
Does Google Earth provide too much information? Could it become a tool of terrorists? Last month, I asked if the CIA would eventually censor Google Earth. Now we discover that the suspects being held for the JFK terror plot supposedly referenced Google Maps as a part of the supposed plan.
MVNO Amp'd Mobile today announced they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. I guess it is time to review my analysis of the MVNO market from last week.
That's right, despite all the questions and criticisms I have thrown at the iPhone, I, too, am anxious (bordering on desperate) to get my hands on one. Now that we know that the iPhone Post a Comment
Someone earlier today asked me for a list of the top mobile social networking sites. This prompted a deeper question on my part. Exactly what is mobile social networking?
Well, not exactly. But Bill G. and Steve were far more amiable than anyone expected they would be this week at the D: All Things Digital conference. Check out this set of video highlights from their conversation.