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iPad For Business In case you did not hear, Apple announced the iTouch on steroids aka iPad last week. Apple iPad via www.apple.com Is it a phone? No, its not an iPhone Is it a PC? Well, not in the context of the traditional PC or Mac book What is the iPad or more importantly, what is the possible business angle? First as to what is it, it might be easier to describe what it is not. As mentioned above, it is not an iPhone, granted you can get an iPad with 3G or WiFi for data access (similar to how iTouch has WiFi). Likewise, the iPad is not a PC in the context of running applications traditionally found on Windows PCs or Mac devices. What is it? As far as what is the iPad, here is a link to its specifications, some of which have resulted in confusion. For example, I have seen many comments about how the iPad does not have a camera. Well, not built in however there i... (more)

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Cloud Expo New York There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and polls from me. [Santa Photo Via ABC news] Now SANta does not really care about these and other similar debates I have learned. However he is concerned with who has been naughty and nice as well watching out for impersonators or members of his crew who misbehave. In the spirit of the holidays, how about a quick look at how SANta leverages cloud technologies to support his global operations. Many in IT think that SANta bases his operations out of the North Pole as it is convenient for him to cool all of his servers, storage, networks and telecom equipment (which ... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - How To Jump On the iPad Buzz

iPad on Ulitzer There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today. Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement, and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad and realized there was excitement to leverage, and put together their own announcement. Now just about anyone in digital signage making an announcement that somehow tied in to the iPad would be regarded with giggles, but Nanonation is one of only a few companies in the space that actually have some genuine Apple ties, history and chops, so to speak. In the hours after the celebrated tablet was announced, Nanonation issued a release saying its propellerheads were all over this thing. Software developer Nanonation announced plans to support and develop new customer-facing applica... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - What a Letdown!

iPad on Ulitzer Finally released, and a bit of a letdown. WOW.  What a letdown.  I can not believe that this was the subject of endless hype.  Here are the quick stats (if you haven’t found them somewhere else). A4 1GHz Processor 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), or 64GB ($699) Flash Memory WI-FI enabled, 3G for $129.99 iPhone OS 4 20 Pin Apple Interface 1024×768 Capacitive Touchscreen Alleged 10 hour battery (with WiFi or without? What about with 3G switched on?) And that’s about it.  Sure it will play nice with all your iPhone apps, but not in full screen.  Sure it will play HD video, but not output via HDMI.  It’s not even widescreen.  This is supposed to be Apple’s pièce de résistance, yet is trumped by $200 Android/Ubuntu/WinCE tablets (See SmartQ V7 here).  Why is it trumped?  Similar battery life, capability to play well with others via USB-micro charging, standa... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 3, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly E-commerce and the development of mobile Internet are growing and improving in China.  Retailers are finding success through a stronger focus on mobile commerce as consumers are becoming more likely to participate in mobile commerce as they gain access to better Internet connections.  Read Original Content The New Zealand government will allocate the digital dividend radio spec... (more)

Perforce Software Announces Winners of its First Annual Customer Innovation Awards: The Versionaries

Organisations Honoured for Achievements Using Perforce's Version Management Software WOKINGHAM, UK (April 24, 2013) - Perforce Software today announced the winners of its inaugural Versionary Awards for customer innovation. Elite organisations were recognised for their excellence in applying Perforce software to challenging collaboration and development requirements—such a continuous delivery and third-generation globalisation. Winners in 10 categories will be recognised today at Merge 2013, the Perforce conference, held this year in San Francisco, April 23 - 26. "We are continually impressed by our customers and are honoured to play a supporting role in the many innovations and creative work they deliver," said Christopher Seiwald, CEO of Perforce. "We started the Versionary Awards as a way of recognising our customers who are stretching the boundaries of what ca... (more)

Report: The Internet of Things Will Grow 3x-4x by 2019

A new mobility report from Ericsson projects that the number of net-connected devices will increase by three or four times over the next five years. There were some 200 million machine-to-machine devices online by the end of 2013 — a broad term that describes any device that exchanges information across a network without need for human intervention. These form the foundation of the “Internet of Things” phenomenon, and encompass everything from Internet-connected “smart meters” that keep track of energy consumption to cameras with built-in SIM cards to jump onto mobile networks. Patrik Cerwall, Ericsson’s head of strategic marketing, said these devices communicate information across slower mobile networks today, but that will change by 2016, when the majority of such devices use higher-speed 3G or 4G networks. Read the full story at re/code. ... (more)

Open Source Gets Huge Legal Boost

Open Source breakthrough. Licensing deals binding to an extreme. You can be sued for copyright infringement even if the software is free. iPhone 3G gripes unheeded by Apple. USB 3.0 coming soon at 4.8 Gbps!! Cisco and Oracle spending a fortune on lobbyists. Text-messaging coming to regular phones. AT&T will spy on you and [...] ... (more)

More Android Video Reviews (Barcode Scanners, Skype Client, Drawing)

Since most of you don’t have an Android G1 phone, we are featuring some video reviews from the AppVee crew to show you what you are missing (or not, depending on your point of view). You can watch the first ten video reviews in an earlier post. Below are five more, two of which are on my top ten (ShopSavvy and iSkoot for Skype). One of the most potentially useful set of apps on Android turn the phone into a barcode scanner and let you compare prices on the go. In fact, there are two apps that do this, ShopSavvy and CompareEverywhere. They are currently the No. 2 and No. 4 apps on the Android Market, respectively. Both look through the phone’s camera lens to scan a product’s barcode and look it up in a database to retrieve price comparisons from both the Web and local stores. I tried both with half a dozen packaged foods in my pantry (a can of tomato sauce, a jar ... (more)

OQO Announces the OQO model 2+ With Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor, World's First PC OLED Display, and Worldwide 3G Capability

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Pepcom, CES -- OQO, Inc., creator of the world's smallest fully-functional Windows Vista(R) PC, today announced the new model 2+ with Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor, the world's first PC OLED display, and worldwide 3G capability. Based on the 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM, the OQO model 2+ offers performance up to twice as fast as its predecessor and includes an embedded touchscreen for easier input. For mobile professionals who need to work on the go, the model 2+ features Qualcomm's Gobi(TM) global mobile Internet solution, which supports both of the world's leading 3G cellular standards. These new features enable users to access their enterprise networks, business productivity applications, and the full Internet around the world. The OQO model 2+ will be available in the first half of 2009 with pricing starting at $999. ... (more)

Software to Rule the New Mobile Market

The value chain used to be one of the main differences between the mobile and PC markets. The PC industry was driven by software vendors (i.e., Microsoft, Apple, Oracle), while the mobile industry was controlled by the Telcos and device manufacturers. For a long time, the Telcos  even had the power to remove features from devices that they felt caused too much competition with their own service offerings. For example, tethering and other features frequently were disabled on early versions of Windows Mobile devices. Interestingly, iPhones 3G, despite its flying pixels, still does not have tethering nor allows it. I am not sure if it is an iPhone limitation or another example of Telcos control. I think that the main reason why mobile email has taken so long to be widely deployed was the reluctance from the Telcos to enable a competing technology that infringes on th... (more)