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I’ve been using an Android G1 phone for more than a month now on a daily basis, but I still haven’t given up my iPhone. The more I use them both, the more that I realize my iPhone is a Mac and my Android is a PC. That is not necessarily a bad thing—except for when my Android crashes (which is a lot). Okay, it does not actually crash so much as it freezes up, forcing me to wait until it figures things out. Which it usually does. Except that one time when I plugged it into the wrong mini-USB charger and it gave me the screen of death: a white danger triangle with a cell phone flat on its back next to it. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I took it with my iPhone). Whose fault was that crash? I’m sure it was mine. But believe me, I’m equally careless with my iPhone. It’s just a lot more stable. That’s kind of what you’d expect since Apple goes to such lengths to control eve... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of January 12, 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 M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Rising demand for 4G handsets and base stations, plus China’s recent issuance of fourth-generation network licenses, are fueling the boom in 4G networks predicted for China.  Read Original Content E-commerce in China is making a move to mobile in 2014. Amazon China announced the percentage of its sales from mobile devices... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 16, 2014

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! TechNavio's analysts forecast the global smart grid technology market to grow at a compound rate of 29.47 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the aging power grid infrastructure. Read Original Content A new report from Research and Markets forecasts the cumulative value of the ... (more)

Open Source Mobile Cloud Sync and Push Email

Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud. Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich media in the cloud, using any modern browser "With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to access mobile data and content, any... (more)

IDC Sees Cisco & IBM Clouds in Our Future

Macintosh Magazine IDC's New Year predictions include a general-purpose iPad tablet from Apple with an eight- or 10-inch screen that kicks Kindle's butt, IBM's acquisition of Juniper, upscale $700 netbooks, 300,000 iPhone applications, 50,000-75,000 Android apps and public clouds from IBM and Cisco. ... (more)

Chrome Netbook OS; Tablet PCs; LBS; Open Source

2010 will undoubtedly be a year of technology innovation. In 2009, Twitter revolutionized the way we get news, it brought us closer to those who were a part of the news, almost making traditional media irrelevant. I don’t know who (or what) will be the Twitter of 2010, but below are a few predictions for the coming year. Google’s Chrome Netbook OS will be a hit. Their OS will mostly be dependent on a Google Account. A Google Account opens up their full Google Apps suite, which includes email, calendar, word processing, and MS Office like functions. Google’s renditions of their current OS have been well received by the “blogosphere” especially it’s ability to fit on a 1GB flash drive. An OS that small is perfect for Netbooks and tablet PCs. The smaller footprint also gives the user more capabilities. A key part of the Chrome OS will be the Chrome brower (my browser ... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Mobile Money News Weekly Also read Mobile Retailing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Monthly An Indiana man has developed a smartphone application that may make the war effort safer and more efficient.  Capt. Jonathan Springer created Tactical NAV last year with the help of his wife to provide soldiers with more precise logistics for delivering mortar strikes and artillery fire. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9a3b94a4c9ea4da386e7bd3ae8ee02e6/IN--Soldier-Smartphone-App/ ******** The total market for finished barcode scanners (dedicated handheld and fixed position devices) reached an estimate... (more)

Baidu Planning Its Own OS: FT

Baidu, China's dominant version of Google, is building its own Chrome OS-like lightweight mobile operating system, the Financial Times said Tuesday after a chat with Baidu's CEO Robin Li. It appears to want Baidu to open a "web search box" within a second of turning on a smartphone or tablet. "Right now," Li told the paper, "when you power on an iPhone, it takes 45 seconds before you can do anything. In the future, one second, you turn on the device, and you can start using the box. That's our mission for the future of the Internet." Gee, apparently people in China turn their phones off. And apparently Baidi's not in a rush. It seems to imagine obviating operating systems taking three to five years. Here's something Google can relate to: "The goal is to let people become increasingly dependent on the Baidu box," Li is quoted as saying. Neither Baidu nor Li would con... (more)

iPad Has the ‘Mother of All Backlogs’: Apple

It's not going to surprise anyone that Apple's fiscal Q2 numbers were light on iPads given its obvious inability to meet demand, but what may surprise Google and its many Android followers was the surge in iPhone sales to 18.65 million units, a 113% jump in growth year-over-year, significantly ahead of IDC's 48% growth projection. Apple said sales of the dingus were up 155% in the US and 250% in China, where alone it represented a bit under $5 billion, up 4x. iPads, whose future seems assured given what Apple called a "staggering" iPad lust resulting in the "mother of all backlogs," only hit 4.69 million units in the quarter, reportedly demanding every widget Apple could make and turning into $2.8 billion in revenue. Happily, in answer to everybody's most pressing question, Apple said it suffered no material supply line disruption or cost impact in Q2 because of th... (more)

Apple Moves to Split with Samsung: Reuters

Apple is having Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) produce next-generation chips for its mobile devices under a trial manufacturing run, according to a source Reuters says has knowledge of the matter. It appears then that Apple means to wrench at least part of its business away from Samsung with which it's embroiled in a huge patent infringement battle. Samsung is also competing against Apple with a range of Android-based smartphones and tablets. Reuters suggests that orders could depend on yield rates but still look likely to start next year. Samsung is the sole source of the ARM-based A5 chip used in Apple's iPad and Reuters says, "Apple faces several hurdles should it want to make a switch to TSMC, including patents and chip design issues as well as a push by Samsung to retain the business." Actually it could be a nightmare for Samsung since Apple ... (more)

DOJ Reportedly Threatens to Sue Apple for Antitrust

The Justice Department has told Apple and five price-pinched publishers that it's going to sue them for colluding to raise the price of e-books according to the Wall Street Journal. The story broke hours after Apple unveiled its latest iPad, a device that may not be quite as popular for reading books as Amazon's Kindles. Amazon has capped the price of popular e-books at a cheap $9.99, a level disliked by publishers and hard for conventional booksellers to compete with. When the first iPad arrived, Apple let publishers set their own price and took 30% provided the book wasn't sold elsewhere cheaper. The publishers then went to Amazon and insisted on the same deal, known as the agency model. The Journal says the DOJ "believes that Apple and the publishers acted in concert to raise prices across the industry" and is ready to sue them for antitrust violations. The paper... (more)