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RIM has had to change the name of its latest operating system to BlackBerry 10 after Basis International Ltd, a New Mexico ISV, claimed it owned the name BBX since 1985 and got a temporary restraining order Tuesday. The court told RIM not to use the name at a three-day conference it was holding in Asia. It is unclear if the company, which figures it's in a different market than Basis, will fight to keep the name or buy it off of Basis. BBX was supposed to represent the blending of RIM's legendary BlackBerry OS with the bought-in QNX operating system currently running its poorly selling PlayBook tablet that is also supposed to run the company's future line of smartphones. The company is writing off $485 million worth of Playbook inventory. With phone sales also in a slump, it doesn't expect to make its income target for the year either. That three-day service outage ... (more)

blinkx Launches Mobile Video Search Site

blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine, today launched a public beta version of its world-class product that is specifically designed for mobile access at http://m.blinkx.com/. Starting Wednesday, consumers can access the blinkx Mobile Video Search beta site from any phone with a Web browser that can play MP4s, including the iPhone, Google Nexus One, HTC Desire and Magic, and also the Blackberry Bold 9700 devices. The new site leverages blinkx's extensive network of top tier content partners to enable users to search, browse and play millions of videos from a wide and varied range of broadcasters and media companies, including ITN, CelebTV, HowCast and Lonely Planet. The m.blinkx.com homepage has been optimized for ease-of-use on a mobile device, displaying a blinkx Video Wall of nine thumbnails of the top stories from around the Web, as w... (more)

HP Has a webOS Tablet, You Just Can’t Buy It

HP unveiled its expected Palm webOS 2.1-based tablet Wednesday but won't be able to deliver the very Apple-y 9.7-inch "TouchPad" until summer sometime, putting HP and its ambitions that much behind the master, which should be delivering the iPad 2 by April, and behind the throngs that by then should be hawking Android 3.0 gismos, not to mention the RIM Playbook. HP wasn't definite about pricing saying merely that it would be competitive with the iPad, which starts at $499. The TouchPad can do some cute tricks like syncing content with one of HP's new webOS smartphones - which also aren't available - just by touching, or answer a test message on the phone, but consumers are unlikely to buy it for those features. (Obviously HP is hoping to sell bundles.) The tablet multitasks though. That's a reason. And it has fancy Beats sound and gesture-based interaction. The 1.5l... (more)

Proview, Not Apple, Owns iPad Name in China, Court Says

Apple can't call the iPad the iPad in China. A trademark infringement suit Apple filed after its application for ownership of two Chinese trademarks - iPad and IPAD - was thrown out of court. The Chinese trademark office said a local contract manufacturer called Proview Technology that makes flat panel displays and is reportedly close to bankruptcy owns the name and the court agreed. Proview claims it reserved the rights to the name when a Taiwan subsidiary of Hong Kong parent company Proview International sold the supposedly global trademark to IP Application Development, a British company, in 2006 for roughly $55,000. Apple bought the name from the Brits but Proview claims the deal didn't include China. It says it's had dibs on the name in China since 2001, 10 years before Apple's iPad appeared, and used it on a failed tablet back then. It's also reportedly regis... (more)

Bait Phone

You may be familiar with the truTV program Bait Car, where the police place a vehicle equipped with hidden cameras and radio trackers in various areas to catch a would be car thief in the act.  It’s kinda fun to watch people ‘check out’ the car, check out the surroundings and decide to jump in and drive off.  You get to see their excitement as they think that they’ve just won the jackpot along with the utter despair as officers remotely kill the car and the thief is surrounded.  Even the excuses as to why they are driving it are hilarious.  ‘I was just moving it for my friend, so they wouldn’t get a ticket, whose name I forgot and I also can’t remember where they live.’ In the UK, they got something similar except with mobile phones called ‘Operation Mobli.’  Plain clothes police purposely left "bait" phones embedded with tracking devices in nine pubs and bars acro... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 23, 2014

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! Reeling from continued losses, phone manufacturing firm HTC of Taiwan is looking to expand its range of less expensive products.  The company is attempting to reverse a two-year slump in sales, which is matched by an 80 percent drop in its share price.  Read Original Content Following a long string of complaints from Chin... (more)

Worldwide IT Spending to Reach $2.1 Trillion in 2014

So far, 2014 has turned into a banner year for CIOs that have invested the time and effort to plan for hybrid cloud services, while building strong strategic relationships with their Line of Business leadership. Their approved capital investment budget spend is on-track and operational expenses are contained, as planned. Savvy senior executives across the globe continue to make selective investments in new business technology. In fact, there could be a moderate IT infrastructure spend over the next 12-18 months, which will likely increase the demand for open source software and professional services as new cloud service projects are approved. Worldwide IT spending is now forecast to increase by 4.5 percent in 2014 at constant currency, that's according to updated projections from the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). By and large, this e... (more)

Sun CEO Reviews Company's Prospects for 2009-10

Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz has been reviewing Sun's three major strategic imperatives, and the company's progress going in to its next fiscal year. As industry blogs go, the three entries he's produced so far are miniature masterpieces. A fourth and last one is on its way. The first in the series, titled "Understanding Sun in Three Easy Steps," kicks off with the bright and breezy intro: "We're approaching the end of our fiscal year, and given all the swirl in the economy, I thought it worthwhile to restate where Sun's headed as a company, to let customers, partners, employees and investors see and understand where we're headed. Clarity's always useful, doubly so in times of uncertainty." But it isn't long before Schwartz shows us how he's earned his reputation as one of the industry's most insightful bloggers, with a natural ear for a ringing phrase: "I'm neither wo... (more)

Federal Cloud Computing Heating Up !

As fellow blogger Reuven Cohen mentions in his post, Federal cloud computing is indeed heating up: Vivek Kundra held a US Federal Government Cloud Computing Summit yesterday The Federal CIO Council is officially studying effective uses of cloud computing According to Network World, an INPUT study places Federal spend on cloud services at $277M in 2008 growing to $793M by 2013 Patrick Stingley has been named as the CTO, Federal Cloud for GSA NIST has reveled their draft definition of cloud computing (see below) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Draft NIST Working Definition of Cloud Computing 4-24-09 Peter Mell and Tim Grance - National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology Laboratory Note 1: Cloud computing is still an evolving paradigm. Its definitions, use cases, underlying technologies... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (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)