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Location-based services (LBS) solutions involve leveraging information about a user's location and/or presence in solutions, providing relevant information and services. Mobile/wireless technologies in LBS solutions can be very compelling, combining a mobile device with information about a user's location and powerful mapping features. Microsoft's MapPoint is a suite of products designed for use with Graphical Information System (GIS) and mapping scenarios within many application types including portal, Web, client/server, and especially mobile/wireless. Typical MapPoint Web service (MWS, formally called MapPoint .NET) functionality includes rendering maps, geo-coding an address, performing proximity searches, and getting driving directions, just to name a few examples. MapPoint technologies are especially powerful when used in LBS solutions. This article provides a... (more)

The Future of Mobile and Route Sales Applications for Smart Phones, Part 2

Wireless Developer's Journal This article is the second in a series on Mobile and Route Sales Applications for Smart Phones. You can read part one here. In this recent article I described my need to know when the New York Times newspaper arrived at the local Starbuck's Coffee shop. I wanted an email or text message telling me that my paper arrived at 7:44 AM. Why? I wanted to buy a copy before it sold out. If it was sold out, I wanted to know the next closest location that may have one in inventory. This required some application integration and clever real-time notification systems, but it was very doable. The route sales/driver also would appreciate the above application as it would sell more papers and there would be less to pick-up and transport back to the warehouse for recycling. In this second article in the series I want to focus on the use of business inte... (more)

The iPad Is the Ultimate Thin Client

In my earlier post, when I railed against the iPad, it was mostly personal disappointment and letdown.  I was disappointed by the technical specs, most notably the aspect ratio, and the exclusion of USB, HDMI, and webcams.  Those items can all be added on in later iterations (which I firmly believe they will – perhaps the iPad HD?).  And when they are released, people (Nerds/Geeks – maybe even I) will pay the upcharge for them.  A lot of blogs have been posted that talk about the iPad as the optimal stepping stone (gateway?) for the technologically challenged.  They are right (but might not know why). When Matt (commenter MGD) posted that if he were to buy a computing device for his 9-year old daughter, it’d be an iPad, it got me thinking.  It would be hard to pick a better device for kids.  Parental Controls are becoming a very key discriminator for operating syst... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Add Value to the Marketing Mix?

For the past 18 months the hype has suggested that Cloud Computing will be the next game changer. But will it? Or are we simply witnessing the next major land grab by a few technology giants on a perceived new market segment? A plethora of recent surveys has shown that whilst organisations are generally aware of the cloud, they are reticent to dive in and procure services. For every survey that suggests that a CIO is considering Cloud Computing as a priority for his or her organisation you will find another survey stating that business leaders haven’t a clue as to its meaning or how it will aid them. With over 20 different definitions of cloud computing in play, it’s hardly surprising that the market is suffering from a ‘fog’ of confusion. Several reasons are given, which include hype over substance, internal resistance and security concerns - all of which suggest t... (more)

Ericsson Reports Fourth Quarter Results

"Group sales in the quarter increased 8% year-over-year and 32% sequentially mainly driven by a strong development in mobile broadband" says Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson. "Sales in the quarter for comparable units, adjusted for currency and hedging, increased 7% year- over- year. Adjusted cash flow in the quarter was strong at SEK 16.2 (13.6) b. and SEK 29.8 (28.7) b. for the full year. Sales growth returned during the second half of the year and cash conversion for the full year amounted to 112%. Net income 2010 increased 172% to SEK 11.2 (4.1) b. mainly due to improvements in earnings in Sony Ericsson and less restructuring charges. The Board of Directors proposes a dividend for 2010 of SEK 2.25 (2.00). Sales in Networks increased 14% year-over-year and 40% sequentially, primarily driven by increased demand for mobile broadband and investments in ... (more)

SAP and Sybase Launch Next Wave of Mobile Apps

SAP AG and Sybase, Inc., an SAP company and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, today unveiled the next wave of mobile apps designed for a wide range of industries and mobile workers, from executives to knowledge and task workers. With this new wave of mission-critical apps, which range from process-driven to consumer-facing, SAP continues to expand the industry's most comprehensive mobile portfolio, including platform, apps and security. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE® NOW + SAP® TechEd, being held as a co-located event in Madrid from November 8-10. The new apps mobilize key business functions, allowing employees to work at anytime and from anywhere via mobile devices, freeing them from the confines of their desks. This strong momentum of app development further demonstrates SAP's speed of innovation in meeting the demand of business users who ... (more)

How Media Can Slice Through Always-On

[By Graeme Hutton] In my last column, I discussed how Always-On can now be seen for what it is: a potential biological addiction.  In a world where we are never far away from an electronic, online screen, we increasingly feel an inner urge to check our emails, social media pages and IM in every circumstance, despite how inappropriate that situation may be. The internal impulse to check our messages at such challenging times is fostered by the brain.  By checking our messages in such circumstances, the brain rewards our apparent furtiveness with a minute release of dopamine.  Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter related to the pleasure system of the brain.  In large doses, it can provide a real high. Intrigued by this phenomenon, we approached UM’s standing panel of academic psychologists about the concept of Always-On.  These psychologists are typically U.S. p... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 9, 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! Software firm VMware has announced it will acquire enterprise mobility management provider Airwatch.  IDC Asia/Pacific believes this will “fundamentally change the future of VMware's end user computing business in Asia/Pacific”.  Read Original Content A group of mobile operators in the Asia Pacific region has unveiled a n... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 23, 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! According to a recent report from Navigant Research the installed base of advanced and smart water meters is expected reach more than 153 million worldwide by 2022. Read Original Content New research conducted by IDTechEx, and published in the report "RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2014-2024," finds that the RFID market—inc... (more)

Garmin's Digital Cyclone and Mayo Clinic Turn Mobile Phones Into a First Aid Kit

MINNETONKA, Minn., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Cyclone, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., and Mayo Clinic have launched a software application that delivers an array of health information and tools directly to cellular phones. The Mayo Clinic InTouch(TM) wireless health program will be available in February on Alltel Wireless, Sprint, and other major carriers' wireless phones. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061026/CGTH082LOGO) "The Mayo Clinic InTouch program lets cell phone users tap into the expertise of Mayo Clinic at nearly all times -- at home, in the office, at a park or in the car," said Craig Burfeind, president of Garmin's subsidiary Digital Cyclone. "This service provides tremendous peace-of-mind and possibly life saving assistance when health concerns arise." "Mayo Clinic's mission has three elements: quality patient care, rese... (more)

Targeting GPS - Integrating J2ME, GPS, and the Wireless Web

For location-based services, the open frameworks of J2ME and J2EE create interesting opportunities in the fields of software development and applied statistics. Traditionally, the software industry in these services has been closed and, as a result, the industry has suffered stagnation, particularly in the area of distributed systems and integration. Just look at this most recent example – U.S. cell phone carriers didn’t meet the FCC October 2001 mandate for automatic location-based tracking for 911 calls over their networks. The most common reasons the carriers gave for missing the deadline were high costs and an inability to install the network infrastructure. With J2ME, XML, J2EE, and GPS, you can use the existing infrastructure (the Internet and your computer) to build and run such services from your garage, all for a very low cost (free). With Java’s open archi... (more)