The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most
interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run
across each week. I am specifically targeting information that reflects
market data and trends.
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Porsche Design and BlackBerry have announced the new, all-touch Porsche
Design P'9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry and a second Crocodile model
strictly limited to just 500 devices worldwide. Uniquely designed and
expertly crafted, the P'9982 is exquisitely fashioned from high-quality
materials and features a customized version of the BlackBerry 10.2 Operating
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Recently, Opera announced the availability of AJAX on mobile devices through
their browser. Considering the popularity of Opera in the browser market
(especially in the mobile browser market), this announcement is indeed very
significant. Having been involved in creating mobile services for a few years
now, I believe AJAX will replace both Java ME and XHTML as the platform of
choice for developing mobile applications.
Before I do so, a caveat – I believe that Mobile Web 2.0 is far more
than ‘AJAX on mobile’. Mobile Web 2.0 involves applying all seven
of the Web 2.0 principles to mobility. Here, I am discussing AJAX only i.e.
only one facet of Web 2.0.
What is AJAX?
AJAX is an optional addition to Web 2.0. It is not a single technology.
Rather, it’s a combination of a number of existing technologies acting
XHTML and CSS for s... (more)
At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling
network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors,
writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry
going next year?
Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and
of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how
it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale
- all that good stuff.
Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming
Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal
My predictions for 2007....
1. Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails
It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby.
Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like
Groovy rem... (more)
Google, as promised, put the Android SDK out in early access - along with a
$10 million pot for the best apps written for its open Android mobile
platform by third-party developers.
It said the platform would be open and it's going about proving it. It also
needs the buzz - and a killer mobile app - for Android to hit a homerun.
The first $5 million will be paid out in $25,000 prizes for the continued
development of the 50 most promising entries submitted between January 2 and
March 3 2008 to the Android Developer Challenge I.
These 50 entries will then be winnowed down by the end of May to 20 finalists
- 10 that get awards worth $275,000 each and another 10 that'll each get
There'll also be another contest - Android Developer Challenge II - that
starts after the first so-called Google phones become available in the second
half of next year.
The judges wil... (more)
In my last post I explained that before you embark on using social media
for your business, you need to first determine your objectives and define
your strategy. And this strategic planning does not and probably should not
involve any specific social media channel at the outset.
A good article that outlines the steps for the planning and strategic upfront
work is "10 steps to a practical social media business strategy" by Allen
Bonde, where he describes the fundamental and basic steps that must be done
upfront, such as creating a mission statement and a marketing plan, assigning
ownership and defining policies, all before getting to specific social media
Now assuming that you have done your strategy homework, let’s take a look
at how we can leverage various social media channels in an integrated and
orchestrated fashion (in terms of specific tactics) to ma... (more)
Adobe on Monday announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, providing
publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create,
publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through
content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces. Built on the foundation of
Adobe Creative Suite® and Adobe InDesign® CS5 software, the Digital
Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative
publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models
and support for deep analytics reporting.
Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers
will be able to efficiently author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively
build new levels of interactivity directly in InDesign, distribute and
monetize their digital editions, and optimize their editorial and advertising
content for a complete end-t... (more)
[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)
SYS-CON Media announced that Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT that helps
companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow, has launched a new ad campaign
in Cloud Computing Journal.
The ad campaign, a webcast titled Business Intelligence Through Location
Services, focuses on where customers go, and what they do, inside your
offices, stores, and branches. It discusses the network design and solutions
that can help you transform your location-based insights into real business
Cloud Computing Journal aims to help open the eyes of Enterprise IT
professionals to the economics and strategies that utility/cloud computing
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SYS-CON Media's interactive programs with an average 47 million pages views
per month, have proven to be one of the most effective lead-generating tools
for ou... (more)
Leading network equipment providers (NEPs) and carriers, such as ONE (Connect
Austria), Austria, are harnessing proven technology from Sun and LocatioNet
to deliver tested and tuned mobile information applications. The Mobile
Location Services Reference Architecture, based on an iForce solution, is
designed to help customers rapidly develop revenue-generating mobile location
services, such as "Point of Interest" finders to locate a restaurant en
route, or "Asset Trackers" that allow managers to track and route delivery
The Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture is built on Sun hardware,
including the recently announced 12-way Sun Fire V1280 server, along with Sun
Fire 280R and V480 volume servers, and with LocatioNet's LBS Middleware, GIS
Engine, and Applications. The tested solution, running on Sun ONE and J2ME
technologies, combined with the mod... (more)
The Location API (JSR 179) was accepted by the Executive Committee for Micro
Edition of the Java Community Process in June 2003. It provides an abstract
interface for access to location-based information, such as the current
coordinates of the mobile terminal independent from the underlying
positioning method used.
Mobile Positioning 101
Mobile positioning in general is the process of determining the location of a
mobile terminal; the result of this process is the mobile location, which is
the current location in terms of coordinates of the mobile terminal. The
mobile location can be more or less accurate, depending on the mobile
positioning method used.
The large number of existing methods that can be used for mobile positioning
can be divided into two broad categories: network-based and handset-based.
The first category, network-based positioning, is made up of ma... (more)
When I was asked to focus this month's column on the subject of wireless and
Web services, my immediate reaction was "Why bother?"
If you follow industry press and talk to prospects and customers, it seems
that the brave new world of Web services is number 11 on the list of top 10
priorities for the wireless strategies of corporate IT managers and CIOs.
Bandwidth, coverage, and device proliferation (and their associated
management headaches) seem to be the real issues (or at least my top three)
that bother folks today, and not some great new plumbing.
Bandwidth is certainly a concern that is well- documented - and we all know
that come 2.5G or, even better, 3G, all these problems will be solved - even
though we've started hearing rumors and concerns that many of the networks
providers won't actually achieve the fabulous throughput we'd hoped for.
(Well, ... (more)