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 2006....
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 ... (more)
Cloud computing has recently grown to encompass hosted database services. The
idea behind 'Database as a Service' (DaaS) is to side step the complexity and
cost often associated with running your own database. Unfortunately for AJAX
To solve security issues, AJAX apps need to talk to an intermediate server
that acts as a proxy between the web client and the database. This means that
the AJAX developer has to develop lots of server-side code that coordinates
between the proxy and the database. In addition to requiring precious
development cycles, the proxy is a performance bottleneck. In this session we
will examine some of the unique challenges faced by AJAX programmers trying
to write apps in the DaaS environment. We'll also discuss a new paradigm for
DaaS, aimed squarely at AJAX programmers, tha... (more)
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)
"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the
nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America,
innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living."
With this one sentence, spoken Tuesday during his State of the Union address,
President Barack Obama ushered in once and for all the Age of
Sociotechnology, the age that recognizes the importance of the interaction
between people and technology in both workplaces and society.
Obama recognizes perhaps better than anyone in America the extent to which
technology nowadays is socially constructed and society is technically
"We are the nation...of Google and Facebook" - those eight words may well go
on to become the most significant President Obama has ever uttered to date.
For better or for worse, it would seem that the destiny of the U.S.... (more)
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The Phone Oximeter is a new smartphone device consisting of a software
application and a non-invasive light sensor that attaches to a patient's
finger and directs light waves through a patient's fingertip to measure blood
oxygen levels. Th... (more)
Within four years one out of four people on the planet will be wirelessly
connected via a mobile device. These mobile devices will soon become an
integral part of an individual's personal area network and daily experience.
Whether it's a voice-enabled PDA or a smartphone, each device will need to be
custom-configured to meet each individual's specific needs.
At work mobile devices will be used to remotely connect employees to the
enterprise's knowledge base, sales automation tools, customer relationship
management system, and/or resource procurement process. The benefits of
having a mobile connected workforce are tremendous. Sales associates can
spend more time talking to customers and delivering timely data to them
throughout the sales process. Field operators can easily access and send
mission-critical data to the home office. And don't forget the importance of
Welcome to WBT's inaugural "M-Campaign Watch" column where we'll look at a
variety of marketing schemes - some in the U.S., some abroad, some
successful, some not - but all bound to give you your own ideas.
Before I start talking about one of the latest innovative mobile marketing
campaigns, let me just say I'm on the low end of the wireless technology
adoption curve from a consumer perspective. I really can't see myself buying
something on a phone, much less anyone else going through the hassle. But
then again, when the standard Internet first emerged, I resisted and said the
same sort of thing. And now I've made a career writing about it. Granted,
wireless technology today doesn't exactly encourage mobile commerce, at least
in the U.S., but with a compelling reason and an easy order process, that
That's what Sephora.com, an online cosmetics retailer ... (more)
Mobile convergence will remain "the engineer's dream and the businessman's
failure" until companies learn and master the four fundamentals that are
currently shaping the market landscape. Here the president and CEO of PCIA,
Jay Kitchen, examines all four of them.
Do you remember the television commercials from a few years back that showed
how a refrigerator (in the near future) would call your cellphone to let you
know that you were out of milk?
Not surprisingly, all the world isn't yet being given a grocery list by major
kitchen appliances. But while magazine columnists, investment gurus, and TV
pundits have spent the past year giddily proclaiming the death of wide-scale
thoroughly integrated mobile systems, an interesting market dynamic has taken
shape. Mobile technologies are slowly but surely integrating themselves into
every sector of the economy.
The newness ... (more)
With 2.5G and 3G networks coming online in many parts of the world, mobile
operators are looking to deploy wireless location-based services - not just
for emergency location services - but for fee-based services too. Mobile
operators are expecting these services to be a new source of product
offerings and revenues.
Right now, carriers worldwide are looking for ways to offer ser-vices that
help them retain customers and keep down the losses created by losing
hard-won customers - also called "churn." Faced with the need to reduce
churn, and with market penetration of cellular voice services in many world
markets near saturation level, operators are finding an increasingly
competitive environment. As a result, they're looking for ways to
differentiate their products and services, and generate new revenues. From a
carrier point of view, location-based services (LBS) ar... (more)
"Empowering people through great software anytime, anyplace, and on any
device" is Microsoft's vision. Literally. Long accused of using its dominant
position in the desktop software market to repel innovative competitors, some
are wary of Microsoft's ventures in the mobile industry perhaps suggesting
that the company's true vision is to be "everywhere on every device." To the
contrary, Microsoft's newest mobility platforms are going to kick-start a new
era of risk-taking and innovation among product design partners, customers,
and competitors. Surprised?
Inspiration. Innovation. They're just words. Words that probably have a
literal translation in every language ever written or spoken. In the business
world they represent the roots of technological progress.
While you may be unable, by force of will alone, to create an environment
where inspiration commonly occu... (more)
Pervasive computing is taking the world by storm. Industry analysts are
predicting that mobile is the "next paradigm shift," and vendors (including
IBM) are investing heavily in producing the best toolset for building
applications for pervasive computing.
Pervasive devices like mobile phones, PDAs, and pagers far outnumber
computers, and the trend is accelerating. Add to that the fact that all sorts
of equipment, such as air conditioning units, oil tanks, car surveillance
systems, and so on, are being built with serious computing power and a
communication link, and you begin to understand the large investment in new
computing environments for building applications on devices other than PCs
Mobile and pervasive applications aren't new. The explosion of pervasive
technology isn't a result of a new business need but rather a result of
maturing techno... (more)