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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. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL 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)

AJAX and Cloud Computing

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 programmers, it is not easy to access a DaaS directly from JavaScript. 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 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)

Obama Endorses the Value of U.S. Social Technologies

"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 constructed. "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)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of March 9, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health 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 Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! The global mobile health market is expected to reach $49 billion by 2020, according to a study by Grand View Research.  Read Original Content 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)

Moving to an...Unwired World

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 m... (more)

Can Last Minute Offers Trigger Impulse Buys?

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 could change. That's what Sephora.com, an online cosmetics retailer ... (more)

Mobile Integration Is Alive and Well…

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)

Under the Hood of Wireless LBS

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)

As Microsoft Goes Mobile... Will Innovation Follow?

"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)

Web Services in a Pervasive Computing Environment

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 and workstations. 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)