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ITEXPO Prius Giveaway

July 16, 2008

I have had a number of positive comments about the fact that we are giving away a Toyota Prius at ITEXPO in LA, September 16-18, 2008. Most of the comments are thanking me/TMC for being environmentally friendly and more importantly this car seems to be so hot right now that everyone is excited to come to the show, learn about IP communications and hopefully walk drive away with the new car.

As always, we are excited to help educate the market and as a token of appreciation, we try to do nice things for attendees like give them an energy efficient automobile.

For full details about the show check ITEXPO's website and also be sure to check out the other events taking place at the same time -- Communications Developer and Call Center 2.0.



Google's Android Plays Favorites?

July 16, 2008

It seems that if you were a finalist in the google Android Developer Challenge you have the option to sign an NDA which allows you access to SDK updates. This is all well and good unless of course you are not a finalist. So basically, the typical developer is at a disadvantage according to this Ars Technica article.

How was this discovered if the developers were under NDA? Simple -- Google employee David McLaughlin accidentally sent notification of a new SDK release to a public Android mailing list.

Expect a new interview question from the search leader which delves into mailing lists.

Suffice it to say, developers are upset by this news and Google now has a PR problem on its hands.

With the success of Apple's iPhone App Store, one wonders if Google will be able to compete with Apple for the attention of mobile developers going forward.

I am looking forward to discussing the matter further with developers at the Communications Developer Conference, September 16-18, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.









iPhone: Still Not For Business?

July 15, 2008

Sun, Intel Have Positive News

July 15, 2008

One Million iPhones Already?

July 14, 2008

Mossberg on iPhone Apps

July 14, 2008

iPhone: Living Through Other's Misery

July 12, 2008

iPhone/Exchange Management

July 11, 2008

I almost fell over when I received an email from the Microsoft PR team titled "Microsoft Exchange and iPhone." To me this email is as unexpected as an email from Microsoft requesting I rely on open source software . But of course I kid ever so slightly because the email describes the ways the iPhone can now play nice with Microsoft Exchange.

Here are some screen shots of what an Exchange admin will see when managing iPhones:

























































Additionally, here is a Q&A with Terry Myerson the corporate VP for Exchange and here is an excerpt from the interview:

PressPass: What are some of the features iPhone users can expect with Exchange ActiveSync built-in?

Myerson: Our goal with Exchange ActiveSync was to create an open solution that lets mobile device makers pick and choose the kinds of features they want to activate. In other words, it's really up to Apple what features they want to support in iPhone.































































Another Year, Another iPhone Activation Problem

July 11, 2008

5 Megapixel Camera Phones

July 8, 2008

Is 5 megapixels the cutoff for effective camera replacement by cell phone? One would imagine it should be and even though camera phones typically can't zoom like a camera they are always with you and as such, users get used to them and don't want to drag YAD (yet another device) wherever they go.

If you are taking photos with a camera phone in the US, you are probably not snapping at any more than 2 megapixels. Still, already cell phones are becoming the choice of everyday photography.

And even with this fact in mind, one wonders if people will even buy cameras as 5 megapixel camera phones become mainstream. Already you can purchase the Nokia 6220, Motorola Motozine ZN5, Samsung Omnia (pictured) and a number of other 5 megapixel gadgets which can make calls and remember your favorite memories.

The next frontier for camera phones is to take on the video recorder and I would imagine within three years video recording camera phones will be much more common.

With all this processing power, making FMC calls and accessing UC applications while surfing on 4G and WiMax networks should be cake.







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