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Blackberry Voice Search

April 23, 2008

TellMe just launched a new application which allows people to use their Blackberry for voice search. utilizing the TellMe speech recognition engine and Microsoft Live Search, you can have search results automatically localized if you happen to have a GPS-enabled Blackberry.

This is a pretty big deal as it brings voice and local search together and shows where the search business is headed. It also shines light on what the real reason was for Microsoft to purchase Tellme. Not that any of us are surpised of course.

What might be worth discussion however is the fact that Microsoft would support RIM with an application which makes the Blackberry more attractive.



Mobile Banking Heating Up

April 21, 2008

According to IBM, 21 percent of consumers age 18-34 use their cell phone for mobile banking transactions, compared to about 10 percent of the general population.

Like so many new technologies, it is your kids -- or for some of us our kids' kids who jump at the latest technologies first.

A new iPhone, iPod, social networking, twittering, etc are all things the younger generation embrace while often times their parents scratch their heads at it all.

So why should banking be different? Well -- it seems it isn't and since kids seem to be more connected to their mobile phones than they are to anything else, it only makes sense to use these gadgets to send and receive payments and do all the things some of use use to have to visit a teller to do.

I still remember a time when ATMs were new and I had to go to someone called a teller if I wanted to deposit or withdraw money. Fast forward a few decades and now kids may not even need ATM machines in the very near future.

The challenge of course will be ensuring these mobile devices are secure. Certainly secure SMS services like those supplied by CellTrust can help









PayPal and Phishing

April 21, 2008

Google Quote Finder Launched

April 19, 2008

Picture this... You say something and you really didn't mean it. Perhaps it was that you can see see US troops in Iraq for 100 years or that snipers were attacking you in some far away country.

In the past, you could count on "unfriendly" TV news programs to perhaps play these quotes for a few days after you made them. Some quotes have longer lives of course -- things like "Reading lips and no new taxes," and of course "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

But still -- Until now...It was generally TV that repeated these things for a few weeks or more.

Now it seems Google too has gotten into the act.





SMS Saves Lives

April 18, 2008

Ortiva Wireless Enables Mobile Streaming

April 16, 2008

Do you remember the past CEO of Cantata, Mark Zionts? He keynoted a past ITEXPO and was head of the company just before it sold to Dialogic. Since then he joined another company which he helped sell and now he is on to a new company called Ortiva Wireless -- where he is CEO.

Ortiva has found an interesting niche in the mobile video streaming market where they focus on optimizing the video experience for end users without requiring them to download anything onto the phone.

Callwave Fuze, Unified Communications Plus

April 16, 2008

In the race to provide the best Unified Communications solution, there are just so many approaches. The various ways to achieve UC are staggering in fact. Companies like Microsoft have partnered with many companies to achieve seamless UC - with special emphasis on Nortel and Aspect. IBM has partnered with virtually all UC players - including Aspect and Nortel while companies like Avaya are thriving by not only offering their own solutions but a bewildering assortment of integration options.

But is it fair for only the largest players to get a seat at the UC table?

Novarra's Better Mobile Browsing Experience

April 16, 2008

A shift has taken place in internet usage and now more than ever it seems people want web access on the go. A single device in fact - the iPhone shows that if we make it easy to surf on the go, people will not only surf, they will pay for the privilege to do so.

Logically, this means service providers need to find ways to get their customers to not only embrace internet on the go but demand it. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure customers can access the net on virtually any device - not just the state of the art gadgets that can cost a month's salary or more in some parts of the world.

A company called Novarra has tackled the difficult task of internet-enabling devices which are not designed to browse the web in a graphically appealing fashion. The way they do this is with a content transformation gateway.



New TMCnet Record and New Writer

April 15, 2008

Thanks to our readers -- once again, TMCnet has hit a new record. In this case, we built a Global Online Community in conjunction with Interactive Intelligence and this community generated just under 600,000 page views in one month according to Webtrends, a company which measures web traffic.

As you might imagine, this is a staggering number of pages to be viewed in a month and after TMCnet, this number represents the most page views in a month out of all competitive sites worldwide. This is according to third party web measurement sites like Quantcast.

In other words a single community built on TMCnet outproduced any other single competitive site in total.

As I have promised before, as we grow we will ensure the quantity and quality of TMCnet articles and as such we recently added Rick Bye as a columnist. He wrote his first piece last week in fact.

Bye is a senior segment marketing manager with Zarlink and is responsible for leading the company’s residential gateway and consumer voice products development.







iPhone Denial of Service Vulnerability

April 15, 2008



Radware today discovered the iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to denial of service attack. The specific model being tested was the Apple iPhone1.1.4.

In order to experience this problem a user must browse to a website containing malicious Javascript code. Once there, the code can trip up the browser and iPhone -- making it crash.

According to Radware, the Apple iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to DoS attacks due to a design flaw that may be triggered by a series of memory allocation operations on the dynamic memory pool, which in turn triggers a bug in the garbage collector. The security hole is currently unpatched, leaving iPhone owners vulnerable to potential attacks until Apple issues a security update.

Assuming virus writers decide to exploit such security holes we may run into a situation where handheld device makers will have to ensure their devices have enough memory to handle endless security patches.







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