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iPad on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new media" platform in the world, announced today that a new  Ulitzer topic site, iPad (http://ipad.ulitzer.com), was launched today to provide the most comprehensive breaking news and blog coverage of iPad. iPad could potentially be the miracle which the newspaper industry is waiting for. Launch time authors and contributors to the new Ulitzer topic include: Maureen O'Gara, Bob Gourley, Salvatore Genovese, Wilson Kerr, Brandon Watson, Aditya Banerjee, Scott McKain, Bryan O'Rourke, Charles Jolley, Jeremy Geelan, Yeshim Deniz, and Elizabeth White. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in ... (more)

What Hardware Changes Will iPhone OS 3.0 Bring?

On June 22 I will be Chairing the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in NYC. Along with me will be some great industry presenters and colleagues from Sybase/iAnywhere showing off  the Enterprise capabilities they have for iPhone. In preparation for this event I have been searching around for what the industry thinks Apple will announce, when the new OS and  hopefully hardware becomes available, and I found a great article by Brian Chen of the Gadget Lab in Wired.com. Brian summarizes the rumors and puts a percentage probability next to each, that the feature will be announced with the next device. The article is called Rumor Round-Up: Everything We’ve Heard About the Next  iPhone and can be found here . I personally am hoping that the Processor, RAM & Storage get increased, along with an upgrade to the camera. These would be my must have, whilst my nice to have list... (more)

Open Source Mobile Cloud Sync and Push Email

Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud. Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich media in the cloud, using any modern browser "With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to access mobile data and content, any... (more)

I Have Got The Ultimate Mobile Device... Now Just For One Small Step Further

In my last article, which set and solved the problems for an On-the-Road Information Worker (Insurance Assessor). I told what Enterprise Mobility could achieve with cool software and hardware. Now taking the story one step along would rock.... leaving a printed document! Even now, a few years after I saw and bought the Brother MW-140BT it still looks a cool. With the Bluetooth Mobile Printer (MW-140BT) alongside the Apple iPhone, they look like a partnership made in heaven... but that is where the vision currently stops. As far as I know the iPhone Bluetooth stack is not as fully featured as it could be. On switching on my iPhone's Bluetooth in the office, I was able to see a few Macbook's & PC's but that was it... bummer :-( A cry for help... I have got the Ultimate Mobile Device... I can build cutting-edge Mobile Applications... Now just for one small step furthe... (more)

Security Holes in the Mobile World

The speed of communication and connectivity today of the smart phone is unparalleled. Even better and faster than the Internet itself, because your phone is always talking to the network, always available and open to receive and send information without you having to dial a number or open a browser. However, this phenomenal capability also has a dark side. Convenience has a price. The same smart phone that is always connected and serving you content can also be serving you malicious content or stealing from you for someone else. People are buying and downloading applications to their smart phones by the millions. These applications potentially contain code to enable a hacker entry to your phone, access to your address book, identity information and more, where they can cause damage to your device and data. Much like the malicious tool bar on the Internet, an ordinary... (more)

Apple Reports First Quarter Results

iPhone Session at Cloud Expo Apple on Monday announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 first quarter ended December 26, 2009. The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $11.88 billion and net quarterly profit of $2.26 billion, or $2.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.9 percent, up from 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter's revenue. Apple sold 3.36 million Macintosh computers during the quarter, representing a 33 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 8.7 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 100 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 21 million iPods during the quarter, representing an eight percent unit de... (more)

Adobe Should Cut Its iPhone Losses and Switch Focus

Adobe should cut its losses with Apple and target its flagship Flash Player at telecoms carriers, independent analyst Ovum has claimed in a new report*. With the spat over Apple's refusal to support the Adobe Flash technology on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices continuing to generate column inches, Ovum believes it is time for Adobe to turn the tables by courting new sponsors of its technology in the shape of telecoms operators. The report states that Adobe and telecoms carriers are faced with similar threats and share similar goals in relation to value-added applications and content, and that carriers should therefore seek an industry-wide partnership with Adobe to use Flash as the basis of their own multi-screen device, development, delivery, and distribution systems. Ovum believes both sides could work together to create a developer ecosystem around connect... (more)

The Mobile Business Object... Your Mobile Way Forward

Today's Real Time Enterprise is mobility

 and it is my belief that if you as an enterprise are not either starting or have plans for developing mobile apps, that give you massive competitive advantages, then your competitors will be and you are going to be left in the starting blocks... but enough evangelizing ;-). As you probably know the Mobile Business Object (MBO) is at the heart of Sybase's UnWired Platform, which is a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform used in turn as part of the SAP Mobility Platform. Once defined the MBO can be used in Native (such as iOS) as well as Hybrid Web Container Applications. It can be described in four points Defines the data you want to use from your backend system and exposes it to be used for your mobile application /workflow Created using our simple, graphical tooling inside the Eclipse development environment Re-usable, ... (more)

iPad Is NOT an iPhone

This title may be an obvious statement to us all, but a lot of applications and therefore application developers on the Apple App Store seems to have lost sight of that fact. I believe that over 90% of these applications have the potential to be awesome on the best tablet device around, but are sadly falling short of the mark. I have been using the iPad since it was launched in the UK and there is nothing more frustrating to me than iPhone applications on the iPad. Let's face it, the iPad is the first computer designed purely for hand-held mode. It's not a tablet with a touchscreen. It's not a Windows PC that happens to be mobile...It's a custom designed purpose built device designed to view the web and operate applications purely by using the screen...Oh and what a device! and I am still saying that two versions in!!! As you may know from my last article, I use my... (more)

It's the Mobile Apps Experience That Counts

User eXperience to the rescue! User eXperience or UX groups User Interface, User Interaction and Graphic Designs together that in turn aids, how your Mobile Application is perceived, learned and ultimately used. The key points of UX are the focus on real end users, the validation of their needs & requirements, understanding the users’ working models ultimately to design for a awesome user experience. Building Applications that use Native features will achieve high quality Applications with added value for the user. Follow Tablet and Smartphone Guidelines. For iOS it is the Apple HIG (Human Interface Guidelines), as these are there to advise and guide. Key point is Mobilise DO NOT Miniaturise, because you can put every field from your existing desktop Business Application, just about in one Mobile screen may not be the best solution and definitely not the best design... (more)

Innovative Mobile to the Rescue!

I am writing this on the morning of September 12 2012, the same day that it is envisaged that Apple will announce the iPhone5, availability of iOS6 and possibly a few more interesting assets. They have never been a company that has been shy when it comes to innovation, so I thought I would look into just that subject... Innovation Innovation is often described as a way of doing something new, either a new idea, a new method or even in mobile... a new device. For some in the past innovation, either complex or simple, has being looked at as being disruptive, but whichever your leaning, innovation makes a difference! For Mobile Apps, innovation can come in many areas: Presentation (by that I mean UX etc), Data (capture and sharing) and Process (Streamlining or redefining). With the excellent Mobile devices we now have and the awesome OS' that run on them, we now have a... (more)