a wealth of information from expert Nathan Clevenger

The Paradigm Shift in Mobile Device Management

Mobile devices, wireless networks, and applications have evolved tremendously over the past few years with capabilities that now enable line-of-business applications to extend to a wider array of mobile workers. Line-of-business applications were once the sole domain of traditional task workers who typically carried large, rugged devices dedicated to a single function. However, they are now expanding to the realm of the knowledge worker, who requires a smaller and more flexible device capable of running multiple applications.



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The Case for Windows Mobile

The Wall Street Journal called Windows Mobile a "clunky, antiquated, menu-driven operating system," and The New York Times has said that Windows Mobile "is a mess.” Needless to say, Microsoft has really struggled with its ability to bring the message of Windows Mobile to the marketplace.



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The Move Towards Converged Mobile Devices

The global demand for wireless devices continues to be driven by the converged market. This segment of the wireless marketplace has continued to show impressive growth, accelerating the replacement cycle on a global basis. According to Gartner, global sales of smartphones in the first quarter of 2008 totaled 32.3 million units, up nearly 30 percent vs. 2007. In North America, sales more than doubled to 7.3 million units.



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Windows Mobile is Secure Enough for Government

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Washington, DC, March 14, 2008 -- Microsoft Federal today announced the addition of two critical security certifications to its Windows Mobile operating system. Windows Mobile 5.0 with Messaging and Security Feature Pack, and Windows Mobile 6 operating systems were awarded Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2+ (EAL2+).


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Oliver’s Twist on Windows Mobile

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On Wednesday, InfoWorld’s Oliver Rist posted an article titled “Windows Mobile needs fixing, fast†on the InfoWorld website. In the piece, he detailed Apple’s ability to beat Microsoft on the mobile front if the Cupertino, CA-based company were to make some “quick fixes†to the iPhone; which, needless to say, left this mobility junkie a little more than puzzled.


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The Rise of the Smart Client

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Traditionally, there have always been two distinct theories when exploring the capabilities of mobile computing software: thick-client and thin-client. Mobile thick-client applications require a piece of software to be installed on the device on which it runs. Conversely, wireless thin-client applications do not require any additional software assuming there is a standard browser.


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The iPhone Does Microsoft a Favor

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We’ve all seen it, heard about it, talked around the water cooler about it, and read about it in every major newspaper in the country. In fact, America has become so inundated with the iPhone that is seems destined to become the next iPod. However, with Apple sales goals at a measly one percent of the worldwide market (roughly 10 million units) the iPhone stands to be a very minor player in the Smartphone arena.


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Canonical Announces Details of Ubuntu for Mobile Internet Devices

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From their press release:
http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-for-mobile-internet-devices

Scheduled for October 2007 Launch

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 7, 2007 – Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced more details on Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition at Computex 2007 in Taipei.

Following discussions at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Seville Spain and a great response from the developer community generally, the target specifications and technical milestones for the project have been agreed.

Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition will provide a rich Internet experience fo


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Canonical is Hiring!

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Canonical, the company behind the very popular Linux distro Ubuntu, is hiring for a number of positions. Opportunities of very specific of interest to those in the mobile community include:

Ubuntu Project Manager, Mobile & Embedded
http://www.ubuntu.com/employment#mobileprojmger

and

Ubuntu Mobile Developer
http://www.ubuntu.com/employment#UMDEV

additional opportunities may be viewed at http://www.ubuntu.com/employment


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White Collar Mobility: The Unrealized Potential

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If you’re reading this entry, you are most likely guilty of an all too common disservice to your mobile device: underutilization. However, if you’re reading this entry, you probably know that your Windows Mobile-powered device has more features than email, calendar, and address book.


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Sun throws a grand open opening

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Sun Microsystems has seen the light and set Java free. Yes, that's right, it's gone open source! And to that wonderful end, they've created java.net - the Source for Java Technology Collaboration.

I had long suspected that this would happen and had to endure the mocking of some of my web design and development 'friends'. Don't call me Cassandra; it just made sense to me.

It's already free, they said, what more could you want.


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Symbol Technologies and Avaya Announce Collaboration

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According to a press release dated November 30, 2005,
Symbol Technologies Avaya are entering into a large enterprise mobility project and have "...announced the availability of a joint mobility solution that helps mobile professionals easily access essential enterprise applications and communications capabilities as they roam throughout their workplace.


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