Posts Tagged ‘mobile technology’
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Apple won its long-fought battle with Samsung in regards to their patents claims, and it has taken the win as an opportunity for more injunctions against Samsung. The Globe and Mail reported that “On Monday, the company sought preliminary injunctions against eight older-model smartphones, including the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge. Apple’s lawsuit had encompassed 28 devices…”
Apple will stay in news headlines for a while, as the expected launch of the iPhone 5 is September 12. Further, this could mean mobile technology innovation will be held to a higher standard, which could be good or bad for consumers.
“Competitors may not think twice about how they compete in smart mobility devices with the industry’s clear innovator,” says Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes. “If Apple forces competitors to innovate more, it could take longer for competitive products to come to market, and make it more expensive to develop them.”
The company was awarded $1.05 billion (US) in damages from the most recent court case.
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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Many people have entertained olympic aspirations at some point in their lives, even if you have relatively no athletic ability. We all imagine what it would be like to be an Olympic athlete in those crucial moments leading up and following those life defining competitions. With the prominence of mobile technology, we are finally getting that taste of world-class competition from a first-hand perspective.
“Athletes are spending a lot more time on their hand-held devices updating followers throughout the day,” says Canadian athlete Karen Cockburn.
More than 150 Canadian athletes are using Twitter by posting photos and reactions during their events and from the Olympic village in London. London 2012 is being called the first “social games,” as approximately 400 million tweets are being sent out daily, compared to 300 000 during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The sheer number of people tweeting live from their mobile device is disrupting internet service in the area, which has caused issues for broadcasters. Some reported being unable to access racers’ times during cycling events because of service disruptions.
“We don’t want to stop people engaging in this by social media and sending updates, but perhaps they might consider only sending urgent updates,” says Olympic Communication Director Mark Adams.
The UK’s five main mobile carriers are working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to plan out the data requirements to accomodate increased mobile traffic in event areas.
“The demands that will be placed on the networks will be like having four royal weddings per day for 17 consecutive days,” says Stuart Newstead, chair of Mobile Experience group.
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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
RIM’s mobile offerings are in a heap of trouble on the stock market, and its shareholders sought answers at its annual shareholder meeting held in an auditorium on the Wilfrid Laurier campus last week. RIM has long been criticized for not diversifying itself as the mobile market evolved. While they may have had market share since smartphone adoption really got started, that is no longer the case. BlackBerry simply doesn’t have the apps, social networking, or even web browsing capabilities that iPhones and Androids possess. If you don’t allow your users to easily access their content from the cloud on their mobile device, you can’t expect to keep your them happy.
While the RIM senior executives and board members tried to ease shareholders concerns, it was clear that the relationship was in trouble. Voters withheld 15 and 30 per cent of the votes for election of a board member, which suggests they don’t like the candidates they were offered. “[The board] has to look at the break-up for the company into the handset business and the software and services platform, and a potential sale of either or both or private placement funding investments by giant competitors like Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and others,” says Vic Alboini, chief executive for Jaguar Financial. “That will save this company. Their whole focus continues to be on licensing the BB10 platform, joint ventures and partnerships. And again, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket.”
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Thursday, July 12th, 2012
The past decade has been the undisputed generation of the mobile device. Research in Motion was a leader in the infant stages of smartphone technology when it released its first Blackberry with email capabilities in 2003. Since then, RIM has remained a leader in the mobile technology world, especially in the corporate world. In the past year, the company has taken a serious beating, with a 70 per cent slump in its stock. It dropped 19 per cent on June 29 after they posted a big quarterly loss and announced a delay in the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Needless to say, customers are running for the Silicon Valley hills occupied by iPhone and Android smartphones. Most analysts agree that the best route for the company to take is to sell off its assets, which could create disruptions in the BlackBerry service. Corporate companies who use BlackBerry heavily are now looking at contingency plans in the event that BlackBerry service gets disrupted.
“We are well on our way to having a dual environment, so if RIM did go out, we’d be ok,” says Robert Burkhart, director of new technology innovation at Nationwide Mutual Insurance. “If people are starting contingency plans now, they are behind the eight ball. They should have been looking at this all along.”
“RIM’s situation is dire, but even in a worst-case scenario, RIM’s servers aren’t likely to get turned off anytime soon,” says Avi Greengart, tech research director at Current Analysis. “Still, IT managers are looking more seriously at alternatives to BlackBerry. There’s a whole industry ready to provide security and management around Apple and Android.”
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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Mobile technology is the primary reason that cloud content management systems are so highly regarded by many small, medium and large-size businesses. Cloud content management systems like WebPal, that provide secure cloud access to all your content, are in high demand. Being able to access your content on the cloud from your mobile device is what has created the mobile workplace. There are countless opportunities for business development in the mobile technology market, but how far will it take us?
Michael Saylor, the co-founder of Microstrategy, spoke with Bloomberg on the future of technology and he says that the way of the future will be go mobile, or go home. Businesses can no longer be confined by local boundaries, or physical boundaries.
“I think we are going to see lots of application networks form that are worldwide that will provide very powerful software services,” says Saylor.
If tech companies want to grow, he continues, they must continuously adapt to the mobile tech world. If they do not, they risk their market share being “chiseled away at a rate of 3 per cent a year.”
Toronto’s Sick Kids is moving into the future with two brand new mobile apps that they helped commission. First they have the PainSquad, an iPhone app that gamifies symptom and mood monitoring for young cancer patients. TnECHO provides a step-by-step guide for staff and trainee neonatologists performing ultra sounds on newsborns. Both apps will help save lives, and make child health care more efficient.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Earlier this week, we discussed the innovative changes that mobile technology is bringing to health care and small business. Accessing data and content from anywhere at any time is one of the most appealing features of the cloud and mobile technology, and it seems that the U.S. government is taking note. On Wednesday, President Obama issued a directive to all major government agencies to make key services available on mobile devices within a year.
“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” said Obama in a statement. “By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed.”
One of the biggest incentives for developing this mobile strategy is the prediction that more people will access the internet from phones rather than from desktop computers by 2015. Another aspect of the mobile strategy is the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will encourage collaboration between federal employees and top technology innovators on projects like open data initiatives and personal health records. Being such a large and long-established organization, the U.S. government will have to fight against more traditional perspectives to make sure the transition to mobile is smooth.
“One of the primary challenges will be overcoming the ‘trust factor,’” says Kevin Kelly, the COO of LGS Innovations. “Utilizing a shared-services approach will definitely yield improvements in cost efficiency. However it requires one agency to trust another with the handling and delivery of its critical information.”
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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
The late Steve Jobs has become one of the most ubiquitous individuals in information technology, and some say he has made being a geek cool. During his time as CEO of Apple Inc., he revolutionized mobile technology through his design, marketing, and creation of the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Now it has been announced by Variety.com that Ashton Kutcher is set to play Jobs in an upcoming biopic, starting with his time as a hippie in the 60’s to the time he co-founded Apple.
A film starring a Hollywood heartthrob is only going to increase the fervor surrounding Mr. Jobs, in the public and in the offices of other technology companies. A recent blog on the Wall Street Journal site talked about how it is becoming more and more common for CEO’s to use the Steve Jobs biography as a roadmap to success. Prasad Thammineni, the chief executive of a file-sharing start-up called Office Drop, is being called a Steve Jobs copycat by his employees for constantly sending them passages from the book and using the Apple CEO’s catchphrases.
“Some employees are teasing me about when I’ll start wearing black turtlenecks,” says Thammineni.
Jobs was a big influence on the mobile market, which is now expanding at a rate faster than anyone could have imagined. Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems like WebPal need to incorporate mobile capabilities in their products just so they can stay relevant.
“Mobile capabilities are more important than ever for ECM vendors and their clients. Users are creating large amounts of content on their mobile devices as these devices become more sophisticated. All ECM vendors need to have the capability to bring this content within the enterprise’s control,” said George Goodall, Senior Research Analyst, Info-Tech Research Group.
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