Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Apple's woes

Apple (Personal) Computer today issued a number of software releases and patches citing vulnerabilities and flaws in its product lines. This has been for some time a noticeable trend, with Apple featuring in CERT advisories and other security response agencies' reports. With all the hype and marketing dollars Apple is surely reaping the successes that comes with market share growth. Hope their customers will remain loyal and that growth will continue. Welcome to the PC club Apple! more

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Another mega-merger in the works?

Vodafone Group will tomorrow make a decision on the future with Verizon Wireless. Vodafone could be making a $160 billion bid for Verizon Wireless as it currently owns 45% of the USA telecoms giant or opt for a lesser share ownership. How the US market reacts to this will be of interest to major industry players in North America. Should Vodafone opt to sell some of their Verizon shares, they might need to re-invest that money. Could they then head further north to the Canadian market?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The new Blackberry i-Phone

Blackberry 8820
RIM has announced the release of their 8820 Blackberry i-Phone which enable wireless voice and data access as well as WiFi access to customers. This device although equipped with GPS functionality as well as the other customary PDA features, is still missing support for 3G networks (HSDPA). more...

Friday, July 13, 2007

The Wi-Fi Roadmap.

Wi-Fi Questions
With the growing proliferation of Wi-Fi devices the technology is being outpaced by the demand for the spectrum (2.4 GHz) and the different systems (Access Points, Bluetooth, cordless handsets, etc) requiring wireless access. The Orthognal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) air interface technology has to be traded in for a more efficient technology given that the frequency band in not licenced and is woefully congested and wrought with interference. The future of IEEE 802.11 probably lies in CDMA technology for more spectrum efficiency. First question that comes to mind is code management and how this will be handled by the IEEE in the evolution of the 802.11 standard as this path is explored.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Customers we don't serve - Sprint-Nextel

It was certainly different and even hilarious the action taken by Sprint-Nextel regarding customers they felt were abusing the service and calling the call centres up to 50 times per month. The respective customers were sent termination notices and had all contract fees and outstanding invoices waived. more...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Postini and the Google family

Google & Postini

I thought Postini would have been target for Google a year ago when they launched a number of web-based applications. That being noted they have now acquired the SaaS and system management company for over $600 million. Interesting times as the industry and markets react.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The PDA evolution. From the Palm Pilot to the N95 and iPhone.

Nokia N95

The PDA has evolved from a simple mini computer to a mini computer that has cell phone connectivity and Wi-Fi enabled. Yes, we had just upgraded our Palms when the BlackBerry wooed us with its mobile data capability. The Apple iPhone integrates popular touchscreen technology into a PDA with cellphone, GPRS and Wi-Fi capability. The i-Phone that tops my list is the Nokia N95 which is a quadband GSM and HSDPA (WCDMA 2100) phone.