Businesses mobility spending, smartphone apps, Motorola and Level 3 go shopping

Businesses are looking to get mobile in a big way in the next 12 to 18 months, with 60 percent having or planning a mobility strategy, according to Mokena, IL-based Nemertes Research study. Unified communications are also high on the corporate shopping list, according to a brand new Infonetics research report. The Campbell, CA-based telecom research firm reports 21 percent growth between 2005 and 2006 for sales of unified communications applications worldwide. Further, Infonetics predicts … [Read more...]

IPTV: Both Sides Now

It’s interesting to spend time with the folks creating the guts of the brave new world of digital entertainment. It brought me face-to-face with some of my assumptions about the meaning of “IPTV” and the fact that there are other sets of assumptions at work in this space. Those of us who began our new media journey in the IP world have embraced the many-to-many democratization of the Internet. We chose what we want and “pull” it. But the folks who come from the “old … [Read more...]

A Number is Worth a Thousand Words

This week is the Connections show in Santa Clara California, my hometown, out here on the edge of Silicon Valley. I was drawn to this because it seemed like an opportunity to check up on the “networked home” and “digital lifestyle” boosters. Signaling the escalating importance of IPTV, Motorola put on a full day workshop, “IPTV 101” where I picked up some interesting statistics. An average US household today has 25 digital devices — DVRs, cell phones, TV sets and … [Read more...]

Perfect Storm of New Mobile Apps

Judging from the e-blizzard of press releases coming out of CTIA, you could spend from now until next year trying out all the new stuff available on the "third screen." Here are a few items that caught my attention. Maybe not the sexiest application, but a strong contender in my book for the most useful is Fremont, CA-based ABBYY's Business Card Recognition (BCR) utility for smartphone Symbian, S60 or UIQ platforms. The software captures data from business cards using the built-in digital … [Read more...]