5 Great Communications Innovations – 2008 Edition


In 2008 communications went truly mobile and truly global, extending a trend that's been building for several years, to be sure - but in the great tradition of year-end list making, I'm making the call on 5 innovations that pushed the boundaries, set the bar and served to point the way toward the future of how people will stay in touch tomorrow. 1. iPhone 3G Some might say the Apple smartphone was a 2007 innovation, but the 2nd iteration supporting the 3G network protocol rocked the mobile … [Read more...]

Comm Bytes 7/7/07

Software-as-a-service company Skyytek apparently isn't listening to Gartner's nay saying about corporate iPhone use. The company is adopting the iPhone for its mobile employees and is testing it with its on-demand ERP/CRM system, NetSuite. What's also interesting here is ERP as a mobile phone app. Read Skyytec's evaluation here. Another company bringing business apps to the phone is Swedish software company HansaWorld. New offerings for the UK market for PDAs and Nokia business phones include … [Read more...]

Mobile VoIP, Vyke, Truphone, Fonbucks vs. Starbucks and piggybacking

Global businesses have big plans for mobile handsets. That's according to UK research firm Coleman Parkes Research. Seven out of 10 expect to be using mobile VoIP within two years and many are already a variety of business applications. But with the new flexibility comes a whole new dimension of security and management challenges. Robert Jacques at vunet.com has the story. But while businesses see huge benefits to mobile VoIP, mobile carriers have been circling the wagons, blocking mobile … [Read more...]

iPhone…Back to Reality

Given the Apple iPhone build-up, I was surprised to wake up this morning and find the world pretty much the same as it was yesterday, before Steve Jobs and his iPhone opened to us the promised land of infinite coolness. Even my 16 year-old, a graduate student in the school of cool, found the advent of the iPhone a "whatever." Perhaps it's his experience with two iPods that died promptly after the warranty ran out that gives him a healthy distrust of Apple's newest toy. Now he plays music on … [Read more...]