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There was a post the other day on Signal vs Noise about the pain of opting out of mailing lists titled, Redonkulous unsubscribe delays, which I was reminded of after the following experience. Earlier today, I got an email notification from my old Friendster account, which ended up being spam. I hadn’t logged into the account in ages and looked around at my profile and others. No meaningful interaction between my friends in a few years. It’s felt like a ghost town. So, I thought… “should I just delete my account?” I was thinking about doing the same thing with my Facebook account as well, because I’m getting tired of being invited to applications a few times a day due to a friend leaving my name checked when they sign up for a game. (this is getting old…) So, I decided to kill the Friendster account, which I’ve had since February 2003. Oh… the good ole days of social... (more)

Synaptics and Pilotfish Collaborate to Develop Next Generation Mobile Phone Concept

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synaptics Incorporated , a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, and Pilotfish, a progressive industrial design and product development studio based in Munich and Taipei, today announced the introduction of Onyx, a next-generation mobile phone concept. This concept device enables OEMs to visualize a fundamentally new form of user interface for mobile phones. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060821/SFM014 ) New Usage The new concept phone uses Synaptics' ClearPad, an optically clear, capacitive touch screen solution, to create a fully adaptive user interface (UI). The ClearPad input system eliminates the traditional mechanical keys found on phones today and dramatically adapts to present the information and controls a user needs at an... (more)

Microsoft-Nokia: An Open Letter from Ballmer and Elop

In an Open Letter published yesterday, September 2, 2013, on The Official Microsoft Blog at Microsoft's TechWeb site, Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop wrote to Microsoft stakeholders the following: "Nokia and Microsoft have always dreamed big – we dreamed of putting a computer on every desk, and a mobile phone in every pocket, and we’ve come a long way toward realizing those dreams. Today marks a moment of reinvention. Nokia has an identity spanning 150 years of heritage, innovation, excellence, and change which began and will continue in Finland and around the world. From humble beginnings as a paper mill factory, to manufacturing rubber boots and car tires, and then to mobile phones, reinvention is in Nokia’s blood. Nokia will now write its next chapter, focused on enabling mobility through its leadership in networking, mapping & location, and advanced technologies. For... (more)

Is This the Death-Knell for Peace and Quiet in the Skies?

The BBC carried a report yesterday that raises the alarming possibility of extending cellphone use on board airplanes from just either end of a journey to throughout the duration of the flight. Now before I go any further let me just say that I do not go as far as the British essayist Pico Iyer, who once wrote, in "The Eloquent Sounds of Silence": Silence is sunshine...company is clouds; silence is rapture...company is doubt; silence is golden...company is brass. But I will admit to a horror of being surrounded by people talking on their cellphones while the rest of us are trying to enjoy the latest movie or catch up on work, on life...or on sleep. Here's how it would work, according to Ofcom, the official body that's basically the telecommunications regulator in the UK: The key to the whole thing, the technical trick that circumvents the problem found in 2003 by the ... (more)

Sun CEO Reviews Company's Prospects for 2009-10

Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz has been reviewing Sun's three major strategic imperatives, and the company's progress going in to its next fiscal year. As industry blogs go, the three entries he's produced so far are miniature masterpieces. A fourth and last one is on its way. The first in the series, titled "Understanding Sun in Three Easy Steps," kicks off with the bright and breezy intro: "We're approaching the end of our fiscal year, and given all the swirl in the economy, I thought it worthwhile to restate where Sun's headed as a company, to let customers, partners, employees and investors see and understand where we're headed. Clarity's always useful, doubly so in times of uncertainty." But it isn't long before Schwartz shows us how he's earned his reputation as one of the industry's most insightful bloggers, with a natural ear for a ringing phrase: "I'm neither wo... (more)

"Skype is Back to Normal" – Sign-On Problem Solved As of 11:00 AM GMT Today

"Take a deep breath. Skype is back to normal." With these two sentences, published at 11:00 am gmt, the management of Skype announced the company's return from the worldwide outage that began early Thursday afternoon as users around the world began to find they couldn't log on and make phone calls or send instant messages. The main Skype page diverts currently to a URL titled "Hello Again" (http://skype.com/intl/en/helloagain.html), which says as follows: Hello friends, Take a deep breath. Skype is back to normal. On Monday, we’ll provide a more detailed explanation of what happened. Until then, we’d like to apologize and thank you. Precisely in that order. We know how difficult and frustrating the past two days have been. And still, your good wishes kept flowing in. Thank you for the amazing patience, trust and support! UPDATED 18 August, 2007 11:00 GMT... (more)

My Three iPhone Predictions For 2010

iPhone Summit at Cloud Expo Yeah, it's this time of the year. Again. Making predictions is so tempting... This year I'll cover just the iPhone. 1. Apple will let Flash Player on iPhone no later than October ’10. They don’t have a choice, if they want to stay competitive. Enough of a crippled Web browser already. 2. ActionScript won’t kill, but will seriously damage Objective-C as the language of choice for development of iPhone applications. The programs written in ActionScript will be a lot more entertaining and engaging than today's iPhone applications. 3. The next version of the Droid phone will be so cool, that I’ll switch from iPhone / AT&T to Droid/Verizon. Verizon’s phone service is clearly better. I just need a modern device. Lots of people in the USA will do the same. Should I put the money where my mouth is and purchase some VZ stocks? OK. Two more. Not exa... (more)

Cisco To Buy Skype?

As Dell and HP slug it out to capture 3PAR, Cisco may be adopting a quieter acquisition style and attempting - according to TechCrunch anyway - to acquire Skype. Citing someone he refers to only as "one of our more reliable sources," the Silicon Valley-based site's senior editor Michael Arrington claims Cisco has already made an offer before Skype has time to complete its recently announced IPO. It is five years now since eBay famously acquired Skype for $1.9 billion. Such an acquisition by Cisco, if it were confirmed, would mark a new scale for the current round of M&A activity, which has seen Intel acquiring McAfee, HP acquiring Palm and 3Com, EMC acquiring Data Domain, and so on. Not to mention Oracle's acquisition of Sun, or Dell's of Perot Systems. Speculation is rife that Google and Microsoft are both now in search of a major quarry. And certainly IBM is hoovering u... (more)

Why Java Is More Relevant Than Ever in the Mobile Age

I was programming in C++ for a living when I fell in love with Java. It was an unintended affair. At the time, I was following a trend with the limited language of C++, which didn't even have operator overloading or templates, but boasted simplicity and the ability to write the code once and run it anywhere (otherwise known as WORA). But Java came along and changed everything. In fact, despite what most people say about Java in the mobile age, I still find it relevant, useful and an important coding tool going forward. Java's WORA was much maligned during its early years, but people tend to forget how difficult things were before Java came along. Java was designed as a language of minimalism: There are less ways to accomplish a certain task, but that also makes it easy to go back in and make changes or corrections. With free and open tools, it made tackling the issu... (more)

SingTel Throws in its Lot with the Cloud

SingTel, Singapore's largest phone company and a major local player in broadband Internet services, is going into the cloud business, intending to establish Singapore as a regional cloud computing hub. It's launched Singapore's first integrated cloud computing marketplace for businesses. The SingTel Innovation Exchange is meant to accelerate the development of cloud computing services. The company expects to attract developers and promote their services in Asia-Pacific markets. It's collaborating with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, leading unnamed technology companies and software developers to establish Singapore as a regional cloud computing hub. In Asia-Pac, cloud computing services are supposed to grow with a CAGR of approximately 60% in 2011 according to Springboard Research. SingTel figures the mark... (more)

Stewart McKie Launches Mobile Tagging and Content Delivery Topic on Ulitzer

Stewart McKie launched today the Vizitag Mobile Tagging and Content Delivery topic on Ulitzer. Stewart McKie has 25 years of IT industry experience. His education includes a MSc in Organization Consulting and a MA in Screenwriting. He was the Technology Editor of Business Finance magazine during 1995-2000 and also wrote regular features for Intelligent Enterprise magazine. He is the author of six books on accounting software and over 50 technology white papers. His current focus is his mobile tagging web app Vizitag.com and his scenewriting web app Scenewrite.com. Focused on the mobile tagging space (i.e. QR Codes and MS tags) used to connect offline tags to online content optimized for mobile delivery. ... (more)