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We first began following David Steinberg two years ago (WBT, Vol. 1, issue 3) when he launched InPhonic with former Apple and Pepsi CEO, John Sculley. Today, with a long list of acquisitions, partners, and successes in providing communication software and services to businesses, David gives his views on the future of wireless technology. It's no longer catchy marketing. Wireless is everywhere...and it's here to stay. Luckily it's evolved from the bulky, overpriced cellular phones of years past into tightly packaged devices with multiple, complex functionalities that complement nearly every lifestyle. Today, businesspeople are accessing their e-mail, placing orders, and logging on to the company network from the road; young professionals aren't tethered to their wired-line desktop computers and are opting for sleek multifunction wireless PDAs; grandparents are recei... (more)

i-Technology Predictions for 2007: Where's It All Headed?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy rem... (more)

American Idol's Launch of Text Voting Shows Mobile Data Can Thrive

Fueled by the popularity of reality TV and the immense success of text messaging worldwide, the American market is embracing mass media as a catalyst for SMS usage. One innovative solution has paired AT&T Wireless and "American Idol" in a promotion that is taking the U.S. by storm. The wireless industry is on the verge of one of its periodic reinvigorations due to the joint leadership of AT&T Wireless and FOX Broadcasting Company (FOX). The implementation of a high-visibility messaging component for the TV program "American Idol" has made text messaging a household term in North America. The success of the promotion is already remarkable, clearly the first major step toward fully realizing the potential inherent in messaging technology. However, this race is a marathon, not a sprint. There's still much to do. Our industry tends to revere the European and Japanese ma... (more)

Aggregators: Removing a Blockage from the Supply Chain

By banding together via aggregators, lots of smaller companies can make a proposition the operators can't ignore. One of the most frustrating experiences for mobile content or service providers is negotiating a profitable channel to market with mobile operators. The negotiation process itself can be tough, but even getting to the meeting table is difficult. And on the other side, marketing and business development managers at the operators are constantly inundated with approaches from content and service providers; evaluating all the possibilities is a drain on their resources. Thankfully, mobile traffic aggregators can make it cheaper and easier for content providers, and grow traffic for operators. At the most basic level, aggregation is about volume, and volume buys a seat at the negotiating table. Mobile Content The global growth in SMS is a fascinating case for... (more)

The Truth of Yahoo, Google and IT Enabled Services

This Yahoo internal document by Brad Garlinghouse (a Yahoo senior vice president) is a tremendous read. Brad started by stating his love for Yahoo, for example: I proudly bleed purple and, yellow everyday! And like so many people here, I love this company Then he bluntly outlines the big problems he sees at Yahoo, and "I believe we must embrace our problems and challenges and that we must take decisive action".  The problems he outlined are: Yahoo lacks a focused, cohesive vision Yahoo lacks clarity of ownership and accountability Yahoo lacks decisiveness Through the entire document, despite some harsh and blunt criticism, you can feel the passion Brad has for Yahoo, the opportunity in front of Yahoo and anxiety to seize the opportunities instead of continuing on the current slipper slope. I definitely agree with a lot of points being raised in the document - from ... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2006.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2006.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

DNDJ Feature — Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2006.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (more)

V Factory's Nicky T to Make One-Night-Only Appearance With His Former Philly Dance Crew, Quest, on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" on June 26th

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/25/08 -- Nick Teti -- one of the stars of Warner Bros. Records' hot pop vocal group V Factory -- will make a very special one-time-only appearance on Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" tomorrow night, June 26th. The Philadelphia-born Teti, known as Nicky T, will perform with Quest, his former Philly dance crew, on the program's hour-long results show. The Quest Dance Crew has also performed on the Season 7 finale of "American Idol" and on "American Idol Gives Back." V Factory -- featuring the five mad-talented singer-dancers Asher Book, Jared Murillo, Nathaniel Flatt, Wesley Quinn, and Nicky T -- have been driving young audiences across the country wild with their combination of edgy urban pop and electrifying dance moves. The group has recently completed the nationwide 16-city "Bandemonium" tour, and is in the process of p... (more)

Telco vs OTT - Communication Services

This insight looks into the developments of communication services, from various angles such as voice, video, messaging and social networks. It includes market figures and forecasts for the US and EU5, assessing the real impacts (or lack of it) of OTTs on what is predominantly a telco market. The opportunities for telcos and their relationships with the OTTs are examined and analysed. This deliverable is part of the Telco vs OTT watch which covers half-yearly updated datasets- Half-yearly updated status reports, a Net Neutrality benchmark on 15 countries and 3-sided business models report, quarterly market insights, and direct access to lead OTT analysts 2. Main concepts of communication services 7 2.1. Communication service segments 7 2.1.1. Voice (including video) 7 2.1.2. Messaging 8 2.1.3. Social networks 8 2.2. Communication services pricing models 9 3. Communicat... (more)