Tools & Technologies

Monday's Mobility Report, May 15

We, the people, are no longer tied to our desks to get our work done. We have to go and visit the people we do business with and for. We enjoy getting away from the office and catching up with friends at Starbucks or some other coffee-oriented establishment. We have family responsibilities that see us taking children to sports events during the day. And we have friends that are mobile too, and we want to keep in contact with them. Monday’s Mobility Report focuses on the tools, the technologies, and the services that enable us to be people that fully communicate while being constantly mobile. Enjoy.

Device Convergence
Craig considers the status of converged mobile devices, those that combine a “computer, cell-phone, email client, Web browser, MP3 player, digital camera and more”, all in a pocket sized form factor. We don’t have the perfect device available yet, due mainly to the “single-device paradox” of conflicting requirements from each area to be combined.

Source: SearchMobileComputing (free registration required)

Followap to Power 3
Mobile Media company 3 selected Followap to power its instant messaging service. Followap’s offering works on multiple mobile devices, and includes a gateway for interoperability with Microsoft MSN Messenger. 3 has 3.5 million customers in the UK.

Source: BusinessWire
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Visto Preparing for IPO
Visto, a mobile email company, is considering an initial public offering, with the aim of helping investors to get their investment more liquid. Visto recently won a patent infringement case against SEVEN, and has sued for Research In Motion on similar grounds.

Source: Silicon

WebMessenger Releases Updates
WebMessenger released updated versions of its Mobile Instant Messenger client for Palm and Pocket PC devices. Connects with the AOL, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN Messenger and Yahoo IM networks. A free 15-day trial is available.

Source: BusinessWire
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RIM Loses Thomson to Good
Good Technology announced that Thomson, a provider of technology and services to the media and entertainment industry, has dropped its RIM BlackBerry system in favor of Good’s GoodLink system with Treo 650 and Pocket PC based devices.

Driving reasons:

  • The Good platform enables employees to pick a “device of choice”.
  • The Good platform works better with attachments, and Good-capable devices permit the use of storage cards
  • Thomson IT liked the security capabilities in GoodLink better than those in RIM BlackBerry, including the ability to remotely “wipe” a device.
  • Over-the-air provisioning is super helpful to Thomson IT

It sounds to me like Thomson was not running the most recent edition of RIM BlackBerry.

Source: Good Technology, PCWorld Canada
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