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T.L. Neff, is an EVP at Pyxis Mobile in charge of customer services.  We met last year when we both spoke at the same conference.  T.L. lives in the Boston area and is an expert in mobility.  Last week we were able to schedule some time together for an interview. Note: These are not T.L.'s exact words, rather my notes from our interview. Kevin: What mobile device(s) do you use and carry? TL: BlackBerry Torch, iPhone 4, iPad and laptop. Kevin: What are your favorite mobile applications? TL: Mobile CRM from Pyxis, Movela Netflix Queue Manager (a Pyxis app), TagIn (GPS tracking - our kids use it a lot to tell us where they are  located), FaceBook (I use it for both family and business.  Some customers respond faster on FaceBook than on email) and Skype Mobile. Kevin: What industries do you see adopting mobility today? TL: Everybody is implementing now. Even personal friends t... (more)

Monty Python, the Black Knight, and Tablets from HP & BlackBerry…

Remember the great scene in classic movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” between King Arthur and the Black Knight? Wanting to pass over a bridge protected by the Black Knight, Arthur compliments him, then asks the Knight to join Arthur’s quest. When the Black Knight tells Arthur that he shall not be permitted to pass, the two engage in a sword fight. Arthur immediately chops off the left arm of the Black Knight. (from the script by Monty Python:) ARTHUR: Now stand aside, worthy adversary. BLACK KNIGHT: ‘Tis but a scratch. ARTHUR: A scratch? Your arm’s off! BLACK KNIGHT: No, it isn’t. ARTHUR: Well, what’s that then? BLACK KNIGHT: I’ve had worse. Arthur then chops off his other arm. The Black Knight continues to challenge saying it’s “Just a flesh wound.” After Arthur has taken both the Knight’s legs — and, I realize if you haven’t seen it, this scene doesn’t sound ... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 12, 2012

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly eBay’s stock experienced sharp growth last week after  releasing new information on it’s successful mobile business. Read Original Content According to IDC Financial Insights, the number of consumers using their smartphones to complete online or offline transactions has doubled as of May 2012. Read Original Content. Worldwide mobile payment transactions will total $171.5 billion in 2012... (more)

Ulitzer Launches Apple iPad New Media Site

iPad on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new media" platform in the world, announced today that a new  Ulitzer topic site, iPad (http://ipad.ulitzer.com), was launched today to provide the most comprehensive breaking news and blog coverage of iPad. iPad could potentially be the miracle which the newspaper industry is waiting for. Launch time authors and contributors to the new Ulitzer topic include: Maureen O'Gara, Bob Gourley, Salvatore Genovese, Wilson Kerr, Brandon Watson, Aditya Banerjee, Scott McKain, Bryan O'Rourke, Charles Jolley, Jeremy Geelan, Yeshim Deniz, and Elizabeth White. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in ... (more)

Jobs Has a Few Words for Google & Adobe & They Ain’t Pretty: Reports

"We did not enter the search business. [Google] entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them...I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing. This don't be evil mantra - It's bullshit." - Steve Jobs at an employee Town Hall the other day according to Wired, MacRummors et al although he may have said "load of crap" not "bullshit"; sources vary. Jobs reportedly means to use "aggressive updates" to stay way out front of the Android phone. Stevie also reportedly called Adobe "lazy." That it could do interesting things but just refuses to and that Apple doesn't support Flash because it's buggy and the chief cause of Mac crashes. Anyway, Flash is going to be superseded by HTML5 for web video and animation, he's quoted as saying. Apple Will Never Allow Flash Player Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch in a blog retor... (more)

SYS-CON Announces "iPad Summit" Colocated with "Cloud Expo" in Silicon Valley

iPad on Ulitzer Cloud Computing Expo - The debut of the iPad promises significant opportunities well beyond just Apple. The iPad promises to energize the emerging tablet PC segment, creating a potential semiconductor opportunity of over US$4.1 billion in 2014 reports In-Stat. Other component vendors will capitalize on the new opportunity for batteries and displays, as well. iPad Summit and iPad Expo by SYS-CON Events SYS-CON Events announced on Monday that the first International "iPad Summit" (www.ipadsummit.net), will take place November 1, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The Summit is co-located with the 7th international Cloud Expo and the 10th international Virtualization Conference & Expo (November 1-4, 2010). The iPad Summit is an intensive and content-rich one-day program designed to satisfy the growing hunger among s... (more)

Apple iPad May Overtake Amazon Kindle

A recent survey of e-book reader owners and intenders shows that prior to the release of the iPad, Apple ranks just behind Amazon in the US and UK in terms of preferred brand; and if the iPad provides a compelling eReader experience, it may overtake Amazon’s Kindle. Details may be found in the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Lab report, “US & UK eReader Owner and Intender Survey 2010.” Current e-book reader owners report being extremely satisfied with their devices. Four out of five US owners prefer e-book readers to physical books. Potential e-book customers prefer: Ease of access to books; Ease of content transfer; and Newspaper and magazine availability. “While brand name is still an important factor for current owners when choosing their next e-book reader,” commented Chris Schreiner, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Consumers buying their first e-book... (more)

Authorization Is the New Black for Infosec

Authentication is not enough. Authorization is a must for all integrated services – whether infrastructure components, applications, or management frameworks. If you’ve gone through the process of allowing an application access to Twitter or Facebook then you’ve probably seen OAuth in action. Last week a mini-storm was a brewing over such implementations, primarily regarding the “overly-broad permission structure” implemented by Twitter. Currently Twitter application developers are given 2 choices when registering their apps – they can either request “read-only access” or “read & write” access. For Twitter “read & write” means being able to do anything through the API on a user’s behalf. … Twitter’s overly-broad permission structure amplifies the concern around OAuth token security because of what those tokens allow apps to do. -- Twitter Permissions & Security Re... (more)

Available on the iTunes App Store from Adaptive Digital for Free Download - IPVoice VoIP Engine Test Software for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Plymouth Meeting, PA, June 07, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Adaptive Digital Technologies’ iPVoice™ VoIP Voice Engine for iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad® application test software exercises Voice over IP (VoIP) functionality over a WiFi link. The iPVoice test app (IPV) enables the user to set up a VoIP voice connection between a pair of iPhones using a direct IP to IP connection. In other words, it is intended to be used as test equipment rather than as a SIP phone application. IPV does not yet include support for the SIP protocol. The IPV test software can be used as a piece of test equipment to facilitate the testing of VoIP phones and gateways. iPVoice VoIP Engine test software for Apple iOS includes G.722 wideband with acoustic echo cancellation, and dynamic jitter buffer. The following VoIP features are included in IPV Test: • RTP/Jitter Buffer • G.711 m... (more)

Hubbub ❤ SproutCore – Introduction

I was recently asked to do a write-up about my SproutCore app, Hubbub (@hubbubapp), as a general anecdotal guide to those interested in writing large scale applications in SproutCore for the first time. I’m afraid this first post won’t be very technical, but I will at least attempt to make it an enjoyable read, and to tell you about some of my early bumps in the road so that you can avoid them. My overview of Hubbub will also span a few posts, so if you have particular questions, I can spend some time on them in future. What’s all the Hubbub? This isn’t the place to talk up the app itself, only how it operates, so i’ll just give you the briefest of descriptions now to help set the stage. The premise for Hubbub is that we still live in the physical world; that we all have real families, real friends and real coworkers and that we also all have a lot of real stuff. Hub... (more)

RIP Steve Jobs 1955-2011

With his passing just six weeks after stepping away from his role as CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has made Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, one of those days that many of us will remember for the rest of our lives - a day when someone whose shining brilliance and persistence brought him victory after victory throughout the past four decades. The only thing that beat him, and even that took seven years, was pancreatic cancer. In the interests of full disclosure, I should say right away that the same major surgical procedure Jobs had in July 2004, called a pancreaticoduodenectomy (or "Whipple procedure"), is one I myself underwent in March of this year, and for the exact same reasons. The full (and somewhat grisly) details of the procedure are perhaps best left to Wikipedia, but one thing I can vouch for is that it requires, shall we say, one's full attention. The idea, for ... (more)