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Followers of the Enterprise File Share and Sync Market (EFSS) will have noticed a flurry of announcements in the last few weeks. In particular: SAP and OpenText collaborated with Tempo Box; Egnyte outlined it would leverage Google's Storage; Box purchased Stream as well as announcing ...
If you are worried about securing your sensitive data in commercial storage services here is a guide to how you can encrypt your sensitive data. The recent PRISM Data snooping controversies have heightened almost every companies awareness of the potential vulnerabilities of data store...
It has been some year in the world of Cloud and Cloud Storage in particular. We witnessed the demise of Nirvanix, as well as the revelations of Edward Snowdon outlining the surveillance of the PRISM surveillance program and the alleged collusion with major US Service providers. Amidst...
This article explores the issues of running an Internet company whilst dealing with the impact that Retails Banks have on the business. First let me set the scenario. I am CEO of Storage Made Easy, a business that can be categorised (in bank speak) as an online internet business. We a...
At a recent Skills Matter event in the UK Goyko Adzic presented for over an hour on Space Based programming in .Net. The slides are embedded below, but as this blog is syndicated and sometimes the slides get stripped out, you can find them here.
When deploying on EC2 even though Amazon provides the hardware infrastructure, you still need to tune your instance's operating system and monitor your application. You should review your hardware/software requirements and review your application design and deployment strategy The Ope...
From the press some of the initial iPhone apps have been getting, it seems that there are going to be quite a few Apple iPhone App Store millionaires this year! So why not write your own and join the crowd? Don't know Objective C or XCode - then get learning! A nice resource is theipho...
So I finally got my hands on an iPhone 3G but am currently still favoring my iPhone 2.5G – why? The signal seems better; 3G signal is patchy at best and forget receiving calls when you have 3G on – horrible…; the battery life is **much** better on the original iPhone than on the 3G iPh...
One of the last things that I keep my Palm 650 for is it's ability to record calls, which is very handy when you are having a conference call and need to review your call later or take notes -of course always ensure you ask the people you are speaking to whether they are OK with this! ...
A quick refresh on Thinlet. Thinlet is a XUL styled UI development tool in which the UI can be designed using XML and the business logic is kept cleanly separate. From a Java class perspective, the version of Thinlet I used was MIDP 1.0 compliant and was pretty easy to work with, with ...
Last month an EU ruling limited how much providers can charge for 'roaming calls' i.e. those call made whilst abroad. At the moment users are charged between 50p to £1.50 to make calls and are also charged to receive them. The new legislation cuts the maximum charge for European calls ...
Flat-data rate tariffs introduced by Orange, Vodafone and 3 networks in the UK are the first sign that the Mobile Web is set to become as ubiquitous as normal web use with the these flat tariffs bringing affordable mobile web access to nearly everyone who has a mobile web enabled phone...
In the past if you cannot access the Internet then you cannot use your Web 2.0 applications. This model is rapidly changing. New pogramming models are emerging that alllow Web 2.0 to be offline /online dependent on what is needed. The first of these is Adobe Apollo, which is a cross-pl...
This coming Saturday (16th June) will be Yahoo! Hack Day here in London, and a few members of my buddy's company (the Nestoria team) will be on hand. But rather than just attending, they though it might be a bit of fun if they tried to subvert the event and turn it into their own hack ...
Search Brands Still Offer Stronger Reach on PCs According to inaugural results from the MobileWeb Metrix service, The Weather Channel, Yahoo! Weather and AccuWeather achieved mobile reach that outpaced their PC reach. All three sites had mobile-to-PC reach index scores above 120, point...
Once you have done this, run the Audio Gateway software from the Application Menu - when prompted to setup the wireless headphones, hit continue and it should list your headphones that you paired over bluetooth. The Output Bitrate setting improves the quality of sound you receive on yo...
Now everyone knows about VOIP, and everyone knows about Skype. Skype is pretty useful if you are doing Skype to Skype calls or even Skype to phone calls from your desk. Currently however mobile Skype just does not cut it... It doesn't work over GPRS, barely over 3G (if you can get a c...
You know, despite all the modern Smartphones, and my new Treo 750v, I still always have a hankering to go back to my Palm Treo 650. The ease of use is still just fantastic compared to just about anything I've ever used...the apps are great, really functional. Yes, it has its problem...
Really excellent article here by Gary Price about services that can be of use when you are travelling with a mobile - I've reproduced a tiny portion of this below, but this is a class article and I would urge you to check it out. Many airlines also offer tracking information on the mob...
The survey, commissioned by web service provider Hostway, found that if these problems were remedied then 90% users would be far more inclined to use the Internet on the move. Other interesting information were that 71% said they would access email on the move, if it was fast and cheap...
You may remember that I covered the start-up Nestoria earlier in this blog, even thought it is a little off-topic. I've been in touch with my friend Ed Freyfogle who co-founded this today and he has updated me as to the status.
Your probably aware of all of the million of services that Google now offer, but have you tried, or are you even are of Google SMS? To use this free service create a new text message from your mobile phone and key in 46645 in the 'To' field with your question in the message field - su...
A lttle of topic, but a friend of mine has put out this AJAX-enabled property site for the UK. It's a really nice take on a property search site and really shows the power of aggregation using AJAX - very nice. Check it out yourself and view the blog for further information.
For a while now I've been alternating between two phones - the excellent K750i, and the Treo 650. From a Smartphone viewpoint the TREO 650 is the 'almost device' - its 'almost' the best smartphone I have ever used. The palm software is great, and innovative. The flat form factor of the...
It could be argued the mobile web is right here right now due to the powerful smart mobile devices that we are now using. These re-render existing sites, and the power of 3G makes mobile browsing not only fun, but practical.
BlackBerry Owners can now use both 'Google Talk' and 'Google Local' for their BlackBerry device. Google Talk for the BlackBerry is a version of the Instant Messaging application for the BlackBerry and it enables users to send / receive instant text messages with other Google Talk comm...
Canadian firm Research in Motion, maker of the popular handheld phone device that is BlackBerry, has been rocked by a 4 year old lawsuit that has resurfaced. It is potentially so grave that industry watchers are openly questioning the firms survival propsects. Gartner, for example, has...
Windows Live Messenger, the successor to MSN Messenger, allows ussers to make a phone call from virtualy any PC to virtually any phone in the world, targetting SKype's position as in the Internet's big bear in VOIP services. The phone function (result of a partnership between Microsoft...
Access your GMail messages from your mobile at http://m.gmail.com. The Series 60 application lets you use most of your existing Yahoo account features, such as email (which supports push), instant messaging, and uploading photos. This really is amazing software and I would recommend y...
Ebay has become on of the largest brands to launch a direct consumer mobile strategy in launching its mobile site. Simply text 'EBAY MOBILE' to 87222. The SMS text message we send you will cost £0.10 (Vodafone users are charged £0.12). When you receive the SMS, just select the URL in t...
Great overview of Ajax for mobile devices from Ajit Jaoka here - would urge you to read it!
It is amazing what is in 38K of Midlet, and it is good to see Google pushing the envelope on mobile like this. As per my comments previously on this page, there already exists MGMaps which provides a J2ME interface to Google Maps but it is not as slick as this. Check this out from Goog...
According to Danger, MIDP support for the hiptop is supposed to be out 'Real Soon Now' but a specific date has not been published yet. MIDP support will get sent out to all current subscribers as an Over the air update.
Nice to see some of the more useful application content being made available for J2ME - one of the things I missed on the K750i was a Streetmap for when I managed to get lost (again) in London !! You can get the Jar from here and the Jad from here. Interesting take on which phones are...
Opera purports to enable true web applications to be developed that have access to the phone's functionality through the Opera Platform DOM interface (provided by the Application Player) and can communicate with servers using XMLHttpRequest. The Opera Platform SDK is currently availab...
These seem to be coming out quicker that I can blog them! This one is called J2MEMap and you can get the JAR from here, and the jar from here.
This article is intended to help you understand what support the Sony-Ericsson P800/P900 has for Java and to show you how to install the necessary Symbian software required for developing Java solutions for these platforms. It will discuss how WebSphere Studio Application Developer can...
Straight-Through Processing (STP) is a term associated with workflow and business process management technologies. STP is the automation of a process flow, from invocation to execution.
As the industry moves toward a new, process-based application model, it is important to understand the terms and standards involved. There have been many definitions of business process management (BPM) bandied about, but the one that is the easiest to understand and that most accurat...