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According to SYS-CON Media's worldwide network of software development activists, evangelists and executives - including the creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson  - 2006 promises to be a vintage year for software development... Take Microsoft, for example: A new client OS is on the way, Microsoft Vista, due late in 2006, giving rise to the obvious question: will the new cool 3D user interface be enough to move user to upgrade? We’ll see. Maybe the new built-in security, performance features, and integrated search will be enough to convince users – after all, why go to the Web if built-in web-enabled services and integrated information search allow the Web to come to you? Or consider the world of PDA Devices. Everyone is looking for the next killer Palm or BlackBerry.  But are they looking in the right direction for the next killer PDA? What... (more)

RIM BlackBerry: Ripe for Picking?

Research In Motion's BlackBerry wireless e-mail device has enjoyed a competition-free market for quite awhile. Over the past few months, a number of new products have started to appear with similar functionality, but will they be able to challenge the market leader? The BlackBerry is everywhere these days: the wireless e-mail device from Research In Motion (www.rim.com) has become a required accessory for senators and corporate executives from D.C. to California and beyond. Still, a number of startups and established technology companies have finally noticed that RIM has this market to itself...and they're starting to offer their own competing solutions. Check out the Web sites for any of these new offerings, from the Handspring Treo to the Palm i705, and you'll see a hyperlink somewhere on the page that reads, "Compare to the RIM BlackBerry." Each company is more t... (more)

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Adds Support For IBM Lotus Domino 7.0

Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 will support IBM Lotus Domino 7.0. RIM continues to advance the BlackBerry wireless platform for enterprise and government customers with tightly integrated support for IBM's latest Lotus Domino products. "We have been testing BlackBerry Enterprise Server with beta versions of Domino 7.0 and look forward to supporting the upcoming release," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "BlackBerry is the most broadly supported wireless enterprise platform in the world and support for Domino 7.0 will further pave the way for developers and administrators to provide integrated messaging and collaborative applications to mobile users." BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 customers will enjoy full integration with IBM Lotus Domino 7.0 when they upgrade. IBM Lotus Do... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December 31, 2005

  SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: http://java.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Linux Products of 2005: http://linux.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://webservices.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best .NET Products of 2005: http://dotnet.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Macromedia MX and ColdFusion Products of 2005: http://mxdj.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards program is considered to be the most prestigious awar... (more)

Sybase iAnywhere Debuts New Wireless AvantGo Software for BlackBerry

Sybase iAnywhere has unveiled the next generation of the AvantGo mobile Internet service, featuring a fully enhanced wireless experience that enables users to have always available access to their favorite Web content, automatically synchronized to their mobile device.  The beta software for BlackBerry handsets, from Research In Motion (RIM), is available for download, giving users the opportunity to take the new service for a test-drive. The new beta software gives BlackBerry users the ability to quickly view thousands of mobile channels while on the go, all optimized for their mobile device.  Hundreds of media companies use AvantGo to deliver up-to-date politics, news, weather, sports, travel and entertainment to users all over the globe. ... (more)

High-Tech Public Relations and Alan Zeichick - Analyze This!

When I landed in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, October 13, 2007, the last thing on my mind was writing a blog entry about high-tech public relations, until I heard from a PR agent on the day of my arrival. In the past 10 days or so we have been working with her on a breaking news story that is currently under NDA. I was so impressed with her professionalism and her passion for perfection that yesterday I posted a blog entry, recommending the agency she works for, to technology companies that are searching for a highly qualified public relations firm. Within minutes of my blog entry, I received the strangest email notification, alerting me to another blog written by Alan Zeichick, "co-founder and editorial director of BZ Media, which publishes SD Times and Software Test & Performance, and which also produces the Software Security Summit, Software Test & Performance Conf... (more)

Why Microsoft Loves Google Android, Take 2

Richard Monson-Haefel's "I, Analyst" Blog Ed Burnette wrote a rebuttal to my essay on "Why Microsoft Loves Google Android", which was high-spirited. Reputation bashing aside, I like high-spirited debates. My favorite quote these-days is, "Argue as if you were right, listen as if you were wrong" by Karl Weick. It's a good ground rule for any debate. It allows you to be passionate while also giving serious consideration to your opponent's arguments. I want to apologize for my imprecise language in my original post. Ed’s misunderstanding of my thesis makes it clear to me that I didn’t explain myself very well, and I must admit that I used terminology inconsistently. I’d like to take another try at it, and this time I’ll make sure that I clearly explain the subtleties of forks, platform compatibility, and platform fragmentation. I also want to make it clear that I’m not... (more)

Maximizer Software Partners with McObject to Improve Mobile CRM on BlackBerry Devices

Maximizer Software announced its partnership with McObject to enhance mobile productivity on Maximizer’s mobile CRM offering for BlackBerry smartphone devices. “Accessing up-to-date information on customers is critical to sales executives and other professionals in the field. Increasingly, they require this capability from their BlackBerry smartphones rather than laptops,” said Will Anderson, executive vice president of technology, Maximizer Software. “Maximizer Software is pleased to partner with McObject to improve mobile professionals’ ability to prospect, close sales and service customers’ activities that continue to make Maximizer CRM for BlackBerry a clear choice for field staff and business travelers.” With the new partnership, on-the-road sales professionals, business owners and others relying on popular BlackBerry d... (more)

Interlecta's Mobile Translator in Application Stores

Interlecta are expanding their market at popular on-line mobile applications stores. A company with growing success needs to present and sell its products at more and more places and in the modern IT world the biggest market is the Internet. Interlecta's mobile translators are widely known from handango.com and now they are to be presented at other websites. Interlecta who have been Research In Motion's partner for many years now are to present their Mobile Translator at RIM's on-line store for BlackBerry applications – App World. Interlecta's mobile translator will be offered under the name Interlecta Translator. Company's officials announced that they have successfully submitted their application and are expecting it to be reviewed and published at App World by the end of this week. Interlecta (http://home.interlecta.com/mobile) offers software solutions for the mob... (more)

Brightcove Experience for HTML5 Unveiled

Brightcove, an online video platform, on Monday announced the Brightcove Experience for HTML5, a framework for publishing and delivering high quality, interactive and advertising-supported Web video experiences for HTML5-compatible devices. The new platform solution, available free of charge to more than 1,000 Brightcove customers in 42 countries, will enable media companies and marketers around the world to easily expand the reach of their online video initiatives to popular consumer devices including the Apple iPad, iPhone® and iPod® touch. "Our customers want to be able to deliver their video content to every screen without sacrificing the quality, interactivity and monetization capabilities they have come to expect from the Brightcove platform," said Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove chairman and chief executive officer. "The Brightcove Experience for HTML5 fills the ... (more)