Archive by Sarah Reedy

Best of 2009: Top feuds

Sometimes competition can turn into all-out feud:

  •  AT&T – Verizon “map” advertising wars. AT&T failed when it tried shut VZW down in court, and the commercials just keep getting juicer.
  •  Verizon CEO to Hulu: “You’ll be dead in 2 years”

More after the break… more

Best of 2009: Web trends service providers shouldn’t ignore

If it’s booming on the Web now, service providers better take note:

  •  Real-time everything – when Google added “real-time search” to its listings in December, the Web moved from static/archive to a living, breathing thing.
  •  Online TV and video – with any business model and from any source.

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Best of 2009: Connected Planet staffs’ favorite mobile apps

In addition to our mobile phones, in 2009 we were addicted to:

  •  Real mobile browsers – starting with iPhone but by year end available on most smartphones (though Blackberry and WinMo browsers still lag) – Editor in Chief Rich Karpinski
  •  Google Goggles – Executive News Editor Ed Gubbins
  •  Seafood Watch – Is the tuna that looks so good at the supermarket actually endangered? – Senior Editor Kevin Fitchard
  •  Words with Friends on the iPhone 3G. It’s not groundbreaking; just free Scrabble on your phone. It has made an honest Scrabbler out of me. – Associate News Editor Sarah Reedy

More favorites from our smartphone holdouts after the break… more

Best of 2009: Most overhyped technologies

In our humble opinion, these technologies got way too much attention in 2009:

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Best of 2009: Most interesting exits; foot-in-mouth moments

In 2009, some companies adhered to the philosophy ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, leave the market’:

The biggest foot-in-mouth moments after the break… more

Is there potential for evolved-EDGE networks?

Forget 4G or even 3G, ABI Research is predicting that an evolved version of 2G EDGE networks could be big if it fulfills its potential – but that is a big if. ABI said today in a research note that the “Evolved” enhancement of today’s widespread EDGE mobile networks (E-EDGE) could generate nearly $3.7 billion in capex for cellular base station upgrades in 2015, but that depends on operators and handset makers adopting the technology. more

Best of 2009: New services we’d like to see

Call it wishful thinking, but we’d love to see some new – and promised – services in 2010; and not just from Google either:

  •  Completely cloud-based media: photos, music, books, etc.
  •  Augmented reality for mobile goes mainstream
  •  Social search. We want our search engines to anticipate our every move and respond accordingly.

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Flurry, Pinch Media merge analytics businesses

flurry-pinch.jpgSmartphone application analytics start-ups Flurry and Pinch Media announced today they will merge their businesses, making them the analytics authority for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices. Combined, the two companies will cover more than 80% of all iPhones (or four out of every five on the market), iPod Touch and Android devices (or two out of three) worldwide. more

Best of 2009: Lessons learned overseas

Not every trend starts in the developed markets and trickles down to emerging markets; some trickle up:

  •  Mobile money matters.
  •  Customers will pay rationally for mobile service – prepaid, tiered pricing, etc – if you ask them. But if you just offer them the world (unlimited usage) it’s hard to take it back from them.

More after the break… more

Best of 2009: Most bizarre applications

With millions of mobile apps on the market, there were bound to be some strange ones:

  •  Baby Shaker. And by bizarre, we mean offensive, inexcusable and how did this ever make it on through the iPhone App Store approval process?
  •  The upskirt iPhone app?

More after the break, including our readers’ responses…



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