Mobility

Mobile device upgrades from Microsoft, Intel, Yahoo, and hackers

Mobile devices are receiving upgrades from some of the biggest players in the technology industry, led by the release of Windows Mobile 6.1 and System Center Mobile Device Manager.

Mobile devices are receiving upgrades from some of the biggest players in the technology industry, led by the release of Windows Mobile 6.1 and System Center Mobile Device Manager. The new mobile OS extends the capabilities of devices so that business users have easier, more secure access to corporate data and adds options like encryption to handheld devices. The System Center software, due to be released along with the new Windows Mobile 6.1 devices in the second quarter, will help administrators manage mobile devices on their networks.

Microsoft upgrades Windows Mobile (Information Week)

Intel has also joined the party, announcing five new Atom processors for mobile devices and claiming that the Atom processor will be as important to Intel as the Pentium was in the 1990s. Yahoo aims to make search easier on mobile devices with its OneSearch utility, which will allow users to say their search terms or ask a question over the phone. Unfortunately, it is also likely that hackers will show up to ruin the party like ants at a picnic, and there is some speculation that products like Apple's iPhone SDK will give hackers the tools to target mobile devices with adware and malware more easily.

Intel Unveils Atom Processors for Mobile Devices (News Factor)

Yahoo speaks up for open search (Washington Post)

Adware And Mobile Phone Malware On The Rise (Information Week)

I don't have a smartphone and the most mobile "smart" device I own is my laptop. Smaller devices have never had the functionality I wanted in a mobile device and honestly, I still don't see myself wanting to search the Web, much less manage documents, on a two to five inch screen. The new crop of devices is definitely intriguing but not enough to make me want to shell out hundreds of dollars either personally or for my business. Have you hopped on the mobile device bandwagon? If not, are some of the coming developments enough to make you want to try?

3 comments
Andy J. Moon
Andy J. Moon

My first "mobile" device was Apple's Newton, which my father gave to me after using it for a year. Since then, I have had a couple of Palms and a Windown Mobile device, but none of them ever gave me the functionality I wanted in a handheld device. There is definitely a lot to like about the current crop of mobile devices, but still very little compelling reason for me to go out and actually buy one. Are you a mobile device user and does the device actually make you more productive?

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Newton, WinCE, Palm Vx, Palm m505, Palm T5, Maemo. My PDA is more of a symbiot than a task manager. My only disapointment in my latest PDA upgrade; the T5 had an IR port, the N800 has no IR port. I've found no other functional losses and a long list of gains. For now, the Maemo is doing great though the wimax edition makes upgrading to the N810 tempting.

BrianSimpson
BrianSimpson

The Psion line of PDAs were really awesome for their time. A very nice keyboard, decent screen (greyscale only), small size...I was able to do a lot of writing on my Psion Series V. The biggest hole was a lack of any networking--you could buy a modem, but no WiFi, etc. But other than that, it was as close to a laptop as I've seen. Lately I've been using the iPaq, specifically the Travel Companion. Keyboard use is more difficult, but with the WiFi and GPS functions, it's very easy to carry this around and stay connected.

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