December 08, 2006

Cell Phones and SPAM!!

Cell Phones and THE SPAM!!

This article talks on the new problems being faced by cell phone subscribers associated with SPAM, no the tasty, processed ham we all love so much. All of us, being frequent computer users, have had to deal with a lot of email SPAM, but now our cell phones are starting to be targeted. This article refers to specifics events relating to SPAM, i.e. certain cellular providers spaming their own clients, illegal services saying that they have client lists of people who want to be called by telemarketers (I didn't know such a list existed), and other legal actions taken against SPAM.

SPAM is a very important topic when it comes to cell phones because it has the ability to slow down your processor, may lead to viruses, or the fact that you are never out of reach from bogus advertisements. A while back, I was sent emails about sending my name into a certain website to be put on a list so as to not receive cell phone SPAM. At the time I received these emails, I simply thought of them as SPAM, but now I am not so sure, due to the amount of SPAM my friends and I receive on our cellular devices. Hopefully these lawsuits will help decrease the rise of SPAM in the cellular world.

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Search Information (from before)

**This was also from in class and I just copied it to the group blog**
We went to the Research Buzz website to learn more about search engines and how they operate. From this website there were links for search engines such as, Google, Yahoo, Newsgator, and Bloglines. Additionally there was also a RSS feed. This site is helpful because it provides daily updates of search engines.

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Blog Search (from before)

**We did this in class but it was only under my blog (Sean Gillen), I just copied it to the group blog now** We used the BlogPulse feature of Professor Moore's website to search blogs on the internet. Specifically we searched for "Michigan Wolverines" and 1290 blogs showed up. Also, on the homepage for BlogPulse there were features that enabled us to look at the "Top News Stories" and "Top Blogs." This is a quick and easy way to see what is hot in the blogging world, and keep up with what is going on in the world.

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December 07, 2006

Cell Phone Trend

The main trend we observed over this semester while following the cell phone market was the effort to try to access a larger customer market. First, there are multiple different cell phone providers that are now targeting children (you have probably seen commercials for them now that it's Christmas Season). These companies are targeting to parents as well, telling them that they will have more access to their kids' lives and ability to control the settings on their child's phone. As for kids, it's the cool thing if you are in elementary school and have a cell phone with a cool design on it.

The other trend we saw was the making of new technologies to make "high quality" cell phones cheaper. Companies that make "smart phones" are now starting to offer these upper end devices, with a few less attributes, at a lower price that is affordable to a larger market.

It is possible that these cell phone makers are trying to make their product more available to different markets because they may feel that the current, adult market is nearing its capacity. There are probably other explanations for this new approach. There are also other trends going on in the cell phone industry (there are always a lot of trends in the United States), but the mass marketing of cell phones was the main movement we noticed.

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Deliciously Interesting (Blog About Delicious Account)

I believe that learning how to use delicious has been one of the most beneficial aspects of this course. Other than staying up to date on IT news and finding new ways to search for information, delicious has been very useful for this course and all of our other courses as well. Being business school students, we are placed in a lot of different groups for all our courses. Now, being able to use delicious to let other class mates in my groups see websites bookmarked that relate to our different projects. Another important aspect of the delicious account is the ability to add other people to your network. This function allowed me, once again, to let other group members see the research that I was doing without us having to get physically together and meet.

The other very important aspect of delicious is the organizing that is permits me to do. I am able to put any one website, under any number of different topic headings. This allows me to quickly find what it is that I'm looking for and then go on to see related websites. Again, this is very good for research purposes and allows people in my network and groups to find the information they need. For example, I can simply tell my partner that I will be tagging our project research under "Marketing", then my partner can find the research easily.

I will definitely continue to use delicious extensively after this course is over.

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Termp Project Subject Announcement

So we've decided (we actually decided a while ago, but just saw that we needed to inform you all about our subject via a blog, so sorry that is isn't in the correct order)! We are doing out Term Project research on cell phones and mobile wireless devices because no matter what field we decide to go into, we will be using this technology. The research has, and hopefully will continue to teach us important aspects about the cell phone industry as a whole.

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WELCOME!!

Welcome to our BIT 200 Term Project. Sean Gillen, Rob Weisenfeld, and Carl Brinker, all from section 004, will be the three authors for this IT research project.

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December 04, 2006

New chip to make multimedia phones affordable for mass market

Texas Instruments Tech

During a meeting of wireless companies on November 8, 2006, Texas Instruments announced its new OMAP-Vox single chip solution that will help make multimedia phones cheaper and available for the mass market. The new chip uses TI's DRP technology which has been successful in lowering costs for other instruments. This technology simplifies the radio frequency and thus reduces board space on the phone and extends the battery life.

Being able to produce relatively cheap phones that have multimedia will be very profitable because emerging markets such as China will continue to buy them up as the market grows.

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Cellular lines in the world

World Cellular Lines

The toal number of cellular connections throughout the world will reach 2.5 billion shortly, according to Wireless Intelligence. With growth running over 40 million new connections a month, it took only 12 months to go from 2 billion connections to 2.5. Asia, eastern Europe and Latin America make up a large part of the growth because they are newer markets. Western Europe and America make up for less of the growth because they are mature markets, but the growth is still pretty high. It comes as no surprise that China and India are the leaders in cellphone growth.

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December 03, 2006

Amazon and PAPA

I use Amazon.com quite frequently, so it is very interesting to analyze the "Carl's Amazon.com" in the context of the PAPA idea. When I first click on my personal Amazon page, recommendations come up based on previous purchases I have made, i.e. if I buy a lot of Jessica Simpson CDs (which I obviously do), more music like hers will be recommended or a movie she is in may be recommended. As I scroll down, I see my recent searches, purchases, what may be in my cyberspace shopping cart from my last visit, what other people bought who searched the same items as I have. None of this information is very bothersome to me, it appears to be more of an advertising ploy to expose me to different items by tracking my past purchase patters and comparing them to others with similar patterns. However, this information may go to far because if someone uses my computer and goes to Amazon.com, my page automatically pops up (I don't know how to make this not happen, I'm not very computer literate), allowing that person to view my past purchases and searches (I may not want this person to know about my Jessica Simpson bed sheets I bought)

This information is about me, thus it should be mine and I wouldn't want others to have access to it. If someone logs on my computer, they have access to it, also other customers indirectly have access to my information because their recommendations may be based on my buying behavior. Though my name is not attached to these recommendations, my information is still being used and accessed by strangers.

At the bottom of "Carl's Amazon.com" there are options to track orders , change my profile, access my account, and other options. The one that concerns me is the accessing of my account. If someone canget into this, they have the ability to view credit card information, shipping information, billing information (all of which is saved in the Amazon database so that I don't even need to have my credit card out to purchase, it is already saved). This is very important information, Amazon users have to weigh the importance of convenience associated with this info being saved already and the danger of this information getting placed in the wrong hands. This would deal with the Accessibility and Property aspects of PAPA. It's information about me, but because it is saved on Amazon's database, are they part owners? Also, who all has access to this information?

It is very interesting to analyze this frequently used website in the context of PAPA. We take for granted the safety of internet exchanges because of the amount we use them in this age of technology boom. More and more issues are going to be raised over the coming years, relating to these issues.

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November 23, 2006

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone

Apple may produce the next cell phone/mp3 player combination. The recent attempt by Motorola, the Rokr, did not have much success. The lack of success was due to the Rokr not being able to hold very many songs, it is possible consumers are expecting an iPod-like mp3 player and an upscale phone.

According to this article, it is no long a question of "if" Apple is going to produce this phone, rather "when" will it be released? A research analyst says that the phone is "done" technically, now it is just a matter of deciding how to promote and what type of cell phone service to team up with or provide.

Apple will try to avoid the faults that the Rokr fell into, by making the phone more media based, possibly similar to the functionality of the popular iPod Nano. This phone could open up a $2 billion per year market for Apple, so they do not want to rush the phone into production and release without making sure it is perfect. It is possible that the iPhone will be released at the beginning of next year during the Macworld conference.

I believe that this phone will not be as popular as Apple may think. Perhaps this product will cause some of their current/future iPod customers to buy the iPhone instead, thus losing iPod sales (consumer cannibalization). It is also possible that this phone is not very popular because people that want an iPod will use the iPod for working out and studying, which is a role that cell phones typically do not fill. It may be difficult for Apple to convince consumers that their phone can have a dual purpose and can be versatile. It will be interesting to see how this product is marketed to consumers and then received, after it is put into production.

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Child Cell Phone Use

Education:Cell Phone Use

This article deals with the increasing popularity of cell phones with high school and college students, as well as younger children. The adult market for cell phones is close to saturation, while the younger customers are a rapidly growing market. 70% of kids in grades 6-12 use cell phones and 61% of kids in grades 3-6 use cell phones.

In school cell phone use upsets professors to the point that some schools have made school policies that forbid the use of cell phones during school hours. These policies have been fought step for step by parents that say they want to know where their children are and be able to contact them in case of an emergency. In addition, professors do not like cell phones because of the cheating that can be done with them. Students can send texts to each other with answers to tests or take pictures with the cameras on their phones. Some cell phone companies are now producing software that only allows certain aspects of the cell phone to be used, i.e. the camera may be disabled or the phone can only send and receive calls from certain pre-specified numbers.

The last issue parents are facing is the control over their child that they can have with cell phones. Some cell phones have GPS tracking devices in them, so that parents can know whether their kids are going to the events they say they are.

These policies from the schools are a good idea, but will be difficult to implement. More and more kids are going to have cell phones and rely on them, so it will be near impossible to make students not use them during school hours. In addition, it seems that we are moving closer and closer to George Orwell's "Big Brother" scenario because parents now have the ability to track where their children are.

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November 05, 2006

Information Technology Blog

IT Blog

A blog that I came across this week, that I found particularly interesting, talked about whether Information Technology certifications are valuable or not. I found this at the following URL: http://www.mariosalexandrou.com/blog/index.asp?post=239. The person writing the blog thinks that actual experience is more valuable than the certification. All it takes to get certified is to pass an exam, while employers are increasingly looking for workers with actual experience, rather than the ability to pass an exam. The article also talked about how many IT workers are underpaid for what they do (could be biased). Overall, I found the article interesting and the website had many other blogs on related topics.

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November 03, 2006

Smart Phone for the Masses

Nokia E62 Smart Phone

Up to this point in time, smart phones have been targeted towards wealthy, business people that want all sorts of bells and whistles (i.e. crazy fast internet, touch screen, camera, etc,), until now. The Nokia E62 is priced affordably for the rest of us who aren't making thousands yet. The E62 does support internet browsing, instant messaging services, mp3 player and runs on different MHz bands so that it is able to be used in Europe.

There are some drawbacks, which is why Nokia is able to lower the price of this phone. It does't have the camera function, nor is it able to use Wi-Fi support, also it is only able to use Cingular's old network and not their new 3G network that they have been advertising so much ("More bars, in more places").

What I don't understand about this phone is why the European version, E61, supports both Wi-Fi and the 3G network. Why doesn't Nokia make it so that the American version can support both attributes because they both seem to be fairly important.

The rest of the article just talks about more of the phone's attributes, which is pretty boring. I would be curious to see how this strategy works out for Nokia, lowering their price (and quality of product) to sell a higher quantity. If they are in the elastic portion of the demand curve, this may actually pay off. We'll just have to wait and see.

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October 29, 2006

IE7 vs. Firefox 2.0

IE7 vs. Firefox 2.0

This article talks about the different positions that each, Firefox and IE, hold in the business society right now. It is a glorified pros and cons list, with how the upgrades will assist each software to progress in the market.

IE7 is deemed as a "catch up" release because some of the attributes that they are adding are already being used by Mozilla's Firefox. The main attribute that they hilight is the tabbed browsing, allowing users to have multiple websites tabbed under 1 window. This is one of the main reasons people use Firefox, but now who knows what will happen.

Firefox currently has 11% market share, IE has 84% and the rest possibly use Apple's Safari or Opera (I've never heard of that one). It sounds like Firefox may have the edge when it comes to security issues for business, but lacks in the area of being able to open up different types of applications. Firefox 2.0 will adjust it's tabbed browsing to allow users to re-open closed tabs, have a recently tabbed history and they will be displayed differently, while also moving towards being able to access all types of applications so that it can be used in more firms and gain more market share from IE7.

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October 14, 2006

X-Box Losses

X-Box

This article is about how Microsoft has suffered losses since the creation of the X-Box game console. The article talks about why Microsoft entered the game console market, defense against the Playstation produced by their competitor, Sony. Microsoft has been losing money due to high manufacturing costs of the consoles and they rushed X-Box 360 into the market (which frontloads the costs) in order to beat Sony's Playstation 3 to the 10 million units sold mark. They want to hit this mark in order to gain market power and attract 4rd party software developers and more support from retailers (thus leading to more sales).

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October 07, 2006

Microsoft Vista - Anticompetitive

Microsoft Vista

This article is about how Microsoft is blocking access to their 64 and 32-bit kernel for Vista (the new operating system). I don't really understand what a "kernel" is exactly, but it seems to me to be a trial system for users. They say they don't want to release it yet because users can run programs at the same speed that the system won't recognize and that program can screw things up. That is the general gist I got from this article, the cool thing I thought was that people were complaining that Microsoft was acting in an anti-competitive manner. "The two security vendors also accuse Microsoft of other tactics designed to make life harder for independent security vendors at a time when the software giant is expanding its own presence in the security field." Hopefully this story continues to develop as Vista progresses.

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