"Our hearts have been touched by devastation left by Hurricane Katrina," said
Cingular Wireless president and CEO Stan Sigman (pictured), as Cingular
Wireless yesterday announced a multi-pronged approach to raising millions of
dollars to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to assist
its own employees who have been affected by the disaster.
Among the efforts by Cingular:
Establishment of the Cingular Cares Initiative
The program will provide immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina and
will also establish a sustainable fund for providing assistance for future
natural disasters. Cingular Cares will be a multi-million dollar effort
funded through its employees, with a focus on providing assistance to its
employees and others affected by disasters. Text Messaging Campaign
Through the SMS capability on its handsets and PDA's, many Cingular custome... (more)
"Your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work
normally," wrote Jaiku's Finnish co-founder Jyri Engeström as he revealed
yesterday that Jaiku had been acquired by Google. Jaiku's technology can
hopefully help Google develop new ways to use mobile. The terms of the
acquisition are confidential and the deal is officially closed.
According to the Jaiku homepage, maintained by Engeström and his co-founder
Petteri Koponen: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific
plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the
coming mo... (more)
According to a report this morning in the Wall Street Journal, and quoting
"people familiar with the situation," within the next two weeks Google is
expected to announce advanced software and services that would allow handset
makers to bring Google-powered phones to market by the middle of next year.
"The Google-powered phones are expected to wrap together several Google
applications," writes Journal reporter Amol Sharma, "among them, its search
engine, Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail email -- that have already made their
way onto some mobile devices."
The report even names the manu... (more)
As part of today's portfolio announcement at Cisco's Collaboration Summit,
the company introduced a ground-breaking version of its industry-leading
unified communications platform, featuring innovations and enhancements
designed to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies between and
within global enterprises. Cisco® Unified Communications System Release 8.0
enables organizations to collaborate in new ways that remove barriers to
communications with partners, suppliers and customers through integrated
voice, video, presence, instant messaging and Web sessions.
Cisco Unif... (more)
Related Links: XML Pioneer Tim Bray Applauds Newest Version of NeoOffice/J
"Wherever I am, my laptop is with me, and if it's turned on, it's on the Net
unless I'm out of WiFi range. It has an excellent screen for looking at
pictures and is a fine music box."
This simple truth is at the heart of XML pioneer Tim Bray's personal decision
to steer clear of PDAs or the Blackberry. (The italics are ours.)
"Of course," he blogged on Tuesday, "there are lots of times when the
computer isn't on: when I'm walking, or in a car, or shopping. Of course, I'd
still like to be connected some of th... (more)