Lost Hearts and Big News in San Francisco this Fall
Posted: 11.03.04 - By Teresa von Fuchs

Sybase subsidiary, iAnywhere has made its “mobility made easier” announcements loud and clear this last year, and the latest one is as catchy as ever. At the show, iAnywhere announced a new mobile information tool: Answers Anywhere. Available in three editions (Mobile Messaging, Enterprise and Developer), Answers Anywhere is a carrier-grade middleware platform that features natural language and context answering capabilities, meaning answers to any in-your-own-words business questions. Antoine Blondeau, Senior Director of Business Development, demonstrated a search through a legal transcripts database. And found ten cases with the key words highlighted in about 30 seconds. Thousands of briefs were scanned and the answers were displayed in an easy to view scroll list. Users can also request the info delivered in their format choice SMS, MMS, voice, text, e-mail, WAP and Web commands. I see it as really easy to use informational tool with possible enterprise applications too numerous to mention.

Another great product I witnessed was Kyocera’s new, much talked about EV-DO PC card The Passport. With wireless access speeds up to 2.4 Mbps, a rotating primary antenna and 32-bit CardBus interface (3.3 V) for lower power consumption, this card looks to be as every bit reliable and durable as my ancient Kyocera phone. It’ll be available before the year’s end.

Many cool new smartphones were announced at the show, as well as support for them. Good announced its GoodLink wireless messaging system has been optimized for palmOne’s new Treo 650, as well as Sprint’s latest Pocket PC 6601 by Audiovox.

Microsoft also took the opportunity to enumerate the list of Windows Mobile powered smartphones, included the 6601, and Samsung’s i600. Both devices include Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, another feather in Microsoft’s cap.

In corporate news, AirLink, a player in the M2M market space, made some recent management announcements, adding two new industry veterans to its team. Andrew Berman recently joined AirLink as CEO from America Online where he was Executive Director of Business Affairs and Development. Before AOL, Berman practiced law for eleven years in San Francisco. Justin Schmid, AirLink’s new senior VP, brings with him over16 years of experience in the wireless industry at big and small names alike, such as Motorola, Novatel Wireless, AirPrime, and most recently, Sierra Wireless. AirLink’s new additions further iterate its commitment to growing the M2M space. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from them in the future.

With all the big news coming out of San Francisco, I have to say it was hard to tear myself away from the Golden Gate and head on back to Brooklyn. Good thing I was armed with Samsung’s VM-A680 video phone, you know what they say about a picture…


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