Friday Wrap Up: December 16

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

Getac Releases World’s Smallest, Toughest Tablet – Getac UK has announced the launch of its 7 inch fully rugged tablet, built to be the smallest and most robust Android tablet on the market.

NASA Builds Six-Foot Crossbow to Harpoon Comets – Yes, you read that right. After all, Landing on a comet’s surface is risky business, so engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are working on a harpoon gun that can spear the heart of the comet, collect a sample of subsurface dirt in its tip and reel it back into the hovering craft.

The Growth of Mobile Commerce – According to Forrester, mobile commerce is expected to reach $31 billion by 2016. This represents a compounded annual growth rate of 39 percent from 2011 to 2016.

The Growth of RFID – The global RFID market is expected to reach $1.08 billion by the end 2011. This market is expected to reach $3.9 billion by 2016 at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 29.3 percent.

Friday Wrap Up: October 21

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

This Amazes Me – Lytro is a camera like none other. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space. Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime, after the fact.

RIM is BBX? – Research in Motion announced the name for its new operating system this week…BBX. One problem – that name is taken. Basis International, a software company based in Albuquerque, N.M., holds the trademark for a slight variation of that name, BBx, and it said it was taking unspecified legal action to protect its rights.

iPad and iPad 2 Represent 98% of Tablet Activation –  Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 tablets continue to dominate in the enterprise market, according to the Good Technology Device Activations Report for the third quarter of 2011. 4% of all tablet activations in the enterprise were for Android tablets, while the iPad and iPad 2 were responsible for 96% of activations.

Who is Driving the NFC Bus? – Far from being a passenger, mobile marketing, along with consumer loyalty, will be in the front seat as well and will be critical in helping to drive the growth and adoption of NFC.

Friday Wrap Up: October 14

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

A Growing Market: The global market for medical device outsourcing services will reach $44.7 billion by 2017, according to a new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Apple Who? iOS 5 What? A new report from market research company NPD claims that 44 percent of current and future U.S. smartphone owners are considering Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Data is the new $$: Today, nothing ties the IT environment to the line of revenue generating businesses more than data.

Context, Preferences, Attitudes: New research from Forrester introduces how companies will use mobile devices to deliver better customer experiences in their own context.

Friday Wrap Up: September 23

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

New Hardware from Casio: Casio has announced a new version of its DT-X8 rugged handheld terminal that comes with built-in support for RFID and NFC.

More Options from Sprint: Sprint’s new direct connect service is beefed up with some new features and set to release October 2.

The Focus on Mission: In her first company wide email, Meg Whitman says HP must be focused on their mission.

NASA Wants You: Earlier this week, NASA announced the International Space Apps Competition asking scientists, engineers, and ordinary citizens to develop apps for smartphones, desktops, and websites that use publicly released scientific data to study things like weather-related hazards and other pressing issues.

Friday Wrap Up: September 2

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

United Pilots on iPads: United Airlines announced last week that it will replace over 10,000 pilot logbooks with iPad computers. The switch to paperless documentation will save 16,000 sheets of paper, 1,900 trees and 326,000 gallons of annual jet fuel.

Heath Care Technology: Mobile devices and emerging technologies are fueling the creation of a $1.3 billion health care WiFi industry within the next five years, according to ABI Research.

The Drawbacks of HTML5 for Mobile Applications: While HTML5 has some pretty good upsides for mobile applications, there are some serious downsides to deal with as well.

Late to the Party: Research In Motion on Thursday announced a new music sharing system based on its BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging system.

Friday Wrap Up: August 25

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

Fully-Rugged Versatile Handheld Device: General Dynamics has recently introduced a new rugged handheld device that is designed for mobile professionals.  The device includes barcode-scanning capability, high-resolution camera and water resistant display screen.

The Mobility World is Not What it Was A Week Ago: Kevin Benedict sums ups recent shakeups from Google/Motorola, to Nokia and HP.

The Rise of NFC:  Currently there are less than 100 million devices enabled with NFC technology.  By 2015 there is expected to be nearly 550 million devices able to purchase good using near field communications.

Steve Jobs by the Numbers: An impressive summary of  some of the more impressive numbers racked up by Jobs during his tenure as head of the world’s most innovative company.

Friday Wrap Up: August 12

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

The PC is History: On the 30th anniversary of the PC, Mark Dean, one of the IBM engineers who designed the first IBM PC, says they are going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandessant light bulbs.

Note to Tablet Makers – You’re Doing it Wrong: Zach Epstein at BGR laments that most tablets on the market are absolutely useless. A few reasons –  consumers don’t need oversized smartphones and  slapping Android on a slate and shoving it out to market simply isn’t an effective strategy.

911 Emergency Will Soon Accept Text, Video and Pictures:  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a five-step plan on Wednesday to update the technology that powers the 911 emergency response system.

Near Field Communication – A Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile: There has been a lot of hyped up talk around NFC technology, but will it really ever make a dent in daily life?

The Friday Wrap Up: August 5

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

Hackers Steal a Subaru via Text Message: Texting while driving has certainly gotten some press in the recent year, but what about texting to drive? These hackers just broke into, started and then drove off via text message. LoL that.

LinkedIn Now Adding Two New Members Every Second: In Q2 alone, LinkedIn added 14 million members, after passing the 100 million mark earlier this year. Mobile page views are up 400% from last year, and now has more unique monthly visitors than MySpace and Twitter.

Pentagon’s Lightning Gun Sold for Scraps on Ebay: Every good super weapon must come to an end. And oddly enough, the scraps of this death ray gun were snatched up by a buyer planning on using the weapons scrap as an art project for Burning Man. Of course.

Open Platform Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means: A recent study found that out of eight open source mobile platforms, Android ranks at the bottom in terms of openness.

Excel Nerds Unite! New Excel World Champion Has Been Crowned – the Who knew that competitive spreadsheet construction was even a thing, but this kid is proudly hanging his “Excel World Champion” plaque above the mantle.

Friday Wrap Up: July 29

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

Apple’s Next Big Conquest – Business: With the addition of Apple’s volume purchase plan and growing amounts of activations of iPads, Apple is looking to become a staple among the business world.

DOS Turns 30: Take a stroll down memory lane and get your C:\>_ on!

Heads Up!: Put your hard hat on, the sky will be falling in 2020.

Farming 2.0: A New Zealand farm inspector company has equipped employees with tablet devices to modernize the inspection process for local dairies.

Friday Wrap Up: July 22

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

Gartner: 141 Million Consumers Will Spend $86.1 Billion Using Mobile Payments in 2011: That sounds like a lot, but Gartner analysts claim the mobile payments market is growing slower than expected.

Does Paying Top Dollar for Domain Names Still Make Sense in the Age of Apps?: Given the increasing popularity of apps, there’s a question of whether owning the right domain name is as important as it was when the world was driven by dot-coms and browsers rather than iPhones and Android devices.

Harnessing the Power of the Feedback Loop: The premise of a feedback loop is simple: Provide people with information about their actions in real time, then give them a chance to change those actions, pushing them toward better behaviors. Not a new concept, but advancing technology continues to provide us with more useful applications of this concept. A great read from Wired editor Thomas Goetz.

LinkedIn is the Netscape of its Era: Is the current  fixation upon social, local, mobile,  and real-time the recipe for the next bubble burst?