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  • China Unicom's iPhone sales hit 100,000

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 4:40 am

    China Unicom has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since it launched the country's first official sales of the handset at the end of October, it said Thursday.
  • Acer plans up to 6 new Android handsets for first half 2010

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 4:10 am

    Acer plans to launch as many as six new smartphones with Google's Android mobile operating system in the first half of next year, a company executive said Thursday.
  • Clearwire network down for hours in handful of cities

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Clearwire customers in a handful of locations were unable to get online for several hours due to a network outage late Tuesday.
  • Businesses need to evaluate disruptive Google Goggles

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Amidst the slew of Google announcements this week, one that really made me sit up in my chair concerned a new mobile service called Google Goggles. Now, I don't have an Android phone and therefore have no easy way to try out this "visual search" technology, but I know some people who have, and they have confirmed it works -- at least some of the time. While Google Goggles promises to bring convenience and coolness to owners of Android phones, I am convinced there will be a disruptive impact on certain types of businesses and organizations, especially as Google improves the recognition algorithms and ports the technology to other mobile platforms. This futuristic
  • Apple may ship tablet as early as March, analysts say

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Apple may unveil a 10.1-in. tablet as early as March, a pair of Wall Street analysts said today.
  • 802.11ac Standard Will Bring Gigabit Speeds to WiFi

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Although the wireless 802.11n standard has just recently been made official, IEEE has begun work on the next iteration of WiFi. The coming upgrade may deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second by improving on the efficiency of existing technology, according to Electronista.
  • Get ready for iPhone data metering

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    I'm sure it'll be an open and transparent process, right? Right?
  • AT&T wireless chief defends 3G network

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega today touted his 3G network's speeds and vowed that the company would continue to improve it until it was ready to transition to 4G technology
  • AT&T moves closer to usage-based fees for data

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    AT&T is moving even closer to charging special usage fees to heavy data users, including those with iPhones and other smartphones, according to Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.
  • Virtual SIM allows multiple connections on a mobile handset

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 3:40 am

    Comviva Technologies, an Indian vendor of technology for value-added services, is targeting poor people in India, Africa and other developing markets with its "Virtual SIM" technology that allows users to connect to their mobile service using a shared or borrowed handset.
  • Wireless HD Video Standard Final, Promises 1080p Support

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) Consortium announced on Tuesday that their wireless technology specification has finally reached a completed state. The new standard will give consumers the ability to transmit high definition (HD) content around their homes wirelessly.
  • Virtual Enterprise Smart Phones

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 6:48 pm

    The battle for enterprise smart phone supremacy is still young, but with any luck at all we're already seeing a potential end-game. A new set of "hints" indicate that VMWare, one of the foundations of the virtual computing world, has set its sights on smart phones as the next platform deserving a virtual future.
  • Nokia launches two new smartphones in the U.S

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Nokia today released two smartphone models in the U.S. where the worldwide leader still lags behind some rivals.
  • Wireless management presents unique challenges

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    From convergence to mobility to virtualization, every networking innovation that delivers convenience to end users also brings complexity for IT managers. Nowhere is this trade-off in complexity greater than in the migration to IEEE 802.11n wireless networks.
  • Nortel in '09: Dismantling of a tech stalwart

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    This year saw the slow, painful dismantling of Nortel. Its gradual exit from the tech scene played out the entire year, as each month brought news of more layoffs, markdowns or sell-offs.
  • AT&T tops in 3G wireless speeds, study finds

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Although AT&T has been taking a pounding lately from Verizon ads and from customer satisfaction surveys, a new study suggests that the carrier can take solace in the fact that its 3G wireless network is the fastest in the nation.
  • Verizon updates Droid software; Users hope it fixes echo problem

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    An over-the-air software update to the Droid smartphone started yesterday, but it wasn't clear whether the 14 enhancements address a voice echo problem that hundreds of users complained about in online forums.
  • Top quotes of the year

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    As the year draws to a close, we thought about the memorable quotes related to IT and offer, in no particular order, 15 that stuck with us.
  • Review

    First Look: Google Goggles tries to ID your world

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Googles Labs' latest is a smartphone app that identifies whatever you take photos of. But Google Goggles is still very much in beta.
  • Orange says life is better on its mobile social network

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Mobile phone operator Orange plans to open Life Is Better On, its take on mobile social networking, on Wednesday.
  • Motorola to sell Droid-style phone in China this month

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Motorola will start selling a smartphone similar to the Droid in China this month, but the phone will use China's homegrown 3G standard and a China Mobile operating system.
  • Cheap WPA Wireless Cracking

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Pay your money, and a cracker will break open a WPA-protected Wi-Fi network for you using an automated cloud-based hacking tool.
  • What the CrunchPad drama means for the Apple Tablet

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 7:51 pm

    Looking for a cheap price point to justify another gadget purchase? "There are dreams, and then there are hallucinations."
  • Google missing as FCC seeks bids for white spaces vendors

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Google could get left in the dark with white spaces, after it fought so vocally to get white spaces approved. The FCC could grant a five-year monopoly to a white spaces service provider, and Microsoft has already demonstrated its technology in the first public network -- one that was funded by a FCC director's own VC firm.
  • Walking, talking on cell phone a dangerous combo

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    A University of Illinois study found that there's significant danger in crossing the street while talking on a cell phone.
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