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  • Verizon Users to Get Skype App...Is There a Catch?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype yesterday announced a deal that will produce a new, exclusive mobile Skype-calling and -messaging app for Verizon customers with select 3G BlackBerry handhelds, as well as Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS users.
  • Google CEO preaches 'mobile first'

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt put mobile devices squarely at the center of the computing universe in his first keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Is Windows Phone 7 Right For Business?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Can such a dazzling user interface be effective for business users? Or will consumer features and glitz get in the way?
  • Hey! You've Got Your Moblin in My Maemo!

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo combine to form the new MeeGo platform. Each offering will bring strengths to the greater whole, and MeeGo stands a good chance to perform well in the mid-range device market. But time imay not be on MeeGo's side, as something Google this way comes.
  • HTC Smart phone with Qualcomm Brew to launch in April

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 9:10 am

    High Tech Computer unveiled its first smartphone that uses Qualcomm's Brew MP operating system on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress, marking a step in a new direction for the company, which specializes in Windows Mobile and Android-based smartphones.
  • Google CEO has no plans to compete with mobile operators

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google has made investments in wireless networks, is testing gigabit-to-the-home technology, and is selling 60,000 Android smartphones a day -- yet has no plans to compete with network operators, CEO Eric Schmidt told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday.
  • OnStar CIO's Career Success Is No Accident

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Don't dismiss Jeff Liedel as just another auto-industry guy. His interesting path to the CIO slot started on a plant floor and led him to listen to Apple about dealing with tough times. One personal rule: There's no such thing as a bad career assignment.
  • RIM Touts 'Free' BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    It's a big day for BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM); The Canadian-handset-maker today made a couple of significant announcements in Barcelona, Spain, at this year's Mobile World Congress, including the introduction of a new version of its industry-lauded BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software, BES Express.
  • Next Wave of iPhone Apps Emerges

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Super-smart iPhone apps will replace silly iFart-like apps in the second wave of iPhone app development, said iPhone app developers at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco last week.
  • Haiti Wi-Fi network links relief centers

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The exploratory trip last month by San Francisco-based nonprofit Inveneo might have been fairly routine -- or at least as routine as things can be for a group that brings information technology to poor countries all over the world. Members of its team would go to yet another country and meet with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) there to talk about their connectivity needs and discuss ways they could work together to aid the local population. Inveneo, founded about five years ago, had done similar work with partners in 23 countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan and Nepal.
  • Security experts wrestle with cyberattack scenario

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Imagine a scenario in which a downloadable application turns smartphones into network-clogging bots, causing U.S. mobile-phone networks to fail, and eventually spreads to the wired Internet.
  • Verizon Permits Skype: A Revolution Starts

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    In late March, you'll be able to download a Skype app for your Verizon phone. This is telco carrier heresy. I like it.
  • A Successful Windows Phone 7 Would Help Bing

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Windows Phone 7, a dramatic upgrade of Microsoft's mobile operating system, looks fairly impressive out of the gate. In addition to a stylish user interface that's strongly influenced by the underappreciated Zune HD media player, Windows Phone 7 is tightly integrated with Redmond's Bing search engine.
  • Windows Phone 7: Microsoft gets serious about mobile

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    Microsoft Monday announced the new version of its phone operating system, Windows Phone 7. It's a sweeping redesign, coupled with an aggressive new partnership with handset makers and mobile carriers.
  • BlackBerry maker frets about bandwidth crunch

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:47 pm

    The high bandwidth usage of smartphones could bring about a "capacity crunch" on worldwide networks that can only be solved by a more conscientious approach to device and application development. Or so says Mike Lazardis, the CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.
  • Microsoft Gets Its Groove Back

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Microsoft, the butt of Windows Vista jokes for years, now appears on the road to a tech comeback. On Monday it debuted its Windows Phone 7 operating system in Barcelona, Spain pleasing critics.
  • Buffering: Google readies Flash for Android devices

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone OS, Google product manager Eric Tseng announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Verizon users to get Skype in late March

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Verizon Wireless has joined forces with Skype, and its subscribers will be able to start making calls using Skype on nine selected smartphones in late March, the operator said on Tuesday.
  • A gamer's look at Windows Phone 7

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:14 am

    Like so many other gamers and game developers, my ears perked up when I heard about Xbox Live integration in Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 mobile system. Here's what we know and what we can reasonably guess at. We should have more concrete information by the end of next month.
  • Smartphone OS leaves one hand free

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Today's smartphones are too much of a handful, according to Israeli company Else: You either need to grab them with both hands and punch away at the keyboard with your thumbs, or you hold them with one hand and touch the screen with the other.
  • HTC unveils update to Nexus One and HTC Legend

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 7:10 am

    One of the two new smartphones with Google's Android mobile operating system that High Tech Computer (HTC) plans to start selling in March isn't officially billed as an update to Nexus One, but its design is similar and it offers improvements over the Google phone.
  • Windows Phone 7: An In-depth Look at Features, Interface

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows Phone 7 Series (the official name for Windows Mobile 7) here Monday at Mobile World Congress. Slated to launch on handsets by holiday season 2010, Windows 7 is a complete overhaul from previous versions of the OS.
  • Windows Phone 7, Meego OS herald new start for smartphones

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    Three traditional powerhouses in computing and communications -- Microsoft, Intel and Nokia -- moved today to adapt to a quick-changing smartphone and mobile device market.
  • Intel and Nokia's MeeGo Joins a Brewing OS War

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 9:13 pm

    Nokia and Intel have become allies in a new clash of the operating systems with the joint creation of the MeeGo. MeeGo is an operating system that blurs the line between a robust mobile phone OS and a lightweight netbook OS.
  • Will A Mobile Alliance Be Good For You?

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 8:58 pm

    The new Wholesale Applications Community promises easier app development, but a few details must still be worked out.
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