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  • Carriers moving on mobile payments, but long haul remains

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Three of the largest U.S. wireless carriers and the companies behind Android and BlackBerry smartphones gave Near-Field Communications (NFC) for mobile payments a boost this week, announcing a joint venture to build a mobile commerce network in the next 18 months called ISIS.
  • Apple readies iPad 2, report says

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    The iPad might be the hot tech gift this holiday season, but prospective iPad buyers may want to wait for January as rumblings about a new iPad are starting to surface.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab: Brave Black Friday crowds, save $50

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    If you're thinking about getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab one-panel slate this holiday season, Black Friday (November 26) may be the perfect time to get it on the cheap. Sprint and Verizon are offering $50 discounts on the tablet device at several national retailers, according to company statements and leaked Black Friday circulars.
  • Another stumble for Nokia's N8

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 1:47 pm

    Nokia on Friday revealed that "a small number" of its new N8 handsets are afflicted with this power problem and will be fixed under Nokia warranty rules.
  • Mobile Phones and Apps: Best of 2010

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Call 2010 the year of the smartphone and mobile software. Phones like the Motorola Droid X, the HTC Incredible, and the Apple iPhone 4--and the many creative apps we liked this year--made this the largest category of products in the PCWorld 100.
  • Angry Birds Devs Angry At Android Fragmentation

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Rovio Mobile, developers of the addictive Angry Birds game, has run into the oft-denied Android platform fragmentation issue. The company said in a blog post that it is now working on a separate, lighter version of its Android game version, after users reported performance problems with several older Android devices.
  • Garriques departure part of Dell reorganization

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 10:28 pm

    Dell today said that Communications Services Group President Ron Garriques is leaving the firm as part of a realignment of the group.
  • Aruba has smartphone, iPad-crazy enterprise covered

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 9:55 pm

    The influx of smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices into businesses is making many employees more productive, but Aruba Networks is seeing firsthand how much strain all of this newfound mobility is putting on the enterprise IT and security staffs that are its customers. In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant spoke with Aruba CEO Dominic Orr about the changing wired/wireless network architecture, competing with Cisco Systems, exploiting the cloud and the rise of 802.11n.
  • Jetstar upgrades unified communications platform

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Jetstar is upgrading its unified communications (UC) environment as part of a new whole-of-company approach towards technology and mobility.
  • Why one company is ditching sales laptops for iPads

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    In the next few months, Jeff Letasse, vice president of IT for Conceptus, will hand out more than 220 iPads to every salesperson in the company. He plans to wean them off of their trusty laptops and PDAs, with the hope of never having to buy another laptop for a salesperson again.
  • Verizon might charge LTE users for both speed and data

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    Verizon apparently hasn't made a final decision on how it will charge users of its 4G LTE data services.
  • Smartphones force tough decisions in enterprises

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    Companies must deal with many systems and make development choices if they want to move apps to handheld devices
  • Apple may skip iOS 4.2 and go straight for 4.2.1

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    Those waiting for iOS 4.2's public release may have to sit tight just a little longer: in a surprising move, Apple on Thursday released to the developer community a Golden Master (GM) build of 4.2.1.
  • Android traffic catches iOS, Millennial says

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    Android tied with iOS in October as the smartphone operating systems most often hitting Millennial Media's mobile advertising network.
  • Woz that he said about Android? Not what you think

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    Comments attributed to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak by a Dutch newspaper that Google's Android will dominate the mobile OS market were misconstrued, says Woz.
  • Android, slow down and give consumers a break

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    As I mentioned in a recent blog posting, I have a love/hate relationship with my cell phone. It'll soon be coming up to its two-year birthday, which is when I've traditionally moved over to a newer phone without too much guilt. Therefore I've been eyeing the Android phones of several colleagues.
  • Analyst: Android will take 15% of tablet market next year

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    Not content to gobble up smartphone market share, the Android operating system is poised to capture 15% of the tablet market in 2011, according to IMS Research.
  • Review

    Samsung Galaxy Tab: Stuck in the middle

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    The Galaxy Tab is an Android tablet that's smaller than an iPad and larger than a smartphone.
  • Head of Dell's mobile unit to quit; division will shut down

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Computer maker Dell says the executive running the company's mobile business will leave the company in January, to be replaced by...well, nobody.
  • China's iPhone carrier to launch own Linux-based smartphone

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 12:00 am

    China Unicom plans on releasing its own Linux-based smartphone at the end of the year in China, as the company confronts sluggish revenue growth and increasing competition.
  • Cellular South plans LTE with Samsung

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 10:30 pm

    Cellular South, a small regional carrier in the southeastern U.S., and Samsung Telecommunications America plan to build an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network that will go live in the fourth quarter of next year.
  • On-the-go editing: Google Docs or dedicated apps?

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 7:14 pm

    Today, Google announced that its Google Docs suite will finally allow editing from mobile devices running Android or Apple's iOS. This is a welcome addition to the cloud-based service, but does it replace existing Office-style suites for mobile users, complement them, or are they two different animals altogether?
  • iPad's business use soars as HP backpedals on Slate's fit

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    Financial services, health care among the top adopters as employees eye iPads as laptop replacements
  • Google Docs can now be edited on iPhone, iPad

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    Google talks about Web apps being the future, but the company sometimes takes a while to bring some of its most powerful features to all devices. Case in point: after four generations of the iPhone, seven months of the iPad, Google Docs can finally be edited on iOS devices.
  • Is RIM making a mistake downplaying PlayBook apps?

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    This week, RIM showed off the power of its forthcoming PlayBook tablet's browser compared to the iPad, dissing the idea that dedicated apps are needed for many tasks along the way. With apps playing an increasingly important role in mobile computing, could this isolate RIM's table from business users and consumers even before the PlayBook ships?

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