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  • FCC takes first step toward mobile broadband fund

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission took the first step Thursday toward long-advocated reform of a huge program that subsidizes traditional phone service by proposing a new fund to pay for mobile service in rural areas.
  • SAP executive named Mozilla CEO

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    The Mozilla Corporation announced Thursday that SAP executive Gary Kovacs is its new CEO, a move that gives the Firefox Web browser backer a leader with ample experience in mobile software.
  • FCC proposes mobile 'bill shock' rules

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has released proposed rules that would require mobile-phone and data providers to warn customers when they are about to incur charges above their normal monthly bills.
  • ZTE unveils tablet with built-in phone

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 7:15 am

    ZTE, one of China's largest network and phone suppliers, has unveiled a new tablet device that includes phone functionality and runs on the Android 2.1 OS.
  • Netbooks, we hardly knew ye

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    Well, it's not like you couldn't see this coming.
  • T-Mobile takes mobile data plans into prepaid arena

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    T-Mobile USA will introduce an array of pay-in-advance plans for phones and PCs on Monday, expanding the growing range of prepaid options on offer to U.S. cellular users.
  • FCC to address mobile 'bill shock'

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to move forward on "simple and practical" rules intended to help mobile-phone customers avoid unexpected charges, the agency's chairman said Wednesday.
  • Broadcom to buy 4G chipmaker Beceem for $316M

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Broadcom has agreed to acquire Beceem Communications, a maker of chips for 4G LTE and WiMax devices, for US$316 million in cash.
  • AT&T Claims a Comeback in LTE Wars

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    This week Verizon announced it will launch 4G service in 39 US markets, covering more than 100 million Americans and 60 airports by the end of 2010. Soon after, rival AT&T laid out a smackdown, saying Verizon needs to move fast because its 3G network is slower than AT&T's.
  • QuickStudy: 4G Wireless

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    When smartphones came into wide use for Internet access and data transmission, consumers and carriers quickly recognized the need for faster, more reliable wireless data networks with broader geographical coverage. The current mobile telecommunications technologies, collectively known as 3G, for third generation, emerged about 10 years ago. At long last, successor technologies are now entering commercial service. The whole idea behind 4G is that it will offer very fast, widely available broadband.
  • Microsoft to Prosecute More Botnets

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Just so you know Microsoft won't have to resort to arcane technical solutions to the botnet problem -- the way Facebook did by using obviously
  • Verizon's Billing Snafu: Watch Your Wallets, Gadget Users

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 11:20 am

    It's bad enough that the big wireless companies all-too-often provide substandard service at a premium price. And it's even worse, when they pad their bills with "crammed" charges or "gotchas" that siphon money from our wallets a drip a time. But now we've leaned that Verizon billed customers tens of millions of dollars for services they never ordered.
  • Huawei invests more in software for telecom operators

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 2:30 am

    Huawei may be best known for its telecommunications equipment, but to stay competitive the company is investing more in software and services for telecom operators.
  • Android the 'secret sauce' for smartphone success

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Smartphone manufacturers shipping Android-powered devices were among the fastest-growing handset brands in the second quarter, according to mobile and wireless research firm iSuppli Corp.
  • Verizon shares drop on analyst downgrade

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Shares of telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. were down more than 2.5 percent in early trading Tuesday after Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett reduced his rating for Verizon to "underperform," Wall Street code for "get rid of this sucker."
  • 5 Trends to Watch in 2011

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 8:23 am

    Some of the things that could be transformational for IT in 2011.
  • Cable TV hits gaming consoles with U-verse TV for Xbox 360

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 8:04 am

    AT&T wants to simplify your home entertainment center by replacing your U-verse cable box with your Xbox 360. No word on whether there's an Achievement for doing so.
  • HTC CEO talks on business behind new Windows Phone 7 OS

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 3:30 am

    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC joined a number of rivals in launching new handsets with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 OS on Monday, a feat HTC's CEO says came together very fast.
  • There's a trademark for that -- and Apple now owns it

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 10:13 pm

    Not long after launching its App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch in July 2008, Apple began turning its "There's an app for that" marketing slogan into a geek catchphrase, dryly worked into party conversations and adapted by thousands of bloggers looking for a clever pop-culture reference.
  • iPad Influx Spurs Demand for Fast Wi-Fi

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 8:52 pm

    A brokerage firm is using Cisco equipment to reduce Wi-Fi interference from electronic controls in its offices.
  • Review

    First Impressions: Windows Phone 7 on LG Quantum, Optimus 7

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 8:45 pm

    Today's Windows Phone 7 launch continues to shake up the smartphone world with the recently announced LG Optimus 7 and Quantum (also known as the Optimus 7Q internationally). The Quantum will be coming to AT&T just in time for the holidays for $200 with a two-year contract.
  • Win7 Smartphones Will Increase Pressure on IT

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 7:16 pm

    Microsoft is far from the leader in smartphone OSes, but putting Win7 in users' pockets makes it almost impossible to keep it or iPhones or Androids out of the data center.
  • Wall Street unmoved by Windows Phone 7 hype

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) barely gained Monday despite the much-covered unveiling of Windows Phone 7 at a press event in New York.
  • Is it too late for Microsoft in the smartphone market?

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 1:31 pm

    The Internet is overflowing today with talk of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's high-profile effort to get back into the competitive smartphone race. tweetmeme_source = 'ITworld';
  • HTC goes in big with five Windows Phone 7 handsets

    Posted October 11, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Two years ago, HTC delivered the first smartphone to use Google's Android mobile phone software, the G1. On Monday, the Taiwanese company unveiled five smartphones with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system and these phones will be available in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific by late October.
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