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  • Price cut on Palm Pre not a sign of bad sales

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Buried amid the announcement of the new Palm Pixi smartphone was the news that the price of the Palm Pre will drop to $150 after rebates. What gives with Palm and Sprint? Is the pricing move a a reaction to poor sales? Could it foretell a cut-rate price for the smaller Pixi? Not likely.
  • Mobile carriers sign up to EU in-car accident alert system

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    E.U.'s mobile-phone industry on Wednesday signed up to eCall, a Europe-wide road accident alert system designed to reduce fatalities and serious accidents on the continent's roads.
  • Steve Jobs returns to rock and roll us

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Updated iTunes, updated iPods, and cameras and FM tuners in unexpected places.
  • Upcoming technology promises improved mobile TV

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    The GSM Association is getting behind the emerging mobile broadcast technology IMB (Integrated Mobile Broadcast), it said on Wednesday. The technology opens the door for more mobile TV channels and better picture quality, according to chip maker IPWireless.
  • China Mobile powers up app store with Symbian deal

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 9:01 am

    China Mobile and the Symbian Foundation have teamed up to promote the carrier's next-generation mobile standard and its application download store for handsets, the two said Wednesday.
  • China clears iPhone for network, puts picture online

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 11:40 pm

    The Chinese government has cleared a version of the iPhone to use the country's mobile networks and posted pictures of the handset online, just as carrier China Unicom prepares to launch the phone.
  • Wi-Fi, powerline to merge in Atheros-Intellon deal

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Wi-Fi chip vendor Atheros Networks plans to acquire Intellon, a maker of chips for home powerline networking equipment, for about US$244 million.
  • Upcoming service lets you travel without luggage

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    A startup called Zero Baggage plans to offer a range of services that will enable you to travel without having to check luggage. They'll do this by storing your clothing and other items in cities you travel to often, or letting you "rent" stuff from the company.
  • AOL hires 'peanut butter manifesto' author

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    A former Yahoo executive perhaps best known for his so-called "peanut butter manifesto" has taken a job running AOL's Internet and mobile communications business.
  • HTC Tattoo to be first customizable Android handset

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    High Tech Computer (HTC) gave its latest smartphone a name it can live up to, Tattoo, because people who buy it will be invited to design their own personal skin for the phone.
  • France Télécom and Deutsche Telecom plan UK mobile JV

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom have begun exclusive negotiations to form a joint venture to run their respective U.K. mobile communications networks, T-Mobile U.K. and Orange U.K., they said Tuesday.
  • On the road: Testing wireless voice and data on the highways

    Posted September 7, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Marc Lefevre is the up-to-date, real-life equivalent of the "Can you hear me now?" guy from the Verizon Wireless TV ads that grew popular in 2004. But don't call him that.

    Posted September 7, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    Sorry for yelling; I really need to psych myself up for this.
  • The AT&T-Apple iPhone blame game hits the Grey Lady

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    WHOSE FAULT IS IT REALLY? That's what the angry masses want to know. I personally blame "Seth the Blogger Guy."
  • What lippies want

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Don't look now, but the location-independent movement is growing. Technology gives us the power to work wherever we please, and travel while stilling making a living. More people are embracing the digital nomad, extreme telecommuter, location independent lifestyle every day. It's time that hardware, software and Internet companies notice this rising movement, and start offering products that take this lifestyle to the next level.
  • TransferJet wireless data gadgets coming next year

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 8:09 am

    TransferJet, a data transfer technology that allows information to be exchanged between gadgets by simply bringing them close to each other, should begin appearing in products next year.
  • Fear mobile malware

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    Mobile malware will pose a serious threat to mobile communications as smartphone use explodes. The inherent limitations of smartphones -- power, memory, bandwidth -- make most antivirus tools unsuitable once the rate of malware instances reaches a certain threshold.
  • Facebook Connect goes mobile

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    Facebook is extending its Connect data portability technology to developers of mobile sites and applications, following its launch six months ago for iPhone developers, the company announced Thursday in an official blog.
  • Philips set to debut Wireless HDMI

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Philips has announced a wireless HDMI product that lets consumers connect home electronics products, like a television and a Blu-Ray player, without using any wires, it said on Thursday.
  • Google-Baidu rivalry goes mobile in China

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 8:20 am

    Google and Chinese search engine Baidu are racing to dominate China's growing mobile search market, taking their rivalry beyond Web search.
  • Android, WiMax mobile device and chip kit unveiled in Taiwan

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 5:03 am

    A Taiwanese research group unveiled a personal Internet device (PID) on Thursday made from its WiMax chips and a reference board that runs a version of Google's Android mobile operating system tweaked for PIDs.
  • Group asks IRS to repeal tax of personal mobile-phone use

    Posted September 2, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    A little understood 20-year-old U.S. Internal Revenue Service rule that taxes employees' personal use of employer-provided mobile phones should be repealed, trade group CTIA said.
  • China's carriers all turn to mobile app stores in 3G race

    Posted September 2, 2009 - 7:28 am

    China's three mobile carriers are all developing download platforms like the iPhone App Store as their competition for 3G users intensifies.
  • The 3 hardest things about location independence

    Posted September 1, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    True location independence sounds impossible to a lot of people. Surprisingly, however, the stuff most people think is hard can be easy, and the stuff people think will be easy is hard. The hardest things to come by are attention, electricity and understanding by others about what in the hell you're up to.
  • China Mobile still in iPhone talks after Unicom deal

    Posted September 1, 2009 - 5:07 am

    China Mobile is still in talks with Apple about offering the iPhone in China even though rival China Unicom last week announced a distribution deal for the handset.

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