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  • Plugging iPhones into small businesses

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 1:48 pm

    Apple's iPhone drew criticism when first released because of tepid enterprise business support. Small businesses felt the pain of iPhone envy more sharply than their enterprise counterparts because of the high up front cost of the first iPhone and the back-end support requirements for high-end e-mail and communication servers. But the second generation of iPhones, the new 3G version, answers almost all these issues.
  • Nokia, Qualcomm shelve litigation, reach licensing agreement

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 11:07 am

    Nokia and Qualcomm have agreed to shelve all litigation between themselves, including a complaint by Nokia to the European Commission, after reaching a new licensing agreement that covers a number of major wireless technologies.
  • Free BlackBerry Software

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Our past Tips of the Week included a variety of BlackBerry software -- free, open-source and otherwise -- but most of those applications were strictly business-focused. This week, in the spirit of summer, we're loosening the tie, undoing our top buttons and giving you five free BlackBerry downloads designed for your life outside the corporate walls.
  • The Portable Office: The best way to get online

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    For many of us who travel and want to get online from the road, Wi-Fi hotspots alone just don't cut it. There aren't enough of them, they aren't always available where you want them, and they can be a security nightmare. There is a better alternative: cellular data service from the same wireless carriers who connect our cell phones.
  • MobileMe fracas continues

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Apple's MobileMe migration continues to be troublesome, with the company last night confirming at least some problems that could be attributed to one of the MobileMe email servers.
  • Nokia claims victory over Qualcomm in ongoing patent battle

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    The German Federal Patent Court ruled Wednesday that a Qualcomm GSM patent claim against Nokia is invalid, said the Finnish phone giant.
  • Traveling with the iPhone 3G

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 9:59 am

    I spent most of last week in Los Angeles on business. It was almost my first full week with my new iPhone 3G, which actually made my trip a little easier.
  • Securing your iPhone 2.0

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 5:20 pm

    The iPhone 2.0 software update released earlier this month offers some dramatic improvements from earlier versions in security management for corporate users. But even these welcome changes aren't enough to make the iPhone seamlessly secure.
  • Walkman phones won't save Sony Ericsson, says analyst

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 9:22 am

    In the aftermath of a second quarter that saw sales fall compared to last year, Sony Ericsson on Tuesday announced three new Walkman phones.
  • Linux set to make mobile splash

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 5:28 pm

    Linux is set to make a major impact in the mobile computing realm, the executive director of the Linux Foundation stressed at a conference Monday morning.
  • WiMax at sea, the journey begins

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:09 pm

    Ships that call on Singapore can now use WiMax instead of satellite to connect to the Internet.
  • Bidding for iPhone 3G tops $1,000 on eBay

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Pent-up demand for the iPhone 3G is manifesting itself on auction site eBay, where eager buyers are bidding in excess of US$1,000 to get what's turning out to be a hot commodity.
  • Pwnage 2.0 iPhone jailbreak software calls

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 11:51 am

    The iPhone Dev team has managed to create unlocking/jailbreaking software for iPhone 3G within a few days of that product's release.
  • Intel Atom for netbooks costs 52% more than desktop version

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 11:09 am

    The popular Intel Atom microprocessors made for netbooks, or mini-laptops, costs 52 percent more per chip than the desktop version of the same processor.
  • AMD takes on Intel with its own low-power chip

    Posted July 20, 2008 - 8:17 pm

    Advanced Micro Devices is developing a low-power processor for mobile devices and sub-notebooks, the company confirmed, quashing months of speculation that it had abandoned the project.
  • RIM fixes critical BlackBerry Enterprise Server bug

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    Research in Motion patched a critical bug in its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) Friday to stymie hackers hoping to break into company networks by tricking users of the popular smart phone into opening rigged PDFs.
  • iPhone apps: When 2.0 means 1.0

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    With the release of the updated iPhone software, Apple flung open the doors of its new App Store. On its first day, the App store was populated with more than 500 programs, and that number is growing rapidly. Think about that: 500 programs, all of them at version 1.0. On a device that had never before supported software written outside of Apple.
  • It's tough to kill an Apple iPhone 3G

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 11:28 am

    We put the iPhone 3G through dropping, scratching, and dunking tests, and the device performed like a champ. In fact, it wouldn't knuckle under until we ran it over with a motorcycle.
  • Industry heavyweights line-up behind Sony's TransferJet

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 10:24 am

    The possibility of a gadget world without wires took a big step forward Thursday when 14 of the biggest names in consumer electronics said they would work with Sony on its short-range, high-speed "TransferJet" wireless data system.
  • Three US cities should see Centrino 2 with WiMax this year

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 9:52 am

    When Intel ships its Echo Peak wireless module later this year, the company will meet its stated goal of adding WiMax as an option to its Centrino 2 laptop chip platform in 2008. But shipments of Centrino 2 laptops equipped with WiMax support will be very small this year, likely constrained to just three U.S. cities.
  • Mobile industry gives circuit-switched traffic lease on life

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    Industry organization GSM Association has completed trials of SIP-I, a protocol that will make it possible to send circuit-switched mobile traffic over core networks based on Internet Protocol.
  • Google offers Android updates only to contest winners

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    A Google employee working on the Android mobile phone operating system made a gaffe that has some developers saying they've had enough and plan to focus their efforts on the iPhone, instead of Android.
  • Symbian CEO says collaboration with Google is possible

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 11:21 am

    Broader collaboration between Symbian and Google at either the application or operating system level is possible in the future, Symbian's CEO said Wednesday.

  • On the Road -- Fuel Cost Calculators, Phone Headsets

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 11:02 am

    I don't know what's worse: Dealing with airline hassles or struggling to carry around enough cash to fill up my car. Despite it all, I'm spending more time on the road. So that's this week's focus--finding out how much you spend on gasoline, a look at California's new cell phone law, and an irritating scam from Travelodge's Web site. Plus: A shocker from the TSA.
  • 17 Free iPhone Apps You Need Right Now

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 10:50 am

    Everybody who knows about the new iPhone applications knows about Super Monkey Ball and MLB At Bat. But after dropping all kinds of dough on a new iPhone and a 3G service plan, you can save some cash and get these great free programs ASAP.
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