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  • 3G v. Wi-Fi: Which iPad is Right for You?

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    The iPad has been available for a month now in the United States, but the 3G-capable version of Apple's tablet device just launched this past Friday. Apple has reportedly sold more than one million iPads thus far--less than half the time it took the original iPhone to reach that same milestone. If you aren't one of the million plus that already has one, here are some things to consider when choosing between the Wi-Fi only or 3G-capable models.
  • New Sprint strategy targets prepay market

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Sprint is betting on prepay services in a new attempt to stem the tide of defecting customers.
  • National 3G license in India to cost over US$2.5 billion

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Bidders for 3G spectrum and licenses in India have pushed up the cost of a nationwide license on Thursday to more than 113 billion Indian rupees (US$2.52 billion), further raising doubts about how quickly operators will be able to make money out of the service.
  • Europe adopts technical rules for rural mobile broadband

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    The European Commission announced on Monday that it has adopted uniform technical rules for mobile broadband in the 800MHz band.
  • Alcatel-Lucent posts larger loss, blames component shortages

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 6:11 am

    Telecommunications equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent saw losses grow and revenue drop during the first three months of 2010. Positive signs in some markets were cancelled out by a component shortage.
  • AT&T extends iPhone exclusive in quid pro quo, says analyst

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    AT&T and Apple probably have a quid pro quo in place that has extended the mobile carrier's exclusive deal with the iPhone in return for heavily-discounted data plan pricing for the iPad, an analyst said today.
  • Clearwire free to use LTE under changed Intel deal

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Clearwire and Intel have revised a technology deal that forbade the WiMax service provider from using any other technology, and Clearwire is already talking with equipment vendors about how it might adopt LTE (Long-Term Evolution) for its network.
  • Clearwire, partners name 19 upcoming WiMax cities

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:14 pm

    Clearwire's WiMax mobile broadband will come to 19 more markets across the U.S. this summer, with partner Sprint Nextel reselling the service in all those areas and partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable coming on board in some of them.
  • Thought on thoughts on Flash

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    A little while ago, Steve Jobs released his "Thoughts on Flash" letter. To say that it caused some consternation would be like saying that nuclear weapons make modest holes in the ground when detonated. That letter, and the rebuttal from Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen have pretty much dominated the Mac web, and most of the overall tech web since they came out.
  • Verizon customers lust for iPhone, says survey

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Verizon subscribers would jump at the chance to have an iPhone, with more than half of those surveyed saying they would likely switch to an Apple handset, a recently-released poll said.
  • Carrier Ethernet market still growing, study shows

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    Making a call using a mobile device over a wireless cellular network is so commonplace today that it's easy to forget the huge networks, comprised of wires, cell towers, routers, switches and data centers, that power those calls.
  • Apple unlikely to change SDK to fend off antitrust inquiry, says expert

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Despite reports that Apple might revamp its developers license to parry possible antitrust inquiries, that's unlikely to happen, said Hillard Sterling, an antitrust attorney.
  • Review

    Review: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    If you're like me, you need to be connected to the Internet constantly, on multiple devices, and at the highest speeds possible. Wi-Fi is great for connecting from places like home, work, and local coffee spots. But when I'm on the road, finding usable Wi-Fi hotspots for connecting my wireless devices is a challenge, and I often use (or wish I could use) cellular data service instead.
  • Microsoft, Nokia Release Collaboration Smartphone App

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Microsoft and Nokia are setting their sights on the mobile enterprise--and BlackBerry-maker RIM--with a new smartphone business-collaboration app, dubbed Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia.
  • Hand-helds fail at the NYSE today: Report

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    The Wall Street Journal reported that about 30% of hand-held devices used by brokers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange randomly failed this morning.
  • Blogger Tests Limits of iPad's Unlimited Plan

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 11:47 am

    A lot of cell phone carriers and Internet providers offer "unlimited" data plans--but a lot of these plans have a cap on the amount of data that users can actually move. In 2008, Comcast notoriously advertised an unlimited plan but imposed a 250GB monthly cap for its residential customers.
  • Adobe Flash Shows Up on Mysterious Android Tablet

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 11:43 am

    Forget about Flash on the iPhone and iPad: Adobe, it seems, has turned its attention elsewhere. The company used the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco to show off a mysterious Google Android tablet that was running Flash flawlessly.
  • Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 family to get Android 2.1 in Q4

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will all get upgraded from Android 1.6 to version 2.1 during the fourth quarter, the phone vendor said in a blog post on Wednesday.
  • Checking in: Newspapers on the iPad

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 7:26 am

    The iPad has been on the streets for a month now. Has it saved newspapers yet?
  • Wi-Fi key-cracking kits sold in China mean free Internet

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 5:40 am

    Dodgy salesmen in China are making money from long-known weaknesses in a Wi-Fi encryption standard, by selling network key-cracking kits for the average user.
  • Ford hits the road with 'caravan' app

    Posted May 4, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Cloud computing will take the place of CB radios this month when Ford Motor leads a subcompact convoy across the U.S. and demonstrates Caravan Track, an application developed by students at the University of Michigan.
  • Apple: Eat Dirt.

    Posted May 4, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    The closed system, the capitulation to the Hollywood moguls, and the nyet-policy are driving your faithful blogger off the Mac.
  • Apple tweaks Wi-Fi in iPhone to use China protocol

    Posted May 4, 2010 - 12:40 am

    Apple appears to have tweaked its iPhone to support a Chinese security protocol for wireless networks, as companies increasingly adopt Chinese government-backed technologies to break into the country's huge market.
  • Will Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G crash AT&T?

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G is finally here. And now the trouble begins.
  • On the road with the iPad: Can the laptop stay home

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    I didn't do it because I'm adventurous. I did it because I'm a cheapskate.
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