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  • Netbook or Smartphone?

    Posted January 22, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    It's fascinating to watch laptops getting smaller and turning into “netbooks” while phones are getting bigger to accommodate full keyboards and better Web browsing and application support. So which should you buy when you upgrade your mobile equipment this year? It all depends on whether you create or peruse.
  • Open-Source Mobile Telephony Goes Legit

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    While big business may be crowning open source as the king of server-based computing, most enterprise movers and shakers vehemently deny any such moves in telephony. Yet, open source in telecom is long past its debut and is, in fact, already in play in much of the Fortune 500.
  • Can you hear me now? Maybe ... during inauguration

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 3:16 pm

    Can you hear me now? The most appropriate answer in the nation's capital on Tuesday appears to be "sometimes."
  • A developer's eye view of smartphone platforms

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 11:33 am

    If you want to write code for the iPhone and enjoy the wonderful playpen that Apple built for us, you're going to have to play by their rules. If you want to write for the Google phone, your life will be a bit freer, but you'll need to remember that they've got a kill switch and the power to destroy your dream. The good old days of peeking and poking around in memory are gone. The word "root" won't come through your fingers unless you decide to run up the pirate flag, void the warranty, and live forever outside the civilized world, where updates are supposed to work.
  • Belkin President Disavows Fake User Review Offers

    Posted January 19, 2009 - 9:19 pm

    Belkin is apologizing because an employee apparently offered people money to post positive reviews of company products.
  • Fuzzing Is Still Widely Unknown

    Posted January 19, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Based on a recent study by Gary McGraw and other well known security gurus, all major product security teams apparently use fuzzing. But most (even security specialists) still seem to misunderstand what fuzzing really is about. Enter the world of fuzzing!
  • Wireless networking: Back to basics

    Posted January 19, 2009 - 10:00 am

    When people are just getting into wireless networking they can often be overwhelmed by the amount of information that is out there, says Brandon Carroll, author of the CCNA Wireless Official Exam Certification Guide. His advice: "Learn the fundamentals. Learn them inside out.... The sooner you get the big picture the easier it becomes to configure a wireless network as various parameters begin to take shape in your mind."
  • Where walkie-talkies dare

    Posted January 18, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    What happens when a rural farmer needs to arrange transport to get his produce to market? Or a health care worker wants to check the availability of a drug in a nearby clinic? How about a trader who wants to find out the price of a commodity in a nearby store, or a person who needs to get in touch with a nearby family member in an emergency?
  • Advocates disagree on broadband stimulus

    Posted January 18, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Broadband advocacy groups disagree on how an economic stimulus package should address broadband deployment.
  • Obama plans to keep his BlackBerry

    Posted January 17, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    President-elect Barack Obama told CNN today he had a plan to "hang onto" his beloved BlackBerry, but did not explain how he would overcome legal and security concerns. The revelation came in an interview with CNN's John King in which Obama said, "I think we're going to be able to beat this back."
  • New York kills contract for public safety wireless network

    Posted January 16, 2009 - 10:47 am

    New York State has cancelled a contract with a vendor to build a wireless public safety network, but the vendor disputes the move.
  • How Obama might get his way on BlackBerry

    Posted January 16, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Naysayers aside, President-elect Obama appears determined to take office Tuesday with his BlackBerry -- or at least some PDA -- firmly in hand. Here's how experts say he might pull it off -- and what pitfalls he may be underestimating.
  • House committee recommends $6 billion in broadband grants

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    A congressional committee recommends $6 billion in broadband grants and $20 billion in health IT spending as part of an economic stimulus package.
  • Palm request for app store advice opens floodgate

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Andrew Shebanow didn't imagine that asking for feedback about how Palm's app store should work would open up a flood of input. He also didn't expect the move would change his job description. But now both have happened.
  • Phone prototypes stolen from Sony Ericsson

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 5:35 pm

    A number of stolen Sony Ericsson prototypes were found at the home of a company employee by Swedish police.
  • Cisco ships new 802.11n AP to resolve power issue

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 5:41 pm

    The growth of 802.11n wireless LAN access points has been somewhat limited by a well-known problem with insufficient power to APs when using Power-over-Ethernet connections. Today, Cisco is addressing the problem head-on by announcing a new Aironet 1140 Series Access Point that works with standard PoE.
  • New Palm Pre won't work with old apps

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    The new Palm Pre, which runs on the new Web OS operating system, will not work with older applications supported on the Palm Treo and other smart phones, a Palm Inc. official confirmed.
  • Palm Pre: Why I'm on the Fence

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    I admit it: I've enjoyed using Palm-OS-based devices over the past few years. So much so, that I haven't been lured into using competing smartphone models, so attached am I to my Palm Treo 680. Even when I made the choice to get an iPhone 3G, it didn't replace my Treo's operation. And, unfortunately, I'm not convinced the Palm Pre will serve my purposes, either.
  • Review

    A Closer Look at the Palm Pre and webOS

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:57 am

    The Palm Pre smart phone and the company's much-anticipated new operating system -- called webOS -- are among the most buzzed-about products to come out of CES this year. PC World sat down with Palm and delved into the OS everyone is talking about. Here they share what they liked -- and what they didn't.
  • Toshiba shows its first TransferJet prototypes

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:32 am

    The first prototypes from Toshiba based on TransferJet, a short-range, high-speed wireless data transmission system intended as a replacement for cables, are on show at CES.
  • How to copy music from iPod to iTunes

    Posted January 11, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Sometimes, you lost your iTunes library, or your computer crashed and you have to format your computer, but the songs and movies are still on your iPod, you may want to copy them from iPod back to computer. And this part will help you.
  • Atheros turns cell phone into access point

    Posted January 11, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Chip maker Atheros is working on a technology that will be able to turn a mobile phone into an access point.
  • Moving DTV deadline a bad idea, says FCC's Martin

    Posted January 11, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Moving the February 17 deadline for the switchover to digital TV would create confusion, FCC chairman Kevin Martin said at CES on Saturday.
  • Video

    VoIP Now Voice Over Internet Plumbing

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    I've never liked the acronym VoIP because it sounds so stupid out loud (vo-eep). But alas, the world yet again ignored my suggestions. Now I will try to recast the acronym to at least mean something much closer to the perception of many in the VoIP business: VoIP is now just phones over different plumbing, and no longer a Big Deal.
  • Palm announces webOS and Pre phone

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Palm is hoping to get back on track with its new Pre touch phone, which comes equipped with equally new operating system webOS, both announced on Thursday.
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