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  • BlackBerry Protect Brings Enterprise Security to Consumers

    Posted July 12, 2010 - 12:46 pm

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) today took the wraps off its latest offering for consumers, BlackBerry Protect, a free service meant to help non-corporate BlackBerry users secure and manage their smartphones.
  • AT&T offers businesses a smartphone credit-card payment service

    Posted July 12, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    AT&T announced a service for small and medium-size businesses that want to use smartphones to accept credit and debit card transactions from customers. The service is based on technology from payment device manufacturer Apriva of Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Lawsuit against Apple continues as a class action

    Posted July 12, 2010 - 9:01 am

    A lawsuit against Apple and AT&T Mobility will proceed as a class action, following a ruling in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, court documents show.
  • Technologist: Full immersion in the cyberworld is coming

    Posted July 10, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    Although many people already are engrossed in cyberspace, judging by the amount of communicating, socializing and commerce conducted online, we're at the advent of what will be a near total emersion in technology and the Internet, according to a technologist who spoke Saturday at the World Future Society conference in Boston.
  • Apple takes a step towards adding Wi-Fi to Chinese iPhones

    Posted July 9, 2010 - 8:45 am

    Apple appears to have moved a step closer to delivering an iPhone with Wi-Fi capabilities to the Chinese market.
  • Five Helpful Android Apps for the Office

    Posted July 9, 2010 - 7:37 am

    These five tools are a good start if you're seeking work-friendly apps for your Android phone.
  • Android, Samsung gaining mobile share in U.S.

    Posted July 8, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Android is gaining on all the major smartphone platforms in the U.S., though it was only the fourth-most-used mobile operating system in May, market data firm comScore reported on Thursday.
  • Review

    TweetList for iPhone

    Posted July 8, 2010 - 12:46 pm

    There's a certain kind of Twitter user who goes completely crazy with the microblogging service and follows everyone they know, every celebrity they like, and essentially everything they are interested in. For these people, the organizational genius of TweetList for Twitter, from Zooble, is a lifesaver.
  • First look at Borders' e-book store and apps

    Posted July 8, 2010 - 8:06 am

    On Wednesday Borders launched their Kobo-fueled e-book store, as well as apps for a variety of multi-purpose devices. I spent some time with the iPad and Android versions of their reader application. Here's what I found.
  • Synchronoss' FusionOne buy puts spotlight on mobile sync

    Posted July 7, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    Synchronoss plans to buy FusionOne in a deal that could allow phone users to sign up for a new phone and transfer data from their old phones at the same time.
  • AT&T blames iPhone 4 slowdown on Alcatel bug

    Posted July 7, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Heavy demand for upload capacity from the iPhone 4 has exposed a flaw in the software for Alcatel-Lucent's 3G network equipment, temporarily forcing lower upstream speeds for some AT&T subscribers.
  • Cisco offers device for home energy control

    Posted July 7, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    Cisco Systems took another step into the consumer market today by announcing a Home Energy Controller device that homeowners could buy from local utilities to help with energy conservation.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 approved, will reach devices this year

    Posted July 7, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    The Bluetooth 4.0 low-power wireless networking specification has been approved, and the technology will start appearing in devices such as smart meters and laptops later this year, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group said on Wednesday.
  • Developing for the iPhone and Android: The pros and cons

    Posted July 6, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    Smartphones and their apps are the new way of the world, and developers are lured by their increasing popularity. But with two major platforms -- Apple's recently upgraded and renamed iOS 4 and Google's Android -- competing with one another, how does a developer choose between them?
  • Nokia sells off wireless modem business

    Posted July 6, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Nokia is selling off its wireless modem business to Renesas Electronics, a move that could help the mobile giant better focus on phone competition and get rid of a business that may have been struggling.
  • iPhone 4 Administration: Where's the Beef?

    Posted July 6, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Setting both my Clara Pellerism, and the iPhone 4 reception/antenna 'problem' aside, (given that I know more about RF than the average bear, I'm somewhat less worked up about the results of basic physics than your typical gadget site), there is, for me at least a far more pressing problem: Where are the updated versions of the iPhone Configuration Utility and the iOS configuration/management docs?
  • Starbucks Free Unlimited Wi-Fi: A User's Guide

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend Starbucks is now offering free, unlimited Wi-Fi access at nearly 7,000 company-operated locations across the United States. The policy change came into effect Thursday a little over two years after Starbucks began offering two hours of free Wi-Fi to Starbucks card holders. Now, however, the time limits are gone, and you can enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi at your local Starbucks any time you like for as long as you like.
  • Bugs & Fixes: Seven iOS 4 troubleshooting tips

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 8:58 pm

    When it comes to troubleshooting, the iOS is remarkably trouble-free. It is not unusual to go weeks--or even months--without having any significant problems with your iPhone's software. Still, when a new version of the iOS arrives, as with the recently released iOS 4, you can expect a least a bit of head-scratching. Most issues do not center on bugs or other malfunctions. Rather, they involve trying to figure out how to get a new feature to work as expected. With that in mind, here are some troubleshooting tips that provide answers to several of the questions you may be asking--and some you may not have thought to ask.
  • Adobe Flex to gain mobile app capabilities

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 8:53 pm

    A separate mobile branch of framework had been pondered, but device performance increases made branching unnecessary
  • Is Apple Antenna Denial?

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    On Friday Apple released a letter admitting the iPhone 4 has problems, but insisted they are due to a signal-strength formula that is "totally wrong" and not caused by the antenna design. Since then the news has saturated tech blogs, Apple support sites and message boards -- and it seems like most people aren't buying Apple's explanation.
  • Beijing angry with EU anti-dumping investigation

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 11:40 am

    China has hit back at the European Commission over an investigation into allegations of hardware dumping.
  • Five Helpful iPhone Apps for the Office

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 7:21 am

    If you use an iPhone to work away from the office, these five tools can put more productivity in your hands.
  • AT&T reaches settlement of old billing claims

    Posted July 2, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    AT&T and lawyers representing class-action plaintiffs have reached a proposed settlement of lawsuits over billing by AT&T Wireless before 2004.
  • Motorola details breakup plans

    Posted July 2, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Motorola this week gave more details of its planned reorganization, saying it will spin off its mobile devices and home products business into a new entity called Motorola Mobility.
  • How to solve the iPhone 4 antenna problem

    Posted July 2, 2010 - 11:34 am

    iPhone users have come up with creative ways to work around the reception problem on the iPhone 4. Computerworld selected some of the best advice found so far.

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