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  • Business iPhone apps finder adds new category, products

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 8:13 am

    InfoWorld broadens its Web-based iPhone apps catalog to include communications apps
  • 11n Wi-Fi chip discovered in new iPod Touch

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 12:31 am

    The new Apple iPod Touch uses a Wi-Fi chip that can support the just-approved high-throughput 802.11n standard, though Apple apparently has not switched on the cranked-up wireless link.
  • Voice-to-text deal could spur new mobile services

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Two vendors of mobile voice technology have teamed up to power carrier services that transcribe voicemail messages and conference calls into text.
  • IEEE stamps "approved" on 802.11n Wi-Fi standard

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    The IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.
  • Researchers slam fickle iPhone anti-fraud feature

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    The iPhone's newest defense -- aimed at preventing users from reaching phishing sites -- is inconsistent at best, a security researcher said today, with some users getting warnings about dangerous links, while others are allowed to blithely surf to criminal URLs.
  • The missing camera on the iPod Touch

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    If there was one thing almost everyone was certain about in the run-up to Wednesday's music event, it was that the new iPod Touches would include a camera.
  • iPhone 3.1 Breaking Exchange E-Mail for iPhone 3G Users?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    Reports suggest that a feature within Apple's brand new iPhone 3.1 software update is disabling corporate Microsoft Exchange e-mail access for some first-gen iPhone and iPhone 3G users, though owners of Apple newest smartphone, iPhone 3GS, seem to be unaffected.
  • How emerging wireless techs are transforming healthcare

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:32 pm

    One important aspect of increased mobile data speeds will be their impact on the mobile "telehealth" devices that doctors are increasingly using to keep track of their patients' conditions.
  • AT&T Network Boosts May Satisfy Irate iPhone Users

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    AT&T is working to bolster its claim of having "America's Fastest 3G Network," by rolling out HSPA 7.2 in six cities by year-end. The speed improvements are nice, sure, but they alone won't help the legions of angry subscribers who experience dropped calls and spotty service.
  • Vacation Internet better than ever?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    A trek in the family truckster from the Boston area down to Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week not only gave me the chance for rest and relaxation (well, after the drive), but also the opportunity to test out some Internet access devices.
  • Will Motorola gain major mojo from Android Cliq?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    The proof is still a ways off, but the news of the Motorola Cliq, its first Android smartphone coming this fall from T-Mobile USA is a promising development.
  • 802.11n demands special considerations

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    The IEEE will shortly ratify 802.11n – a standard in development for six years and shipping in enterprise products for more than two. Much of the attention has been on the higher data rate, an increase from the 54 Mbps of legacy 802.11a/g to 300 Mbps, but the standard’s true implications are much broader – it signifies the advent of the all-wireless enterprise.
  • MediaFLO TV coming to cars, MP3 players

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Qualcomm's MediaFLO wireless broadcast network will soon be available on in-car and portable media players, and the company plans to bring it to other consumer electronics as well.
  • 802.11n set for final approval

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Sometime on Friday, at the sprawling Hyatt Regency hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., an IEEE group called the Standards Board is expected to approve the 802.11n wireless LAN standard.
  • Five Things You Need to Know About Smartphone Security

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Smartphones share many of the same risks of laptops and are easier to lose.
  • Motorola Cliq coming in Q4 with Blur social service

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Motorola on Thursday announced its first Android smartphone, which will ship in the fourth quarter with T-Mobile USA under the name Cliq.
  • Vodafone gets on mobile hotspot bandwagon

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Vodafone said Thursday that it is getting set to launch Novatel's mobile hotspot, the MiFi, in Europe.
  • Zenprise Smartphone Mgmt Software Gets New Features

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 11:39 am

    The continuing spread of smartphones inside and outside of office walls is leading more and more corporate IT departments to consider third-party software offerings for assistance in managing and maintaining the integrity of their BlackBerry/iPhone/Palm device deployments.
  • Orange takes step toward better mobile voice quality

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Orange will launch what it claims to be the world's first mobile telephone service offering improved sound quality using the AMR-WB (Adaptive Multi Rate-Wideband) speech coding technology, it said on Thursday.
  • Musing on what wasn't at the Apple event

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:23 am

    It wasn't only rock & roll, but did you like it? Or were you so hopped up on rumors that Apple couldn't meet your expectations?
  • Review

    Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Travelers in need of frequent Internet access have more options than ever these days, but the choices aren't always satisfactory. You can try to find a Wi-Fi hotspot, but sometimes one isn't handy. You can get a mobile broadband USB modem from a major carrier, but that typically requires installing special software, which can be a hassle. Novatel Wireless's MiFi 2200, a pocketable gadget that marries the convenience of Wi-Fi to the ubiquity of mobile broadband, elegantly sidesteps these issues.
  • WiFi Fans Have Their Say

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 8:46 am

    So many people commented and sent e-mail about last week's column on WiFi I had to check and make sure I didn't accidentally insult Apple or claim Linux was better than Windows. Nope, I just said WiFi wasn't always the best way to network.
  • Faster 3G coming to six cities, says AT&T

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    AT&T is again upgrading its 3G high-speed packet access (HSPA) network by deploying HSPA 7.2 technology in six U.S. cities this year
  • Palm debuts its Pixi smartphone, its second using WebOS

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    Palm and Sprint Nextel announced the second WebOS smartphone today, the Palm Pixi, and said it will be available from Sprint before the Christmas holidays.
  • Add WiFi to a Very Old Laptop

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    If the laptop has a PC card slot, it should be able to take a wireless PC card. (If the laptop is old enough, the slot may be called PCMCIA--and no, that didn't really stand for People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms.) However, you should check the requirements for the card before buying it. Modern cards may require more powerful hardware than your old PC. The drivers are another issue.

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