Mobile & Wireless

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  • Google seeks patent to break mobile subscriber shackles

    Posted September 28, 2008 - 8:27 pm

    In a patent application initially filed in March 2007 and posted on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site on Thursday, Google has sketched a plan for a system that would ask mobile operators to compete in an auction for the chance to offer you service and then switching from one operator to the next multiple times a day to get the best rate or more bandwidth.
  • Review

    TeleNav Track gets a valuable makeover

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 12:48 pm

    Since March 2007, TeleNav has offered the TeleNav Track mobile-phone-based GPS tracking service with built-in audible and visual, turn-by-turn driving directions, electronic time-sheet reporting, bar-code scanning, jobs alert and change capability, electronic forms and progress reports. But new enhancements to the service, including team timecard functionality, overtime controls, remote signature and image capture, and more, make an already feature-packed mobile resource management (MRM) product better-suited for smaller, crew- or team-based organizations, such as landscapers, roofers and painters.
  • 4 steps to take control of your mobile devices

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 10:35 am

    Taking control of wireless mobility falls into four broad areas: securing and managing every device; managing every connection; protecting every piece of data; and educating every user. Here's what you need to know
  • Apple selling unlocked iPhone 3G in Hong Kong

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Apple is selling the iPhone 3G on its Apple Store Web site in Hong Kong, promising the phones "can be activated with any wireless carrier."
  • iPhone/iPod rumor roundup: New enemies, new configurations, new products?

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 9:37 am

    Crazy Chinese iPhones, rage against the iTunes machine, and a mysterious handheld Mac thingamjig -- all in all, a fun way to start your weekend.
  • Visa to develop applications for Android, Nokia phones

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 9:22 am

    Visa wants to become a part of your mobile phone, working with Nokia on realizing mobile payments and also announcing services for Google's Android platform.
  • FCC offers new proposals to auction public-safety spectrum

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 5:08 pm

    The FCC has proposed new rules for auctioning a block of spectrum intended for police and fire departments -- with many of the rules similar to the first failed attempt at selling the spectrum.
  • T-Mobile lifts 1G-byte limit on Android phone

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    T-Mobile is backpedaling on the limit it placed on the so-called unlimited data plan that will accompany its Android phone, but the operator isn't saying exactly what the new terms will be.
  • Don't drive iPhone developers away, Apple

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 10:18 am

    When it comes to the entire machinery of the App Store, something is terribly wrong. It's not something you may even notice today if you're an average iPhone user. But in the end, if things don't change, what's happening right now may seriously weaken the iPhone as a platform and enable Apple's competitors to get the upper hand when it comes to dominating the smartphone market.
  • Will iPhone NDA mean 'Never Develop Apps?'

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 10:10 am

    According to reports from developers, the latest close-mouthed move from Cupertino is that Apple has started branding its communication to developers--including App Store rejection messages--with all-caps notices that the messages are themselves covered by Apple's non-disclosure agreement.
  • Android challenge: Getting users to use the hardware

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 9:58 am

    Google's Rich Miner has identified one of the biggest problems facing mobile phone carriers, manufacturers, and developers: The hardware on the current generation of phones is not being used by many customers.
  • Google's Page: White spaces test was unfair

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    Google cofounder Larry Page blasted as unfair recent interference tests of prototype devices that would deliver wireless broadband on unused television spectrum.
  • Colleges offer BlackBerry certification

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 4:14 pm

    The Ontario-based triOS College announced last week that it will be the first Canadian academic institution to implement the new BlackBerry certification program.
  • 10 great WiFi gadgets for work and play

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 3:14 pm

    You've done the hard work of optimizing your WiFi network, and it reliably beams high-speed data to every nook and cranny of your home or office. Now, it's time to take it to the next level by connecting more than just computers.
  • Google and HTC spent 3 years on Android, handsets

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:27 am

    Engineers from Google and HTC spent three years developing Android software and handsets before the launch of the G1 by T-Mobile on Tuesday, an executive from HTC said.

  • Review

    Hands on with HTC's Google phone

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:24 am

    T-Mobile, Google and HTC unveiled the highly anticipated Android phone in New York on Tuesday, and I got a chance to try out the new handset at HTC's office in Taipei.
  • T-Mobile, Google and HTC introduce first Android phone

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    The first Android phone looks a lot like the fuzzy pictures that have surfaced online for months, with a touch screen similar to the iPhone and a full slide-out keyboard.

  • Android is about advertising, not the enterprise

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    Even though three companies hosted the launch event and the software is backed by a consortium, the introduction of the first Android phone made it very clear that Android is about one company: Google.
  • iPhone vs. Android: It's on

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 5:33 am

    Will it be an epic rumble between mobile smartphone giants? Or will Google's brainchild be another victim in the iPhone's wake?
  • As Android approaches, carriers embrace change

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 2:10 pm

    Mobile operators, long the arbiters of content and services on cell phones in the U.S., are now giving up some ground to other players as the industry is rocked by the success of the iPhone and the emergence of new players on the tiny screen. On Tuesday, the next big disruption will hit: A phone for T-Mobile USA's network based on Google's Android operating system.
  • Mac BlackBerry users rejoice: RIM promises new Mac tools

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 10:24 am

    Macintosh users and BlackBerry users have much in common; they can be fanatical about their favored hardware (and we do mean that in a good way). But it has been difficult to be a devotee of both, because the Mac support from Research in Motion (RIM) has been lackluster. For years, RIM BlackBerry users with Macintosh computers have complained about the lack of Mac-compatible BlackBerry tools. But that's all going to change within the coming year.
  • Review

    BlackBerry Desktop Manager v. Missing Sync

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 10:00 am

    Last week, we compared the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software with PocketMac, a free desktop management solution for BlackBerry users with Apple computers. Today, we're lining up BlackBerry Desktop Manager and Missing Sync, a $39.99 piece of Mac software from Mark/Space ($49.99 for CD ROM version), to see how the two measure up.
  • Android launch: don't expect iPhone-like lines

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 4:08 pm

    Tuesday marks the long-awaited introduction of the first phone running Google's Android software, but some experts warn phone users not to get their hopes up too high.
  • Pros and cons: Before you buy a BlackBerry Bold

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    With interest in Apple’s iPhone 3G continuing to rise among enterprise users, RIM has tried to answer the call with its newly released BlackBerry Bold 9000 smartphone. And while the Bold may not be a game changer for RIM, analysts agree the BlackBerry maker has released another solid entry to its enterprise-focused 8800 series.
  • Tata launches BlackBerry service in India

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 11:38 am

    Tata Teleservices, a mobile services company in India, launched BlackBerry mobile services in the country Thursday, after a long controversy over whether the service poses a security threat to the nation.
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