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  • Ericsson equips Toshiba laptops with mobile broadband

    Posted July 1, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Ericsson will equip Toshiba's business laptops with integrated support for mobile broadband access using HSPA.
  • Breeze makes mobile apps easy

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 5:54 pm

    Anyone who can build a web page can build a mobile application using a J2ME development tool called Breeze, according to the tool's maker, Cascada Mobile. Breeze lets users create applications and published them for free using online tools. The resulting applications include advertising, which developers can pay to remove. The model is similar to some website building applications, but produces real mobile applications that run on the phone.
  • Wi-Fi Alliance takes on wireless IP telephony

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 10:49 am

    Wi-Fi Alliance wants to make voice a part of Wi-Fi networks and introduced a new program to certify products, it announced Monday.
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    Hands on with Motorola's MotoZine ZN5

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Just after the Motorola MotoZine ZN5's global launch in China last week, I got my hands on the handset and took it for a spin around Beijing over the weekend. It's great as a camera, maybe not so much as a mobile communicator. The sun didn't shine for a moment during the two days, which made it less than optimum to test the phone's photographic capabilities, which were developed in cooperation with Kodak. Making images was a key part of Motorola's push for the phone, which is designed to facilitate social media.
  • Unwrapping HTC's Touch Diamond

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 9:08 am

    Apple to announcing a 3G (third-generation telephony) handset. I received an HTC Touch Diamond on loan from the company for a trial. The company, the world's largest maker of Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones, put a lot of effort into the sleek design of the handset, which sports a 2.8-inch touchscreen on one side and has a back contoured like the shape of its namesake, a diamond.

  • Apple ships iPhone SDK beta 8

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:55 pm

    Apple has introduced iPhone SDK Beta 8, revealing the software to be compatible with the final iPhone OS 2.0 release.

  • Virgin Mobile to acquire Helio for $39 million

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:44 pm

    Virgin Mobile USA will acquire Helio for about $39 million in a complex deal designed to improve its prospects in the tough mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business.

  • Laptop use helps spur adoption of 802.11n

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:14 pm

    Products that support the 802.11n wireless networking standard are starting to take off, with vendors reporting acceleration in shipments, according to Infonetics.
  • Microsoft to buy mobile software maker MobiComp

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft on Thursday announced plans to buy MobiComp, a Portuguese company that makes software for the mobile world, including mobile posting to Web sites such as Facebook.

  • The real problem with cell phones

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 9:19 pm

    As I was considering what to write about today, I started looking around my office. Over in the corner, I noticed a cell phone that dates back at least five years. It features a backlit keyboard, address book, memory dialing, and a few other extras we thought were great back then. After that, I found the cell phone that replace it and realized that it was pretty much the same – it had a backlit keyboard, address book, and memory dialing – and even looked quite similar to the device I purchased a few years prior.
  • NFL, ESPN request test of white-space devices at games

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    The National Football League and the ESPN sports television network have offered to allow the Federal Communications Commission to test so-called white-space devices during football games later this year.
  • Mobile Linux groups join forces

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    After steadily losing membership this year, one of the earliest mobile Linux groups will close and join another faster growing initiative.
  • Panasonic launches Atom-based Toughbook mini laptop

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 10:04 am

    The latest addition to Panasonic's Toughbook line of rugged computers is designed not only to weather dust, water and accidental drops. It is made to keep up with the increasingly mobile demands of corporate users thanks to its mini-PC form factor.

  • New 3G iPhone costs $173 to make: iSuppli

    Posted June 25, 2008 - 9:19 am

    The mystery behind why the new iPhone is so cheap may be solved, with market researcher iSuppli saying it costs just $173 to make.
  • Intel's Centrino 2 chips mushrooming on retail sites

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    Preempting Intel's official launch of its latest Centrino 2 mobile processors, PC makers and chip resellers are leaking processor details by letting customers preorder the chip through channels and in laptops.
  • Nokia buys rest of Symbian, will make code open source

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Nokia on Tuesday announced it plans to acquire all of Symbian, which develops an operating system for mobile phones. The Finnish phone giant currently owns about 48 percent and will pay €264 million ($410 million) for the rest.

  • Motorola, Kodak launch 5-megapixel ZN5 handset

    Posted June 23, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Kodak on Monday launched the ZN5, a new candy bar-style mobile phone with a 5.0-megapixel camera, the first device from its new Zine line. Developed in cooperation with Kodak, the ZN5 is aimed at users who don't want to carry a separate camera for photos.
  • Panasonic to launch Toughbook mini tablet this week

    Posted June 23, 2008 - 9:52 am

    Later this week, Panasonic will be adding a rugged mini tablet PC to its Toughbook line of products. The machine is based on Intel's Centrino Atom platform and prototype versions have a touch-sensitive 5.6-inch screen under which is a compact QWERTY keyboard that's been split in half with a number pad filling up the center.
  • Report: Google faces Android handset delays

    Posted June 23, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Mobile phones designed around Google's Android software may not be available until the fourth quarter of this year, and some companies are struggling to even meet that deadline, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing unidentified sources.

  • NYPD to FCC: Don't re-auction safety spectrum

    Posted June 21, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission should not attempt to re-auction a piece of wireless spectrum that failed to sell earlier in the year, but instead should give that spectrum to emergency-response agencies, the New York City Police Department said Friday.
  • Microsoft's critical Bluetooth patch didn't work on XP

    Posted June 20, 2008 - 9:29 am

    Microsoft has reissued a critical Windows security patch, saying that the fix didn't initially work on the most recent versions of Windows XP.
  • Sprint Nextel to launch WiMax in September

    Posted June 18, 2008 - 3:14 pm

    The WiMax service spearheaded by Sprint Nextel will launch commercially in Baltimore in September, Sprint President and CEO Dan Hesse said Wednesday.
  • Unified communications with ROI in mind

    Posted June 18, 2008 - 12:09 pm

    Internet Protocol-based (IP-based) solutions operating over a converged voice-and-data network are heralding a new world of communications. Indeed, successful organizations recognize that improved collaboration translates into "faster answers and better teaming" -- connecting teams in a way that they can communicate and work together, whether in the office, telecommuting or on the road.

  • Cisco unveils services approach to enterprise mobility

    Posted June 18, 2008 - 11:48 am

    Cisco has unveiled a network appliance that is intended to reshape enterprise wireless LANs by collecting device data and making it available for use by higher level applications. The Mobility Services Engine (MSE) runs software programs that collect, store and manage data from wireless clients and Cisco access points and controllers.
  • Toshiba lays claim to 'world's lightest' laptop

    Posted June 17, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    Toshiba on Tuesday launched a new ultraportable laptop that it claims is the world's lightest, putting it in contention with vendors including Apple and Lenovo.
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