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  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO: Femtocell interest is growing rapidly

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    Interest in femtocells is growing rapidly as mobile operators looks for ways to handle increasing data traffic, according to Alcatel-Lucent's CEO Ben Verwaayen.
  • Facebook single login: great way to make sure your data gets an airing

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Facebook has expanded its Facebook Connect single sign on service to include smartphones; given the number of problems it's had with privacy, it's not the best option for security in the cloud.
  • Sheraton hotel picks Meru for Wi-Fi

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 11:34 am

    In the hotel business, Wi-Fi reliability can be the difference between getting guests or not. Sheraton Springfield upgraded to Meru Networks
  • Apple hit with iPhone 3G/iOS 4 lawsuit

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    It's no secret that Apple's iPhone 3G didn't handle the iOS 4 update very well. Now a lawsuit challenges that Apple knew that and promoted iOS 4 for the device anyway to "force" users to purchase an iPhone 4. While somewhat specious, the suit may have some merit and may force Apple to change some iOS-realted policies.
  • Google gets another wrist slap in wi-spy case, this time from U.K.

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    The U.K. joins the United States in giving search giant Google a wrist slap for collecting private data while building a database of photos for its Street View mapping service.
  • How Wi-Fi and Wireless Data-Sharing Cures Patients' Ills

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    For Chad A. Eckes, CIO of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), determining the benefit of a technology investment starts with one simple question: Would you want it for your mom?
  • The iPhone as a login device for any computer? Not really a far-fetched idea

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    Apple may be planning to replace a lot more than credit cards for mobile payment using near field communication in the next iPhone. A report claims the company is planning to use NFC as a wireless login device and home folder repository for Macs - and a lot of the work has already been done to support it in Mac OS X.
  • How to lock down your Android devices

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    Two years ago almost nobody had heard of Android. Now it's nearly ubiquitous among smartphone users, and it's on track to become the most popular mobile operating system in the United States. When it comes to business use, though, Android still has some growing to do. Here's how to keep your Android phones and tablets safe from malware and hackers.
  • Forrester: Focus mobile support on Android, BlackBerry, and iOS

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Businesses should support a range of mobile phone operating systems, but focus their efforts on the Blackberry, Android, and iPhone operating systems, according to analysts at Forrester.
  • Wi-Fi, HomePlug groups to collaborate on smart grid, home energy apps

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance plan to collaborate on applications that allow smart energy grids to interoperate with "connected" homes.
  • USITC backs Nokia in Apple patent dispute

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) says that Nokia isn't infringing any of Apple's mobile patents, but more fighting remains.
  • Galaxy Tab cheaper in the US, but data access more costly

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Consumers who buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon Wireless without a contract will pay less than European consumers for the device, but they will pay more for accessing the Internet.
  • WiGig to line up with DisplayPort standard

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 8:30 am

    With an eye to letting people link more devices and displays without using cables, the Wireless Gigabit Alliance plans to bring DisplayPort technology into its specification.
  • Are unlocked smartphones finally coming to Americans?

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    Unlocked smartphones that allow users to switch between carriers at will (temporarily or permanently) are common in Europe and Asia, but almost unheard of in America - until now. HP plans to offer the next generation of webOS phones, the Palm Pre 2, as an unlocked GSM device direct to customers. Could it be a sign of things to come?
  • Microsoft touts UI efficiency with WP7

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Microsoft claims its Windows Phone 7 smartphones allow users to do more in fewer steps than do rival phones.
  • European Commission grant offers Symbian a boost

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    The Symbian Foundation, which recently lost its respected executive director and the backing of two major phone makers, is getting a much-needed boost through a European Commission-sponsored project.
  • Apple dominating tablet market (for now)

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    No doubt, Apple owns the tablet space with its iPad. But Android is coming, its small third-quarter decline notwithstanding.
  • Android Revolution May Overwhelm BlackBerry

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    The Android army may soon claim Research In Motion's BlackBerry as its first victim in the smartphone war. Between July and September, 44 percent of new smartphone users in the United States bought a Google Android phone, according to market research firm NPD Group. During the same period, 23 percent of the users bought an iOS device and 22 percent purchased a BlackBerry. NPD's report is another sign of Android's growing market power, and RIM's dramatic decline. But the battle for smartphone supremacy is far from over, and it's unclear whether Android can continue its impressive growth.
  • Mobile Meetings on the Go With the iPad

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    Computing these days is all about mobility and the rise of the tablet as a primary mobile computing platform. Surfing the Web, and getting e-mail covers much of what mobile business users need in a computing device, but to be a true mobile business tool, the tablet has to be able to keep users connected and collaborating.
  • Apple's iOS 4.2 finalized, sent to developers

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 12:05 pm

    Apple promised to ship the next big update for its iPad tablet and iPhone OS in November and delivered the final build to developers on Monday, meaning the release is imminent. Here's the details along with a recap of the new features coming to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch in iOS 4.2.
  • Smartphone online usage climbing rapidly, with iPhone in the lead

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 11:59 am

    Average monthly online usage by smartphone users will exceed 700MB by 2015, study says
  • Google, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM CEOs face off in Barcelona

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 10:15 am

    As the CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Nokia and Research In Motion (RIM) get set to take the stage at Mobile World Congress in February, the mobile OSes war looks set to get even tougher.
  • Super Talent introduces 8GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $14

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    Memory maker Super Talent Technology introduced its lowest-priced USB 3.0 flash drive, the Express Duo, which sells for $14 for 8GB of capacity and $29 for a 16GB model.
  • Apple releases iOS 4.2 GM, solicits apps from developers

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 8:51 pm

    On Monday, Apple offered up a final release candidate of iOS 4.2 to developers and begun soliciting apps built for it, suggesting that the company is close to hitting its promised mark of releasing the update in November. Apple previewed iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPad at its September media event.
  • Android eating RIM's lunch in smartphone OS market

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 8:33 pm

    Shares of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) fell 87 cents, or 1.5 percent, to 56.05 after two studies released Monday show the company's share of the smartphone market to be in freefall.
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