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  • The GM Android Car: Coming Soon?

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 11:21 am

    Holy Android, Batman: Your Google-powered smartphone may soon be able to control your car.
  • Android 2.2: What We Know So Far

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Details of the next version of the Android mobile operating system (2.2) are surfacing in advance of the official launch later this month, despite Google's efforts to keep things under wraps.
  • What the mobile patent fight is all about

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Apple, others are at war over who owns the key technologies such as multitouch in the burgeoning mobile market.
  • What WiMAX 2 promises

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:37 am

    WiMAX isn't taking the challenge from LTE lying down.
  • Major Wi-Fi changes ahead

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:36 am

    Almost any mobile device you buy today either has a Wi-Fi radio chip in it, or can be fitted with one. But the still annoying and baffling part of Wi-Fi is that while it lets you move around, you still have to move around from one place to another, each having a Wi-Fi hotspot or network.
  • Mobile operators' plans a mixed blessing for users

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 9:40 am

    Mobile operators face a number of game-changing challenges, including an explosion in data usage, as handset vendors corner the market for applications. Plans to deal with these issues could prove to be a boon for consumers, but also stand a chance of annoying them.
  • Changing the channel on your cable box? There's an app for that.

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 7:44 am

    Yesterday Comcast introduced the Xfinity Remote, an app (for various devices) that'll help you find something to watch on TV, change the channel to the right station, and invite a friend to watch, too.
  • Sprint to make HTC's Evo 4G phone available in June

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 12:41 am

    Wireless carrier Sprint on Wednesday said HTC's Evo 4G smartphone, which could provide unprecedented data transfer rates to smartphones, will debut in the U.S. on June 4.
  • Samsung camera to come with Boingo Wi-Fi

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    A new pocket-sized camera from Samsung will come with not just a Wi-Fi radio, but also Boingo software for getting online and three months of free access to that company's hotspots.
  • SAP to buy Sybase for $5.8 billion

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    SAP is buying mobile and database vendor Sybase for roughly US$5.8 billion, the company announced Wednesday.
  • SAP reportedly buying Sybase for $6 billion

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    SAP is nearing a deal to buy mobile and database vendor Sybase for roughly US$6 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing two individuals with knowledge of the company's plans.
  • Ubuntu Light Shuts Out Future Ubuntu Moblin/MeeGo Remixes

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Turns out Canonical is dropping future versions with MeeGo (né Moblin). So where does that leave MeeGo in an increasingly crowded embedded platform market and even less MeeGo/Moblin devices for sale?
  • Review

    Buyer's (and non-buyer's) guide to secure remote access

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    From free tools for individual users to scalable services and network solutions, businesses large and small have innumerable options for keeping mobile and remote workers connected
  • AT&T Maintains Its Grip on the iPhone Until 2012

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Looks like you can toss your Verizon iPhone dreams in the garbage for now, as AT&T -- the network with the lowest customer satisfaction rate and most dropped calls -- holds an exclusive on the iPhone until 2012. Apparently everything we thought about the contract's expiration was wrong.
  • Ally, first LG Android smartphone, hits Verizon online sales Thursday

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    The new LG Ally, the first Android smartphone from LG Electronics, will go on pre-order online Thursday from Verizon Wireless for $100 after rebate and a two-year contract.
  • Microsoft, Verizon defend Kin's monthly pricing, noting cloud backup

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Microsofts new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee -- $30 alone for data -- anyway, over a two-year contract.
  • Verizon offers hosted mobility service for enterprise PCs, notebooks

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Verizon Business has launched an updated enterprise mobility service, with a revamped mobile client and new security and management features for IT administrators. Essentially, a company can off-load mobile and remote client security and management to a hosted, subscriber service.
  • Six Tips on Wireless Mobility

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 7:12 am

    Placing the right amount of information on mobile devices in environments like hospitals means better patient care and therefore higher worker satisfaction, says Neil Reid, author of Wireless Mobility: The Why of Wireless. You should look at mobility not as a set of standards and technology but as a way to help mobile workers do their jobs better.
  • Apple promises fix for iPad Wi-Fi problems

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    Apple will issue a fix to answer complaints from iPad owners of weak wireless signals, dropped connections and slow surfing speeds, the company said in a recently-published support document.
  • iPhone Wins Over the Tech Crowd

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    Special Devices' great iPhone adventure began at the most unlikely place: inside the IT department. Techies in the Windows and BlackBerry shop warmed to the game-changing Apple phone with its big touchscreen, single button and ever-growing number of smart apps.
  • Verizon shows LTE running at 8.5M bps

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Verizon Wireless said in March that its 4G LTE network was showing higher speeds than expected in real-world tests near Boston. On Tuesday, it did what a lot of people do these days to prove it: posted a YouTube video.
  • Why Sprint And Verizon Nixed the Nexus One

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Sprint is following in the footsteps of Verizon, by backing out on its promise to carry the Google Nexus One on its network, and replacing the smartphone with a newer, flashier sibling. Still, it's not all bad news for Google or Android.
  • FCC looks to prevent mobile service 'bill shock'

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is looking for ways to help mobile phone customers avoid "bill shock" -- large, unexpected monthly charges.
  • Nokia reorganizes, again, to quicken phone development

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 10:10 am

    Nokia has decided to streamline its structure in a bid to accelerate the development of new phones and services, the phone maker said on Tuesday.
  • NY Times' Android app makes a mockery of iPad version

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:21 am

    Yesterday the NY Times released version 1.0 of its Android application. We take it for a spin. Steve Jobs isn't going to like this.
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