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  • Mobile buying booms in US, banking in India

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Many U.S. consumers whipped out their smartphones in brick-and-mortar stores to find better deals online last year, tripling mobile shopping revenue in just one year, an ABI Research analyst said Wednesday.
  • Look who's a nerd: Barbie becomes computer engineer

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Toy maker Mattel has given Barbie, an iconic fashion doll since 1959, a new career -- as a computer engineer.
  • MS Anoints AT&T as Preferred Windows Phone 7 Carrier

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    One of the most interesting things about the unveiling of the new Windows Phone 7 platform by Microsoft at the World Mobile Conference was the announcement that AT&T will be Microsoft's "premier partner" in the United States. As much flack as AT&T takes from customers and media, it is still the "chosen one" for premier smartphone platforms.
  • Windows Phone 7 a good start, but questions persist

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Microsoft's brought out a new mobile operating system like it had to, but analysts wonder whether users will notice in a crowded market of already strong products.
  • Windows Phone 7: Has Microsoft got its groove back?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    They're baaaack. Just when you thought the dragon had been mortally wounded and sloughed off to its cave to die, it comes back spitting fire and disturbing the neighbors.
  • iPad SDK's surprise: There are no surprises

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Developers report lacks of new features beyond support of UI elements for the larger screen.
  • Wired app for iPad avoids Apple's Flash blockade, ePub format

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Wired magazine is planning to offer a digital version of its publication that's targeted at tablets like Apple Inc.'s iPad and relies on software built by Adobe Systems Inc.
  • Five Reasons Wireless Providers Should Fear Google

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    The past year has seen a proliferation of Android phones and the debut of powerful mobile apps such as Google Voice and Maps Navigation. It's a good thing in that Google's driving sales, but it's also a cause for concern. Here are five reasons mobile telcos should be worried about Google.
  • Verizon Users to Get Skype App...Is There a Catch?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype yesterday announced a deal that will produce a new, exclusive mobile Skype-calling and -messaging app for Verizon customers with select 3G BlackBerry handhelds, as well as Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS users.
  • Google CEO preaches 'mobile first'

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt put mobile devices squarely at the center of the computing universe in his first keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Is Windows Phone 7 Right For Business?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Can such a dazzling user interface be effective for business users? Or will consumer features and glitz get in the way?
  • Hey! You've Got Your Moblin in My Maemo!

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo combine to form the new MeeGo platform. Each offering will bring strengths to the greater whole, and MeeGo stands a good chance to perform well in the mid-range device market. But time imay not be on MeeGo's side, as something Google this way comes.
  • HTC Smart phone with Qualcomm Brew to launch in April

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 9:10 am

    High Tech Computer unveiled its first smartphone that uses Qualcomm's Brew MP operating system on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress, marking a step in a new direction for the company, which specializes in Windows Mobile and Android-based smartphones.
  • Google CEO has no plans to compete with mobile operators

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google has made investments in wireless networks, is testing gigabit-to-the-home technology, and is selling 60,000 Android smartphones a day -- yet has no plans to compete with network operators, CEO Eric Schmidt told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday.
  • OnStar CIO's Career Success Is No Accident

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Don't dismiss Jeff Liedel as just another auto-industry guy. His interesting path to the CIO slot started on a plant floor and led him to listen to Apple about dealing with tough times. One personal rule: There's no such thing as a bad career assignment.
  • RIM Touts 'Free' BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    It's a big day for BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM); The Canadian-handset-maker today made a couple of significant announcements in Barcelona, Spain, at this year's Mobile World Congress, including the introduction of a new version of its industry-lauded BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software, BES Express.
  • Next Wave of iPhone Apps Emerges

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Super-smart iPhone apps will replace silly iFart-like apps in the second wave of iPhone app development, said iPhone app developers at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco last week.
  • Haiti Wi-Fi network links relief centers

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The exploratory trip last month by San Francisco-based nonprofit Inveneo might have been fairly routine -- or at least as routine as things can be for a group that brings information technology to poor countries all over the world. Members of its team would go to yet another country and meet with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) there to talk about their connectivity needs and discuss ways they could work together to aid the local population. Inveneo, founded about five years ago, had done similar work with partners in 23 countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan and Nepal.
  • Security experts wrestle with cyberattack scenario

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Imagine a scenario in which a downloadable application turns smartphones into network-clogging bots, causing U.S. mobile-phone networks to fail, and eventually spreads to the wired Internet.
  • Verizon Permits Skype: A Revolution Starts

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    In late March, you'll be able to download a Skype app for your Verizon phone. This is telco carrier heresy. I like it.
  • A Successful Windows Phone 7 Would Help Bing

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Windows Phone 7, a dramatic upgrade of Microsoft's mobile operating system, looks fairly impressive out of the gate. In addition to a stylish user interface that's strongly influenced by the underappreciated Zune HD media player, Windows Phone 7 is tightly integrated with Redmond's Bing search engine.
  • Windows Phone 7: Microsoft gets serious about mobile

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    Microsoft Monday announced the new version of its phone operating system, Windows Phone 7. It's a sweeping redesign, coupled with an aggressive new partnership with handset makers and mobile carriers.
  • BlackBerry maker frets about bandwidth crunch

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:47 pm

    The high bandwidth usage of smartphones could bring about a "capacity crunch" on worldwide networks that can only be solved by a more conscientious approach to device and application development. Or so says Mike Lazardis, the CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.
  • Microsoft Gets Its Groove Back

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Microsoft, the butt of Windows Vista jokes for years, now appears on the road to a tech comeback. On Monday it debuted its Windows Phone 7 operating system in Barcelona, Spain pleasing critics.
  • Buffering: Google readies Flash for Android devices

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone OS, Google product manager Eric Tseng announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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