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  • What you should know about Apple's tablet

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Today, we'll all find out what Apple's secretive announcement is about: Will it be the long-rumored iPhone-based tablet?
  • Review

    Android apps for developers and IT pros

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:10 am

    These handy tools help you make the most of the Linux at the root of your Google Android phone
  • China says no limits on Google's Android if it follows laws

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 2:10 am

    China on Wednesday said Google's Android operating system will not be blocked if it follows local regulations, after speculation that Google's threat to leave China could hurt the adoption of Android there.
  • AT&T proposes $18M settlement for New Jersey ETF lawsuit

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    In a sweet victory for cell phone users fed up with exorbitant early termination fees (ETFs), AT&T has proposed a settlement in a New Jersey class action lawsuit that contends the company's flat-rate ETF is unlawful. The wireless carrier has offered hefty $16 million in cash and $2 million in non-cash benefits as a settlement for class members who file claim forms by June 14, 2010.
  • Apple Blows Chance to Push AT&T on 3G Failings

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Was he just being polite, or does Apple's COO need an attitude adjustment? After Apple announced its bravura first-quarter earnings results Monday, a Wall Street analyst asked about the company's exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T. As you've no doubt heard, there is fairly well founded speculation that by the end of the year Apple will end that arrangement and sell the iPhone via additional carriers. Whether the rumor is true or not, the earnings call would have been a good forum to prod AT&T to improve its annoyingly anemic 3G network, but instead, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook punted, saying:
  • As wired business shrinks, Verizon expects 13,000 job cuts

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Verizon Communications Inc. expects to reduce its workforce by another 13,000 in 2010, following the same trend it has carried out in each of the past two years.
  • DOT bans truck drivers from texting

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Federal officials banned texting by commercial drivers of large trucks and buses.
  • Augmented reality: Pure hype or Next Big Thing in mobile?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Augmented reality technology is getting a lot of attention these days -- particularly the use of AR with smartphones. The idea is that by using certain software, you can turn your iPhone, Droid or other smartphone into a virtual heads-up display. Aim your phone's camera at a shop, restaurant or landmark, and information about the place, such as hours of operation, reviews or directions, appears on the device's screen as graphics floating over the image of the place.
  • Apple defends AT&T, says partner will fix iPhone problems

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Apple executives yesterday again stuck up for their exclusive U.S. partner, AT&T, and said that they approved the carrier's solutions to long-running problems handing iPhone traffic.
  • Apple Speculation Spectacular

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    Tomorrow morning, life as we know it will change. Or not. It depends on who you ask, really, and everyone seems to have an opinion. The source of the cyber-singularity is, of course, Apple's announcement of -- something.
  • LTE delivers faster speeds after new tests, says analyst

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    More extensive tests show that TeliaSonera's LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network can deliver faster speeds, up to 45M bps (bits per second), than previous tests indicated, according to market research company Northstream.
  • AT&T sees soaring use of Wi-Fi -- just in time for an Apple tablet

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Wi-Fi connections via AT&T Inc. more than quadrupled last year, hitting 85.5 million connections mostly made via smartphones from 20,000 hot spots, the carrier said
  • Google Voice finally gets to the iPhone with browser app

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Google has found a way to let iPhone owners use Google Voice, the telephony management service whose iPhone-specific application Apple rejected last year.
  • U.S. bans texting while driving trucks and buses

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 11:10 am

    What took so long? Honestly, what on earth took so long?
  • Nexus One maker sees potential in Windows Mobile 7

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 9:10 am

    High Tech Computer (HTC), the world's largest maker of smartphones running Google's Android mobile OS and Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS, believes the Nexus One will raise its global profile this year while the launch of Windows Mobile 7 will lead to the development of more apps for Microsoft phones.
  • The most important sentence in Apple's earnings call

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:20 am

    And by "important," I mean "frenzy-feeding."
  • Android Poised To Take Runner-Up Phone Slot by 2013

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 10:09 pm

    In a new report from IDC, analysts predict there should be 68 million Android-based devices on the market by 2013. Huge growth, but is even this underestimating Google's mobile OS?
  • FAQ: What we don't know about the Apple tablet

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Everyone expects Apple to unveil the next great thing Wednesday. Here's what we know, or don't, about the device.
  • Apple Tablet not necessarily on Verizon Wireless, analysts say

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Apple's expected tablet will run on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless 3G networks, reports say, but two industry sources warned today to not assume Verizon is on board.
  • AT&T disputes network criticism

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    AT&T is disputing a financial analyst's criticism of its wireless capital spending, saying there is more to its mobility investments than was represented in the report.
  • Here comes the new cell phone etiquette

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Call me the Miss Manners of Mobility if you want, but I believe in cell phone etiquette. What is etiquette, anyway? It's really nothing more than a set of rules we all agree to follow in order to be considerate toward others. We follow them as our contribution to the kind of society we want to live in.
  • EU says OK to Oracle-Sun, Rambus-Samsung deal

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    The European Union gave the green light to Oracle's plan to buy Sun Microsystems. We expect one of next week's top story entries will be about Oracle's plans for Sun. Otherwise this week, Rambus and Samsung settled a legal dispute and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that her department will unveil initiatives to fight Internet censorship, which provoked ire from China. And, of course, there were more rumor rumblings and reports based on anonymous sources regarding Apple's tablet, which could well take top billing in next week's IT news.
  • Apple tablet carrier smackdown: Verizon vs. AT&T

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    A look at how the two big carriers stack up for wireless coverage.
  • Analyst: Bandwidth in Swedish LTE network disappoints

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    The download speed offered by Swedish operator TeliaSonera's LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network never exceeded 12M bps when tested by market research company Northstream, a far cry from the "up to 50Mbps" promised on the provider's Web site.
  • Hacker Enables Multitouch on Nexus One Browser

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    The Google Nexus One has drawn some criticism for its lack of multitouch support, especially as the omission seems to be arbitrary. But the allowed a hacker to enable multitouch capabilities on Google's flagship device.
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