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  • 802.11n Proves Standards Aren't What They Used To Be

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 10:23 am

    802.11n is the poster child for a standards process gone wrong. Seven years after it began and at least two years after 802.11 "draft" devices arrived, the IEEE has finally adopted a final standard for faster, stronger, more secure wireless.
  • Android Browser Excels in Search Tasks

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 9:34 am

    The main page of the Android browser looks a bit more crowded than that of the iPhone or Palm Pre browser; but overall the Android browser competes very well with its peers. The Android browser is built into Google's Android mobile operating system and tightly integrated with it.
  • Need for speed: A tale of two college WiFi networks and 802.11n

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 9:01 am

    If IT managers at two U.S. universities are any measure, 802.11n WiFi networking has a bright future on college campuses.
  • SMS services to make your standard cell phone smart

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Forget expensive mobile data plans. With just a $5 monthly text message plan and some free and seriously useful SMS services in your address book, you'll have the most essential elements of the web at your fingertips.
  • The Zune HD can "play games"

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 8:02 am

    Microsoft's Zune HD ships tomorrow but there is still an odd amount of secrecy surrounding the device. Apple seems to think playing games on a portable media device is important. What does Microsoft think?
  • India schedules 3G license auction for December

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 12:01 am

    India's auction of 3G and WiMax licenses is now scheduled to be held in December, according to a notice on the Web site of the country's Department of Telecommunications.
  • Is location independence 'unrealistic'?

    Posted September 13, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    I'm at my laptop today, working in the cafe part of Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, reading an article about how doing what I'm doing might be unrealistic.
  • Retro-futuristic family fun: Eight classic games for the iPhone

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    When I was kid, playing games didn't necessarily require hair-trigger reflexes and two liters of Mountain Dew. You and your family can relive those classic gaming nights, remotely -- if you all have iPhones or iPod Touches.
  • Superfast Wi-Fi Standard 'n' Official: Consumer FAQ

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    A new standard for Wi-Fi communication, 802.11n, is now official paving the way for faster, more reliable, and more efficient wireless networks. That means improvements to streaming of HD content, better performance for applications running on a Wi-Fi network such as VoIP, and longer laptop batter life given 802.11n chips use less power.
  • Two in five mobile phone owners want apps

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    More than two in five mobile phone users will consider changing their handset so they can utilise the range of apps available, says
  • Business iPhone apps finder adds new category, products

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 8:13 am

    InfoWorld broadens its Web-based iPhone apps catalog to include communications apps
  • 11n Wi-Fi chip discovered in new iPod Touch

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 12:31 am

    The new Apple iPod Touch uses a Wi-Fi chip that can support the just-approved high-throughput 802.11n standard, though Apple apparently has not switched on the cranked-up wireless link.
  • Voice-to-text deal could spur new mobile services

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Two vendors of mobile voice technology have teamed up to power carrier services that transcribe voicemail messages and conference calls into text.
  • IEEE stamps "approved" on 802.11n Wi-Fi standard

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    The IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.
  • Researchers slam fickle iPhone anti-fraud feature

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    The iPhone's newest defense -- aimed at preventing users from reaching phishing sites -- is inconsistent at best, a security researcher said today, with some users getting warnings about dangerous links, while others are allowed to blithely surf to criminal URLs.
  • The missing camera on the iPod Touch

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    If there was one thing almost everyone was certain about in the run-up to Wednesday's music event, it was that the new iPod Touches would include a camera.
  • iPhone 3.1 Breaking Exchange E-Mail for iPhone 3G Users?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    Reports suggest that a feature within Apple's brand new iPhone 3.1 software update is disabling corporate Microsoft Exchange e-mail access for some first-gen iPhone and iPhone 3G users, though owners of Apple newest smartphone, iPhone 3GS, seem to be unaffected.
  • How emerging wireless techs are transforming healthcare

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:32 pm

    One important aspect of increased mobile data speeds will be their impact on the mobile "telehealth" devices that doctors are increasingly using to keep track of their patients' conditions.
  • AT&T Network Boosts May Satisfy Irate iPhone Users

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    AT&T is working to bolster its claim of having "America's Fastest 3G Network," by rolling out HSPA 7.2 in six cities by year-end. The speed improvements are nice, sure, but they alone won't help the legions of angry subscribers who experience dropped calls and spotty service.
  • Vacation Internet better than ever?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    A trek in the family truckster from the Boston area down to Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week not only gave me the chance for rest and relaxation (well, after the drive), but also the opportunity to test out some Internet access devices.
  • Will Motorola gain major mojo from Android Cliq?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    The proof is still a ways off, but the news of the Motorola Cliq, its first Android smartphone coming this fall from T-Mobile USA is a promising development.
  • 802.11n demands special considerations

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    The IEEE will shortly ratify 802.11n – a standard in development for six years and shipping in enterprise products for more than two. Much of the attention has been on the higher data rate, an increase from the 54 Mbps of legacy 802.11a/g to 300 Mbps, but the standard’s true implications are much broader – it signifies the advent of the all-wireless enterprise.
  • MediaFLO TV coming to cars, MP3 players

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Qualcomm's MediaFLO wireless broadcast network will soon be available on in-car and portable media players, and the company plans to bring it to other consumer electronics as well.
  • 802.11n set for final approval

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Sometime on Friday, at the sprawling Hyatt Regency hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., an IEEE group called the Standards Board is expected to approve the 802.11n wireless LAN standard.
  • Five Things You Need to Know About Smartphone Security

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Smartphones share many of the same risks of laptops and are easier to lose.
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