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  • Where to look for better WiFi deals

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:45 am

    There are ways to access WiFi hotspots more affordably. Bundlers and access aggregators offer a range of options.
  • Barnes & Noble color e-reader is a no-go for spring

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Plastic Logic has put to rest the unlikely rumors that a color Barnes & Noble branded e-reader will launch next spring. Also, Endless Ideas launches a new e-reader and some bad news for future Kindle International purchasers.
  • CTIA Wireless 2009: Fall's Hottest Handsets

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    While Android phones are starting to enter carriers' lineups, most of the new phones launched at the recent CTIA wireless telecommunications trade show ran Windows Mobile 6.5. A few inexpensive--but well-equipped--feature phones also debuted, further blurring the line between what is and what isn't a smartphone.
  • The Internet. Who says you can't take it with you?

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    My first reaction to the new WikiReader device, which houses the entire Wikipedia on disk and enables you to browse it, was "huh?" My second reaction was "wow." Let's face it. If you travel, you'll find yourself with long stretches of un-connected time. If you had only one Internet resource available to you, the Wikipedia would probably be it.
  • Sidekick: Microsoft's biggest failure yet?

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    When Microsoft lost T-Mobile Sidekick users' data, it also lost any credibility it might have for security. But, there's a bigger problem for everyone lying underneath this particular fiasco.
  • Sidekick users may regain lost data, Microsoft says

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Microsoft late Monday held out a glimmer of hope to Sidekick users, saying that it may be able to recover some data previously believed lost in a massive server failure.
  • Don't Blame “The Cloud” or SaaS for Microsoft and Sidekick Stupidity

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 11:53 am

    By now, you probably heard about poor Sidekick users who have lost their contacts, calendar entries, and other information due to a massive fail by T-Mobile's Sidekick division and the Microsoft subsidiary providing data services. People who hate “the cloud” or those selling local disk storage (often the same people) are cheering the loss because it seems to bolster their complaints about Software As A Service not being trustworthy. But a little digging shows the blame sits squarely on management stupidity, where you can usually find the root of all business problems.
  • Femto Forum plans interoperability testing

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Aiming to increase operator confidence in femtocells, the Femto Forum plans to do interoperability testing at the end of March 2010, it said on Monday.
  • Wireless Network Troubleshooting

    Posted October 10, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Following is a series of questions that can used as a guideline during the troubleshooting process.
  • Google patches DoS vulnerabilities in Android

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Researchers at the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team disclosed two denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Google's Android 1.5 mobile phone platform, both of which have already been patched by the vendor.
  • Mobile WAN operators raise 'openness' bar

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    It was a productive week for mobile WANs, with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint all making announcements that broke new ground for the licensed operators.
  • Top 10: Microsoft and EU settle, phishing scams, busts

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Capping our list of top IT news stories this week, Microsoft and the European Commission reached accord on the ongoing antitrust case against the company. While this will free up some room in future top-news lists, we expect that we'll continue to have no end of bad news related to phishing scams, of which there was plenty this week as well. Thankfully, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison added some levity to the mix, though his brand of joking undoubtedly fell flat at
  • Windows Mobile: setting the stage for the future

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:19 pm

    Microsoft plans to replicate some processes from the PC industry to try to boost its performance in the mobile market and expects to see a growing number of applications in its new Marketplace, an executive said this week.
  • French Senate moves to ban mobile phones in schools

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Pupils at French primary schools and middle schools could be banned from using mobile phones in school under draft legislation approved Thursday by the French Senate.
  • Barnes & Noble announces new e-reader...or does it?

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 8:35 am

    Lots of confusion in the tech blogs yesterday as the Wall Street Journal reports on a new B&N branded e-reader that may or may not be the Plastic Logic device we've known about since last spring. A video from CTIA adds to the confusion by suggesting a color device is in the works.
  • Android vs iPhone vs Palm's WebOS: Who is more open?

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 6:38 am

    Palm and Google are gearing up to confront Apple's iPhone and make creating new applications easier.
  • Android: The latest trendy iPhone killer

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 5:13 am

    Everyone loves a good fight, even if they have to invent it.
  • Verizon-Apple deal less likely after Google move?

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    This week's announcement by Verizon Wireless and Google that they plan to bring more Android smartphones to market means Verizon is less likely to sell the Apple iPhone any time soon, IDC analysts said today.
  • AT&T on iPhone tethering: Not yet

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    iPhone owners everywhere, rejoice! AT&T on Thursday gave an official update on just when you can expect to gain access to tethering. Oh wait, don't rejoice just yet; it seems the official word is "not yet."
  • Networks have to get more dense, Qualcomm says

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    The wireless industry has reached the limits of what it can do to use radio spectrum more efficiently and needs to move on to making networks more dense through tools such as femtocells, the cofounder and the current CEO of Qualcomm said Thursday.
  • Specialty stores are mobile app shops of the future

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Right now smartphone users can shop for apps in a confusing array of places. Their phones' hardware maker might have a store, as might the OS developer. Operators are making their own stores and third parties like Handmark and Handango have long offered application stores.
  • What kind of digital nomad are you?

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Location-independent digital nomads run the gamut from people who sneak off to Starbucks to get some focused work done to hard-core adventure travelers who sell their house, leave the country and travel the world for years. In between, there are all kinds of people and reasons to take advantage of the flexible-work opportunities that mobile devices, social networks and the Internet make possible. Here's my best attempt at the creation of a meaningful taxonomy of digital nomads.
  • AT&T defends network, lays out HSPA plans

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan defended his company's wireless coverage against attacks by industry analysts and media while laying out some details about its plans for further network upgrades.
  • Motorola no longer on LiMo Foundation board

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Motorola is so focused on Android that it has dropped its board seat on the LiMo Foundation, the mobile Linux group it helped found.
  • Samsung to offer mobile access to Oracle, other software

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Samsung has developed a mobile CRM (customer relationship management) service, based on Oracle products, that it partially hosts from a data center in New Jersey.
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