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  • Networks supersized for Democratic National Convention

    Posted August 22, 2008 - 4:18 pm

    With more than 50,000 tech-savvy politicians, aides, wonks, delegates and journalists descending on Denver next week for the Democratic National Convention, you can imagine that any network deployed at the convention site will have to be huge.
  • Political conventions will be abuzz with wireless data

    Posted August 22, 2008 - 4:15 pm

    Event managers are preparing for a record number of wireless devices at this year's U.S. political party conventions.
  • In India, the iPhone 3G, which launches at midnight Thursday, will be more of a consumer phone.

    Posted August 21, 2008 - 10:09 am

    As India prepares for the launch of Apple's iPhone 3G on Thursday night, analysts and potential users here said the product will more likely be a device for consumers rather than a business phone. The iPhone 3G will find more favor among consumers, at least initially, because the business segment already has established products like Research in Motion's Blackberry, said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. The device is perceived more as a lifestyle product right now, he added.
  • Apple's MobileMe lacks key security feature

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 10:58 pm

    Users of Apple's MobileMe have already discovered that the US$99-per-year service is sometimes slow and unreliable, and they're now talking about another shortcoming that was intentional.
  • Huge in Japan

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 8:18 pm

    Will the iPhone be the first Western gadget in a long time to win the hearts of the Japanese? Many (but not all) signs point to yes!
  • 20 crazy things people do to get Wi-Fi connections

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 5:48 pm

    In their quest to get Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, people have done some pretty desperate things over the years.
  • How to remotely troubleshoot someone else's PC

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    Both Windows XP and Vista come with remote control programs called Remote Assistance, but they're too difficult for a novice to set up. As forum member smax013 explained on this question's original forum post, "you will need to know [the novice's] IP address...AND you will have to have Remote Desktop server function setup to run on her computer...AND you will need to configure any broadband router and/or software firewall on her end to allow the connection through to THAT specific computer."

  • Intel's next mobile chip prepped for sampling

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 5:14 pm

    Intel on Wednesday said its next low-power chip for mobile phones is being readied for sampling -- progress for the chip maker that has big plans in the mobile space. Intel showed off a wafer with chips based on the Moorestown platform and is working quickly to get the chips to manufacturing so they can be tested more widely, said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of the ultra-mobility group at Intel, during a keynote speech on Wednesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
  • Palm plans to sell unlocked Treo

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 4:55 pm

    Palm's decision to sell an unlocked Treo Pro, its newest smartphone aimed squarely at enterprise customers, could either be the start of a new trend or a sign that the struggling company may face even harder times to come, one analyst said. In a break from tradition in the U.S. mobile phone market, Palm on Wednesday introduced the Treo Pro and said it will sell the smartphone unlocked. That means it won't be marketed, sold and subsidized by an operator.
  • OQO shows off handheld computer based on Atom

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 8:23 am

    Handheld computer maker OQO showed off an Atom-based device at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, hinting at a potential design win for the chip maker.
  • US mobile phone sales down

    Posted August 19, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    U.S. mobile users bought fewer phones in the second quarter compared to last year, according to NPD Group, indicating the economic slowdown is affecting decisions to buy phones.
  • Google reveals new apps and timeline for Android

    Posted August 19, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    Google has finally released an updated version of the Android software development kit, and revealed a timeline for future releases - moves which could go some way to placate developers who were concerned about the slow progress of the company's highly anticipated smartphone OS.
  • Apple posts iPhone 2.0.2 update; users say problems remain

    Posted August 19, 2008 - 9:50 am

    Apple updated the iPhone's software Monday afternoon, but according to first reports posted to the company's support forum, the new 2.0.2 firmware has not fixed users' 3G reception problems.
  • Terrible vengeance to be served on the iTunes store?

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    Could a mercurial firing bite Steve Jobs on his blue-jeaned behind? And will breathless tech pundits ever remember to figure DRM into their equations?
  • Google solves long Gmail outage, but questions remain

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 4:53 pm

    Late Friday night Google solved the third Gmail outage of the past two weeks, but questions remain about the stability of the Webmail service, which is affecting the Google Apps hosted software suite.
  • Google launches white spaces campaign

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 4:47 pm

    Google hopes a new Web site will help convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to allow a new generation of wireless broadband devices to connect via unused television spectrum.
  • Android phone could come in November

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission released documents on Monday that may indicate that the first Android phone will hit the U.S. market in November.
  • BlackBerry signals interest in Kenya

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 11:01 am

    BlackBerry Partners Fund has invited Kenyan techies to take part in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge beginning Aug. 19.
  • Far EasTone offers US$29 Eee PCs with 3G contracts

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 10:24 am

    Far EasTone Telecommunications, one of the biggest mobile phone service providers in Taiwan, on Monday started offering a deal for an Eee PC usable on its 3G (third generation mobile telecommunications) network for just NT$900 (US$28.70) with a signed contract.
  • FAQ: iPhone 3G reception -- What's the problem?

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 10:14 am

    Apple's iPhone 3G was just a couple of days old when reports began trickling onto the company's support forum from dissatisfied customers.
  • Intel plans to support 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz WiMax next year

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 9:50 am

    Intel plans to extend the frequency ranges supported by its WiMax chipset next year beyond the 2.5GHz profile, according to a company executive. WiMax support currently is an option with Intel's Centrino 2 chip package for laptops, but Intel's WiMax chipset only supports the version of the technology that uses 2.5GHz spectrum. This version of WiMax is being rolled out in the U.S., where operator Clearwire plans to launch services in three cities before the end of this year.
  • Safaricom uses solar, wind energy to reach remote locations

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    As power costs rise and the progress of connecting rural areas to mobile services remains slow, Kenyan mobile telecom provider Safaricom has set up 100 base stations powered by solar and wind energy at a cost of 250 million Kenya shillings (US$3.8 million). The base stations are in remote locations such as Lokichoggio, Kapenguria, Kakuma and Lodwar in Northern Kenya, and are meant to increase network coverage and capacity countrywide, said Michael Joseph, Safaricom CEO.
  • iPhone 3G reception kerfuffle: Carriers rage, Apple silently bides its time

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    Is your iPhone a lemon? Who's pointing fingers at whom? And will it be silently, magically fixed over the airwaves?
  • Second thoughts about iPhone 2.0?

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 11:16 am

    I've had a colorful history with Apple's iPhone software updates. Back in the 1.x days, I was convinced that I would never upgrade my iPhone software--not while I could enjoy the best applications that my jailbroken phone could support. I softened my stance with the arrival of the iPhone 2.0 update and its introduction of the App Store and I've been generally thrilled with the third-party programs that I've installed, tested, and reviewed. But the bugs in iPhone software 2.0.x have soured me on the entire iPhone 2.0 experience.
  • Samsung releases 'green' handsets

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:49 am

    Samsung Electronics Thursday released three environmentally friendly handsets, using "green" materials for their exteriors and recycled ones inside.

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