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  • 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.
  • RIM BlackBerry How-To: Download & Install New Themes

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:45 am

    BlackBerry "themes" rearrange the user interface on RIM smartphones to show various icons and information on the main or "home" display; some themes provide a secondary screen that can be customized to include only the most frequently accessed applications and data. Here's a theme tutorial to take your BlackBerry to the next level of customization.
  • Troubleshooting iPhone and iPod touch issues

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    Unlike OS X, the iPhone is a very closed environment from a user's perspective. When everything works--as it did for basically everyone using the first-generation iPhone with iPhone firmware version 1.x--that's good news. As a user, you don't really need to see the details when things are working well. Just plug in the iPhone, let it sync, and you're good to go. But what about when things aren't working well? As an example, say with iPhone firmware 2.0?
  • Review

    Todo 1.1.1 for iPhone and iPod touch

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 3:34 pm

    There are plenty of simple to-do apps available for the iPhone--we reviewed a slew of them a few weeks back. But if you're looking for something with more functionality, Appigo's Todo 1.1.1 is one of the better options, and it doesn't require a Ph.D. in Getting Things Done (GTD) to figure out how to use it.
  • Mobiles, SMS play a role in Afghanistan security

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 3:23 pm

    The October 7, 2001, invasion of Afghanistan did more than mark the beginning of the "War on Terror." It also paved way for the introduction of the first mobile phone networks into the country, networks that today find themselves pawns in the fight between the Taliban, the government and security forces.
  • Google says thanks for Android petition

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    After 219 developers signed a petition asking for more information about Android's progress, Google offered a two-sentence reply saying thanks.
  • iPhone apps for travelers

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 11:31 am

    Downloadable applications from Apple's iTunes App Store can turn your iPhone into a helpful traveling companion. As of this writing (early August, 2008), the App Store's Travel category includes foreign language translators, currency and weight/measure converters, a smattering of guides to municipal transportation (such as one for London's Tube), and Frommer's city guides for New York and San Francisco.
  • Best Buy will start selling the iPhone in Sept.

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 9:47 am

    Best Buy will become the first retail chain outside of Apple and AT&T to sell the iPhone in the U.S., an Apple spokesperson confirmed for Macworld on Tuesday.
  • Vetting the App Store approval process

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 9:28 am

    The App Store has been with us for a month now, and, by many measures, it's a roaring success. Still, that's not to say there that the App Store has achieved perfection in just 33 days of operation. There are plenty of areas for improvement, with the most pressing issues centering around the process in which iPhone applications win approval from Apple and wind up for sale at the App Store.
  • Review

    Google Mobile App for iPhone

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    Searching is Google's bread-and-butter, and the Google Mobile App for the iPhone (and the iPod touch) searches the Web and your mobile device with ease. If only Google's other web applications worked as transparently, or as well.
  • Google's unhappy Android developers

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    For a long time, Google has led a largely blissful existence, fostering a widespread perception -- sometimes in direct contradiction to the facts -- that it can do no wrong. Yet the company's controversial Android mobile platform venture threatens to seriously dent this notion, at least with some of the people it needs most.
  • Lawmakers urge FCC to move forward with 'free' plan

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    The clock is ticking on the Federal Communications Commission's free wireless broadband proposal, with organizations on both sides of the debate stepping up their arguments.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Should Retailers Offer It to Customers?

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 2:50 pm

    For all those business execs who now see Wi-Fi as a critical piece of "enriching the customer experience," as is so often said, the next question becomes: Who should pay for it?
  • Jobs confirms iPhone application 'kill switch'

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 1:53 pm

    Last week's news that Apple had incorporated some form of application blacklist into the iPhone 3G certainly got people talking. While the purpose of said blacklist wasn't apparent, there was still quite a bit of argument over whether or not an application blacklist was a method that Apple should be employing.
  • HP buys wireless network infrastructure company

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 10:14 am

    Hewlett-Packard said on Monday it plans to buy Colubris Networks, furthering the consolidation of wireless networking companies.
  • Bugs & Fixes: Items that disappear from the iPhone

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 2:42 pm

    Since fixing MobileMe flaws is all the rage these days, this week's post tackles the problem of vanishing contact and calendar events synced to your mobile device via Apple's online syncing service. And I'll also turn my attention back to smart flash drives, the subject of last week's post.
  • Another iPhone application slashed from App Store

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 2:30 pm

    There's a serial killer on the loose, and he's picking off iPhone applications one by one. The Machiavellian criminal has already done away with NetShare, Box Office, and I Am Rich--now he's set his sights on an application near and dear to his own heart: Slasher. The application in question has vanished; its last known whereabouts place it squarely in the vicinity of the App Store, the same place the other three missing applications were last seen.
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