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  • Home wireless vendors aim to simplify routers

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:52 am

    If it's been a while since you’ve purchased or upgraded your home wireless network equipment, you’re not alone. Sales of home wireless gear have been pretty flat, leading to several theories about the reason why. Some feel that the current technology of 802.11g and/or 802.11n products is good enough for most home setups, and others suggest that the complexity of setup prevent new users from buying and installing these products.
  • Business iPhone apps finder adds iPad-specific listings

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:38 am

    'No junk' online catalog lets you sort apps by more specific categories than the Apple store provides.
  • iPad teardown reveals first-rate design, build

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:17 am

    The iPad is the best-built first-generation mobile device Apple has ever produced, the owner of an iPod and iPhone repair company said after disassembling one of the new tables.
  • iLust: 1, Willpower: 0

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 7:52 am

    Armed with all the facts, our intrepid reporter resists the iPad hype. At least for a couple of hours.
  • Twitterrific, Twittelator, TweetDeck come to the iPad

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Twitter and the iPhone have always seemed made for each other--quick messages you can tap out on your phone's keyboard while you're on the go. But will the iPad show a similar affinity for the social networking service? If the App Store is any indication, app developers think so: the store is already awash with Twitter clients for the new device. Here are three popular apps for the site that have made the jump from iPhone to iPad.
  • Top 10 Smartphone Easter Eggs

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 11:18 am

    For the un-initiated, the term Easter Egg is geek parlance for secret gags and goofs buried deep inside software. Now as cell phones have hit mass appeal, perhaps it's no surprise that Easter eggs have snuck into our handhelds.
  • iPad has a lot riding on AT&T

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 10:12 am

    If the iPad is truly going to be "magical," as Apple claims it will be, a lot rides on AT&T's networks, especially its much-derided 3G performance for the iPhone.
  • Meego Provides First Glimpse at New Mobile OS

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:47 am

    Meego--the mobile operating system merger between Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin--is now available for developers anxious to peek under the hood. The official release of the Meego operating system isn't expected for at least a few months, but the release of key elements will enable developers to begin working with--and developing for--the new platform.
  • The iPad's here, now what?

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:19 am

    The iPad is nearly here. It goes on sale Saturday and arrives at the doors of the hundreds of thousands of customers who pre-ordered the tablet. Here are answers to opening day questions about Apple's new tablet.
  • Feel like you're being watched at work? You may be right

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Social network monitoring and IP cameras are two ways organizations are keeping a lid on sensitive data and property.
  • Goober promises low rates for VoIP app users

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

    The App Store is crammed with apps offering Voice over IP features. But Goober Networks hopes that its latest app can stand out from the crowd by offering competitive rates on local and international VoIP calls.
  • GPS Data Can Steer You Into a Ditch

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 9:14 am

    Two events, one at a new site, one at a site that's been around for decades. Lots of people were going to either for the first time. Many used GPS units. Few got there, as a result-- without external help! Standards are essentially non-existent and GPS makers don't force users to update the devices. GPS becomes so vastly less useful without these simple things.
  • UK comms regulator wants lower mobile termination rates

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 7:40 am

    U.K. communications regulator Ofcom has proposed to reduce mobile termination rates -- the price operators pay to connect calls to other networks. The new rates should result in cheaper phone calls from fixed-line to mobile phones, the regulator said on Thursday.
  • Edible RFID microchip monitor can tell if you take your medicine

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Researchers at the University of Florida have combined RFID, microchips and printed nano-particle antennas to make pills that communicate with cell phones or laptops to tell doctors whether patients are taking their medicine.
  • 4G satellite company takes aim at cell carriers

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Look out, U.S. cellular carriers -- there could soon be a new 4G carrier on the block.
  • US Airways joins growing list of airlines with Wi-Fi

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:45 am

    US Airways launched GoGo inflight Wi-Fi service on five aircraft, joining eight other airlines working with wireless service provider Aircell.
  • Developer enthusiasm for iPad slackens as Android surges

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Developer enthusiasm for Apple's iPad has cooled somewhat because the tablet lacks multitasking and a camera, a company that makes cross-platform development tools said today.
  • 4G Essentials

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:22 am

    There is plenty of hype around 4G technologies but beyond the rhetoric some real implementations are happening. Here's a roundup of the latest coverage of the 4G world.
  • iPhone for Verizon report drives up Verizon stock prices

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    A report that Apple will begin production of an iPhone for Verizon and other CDMA networks pushed Verizon's stock higher today.
  • Innovative wireless products shine at CTIA 2010

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:16 am

    The CTIA Wireless conference brought in larger crowds and more vendors than last year's event, but that probably isn't saying much, considering the recession had begun to hit hard in early 2009.
  • Improve Your 3G Connection with an AT&T MicroCell

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:07 am

    AT&T announced this week at the CTIA show in Las Vegas that it will soon make its femtocell device available to subscribers nationwide. The femtocell--which AT&T has dubbed the MicroCell--creates a mini 3G cell tower in your home or office, and leverages your existing broadband network to resolve slow or spotty 3G coverage.
  • Benefits of Skype Mobile on Verizon

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:56 am

    As of Thursday, Verizon and Skype will make good on the promised partnership announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Using another industry conference, the CTIA show in Las Vegas this week, Verizon announced that Skype will be available for nine different smartphones this week, with more to come.
  • Femtocell prices have dropped below $100, says vendor

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:40 am

    The wholesale cost of a femtocell has dropped below US$100 and that will help give the sector a boost, femtocell vendor Ubiquisys said on Tuesday.
  • What can WiMAX bring to smart grid program?

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:03 am

    GE takes a look at what WiMAX can bring to smart grid technology.
  • Google says mobile services in China partly blocked

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Google mobile services have been partly blocked in China, according to the company, after it snubbed the Chinese government over censorship last week.
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