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  • Nintendo's DSi XL gets price, ship date

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 9:02 am

    Nintendo super-sizes their popular DSi handheld in terms of both physical dimensions and price.
  • Top-rated cell phones also rank high in radiation emissions

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    An environmental activist group has issued its latest list of popular cell phones that emit comparatively high levels of RF radiation, though all are within federal limits.
  • Mobile carriers defend early termination fees

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Early termination fees for mobile phone contracts are necessary to subsidize the cost of smartphones and customers know what they're getting into, mobile carriers told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in comments filed this week.
  • Students launch protest of AT&T coverage

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    College students have long been known to protest against war, racism and other social maladies. But now students at Santa Clara University are taking aim at a new form of injustice: Poor cell phone reception.
  • Q&A: Taking the early dive into 4G

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Kayentis executive Guy Maestre discusses why his company decided to invest in Sprint's WiMAX technology.
  • Apple targets 'objectionable' apps, leaves Playboy, S.I. in App Store

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:18 pm

    Apple Inc. recently pulled thousands of sex-tinged applications from its App Store for containing "objectionable content" but has quickly come under fire for being hypocritical by retaining some other apps from well-known publishers, including Playboy and Sports Illustrated.
  • FCC aims to free up 500MHz of spectrum for broadband

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's upcoming national broadband plan will ask the nation's television broadcasters to voluntarily give up unused wireless spectrum, in exchange for a share of the profits when that spectrum is sold, the agency's chairman said Wednesday.
  • DOT defends lithium-ion battery air shipping restrictions

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:46 pm

    The U.S. Department of Transportation maintains that stricter rules for carrying small lithium-ion batteries on passenger jets and air freighters are needed to improve air safety, despite opposition by an industry group as well as federal government data that appears to show the opposite.
  • Why You Need a Smartphone Application Strategy

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:39 pm

    What's Happening: In the next five years, smartphone use is expected to double. An estimated two-thirds of U.S. residents will carry one, says Michael Grossi, a director at consultancy Altman Vilandrie and Company. That's more than market penetration—it's domination. For CIOs such as Lev Gonick at Case Western Reserve University, the writing is on the wall: laptops are becoming second fiddle. That means CIOs must have an enterprise application strategy for these small, powerful devices.
  • The end appears near for minute-based voice plans

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Cell phone users plagued by hefty overage charges can rest easy -- help is on the way, at least in a few years.
  • Does Sprint's Phone Buyback Program Satisfy Need for Greed?

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Sprint Nextel today announced plans to expand its "Buyback" program for wireless devices. Company CEO Dan Hesse, testifying at a green telecom hearing on Capitol Hill, announced the revised plan, which now offers account credit to Sprint customers who turn in up to three "eligible" wireless handsets, regardless of manufacturer or carrier.
  • Bluetooth spurs short-range wireless

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    Global shipments of short-range wireless ICs (Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4, Wi-Fi) are expected to surpass two billion units this year, increasing approximately 20 percent compared to 2009.
  • RFID to track Queensland kangaroo meat

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    The Queensland government will roll out radio frequency identification devices (RFID) in a $61,000 trial to track the supply chain of kangaroo meat.
  • Review

    Nexus One's Screen is Gorgeous, But With Issues

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    While Google's Nexus One may have its issues (its many, many issues), one thing that nobody is complaining about is its gorgeous, 800-by-480 pixel AMOLED screen. When compared to the iPhone 3GS's paltry 480-by-320 pixel LCD screen, well, it hardly seems a contest.
  • Source: Google cancels Android developer event in China

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 10:40 am

    Google's row with the Chinese government has led it to cancel an event for Android developers in China next week, according to a person familiar with the situation, in the latest show of the dustup's effect on Google operations in China.
  • India’s 3G auction rescheduled to April

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 6:40 am

    India's auction of 3G licenses has been fixed for April 9, after three postponements, the government said on Wednesday.
  • Flops and vapor: 10 ways Microsoft tried and failed to rule mobile

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:08 am

    Microsoft is so dominant on the desktop. Yet virtually all of its plans to replicate that power on mobile devices have flopped or died in the cradle. Will Windows 7 be the exception?
  • Verizon plan requirements won't change with Skype

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Once the shock of seeing Skype on Verizon Wireless phones wears off, it may look like not much has changed: Subscribers who want to use the application will face the same required service plans.
  • PocketGear buys Handango

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    PocketGear on Tuesday said it acquired Handango, creating the biggest cross-platform mobile application store.
  • Text donations for Haiti relief spur nonprofits to follow suit

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 10:23 am

    Nonprofit groups that are desperate to raise donations during the enduring economic downturn are considering text-to-donate campaigns similar to the wildly successful American Red Cross texting effort for Haiti earthquake relief.
  • Why no Flash on the iPad? Theories abound!

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Steve Jobs told the Wall Street Journal why the iPad won't support Flash but his reasons seemed rather vague and dismissive. In the absence of a more concrete reply, tech bloggers are coming up with their own theories of why Apple is barring the door against Adobe.
  • Google Earth For Android: First Look

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 9:08 pm

    Google's just rolling out the Android apps left and right lately. Today, the G-gang announced the arrival of Google Earth for Android, a program revealed during the Nexus One's launch but not seen until now.
  • Enterasys enhances Wi-Fi management, 802.11n performance

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 5:50 pm

    A new version of Enterasys' Wi-Fi software simplifies network management and operations, and improves client performance in 802.11n enterprise wireless LANs.
  • Microsoft Threw Out the Playbook for Windows Phone 7

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    One of the biggest stories of the Mobile World Conference was the unveiling--finally--of Windows Mobile 7, rebranded as Windows Phone 7. The story within the story is how Microsoft abandoned the foundation established with the waning Windows Mobile platform, went back to the drawing board, and started from scratch for the latest incarnation of its mobile operating system.
  • Rivals Aim to Slow Mobile Gains by Apple, Google

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    Of the three IT powerhouses that last week unveiled new mobile operating systems, Microsoft faces the most difficult task: restoring its credibility as a viable player in the mobile market.
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