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  • Think tank: Gov't needs to give up some spectrum

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should look not only for television broadcasters to give up unused wireless spectrum but also government agencies, in an effort to provide more spectrum for commercial mobile broadband, a new paper says.
  • 7 Android devices that aren't phones

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Android has become a popular choice for Internet entertainment devices and more.
  • Alex and JooJoo are MIA

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 8:45 am

    Here we are at the end of February and both the Spring Design Alex and the Fusion Garage JooJoo were supposed to be in users' hands. So where are they?
  • They're here: Cheap Android smartphones

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 5:10 am

    New low-cost smartphones running Google's Android software have been launched in Taiwan recently and the good news is they should start showing up just about everywhere soon.
  • Palm WebOS Fails to Meet Expectations

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    Palm shares are in a bit of a free-fall following Palm's announcement that it expects revenue for its third fiscal quarter to be more than 25 percent below analyst expectations. The next-generation Palm devices have received critical acclaim, but have failed to drive sales against stiff smartphone competition.
  • Q&A: Verizon's LTE road map for 2010 and beyond

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:50 pm

    Tony Melone, the executive vice president and CTO of Verizon Wireless, gives us an idea of where Verizon is headed with its 4G LTE services both this year and beyond.
  • Where does Palm go from here?

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    Smartphone industry pundits wonder whether Palm Inc. can survive another year, given Palm's guidance that its smartphone sales failed to meet expectations.
  • Is Android the Boys' Club of Smartphones?

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:36 pm

    Android, it seems, may be metaphorically stuck in a treehouse with a "NO GIRLS ALLOWED" sign nailed to the door.
  • Alaska Airlines switches to Aircell for Wi-Fi

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Alaska Airlines plans to introduce the Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service from Aircell on all its aircraft, even though it has already completed testing with another provider, Row 44.
  • FCC chairman: Congress should pay for public safety network

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will ask Congress for US$16 billion to $18 billion to pay for building and maintaining a nationwide mobile broadband network for emergency response agencies, including police and fire departments.
  • Wi-Fi aid for Haiti

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    CHF International shared its satellite link with other aid organizations in Haiti via a Wi-Fi network built by Inveneo.
  • Wireless carriers need to find ways to keep customers to stay profitable

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    There are already so many wireless users in North America that carriers need to think of ways to reap additional profits from their existing customers, rather than finding new ones, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • No Explicit Category for iPhone Apps After All?

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Looks like there won't be any 'Explicit' category for apps in Apple's App Store after all, as the Cupertino company reportedly removed the option from the App Store submission software.
  • 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.

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