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  • Sidekick: The Good News & the Bad News

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 11:16 am

    The good news is that Microsoft says it thinks it can get most of your data back. The bad news is how the problem happened in the first place.
  • Android Donut is Served: Tastes Pretty Good So Far

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 10:52 am

    In the past few days many of T-Mobile's myTouch 3G and G1 handset customers were sent a serving of Donut, the newest version of Google's Android operating system for mobile phones. While a glance at the home screen of Android 1.6 doesn't reflect much of a difference over version 1.5, a look under the hood reveals a wealth of sweet surprises.
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    Review: RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 (Verizon) Smartphone

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 10:50 am

    When the BlackBerry Storm debuted last fall, RIM's first touchscreen device received not-so-stellar reviews. RIM took reviewers' and customers' gripes into consideration, however, when designing the BlackBerry Storm 2. The result? This is the Storm that I wish RIM had released last year.
  • WiFi Direct Could Be the Death of Bluetooth

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 9:33 am

    The WiFi Alliance announced a new wireless networking specification which will enable devices to establish simple peer-to-peer wireless connections without the need for a wireless router or hotspot. WiFi Direct has a wide array of potential uses, many of which encroach on Bluetooth territory and threaten to make the competing wireless protocol obsolete.
  • Appswell's looking for a few good app ideas

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Appswell is an iPhone app that lets you propose ideas for mobile applications and vote on which ones should ever see the light of day.
  • WiFi Alliance Announces WiFi Direct Spec

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    The WiFi Alliance, that governing body that argues for years about, eventually ratifies, and certifies official WiFi specification, is about to make the peer-to-peer connected world a bit easier. It has just announced that is nearing completion of a new "WiFi Direct" specification for peer-to-peer communications.
  • iPhone to get Wi-Fi, FM radio goodies via software magic

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    When the secret goodness is baked in!
  • Collaboration tools worth the investment, survey says

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    A recent global survey of more than 3,600 business and IT managers found that their companies got back benefits perceived as equal to four times their investment, on average, in unified communication and collaboration technologies.
  • UNCC hopes Meru tool can help keep WiFi running

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    A North Carolina university says a new Meru Networks WiFi tool help it more quickly determine the cause of problems on its wireless network.
  • Cisco backpedals on WiMAX with Starent buy

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    This week's $2.9 billion acquisition of Starent Networks indicates that Cisco is backpedaling from its WiMAX focus and shifting it to LTE as the 4G underpinning of next generation mobile data networks.
  • New WiFi spec allows access point bypass

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    A new industry specification promises to un-network WiFi networks. Dubbed WiFi Direct, the spec will let your laptop or smartphone connect directly with other wireless devices.
  • Study backs open access to broadband networks

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    Almost all of the most successful countries in broadband deployment have opened up the networks of their main carriers to competing service providers, according to a draft report put out for comment on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Will mobile payments usher in a new era of crime?

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 1:25 pm used to only sell books, which are hard for criminals to resell. Then they added electronics, jewelry, and much more -- which made them a more attractive target for fraud. Now, with the recent news that they launched a mobile payments service, I have to wonder if fraud will go through the roof.
  • Six Super-Hot GPS Mobile Phones

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    Why buy a dedicated GPS unit when you can walk, talk and find your way on-the-go using your mobile phone?
  • Where to look for better WiFi deals

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:45 am

    There are ways to access WiFi hotspots more affordably. Bundlers and access aggregators offer a range of options.
  • Barnes & Noble color e-reader is a no-go for spring

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Plastic Logic has put to rest the unlikely rumors that a color Barnes & Noble branded e-reader will launch next spring. Also, Endless Ideas launches a new e-reader and some bad news for future Kindle International purchasers.
  • CTIA Wireless 2009: Fall's Hottest Handsets

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    While Android phones are starting to enter carriers' lineups, most of the new phones launched at the recent CTIA wireless telecommunications trade show ran Windows Mobile 6.5. A few inexpensive--but well-equipped--feature phones also debuted, further blurring the line between what is and what isn't a smartphone.
  • The Internet. Who says you can't take it with you?

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    My first reaction to the new WikiReader device, which houses the entire Wikipedia on disk and enables you to browse it, was "huh?" My second reaction was "wow." Let's face it. If you travel, you'll find yourself with long stretches of un-connected time. If you had only one Internet resource available to you, the Wikipedia would probably be it.
  • Sidekick: Microsoft's biggest failure yet?

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    When Microsoft lost T-Mobile Sidekick users' data, it also lost any credibility it might have for security. But, there's a bigger problem for everyone lying underneath this particular fiasco.
  • Sidekick users may regain lost data, Microsoft says

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Microsoft late Monday held out a glimmer of hope to Sidekick users, saying that it may be able to recover some data previously believed lost in a massive server failure.
  • Don't Blame “The Cloud” or SaaS for Microsoft and Sidekick Stupidity

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 11:53 am

    By now, you probably heard about poor Sidekick users who have lost their contacts, calendar entries, and other information due to a massive fail by T-Mobile's Sidekick division and the Microsoft subsidiary providing data services. People who hate “the cloud” or those selling local disk storage (often the same people) are cheering the loss because it seems to bolster their complaints about Software As A Service not being trustworthy. But a little digging shows the blame sits squarely on management stupidity, where you can usually find the root of all business problems.
  • Femto Forum plans interoperability testing

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Aiming to increase operator confidence in femtocells, the Femto Forum plans to do interoperability testing at the end of March 2010, it said on Monday.
  • Wireless Network Troubleshooting

    Posted October 10, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Following is a series of questions that can used as a guideline during the troubleshooting process.
  • Google patches DoS vulnerabilities in Android

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Researchers at the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team disclosed two denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Google's Android 1.5 mobile phone platform, both of which have already been patched by the vendor.
  • Mobile WAN operators raise 'openness' bar

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    It was a productive week for mobile WANs, with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint all making announcements that broke new ground for the licensed operators.
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