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  • IPhone 3G now available at all Apple stores in the US

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 4:25 pm

    Every Apple Inc. retail store Tuesday reported it has iPhone 3G smart phones to sell, but Apple's U.S. cell phone service partner, AT&T Inc., is still filling back orders placed up to two weeks ago and has no supplies in its brick-and-mortar outlets, the companies' Web sites revealed Tuesday.
  • Sony to launch Wii-style remote for mobile phone

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 11:21 am

    Sony Ericsson is bundling a Bluetooth games controller with its W760i Walkman smartphone.
  • When is a five-year deal not a five-year deal?

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 3:16 pm

    It feels like just an hour ago that I was lamenting--okay, complaining about--our lack of choice when it comes to which cell networks we can use the iPhone on in the U.S. That lack of options is one of the most frequent questions we get asked by prospective iPhone customers, and one that we've admittedly got relatively little solid information on.
  • Use BI to cut cell phone bills

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    BlackBerry, iPhone, cell phone, pager -- personal devices of every sort were rampant at Title Resource Group, a real estate closing company that's part of the US$6 billion Realogy Corp., which owns Century 21, Coldwell Banker and other franchises...
  • Why the iPhone Is Apple's Trojan Horse

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    Apple's new iPhone 3G arrived a few weeks ago. Did you miss the news? Not likely. It was everywhere. There were rave reviews about the new hardware and features, all delivered at a much lower price than the original iPhone.
  • Apple resurrects iPhone tethering app, then kills it again

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 10:15 am

    The on-again, off-again saga of NetShare, an iPhone tethering application, continued over the weekend as Apple Inc. briefly returned the program to the App Store on Friday, but then yanked it from the mart a second time.
  • Mobile Linux group gets members, phones and software

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 9:42 am

    The LiMo Foundation plans to announce new members on Monday, including one that is sharing code for developing mobile Web applications, in what the group says is an indication that its Linux mobile-phone platform is maturing.
  • In-flight cell call ban advances in Congress

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    A bill that would stifle in-flight cellular calls despite emerging technologies that finally make them feasible is headed for the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Crafting a WAN? Consider the edges

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 5:18 pm

    The real challenge that trips up IT execs, more often than not, is the "everything else" category: full- or part-time telecommuters, branch offices in remote locations that can't connect to the main WAN, and mobile services. Not only are these edge sites the trickiest to manage, they can also generate as much as 40% of the overall WAN cost. Worse, branch-office support can consume as much as 35% of all IT support costs.
  • Motorola clings to third place in mobile market

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 10:36 am

    Motorola clung to third place in the mobile phone market in the second quarter, shipping 28.1 million handsets and maintaining its market share, the company said Thursday as it announced its financial results for the second quarter.
  • HTC's 3G iPhone rival out in 30 countries already

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 10:28 am

    High Tech Computer (HTC), the world's largest maker of smartphones that use Microsoft Windows Mobile, said Thursday its Touch Diamond handset has already been launched by 50 operators in 30 countries around the world.
  • Deploying the iPhone 3G for business, part 1

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    One of biggest stories behind the release of the iPhone 3G -- and the iPhone 2.0 firmware update for first-generation iPhones -- was the inclusion of features designed for use in business environments. In this three-part series, I'll look at three areas that make up the IT side of enterprise iPhone deployment: the activation, configuration and deployment process; how the iPhone is managed in an Exchange environment (including tips for some early adopters); and the options for developing and deploying in-house iPhone applications.
  • LG to use Dolby Mobile audio system in cell phones

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 2:11 pm

    LG Electronics plans to start adding Dolby Mobile to high-end phones later this year, it said Wednesday.
  • Mobile phones and the digital divide

    Posted July 29, 2008 - 4:56 pm

    While developed markets get excited by the iPhone, N95, BlackBerry, 3G, WiMax and Android, in developing countries, most excitement centers around the proliferation of mobile phones -- any phones -- into poorer rural, communication-starved areas and their potential to help close the digital divide.
  • Motorola plans to buy AirDefense

    Posted July 28, 2008 - 8:48 pm

    Motorola has agreed to acquire wireless LAN security vendor AirDefense for an undisclosed sum, adding to its arsenal of enterprise network products.
  • Verizon's income grows on mobile and data services

    Posted July 28, 2008 - 1:04 pm

    Verizon reported net income of $4.5 billion for the second quarter of 2008, up 9.6 percent from a year ago, due largely to growth in mobile and data services, the company said.
  • AdaptiveMobile sees Sharp Rise in Volume of Mobile Network Virus Attacks

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 1:34 pm

    AdaptiveMobile today recommended to mobile operators that they step-up security for their subscribers, as they witness a steady rise in attacks. Recent analysis of data from AdaptiveMobile’s mobile operator customers suggests that two virus variants – CommWarrior and Beselo – are causing particular damage. While CommWarrior only affects Nokia Series 60 phones, Beselo attacks all smartphones, spreading via Bluetooth and MMS as a Symbian SIS installation file and is growing at four times the rate of CommWarrior.
  • Bugs & Fixes: Dealing with iPhone apps

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    With the release of iPhone 2.0 software, and especially the App

  • Out-of-stock iPhones good news for Apple

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 11:44 am

    With the iPhone 3G available in more than 20 countries, it's little surprise that Apple has announced that it sold a million phones in the first three days of the product's release--71 days faster than it took the original iPhone to reach the same number.

  • Mobile map usage soars in US and UK, iPhone leads

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 11:14 am

    U.S.age analyst comScore reports that use of mobile maps has jumped 82 percent in the U.S. and 49 percent in Europe -- although growth of 72 percent in the U.K. is close to that of the U.S.
  • India adds 9 million new mobile connections

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 9:41 am

    India added close to 9 million new mobile connections in June, taking the total number of mobile subscribers in the country to 286.86 million, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Friday.
  • iPhone 3G Windows hack appears

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 5:29 pm

    Hackers have followed up the recent release of an unlocking tool for the Mac with the release of the equivalent software for Windows users.
  • Review

    Apple gets iPhone 3G right for business

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    With mature and well-established QWERTY devices from HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, and Research in Motion known to be capable of handling the needs of serious users, the iPhone 3G needs to be weighed against alternatives using existing professional and enterprise-targeted handsets to set the bar. As you may recall, I judged the original 2007 iPhone to fall far short of professional standards. The iPhone was too expensive to be missing so much. This time around, there are two new products under discussion. One is the iPhone 3G, the other is the iPhone 2.0 software.
  • Not so fast, 3G

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 4:45 pm

    You can't miss the slogan--it's plastered everywhere. "Twice as fast. Half the price." Just this morning, in fact, Apple posted a bunch of new ads that repeatedly drive the point home about the 3G wireless speeds of the iPhone 3G as surely as if we were all strapped to that chair from A Clockwork Orange.
  • Why iPhone 2.0 won't yet rule the enterprise roost

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    Most of the world, it seemed, drank the Steve Jobs Kool-Aid about the new iPhone being a BlackBerry killer when the Apple CEO first announced the device earlier this year. But after nearly two weeks with the new iPhone 2.0 software on my iPod Touch, I can tell you that Apple has not yet delivered on that promise. Here's a baker's dozen of what's missing, done wrong, or done in a half-baked way.
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