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  • Will Motorola gain major mojo from Android Cliq?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    The proof is still a ways off, but the news of the Motorola Cliq, its first Android smartphone coming this fall from T-Mobile USA is a promising development.
  • 802.11n demands special considerations

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    The IEEE will shortly ratify 802.11n – a standard in development for six years and shipping in enterprise products for more than two. Much of the attention has been on the higher data rate, an increase from the 54 Mbps of legacy 802.11a/g to 300 Mbps, but the standard’s true implications are much broader – it signifies the advent of the all-wireless enterprise.
  • MediaFLO TV coming to cars, MP3 players

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Qualcomm's MediaFLO wireless broadcast network will soon be available on in-car and portable media players, and the company plans to bring it to other consumer electronics as well.
  • 802.11n set for final approval

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Sometime on Friday, at the sprawling Hyatt Regency hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., an IEEE group called the Standards Board is expected to approve the 802.11n wireless LAN standard.
  • Five Things You Need to Know About Smartphone Security

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Smartphones share many of the same risks of laptops and are easier to lose.
  • Motorola Cliq coming in Q4 with Blur social service

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Motorola on Thursday announced its first Android smartphone, which will ship in the fourth quarter with T-Mobile USA under the name Cliq.
  • Vodafone gets on mobile hotspot bandwagon

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Vodafone said Thursday that it is getting set to launch Novatel's mobile hotspot, the MiFi, in Europe.
  • Zenprise Smartphone Mgmt Software Gets New Features

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 11:39 am

    The continuing spread of smartphones inside and outside of office walls is leading more and more corporate IT departments to consider third-party software offerings for assistance in managing and maintaining the integrity of their BlackBerry/iPhone/Palm device deployments.
  • Orange takes step toward better mobile voice quality

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Orange will launch what it claims to be the world's first mobile telephone service offering improved sound quality using the AMR-WB (Adaptive Multi Rate-Wideband) speech coding technology, it said on Thursday.
  • Musing on what wasn't at the Apple event

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:23 am

    It wasn't only rock & roll, but did you like it? Or were you so hopped up on rumors that Apple couldn't meet your expectations?
  • Review

    Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Travelers in need of frequent Internet access have more options than ever these days, but the choices aren't always satisfactory. You can try to find a Wi-Fi hotspot, but sometimes one isn't handy. You can get a mobile broadband USB modem from a major carrier, but that typically requires installing special software, which can be a hassle. Novatel Wireless's MiFi 2200, a pocketable gadget that marries the convenience of Wi-Fi to the ubiquity of mobile broadband, elegantly sidesteps these issues.
  • WiFi Fans Have Their Say

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 8:46 am

    So many people commented and sent e-mail about last week's column on WiFi I had to check and make sure I didn't accidentally insult Apple or claim Linux was better than Windows. Nope, I just said WiFi wasn't always the best way to network.
  • Faster 3G coming to six cities, says AT&T

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    AT&T is again upgrading its 3G high-speed packet access (HSPA) network by deploying HSPA 7.2 technology in six U.S. cities this year
  • Palm debuts its Pixi smartphone, its second using WebOS

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    Palm and Sprint Nextel announced the second WebOS smartphone today, the Palm Pixi, and said it will be available from Sprint before the Christmas holidays.
  • Add WiFi to a Very Old Laptop

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    If the laptop has a PC card slot, it should be able to take a wireless PC card. (If the laptop is old enough, the slot may be called PCMCIA--and no, that didn't really stand for People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms.) However, you should check the requirements for the card before buying it. Modern cards may require more powerful hardware than your old PC. The drivers are another issue.
  • Price cut on Palm Pre not a sign of bad sales

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Buried amid the announcement of the new Palm Pixi smartphone was the news that the price of the Palm Pre will drop to $150 after rebates. What gives with Palm and Sprint? Is the pricing move a a reaction to poor sales? Could it foretell a cut-rate price for the smaller Pixi? Not likely.
  • Mobile carriers sign up to EU in-car accident alert system

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    E.U.'s mobile-phone industry on Wednesday signed up to eCall, a Europe-wide road accident alert system designed to reduce fatalities and serious accidents on the continent's roads.
  • Steve Jobs returns to rock and roll us

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Updated iTunes, updated iPods, and cameras and FM tuners in unexpected places.
  • Upcoming technology promises improved mobile TV

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    The GSM Association is getting behind the emerging mobile broadcast technology IMB (Integrated Mobile Broadcast), it said on Wednesday. The technology opens the door for more mobile TV channels and better picture quality, according to chip maker IPWireless.
  • China Mobile powers up app store with Symbian deal

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 9:01 am

    China Mobile and the Symbian Foundation have teamed up to promote the carrier's next-generation mobile standard and its application download store for handsets, the two said Wednesday.
  • China clears iPhone for network, puts picture online

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 11:40 pm

    The Chinese government has cleared a version of the iPhone to use the country's mobile networks and posted pictures of the handset online, just as carrier China Unicom prepares to launch the phone.
  • Wi-Fi, powerline to merge in Atheros-Intellon deal

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Wi-Fi chip vendor Atheros Networks plans to acquire Intellon, a maker of chips for home powerline networking equipment, for about US$244 million.
  • Upcoming service lets you travel without luggage

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    A startup called Zero Baggage plans to offer a range of services that will enable you to travel without having to check luggage. They'll do this by storing your clothing and other items in cities you travel to often, or letting you "rent" stuff from the company.
  • AOL hires 'peanut butter manifesto' author

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    A former Yahoo executive perhaps best known for his so-called "peanut butter manifesto" has taken a job running AOL's Internet and mobile communications business.
  • HTC Tattoo to be first customizable Android handset

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    High Tech Computer (HTC) gave its latest smartphone a name it can live up to, Tattoo, because people who buy it will be invited to design their own personal skin for the phone.
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