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  • Mobile Phone Bill Shock: FCC, Carriers Face Off

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    If your wireless bill spiked by more than $18,000 one month, would you think that was a "trivial" issue? Of course, not. But the big telcos and their conservative allies are trying to stop the FCC from putting rules in place that will make wireless bill shock a much less common occurrence.
  • Proxim looks to fill 'backhaul' demand for 4G wireless networks

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Proxim Wireless Monday unveiled a point-to-point microwave backhaul designed to meet the growing demand for faster wireless networks and devices.
  • Practical Uses for Location-Based Services

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:37 am

    The novelty of checking in and winning prizes has worn off. Location-aware services must evolve to offer truly useful and valuable services to users, and they will--or they'll perish. Still, even as they exist today, location-aware apps can be used in practical ways to help you communicate better, make better choices, save money, and improve productivity. Here are some examples.
  • Unintentionally, AMD, Intel Build Great Cloud Chips

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:12 am

    It's not what they aimed at when adding GPUs to multicores, but next-gen processors should make virtual desktops, clouds and other forms of virtualization much easier on highly portable hardware.
  • Femto Forum hopes to speed up LTE developments

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:00 am

    The Femto Forum has published a set of application programming interfaces for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) in an effort to speed up the development of femtocells that use the mobile network technology, the organization said on Monday.
  • Atheros merges home Wi-Fi, powerline networks

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 8:15 am

    Chipmaker Atheros Communications tried to simplify home networks on Monday with reference designs for combined Wi-Fi and powerline networks, even as the technologies in this field remain complex and potentially confusing for consumers.
  • New NY Times iPad app finally gets things right

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 8:02 am

    It took six months, but we can finally get a high quality version of the New York Times on our iPads.
  • Mobile broadband: Prepaid and other no-contract options

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 7:56 am

    Until recently, there weren't many options for no-contract mobile broadband. But that's changed. Most of the main cellular broadband players are offering prepaid and/or other no-contract options. Plus, resellers and bundlers are getting into the act. Here's the scoop.
  • Mobile password security by the numbers

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 7:56 am

    Mobile password entry is unnecessarily painful. Here's how auto-correction coupled with "pass sentences" could help.
  • 4G coming to New York, LA, San Francisco this year

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 3:15 am

    Clearwire is launching its 4G WiMax network in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles before the end of the year, it said Monday.
  • The top 10 stories in IT this week

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Mobile news dominated this week's headlines. Microsoft entered the increasingly crowded mobile OS space when it launched Windows Phone 7, which the company hopes will take market share from Apple's iOS 4 and Google's Android. The U.S. government took steps that may result in mobile carriers alerting users when they near their data plan limits. U.S. teenagers could welcome these measures after a study revealed a sharp increase in their use of mobile data services. In other news, Microsoft and Facebook are looking to make Internet searches more social with a feature that uses Facebook profile data in Bing Web searches.
  • The imminent tablet explosion

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 4:50 pm

    By 2014, sales of media tablets could be nearly 11 times what they will be this year, research firm Gartner says.
  • Warranty firm blames iPhone 4's glass for 82% jump in damage claims

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Apple's iPhone 4 is "significantly more prone to physical damage" than last year's iPhone 3GS, a company that provides after-sale warranties said today.
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0 SP3 Has New Features

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    The next version of Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), v5.0.3, or BES 5.0 Service Pack 3 packs a variety of valuable new features for BlackBerry administrators and RIM smartphone users, according to a leaked BES 5.0.3 release-notes document from RIM.
  • Bigger-name smartphones head to China Mobile

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 6:45 am

    China Mobile is building up a stronger offering of smartphones as more handset manufacturers angle to sell devices to the provider's 564 million customer base.
  • Verizon to sell iPad/MiFi hotspot combo beginning Oct. 28

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Verizon Wireless will start selling the Apple iPad packaged with a separate mobile Wi-Fi hotspot device on Oct. 28 at 2,000 Verizon stores, the carrier and Apple announced Thursday.
  • Windows Phone 7: Some Will Win, Some Will Lose

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    Microsoft has owned the tech conversation this week after its announcement of Windows Phone 7 -- a complete mobile rebirth for Microsoft with technology that looks nothing like the previous version of Windows Mobile.
  • Aruba strengthens Wi-Fi network software

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    The new version of Aruba Networks' Wi-Fi network software includes code to improve voice and video performance, automatically identify non-Wi-Fi radio interference and trap rogue wireless devices.
  • US teens text 3,339 times a month, Nielsen says

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 5:15 pm

    If you can't say something in 160 characters or less, don't say anything.
  • FCC takes first step toward mobile broadband fund

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission took the first step Thursday toward long-advocated reform of a huge program that subsidizes traditional phone service by proposing a new fund to pay for mobile service in rural areas.
  • SAP executive named Mozilla CEO

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    The Mozilla Corporation announced Thursday that SAP executive Gary Kovacs is its new CEO, a move that gives the Firefox Web browser backer a leader with ample experience in mobile software.
  • FCC proposes mobile 'bill shock' rules

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has released proposed rules that would require mobile-phone and data providers to warn customers when they are about to incur charges above their normal monthly bills.
  • ZTE unveils tablet with built-in phone

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 7:15 am

    ZTE, one of China's largest network and phone suppliers, has unveiled a new tablet device that includes phone functionality and runs on the Android 2.1 OS.
  • Netbooks, we hardly knew ye

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    Well, it's not like you couldn't see this coming.
  • T-Mobile takes mobile data plans into prepaid arena

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    T-Mobile USA will introduce an array of pay-in-advance plans for phones and PCs on Monday, expanding the growing range of prepaid options on offer to U.S. cellular users.

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