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  • Google acquires Simplify Media for streaming technology

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    Back in March, we lamented the removal of Simplify Media's apps from the App Store. The company's apps allowed you to stream music and photos from your home computer to your iPhone or iPod touch. It worked well, too--so well, in fact, that the company got itself snapped up by Google.
  • iPad makes big strides as e-reader

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    Apple's iPad, while far more than an e-reader, is having a clear impact on the e-reader market, including the kind of content people are reading on it.
  • FCC cites industry consolidation in mobile report

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    The U.S. mobile wireless industry has become increasingly concentrated over the past five years, and carriers' network capital investment has not kept pace with their revenue gains, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday in its annual report on mobile competition.
  • 1-in-5 U.S. consumers plan to buy Apple's iPad

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    Positive press and word of mouth from very satisfied owners has convinced one-in-five U.S. consumers to buy an Apple iPad, a survey published today said.
  • 'Nothing new' on iPhone tethering plans, says AT&T

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 1:39 pm

    AT&T may finally offer tethering on the iPhone, according to multiple reports today about the latest beta of iPhone OS 4, Apple's mobile operating system upgrade.
  • Aruba Networks reports record quarterly revenues

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Wireless LAN vendor Aruba Networks reported another quarterly loss, slightly smaller than a year ago, but its third-quarter adjusted earnings were slightly better than analysts expected, and it set a record for revenues.
  • Essential iPad apps: Nine free favorites

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    Our look at iPad apps that deserve a place on your device started out with the best apps money can buy--11 essential iPad offerings that are among our favorite additions to the App Store. But you don't always have to part with a lot of dough to equip your iPad with great mobile software. As with life, sometimes the best things in the App Store can be had for free.
  • One in four households now has only mobile phones

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 1:30 pm

    One in four U.S. households now has only wireless telephone service, a recent U.S. government study has found.
  • iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4: New Features Breakdown

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    The iPhone OS 4.0 isn't expected to unveil until sometime next month -- possibly coordinated with the release of the fourth-generation iPhone -- but a glimpse of the beta reveals a number of features iPhone owners will be pleased hear are on the way. Here's a breakdown of the features likely to be rolled into the iPhone OS 4.0, beta 4.
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 SP1 Maintenance Releases

    Posted May 20, 2010 - 11:41 am

    IT administrators tending BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) v5.0 SP1 Microsoft Exchange and/or Lotus Domino deployments can today update their BES software to BES 5.0 SP1 MR2 and BES 5.0 SP1 MR1, respectively.
  • LTE patent pools taking shape

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Three separate companies are steadily recruiting intellectual property holders into patent pools for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology, initiatives intended to get more manufacturers building gear for the fast network.
  • Smartphone sales shoot up, benefiting RIM, Apple, Android

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    The smartphone's impact on the mobile phone marketplace globally is well-established, but smartphone growth continues its upward trend in fairly astounding degrees, research firm Gartner Inc. said.
  • Mobile Web Conferencing: Next Big Smartphone Trend?

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 11:38 am

    Mobile web conferencing isn't for everyone - but IT leaders should remember that some of the most prominent business users are the ones who want it. Here's a look at why IT should support this niche feature.
  • Kindle for Android is bad news for Apple

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 7:38 am

    Amazon seems very dedicated to turning Kindle into a platform, and that's bad news for Apple's iBook store, as savvy customers will pick the e-book format with the largest choice in e-reader hardware/software.
  • Apple's iPhone still ahead of Android globally, says Gartner

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 6:10 am

    Sales of Android-based smartphones may have passed those of Apple's iPhone in North America, but globally the iPhone is still ahead of Android by more than 3 million units, according to market research company Gartner.
  • VeriWave captures users' view of Wi-Fi networks

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    Enterprise Wi-Fi networks are often mysteries, because it's difficult for IT to get a user perspective on how applications such as voice and video are performing over 802.11. VeriWave's new WaveDeploy system shows the quality of the user's Wi-Fi experience.
  • Smart credit cards arrive in U.S. -- finally

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 9:14 pm

    Credit cards featuring smartcard technology have been standard fare in Europe and elsewhere for years -- but not in the U.S., where financial institutions still use cards based on less-secure magnetic stripe technology. That may be about to change.
  • Netbook sellers need not fear the iPad, says analyst

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    Apple's iPad won't put a crimp on sales of netbooks this year, an analyst predicted today.
  • Will femtocells ever get their moment?

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Although femtocells have yet to live up to the hype in terms of sales, femtocell vendor Airvana is still confident that they have a future in the mobile marketplace.
  • Alaska Air launches Aircell Wi-Fi

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Alaska Airlines has activated commercial in-flight Wi-Fi service on six aircraft and will offer it across its entire fleet by the end of this year, the company said Tuesday.
  • New text-only Facebook mobile site designed for speed

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    Facebook is launching a new mobile site designed to be a speedier and cheaper option to its main mobile site.
  • Intel ships world's densest NAND flash chip

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    Intel Corp. is shipping to equipment manufacturers its 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory chip, which doubles the capacity of its previous 34nm chip.
  • London to get full wi-fi coverage by 2012 Olympics

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 2:08 pm

    Speaking at a Google event today Boris Johnson has promised that "every lamppost and every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the 2012 Olympics, be wi-fi enabled."
  • As big as Google is, Nexus One online store's failure shows wireless carriers still rule

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 1:39 pm

    Google Inc.s decision to stop selling its Nexus One Android smartphone through its online store might disappoint some customers hoping to limit the role of wireless carriers in the smartphone buying process.
  • Kindle for Android app coming soon

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Kindle software for some Android smartphones will soon be available for free, granting access to 500,000 Kindle e-books, according to

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