Mobile & Wireless

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  • 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
  • IPhone mobile payments trial to begin soon

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Visa expects soon to begin trials of contactless payments system for Apple's iPhone, using a special case for the phone developed by DeviceFidelity.
  • Vodafone takes a hit in India

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Vodafone Group has taken an impairment charge of £2.3 billion (US$3.3 billion) on its Indian operation, saying that the issue of six new national mobile service licenses, after its entry into the Indian market in 2007, had led to "intense price competition".
  • FTC asked to investigate Google Wi-Fi 'snooping'

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    A consumer group has called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google after the search company revealed that it had been collecting people's Internet communications from open wireless networks.
  • Review

    iPad Weather apps

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    Unlike the iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad doesn't come with its own weather app. Fortunately, third-party developers are ready to fill the gap, offering a number of weather-focused offerings for your downloading pleasure. But which one deserves your attention--and your dollars? I took a look at a handful of iPad weather apps, with one in particular standing out from the rest.
  • Cisco quits WiMax radio business

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 4:05 pm

    Cisco Systems will stop developing and making WiMax base stations to concentrate on the IP (Internet Protocol) networks that sit behind them.
  • Is PC innovation dead?

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    The innovation that used to mark the PC arena seems to have shifted to the smartphone.
  • Best practices for effective Wi-Fi RF management

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    Wireless LANs have evolved significantly over the years, with controller-based architectures offering a system-level approach to wireless management. But with many businesses now relying on their WLANs for critical operations, it is crucial for IT managers to gain visibility into the radio frequency spectrum.
  • Can RIM make the transition from enterprise to consumer?

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    The BlackBerry's long smartphone dominance is starting to crack.
  • Study: no link between brain tumors and cell phones

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    The 10-year Interphone study of the health effects of mobile-phone use has found no increased risk of two types of brain tumors. Although some of the data shows an increased risk for some mobile-phone users, the possibility of errors prevents researchers from drawing any hard conclusions, the study said.
  • Will 4G Fix Wireless Voice Quality?

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 12:34 pm

    "Can you hear me now?" As much marketing hype as 3G wireless networks have received, the fact remains that customers of all the major wireless providers are frequently frustrated with their service's poor voice quality and dropped calls. With 4G looming on the horizon, can we look forward to better voice quality?
  • WiMAX in Boston? Blogger says so

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Popular gadget blog Boy Genius Report found Friday that it could access Sprint's WiMAX network in Boston through a Sprint Overdrive 4G mobile hotspot.
  • SAP co-CEO defends price of Sybase deal

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Contrary to the opinions of some analysts, US$5.8 billion is not too much for SAP to pay for mobile and database technology vendor Sybase, SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott said during a press conference at the Sapphire conference in Orlando on Monday.
  • Online dating comes to the iPad with SpeedDate app

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    So you want to date somebody, but you've had no luck with bars, clubs, or even flirty Facebook pokes. What's a lonely heart to do? Try online dating, of course! And the only thing better than online dating is mobile online dating. Thanks to SpeedDate's new app, you can now dive into online dating right from your iPad.
  • Google's Nexus One: How the Revolution Died

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 10:58 am

    With the pending closure of Google's Nexus One online store, a smartphone revolution is in tatters. Google still has a killer product in Android, but the Nexus One's online-only business model, meant to disrupt the way phones are typically sold, is a failure.
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