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  • WiMax in 2010: Too little, too late?

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 4:46 pm

    By the end of 2010, users in more than 80 U.S. cities may be able to ditch their cable modems, T1 setups and DSL lines -- and the Wi-Fi routers that go with them -- in favor of WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) broadband wireless technology.
  • China Mobile to run e-book service like Amazon

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 4:01 am

    China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, will offer over 100,000 e-books for download on upcoming wireless e-readers, a maker of the devices said.
  • Clearwire Woos Developer Crowd with Free WiMax

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Clearwire, the foremost flag-bearer for the WiMax flavor of 4G wireless service worldwide, has launched a free WiMax network for the developer community in Silicon Valley.
  • FCC pledges public safety spectrum plan by February

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski told Congress today that a new plan for auctioning off part of the 700Mhz spectrum band for public safety would come by this coming February.
  • Opera Mini 5 for BlackBerry: Killer Keyboard Shortcuts

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:22 pm

    Opera Software upps the ante on BlackBerry browsing with the beta release of its latest mobile browser: Opera Mini 5.
  • Sprint willing to fill Clearwire's coffers

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Sprint Nextel is willing to invest more money in Clearwire, the WiMax operator it helped create last year, and plans to maintain its 51 percent ownership in the company, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said Thursday.
  • Android 1.6 SDK arrives as Google platform gains traction

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:05 pm

    Google has released a new software development kit for the latest version of its Android open source mobile platform, which is beginning to gain traction among device makers.
  • Best idea ever: the three-day workweek!

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 7:20 pm

    The magazine NewScientist makes a compelling case for the four-day workweek. I have a better idea: How about a three-day workweek. Keep the office open three days a week, and have staff work from home (or wherever) two days per week. Everybody wins!
  • Java, .Net developers want a piece of the iPhone

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    There are some strange paths to iPhone application glory.
  • China Mobile iPhone killer will not be cheap

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Lenovo Mobile is designing handsets for China's national 3G mobile standard that will sell for as little as US$150, but its high-end handset made to rival the iPhone is not one of them, the company said Wednesday.
  • Ubiquisys and Fon to let users share mobile broadband

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 1:12 pm

    Ubiquisys and FON are working on a femtocell that will let mobile users share a broadband connection, they said on Tuesday.
  • Apple betrays the iPhone's business hopes

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Apple’s fix of a security hole reveals a long-simmering flaw and makes many iPhones suddenly incompatible with Exchange.
  • Microsoft's Zune HD launches

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Step 1: Install firmware. That's a strange first impression for new users. But now that gadget bloggers and street date breakers can actually get their Zune HDs working, impressions are starting to roll in.
  • MediaTek app store to serve Chinese mass market

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 5:31 am

    MediaTek has started shipping a new generation of its widely used mobile phone chips with support for an application download store that will first target China's masses of mobile subscribers, the store developer said Tuesday.
  • Could your mobile device land your CEO in court?

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    What happens if you don't encrypt the data on your portable device such as your smartphone or your laptop? What can possibly go wrong?
  • BlackBerry users get iPass client

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Global Internet access aggregator iPass on Monday finally introduced a software client for Research In Motion BlackBerry handsets, giving users of the popular business devices a way to hop on faster networks and avoid expensive cellular roaming charges.
  • Vindication! iPhone to stay on AT&T, forever

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 1:12 pm

    I don't like being the bringer of bad news, but I do like being right, so ... paradox.
  • Report: T-Mobile May Buy Sprint to Create Market Giant

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 11:23 am

    T-Mobile plans to acquire wireless carrier Sprint to better compete with giants AT&T and Verizon in the U.S, according to a report on Monday from the U.K.'s Telegraph.
  • 802.11n Proves Standards Aren't What They Used To Be

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 10:23 am

    802.11n is the poster child for a standards process gone wrong. Seven years after it began and at least two years after 802.11 "draft" devices arrived, the IEEE has finally adopted a final standard for faster, stronger, more secure wireless.
  • Android Browser Excels in Search Tasks

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 9:34 am

    The main page of the Android browser looks a bit more crowded than that of the iPhone or Palm Pre browser; but overall the Android browser competes very well with its peers. The Android browser is built into Google's Android mobile operating system and tightly integrated with it.
  • Need for speed: A tale of two college WiFi networks and 802.11n

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 9:01 am

    If IT managers at two U.S. universities are any measure, 802.11n WiFi networking has a bright future on college campuses.
  • SMS services to make your standard cell phone smart

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Forget expensive mobile data plans. With just a $5 monthly text message plan and some free and seriously useful SMS services in your address book, you'll have the most essential elements of the web at your fingertips.
  • The Zune HD can "play games"

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 8:02 am

    Microsoft's Zune HD ships tomorrow but there is still an odd amount of secrecy surrounding the device. Apple seems to think playing games on a portable media device is important. What does Microsoft think?
  • India schedules 3G license auction for December

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 12:01 am

    India's auction of 3G and WiMax licenses is now scheduled to be held in December, according to a notice on the Web site of the country's Department of Telecommunications.
  • Is location independence 'unrealistic'?

    Posted September 13, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    I'm at my laptop today, working in the cafe part of Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, reading an article about how doing what I'm doing might be unrealistic.
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