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  • Haiti Relief: How to Use Tech to Make a Speedy Donation

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    In response to the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week, many foundations have created simple ways to make a donation to the relief effort via the tech we love. With tech access at your fingertips, you have many different options for making a quick donation toward earthquake relief in Haiti. Unconvinced that giving is the way to go? Click here for before-and-after photos of Port-au-Prince, and see the collateral damage yourself.
  • How Amazon will win (and lose) the eBook market

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    An eBook is two things. First, it's an abbreviation of eBook reader, which is a computer used for displaying electronic books. Second, an eBook is digital content -- an electronic file that contains the words and images that constitute a book. Amazon will lose the eBook reader market, and dominate the eBook book market. Here's why.
  • Researchers use PC to crack encryption for next-gen GSM networks

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    An encryption algorithm designed to protect calls on GSM phones has been broken by three cryptographers using only a dual-core, Intel-based Dell Latitude PC running Linux.
  • Honeywell to build next-gen handhelds for UPS drivers

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    UPS and Honeywell plan to work together to deploy 100,000 next-generation wireless handhelds for UPS drivers next year.
  • Palm Benefits from Apple Alums

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Apple's former chief software technology officer has joined venture capital firm Elevation Partners, which heavily backs Palm. Are Apple alums coming to Palm because they smell rebirth?
  • Windows Stationary Usurped by Linux Android, Moblin

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 2:35 pm

    LG, a leader in mobile phone production worldwide is one example: more than half of its phones will use Android
  • Netgear Announces New SMB Wireless Network Controllers

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Today, Netgear announced three new wireless network controller offerings that take some of the network management features of their enterprise products into the small-to-medium business market, including mass firmware upgrades, centralized configuration options, and load-balancing, for networks from five to 1500 users.
  • A WiMAX-based Media Backpack at CES

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    Just how portable can mobile networking be?
  • ZTE announces Android push, will ship phones in Q1

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Chinese network equipment vendor ZTE has joined the growing number of phone manufacturers using Android. It plans to launch smartphones based on the operating system in the first quarter of this year, it said Thursday.
  • Wireless for power utilities uses WiMax guts

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    A Silicon Valley startup has combined the technology underlying WiMax with a software-defined radio to build smart grids for electric utilities.
  • LG bets on Android despite Windows Mobile deal

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    In the absence of a new version of Windows Mobile, LG said it plans to use Android on more than half its smartphones, despite a recent pledge to use primarily Microsoft's mobile operating system.
  • Power harvester uses Wi-Fi to charge wireless devices

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    RCA showed a prototype of its Wi-Fi Hotspot Power Harvester called Airnergy that's designed to convert Wi-Fi radio signals into DC power for charging small wireless devices such as smartphones.
  • App Store losing enormous amount to piracy, according to made-up analyst numbers

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    Even reasonable assumptions become unreasonable when you string too many of them together.
  • My Favorite Product from CES is a Ford

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 11:24 pm

    I've been working my way through the video and text reporting notes I collected at CES, and I'm ready to announce my choice for my favorite product at the show -- the Ford Work Solution. In this package, it's a little larger than the average consumer gadget, weighing in a something over 4,000 pounds.
  • Google's Android 2.1: How It'll Change Your Phone

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Google officially launched its Android 2.1 software development kit (SDK) this week, giving programmers their first glimpse under the hood of the updated operating system.
  • Google lists $350 fee for early Nexus One returns

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Bloggers and other Nexus One users are expressing outrage at Google's plan to implement a $350 equipment recovery fee on phones returned after the 14-day trial period.
  • Wireless power

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Despite the fact that the company's name is short for wireless electricity, Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, is quick to point out that isn't exactly what the company does. It only looks like that. Giler is the first business exec brought into this 16-person company, which is trying to commercialize the tech developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Marin Soljacic.
  • Google, T-Mobile respond to Nexus One customer complaints

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google and T-Mobile USA responded to hundreds of online complaints about the Nexus One smartphone and confusing customer support for the device.
  • Windows Mobile 7 Delayed Until 2011?

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Google's Android mobile operating system is stealing the spotlight from Windows Mobile 7, so much so that reports say Microsoft's latest OS is delayed (again) due to Google's success.
  • 802.11n in 87% of Wi-Fi smartphones by 2014

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Although 802.11n Wi-Fi technology was found in less than 1 percent of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones last year, in 2014 at least 87 percent of Wi-Fi-capable smartphones will feature this latest of the 802.11 protocols.
  • Phishing app hits Android market...3 weeks ago

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Several weeks ago a phishing app was released to the Android Market. The good news is that it was detected and removed from the Market. The bad news is that no one noticed the event until almost three weeks later.
  • Aruba adds support for wired networks to management tool

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 6:10 am

    Aruba Networks is adding support for wired networks to the next version of its AirWave network management tool, it said on Monday.
  • India's Bharti to acquire Bangladesh telecom operator

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile services provider, said Tuesday that it will acquire a 70 percent stake in Warid Telecom International, a mobile services operator in Bangladesh.
  • Reasons why tablets will totally work this time

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    You know that old definition of insanity? Expecting different results from the same behavior?
  • Stop inventing mobile phones

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    I'm a cheerleader for competition, innovation, freedom of choice and all that, but the volume of mobile operating systems and phone types has reached the point of creating industry chaos and confusion for both enterprises and consumers. Google's recent foray into the mobile phone market with its Android-based, HTC-manufactured Nexus One makes me wonder: Should the industry just take a breather for a few months while broadband wireless network buildouts and mobile device management (MDM) capabilities catch up to smartphone demands?
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