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  • Apple offers details, advice for Friday's iPhone launch

    Posted July 8, 2008 - 3:24 pm

    Getting an iPhone back in the day--the day, in this case, being June 2007--was no big thing. Just show up early, stand in line, smile pretty for the cameras, buy your phone, and head on home to activate it at your leisure. Oh, what a time to be alive! Ah, but the world of the iPhone 3G is a more complex place.
  • Apple iPhone 3G pre-orders crash O2 site

    Posted July 8, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    Customers eager to pre-order an Apple Inc. iPhone 3G in the U.K. overwhelmed the O2 Web site early Monday, and when the site returned to operation, the mobile operator said "unprecedented" demand had exhausted its available inventory.
  • Group queues up for iPhone 3G to promote organic farming

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 8:31 pm

    iPhones and sustainable agriculture don't have a lot in common, but a bedraggled group of publicity-seekers and iPhone enthusiasts who want the next U.S. president to plant an organic farm on the White House lawn have connected the two as a reason to line up for Friday's iPhone 3G launch.

  • Amid transition, Symbian starts paid partner program

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    Symbian launched a partner program for software developers working with its mobile OS, taking an interim step to attract more developers while the OS moves toward open-source availability.
  • Developers load Android onto Nokia device

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    Developers have created an easy way to load Android, Google's mobile-phone OS that is still in the works, on Nokia's N810 open-source handheld devices.

  • More answers for iPhone 3G questions

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 11:16 am

    So outrageously popular were yesterday's answers to many of those popular questions prospective iPhone 3G buyers are clamoring about, that we've decided to provide you with a second installment, this one covering a few questions that an AT&T spokesperson graciously took the time to answer, just for us (and, by extension, you).

  • Walk or drive? New service compares calories to CO2

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 10:54 am

    Walking is the ultimate green mode of transport and you know you need the exercise -- but the car is so much easier. It's a difficult decision for some but a new service that launches in the U.S. on Monday might help you make the right choice by comparing the number of calories you'll use walking versus the amount of Carbon Dioxide emitted by driving.
  • Indian mobile market to hit $37 billion, Gartner says

    Posted July 2, 2008 - 11:43 am

    Mobile services revenue in India is projected to grow around 18 percent a year, hitting US$37 billion by 2012, Gartner said Wednesday.
  • No-contract iPhone on the way

    Posted July 2, 2008 - 8:59 am

    AT&T Mobility put some asterisks on its iPhone 3G pricing Tuesday but also revealed an interesting option coming in the future: an iPhone without a contract.
  • Ericsson equips Toshiba laptops with mobile broadband

    Posted July 1, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Ericsson will equip Toshiba's business laptops with integrated support for mobile broadband access using HSPA.
  • Breeze makes mobile apps easy

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 5:54 pm

    Anyone who can build a web page can build a mobile application using a J2ME development tool called Breeze, according to the tool's maker, Cascada Mobile. Breeze lets users create applications and published them for free using online tools. The resulting applications include advertising, which developers can pay to remove. The model is similar to some website building applications, but produces real mobile applications that run on the phone.
  • Wi-Fi Alliance takes on wireless IP telephony

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 10:49 am

    Wi-Fi Alliance wants to make voice a part of Wi-Fi networks and introduced a new program to certify products, it announced Monday.
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    Hands on with Motorola's MotoZine ZN5

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Just after the Motorola MotoZine ZN5's global launch in China last week, I got my hands on the handset and took it for a spin around Beijing over the weekend. It's great as a camera, maybe not so much as a mobile communicator. The sun didn't shine for a moment during the two days, which made it less than optimum to test the phone's photographic capabilities, which were developed in cooperation with Kodak. Making images was a key part of Motorola's push for the phone, which is designed to facilitate social media.
  • Unwrapping HTC's Touch Diamond

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 9:08 am

    Apple to announcing a 3G (third-generation telephony) handset. I received an HTC Touch Diamond on loan from the company for a trial. The company, the world's largest maker of Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones, put a lot of effort into the sleek design of the handset, which sports a 2.8-inch touchscreen on one side and has a back contoured like the shape of its namesake, a diamond.

  • Apple ships iPhone SDK beta 8

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:55 pm

    Apple has introduced iPhone SDK Beta 8, revealing the software to be compatible with the final iPhone OS 2.0 release.

  • Virgin Mobile to acquire Helio for $39 million

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:44 pm

    Virgin Mobile USA will acquire Helio for about $39 million in a complex deal designed to improve its prospects in the tough mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business.

  • Laptop use helps spur adoption of 802.11n

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:14 pm

    Products that support the 802.11n wireless networking standard are starting to take off, with vendors reporting acceleration in shipments, according to Infonetics.
  • Microsoft to buy mobile software maker MobiComp

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft on Thursday announced plans to buy MobiComp, a Portuguese company that makes software for the mobile world, including mobile posting to Web sites such as Facebook.

  • The real problem with cell phones

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 9:19 pm

    As I was considering what to write about today, I started looking around my office. Over in the corner, I noticed a cell phone that dates back at least five years. It features a backlit keyboard, address book, memory dialing, and a few other extras we thought were great back then. After that, I found the cell phone that replace it and realized that it was pretty much the same – it had a backlit keyboard, address book, and memory dialing – and even looked quite similar to the device I purchased a few years prior.
  • NFL, ESPN request test of white-space devices at games

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    The National Football League and the ESPN sports television network have offered to allow the Federal Communications Commission to test so-called white-space devices during football games later this year.
  • Mobile Linux groups join forces

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    After steadily losing membership this year, one of the earliest mobile Linux groups will close and join another faster growing initiative.
  • Panasonic launches Atom-based Toughbook mini laptop

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 10:04 am

    The latest addition to Panasonic's Toughbook line of rugged computers is designed not only to weather dust, water and accidental drops. It is made to keep up with the increasingly mobile demands of corporate users thanks to its mini-PC form factor.

  • New 3G iPhone costs $173 to make: iSuppli

    Posted June 25, 2008 - 9:19 am

    The mystery behind why the new iPhone is so cheap may be solved, with market researcher iSuppli saying it costs just $173 to make.
  • Intel's Centrino 2 chips mushrooming on retail sites

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    Preempting Intel's official launch of its latest Centrino 2 mobile processors, PC makers and chip resellers are leaking processor details by letting customers preorder the chip through channels and in laptops.
  • Nokia buys rest of Symbian, will make code open source

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Nokia on Tuesday announced it plans to acquire all of Symbian, which develops an operating system for mobile phones. The Finnish phone giant currently owns about 48 percent and will pay €264 million ($410 million) for the rest.

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