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  • 802.11n Wi-Fi demand skyrockets

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    In 2009, 802.11n WLAN access point shipments increased by nearly 44 percent over the previous year.
  • Haiti relief effort draws overwhelming flood of tech-trained volunteers

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Tech-savvy volunteers have swamped the relief agency Telecoms Sans Frontieres with offers to deploy with the earthquake-relief effort in Haiti where the group has already deployed two SWAT teams armed with satellite gear, Wi-Fi equipment and rapid-response training.
  • Skype fixes bugs in upgraded iPhone application

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Skype has released the latest version of its application for the iPhone, adding new features and fixing a couple of annoying bugs that hung up calls.
  • Sony to launch first TransferJet devices this week

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Sony will launch the first laptop containing the new TransferJet short-range wireless system on Saturday. Sony hopes TransferJet will replace cables for shifting data between gadgets, but the technology's success will depend on its use in products from the big-name consumer electronics companies that have pledged to support it.
  • China restores text messaging in cut-off Muslim region

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 3:40 am

    China has restored mobile text message services in a Western province where they were suspended for months following unrest. Limited Internet access is also returning to the region.
  • HP Netbook Impressed at CES

    Posted January 17, 2010 - 11:12 pm

    Before this month's CES, I wrote that the netbook doesn't have to die. It seems a little strange, but there were those who said that this netbook was a doomed class of product, destined to get larger and more expensive until it merged with the laptop.
  • New applications hint at Web's graphic potential

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    HTML5 and related Web enhancements foreshadow a boom in new kinds of applications.
  • Verizon, AT&T, 700MHz Wireless Ban: How It Affects You

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission voted today to ban the distribution and sale of wireless devices that operate in the 700 MHz frequency. The action, an expected move and the latest step in the country's transition to digital television (DTV), clears the 700 MHz band for the next generation of 4G consumer wireless devices from carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, and for communications services for public safety agencies.
  • Haiti text donations overwhelm Red Cross

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Haiti earthquake relief donations made by text may not constitute a miracle, but the American Red Cross says it is overwhelmed by the millions of dollars it has received through $10 gifts sent via mobile phones.
  • FCC tells wireless mics to get off 700MHz spectrum band

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will prohibit hundreds of existing wireless microphone models from being used in the U.S. in five months because they operate in the 700MHz spectrum band, which was auctioned off to mobile voice and broadband carriers in 2008.
  • New Mexico man sues neighbor for using wi-fi

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 5:48 pm

    Arthur Firstenberg suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity, which means that cell phones, computers, and wi-fi cause him great pain -- even when those devices reside in the house next door. And so he is suing his neighbor for not turning off electronic devices in her home.
  • What About Verizon's Data Plan

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Great news for those who love to yap: Verizon Wireless is slashing the price of its unlimited voice plan, from $99.99 to $69.99 per month on January 18.
  • Nokia previews next-generation Symbian user interface

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Nokia has turned in its proposal for the user interface in Symbian^4, with the goal of developing an interface that can compete with the iPhone and Google's Android OS.
  • Opinion: With smartphones, toss the checklists and focus on the details

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    It's not enough to determine whether a feature is present in a device; you have to take a close look at how well it's implemented.
  • T-Mobile USA Waives Call Charges to and From Haiti

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced that they will be doing what they can to lend their aid in the wake of the magnitude 7 earthquake that shook the Port-au-Prince area on January 12. The company will allow current T-Mobile customers to make phone calls to Haiti free of charge. T-Mobile is hoping to help unite family members by enabling phone calls without charges retroactively from January 12, 2010, until January 31, 2010. And any T-Mobile customers will also be able to roam free-of charge while in Haiti.
  • Nexus One upgraders getting a $100 refund

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 9:06 am

    Google and T-Mobile are reducing the upgrade cost of the new Nexus One Android phone, and the price cut is retroactive. T-Mobile is also cutting prices on a number of its other handsets, according to a leak.
  • China eBay rival to sell merchant tools in 'app store'

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 7:10 am

    Chinese auction site has launched a download store for applications that help buyers and sellers use its service, a move it hopes will generate additional revenue.
  • The tablet's biggest question: Input

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 3:56 am

    A potential disaster, or room for that patented Apple magic?
  • Cox wireless service coming in March

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Cox Communications will launch its wireless service in March in three markets, starting out on Sprint Nextel's network while Cox works to build its own network.
  • Nexus One Naysayers Are Missing the Bigger Picture

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Google's getting a bit of a beating in the media these days. Since unveiling its Nexus One Android phone last week, the company's come under fire for everything from poor customer support to poor first-week sales with its first foray into the mobile market.
  • 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?

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