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  • 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?
  • 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.
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