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  • Let the hacking begin! B&N's Nook has been 'rooted'

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Rooting an Android-based device is the first step in getting that device to do things the manufacturer never intended it to do. Over the weekend Barnes & Noble's Nook was rooted and the hacking/dev community is hard at work bringing new functionality to adventurous Nook owners.
  • Zenprise adds Android support to mobile management tool

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Zenprise Inc. is adding the ability to manage smartphones that run the Android operating system to the list of devices it can monitor with its MobileManager software tool.
  • TeliaSonera launches first commercial LTE services

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Mobile operator TeliaSonera has launched the world's first commercial LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks, in the central parts of Stockholm and Oslo, it said on Monday.
  • Google phone to be called 'Nexus One,' will not be sold through carriers

    Posted December 12, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Google has designed and will sell as early as next year a new cell phone that will not require a carrier, such as AT&T or Sprint.
  • AT&T San Francisco outage caused by hardware problem

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    A hardware problem in downtown San Francisco caused an outage on AT&T's 3G voice and data network Friday evening, but the carrier expected the problem to be fixed by about 6:15 p.m. Pacific time, an AT&T spokesman said.
  • AT&T: Strictly for losers

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    On the heels of AT&T's disastrous attempts to fight back against Verizon's clever "there's a map for that" ad campaign (Luke Wilson? Is that all you got?) comes more bad news for those who've hitched their smartphones to Ma Bell's wagon.
  • Android 2.0.1: A Hands-On Tour

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Step aside, Android 2.0 -- Android 2.0.1 has arrived.
  • Broadband lags in U.S.

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    The United States still lags behind several developed countries in broadband penetration despite experiencing solid growth over the past year, according to new data released by the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation.
  • AT&T All Over the Map in Addressing Challenges

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    AT&T's assertion that customers consume too much data, and its threat to institute tiered pricing rather than providing unlimited data plans is just the latest folly in AT&T's chaotic struggle to address the myriad challenges facing it. The kitchen sink approach doesn't appear to have any long-term strategic goal, and is creating more problems than it is solving so far.
  • FCC Gets Mixed Messages on Wireless Oversight

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 10:40 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was chastised this week in a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report highlighting problems in the wireless industry and criticizing the FCC for failing to provide sufficient oversight. As the net neutrality battle simmers in the background, the GAO report sends mixed signals to the FCC.
  • Battle over voice on LTE heats up

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Backers of two competing specifications for delivering voice over LTE mobile data networks have heralded demonstrations in the past two days, while mobile giant Ericsson apparently dropped its support for one of the systems.
  • Government report blasts wireless fees

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Wireless carriers are already under fire from the Federal Communications Commission, and today a new government report threw on more gasoline, especially for carriers early termination fees.
  • 10 predictions for 2010

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    No doubt, a leading IT story in 2010 will be the role that sector will play in the expected economic recovery, as well as how IT markets themselves recover. OK, so that's a no-brainer to predict, but we're latching on to some more specific details in that regard, and we've found a limb or three to walk out on as well. In no particular order we present the 2010 edition of our annual predictions.
  • GAO: FCC needs to better monitor mobile carriers

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to improve its oversight of mobile telephone carriers, because the agency has no way to measure the outcomes of the tens of thousands of complaints it receives each year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released Thursday.
  • Microsoft in 2010: Four Challenges That Lie Ahead

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    For Microsoft, 2010 will be a critical rebuilding year where the software giant must maintain Windows 7 and Bing momentum, resuscitate Windows Mobile and prevent businesses from "Going Google."
  • Why you need a steel wallet. (No, really!)

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Pickpockets and thieves around the world are very good at separating you from your money, credit cards and other valuables while you're traveling. They can use diversionary tactics or even razor blades to get at the contents of your wallet.
  • Droid Eris software update starts from Verizon

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Verizon Wireless started pushing an over-the-air update to its Droid Eris smartphones with eight software fixes designed to improve performance.
  • WiGig fast wireless group finishes standard

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 10:40 am

    The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has completed its specification for a technology to deliver as much as 7G bps (bits per second) over a very high unlicensed frequency band.
  • AT&T may introduce tiered data plans for smartphones

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 9:15 am

    AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega says a small percentage of users are consuming a large percentage of available bandwidth. The solution? Education and/or additional charges. It's the return of tiered bandwidth pricing!
  • Taiwanese operator forecasts strong Asian demand for Android

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 8:40 am

    The popularity of Google's mobile operating system, Android, will continue to grow next year with as many as 30 new handsets from Taiwanese manufacturers, and more app contests by mobile network operators throughout Asia, a mobile network executive said Thursday.
  • China Unicom's iPhone sales hit 100,000

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 4:40 am

    China Unicom has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since it launched the country's first official sales of the handset at the end of October, it said Thursday.
  • Acer plans up to 6 new Android handsets for first half 2010

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 4:10 am

    Acer plans to launch as many as six new smartphones with Google's Android mobile operating system in the first half of next year, a company executive said Thursday.
  • Clearwire network down for hours in handful of cities

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Clearwire customers in a handful of locations were unable to get online for several hours due to a network outage late Tuesday.
  • Businesses need to evaluate disruptive Google Goggles

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Amidst the slew of Google announcements this week, one that really made me sit up in my chair concerned a new mobile service called Google Goggles. Now, I don't have an Android phone and therefore have no easy way to try out this "visual search" technology, but I know some people who have, and they have confirmed it works -- at least some of the time. While Google Goggles promises to bring convenience and coolness to owners of Android phones, I am convinced there will be a disruptive impact on certain types of businesses and organizations, especially as Google improves the recognition algorithms and ports the technology to other mobile platforms. This futuristic
  • Apple may ship tablet as early as March, analysts say

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Apple may unveil a 10.1-in. tablet as early as March, a pair of Wall Street analysts said today.
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