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  • Meru files for enterprise Wi-Fi IPO

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Enterprise wireless LAN vendor Meru Networks has filed for an IPO (initial public offering), looking to raise as much as US$86.25 million that will help it prepare for what is expected to be rapid growth in the industry.
  • Free Wi-Fi Guide for Holiday Travelers

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    McDonald's says it will offer free Wi-Fi starting in January, Google is giving free Wi-Fi for the holidays at 47 airports across the country, Yahoo has free Wi-Fi at Times Square in New York City and Microsoft is getting in on the Free Wi-Fi too (if you use Bing to find it). But where else can you get free Wi-Fi? If you're driving home for the holidays or in an unfamiliar city, here's a list of Wi-Fi friendly chains that can keep you connected in many places across the U.S.
  • India's 3G spectrum auction on schedule

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    The auction of 3G spectrum and operating licenses in India will be held as planned on Jan. 14, the country's Minister of Communications and IT, A. Raja told reporters in Delhi on Monday, according to media reports.
  • Ford Plans Wi-Fi On Board

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Ford, one of the failing auto industry's big dogs, announced it will nerd-out and bring Wi-Fi to a line of its vehicles. Starting in 2010, SYNC-equipped Ford cars and trucks will use not only currently available communications technologies (such as hands-free calling, audible text messages, and real-time traffic), they will also be "rolling Wi-Fi hotspots." This is perfect for when your school-age offspring needs to hop on the Internet for last-minute research, or -- more likely -- for businesspeople hacking out e-mails without paying much attention to the road.
  • Android for Business? 5 Reasons to Think Again

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Businesses considering Android as a corporate handset standard should consider the decision carefully, because it may prove hard to justify later on.
  • Cell phone cancer warning proposed by Maine state legislator

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    A Maine state legislator wants cell phones in the state to carry labels warning of brain cancer risks due to electromagnetic radiation. And the proposal could come up for debate and vote in early 2010.
  • Philadelphia plans to buy its Wi-Fi network

    Posted December 18, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    The city of Philadelphia plans to buy a controversial Wi-Fi network that was built by EarthLink in 2006 but sold only two years later as the struggling ISP pulled out of the municipal wireless business.
  • The iPhone internationally: Fun with numbers!

    Posted December 18, 2009 - 12:35 pm

    The iPhone is doing great overseas! Unless it's not? Who can tell! You can't from AdMob's stats, no matter how much you try.
  • AT&T customers, enraged over poor service, try to make service worse

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Is attempting to cause a total network meltdown the best way to protest less than stellar service?
  • Mobile Internet to Dominate Within 5 Years -- Study

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    The mobile Internet is growing faster than its desktop counterpart ever did, and more users may go online via mobile devices than desktop PCs within five years, according to a new study by investment firm Morgan Stanley.
  • A Day without Blackberry Email

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Welcome to Thursday -- and news that Blackberry email service is down. According to the folks at, it's been out since around 3:00 am EST, and is hitting users on all cellular carriers.
  • Master Google Android: 40 Tips and Tricks

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 11:10 am

    The first time you use an Android phone, one thing becomes immediately clear: You're not in Cupertino anymore.
  • Augmented reality goes mainstream with mobile applications

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Competition between Apple, Google, and third-party vendors will push augmented reality programs onto smartphones at faster clip than anyone has predicted.
  • McDonald's free Wi-Fi part of growing trend

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Everybody wants free Wi-Fi, and the decision by McDonald's Corp. to offer it in more than 11,000 of its U.S. restaurants in January is part of a growing trend toward offering wireless service at little or no cost.
  • Ericsson demos HSPA at 42 Mbps

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Ericsson has demonstrated one part of the technology that will make speeds of up to 42 Mbps (bits per second) possible in 3G networks. However, a lot of work remains before services can be launched.
  • NTT DoCoMo begins building LTE network

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 6:10 am

    Japan's largest cellular provider has embarked on a network upgrade that should enable it to offer high-speed LTE (Long-Term Evolution) data services from around this time next year.
  • 'Bloodhound' device sniffs out contraband cell phones in prisons

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    A mobile cell phone detector from Berkeley Varitroncis packs what had been a fixed radio detection system into a two-pound handheld package. It wouldn't be fashionable enough for a Hollywood James Bond, but the BV Bloodhound, like its name, isn't intended for fashionable settings.
  • Microsoft's Bing now available in iPhone app form

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Microsoft's new Bing app makes its debut in the App Store on Wednesday, bringing the many facets of Web search supported by the company's Bing search engine to the tips of your fingers.
  • McDonald's to offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    McDonald's restaurants may soon be the easiest spot to find free Wi-Fi and browse the Web as long as you like.
  • Bing Gets an iPhone App

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Those who want a little less Google on their iPhones will soon be able to put a lot more Bing on their handsets. Microsoft is prepping a Bing iPhone app for immediate release via Apple's App Store to give iPhone users a Google alternative.
  • Amazon: Kindle for BlackBerry App Coming Soon

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

    BlackBerry owners will soon be able to download a free Kindle BlackBerry app for smartphone-based access to their Kindle digital-book library. Apple's iPhone is currently the only major smartphone platform with an official Kindle mobile application.
  • Fake Steve Jobs Takes On the Real AT&T

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have a reputation for being difficult, but his alter ego, Dan Lyons' Fake Steve, may be even worse. On Monday, Fake Steve continued his attacks against AT&T's reputation for poor service by encouraging readers to flood AT&T's 3G network at noon this Friday in an attempt to cripple AT&T's data network. Dubbed Operation Chokehold, Fake Steve calls on iPhone users across the country to run a data intensive iPhone application for one solid hour on AT&T's 3G network. As you can imagine, AT&T was not happy to hear about this "digital flash mob," as Fake Steve is calling it.
  • McDonald's to Offer Free Wi-Fi Internet Access

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Beginning in mid-January, McDonald's restaurants will become one of the nation's largest providers of free Wi-Fi Internet access, thanks to a new deal with AT&T.
  • Review

    Nine iPhone GPS navigation apps compared

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:10 am

    When Apple said the iPhone 3G would include a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver, everyone immediately assumed we'd get turn-by-turn direction software, too. Not quite. It took a while for Apple to make the iPhone OS mature enough to support turn-by-turn apps with the release of iPhone OS 3, and for developers to start taking full advantage.
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