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  • Improve Your 3G Connection with an AT&T MicroCell

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:07 am

    AT&T announced this week at the CTIA show in Las Vegas that it will soon make its femtocell device available to subscribers nationwide. The femtocell--which AT&T has dubbed the MicroCell--creates a mini 3G cell tower in your home or office, and leverages your existing broadband network to resolve slow or spotty 3G coverage.
  • Benefits of Skype Mobile on Verizon

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:56 am

    As of Thursday, Verizon and Skype will make good on the promised partnership announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Using another industry conference, the CTIA show in Las Vegas this week, Verizon announced that Skype will be available for nine different smartphones this week, with more to come.
  • Femtocell prices have dropped below $100, says vendor

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:40 am

    The wholesale cost of a femtocell has dropped below US$100 and that will help give the sector a boost, femtocell vendor Ubiquisys said on Tuesday.
  • What can WiMAX bring to smart grid program?

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:03 am

    GE takes a look at what WiMAX can bring to smart grid technology.
  • Google says mobile services in China partly blocked

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Google mobile services have been partly blocked in China, according to the company, after it snubbed the Chinese government over censorship last week.
  • Eclipse Pulsar still holds potential for mobile application development

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    Pulsar has been held back by the perception that it is a Java IDE, say panelists at ElipseCon, where OSGi efforts also will be featured
  • Swype says 'c u l8tr' to shortened words

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Teachers around the world, rejoice. A new mobile-phone technology could restore your students' spelling and grammar skills. "
  • 7 April Fool's Day iPhone apps

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Bring April Fool's Day into the 21st century by turning your iPhone into a resource for the silliest of days.
  • Smartphone smackdown: HTC EVO 4G vs. Google Nexus One

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Can HTC's WiMAX phone best Google's own Android handset?
  • Google defies China, hacker heads to the clink

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    The battle between China and Google dominated the headlines this week after Google decided to stop censoring its search results. China also caused some grief with a U.S. Internet domain registrar after it demanded detailed information on the people who registered Web sites in China. Hackers looking to make a lucrative living by selling pilfered credit card information may want to rethink their career options, as the person responsible for committing what is believed to be the largest data breach ever was sentenced to three 20-year prison terms this week. Finally, the CTIA Wireless show brought more news about future phones and how femtocells may finally be ready for use in people's homes.
  • Huawei reaches for WiMax, LTE tech leadership

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    Huawei Technologies, a growing presence in mobile infrastructure, has been credited with driving down prices worldwide but downplayed that factor at this week's CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas.
  • Image gallery: 10 must-have free Palm webOS apps

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    A smartphone is only as good as its apps. Here are 10 free ones to supercharge your shiny new Palm phone.
  • CTIA keynoters tout how wireless fills social needs

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Several keynote speakers at the CTIA conference this week showed how wireless technologies are being used around the world.
  • Game on: WiMax will battle LTE in the trenches

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    As the nation's wireless carriers rush to compete with faster 4G speeds on either WiMax or LTE technology, their workers are toiling in the trenches to make it happen.
  • GSMA launches SMS spam reporting service

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The falling cost of text messaging is making mobile-phone users a more attractive target for spammers, according to the GSM Association. To counter this, it wants its mobile-network-operator members to "crowd-source" spam reports from their customers to help them identify and cut off spammers abusing SMS (Short Message Service).
  • Republicans question parts of FCC's broadband plan

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Republican members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee objected Thursday to parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new national broadband plan, saying it leaves broadband carriers open to new regulation.
  • Lawmakers offer support for public safety network

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    U.S. lawmakers plan to start implementing parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new national broadband plan soon by introducing legislation to pay for a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety agencies, one lawmaker said Thursday.
  • China Unicom in talks to offer BlackBerry

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 1:40 am

    China Unicom says it is in talks with Research In Motion about offering BlackBerry devices, making it the third Chinese mobile carrier interested in the popular handsets.
  • Yahoo iPhone apps hint at what's to come

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    Yahoo introduced two iPhone applications this week, including one that lets users draw a circle on a map to look for restaurants within a specific area.
  • AT&T will go national with its femtocell

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    As expected, AT&T announced on Wednesday that it will offer its femtocell product, called MicroCell, across the continental U.S. beginning in mid-April.
  • Sprint, Clearwire warm up to LTE

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    The CEOs of both Sprint Nextel and its WiMax partner, Clearwire, signaled on Wednesday that they might move to LTE (Long-Term Evolution) in the future.
  • Operators are open to new wireless gadgets

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Mobile operators say that they are open to accepting a range of wireless devices on their networks as well as using new models for charging people for services to those devices, based on experiences with the Kindle and the iPad, but they will still want a degree of control over their networks.
  • Startup rolls out phalanx of SAP mobile apps

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    A company headed by SAP's former North American CEO is rolling out more than 40 mobile applications that tie into the vendor's ERP (enterprise resource planning) software.
  • Verizon exec calls for rewrite of Telecom Act

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    The U.S. Congress should rewrite the Telecommunications Act to focus on the Internet and strip away the rulemaking authority of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, a Verizon executive said Wednesday.
  • Hands on with the Galaxy S and EVO smartphones

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    One of the biggest chuckles at the CTIA show is how much Samsung has made its new Galaxy S look like an iPhone.
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