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  • As complaints roll in about problems with iPhone MMS, AT&T says activation went smoothly

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    AT&T activated Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) on iPhone 3G and 3GS phones starting mid-day Friday nationwide, with some early users reporting transmission problems on AT&T's Facebook page.
  • Intel, EU spar over probe, Dell makes a big buy

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Dell hopes to beef up its IT services after it revealed plans to buy Perot Systems this week. Dell hopes the purchase will give Perot Systems an international presence and provide the PC manufacturer with more customers for its hardware. The European Union's antitrust probe against Intel became interesting this week when the E.U. released e-mails detailing the deals the chip maker made to control the market. Finally, Google's Android celebrated its first birthday this week. Instead of cake, we have an analysis on how it is faring in the competitive and crowded mobile-phone space.
  • MIDs: Just getting started or dead in the water?

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Is the Mobile Internet Device dead? Or, to put it another way, has the pocket-sized MID -- a 'net-connected device that's usually described as being bigger than a smartphone and smaller than a netbook -- ever actually caught on?
  • Microsoft kills Dynamics mobile

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Microsoft on Thursday said it has discontinued the mobile versions of its Dynamics ERP (enterprise resource planning) products.
  • Cellular phone scanners: A new way to get your coffee fix

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 11:45 am

    If you live in Seattle or Silicon Valley, you might be interested in a new iPhone app from Starbucks that allows you to pay for your drinks via your phone.
  • How could iPhone MMS crash AT&T's network?

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 10:05 am

    All the hand wringing over the Friday launch of MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) on AT&T iPhones may be misplaced for a service that hasn't been a huge success on most other phones.
  • Congress hears conflicting ideas for public safety network

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Eight years and one failed spectrum auction after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., police and fire departments still don't have a national wireless broadband network to communicate with each other, and Congress heard conflicting ideas on how to create one.
  • iPhone MMS Launches Friday: Will AT&T Survive?

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    At last, the moment iPhone owners have been waiting for: MMS is coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS tomorrow. Huzzah! But can AT&T handle this update, or will Friday be one of those nightmares that wakes you in a shaking panic?
  • NetSuite adds ERP support for iPhone

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:10 am

    NetSuite on Wednesday plans to unveil a new native application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users of its on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite tap a number of key capabilities while on the go.
  • Better home cellular coverage with AT&T's Microcell

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 5:04 am

    They are called femtocells, small devices that attach to your home broadband network and allow cell calls to be carried over the Internet, saving you on wireless minutes. AT&T is finally close to releasing their device to match what is out there by the other cell carriers.
  • AT&T Takes a Beating for MicroCell Pricing

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:27 pm

    Despite the fact that I live in a burgeoning metropolis with a clear view of San Francisco, the cell reception at my home is embarrassingly unreliable. For this reason, and this reason only, I'm forced to maintain a landline. This makes me the ideal customer for something like AT&T's MicroCell device, which is currently being tested in the Charlotte, NC area.
  • Context-aware mobility can have profound business benefits

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    By now, companies that have put business applications on smartphones or other handheld devices know of the competitive advantages they can gain. The more detailed and relevant the information at hand, the greater the opportunity an employee has to close a sale, improve delivery times -- or even save a life.
  • Lotus user wary of social networking tool rollout

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    IBM Lotus has been quickly developing its suite of social networking tools over the past few years, but one user says his company is progressing slowly with its rollout as it negotiates the learning curve
  • AT&T still terrified of its users

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    The best network is an unused network!
  • Aruba slashes price of 11n WiFi access point

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Aruba's new 802.11n WiFi access point slashes prices for high performance wireless networks to the level of what some vendors are charging for 802.11abg equipment.
  • Yes, U.S. iPhone Apps Are Legal For Business Use

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Published reports that iPhone applications are not licensed for business use appear to be untrue, at least for customers of Apple's U.S. App Store.
  • M2M explained: The FarmQuest example

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    F2F, B2B, P2P, and now M2M. No, M2M is not one of the personal categories in Craigslist. It's machine-to-machine technology, an emerging field closely associated with smart grids.
  • Top 5 Tips for Mobile Professionals

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Seven years ago, this blog you're reading now was an online column offering advice on such things as traveling with a PDA in lieu of a laptop. On that particular topic, I wrote that accessing the Internet on a PDA was like "driving cross-country in a Pinto with a cracked windshield--painfully slow and monumentally irritating." One of the main options for checking e-mail on a handheld, I explained, was to connect the PDA to "a dial-up modem and a landline connection." We've come a long way since then, don't you think?
  • Indian mobile users to have number portability

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Indian mobile phone users will be able to retain their mobile numbers even if they switch service providers from Dec. 31, according to the country's Ministry of Communications & IT.
  • OK, maybe the 'Laptop Burka' isn't the answer to screen glare

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Digital nomads tend to find ourselves using laptops in places where there is too much light, and too many nosy people -- like at sidewalk cafes. In parks. In bed. Etc. One solution is a product called the "Laptop Burka." Wait, what?
  • Microsoft's Courier: an iTablet killer?

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 7:54 am

    It would seem Apple isn't the only game in town when it comes to secret portable devices. Microsoft is working on a dual-touchscreen device.
  • Paying too much for WiFi, 3G? You have options

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    Companies are spending about six billion dollars annually in remote access -- of which about half could be avoided, says Eric Paulak, Vice President, Telecommunication Services, Gartner, Inc.
  • Steve Jobs enforcing Apple tablet awesomeness

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 10:43 pm

    Apple engineers will instill must-have-ability into the device, or HEADS WILL ROLL.
  • AT&T trials MicroCell for indoor coverage

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    AT&T is offering femtocells to customers in Charlotte, North Carolina, in its first full consumer trial of the technology, which uses a small cellular base station in a home or office to improve coverage.
  • Wi-Fi eyes global domination

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    If your reaction to last week's ratification of the 802.11n standard was a loud yawn or a "what took them so long," you'd certainly have some justification. But let's not gloss over what a stunning accomplishment this really is. Or what it will mean down the road in terms of wireless technology becoming the dominant network technology in enterprise shops.
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