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  • PleaseRobMe & our culture of fear

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

    The release of Google Buzz and it's location service has re-energized the discussion of location-based social networking and its threat to our safety. This is an old argument and a spurious one. Imagining worst-case scenarios is easy enough, sure. But if all you ever do is imagine worst-case scenarios, you're never going to leave your house.
  • Windows Phone 7: A better smartphone?

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    Different, anyway.
  • LTE devices to come in all shapes and sizes

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    The continued progress of LTE (Long-Term Evolution) was one of the biggest trends at Mobile World Congress this week. Besides modems, vendors showed netbooks and portable Wi-Fi hotspots that are compatible with LTE.
  • Watching the creative destruction of the mobile industry at MWC

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    The continued mobile client innovation in handsets and operating systems is just the surface of an industry still re-inventing itself.
  • Windows Phone 7: Visual Tour

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Have a look at Microsoft's Windows 7 Phones Series mobile OS that blends stylish Zune interface with new features for socializing, sharing, and office productivity.
  • Windows Phone Classic: WinMo 6.5's New Lease on Life

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:30 pm

    Despite the excitement Windows Phones 7 Series is generating, Microsoft's not ready to let go of Windows Mobile 6.5.
  • Windows Phone 7 Spotlights SharePoint Collaboration

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    An application that many users have never seen--Microsoft's SharePoint--plays a key role in Windows Phone 7 Series' Office Hub, the center of business activities in the new smartphone operating system.
  • Windows Phone 7 Pits Microsoft Against Carriers

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    In pushing for a standard Windows Phone 7 experience across many devices and carriers, Microsoft is likely to run into problems. For as much as Microsoft wants its smartphone OS to look and act the same across many devices, carriers and hardware makers want to make their own marks, too. At stake is control of the user experience and, ultimately, of customers themselves.
  • The technology behind the Vancouver Olympic Games

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    Bell Canada is claiming the Vancouver 2010 Olympic network as the first IP-based converged network at any Olympic or Paralympic Games. It will be built to provide seamless telephone, wireless, radio and Internet communications services for fans, media, athletes and officials from around the world.
  • Amazon puts Kindle e-book reader on US BlackBerries

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:10 am has released a version of its Kindle application for BlackBerry users, giving them access to their e-books without a Kindle device.
  • Skype On Verizon: So Who Needs A Voice Plan?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Tuesday's announcement that Verizon Wireless will allow its subscribers to make Skype calls on nine of its smartphones is a telling sign where the mobile industry is heading. If you connect the dots, the traditional wireless voice plan appears to be an endangered species. Its demise may not arrive overnight, or even in a couple of years, but its days are numbered.
  • Mobile buying booms in US, banking in India

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Many U.S. consumers whipped out their smartphones in brick-and-mortar stores to find better deals online last year, tripling mobile shopping revenue in just one year, an ABI Research analyst said Wednesday.
  • Look who's a nerd: Barbie becomes computer engineer

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Toy maker Mattel has given Barbie, an iconic fashion doll since 1959, a new career -- as a computer engineer.
  • MS Anoints AT&T as Preferred Windows Phone 7 Carrier

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    One of the most interesting things about the unveiling of the new Windows Phone 7 platform by Microsoft at the World Mobile Conference was the announcement that AT&T will be Microsoft's "premier partner" in the United States. As much flack as AT&T takes from customers and media, it is still the "chosen one" for premier smartphone platforms.
  • Windows Phone 7 a good start, but questions persist

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Microsoft's brought out a new mobile operating system like it had to, but analysts wonder whether users will notice in a crowded market of already strong products.
  • Windows Phone 7: Has Microsoft got its groove back?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    They're baaaack. Just when you thought the dragon had been mortally wounded and sloughed off to its cave to die, it comes back spitting fire and disturbing the neighbors.
  • iPad SDK's surprise: There are no surprises

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Developers report lacks of new features beyond support of UI elements for the larger screen.
  • Wired app for iPad avoids Apple's Flash blockade, ePub format

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Wired magazine is planning to offer a digital version of its publication that's targeted at tablets like Apple Inc.'s iPad and relies on software built by Adobe Systems Inc.
  • Five Reasons Wireless Providers Should Fear Google

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    The past year has seen a proliferation of Android phones and the debut of powerful mobile apps such as Google Voice and Maps Navigation. It's a good thing in that Google's driving sales, but it's also a cause for concern. Here are five reasons mobile telcos should be worried about Google.
  • Verizon Users to Get Skype App...Is There a Catch?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype yesterday announced a deal that will produce a new, exclusive mobile Skype-calling and -messaging app for Verizon customers with select 3G BlackBerry handhelds, as well as Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS users.
  • Google CEO preaches 'mobile first'

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt put mobile devices squarely at the center of the computing universe in his first keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Is Windows Phone 7 Right For Business?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Can such a dazzling user interface be effective for business users? Or will consumer features and glitz get in the way?
  • Hey! You've Got Your Moblin in My Maemo!

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo combine to form the new MeeGo platform. Each offering will bring strengths to the greater whole, and MeeGo stands a good chance to perform well in the mid-range device market. But time imay not be on MeeGo's side, as something Google this way comes.
  • HTC Smart phone with Qualcomm Brew to launch in April

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 9:10 am

    High Tech Computer unveiled its first smartphone that uses Qualcomm's Brew MP operating system on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress, marking a step in a new direction for the company, which specializes in Windows Mobile and Android-based smartphones.
  • Google CEO has no plans to compete with mobile operators

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google has made investments in wireless networks, is testing gigabit-to-the-home technology, and is selling 60,000 Android smartphones a day -- yet has no plans to compete with network operators, CEO Eric Schmidt told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday.
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