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  • Latest insane rumor: Cellular carrier-subsidized MacBooks?

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 2:46 am

    Financial analysts have a pretty poor record when it comes to predicting Apple's product moves -- but that doesn't stop people from listening to them.
  • Coverity™ Delivers Static Analysis Capabilities for Symbian C++

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 12:23 am

    Coverity, Inc , the leader in improving software quality and security, today announced the availability of new Symbian C++ specific defect detection capabilities in Coverity Prevent™, the company’s flagship static analysis solution.

  • Economy likely to stall new enterprise mobile apps

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 3:58 pm

    The economic downturn will probably slow down the development of new mobile enterprise applications, even as changes in the mobile industry are making it easier for developers, said executives at a mobile conference in Seattle on Monday.
  • Where the candidates stand on tech issues

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    Here's a look at the candidates' stances on five issues of interest to the nation's IT leaders: telecommunications, national security, privacy, IT jobs and innovation.
  • Intel's Moorestown platform to get 3.5G support

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    Intel's upcoming Moorestown chip platform will include optional support for high-speed cellular data services when it hits the market in 2009 or 2010, Intel said Monday.
  • HSBC lets customers bank from their BlackBerry

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:30 am

    BlackBerry smartphone users who bank with HSBC can now view their account balance from their handset.
  • Transfer data between BlackBerry devices

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Getting a brand new Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone can be a life-changing experience. But how do you transfer the loads of personal information on your old device to that shiny new Pearl Flip? Fortunately, you can complete the process quickly.
  • Opera adds widgets to mobile browser beta

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 9:38 am

    Opera has added support for widgets to the latest beta release of its Mobile 9.5 browser. The release marks the second Opera Mobile 9.5 beta for Windows Mobile and the first-ever beta for UIQ-based phones, it announced on Monday.
  • Why Android's 'kill switch' is a good thing

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 2:47 pm

    Everyone's all a-twitter over the so-called "kill switch" found in Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. Here's the thing, though: Not only is it not a big deal -- it's actually a good thing.
  • Boosted bandwidth in the offing for more smartphones

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 11:44 am

    The T-Mobile G1, RIM's BlackBerry Storm and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 all come with support for HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) at 7.2M bps (bits per second), as well as HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) at 2M bps. "By the end of this year a good proportion of mid- and high-tier products are certainly going to be 7.2M bps," said Geoff Blaber, analyst at CCS Insight.
  • FCC white spaces report misses the mark, groups say

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 11:33 am

    A report from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission clearing the way for the agency to move forward with plans to allow new wireless broadband devices to operate in television spectrum doesn't make sense, two opponents of the plan said.
  • Mozilla offers alpha version of mobile browser for N810

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 4:25 pm

    Mozilla plans to release on Thursday an alpha version of its mobile browser for Nokia's Internet tablets.
  • Review

    RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Pearl smartphone isn't new, but the flip, or clamshell, design of its BlackBerry Pearl 8220 from T-Mobile certainly represents a big change for the leading business smartphone maker, RIM. T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to sell the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip, a consumer-minded phone that left me impressed with its design but displeased with a few durability issues, after a weekend of use for this hands-on review.
  • Report: Botnet spam attacks to target cell phones

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    The same week one of the world's worst spam operations is being shut down, security researchers are warning the next big threat may not be for PCs at all -- but rather for cell phones.
  • Is my touchscreen better than yours?

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    Today is a great day for touchscreen smartphone users, at least for some. Ever since last year, if you wanted a top-notch smartphone with a great touchscreen, your best option would have been an iPhone from Apple. Now, it's all about to change, as the T-Mobile G1 will go on sale next Wednesday for US$179 (about $20 less that the cheapest iPhone) with a more generous price-plan that AT&T's for the iPhone.
  • The Android fine print: kill switch and other tidbits

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 10:30 am

    An uproar erupted when iPhone users discovered a so-called remote kill switch on their phones -- will it spur the same reaction in users of the G1, the first Android phone?
  • Nokia Q3 earnings drops 28 percent, revenue drops 5 percent

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 10:06 am

    Nokia reported third-quarter earnings down 28 percent on a year earlier, and revenue down 5 percent. Its share of the mobile phone market slipped too.
  • Review

    The G1 is no iPhone, but Android has promise

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:47 am

    Most G1 reviewers will probably agree that, in a nutshell, the software is nice but the hardware underwhelms.
  • FCC report: White-space devices able to sense other signals

    Posted October 15, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    Prototype wireless broadband devices operating in television spectrum were frequently, but not always, able to sense TV stations and wireless microphones operating in the spectrum and avoid causing interference, according to a report released late Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Free wireless band passes FCC tests

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 8:42 pm

    Mobile devices using a new U.S. radio band with free wireless service would not cause significant interference with cell phones using a nearby band, the Federal Communications Commission has concluded from tests conducted last month.
  • Palm's Treo Pro unlocked in bid to lower roaming costs

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    Two very different tales are circulating about Palm Inc. and its new Treo Pro smartphone these days. One story, from Palm and some analysts, is that the new Treo Pro's unlocked feature offers a cost-effective way for international business travelers to dramatically lower roaming costs. The other story, from another group of analysts, is that Palm had to unlock the phone because it could not find a carrier willing to sell it.
  • Remote workers to IT: We do care about security

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 9:19 am

    Fear not IT and infosecurity personnel: Most of your remote workers, mobile users and road warriors toting around laptops and BlackBerrys have the business's best interests in mind when it comes to network security.
  • Sprint's 4G Xohm WiMax: How fast is it?

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    To see just what WiMax is, how it works and what it's actually capable of, I went to Baltimore, the first U.S. city to offer WiMax service commercially, to try it out.
  • Review

    Product review: Nokia E71 3G smartphone

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    As Nokia's very first 3G phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, the US$500 E71 is an all-around improvement on its predecessor, the E61. It not only has a sleeker and more sophisticated curved design, but it packs a multitude of features ideal for both business and personal use.
  • Firefox for Mobile alpha release due next week

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 9:59 am

    By this time next week, Mozilla will have unveiled the alpha release of its mobile Firefox browser, codenamed Fennec.

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