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  • FCC's 100 Megabits to the Home: What It Means To You

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    There's little debate that the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet use. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 100 million Americans don't have broadband at home because they either can't get it, can't afford it, or aren't aware of its benefits. Some 65 percent of U.S. households have broadband, a far lower adoption rate than in other technologically advanced countries such as Singapore (88 percent) or South Korea (95 percent).
  • 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.
  • NBC Olympic coverage: Is the Internet the enemy?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    A year and a half ago I wrote that I expected the Beijing Olympics would be "the last pre-Internet Olympics," but I was wrong. The Vancouver Olympics has established that NBC has no interest in maximizing viewer interest in the games, or in minimizing the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars it says it will suffer from covering the event.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vidyo packages conferencing for campuses

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    Startup Vidyo is now packaging its videoconferencing product for college campuses, which it sees as a natural setting for a system that can bring together multiple participants even on relatively thin network connections.
  • 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.
  • OnStar CIO's Career Success Is No Accident

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Don't dismiss Jeff Liedel as just another auto-industry guy. His interesting path to the CIO slot started on a plant floor and led him to listen to Apple about dealing with tough times. One personal rule: There's no such thing as a bad career assignment.
  • U.S. broadband adoption sees significant spike

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    Broadband usage has increased significantly over the past two years, as 63.5% of U.S. households now report having broadband connections.
  • Skype on Verizon Smartphones: The Good, the Bad

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype seem like strange bedfellows. But a newly-announced partnership between the two will mostly be a boon for consumers with some drawbacks. When Skype Mobile launches in March, select Verizon phones will be able to make free calls to Skype users and cheap international calls over Verizon's voice network. While this will certainly help some people save money without sacrificing call quality, there are a couple of downsides. Here's the good and the bad:
  • Haiti Wi-Fi network links relief centers

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The exploratory trip last month by San Francisco-based nonprofit Inveneo might have been fairly routine -- or at least as routine as things can be for a group that brings information technology to poor countries all over the world. Members of its team would go to yet another country and meet with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) there to talk about their connectivity needs and discuss ways they could work together to aid the local population. Inveneo, founded about five years ago, had done similar work with partners in 23 countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan and Nepal.
  • FCC plans for 100M bps to 100 million households

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    The FCC's chairman in a speech Tuesday offered some hints at the agency's National Broadband Plan.
  • Security experts wrestle with cyberattack scenario

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Imagine a scenario in which a downloadable application turns smartphones into network-clogging bots, causing U.S. mobile-phone networks to fail, and eventually spreads to the wired Internet.
  • Web sites must support IPv6 by 2012, expert warns

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    Corporations and government agencies must IPv6-enable their public-facing Web sites in the next 24 months or risk upsetting a growing number of visitors with lower-grade connectivity.
  • A Successful Windows Phone 7 Would Help Bing

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Windows Phone 7, a dramatic upgrade of Microsoft's mobile operating system, looks fairly impressive out of the gate. In addition to a stylish user interface that's strongly influenced by the underappreciated Zune HD media player, Windows Phone 7 is tightly integrated with Redmond's Bing search engine.
  • Buffering: Google readies Flash for Android devices

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone OS, Google product manager Eric Tseng announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Verizon users to get Skype in late March

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Verizon Wireless has joined forces with Skype, and its subscribers will be able to start making calls using Skype on nine selected smartphones in late March, the operator said on Tuesday.
  • Staples seeks bigger role in IT services

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:46 am

    Staples Inc. is expanding its IT services capabilities in a move that will take it right inside the data center.
  • Review

    First glimpse: Cisco OTV

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Long distance VMotion via Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization, or how to succeed at data center extension without really trying.
  • Smartphone OS leaves one hand free

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Today's smartphones are too much of a handful, according to Israeli company Else: You either need to grab them with both hands and punch away at the keyboard with your thumbs, or you hold them with one hand and touch the screen with the other.
  • HTC unveils update to Nexus One and HTC Legend

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 7:10 am

    One of the two new smartphones with Google's Android mobile operating system that High Tech Computer (HTC) plans to start selling in March isn't officially billed as an update to Nexus One, but its design is similar and it offers improvements over the Google phone.
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