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  • Technology comes to the rescue in Haiti

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    International aid workers are scrambling to rebuild communications in Haiti following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, while people outside the country are using high-tech means to raise money for relief.
  • Cisco contributes $10 million to telemedicine pilot

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Cisco has announced a telemedicine pilot program with the state of California and healthcare providers there to provide services to underserved communities.
  • Verizon, AT&T, 700MHz Wireless Ban: How It Affects You

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission voted today to ban the distribution and sale of wireless devices that operate in the 700 MHz frequency. The action, an expected move and the latest step in the country's transition to digital television (DTV), clears the 700 MHz band for the next generation of 4G consumer wireless devices from carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, and for communications services for public safety agencies.
  • US agencies announce new broadband funding round

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Two U.S. agencies tasked with distributing US$7.2 billion in grants and loans for broadband projects have announced the availability of a second round of funding, with each agency focusing on different areas.
  • Haiti text donations overwhelm Red Cross

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Haiti earthquake relief donations made by text may not constitute a miracle, but the American Red Cross says it is overwhelmed by the millions of dollars it has received through $10 gifts sent via mobile phones.
  • IT companies in Haiti rush to re-build

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Days after a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, collapsing buildings and killing more than 50,000 people, communications continues to be the main IT infrastructure concern, and companies are rushing to restore what can be salvaged from the rubble.
  • FCC tells wireless mics to get off 700MHz spectrum band

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will prohibit hundreds of existing wireless microphone models from being used in the U.S. in five months because they operate in the 700MHz spectrum band, which was auctioned off to mobile voice and broadband carriers in 2008.
  • What About Verizon's Data Plan

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Great news for those who love to yap: Verizon Wireless is slashing the price of its unlimited voice plan, from $99.99 to $69.99 per month on January 18.
  • Nokia previews next-generation Symbian user interface

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Nokia has turned in its proposal for the user interface in Symbian^4, with the goal of developing an interface that can compete with the iPhone and Google's Android OS.
  • Proposed Web video restrictions cause outrage in Italy

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.
  • Debate swirls around ICANN plan to fast-track new top-level domains

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    A controversial plan to introduce hundreds of new top-level domains into the Internet has reached a crossroads: The plan will either be accelerated or delayed based on public comments due at the end of January.
  • RIAA tells FCC: ISPs need to be copyright cops

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should avoid adopting strict net neutrality rules that would limit broadband providers' flexibly to "address" illegal online file sharing, the Recording Industry Association of America said in comments filed with the FCC on Thursday.
  • Verizon Wireless slashes rates for unlimited voice

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 1:10 pm

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  • Opinion: With smartphones, toss the checklists and focus on the details

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    It's not enough to determine whether a feature is present in a device; you have to take a close look at how well it's implemented.
  • D-Link issues fixes for router vulnerabilities

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Router manufacturer D-Link admitted Friday that some of its routers have a vulnerability that could allow hackers access to a device's administrative settings, but it has issued patches.
  • T-Mobile USA Waives Call Charges to and From Haiti

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced that they will be doing what they can to lend their aid in the wake of the magnitude 7 earthquake that shook the Port-au-Prince area on January 12. The company will allow current T-Mobile customers to make phone calls to Haiti free of charge. T-Mobile is hoping to help unite family members by enabling phone calls without charges retroactively from January 12, 2010, until January 31, 2010. And any T-Mobile customers will also be able to roam free-of charge while in Haiti.
  • Half of employers check Facebook

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 11:40 am

    More than half (53 percent) of employers research potential job candidates on social networks such as Facebook, says
  • China eBay rival to sell merchant tools in 'app store'

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 7:10 am

    Chinese auction site has launched a download store for applications that help buyers and sellers use its service, a move it hopes will generate additional revenue.
  • Juniper, Symantec investigating after Google attack

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 2:10 am

    Juniper Networks and Symantec said Thursday that they were investigating a widespread cyber-espionage incident that has hit dozens of technology companies, including Google and Adobe.
  • Cox wireless service coming in March

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Cox Communications will launch its wireless service in March in three markets, starting out on Sprint Nextel's network while Cox works to build its own network.
  • Nexus One Naysayers Are Missing the Bigger Picture

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Google's getting a bit of a beating in the media these days. Since unveiling its Nexus One Android phone last week, the company's come under fire for everything from poor customer support to poor first-week sales with its first foray into the mobile market.
  • Haiti Relief: How to Use Tech to Make a Speedy Donation

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    In response to the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week, many foundations have created simple ways to make a donation to the relief effort via the tech we love. With tech access at your fingertips, you have many different options for making a quick donation toward earthquake relief in Haiti. Unconvinced that giving is the way to go? Click here for before-and-after photos of Port-au-Prince, and see the collateral damage yourself.
  • Researchers use PC to crack encryption for next-gen GSM networks

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    An encryption algorithm designed to protect calls on GSM phones has been broken by three cryptographers using only a dual-core, Intel-based Dell Latitude PC running Linux.
  • 40/100G Ethernet transceiver market to reach half billion in 4 years

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The market for 40G and 100G Ethernet transceivers will reach $545 million in revenues by 2014, with about two-thirds coming from 40G Ethernet products, according to market research firm CIR.
  • Obama seeks IT advice from tech execs

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    More than 50 CEOs from tech and other firms gathered at the White House today to offer advice on modernizing federal IT systems.
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