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  • USB 3.0 Finally Arrives

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    When you're in front of your PC, waiting for something to transfer to removable media, that's when seconds feel like minutes, and minutes feel like hours. And data storage scenarios such as that one is where the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0's greatest impact will be felt first. As of CES, 17 SuperSpeed USB 3.0-certified products were introduced, including host controllers, adapter cards, motherboards, and hard drives (but no other consumer electronics devices). Still more uncertified USB 3.0 products are on the way, and they can't get here fast enough.
  • Alcatel kicks off green networks group

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Alcatel-Lucent wants the telecommunications industry to turn a little more green by developing new equipment that cuts power consumption by a factor of 1,000.
  • Bringing virtualization to the branch office

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 5:10 am

    In a recent newsletter we introduced the concept of Application Delivery 2.0, a major component of which is virtualization. This is the fourth in a series of newsletters that discusses how we think that virtualization will dramatically shape 2010 and beyond. This newsletter and the subsequent newsletter will focus on the challenges associated with implementing virtualized desktops.
  • Huawei plans to manufacture equipment in India

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies plans to start having some equipment manufactured in India, a company spokesman said on Monday. The company also plans to invest US$500 million over the next five years to expand its research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.
  • Court Questions FCC Authority to Impose Net Neutrality

    Posted January 9, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    No decision has been made yet, but, if Friday's arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC are any indication, it doesn't appear that the FCC will prevail in exerting its authority over Comcast. Losing this battle may be just what the FCC needs to move forward with its efforts to formalize net neutrality guidelines.
  • Quick look: The LG GW990 and Intel's role in 'superphones'

    Posted January 9, 2010 - 10:10 am

    The upcoming LG Electronics GW990 smartphone looks, and feels, like it could be a real hit when it finally gets to the market in the second half of the year.
  • Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi to provide video downloads

    Posted January 9, 2010 - 9:40 am

    Aircell, the company offering the Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service on many airlines, will launch an in-flight video downloading service later this year.
  • Symbian lays out mobile OS roadmap

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Versions 3 and 4 of platform are due this year, with version 3 likely to be feature-complete next month
  • Your mobile future: From smartphones to superphones -- and beyond

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Just when the world got familiar with the smartphone, the mobile phone community is starting to talk about the "superphone." There's much more to come.
  • FCC warns of impending wireless spectrum shortage

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said an impending shortage of wireless spectrum in the U.S. will dampen future economic growth unless action is taken to fix the problem.
  • Cisco acquired nearly 50 start-ups in decade, most in M&A market

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    IT vendors dominated the list of most active companies in the M&A market.
  • New year kicks off with CES, Google's Nexus One

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The new year in IT news kicked off this week with the annual gadget-and-gear extravaganza, the Consumer Electronics Show. Apart from CES, Google got in on the news action, announcing its Nexus One smartphone, which provided (yet) another lesson about why it's not a good idea to get all hyped about rumors and speculation around new products that may or may not be all that when they are officially announced. Unless, of course, those products are from Apple.
  • Microsoft admits mobile missteps, but fights on

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft doesn't have a business model problem in the mobile market, but its phones are skewed toward business users at the expense of consumers and are not as modern as they need to be, company officials said at CES.
  • E-readers to face tough fight against color tablets

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Up to 40 e-readers could hit the market in 2010, but the question remains whether any of them can grab a major foothold before tablet computers with e-reader functions and brilliant LED color screens take over.
  • China's Hanvon aims for Europe with e-readers

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 6:40 am

    T-Mobile in Hungary is selling e-readers from Hanvon Technology, a Chinese device maker looking to break further into the e-reader market in Europe.
  • MagicJack harnesses femtocell for VoIP

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 12:40 am

    MagicJack is demonstrating a device near the International Consumer Electronics Show this week that it claims will let consumers make VoIP calls using any GSM phone.
  • Verizon Wireless flexes LTE muscle at CES

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    Verizon Wireless demonstrated a series of technology prototypes this week to show how end users would benefit from its upcoming LTE network.
  • HTC brews up entry-level smartphone

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Handset maker High Tech Computer announced on Thursday plans to release a smartphone that uses Qualcomm's Brew MP operating system instead of either Windows Mobile or Android.
  • Review

    First looks from CES: Google Nexus One and Motorola Backflip

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Two new smartphones demonstrated at the CES show this week offer a glimpse into some of the fascinating features to come to Android devices.
  • Sprint embedded router can use EV-DO, HSPA

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Sprint Nextel made a move on Thursday that should simplify machine-to-machine connectivity for its multinational enterprise customers, releasing an embedded router with both of the world's major 3G technologies built in.
  • Apple patent reveals work on improved mobile touch screen

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    A recently released Apple patent application hints at how the company is developing improved multi-touch screens for mobile devices, including iPhones, Macbooks and possibly the iSlate.
  • Lawmakers aim to stop Verizon sale to Frontier

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Verizon Communication's proposed sell-off of 4.8 million rural phone lines in 14 states to Frontier Communications will saddle the smaller telecom firm with a huge amount of debt and should be rejected by the government, two U.S. lawmakers said Thursday.
  • Juniper patches router-crashing bug

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Juniper Networks has issued seven security advisories for its products, including a fix for a nasty bug that could be used to crash the company's routers.
  • CES: See-through screens - gimmick or instant gadget love?

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The next big wave to rush down the display tech pipeline may be laptops and handheld gadgets with transparent OLED screens.
  • The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2009

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    It's that time of year again -- time to look back and offer my 2009 awards for the most malicious, obnoxious, offensive, or nonsensical behavior in technology. The 10 winners this year include some of the best-known companies on the planet, as well as some obscure but worthy candidates.
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