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  • Google offers free Wi-Fi in US airports during the holidays

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    Hoping to bring holiday cheer to harried travelers, Google is footing the bill for Wi-Fi access at 47 U.S. airports through mid-January, so that people can connect free to the Internet while they wait at airline gates and other areas.
  • Torments of the Internet damned

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    We like to talk about how much easier or cheaper it is to run applications off the cloud or use software as a service, and it is -- when our Internet connection is working. When we have network problems, though, it's another story entirely.
  • Vodafone, dependent on voice, set for more cost cuts

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Despite increased profit in the first half of its fiscal year, Vodafone has decided to double its planned cost reductions, the operator said on Tuesday.
  • Missing features in Windows 7 Starter will disgruntle netbook buyers, survey says

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft may have ditched the three application limit on the Windows 7 Starter Edition, but other restrictions on the netbook-only version of the operating system will be an unwelcome surprise for many netbook buyers, according to a survey.
  • Google's Purchase of Gizmo5 Could Benefit You

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Has Google found the final piece of its voice-calling puzzle? Rumors have it that the acquisition-happy search giant has acquired Gizmo5, a Skype-like VoIP startup. TechCrunch is reporting that Google has plunked down $30 million in cash for Gizmo5, which offers a software app that lets you make free phone calls to other Gizmo users, as well as inexpensive calls to landlines and cell phones. It supports SMS and instant messaging, too.
  • Cisco warns UC users of limited support for Windows 7

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    Cisco is warning customers of its unified communications products that support for Windows 7 won’t be forthcoming until the product’s 8.0 release scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. About a dozen more UC products will not support Windows 7 until version 8.5, in the third quarter of 2010 and at that time, only the 32-bit version of Windows 7 will be supported.
  • Cisco crafting telepresence Rosetta Stone

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    At its big collaboration event this week, Cisco is wheeling out what it describes as the Rosetta Stone of high-def videoconferencing to address one of the biggest problems facing the technology – interoperability.
  • Mobile users get faster WAN links

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Riverbed Technology is upgrading its mobile WAN optimization software so laptops send traffic more efficiently when they tap into branch office Riverbed appliances.
  • Verizon keeps needling AT&T with three new Christmas ads

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Three new TV ads from Verizon Wireless escalated the battle with AT&T over fast 3G wireless coverage, this time with a sarcastic Christmas theme.
  • Sprint to lay off more than 2,000

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Sprint Nextel expects to lay off as many as 2,500 people by year’s end, on the heels of reporting that it lost 545,000 customers in its third quarter.
  • Tethering to iPhone still coming, AT&T says; no date set

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    AT&T today reiterated its plans to offer tethering on the iPhone, but again gave no date when that might happen -- more than a year after the carrier first said tethering would be coming "soon."
  • Cisco extends Tandberg deal deadline

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Cisco this week said is extending the acceptance period for its $3 billion cash offer to acquire Tandberg to Nov. 18. The initial acceptance deadline was Nov. 9.
  • Business use of Twitter, Facebook exploding

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    A survey of 200 companies worldwide found that use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter for business use has exploded in recent months.
  • Google to buy mobile ad company

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Google plans to buy mobile advertising provider AdMob for US$750 million stock, the search giant said on Monday.
  • BlackBerry Developers to Get New Tools in Adobe's CS5

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Research In Motion (RIM) along with Adobe Systems today announced an expanded partnership in which the two companies will bring new software development tools to BlackBerry mobile application developers as part of Adobe's Creative Suite 5 (CS5).
  • RIM Brings Development, Admin Courses to Universities

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) kicked off its second annual BlackBerry Developer Conference with a bang this morning, announcing its new BlackBerry Academic Program, which brings BlackBerry application development and administration courses to colleges and universities throughout North America, as well as a new alliance with Adobe Systems.
  • NYSE puts stock in 10G Ethernet

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Force10 Networks has been selected by NYSE Euronext to supply a 10G Ethernet network to manage the exchange's data centers in New Jersey and London.
  • Apple Plans for 'World-Mode iPhone' Bad News for AT&T

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    The Apple rumor mill claims that work is underway todevelop a 'world-mode' iPhone capable of operating on both CDMA and GSM/UMTS networks. World mode. Rumors also persist that Verizon will begin to carry the iPhone in 2010. All of these rumors suggest that the AT&T honeymoon with the iPhone is nearing an end.
  • Report: Apple readies smaller iPhone on Verizon

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Apple Inc. will launch a smaller "worldmode" iPhone next year that will be ready for Verizon Wireless to sell in the third quarter of 2010, according to an analyst report citing unnamed handset maker sources.
  • Cisco 'doubles down' on collaboration with 61 new products

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 10:14 am

    Cisco Systems massively expanded its collaboration technologies portfolio on Monday with the announcement of 61 products, including a corporate-grade hosted e-mail system called Cisco WebEx Mail, a social networking application, and a video system to help groups share and search video content.
  • Juniper's relationship with Packet Design

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 9:10 am

    In our Oct. 26 WAN newsletter we discussed the fact that there were a number of rumors circulating about a dramatic move that Juniper would soon announce. On October the 29th Juniper used the New York stock exchange as a backdrop to make a series of announcements. We are doing to use this newsletter to focus on one piece of the Juniper announcements – Juniper's establishment of a close relationship with Packet Design.
  • Review

    Surprise! The Droid Eris is a better smartphone than the Droid

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 7:40 am

    HTC's iPhone-like mobile device is more advanced in key areas than the Motorola Droid, whose physical keyboard is hard to use
  • Intel readies 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz WiMax support with Kilmer Peak

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 12:10 am

    After keeping operators and users alike waiting for nearly a year, Intel has begun production of a wireless chipset, called Kilmer Peak, that will support three versions of WiMax, 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz.
  • Cisco undervalues Tandberg, investment firms say

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Two investment consulting companies laid out objections to Cisco's US$3 billion offer for Norwegian videoconferencing vendor Tandberg on Friday, saying in an open letter to Cisco and a press interview that the bid undervalues Tandberg.
  • US lawmakers propose changes in telecom subsidies

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Two U.S. lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow money from a huge fund that subsidizes telephone and mobile service to parts of the U.S. to also go for broadband deployment.
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