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  • iPhone apps that could save your life

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Move over games and make room for medicine. A growing number of developers are tapping into a treasure trove of U.S. government healthcare data and coming up with innovative iPhone apps that help consumers make better medical decisions.
  • Not just a passing fad: Improved productivity looks good on your business

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 2:47 pm

    Technology, like fashion, evolves constantly, but one thing that is always in fashion is saving money.
  • Coping with Wi-Fi's biggest problem: interference

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Over the last 10 years 802.11 technology has made remarkable strides -- getting faster, stronger and more scalable. But one problem still haunts Wi-Fi: reliability.
  • Cortado's Corporate Server becomes Android-friendly

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    German software vendor Cortado has added Android-based smartphones to the list of devices using version 5.0 of its Corporate Server platform that can access network printers and documents stored in corporate networks, the company said on Tuesday.
  • BlackBerry users in UAE get free smartphone after shutdown

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Some BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates will get to choose a new, free replacement smartphone as a result of the U.A.E. government's decision to suspend data services on Research In Motion's smartphones, mobile operator Etisalat announced on Tuesday.
  • Cisco settles antitrust suit over software updates

    Posted August 2, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    Cisco Systems has settled a 2008 lawsuit in which independent network maintenance company Multiven charged that Cisco forced customers to buy its SMARTnet service plan in order to get bug fixes and software updates.
  • NTT DOCOMO plans to buy PacketVideo

    Posted August 2, 2010 - 6:31 am

    NTT DOCOMO plans to acquire PacketVideo Corporation, a company that develops multimedia software for mobile phones, the Japanese mobile operator said on Monday.
  • BlackBerry service to be suspended by UAE

    Posted August 1, 2010 - 10:16 am

    Some BlackBerry services will be suspended in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 11 because the services do not fall in line with the country's regulations, the UAE telecommunications regulator said on Sunday.
  • Hacker snoops on GSM cell phones in demo

    Posted July 31, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    Despite concerns that federal authorities might fine or arrest him, hacker Chris Paget went ahead with a live demonstration of mobile phone interception at the Defcon hacking conference Saturday.
  • FCC concerned over DefCon mobile hacking talk

    Posted July 30, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Chris Paget wants to demonstrate how easy it is to snoop in on mobile-phone conversations. The question is: Will the federal authorities allow it?
  • Mobile health requires grasping smartphone, user connection

    Posted July 30, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    Health-care providers looking to implement a mobile strategy need to understand the strong bond people have with their smartphones, said panelists Friday at the World Congress' Summit on mHealth in Boston.
  • Strategy's Limits: A chat with Ernest von Simson

    Posted July 30, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    As co-founder of The Research Board, an exclusive, IT-focused think tank established in 1970, Ernest von Simson watched time and again as corporate leaders took their companies through change and crises over three decades. During those years, he came to believe that steadfastness is the most vital leadership characteristic for success, as he demonstrates in his new book, "The Limits of Strategy: Lessons in Leadership from the Computer Industry".
  • Alcatel-Lucent's revenue drops, but operating loss shrinks

    Posted July 30, 2010 - 5:17 am

    Alcatel-Lucent's second-quarter revenue fell 2.4 percent year on year, dragged down by slow sales in fixed-line network equipment and terrestrial optical networks, but the company reduced costs, cutting its operating loss by two-thirds compared to a year earlier.
  • Qualcomm finalizes Indian partners for LTE joint venture

    Posted July 30, 2010 - 4:15 am

    Qualcomm has finalized initial shareholders for its LTE (Long Term Evolution) services venture in India, it said on Friday.
  • Review

    Review: Google Goggles

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Google Goggles (free) is an ambitious Augmented Reality (AR) app that uses your Android smartphone camera as input, then tries to match the captured image with relevant search results. When you see something interesting, such as a restaurant or a landmark, and decide you want to know more about it, you can whip out your Android phone and snap a picture. Google Googles then goes to work to serve up information about the restaurant or landmark--often, however, with very mixed results. But when it is used properly, Goggles can be quite useful.
  • Smartphones, tablets seen boosting mobile health

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 8:45 pm

    Smartphones, tablet PCs and other wireless devices are poised to play a greater role in health care as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said Thursday.
  • RFID Tags Arrive on Store Floor as Retailers Go After ROI

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    For the retailing industry, the adoption of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology this decade has been one long, strange journey: Periods of irrational exuberance followed by times of great frustration and confusion; expensive pilot projects riddled with technical, standards-based and cost complexities; and a widespread belief among those retailers or CPG manufacturers that were forced into the RFID universe that it is a technology solution in search of a problem.
  • NetJets orders Aircell Wi-Fi equipment for 250 aircraft

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    NetJets is betting that its business customers want Wi-Fi access in the air and has has selected Aircell technology to outfit more than 250 of its private planes.
  • Potential Streak buyers blast Dell over delays

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    Potential buyers of Dell's new Streak smartphone are posting multiple angry notes on Dell message boards after the company disclosed this week that the device will no longer be available in the U.S. this month.
  • Bad guys could read RFID passports at 217 feet, maybe a lot more

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    LAS VEGAS -- Radio frequency ID tags embedded in U.S. passports can be read hundreds of feet away, potentially making it inexpensive and easy to pick American tourists out of crowds for illicit purposes, "spychips", a demonstration at Black Hat 2010 showed.
  • 'Unhackable' Android can be hacked

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    Once thought to be unhackable, the Android phone is anything but, according to researchers presenting at Black Hat 2010.
  • Cisco, VMware, NetApp claim first end-to-end FCoE configuration

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    Cisco, NetApp and VMware said they have certified their products to create a single, end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet network that can handle virtual server traffic as well as high-speed data storage transport.
  • India tightens security rules for telecom

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    The Indian government on Wednesday amended the licenses of telecommunications service providers to make them "completely and totally responsible" for the security of their networks.
  • Massive check-fraud botnet operation tied to Russia

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Check fraud is an old-fashioned kind of crime, but a criminal ring with ties to Russia is using modern cybercrime techniques, including botnets, online databases of financial information and check imaging archives, to run a highly automated, multi-million-dollar counterfeit-check operation.
  • RIM opens its first BlackBerry store in China

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 6:00 am

    Research In Motion opened its first BlackBerry retail store in China on Wednesday, with the hope of boosting the smartphone's presence in the mainland market.
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