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  • Sneaky Fees: Hidden Charges Add Up for Tech Users

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Regulatory fees. Handling fees. Convenience fees. Whatever vendors call them, more of these small charges continue to pile up on mobile phone and broadband bills, as well as on everyday online purchases. It's adding up to aggravation for many customers.
  • Flash mob crackdown in Philly focuses on teens, not technology

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:14 am

    In Philadelphia, the mayor and police have cracked down on mobs of teenagers that turned violent and that police believe learned about the gatherings through "flash mob" wireless communications, including texting and Twitter.
  • Gartner: 10 mobile & wireless technologies that should be on your radar

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:09 am

    10 mobile and wireless networking technologies -– including new versions of Bluetooth and location-awareness -- Gartner says will play a big role in business-to-employee and business-to-consumer interactions over the next couple of years.
  • How Google wants to change telecom

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Google doesn't want to be your Internet service provider; rather, it wants to make your ISP behave in a more Google-friendly manner.
  • Home wireless vendors aim to simplify routers

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:52 am

    If it's been a while since you’ve purchased or upgraded your home wireless network equipment, you’re not alone. Sales of home wireless gear have been pretty flat, leading to several theories about the reason why. Some feel that the current technology of 802.11g and/or 802.11n products is good enough for most home setups, and others suggest that the complexity of setup prevent new users from buying and installing these products.
  • Business iPhone apps finder adds iPad-specific listings

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:38 am

    'No junk' online catalog lets you sort apps by more specific categories than the Apple store provides.
  • iPad teardown reveals first-rate design, build

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:17 am

    The iPad is the best-built first-generation mobile device Apple has ever produced, the owner of an iPod and iPhone repair company said after disassembling one of the new tables.
  • The Look of Post-Cloud IT

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:12 am

    Thornton May wonders why no one is thinking ahead to the shape of the IT landscape once cloud computing becomes the norm.
  • Crafting a UC strategy

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:03 am

    If you have been putting off crafting your unified communications strategy, we don't blame you. The more you know, the more you realize how much you don't know.
  • Twitterrific, Twittelator, TweetDeck come to the iPad

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Twitter and the iPhone have always seemed made for each other--quick messages you can tap out on your phone's keyboard while you're on the go. But will the iPad show a similar affinity for the social networking service? If the App Store is any indication, app developers think so: the store is already awash with Twitter clients for the new device. Here are three popular apps for the site that have made the jump from iPhone to iPad.
  • The iPad's here, now what?

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:19 am

    The iPad is nearly here. It goes on sale Saturday and arrives at the doors of the hundreds of thousands of customers who pre-ordered the tablet. Here are answers to opening day questions about Apple's new tablet.
  • Feel like you're being watched at work? You may be right

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Social network monitoring and IP cameras are two ways organizations are keeping a lid on sensitive data and property.
  • Q&A: Behind Qwest's big broadband stimulus bid

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:25 am

    As the application deadline for the final round of broadband stimulus grants passed this week, Qwest submitted a proposal that, if approved, would dwarf the size of the other broadband stimulus projects throughout the country.
  • Goober promises low rates for VoIP app users

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

    The App Store is crammed with apps offering Voice over IP features. But Goober Networks hopes that its latest app can stand out from the crowd by offering competitive rates on local and international VoIP calls.
  • UK comms regulator wants lower mobile termination rates

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 7:40 am

    U.K. communications regulator Ofcom has proposed to reduce mobile termination rates -- the price operators pay to connect calls to other networks. The new rates should result in cheaper phone calls from fixed-line to mobile phones, the regulator said on Thursday.
  • Silicon cockroaches, 'dirty' IPv4 addresses and other Internet oddities

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    The world's leading Internet engineers see many surprising trends occurring under the covers of this complex network environment. Among their findings are the evolution of silicon cockroaches — tiny, mobile, unattended wireless devices — and "dirty" Internet address space that can't be used by network operators. Here are a few eye-openers about what’s really going on in the Internet infrastructure that were discussed at a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) held in Anaheim last week.
  • Edible RFID microchip monitor can tell if you take your medicine

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Researchers at the University of Florida have combined RFID, microchips and printed nano-particle antennas to make pills that communicate with cell phones or laptops to tell doctors whether patients are taking their medicine.
  • LION cable links Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    The LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network) cable inauguration by Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam over the weekend marked a milestone in the history of telecommunications and ICT in the Indian Ocean.
  • 4G satellite company takes aim at cell carriers

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Look out, U.S. cellular carriers -- there could soon be a new 4G carrier on the block.
  • US Airways joins growing list of airlines with Wi-Fi

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:45 am

    US Airways launched GoGo inflight Wi-Fi service on five aircraft, joining eight other airlines working with wireless service provider Aircell.
  • Developer enthusiasm for iPad slackens as Android surges

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Developer enthusiasm for Apple's iPad has cooled somewhat because the tablet lacks multitasking and a camera, a company that makes cross-platform development tools said today.
  • 4G Essentials

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:22 am

    There is plenty of hype around 4G technologies but beyond the rhetoric some real implementations are happening. Here's a roundup of the latest coverage of the 4G world.
  • iPhone for Verizon report drives up Verizon stock prices

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    A report that Apple will begin production of an iPhone for Verizon and other CDMA networks pushed Verizon's stock higher today.
  • Tech firms, privacy groups want new e-privacy law

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    A coalition of tech vendors and privacy groups is calling on the U.S. Congress to update a 24-year-old law to better protect users of e-mail, cloud computing services and mobile phones from government surveillance.
  • Innovative wireless products shine at CTIA 2010

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:16 am

    The CTIA Wireless conference brought in larger crowds and more vendors than last year's event, but that probably isn't saying much, considering the recession had begun to hit hard in early 2009.
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