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  • Mobile Internet to Dominate Within 5 Years -- Study

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    The mobile Internet is growing faster than its desktop counterpart ever did, and more users may go online via mobile devices than desktop PCs within five years, according to a new study by investment firm Morgan Stanley.
  • A Day without Blackberry Email

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Welcome to Thursday -- and news that Blackberry email service is down. According to the folks at, it's been out since around 3:00 am EST, and is hitting users on all cellular carriers.
  • Kansas businessman gets prison for E-Rate fraud

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 11:10 am

    A former owner of three Kansas computer service companies has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the federal E-Rate program, which provides broadband funding for schools and libraries in poor areas, and for making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Master Google Android: 40 Tips and Tricks

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 11:10 am

    The first time you use an Android phone, one thing becomes immediately clear: You're not in Cupertino anymore.
  • McDonald's free Wi-Fi part of growing trend

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Everybody wants free Wi-Fi, and the decision by McDonald's Corp. to offer it in more than 11,000 of its U.S. restaurants in January is part of a growing trend toward offering wireless service at little or no cost.
  • Ericsson demos HSPA at 42 Mbps

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Ericsson has demonstrated one part of the technology that will make speeds of up to 42 Mbps (bits per second) possible in 3G networks. However, a lot of work remains before services can be launched.
  • NTT DoCoMo begins building LTE network

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 6:10 am

    Japan's largest cellular provider has embarked on a network upgrade that should enable it to offer high-speed LTE (Long-Term Evolution) data services from around this time next year.
  • IT departments need right skills to recover in 2010

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Certain IT skills will help carry companies through the recession to a better economic climate – and business leaders are counting on that.
  • Will 2010 be the year of IPv6?

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Despite significant growth in 2009, IPv6 still represents less than 1% of all Internet traffic.
  • 'Bloodhound' device sniffs out contraband cell phones in prisons

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    A mobile cell phone detector from Berkeley Varitroncis packs what had been a fixed radio detection system into a two-pound handheld package. It wouldn't be fashionable enough for a Hollywood James Bond, but the BV Bloodhound, like its name, isn't intended for fashionable settings.
  • Adtran extends Carrier Ethernet line

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Adtran this week added three routers to its Carrier Ethernet portfolio.
  • Ten IT Talking Points Your CFO Will Love

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Do you know how to talk to your CFO in terms that he or she understands? Here are ten talking points for the year ahead.
  • Integrated IT Overhaul Keeps Company On The Move

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    North American Material Trading Company, a metal trading and processing firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, recently acquired two nearby manufacturing plants and opened a satellite office in Tampa, Florida. It wasn't long before management realized that each location featured a disconnected jumble of outdated equipment.
  • AT&T lashes out at Fake Steve Jobs' network knock-out threat

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Fake Steve Jobs is taking heat from AT&T over his protest campaign to shut down the carrier's 3G network this Friday.
  • McDonald's to offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    McDonald's restaurants may soon be the easiest spot to find free Wi-Fi and browse the Web as long as you like.
  • Opinion: E-mail overload (or status emailicus)

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    When e-mail gets in the way of our ability to get things done, it's time to change the way we handle it, says John Halamka.
  • Amazon: Kindle for BlackBerry App Coming Soon

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

    BlackBerry owners will soon be able to download a free Kindle BlackBerry app for smartphone-based access to their Kindle digital-book library. Apple's iPhone is currently the only major smartphone platform with an official Kindle mobile application.
  • Fake Steve Jobs Takes On the Real AT&T

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have a reputation for being difficult, but his alter ego, Dan Lyons' Fake Steve, may be even worse. On Monday, Fake Steve continued his attacks against AT&T's reputation for poor service by encouraging readers to flood AT&T's 3G network at noon this Friday in an attempt to cripple AT&T's data network. Dubbed Operation Chokehold, Fake Steve calls on iPhone users across the country to run a data intensive iPhone application for one solid hour on AT&T's 3G network. As you can imagine, AT&T was not happy to hear about this "digital flash mob," as Fake Steve is calling it.
  • McDonald's to Offer Free Wi-Fi Internet Access

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Beginning in mid-January, McDonald's restaurants will become one of the nation's largest providers of free Wi-Fi Internet access, thanks to a new deal with AT&T.
  • Review

    Review: SolarVoice 908 headset lets the sunshine in

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Want to go green with your smartphone? Try the SolarVoice 908, a Bluetooth headset that charges itself via a built-in photovoltaic panel.
  • Singapore cracks down on telecom contracts, termination fees

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 2:10 am

    Telecommunication regulators in Singapore issued new guidelines governing contract terms and early termination fees for mobile and broadband services in a bid to make the city-state's telecommunications industry more competitive.
  • Census Bureau error puts texting rate at a fraction of CTIA estimate

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Just how much texting is actually going on is apparently in some disagreement, with numbers for growth in texting contained in a U.S. Census Bureau press release issued today just a fraction of what the private sector has reported through the CTIA.
  • AT&T offers new position on net neutrality

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should back away from creating strict nondiscrimination rules requiring broadband service providers to carry all Internet content and applications, because such net neutrality rules could hurt investment in networks, AT&T told the FCC Tuesday.
  • House panel looks for more mobile spectrum

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The U.S. Congress needs to find new wireless spectrum -- and new ways to share spectrum -- to avoid a pending spectrum shortage brought on by growing numbers of mobile subscribers and increased mobile data use, witnesses told a House of Representatives subcommittee.
  • Broadcom pushes mobile video, bright outlook

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Broadcom on Tuesday highlighted mobile video and home networking in product announcements and a rosy business forecast while the company received good news about two former executives.
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