News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in January 2009
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Microsoft Patent Turns Smartphone Into A PC
Commentary  |  1/31/2009  | 
Microsoft has applied for a patent that will allow you to dock your smartphone, giving it PC-like powers to print, network, connect to an external display and more.
Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Dell's Smartphone Better Be Spectacular
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Analysts agree that Dell would have to go beyond the Apple iPhone, the RIM BlackBerry, and the upcoming Palm Pre.
Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
It's been an interesting week in the mobile space, as Verizon had a strong quarter thanks to the Storm, Sprint said it would be axing 8,000 jobs, and Apple got an important patent f
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting On WiMax
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Nortel's officially out of the WiMax game and with capital evaporating, Clearwire's ambition to expand beyond two cities look precarious.
NEC To Cut 20,000 Jobs Worldwide
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The company pinned its financial troubles on the economic recession that caused a slowdown in spending among businesses and consumers.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
No Longer Co-Dependent: Personal Computing And Business Virtual Desktops
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Desktop virtualization is not like what it sounds. It does not start with a one-by-one conversion of each user's desktop from a straightforward piece of hardware to one that runs only a virtual machine.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
RIM: We've Shipped 50 Million Smartphones
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
I received an e-mail from Research In Motion's media relations team this morning. In it were some interesting facts. The first of which is that this month, RIM shipped its 50 millionth BlackBerry.
Nortel Axing WiMax, Trimming Partnership With Alvarion
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The decision raises questions about the long-term viability of mobile WiMax as it gears up for full-fledged competition with LTE.
Wall Street Journal Revives Dell Smartphone Rumors
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Last night The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that Dell is set to enter the smartphone business as soon as next month. The paper reported that Dell is eyeing Windows Mobile and Android.
The Truth About Open-Source Groupware
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
The conventional wisdom holds that Microsoft Exchange towers above its open-source competitors. Maybe it's time to challenge the conventional wisdom.
New Firmware Points To New iPhone?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
One of the Internet's favorite games is spotting the next iPhone, and we've seen tons of rumors that have been squashed. But recent digging into the latest firmware updates potentially reveal a new iPhone model already is being tested.
Graphics Chip Shipments Plummet In 4Q
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A major contributor to the drop in the GPU market was the nearly 40% fall in shipments for desktop PCs, analysts with Jon Peddie Research said.
Lenovo Targets Small And Midsize Companies With Bargain PCs
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Predicting that small and midsize companies are getting ready to rebound from the recession, Lenovo is poised to battle for their business. And it's releasing a line of low-cost PCs to prove it.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Lenovo Buys Secretive Startup Switchbox
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Consumer technologies from the company, which was co-founded by a former Microsoft executive, are expected to be integrated into upcoming Lenovo products.
Sprint Back In Court Over Early Termination Fees
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A California judge is ordering a new trial in a class-action lawsuit against Sprint regarding its contract cancellation fees that could potentially cost $300 million.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Samsung Touts Highest Density Memory Chip
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Samsung is targeting manufacturers' new generation of "green" PCs with its new technology, which will be used in servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops.
BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
According to a breakdown by iSuppli, the touch-screen BlackBerry costs $203 to make, $30 more than Apple's smartphone.
Nintendo Shocks Market With Profit Warning
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
One factor may have been that there were no new blockbuster games for the Wii in the second half of last year, which would have helped to boost sales.
T-Mobile Reports 32.8 Million Subscribers
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Thanks to the rollout of 3G services and the success of handsets like the Android-powered G1, T-Mobile added more than 4 million new subscribers in 2008.
Discount Hardware, Discount Software - Stock Up Now
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
As vendors look to keep revenue coming in the door, prices on hardware and software are plummeting. For small and midsize businesses who can afford it, now's a great time to buy.
Qualcomm's Profits Slip As Mobile TV Rollout Nears
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The MediaFLO problem would be tacked onto the negative losses the company already cited in its financial report Wednesday.
Which Smartphone Reached 1 Million Sold The Fastest?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
An enterprising reader of Engadget put together a nifty little chart showing how fast a handful of smartphones hit the 1 million mark. The figures used are those based on actual announced sales by the companies involved. Those included are the Apple iPhone and iPhone 3G, the BlackBerry Storm, the HTC G1, and the Nokia 5800. Also, it looks like 2008 saw 1.21 billion mobile phones sold.
iSuppli: BlackBerry Storm Innards Cost More Than The iPhone's
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
iSuppli sunk its teeth into the BlackBerry Storm to see what the sum of its parts is really worth. According to its analysis, the Storm costs RIM about $203 to make. Verizon Wireless is selling the Storm for $199 (after rebates). Apple's iPhone 3G costs about $174 to make and sells for $199/$299.
Toshiba Reaches Out To Smaller Businesses With Price Drop
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Toshiba has dropped prices on its notebook computers aimed at the small- and midsize-business market, so you can pick up a new laptop for as low as $529.
8 Mobile Technologies To Watch
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Many of the improvements expected to make an impact in the next two years will soon be integrated into smartphones, research firm Gartner reports.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Google Claims Data Center Energy Savings
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Google said its quarterly energy-weighted average Power Usage Effectiveness fell to 1.16 from 1.22 in the third quarter.
Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader To Get Facelift
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Tech enthusiasts are taking their best guesses as to what the online retailer has planned for the 2.0 version of the popular gadget.
Cloud Computing: The Ultimate Recession Technology
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
The recession is hurting everyone ... or is it? This could be the break out year for cloud computing vendors who are ready and waiting for a flood of businesses to embrace low cost, no investment, no management computing in the cloud.
House Squashes DTV Delay
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
In an interesting turn of events, the delay of the transition to digital TV -- which looked all but a certainty early this week -- has been put on hold by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Opera Finalizes Browser For Android
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The release version of Opera Mini for Android includes the ability to save files on an SD card, resources for video playback, and other improvements.
Nokia Boosts Location Services With Bit-Side Buy
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
By purchasing the media-sharing software company, Nokia is hoping to improve its Nokia Maps program.
Opera Mini For Android Graduates To Full Release
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Android users spoke and Opera listened. Today, Opera announced that its Opera Mini 4.2 for Android software has graduated from beta status and is now a full build. Lots of new goodies are on board.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The issue that needs your fresh thinking: the one-size-fits-all, non-negotiable maintenance fees most software companies charge.
Western Digital Launches 2 TB Green Hard Drive
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The WD Caviar Green consumes 7.4 watts in read/write mode and 4 watts at idle.
Watch Me Beat The Snot Out Of A Motorola Tundra
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
Have you ever wondered just how tough rugged products are? I have, and I decided to see just how far I could push Motorola's newest rugged handset, the VA76r Tundra. Find out if it can survive the heat of a blowtorch.
Outsourcing Bill Of Rights Proposed
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Satyam's financial fraud scandal has one services vendor pushing for an industry-wide set of ethics to ease outsourcing fears.
Apple Gets iPhone Patent
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company gains legal muscle against Palm and other rivals launching similar multitouch technology devices.
Verizon Reports $1.24 Billion Income In 4Q
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company's wireless tail continues to wag the company dog to higher sales, profits.
New Zealand Man Buys MP3 Player, Gets 60 Pages Of Sensitive U.S. Military Data
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
New Zealand's Chris Ogle probably thought it was his lucky day when he scored a used MP3 player cheap. But his luck soured when it turned out to be broken -- and loaded with 60 pages of U.S. military data and personally identifying information.
Apple Pushes Out iPhone Firmware 2.2.1
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
Along with a number of software updates released today, Apple is boosting the iPhone's firmware version by dot-one to 2.2.1. What does the firmware include?
Cisco Seeing Green With EnergyWise Partner Program
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company's outreach to other green-power companies focuses on integrating power management with network devices to monitor and control power usage.
IBM Cuts More Than 3,000 Jobs, Workers Claim
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Big Blue is shedding positions in software, sales, research, and other departments, an employee group says.
Penguin In Your Pocket: Running Linux On USB
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
How do you make the ultimate portable PC? With the right Linux distro and a USB memory stick, you already have one.
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