News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in July 2008
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VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
The iPhone's Push App Service Appears
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
While iPhone owners may never get true background applications, the seeds are in place for the next best thing. Select developers are saying the 2.1 version of the firmware has an API for Apple's Push Notification Service.
Blade Server Use Will Be Limited Through 2012, Researcher Says
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Among the disadvantages of blade servers are proprietary technology and a lack of interoperability standards that tend to lock users to a vendor.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Mobile Phone Market Sees Double-Digit Growth
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Vendors shipped 306 million handsets during the second quarter, a 15% increase from the year before, according to IDC.
Windows Mobile: We Have 18,000 Mobile Applications. Beat That, iPhone
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
This morning I received an email from the Windows Mobile press relations team. According to what I read, the number of Windows Mobile phones out in the world has doubled in the last year, and Microsoft expects its WinMo phones to outsell the iPhone, like, forever.
Mac Cloner Psystar Hires Apple-Busting Law Firm
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Defending Psystar will be Carr & Ferrell, a law firm that specializes in tech industry issues such as copyright and intellectual property law.
Nokia Drops Phone Prices, Puts The Squeeze On Competitors
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Nokia has an empowering, vice-like grip on 40% of the world market for mobile phones. Even with its market-leading position, it is stepping up the pressure on its rivals, and recently cut the cost of many of its phones by about 10%. Is this the first sign of a price war?
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Dell Downplays Report Of Music Device
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dell launched a line of MP3 music players in 2003, but poor sales prompted the company to pull the plug in 2006.
The Instinct Gets A Software Update
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Apple's iPhone 3G isn't the only touch-screen device that's selling like hot cakes, as Samsung's Instinct also has been flying off the shelves. While the Instinct was successful, many have reported data-related issues with the phone. Those problems should be fixed with the latest firmware update.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Consumers Spend Less, Comparison Shop Online
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The latest Consumer Behavior Report suggests prices at the pump are now a factor in how far shoppers will go to get that great deal.
Verizon To Help Government Manage Mobile Phones
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
In a deal worth up to $15 million, Verizon Business will manage and track mobile devices for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
Despite Buyout, Bell Canada Cuts 2,500 Managers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company said the loss of positions will result in annual savings of about $300 million when combined with other reductions carried out earlier in the year.
Garmin's GPS Cell Phone 'Nuvifone' Delayed
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company's first mobile phone will be delayed until 2009, but representatives said it will be rolled out with a wireless carrier or two.
Rural Areas Hotbeds Of Twitter Searches, Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Lightly populated areas are more prone to fostering online relationships because of travel constraints, a report from Gaebler Ventures suggests.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
T-Mobile Takes Customization To A Whole New Level With Latest Sidekick
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Last night in New York City, T-Mobile announced its new Sidekick 2008 with a bang. The update to T-Mobile's messaging device for the masses now lets users interchange the exterior shell of the device, making it more personal. It also is slightly more svelte than previous models and includes some other noteworthy tech updates.
Apple: We Fixed MobileMe
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Qwest Rolls Out Verizon Wireless Handsets, Services
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Verizon service replaces the Sprint service that has been offered by Qwest since it sold its earlier Qwest Wireless service a few years ago.
Free Software Group Seeks To Disrupt Apple Genius Bars
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Free Software Foundation, unhappy with Apple's restrictions on the iPhone, is urging members to overload the appointment schedule at the Genius Bars.
LG To Add Dolby Mobile Sound To Its High-End Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
As a certified audiophile, I am always looking for improvements in the quality of music playback in mobile phones. To date, very few have impressed me. Looks like LG could be changing that sad song to a happy one, though, as it announced it will begin putting Dolby Mobile sound into its premier phones later this year.
EPA Asks Whether Energy Star Ratings Would Work For Data Centers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
About 240 data centers will provide the EPA with power consumption information over the next year with the aim of creating possible Energy Star specifications for energy-efficient data centers.
Skyfire Beta Available For Some Symbian Handsets
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The mobile browser enables users to access and have full interaction with Web pages that have Flash, Ajax, Java, and more.
Motorola Moves Squarely into WLAN Market
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
The old has become new again at Motorola. The company, which has experienced rough times recently, seems poised to dump its consumer products and focus once again on corporate networking gear.
Mobility Modder: The Best Insurance Against Bad Drivers
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
If you own a Windows laptop with ATI graphics hardware, updating the display driver is often much harder than it needs to be. The solution to this problem is quick, easy, and free -- and now, it works on laptops running Windows Vista.
Review: iPhone Apps Store
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The best part of iPhone firmware 2.0 is its ability to access the iPhone Apps Store. You want apps? It's got apps. The store is sheer, addictive fun. Here is an in-depth review of how it all works.
Dell Unveils 'Hybrid' Mini Desktop
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The 8-inch computer ships with Windows Vista, either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and 320 GB of storage.
Siemens, Investor Group Form $545 Million Joint Venture
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The Gores Group will get a majority stake in the new venture, which will combine Siemens technology with other Gores holdings.
Dell Customers Angry With Fix For Faulty Notebooks
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The computer maker is hoping a BIOS update will prevent related problems, such as multiple images, random characters on the screen, lines on the screen, and no video.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
Microsoft Dupes Windows Vista Haters With 'Mojave Experiment'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Microsoft's opinion that Vista's troubles are all in users' heads -- and not in the OS's performance -- was supported by a company experiment.
Apple's Safari Vulnerable To 'Cross-Site Cooking'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
An Open Letter To Apple And AT&T: Why Did You Brick My First-Generation iPhone?
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Anyone who upgraded from a first-generation iPhone to the iPhone 3G had to sync the new hardware with iTunes in order to finalize the activation process. By so doing, you effectively killed the cellular radio in the first-generation iPhone. Sure, the 1G iPhone can play media, browse the Web via Wi-Fi and access the Apps Store, but it can't make phone calls. What gave Apple and AT&T the right to disable my $600 piece of property?
Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 2 For Windows Vista, Mac
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The update features dual-monitor support, streamlined search capabilities and localized image correction.
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