News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in October 2008
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Mobile News Roundup
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
It's Friday again, and this week was filled with Motorola backing Android while Sprint dissed it. Qik came to the BlackBerry, Verizon
Nokia Siemens, Ericsson May Get Parts China's 3G
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
China Mobile soon will announce the winners of its $4.4 billion network tender, and the two companies are expected to receive 10% of the contract each.
$200 Eee PC Netbook Expected In 2009
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Asustek CEO Jerry Shen said his company also would begin to phase out its sub-10-inch netbooks that sell for less than $500.
Deutsche Telekom May Own Too Much Of T-Mobile
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
While reviewing the Verizon acquisition of Alltel, the FCC revealed that Deutsch Telekom may violate the 20% voting stock threshold.
Will Verizon Wireless Give Away The BlackBerry Storm For Free?
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless' U.K. partner, Vodafone, recently announced that it will give the BlackBerry Storm to users for free if they sign up for new contracts. Can Verizon Wireless afford to do the same thing?
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
Flash Memory Market To See First Revenue Decline This Year
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Flash memory chips are used in PCs, but nearly 80% of the chips sold each year end up in personal media players, storage cards and USB flash drives.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
100,000 Sony Batteries Recalled
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The batteries found in Dell, HP, and Toshiba PCs were sold in the same time frame as Sony notebook batteries involved in a massive recall in 2006.
Verizon Wireless Teaches Retail Reps How To Bash The G1
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Not one to sit on its laurels, Verizon Wireless is taking the interest in T-Mobile's G1 Android phone seriously by providing its sales reps with ammunition to shoot it down. Another list of "talking points" has been circulated, and it tells us what Verizon really thinks of the G1.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
IBM Sues Apple-Bound Microchip Expert
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Big Blue says Mark Papermaster's bolt to Cupertino violates a noncompete agreement.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
Apple: No Opera Mini For The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are highly capable browsers for mobile phones. Opera, which also makes a full desktop browser for both Windows and Apple machines, created a version of Opera Mini that will run on the iPhone. Too bad Apple won't allow Opera to offer it through the iPhone App Store.
Is Linux The Quick-Boot Miracle Fix? Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Will demand for quick-booting PCs give Linux a leg up on Windows? That's how some folks see it, but I'm not one of them.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Linux Headed For More PCs Than Windows
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Think Windows is hot? HP, Lenovo, Asustek, and other PC makers are developing computers that can give people access to basic functions, such as e-mail and Web browsing, in less than 30 seconds.
Intel's $11.5 Million Taiwanese Investment Puts Moblin OS In Netbooks
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker's partnership with VMax could help set the stage for a wide rollout of WiMax-capable machines running on Linux in the country with PC makers Asustek and Acer to benefit.
Motorola Causing A Ruckus
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Motorola sure gave us some interesting news today. The quarterly loss of nearly $400 million and thousands of layoffs always jump out at you, but, digging a little deeper, I couldn't help but wonder where Symbian fits into Moto's plans.
MasterCard Strengthens Its Mobile Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company is offering the ability to provision a customer's PayPass account over the air, which could lead to more phones capable of contactless payment.
Crybabies Emerge After Wal-Mart G1 Discount Announced
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Remember how ticked off people were when Apple dropped the price of the iPhone from $600 to $400 last year? People cried foul in droves. In light of Wal-Mart's announcement that it's going to sell the Android phone for $31 less than it costs at T-Mobile stores, people are complaining.
iPhone, Smartphones May Be Recession-Proof As Sales Hold Up
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Apple still has a relatively low share of the cell phone market, but consumers with income between $25,000 and $50,000 acquired iPhones in a higher growth percentage.
Mobile Gaming In Trouble, Nokia Says
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The multibillion-dollar industry may be hurt by the economic slowdown, but Nokia still expects growth in certain segments, including the iPhone.
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
Dell Refreshes XPS One Entertainment PC
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The latest model offers a 24-inch, 1,080p high-definition display, JBL dual stereo speakers, and an optional Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT card.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
'Motorolandroid': Another Open Source Proving Ground
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.

Smaller Business SaaS Still In Early Adopter Phase
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Despite bullish predictions that the market for SaaS is ripe and small and midsize businesses are embracing subscription-based applications and IT services, the market for may still be in the early stages, which means lots of opportunity.
AT&T, Lenovo Offer Subsidized Laptops
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Customers will be able to get up to $150 off a laptop with embedded 3G modem if they sign up for a two-year data plan with AT&T.
Motorola Delays Mobile Spin-Off, Android On Hold
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company has been betting heavily on Google's new Android platform, but now says it won't deliver handset to compete with T-Mobile-HTC's G1 until next year.
WiMax Coming To Remote Regions Of Vermont
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
FairPoint, Nortel, and Airspan Networks are investing in building out the 3.65 GHZ spectrum to help spur the use of fixed WiMax in many regions.
CompTIA Poll Puts Obama On Top
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In terms of technology policy, 79% of respondents said the government should not regulate the Internet the way it regulates telephone service providers and television broadcasts.
Smaller Businesses Have IT Envy, See SaaS As Solution
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
How do smaller businesses use and manage IT? Not surprisingly, smaller organizations struggle to compete with larger enterprises and often don't know how to gain access to the high-quality IT services that could offer competitive parity or advantage. But hosted services may open doors previously closed to smaller organizations.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Motorola: No Android Phones For A Year
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Just when it seemed Motorola was on the brink of turning things around, reality had to intrude. Motorola reported its third quarter earnings today. The company suffered a deep loss of $397 million. Worse than that was a comment made by Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha. He said there will be no Android phones from Motorola until the holiday season of 2009.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
Google Apps Looks To The Future
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
In the wake of yesterday's announcement of Labs for Google Apps, I just happened to get a chance to sit down with a Google project manager on the apps enterprise team. He offered some insight into the company's plans to differentiate its products.
Intel Ups Market Share In 3Q, AMD Loses Ground
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The PC market, a key driver of microprocessor sales, showed healthy growth in the third quarter, despite some signs of weakening demand, iSuppli said.
Consumer Electronics' Supply Chain Is Weakening
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Lower-than-expected production for equipment manufacturers that sell mobile PCs, digital TVs, DVD players and other electronics to stores, research firm Gartner warns.
More Holiday Shoppers Expect To Spend Less This Year
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
So far, no "must-have" gift is expected to drive consumers to stores, which was the case last year with personal navigation devices, a report by the NPD Group found.
Motorola Reportedly Trimming Operating Systems In Favor Of Android
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The cell phone maker is hoping that next week's FCC white spaces vote will bolster its efforts to bring an Android phone to market.
Consumers Cutting Cell Phone Spending
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Has the global economic slowdown made you change your cell phone plans? You may not be alone, as a new poll for GetJar shows that more than 75% of respondents are planning to cut back on their bill, or wait to upgrade or buy a new phone.
Aruba Launches Wireless Research Lab
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
One of the main focuses will be the environmental and societal impacts of an unwired enterprise, according to Aruba CTO Keerti Melkote.
HP Assault On Netbook Market Likely To Fire Up Price War
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The PC-maker's launch of the $399 Mini 1000 is expected to dramatically increase the competition over price and features in mini-notebooks.
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
$5.5 Million BlackBerry Fund Invests In Future Mobile Harvest
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Recipients Digby, Buzzd, and WorldMate are expected to build applications that will show up on RIM's application store next March.
Hackers Crack Open, Unlock The G1 Android Phone
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Well, that didn't take too long. A coven of crafty coders have used their wily skills to break the software chains tethering the HTC G1 Android phone to T-Mobile's network. There is a trade-off, however, and it's a big one.
AT&T Finally Offers Free Wi-Fi To The iPhone (For Real This Time!)
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Today I received a text message from AT&T. It was an official announcement that I can now begin using AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots for free in locations such as participating Starbucks. Nice of AT&T to get on the ball six months after news of the service first leaked out.
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For Turn-By-Turn Directions On The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
At first glance, the iPhone has all the ingredients needed to support turn-by-turn directions. It runs GPS. It runs Google Maps. It has audio output and a speaker. So why doesn't the iPhone give you real-time turn-by-turn directions? The answer, I think, is that turn-by-turn directions are more complicated to deliver than they seem to be. Much as I want my iPhone to tell me where to turn when I'm driving, I'm not optimistic that we'll see that capability anytime soon.
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