News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in December 2009
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5 Mobility Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Five predictions for what SMBs can expect on the mobility front in the coming year -- from Trust Digital.
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To Windows Mobile
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Job posting out of Redmond indicate Microsoft is likely planning to integrate its Xbox Live online gaming platform with Windows Mobile.
LCD TV Sales Boom Foreseen In 2010
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
While worldwide shipments rose 1 percent this year, they're expected to ramp 22 percent to 171 million units in 2010, according to DisplaySearch.
Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.
The Pros And Cons Of Virtualization For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Does virtualization really make sense for small businesses? Some experts doubt it, but I'm reluctant to offer any simple answers to this question.
AT&T Resumes Online iPhone Sales
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
AT&T has resumed sales if the iPhone in New York city via their website. I tested a few zip codes in the area and both the 3G and 3GS models are available, as well as refurbished phones. For whatever reason AT&T pulled them over the weekend from the website, they have apparently reversed course.
Remote Desktop: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Is it possible to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection technology with Windows 7? As always, that depends upon which version of Windows 7 you're talking about.
Apple Stock Falls Following Record High
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Investors are bullish on the products they expect Apple to intro in January, particularly the long-awaited Mac tablet.
London iPhone Problems Spotlight Network Issues
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
O2, the United Kingdom's exclusive iPhone provider, has apologized to users for dropped calls and poor reception.
Firefox Prepares To Make Its Smartphone Debut
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
According to the BBC, the first mobile phone version of Firefox is only "days away" from release. In reality, however, most mobile users at small and midsize companies will be in for a much longer wait.
Ford Vehicles To Get iTunes Tagging
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The capability will be part of Ford's HD Radio, which also offers digital radio reception and Internet radio over Bluetooth.
AT&T Resumes NY iPhone Sales
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The company may have been trying to prevent fraud when it stopped online iPhone sales to New Yorkers.
New SSDs Hit The Sweet Spot For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
We all know that quality solid state disks (SSDs) are just too expensive for small businesses to afford, right? Not so fast.
Online Shopping Breaks Records
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Coupons and other incentives helped push online retail to record-breaking levels over the holiday shopping season, said comScore.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Qualcomm COO Leaves For CEO Job
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Industry vet Len Lauer will take the top executive position at an unnamed firm, according to Qualcomm.
E-Books Beat Regular Books On Xmas
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Amazon sold more electronic books than physical books for the first time.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
AT&T Halts Online iPhone Sales In NYC
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
AT&T has halted online sales of the iPhone in New York City. You can verify this by going to AT&T's online site and entering a NYC zip code. Sure enough, I entered a Brooklyn zip code and the iPhone was missing. When I changed it to my southern California zip, the iPhone 3GS and 3G showed up in the list. What is going on?
Reviewing The Year's Storage News Highlights
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Over the past couple of weeks, I slogged through the usual endless series of storage-related "best of" and prediction articles. Finally, here's one that is actually worth sharing.
Wolfe's Den: Apple iSlate Chatter Obscures Device Significance
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Apple's expected release of a humongous-screened iPod will legitimize the platform for business users. It could, in turn, revive Windows-based tablets and make Webpads the big alt.platform story of 2010.
The Perfect Office Mac?
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
German tinkerer Klaus Diebel will modify your old iMac so that it makes coffee but still functions as a Macintosh.
Eight Apps For The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
Traveling during the holidays? Droid owners might find their holiday adventures somewhat eased by loading up their device with some helpful apps for the season. Here are eight apps that range from shopping assistants to package tracking and keeping tabs on flight info.
iPhone Vs. Droid - 3G Shootout
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
We've all seen the knock-down-drag-out advertising battle between Verizon and AT&T in the last few weeks with Verizon claiming a far superior 3G coverage map while AT&T fired back with a faster 3G network. Investment banking firm Piper Jaffray decided to put the speed claims to the test. Armed with an iPhone and the Verizon Droid, they set off in New York to see who was the speed king.
Broadcom Unveils Netbook Video Decoder
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Crystal HD video decoder boosts performance on netbooks using Intel's latest N450 Atom processor.
Google Nexus One Android Phone Fully Revealed
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Leave it to the guys over at Gizmodo to score some one-on-one action with the most talked-about device of December 2009 -- the Google Nexus One. They spent some serious time with it and come away impressed. Oh, and the spec list leaked, too.
Apple Display Suit Dismissed
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed that Apple knowingly sold iMacs with defective displays.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
Vonage Offers VOIP For iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Voice-over-IP calling applications enable smartphone users to make lower-cost international calls.
3Com Earnings Grow, Sales Slip
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Positive earnings bolster the network switching, routing, and security firm ahead of its acquisition by HP.
Android Apps Arcade Now Open In Facebook
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
If there's one thing to be said about 2009, perhaps it should be called the "Year of the Apps Store." It seems like every entity out there launched a mobile apps store. Helping aid in the discovery process, Mplayit has platform specific stores that can be browsed from within Facebook.
Acer Intros TravelMate Timeline Laptops
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The notebooks target mobile professionals by offering Windows 7 Professional, up to 8 hours of battery life, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
iPhone 2010 May Have 5MP Camera
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The current supplier of camera chips for Apple's iPhone, OmniVision Technologies, says it got a whopper of an order from Apple for 2010. Not only will it supply Apple with 40 to 45 million imaging sensors, they will rate 5 megapixels.
i4i Lawsuit Means Nothing To Most Office Users
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Web is buzzing over Microsoft's defeat in a major patent lawsuit involving its Office software. How will this affect your business? With very few exceptions, it won't.
Acer Launching Up To 10 Smartphones In 2010
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Acer has plans to launch between eight and ten smartphones in 2010. They will be a mix of Android and Windows Mobile phones, with Android being the heavier part of the mix.
Intel's vPro Reshapes Remote Desktop Support
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Chances are good that you have never heard of Intel's vPro technology. If your company relies upon remote support technology, it's time to get acquainted with it.
Apple Fixes iMac Flicker -- Or Not
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Apple has released a firmware update for the new 27-inch iMacs which is supposed to address the kind of screen flickering and image corruption users have been complaining about. It's not clear if the update solves everybody's problem, though.
Netbook 2009 Revenues Soar
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Revenue for netbooks was $11.4 billion, up 72% year-over-year, as every other mobile PC category fell.
3D Printer Builds Artificial Blood Vessels
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The goal is to custom-build tissues and organs for transplant, using the patient's own cells and 3D medical printers.
Verizon Sees Advanced Apps On LTE Network
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Developers will find Verizon's 700-MHz Long Term Evolution network friendly to classes of applications never before available on wireless networks, the company says.
Sprint, LG, Microsoft To Intro WinMo WiMax Phone?
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Sprint has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, January 6 -- the day before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off. LG and Microsoft factor large in the presentation, and Brooke Shields is involved, too. What could they possibly be announcing?
Barnes & Noble Fixes Nook Software
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The update addresses performance problems including slow page turning and poor formatting of e-books.
HP Probes 'Racist' Webcam Claim
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
YouTube video appears to show company's facial recognition technology only works with white people.
Apple Updates iMac Firmware
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The release fixes display problems with the 27-inch iMac's graphics cards.
Study: Texting While Driving Is Dangerous
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Drivers can be substantially more distracted by texting than talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Meru Networks Files For IPO
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions provider primarily serves the enterprise wireless market.
iPhone 2009's Top Phone
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
According to Nielsen's data, the iPhone was the top-selling phone in 2009. Three BlackBerries, four LGs, and one Motorola and Samsung also made the list. But which Motorola? The Droid?
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
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