News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in May 2008
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BlackBerry Leads, iPhone Follows U.S. Smartphone Sales
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The reason for RIM's success? It's been able to broaden the appeal of the BlackBerry to more than just professionals, an IDC report found.
Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Laptop-Embedded Wireless Broadband Closer To Mainstream
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
New technologies and pricing due by the end of 2008 have the potential to eliminate the problems of embedded wireless 3G notebook purchases, Gartner now suggests.
Xerox Ink Expands Commercial Use Of Digital Printers
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The gel-like substance is expected to allow digital print on foil and plastic, both common materials in packaging.
FoneLink 2.0 Targeted At Apple Macintosh Users
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The syncing software has been overhauled to improve the speed, stability, and features for the latest Mac OS X operating system.
Google's Schmidt: Mobile Internet The Future Of Advertising
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Speaking to a German newspaper, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the mobile Internet will indeed be the next major advertising platform. According to Schmidt, the iPhone is leading the charge.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
Samsung Introduces Stylish Smartphone
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The sleek Samsung smartphone has a stainless steel body, is 13.5 millimeters thin, and features a sliding form factor.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Mozilla's Add-On Army (Finally!) Makes Its Move
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
As Firefox 3 takes its final steps towards a final release, some users are wondering whether their favorite extensions will fall by the wayside. As it turns out, most of them won't have to wonder -- or worry -- much longer.
Cell Phones' Newest Feature: Avoiding Speeding Tickets
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Trapster is a new service that allows cell phone users to alert one another about the location of speed traps. Alerts are sent in real-time to Trapster users as they approach a tagged trap. Never mind the fact that using a cell phone while speeding is probably not a good idea.
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Qualcomm Lays Out Map For The Future Of BREW
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
This week at Qualcomm's annual BREW conference, the giant chipmaker gave its content delivery platform a double shot in the arm. BREW's future includes Flash integration and the ability to run widgets created with Qualcomm's Plaza initiative. Are these improvements enough to fend off the competition?
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Ultra Low-Cost Laptops: A Viable Option For SMBs?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
No one likes to spend more than they have to on a computer. And no one likes to carry around more weight than they have to. You'd think that would make a killer combination for ultra-low-cost ultra-portables like the Asus eeePC, OLPC XO, and HP 2133 Mini-Note. And now a new teeny tiny machine is on the way from Dell. But don't throw away your traditional notebook just yet.
CIOs Uncensored: An Interview With The Last CIO
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
How did it come about that Tomorrow's CIO really is tomorrow's CIO?
Intel, Micron Launch High-Density Storage Chip
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The new devices are smaller than the size of a thumbnail but can store more than 2,000 digital photos or up to 1,000 songs.
VIA Launches Low-Power Nano Processor Family
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The chips could initially be used in thin and light laptops and later in sub-$500 mini-notebooks with screen sizes of less than 10 inches.
Mobile Ad Revenue To Hit $10 Billion By 2013
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To hit that number, the industry must first solve a host of issues involving formats, pricing strategies, and standards, says a report from Heavy Reading.
3G iPhone Report Of The Day: It's Delayed
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Quick, everyone panic! Apple's stock is going to tank if this one is true! German cell phone chipmaker Infineon said that it is seeing less demand for its HSDPA chips than it was expecting for some big, unnamed project (hint: 3G iPhone). Surely this means Apple is delaying the 3G iPhone's launch. Right? As Mr. Spock would say, "That's highly illogical."
3K Computers Launches Mini-Laptop
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The RazorBook 400 weighs less than two pounds and includes a 4 GB flash drive for storage and 512 MB of memory.
Dell Confirms It Has A Mini-Notebook
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Though details aren't finalized, Michael Dell's prototype includes three USB ports, a card reader, a VGA out, and an Ethernet connection.
'State Of The Internet' Shows Attacks, Network Speeds Up
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Attacks coming from 125 countries targeted 23 unique network ports, with the most malicious traffic coming from the United States and China, Akamai reports.
Nokia as a 'Software' Company
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
I'm probably the first to report that the news out of Barcelona is that cell phone giant Nokia  is transitioning from being a mobile phone company to being a software company. I'd be wrong, of course. Well, mostly wrong.

Hitachi Takes Low-Power Set-Top Box Drives For A 'CoolSpin'
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The company's latest 500 GB hard drive is expected to find its way into DVRs and other devices starting next month.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Intel Cites Graphics Problems In Centrino 2 Delay
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
A flawed integrated graphics controller in the GM45/GM47 chipsets means the upcoming version of the Core 2 package is expected to ship on July 14.
Unified Communications Confounds Small Businesses
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Vendors love to talk up the benefits of Unified Communications, but an exclusive study of small and midsize companies by bMighty.com suggests that many companies are not yet getting the message.
Smartphones Become Clear Choice For Mobile Web Access
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The upcoming 3G iPhone and its competitors have some industry experts even saying traditional cell phones are going the way of the dinosaur.
Verizon's FiOS TV Service Nearing Approval In Big Apple
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The service would compete with legacy cable providers Time Warner and Cablevision.
HTC's Android Phone Shown Off At Google Conference
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco has marked the unofficial debut of HTC's upcoming Android-powered smartphone, the Dream. Here's a video sneak-peek.
IBM Unveils Three Rack Servers Powered By AMD
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Designed around the "Barcelona" quad-core Opteron processor, IBM said its x3755 configuration can scale up to four sockets and provide up to 128 GB of memory.
Top 20 Risks U.S. Tech Companies Are Losing Sleep Over
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
If you think the slow U.S. economy is the biggest worry for U.S. tech companies right now, you're wrong.
Analysts Rain On Apple's iPhone Parade
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
With iPhone sales petering out due to their growing unavailability, Apple may not sell 10 million iPhones in 2008, say analysts. What spurred Jobs to believe that Apple could attain that number, when to-date the iPhone has sold only 5.4 million? Discuss.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers 'Virtually Silent' Machines
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The systems integrator continues to defy Apple's no-cloning rule, upgrading its Leopard-based knockoffs and ramping up production capabilities.
Worldwide Cell Phone Sales Increase By 13.6%
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Emerging markets are booming, but sales in Western Europe and Japan fell by double digits, Gartner's latest survey reveals.
HP Packs Two Blades In Single Server Slot
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
HP says a fully loaded system takes up 8 square feet of data center floor space and offers 12.3 teraflops of performance.
Cellular Modems Move into the Mainstream
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
What do you think was the hottest networking technology in 2007? Power over Ethernet switches? No. Unified Threat Management security systems? Guess again. VoIP phones? Nope. Try cellular modems, whose sales rose by an astounding 300% from year to year.
Sony, Cable Operators Agree On Set-Top Boxes
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The memorandum of understanding is expected to spur the growth of two-way interactive cable TV services.
Cisco Delivers On Open Promise
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
John Chambers has been talking about transforming the way enterprises use and manage IT resources for a couple of years now. With "Cisco Motion," he's finally delivered.
Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm Ready To Dig
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Despite a radio glitch, the space agency said that the lander was still able to carry out backup activities ordered through commands that were sent Monday.
8-Megapixels On Your Camera Phone?
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
OmniVision's new image sensor wants to increase the number of pixels on your cell phone without increasing its profile.
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