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Content tagged with Mobile posted in December 2010
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B&N Says Nook Top Selling Product Ever
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Responding to a recent similar claim for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble said its e-reader was its best-selling product in nearly 40 years.
Verizon To Showcase Smart Home Monitoring At CES
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The telecommunications company is taking a crack at offering an automated home service, a concept that has yet to gain much acceptance among consumers.
White House Reveals Plans For ExpertNet Wiki
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The online tool will allow U.S. officials and policymakers to solicit input about decisions they're making from experts outside the government and from the general public.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Europeans Approve Universal Smartphone Charger Standards
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
Facebook Holds Commanding Lead In Search
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The social network held four of the top 10 terms searched in 2010 and recorded more site visits than any other Web property, reported Experian Hitwise.
Skype Releases Apple iOS Video Chat
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About 40% of the computers in the peer-to-peer VoIP network went offline in the day-long service disruption due to a flaw in an older version of Skype's software.
2011 Looks Bright For Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7 didn't get off to a blazing start, at least by modern smartphone standards. Our basis for comparison is the iPhone, the device that redefined what a smartphone was. That sells millions within days of each new iteration and there are over 300,000 books and apps in the App Store. That doesn't mean though that Windows Phone is off to a bad start.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated
DARPA Developing Mobile Networks For War Communications
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Defense Department's MAINGATE will allow forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to share joint military mission information and remotely control surveillance vehicles.
Tips For Tapping The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
It's no secret that more and more businesses are flying high these days. That is, they're computing in the cloud to save money and resources. But did you know that SMBs are one of the largest consumers of the cloud? And that, according to IDC, the SMB cloud market is expected to grow more than threefold in the next three years, from $16.5 billion to more than $55.5 billion by 2014?
HP Wins $2.5 Billion NASA IT Services Contract
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
The firm beat out incumbent Lockheed Martin for a deal to manage PC hardware, software, mobile services, and infrastructure for the space agency.
Groupon Seeks $950 Million In Venture Funding
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
The filing to raise investor capital has caused analysts to increase the daily-deal site's value to nearly $7 billion.
Paul Allen Amends Suit Against Apple, Google, Facebook
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Microsoft co-founder re-files complaint clarifying the basis for his patent infringement claims against a host of tech firms, in advance of a Dec. 28 court deadline.
iPad's Competition Is Junk
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
The iPad wasn't the first tablet available, but it has far and away been the most commercially successful model. This has prompted others to get tablets out the door as soon as possible hoping to ride the coattails of the iPad to riches.
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Alcatel To Pay $137 Million In Bribery Settlement
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found the telecom made illegal payments to foreign government officials in exchange for favorable business treatment.
NIIT Technologies Acquires EHR Platform
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Indian IT firm will enter the U.S. healthcare market with the Preferr hosted electronic health records and referral management software.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
LG To Unveil 'World's Largest' LCD 3D HDTV
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The 72-inch, LED-backlit TV will be revealed at CES, along with mobile 3D televisions.
Samsung Launching iPod Touch Rival
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The Android 2.2-based Galaxy Player is modeled after the popular Galaxy S smartphone, will be revealed at CES, according to reports.
AT&T Expands WiFi Hotzones In NYC, San Francisco
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Move intended to ease mobile spectrum congestion in large cities.
High School Settles Facebook First Amendment Case
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Florida student said her free-speech rights were infringed when she was suspended for criticizing a teacher on the social network.
Worthy New Year's Resolution - Don't Text And Drive
Commentary  |  12/28/2010  | 
The New Year is just days away and people will be making all sorts of resolutions. Many won't make it a full month or even a full week before falling back to their old ways. One resolution that is worth making a serious effort to keep though is no texting while driving.
Outsourcing Pioneer Patni Gets $915 Million Takeover Bid
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Private equity firms Apax Partners and iGate are leading an effort to acquire the offshore IT services firm, say reports.
Synology Intros NAS Server Scalable To 15 Drives
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The DS1511+ network attached storage server for small and midsize businesses delivers 197 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 5.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Amazon Patents System For Returning Bad Gifts
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Process cuts e-retailer's high cost of product returns by allowing recipients to exchange undesirable presents before they're even shipped.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
HTC Wants To Tweak Windows Phone 7 Interface
Commentary  |  12/27/2010  | 
Microsoft is trying to keep tighter control over what phone makers can do to the user interface of Windows Phone 7, but HTC wants to add its Sense special sauce to differentiate its phones from the competition. Will that be good for users?
Phony Phone Numbers
Commentary  |  12/26/2010  | 
How many Window Phone 7 units has Microsoft sold? For whatever reason, it's difficult for Microsoft to give a straight answer. That, of course, leads to industry speculation that things aren't going so well for Microsoft's new mobile platform.
Skyfire Browser Brings Flash To iPad
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Apple has approved a version of the Skyfire browser for the iPad. The $4.99 browser allows the iPad to play back Flash video content.
White House Deputy CTO Resigns
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will leave his government post, where he worked on Internet policy, to launch two startups.
Voters Used Cell Phones For Election News
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Younger, more affluent people were more inclined to use wireless devices to share information about November's midterm vote, finds Pew study.
Skype Struggling To Recover From Outage
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Millions of Skype users have been unable to make voice or video calls over the VoIP service since Wednesday.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Reconnect Recycling Network Expands
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
With 100 sites recently added, the green partnership between Dell and Goodwill now claims to cover 42 million people.
Give Social Media 'Plate-Spinning' A Rest
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Hey, small-business owners: Have you ever considered being a plate-spinner in the circus? You know the people I'm talking about, right? They'll dazzle you with deftness, slay you with their sleight of hand. How do they do it? How do they keep so many balls…uh, I mean plates…in the air without having them smash to the ground?
VA Employees Using Unauthorized Cloud Services
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs staff have been using Google and Yahoo tools without the agency's knowledge, raising privacy, security concerns.
Mozilla Releases Eighth Firefox 4 Beta
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Latest version includes support for graphics rendering in the browser without the use of a third-party plug-in.
Google Sends Androids Into Space
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Google recently sent experimental balloons up into space, each equipped with a Nexus S Android smartphone.
iPad 2 Smaller, Flatter, Boasts More Capable Speaker
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Details of Apple's second-generation iPad continue to pop up across the web. The newest details suggest the iPad 2 will have a reduced bezel and flat back panel.
Will Malware Hit Smartphones In 2011?
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Malware, viruses and the like have been a routine part of life for PC owners for years, at least if you are running Windows. Smartphone users have been largely ignored by the malware community, but that will inevitably change. Will it be sooner rather than later?
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and
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