News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in January 2009
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Dell's Smartphone Better Be Spectacular
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Analysts agree that Dell would have to go beyond the Apple iPhone, the RIM BlackBerry, and the upcoming Palm Pre.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting On WiMax
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Nortel's officially out of the WiMax game and with capital evaporating, Clearwire's ambition to expand beyond two cities look precarious.
NEC To Cut 20,000 Jobs Worldwide
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The company pinned its financial troubles on the economic recession that caused a slowdown in spending among businesses and consumers.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
According to a breakdown by iSuppli, the touch-screen BlackBerry costs $203 to make, $30 more than Apple's smartphone.
T-Mobile Reports 32.8 Million Subscribers
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Thanks to the rollout of 3G services and the success of handsets like the Android-powered G1, T-Mobile added more than 4 million new subscribers in 2008.
Qualcomm's Profits Slip As Mobile TV Rollout Nears
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The MediaFLO problem would be tacked onto the negative losses the company already cited in its financial report Wednesday.
8 Mobile Technologies To Watch
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Many of the improvements expected to make an impact in the next two years will soon be integrated into smartphones, research firm Gartner reports.
Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader To Get Facelift
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Tech enthusiasts are taking their best guesses as to what the online retailer has planned for the 2.0 version of the popular gadget.
Opera Finalizes Browser For Android
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The release version of Opera Mini for Android includes the ability to save files on an SD card, resources for video playback, and other improvements.
Nokia Boosts Location Services With Bit-Side Buy
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
By purchasing the media-sharing software company, Nokia is hoping to improve its Nokia Maps program.
Western Digital Launches 2 TB Green Hard Drive
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The WD Caviar Green consumes 7.4 watts in read/write mode and 4 watts at idle.
Apple Gets iPhone Patent
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company gains legal muscle against Palm and other rivals launching similar multitouch technology devices.
Verizon Reports $1.24 Billion Income In 4Q
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company's wireless tail continues to wag the company dog to higher sales, profits.
New Zealand Man Buys MP3 Player, Gets 60 Pages Of Sensitive U.S. Military Data
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
New Zealand's Chris Ogle probably thought it was his lucky day when he scored a used MP3 player cheap. But his luck soured when it turned out to be broken -- and loaded with 60 pages of U.S. military data and personally identifying information.
Penguin In Your Pocket: Running Linux On USB
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
How do you make the ultimate portable PC? With the right Linux distro and a USB memory stick, you already have one.
Global CIO: Cut Steve Jobs Some Slack
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
If Apple's guiding force wants to take a leave of absence or keep details of his health private, we must realize that some are given special status.
Apple Shipping iLife '09 Tuesday
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The most innovative feature in the upgrade is in the iPhoto application, to which Apple has added face-recognition technology.
Netbook Shipments Predicted To Hit 139 Million Units
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
MIDs were thought to be the next big mobile devices segment, but an unclear usage model continues to confuse the market, according to an analyst report.
Android App Bumped For Erasing Memory, Contacts
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The application was pulled from the Android Market after multiple consumers said it was interfering with G1 handsets and spamming contacts.
TI Profits Plummet, Chipmaker Cutting 3,400 Jobs
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Besides the slow economy, Texas Instruments is reeling from a shift in strategy by some of its top customers to buy products from multiple vendors.
Samsung Sees First-Ever Quarterly Loss
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Plunging sales of appliances, liquid crystal displays, and memory chips led to Samsung reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of about $14.4 million.
Sprint To Lay Off 8,000 Workers
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The cost-cutting measure comes as the third-largest U.S. carrier continues to lose subscribers, but the upcoming Palm Pre could lead to a turnaround.
RIM CEOs Face $80 Million Fine For Backdating
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Canadian regulators are seeking a record fine against Research In Motion's leaders for a backdating scandal that netted them about $1.6 million each.
VeriSign Acquiring Certicom After RIM Bails
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
All three parties will be forced to engage in some fence mending because RIM's and Certicom's products are intertwined.
13 Mac Productivity Tools, From Merlin Mann And Friends
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
Productivity maven Merlin Man, author of the blog 43 Folders, gives a video tour of his Mac desktop in his uniquely entertaining and informative style, talking about the tools that help him work. After watching this video, I spent hours and hours fiddling with the tools Merlin recommends, which I'm sure will save me
Netbooks Knock Microsoft On Its Heels
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
Microsoft's first ever layoff tosses more dismal job numbers onto the financial crisis heap, but it's not just the recession that's putting the screws to Redmond -- it's those pesky little netbooks.
Android Market Grows, Still Trails Apple
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
More than 800 apps are now available for Google's Android platform, but Apple's App Store has more than 15,000 programs.
Mobile Phone Shipments Shrivel As Credit Tightens
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Weak handset sales in the last quarter of 2008 are proving to be a grim harbinger of even slower sales in 2009 says a new report.
Linux Netbooks: A Tough Ticket?
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Why don't PC makers sell more Linux netbooks? Maybe because they simply aren't making enough of them.
Sprint Picks Up Palm Treo Pro
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The carrier accidentally reveals it will soon offer the Palm Treo Pro, but the Windows Mobile smartphone may get overshadowed by the upcoming Palm Pre.
Apple Drops Hints About Netbooks, iPhone Nano
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Apple's top brass let slip some tantalizing clues about the company's plans for an "iPhone Nano," netbook, and Apple TV during the their quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday. Or did they? With Apple, it's always hard to tell.
Mini-Notebooks Lowering Overall Laptop Prices
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Analysts say netbooks are luring customers away from more expensive standard notebooks.
HTC Updates Touch Cruise
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile smartphone will feature robust location-based services, enabling users to geotag photos as well as get turn-by-turn directions.
Obama May Get Super-Duper-Top-Secret Blackberry
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Rumor has it that the new President is about to get a special Blackberry with advanced encryption features that will let him stay in contact on the road -- just like every junior sales manager in America.
Apple Earnings: Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
While Apple's fourth-quarter earnings defied the economic slowdown, breaking its own revenue and earnings records even in the middle of the malaise, the news wasn't all good.
LG Electronics Posts $487 Million Loss
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Sluggish demand, declining margins, and a price-fixing fine led to a $489 million loss for the cell phone and consumer electronics maker.
Nokia's Earnings Drop 69%, Eyes U.S. Markets
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Despite the downturn, the Symbian OS is likely to be an important weapon as Nokia plans to license the software royalty-free through an independent foundation.
Intel Closing Older Plants, Up To 6,000 Workers Affected
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The closures will have no impact on the deployment of Intel's current 45-nanometer line of products or the next-generation 32-nanometer chips, the company said.
240 Million GPS-Enabled Handsets Expected
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Personal navigation, social spatial knowledge, and location-specific contextual information will be assumed, according to a recent market report.
Ericsson To Cut 5,000 Jobs As Sales Up, Profits Down
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Other telecommunications equipment companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Motorola, haven't fared as well.
iPhone App Aids Stutterers
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The application includes speech behavior taught during clinical stuttering therapy sessions.
Android's Lead Engineer Jumps Ship
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Engineering director Steve Horowitz is leaving Google to become CTO of Coupons Inc.
Google Reports Inauguration Day Searches
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The importance of the Internet as an information source is underscored by the growth in inauguration-related Google searches from 2001 to 2008.
RIM To Bring S60 E-Mail Support
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Nokia dropped support for BlackBerry servers last year, but Research In Motion is said to be readying a way for S60 handsets to get push corporate e-mail, contact information, and calendars.
RIM Drops Hostile Bid For Certicom
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Waiting in the wings may be IBM, Qualcomm, Microsoft, EMC, and Sony as potentially having interest in acquiring Certicom.
Wikileaks Owes Steve Jobs An Apology
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
I have a great deal of respect for the journalistic principles that Wikileaks espouses, but the site has done itself and journalism a disservice: It has published images that purport to show part of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' medical file, one of which is acknowledged to be fake and the other of which is deemed suspect.
IBM, RIM Boost Lotus Support On BlackBerry
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The business devices will get expanded Lotus support and mobile access to Lotus Symphony, Quickr, and Domino Designer later this year.
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