News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in October 2008
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$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.
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.
iPhone Adoption Fastest Among Penny Pinchers
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Research shows that low-income groups are relying on smartphones for a range of communication needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
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.
The Beatles And Rock Band Creators Come Together
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The Fab Four will be featured in a new, as yet untitled video game under an exclusive deal announced Thursday.
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.
Opera Preps For More Browser Battles
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In an interview, Opera's CEO discusses the Web browser's fight for market share, how important the mobile space is, and why Google's Chrome has been good for Opera.
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.
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.
$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.
Lagging Economy Could Boost Consumer Electronics
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
A study suggests consumers may spend less on pricey vacations and more on relatively inexpensive gadgets.
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.
7 iPhone Apps Worth Paying For
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Airsharing, NotepadSync, and Twittelator Pro are just a few of the inexpensive apps that can turn your iPhone or Touch into a more powerful tool.
Super Talent Offers Solid-Gold USB Drive
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The drive comes in a black velvet jewelry box, and customers can have text or a logo etched on the device at no additional charge.
LogMeIn Unveils Remote PC, Mac Access Over iPhone
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Option settings include locking the remote computer's keyboard, blanking the screen, and modifying the screen resolution.
Review: HTC G1 Android Phone
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
T-Mobile is expected to sell nearly half a million Google phones by year end. Does the first Android smartphone live up to the hype?
Wal-Mart To Sell Discounted G1
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Customers will be able to snatch up the Android-powered handset for about $150 at 550 Wal-Mart stores.
iPhone 2.2 Images Hit The Web
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
The iPhone 2.2 firmware update is on its way, and it's a meaty one, with goodies for Google Maps users and podcast fans. Beta users have been posting images of the Google Maps upgrades, with added support for Street View and walking and transit directions, and they look sweet.
Apple's Controversial iPhone Developer Agreement Published
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members.
Mobile Social Networks Have Untapped Potential
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
There's a big financial reward if social networks can get a significant portion of its users into the mobile space, but the business model may need to be tweaked.
Carriers Find Ways To Drive Customer ARPUs
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
ABI Research identifies the five factors that can drive up carriers' revenue while facing a U.S. cell phone subscriber rate at nearly 80%.
Image Gallery: Netbooks, UMPCs, And Mini-Notebooks
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Acer, Dell, Lenovo are joining Asus and MSI in the rush to field ultra-mobile PCs, mobile Internet devices, and netbooks as cheaper, lighter alternatives to laptops.
Sprint CEO Says Android 'Not Good Enough' Yet
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
During a press event, CEO Dan Hesse said Sprint would eventually sell Android phones, but that it needed a bit more time to put the Sprint brand on it.
Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Offers Better Mobility
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The latest desktop and server editions are scheduled to be available for free download on Oct. 30.
Terrorists Could Use Twitter For Mayhem, Army Report Muses
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
An intelligence paper outlines technologies that terrorist organizations could use to inflict harm, including cell phone GPS data, voice-changing technology, and Twitter updates.
Google's Android OS Has Security Flaw, Researcher Claims
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The vulnerability is in the browsers and could potentially enable a hacker to have access to information the browser may use such as cookies and saved passwords.
BlackBerry Gets Live Video Streaming
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The mobile broadcasting service Qik announced support for the BlackBerry Bold and Pearl, with more handsets to come.
Google Earth Lands On Apple's iPhone
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Similar to Google Earth for desktop computers, the free software's animated world rotates and zooms in on a map of one's location.
Cox's Wireless Service Links To DVRs, PCs
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The announcement is something of a follow-on to Cox's pioneering use of the bundling of voice, video, and data, which it first announced in 1997.
Oprah Endorses Amazon.com's Kindle
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Winfrey's support could lead to more than just a sales boost. It could go a long way toward moving the e-book reader into the mainstream from just a niche market.
Samsung Launches Symbian Developer Site
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Under the Mobile Innovator program, the first 300 Symbian S60 applications submitted will be certified for free.
U.S. Consumer Tech Sales Down In September
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Categories still attracting consumer dollars include flat-panel TVs, which saw unit sales up 20% in September from a year ago, according to analysts with NPD.
Dell Pre-Loads PCs With Movies, Music
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
The offers are an expansion of Dell's announcement that it would preload this year's movie blockbuster Iron Man in Studio and XPS notebooks and desktops.
Intel Admits Execs' iPhone Bashing Was 'Inappropriate'
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Comments after a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei generated enough heat for Intel to take the unusual step of acknowledging the weaknesses of its low-power Atom processor.
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