News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in November 2008
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Samsung Sees Cell Phone Market Squeezed
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The company joins a long chorus line of handset makers who say the economic slowdown will cut into the growth of the global cell phone market.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
Apple's 'Really Fast' Ad Banned In U.K.
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple was asked to drop another commercial for the iPhone 3G that promised the handset could access "all parts of the Internet."
Are Apple Retailers Arming For A Price War?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Best Buy is getting ready to slash prices on new Macs and other Apple products, and Apple has authorized employees of its own retail stores to match the price cuts, according to reports on Apple blogs. That's bad news for store margins, but good news for Apple fans hoping for some fruity goodness under the tree.
Are Netbooks On Your Company's Shopping List?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
If your company occasionally sends workers out of the office, you might want to consider a having a "loaner" Netbook available to keep them productive without weighing them down. Especially since holiday sales are pushing prices down below $300 on Black Friday.
Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Beatles On iTunes Talks Hit Snag
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Negotiations to bring the Fab Four's music to Apple's download service face roadblock.
Online Retailers Launch Early 'Black Friday' Sales
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With the economy in the tank, retailers have decided there's no time like the present to start the bargain shopping.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
Verizon Snags Omnia Smartphone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With integrated Wi-Fi, 3G, 8 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera, the Samsung Omnia gives Verizon another strong touch-screen smartphone.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
To Remain Viable, Palm Plans to Cut Positions
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Remember Palm, the company that helped to define the smartphone market? While many may have forgotten about the company in the midst of all the hoopla about Apples iPhone and Googles Android, Palm still has a sizable customer base. The company plans significant moves to try and retain that base.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
Intel, Micron Start Mass Production Of 34-nm Memory Chips
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The product can fit 4 GB of memory on a core and eight cores on a layer for a total of 64 GB of memory on a two-layer stack.
Palm Forced To Cut Jobs As Competition Rises
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The one-time king of the smartphone market has lagged behind Research In Motion and Apple, and it will be cutting an unspecified number of positions.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
Apple First Rejected IBM's Papermaster For Top iPhone Job
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The chip engineer apparently didn't succeed in his first effort to land the position in Cupertino.
BlackBerry Storm Sees Long Lines, Delays
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Analysts estimate the first touch-screen BlackBerry sold more than 100,000 units over the weekend, but the demand may be outstripping supply.
Nokia To Launch MVNO In Japan
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The cell phone manufacturing giant is hoping to boost its miniscule market share in Japan with a high-end mobile phone service.
This Presidential Blackberry Thing Is More Complicated Than We Thought
Commentary  |  11/22/2008  | 
Earlier this week, The rANT posted a screed blasting the powers that be for denying President-Elect Obama his prized Blackberry once he enters the White House. Well, it turns out that Blackberry has already been hacked.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
First Look: iPhone 2.2 Makes A Great Thing Better
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
The biggest improvement in the iPhone software Version 2.2 is in the Maps application -- particularly the addition of Street View. It's a slick implementation that gets a lot of information into a very small screen. You can figure out the new Street View and other Maps features easily, especially if you've already used Maps.
Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Update
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The firmware upgrade adds the ability to download podcasts directly on the device, improves map applications, and fixes some bugs.
Review: Touch-Screen BlackBerry Storm Gets Mixed Verdict
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Research In Motion's first touch-screen BlackBerry, from Verizon Wireless, boasts an ultra-fast Web browser and great multimedia. But the SurePress keypad takes some getting used to.
BlackBerry's Storm Rolls In -- Do You Need One?
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
With the launch of the BlackBerry Storm -- and Apple's midnight-hour iPhone upgrade -- comes the long-awaited battle between the smartphones. Which will prevail -- the Storm or the iPhone? Lest all the hype cloud your good judgment, a better question might be: Does your company really need either one?
Verizon Looks To Steal iPhone's Thunder With BlackBerry Storm
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The Storm has many features that are similar to or better than Apple's handset, and Verizon's aggressively pricing it to hold onto subscribers.
Nokia Goes Hollywood With Latest Research Center
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The lab will work on a range of technologies, many of them sensor-based, which will include film, music, games, Web, and TV.
Samsung Installing Charging Stations At Airports
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The company said it will install 115 stations in three major airports to ensure that your gadgets always have juice.
Alltel Wants To 'Touch' Mobile Pros With Smartphone
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
Alltel joins Sprint and AT&T by offering the business-focused HTC Touch Pro, which features a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Best Buy Offering O2 Wireless Service
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
With the prepaid wireless plans, users with unlocked GSM handsets can call internationally at no additional charge.
Apple Cripples MacBooks With Hollywood-Mandated DRM
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
Users of brand-new aluminum MacBooks are being blocked from playing movies on some external displays because of DRM built into the devices at the behest of Hollywood, according to reports. External displays used to play the movies need to comply with the High Definition Content Protection standard, according to David Chartier at Ars Technica.
Symbian Foundation Gets More Members
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
With a major Japanese carrier on board, the number of companies supporting Symbian's free, open source goal has climbed to 59.
Nokia, IBM Bring Lotus Notes To S60 Handsets
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
By enabling corporate information to easily go to its handsets via Lotus Notes and ActiveSync, Nokia is making a stronger push for the enterprise market.
T-Mobile, Yahoo Partner On Web2go Mobile Search
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The Yahoo service will be available on most of T-Mobile's new phones, including handsets made by Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.
Google Releases GrandCentral Desktop Software For Mac -- At Last
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
Is it possible to be very happy and very disappointed with a service at the same time? That's the way I've felt about the GrandCentral phone service since Google bought it last year. I'm happy because GrandCentral does the job that I wanted it to do: Callers dial one number, and it rings my cell phone, office phone, and home phone, in any combination I desire.
Small Is The New Large: Presidential Edition
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
bMighty likes to say that small organizations enjoy plenty of benefits compared to larger outfits, and the curious case of Barack Obama and his Blackberry is a perfect illustration.
Microsoft Cuts Zune Prices For The Holiday
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Microsoft, which launched the Zune more than two years ago, has failed to make a dent in Apple's iPod empire.
Cell Phones As Wallets One Step Closer
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The GSM Association called for most mainstream cell phones to have NFC technology, which paves the way for phones to be used as contactless payment devices.
IPhone Tops Mobile Ad Traffic
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Requests from the iPhone have jumped from 28 million in July to 236 million in October, according to AdMob.
Overrated! Underrated! 18 Technologies That Don't Get The Respect They Deserve
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
Perception does NOT equal reality. Many technologies simply can't live up to their hype, while others languish in unwarranted obscurity. pumps up the hidden gems and takes the blowhards down a peg.
10 Great iPhone Apps For Your Business
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
iPhone-loving business professionals can tap into corporate e-mail systems, customer contact lists, and accounting systems with these downloads from the iTunes App Store.
HP Revamps Online Customer Support
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Consumers of HP notebooks, desktops, printers, and monitors can get information from an overhauled peer-to-peer support forum, free online classes, and video tutorials.
Cell Phone Makers Go Green With Chargers
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The companies have agreed to a common energy rating system that will enable customers to know which chargers are the most energy efficient.
Google Voice Search Turns 'Fish' To 'Sex'
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Users of the latest release of Google Mobile App for the iPhone have complained that the voice-recognition program doesn't understand some British accents.
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