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Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
China Approves 3G Licenses
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Macworld Puts Its Future In Hands Of Apple Fanboys
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
With Steve Jobs passing on the January classic and Apple pulling out altogether after next year, the brain trust at IDG is hosting a town hall meeting of Macintosh faithful for suggestions. Is there wisdom in the collective?
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Home Networking: Next Big Thing For Consumer Devices
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A Parks Associates survey suggests 2009 will center largely on connecting digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones.
Sprint Increases Payments To Virgin Mobile
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
At last count, Sprint had slightly more than 50 million subscribers.
Samsung Building Its Own 4G Chips
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The company will bypass paying royalties to the likes of Qualcomm by manufacturing its own WiMax and LTE chips.
RIM Takes Motorola To Court Over Jobs
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Motorola is trying to keep the BlackBerry maker from hiring fired or soon-to-be fired employees, RIM said in a lawsuit.
Kindle E-Reader Amazon's Top-Selling Electronic Device
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Oprah-endorsed e-book reader was also the No. 1 item on Amazon customers' wish lists.
Getting Started With Your New iPod Touch
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
The iPod Touch was a hugely popular gift for Christmas last week. If you got an iPod Touch or iPhone, read on for pointers to our favorite free and cheap iPod Touch apps. And if you didn't get an iPhone or Touch, we have some alternatives for you.
Samsung's 8-Megapixel Innov8 Coming To AT&T
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone, with its high-caliber camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, will be compatible with AT&T's networks.
Winter Storm Causes Major AT&T Outages
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The large scale voice and data outages came as Wal-Mart began selling Apple's iPhone 3G in thousands of stores.
Palm Gets a Needed Christmas Present
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Struggling to maintain a leading position in the smartphone space, Palm received a much needed cash infusion. Once a leader in this space, the company has recently struggled to remain relevant as high profile companies entered this space. In response, Palm has staked its future on its new Nova operating system, and the money could be used to help promote it.
Wal-Mart Sells Apple iPhone, $99 Models Available
News  |  12/28/2008  | 
Consumers can find great deals on the 8-GB version of the smartphone, but only at a handful of retailers.
Living With Parallels On Desktop, Server And iPhone
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
I spend 80% of my work life in a 100% Mac shop. I've used VM solutions from Sun, VMware, and Parallels on Apple hardware for InformationWeek. We've been a Parallels shop at my day job 'cause, frankly, it was first out with desktop and server solutions. We're much happier with the latest rev of Desktop.
Fry's Exec Accused Of Massive Kickback Scheme
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The manager with a gambling debt is accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from a handful of Fry's suppliers in return for prominent product placement within the retailer's stores.
Researchers Boost Brightness Of Energy-Efficient OLED Lighting
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The technology can be used in a wide variety of applications, including television screens, computer displays, advertising signage and mobile phones.
Facebook, MySpace Could Boost Location-Based Services
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Integrating LBS and tapping into its anticipated $13 billion market is expected to generate a healthy revenue stream for the social networks.
iPhone Trumps Storm In Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Owners of the iPhone 3G were more satisfied than BlackBerry Storm owners, but RIM is well positioned for the next quarter, according to a report.
Plane Crash Survivor Twitters Eyewitness Account
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Twitter also was instrumental in getting the news out about the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the October 2007 Southern California wildfires.
Handango Partners With Mobile Game Publishers
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The mobile application retailer finds that smartphone users are increasingly choosing fun and games over productivity apps.
iPhone Gets High-Profile Apps
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
HP, NPR, and USA Today are the latest organizations to develop applications for Apple's App Store.
AT&T, Verizon Finalize Asset Swap
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The swap, which stems from the acquisitions of rural carriers, will improve AT&T's voice and data coverage in several states.
Device Blocks Teens From Texting While Driving
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The Key2SafeDriving car key wirelessly disables cell phones via a Bluetooth or RFID connection while the car is turned on.
RIM's Takeover Bid For Certicom Takes A Hostile Turn
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Research In Motion is vowing to fight Certicom's efforts to block being acquired by the BlackBerry maker.
Kill CDs, Think Digital First, Record Industry Advised
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
With 77% of U.S. households expected to have broadband connections by 2012, the time to shift strategies is now, according to Gartner.
bMighty Goes Mobile!
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Want to get your favorite bMighty info even when you're not at your desk? No problem, our new mobile service makes it easy to get all the latest bMighty stories and blog posts right from your mobile device.
Intel Ships 160 GB Solid State Drives For PCs
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Computer manufacturers are offering SSDs in ultralight laptops and mini-notebooks, which are used primarily for e-mail and Web browsing.
Multiple Android Phones Expected In 2009
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Handsets with various form factors will hit the market in 2009, and the emergence of Android could be especially bad for Windows Mobile, Palm, and Symbian.
Panasonic On Track To Acquire Sanyo In February
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The $9 billion purchase price is about 4% lower than Sanyo's recent stock trading value.
Palm Gets $100 Million Boost
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Elevation Partners' equity investment comes as the smartphone and PDA maker is set to unveil its Nova operating system and new handsets.
Opera Sees Mobile Traffic Grow 463%
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The company's Opera Mini browser is gaining popularity in countries with low broadband rates, but it's also popular with BlackBerry users.
RIAA Taps ISPs To Fight Illegal Downloads
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.
Free Wireless Broadband Still Available?
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Two congressmen have found a technicality in the morass of FCC rules and regulations that pertain to the auctioning of the AWS-3 spectrum, which resides in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
IPhone 3G Discounted At Best Buy
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Along with the price cut, the retailer is offering an in-store "walk-out-working" service at no additional charge.
Apple Buys $4.8 Million Stake In Mobile Chip Maker
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Apple is a licensee of Imagination's technology, which could play a bigger role in Apple products in the future as a result of the investment.
Apple Fans To Protest Jobs' Macworld Absence
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Mad Mac user wants attendees to greet the CEO's stand-in with "utter silence."
RIM Sees Earnings Rise Thanks To Bold, Storm
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The company said its two latest BlackBerry handsets are selling well, and it has added 2.6 million new subscribers for the third quarter.
Digital Downloads Rise As Music CD Sales Fall
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The overall market includes purchased CDs and digital music downloads, files obtained on P2P sites, and borrowing music files to rip to a computer or burn to a CD.
Palm Sees Large Drop In Revenue, Loses $506 Million
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The once-dominant PDA maker posted its sixth consecutive quarterly loss but is pinning its comeback hopes on the Nova operating system.
VIA's Trinity Netbook Chips Take On Intel, Nvidia
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
Manufacturers this year are expected to ship 14 million mini-notebooks, compared with fewer than 1 million last year.
User-Generated Videos Gaining On The Pros
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
Deloitte's media-usage survey found that 70% of American consumers watch user-made videos.
Nokia Messaging Goes Gold For Symbian S60's
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The application, available on the N97 smartphone, gives S60 users free push e-mail from the likes of Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.
Nvidia Ion Platform Expected in Netbooks By June
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The GeForce 9400M motherboard graphics chipset delivers 10 times the speed of current Intel-only netbooks, said Nvidia.
AT&T Snags BlackBerry Curve With Wi-Fi
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The 8320 has Wi-Fi and Microsoft document-viewing software but doesn't have a 3G connection.
Motorola Trimming Benefits To Prepare For Downturn
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The cuts start with co-CEOs Greg Brown of Motorola's Broadband Mobility Solutions unit and Sanjay Jha of the Mobile Devices unit.
Macworld Will Go On Without Apple And Steve Jobs
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
Host IDG has no plans to discontinue the show despite the loss of its star attraction.
Mobile Market Expecting Decline In 2009
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
As the global economy worsens, customers may be reluctant to buy new cell phones and smartphones, industry analysts suggest.
Nokia, Motorola Dominate China's Smartphone Market
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The two companies hold 90% of the burgeoning market, but Android could play a major role in the next few years.
Intel Joint Venture Unveils Line-Up Of Flash Memory Devices
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The chipmaker's Numonyx partnership with STMicroelectronics is aiming its embedded hardware at mobile phones, personal global positioning systems, and set-top boxes.
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