News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in December 2009
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5 Mobility Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Five predictions for what SMBs can expect on the mobility front in the coming year -- from Trust Digital.
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To Windows Mobile
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Job posting out of Redmond indicate Microsoft is likely planning to integrate its Xbox Live online gaming platform with Windows Mobile.
Apple Tablet Success Riding On Touch-Panel Patents
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
In my recent story on the Apple iSlate speculation, I pointed to Windows tablets to make the point that Steve Jobs and company don't invent things, they perfect them. But when I wrote that Apple doesn't have any tablet patents, a reader noted that what Apple does have is multi-touch interface patents. And those will be the key to the Apple tablet.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.
Apple Stock Falls Following Record High
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Investors are bullish on the products they expect Apple to intro in January, particularly the long-awaited Mac tablet.
London iPhone Problems Spotlight Network Issues
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
O2, the United Kingdom's exclusive iPhone provider, has apologized to users for dropped calls and poor reception.
Firefox Prepares To Make Its Smartphone Debut
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
According to the BBC, the first mobile phone version of Firefox is only "days away" from release. In reality, however, most mobile users at small and midsize companies will be in for a much longer wait.
Ford Vehicles To Get iTunes Tagging
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The capability will be part of Ford's HD Radio, which also offers digital radio reception and Internet radio over Bluetooth.
AT&T Resumes NY iPhone Sales
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The company may have been trying to prevent fraud when it stopped online iPhone sales to New Yorkers.
Online Shopping Breaks Records
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Coupons and other incentives helped push online retail to record-breaking levels over the holiday shopping season, said comScore.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Qualcomm COO Leaves For CEO Job
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Industry vet Len Lauer will take the top executive position at an unnamed firm, according to Qualcomm.
E-Books Beat Regular Books On Xmas
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Amazon sold more electronic books than physical books for the first time.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
Wolfe's Den: Apple iSlate Chatter Obscures Device Significance
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Apple's expected release of a humongous-screened iPod will legitimize the platform for business users. It could, in turn, revive Windows-based tablets and make Webpads the big alt.platform story of 2010.
BlackBerry Outage Sparks User Revolt
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Internet forums were abuzz over second service disruption in as many weeks.
Broadcom Unveils Netbook Video Decoder
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Crystal HD video decoder boosts performance on netbooks using Intel's latest N450 Atom processor.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
Vonage Offers VOIP For iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Voice-over-IP calling applications enable smartphone users to make lower-cost international calls.
Blackberry Service Down (Again)
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Users complain of e-mail service that is slow or non-existent.
Barnes & Noble Fixes Nook Software
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The update addresses performance problems including slow page turning and poor formatting of e-books.
Study: Texting While Driving Is Dangerous
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Drivers can be substantially more distracted by texting than talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Tap Tap Sales Hit $1 Million Per Month
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Tapulous chief says Tap Tap Revenge and other games put startup on pace for $12 million in annual revenue.
Verizon's Bright Idea: Shaft Users, Make Money
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Can Verizon infuriate its Blackberry users by shoving a "preferred" search provider down their throats? Yeah, there's an app for that.
Verizon Updates 4G LTE Device Specs
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The specifications will help developers design products and services that will run on Verizon's Long Term Evolution network.
Netbooks Gain More Graphic Features
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Netbooks have emerged as a popular option for executives who need simple access to Internet applications. However, one limitation with these systems has been their graphic capabilities. Aware of that shortcoming, Intel has developed a graphically enhanced netbook microprocessor, and devices relying on it may start to arrive in a few months.
Some Nook Buyers Getting $100 Gift Certificates
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Barnes & Noble will give credits to some e-book buyers who were promised delivery before Dec. 24.
7 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Microsoft is turning to search, services, and the cloud, but what the company really needs is a game changer.
Mobile Device Sales Still Booming
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Shipments of smartphones, netbooks, cellular modems, and other mobile devices will grow from 1.2 billion in 2009 to 2.25 billion in 2014.
Palm Readies WebOS Update
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
In addition to releasing new webOS firmware, Palm is boosting its developer tools to better compete against BlackBerry and the iPhone.
Verizon Defends Cancellation Fees
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The largest U.S. carrier said doubling its early termination fee was necessary to reduce consumers' costs for sophisticated devices like the Storm 2 or Motorola Droid.
MIT Unveils 'Lensless Camera'
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Screen display technology extends LCD devices by capturing gesture information and could one day replace Webcams.
Top Tech Gear Of 2009
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
We take a look back at the year's best smartphones, netbooks, desktops, laptops, and mobile device accessories.
Top 10 Smartphone Advances Of 2009
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
As smartphones further cemented their place in the enterprise, Apple, Motorola, Google Android, and RIM Blackberry vied for the spotlight.
Mobile Handset Sales Forecast Improves For 2009
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Gartner attributes the bump to sales in Western Europe and on the gray market and says sales will finish flat year-over-year.
Laptop? Smartphone? Netbook? How about a Tablet?
Commentary  |  12/15/2009  | 
Small is the new Large! Given users newfound proclivity to bound from place rather than sit at their desks, suppliers have been developing a bevy of mobile devices. Broadcom is the latest supplier to jump into this space with silicon that can be used for a portable computing tablet, a market that soon could receive a big boost from industry game changer, Apple Inc.
What Next For Google In The Mobile Market?
Commentary  |  12/14/2009  | 
Google has been known as a game changing company, a firm whose entry in a market often means immediate upheaval. Two years ago, the vendor unveiled its Android mobile operating system and convinced a bevy of suppliers to support the system. Now, Google plans to make its own handset, which may cause those companies to question their support.
Google Phone Could Spur Mobile App Development
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
A branded handset could help the search company develop a more software developer-friendly infrastructure.
SMBs Reject False Dichotomy Between Enterprise And Consumer Tech
Commentary  |  12/11/2009  | 
Too many tech insiders see the world as consumer versus enterprise technology. They're missing a key component of the market: small and midsize businesses. And their blinders are leading to some seriously misguided conclusions.
T-Mobile Adds Carrier Billing For Android Market
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
The move could make the mobile platform more attractive to developers because it offers a seamless way to buy applications.
Smartphone Users Want Mobile TV
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Consumers want to see news, entertainment, and sports shows on their smartphones and mobile devices.
GAO Pressures FCC To Help Wireless Consumers
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
The Government Accountability Office wants the Federal Communications Commission to enforce consumer protection rules.
Nokia Stole iPhone Secrets, Apple Alleges
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Computer maker countersues rival over smartphone technologies.
Americans Consume 34 GB Of Data Daily
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Video games accounted for most of the bandwidth, but watching TV consumed most of the time.
Prepaid Mobile Boosted By Smartphones
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
Consumers seeking low-cost cell phone plans are no longer restricted to low-tech phones, says a survey.
Opera Offers Unified Mobile UI Tool
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
The cross-platform framework will enable businesses to deploy Opera browsers with a consistent user interface across multiple handsets.
LCD Maker Pleads Guilty In Price Fixing Scheme
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
Chi Mei Optoelectronics will pay $220 million in fines for conspiring with other TFT-LCD companies to set prices for the displays.
All Mobile Users Are Not Alike, So Why Does Your Company Give Them All The Same Equipment And Service?
Commentary  |  12/10/2009  | 
A new Forrester Research report recommends that companies can save big money by segmenting users according to job roles and offering different devices, apps, and services for each segment.
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