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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in December 2010
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CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
Europeans Approve Universal Smartphone Charger Standards
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
Skype Releases Apple iOS Video Chat
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Samsung Launching iPod Touch Rival
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The Android 2.2-based Galaxy Player is modeled after the popular Galaxy S smartphone, will be revealed at CES, according to reports.
AT&T Expands WiFi Hotzones In NYC, San Francisco
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Move intended to ease mobile spectrum congestion in large cities.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
Skyfire Browser Brings Flash To iPad
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Apple has approved a version of the Skyfire browser for the iPad. The $4.99 browser allows the iPad to play back Flash video content.
Voters Used Cell Phones For Election News
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Younger, more affluent people were more inclined to use wireless devices to share information about November's midterm vote, finds Pew study.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Google Sends Androids Into Space
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Google recently sent experimental balloons up into space, each equipped with a Nexus S Android smartphone.
iPad 2 Smaller, Flatter, Boasts More Capable Speaker
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Details of Apple's second-generation iPad continue to pop up across the web. The newest details suggest the iPad 2 will have a reduced bezel and flat back panel.
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
Samsung Nears 10 Million Galaxy S Sales
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Samsung recently announced that sales of its Android-based Galaxy S line of smartphones has reached 9.3 million, putting it just short of Samsung's goal of 10 million.
HP To Unveil Palm Tablets at CES
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The three versions are expected to be updated editions of the less than successful Slate tablet.
Microsoft Developing Windows For ARM Devices
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The operating system would offer multitasking capabilities to the low-power processor that dominates tablets and handheld devices, say reports.
Verizon Branded WP7 Apps Appear, Suggesting Imminent Launch
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Applications bearing Verizon Wireless branding have been spotted in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. This points to an imminent release of WP7 devices on Verizon's network.
Apple TV Sales To Top 1 Million Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Competitor Google TV suffers setbacks as Apple announces strong demand for its media streaming device.
Can The Market Support 4 Tablet Operating Systems?
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
By mid 2011, tablets will be available running Apple's iOS, Google's Android, HP/Palm's webOS, and RIM's PlayBook OS. Is that too many?
Verizon Wireless Prepping LTE Tablets, Smartphones For CES
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
An official tweet and a component supplier confirm that Verizon Wireless will debut smartphones and tablets with Long Term Evolution 4G included at CES 2011.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
Sur La Tablet
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
2011 will be the year of the tablet, or at least the year that everyone says is the year of the tablet. There will be more than enough devices, but will there be enough reasons to buy them?
Google Beats Facebook On Mobile Web, Says Opera
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Opera Software's latest State of the Mobile Web report highlights the browsing behavior of its 80 million users. In the U.S., the big winners are Google and Apple.
ZigBee Intros Wireless Input Device Standard
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The communications spec for mice, keyboards, set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics will replace infrared devices with greener, smarter technology, said Zigbee Alliance.
Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Handsets Sold
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Microsoft executive Achim Berg announced that the company has sold 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets worldwide since its October launch.
Healthcare iPad Deployment To Approach 70% In 2011
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The rising number of iPad point-of-care applications are accelerating its use by physicians, finds Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey.
Motorola Teases CES Tablet Launch
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Motorola published a video on Monday that indicates it will use the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show to launch its first Android Honeycomb tablet device.
Global CIO: Tablet Vs. Laptop? How About Instant-On Vs. Interminable Boot-Up
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
The iPhone taught us to crave instant-on, and tablets will make it an expectation. Instant-on will become a must-have in laptops.
Amazon Replacing Kindle Cover
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Many customers have complained that a leather e-reader accessory causes the device to freeze, reboot, and lose their page.
Best Buy Cancels Fees, Offers iPad Bundles
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Best Buy's last-minute holiday sales include nixed restocking fees and free mobile hotspots with an iPad purchase.
T-Mobile Lays (Dubious) Claim To Fastest Data Network
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
T-Mobile said today that, based on third-party research, its data network is the fastest in the top 100 U.S. markets. There's more than one problem with that claim.
Windows Phone 7 Coming To Nokia?
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Blogosphere rumors say Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Redmond executive, wants Microsoft's new mobile OS on his company's phones.
Words Lens For iPhone Translates Spanish To English
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Quest Visual augmented reality Apple iPhone app provides real-time Spanish to English translation and vice versa.
Creative Launches Android Tablets
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."
LinkedIn (Finally) Goes Android
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Professional networking community LinkedIn has debuted its first application for Google's Android platform.
RIM CEO: PlayBook 'Way Ahead' Of iPad
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Research In Motion's co-CEO Jim Balsillie defended the company's PlayBook tablet, and says it outperforms Apple's iPad.
LG Launching Dual Core Smartphone
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Optimus 2X, debuting in Asia and Europe, will run Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip processor for increased performance playing video and games.
BlackBerry Sales Beat iPhone In RIM's Latest Quarter
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Research In Motion sold 14.2 million BlackBerries in its most recent fiscal quarter, besting Apple's sales record by just 100,000.
Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
In a suit filed in Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, the mobile phone maker is accusing Apple of violating 13 patents in the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device. The complaints fall into four categories:
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Freescale Boosts Share Of Tablet Processor Market
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The leader in e-reader chips is powering 11 tablet PCs, including a growing number of Chinese white box devices.
WP7 Marketplace Growing Faster Than webOS App Catalog
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Based on recent jumps in the number of apps for Microsoft's and Palm's smartphones, it appears that Windows Phone 7 is already outpacing webOS when it comes to app growth.
Army Expanding Soldier Smartphone Program
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications will begin widely deploying iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and other devices to military personnel early next year.
Dear Wireless Network Operators: Stop The Bloatware!
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Wireless network operators are using system updates to add unwanted software to smartphones.
T-Mobile Drops Price Of Galaxy Tab To $349
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
As part of its holiday promotions, T-Mobile has dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab by $50 to $349 with a new contract.
Dell's Venue Pro A Swelling Black Eye
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Dell is having serious issues with its Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset. Delays and hardware glitches have marred what could have been a saving grace for Dell's mobile ambitions.
Nexus S Launches Dec. 16 At Best Buy
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Google's Nexus S Android smartphone goes on sale at Best Buy locations starting December 16 at 8:00 AM.
March Pegged For WebOS Tablet Launch
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
HP/Palm has said it is preparing a tablet device running webOS, but it has been coy about when said device might debut. BMO Capital Markets believes it will arrive in March.
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