News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in February 2009
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Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
In A Down Economy, Prepaid Wireless Grows
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are picking up multiple subscribers as consumers look to trim costs.
Hearst Planning Electronic Reader Alternative To Kindle
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Analysts suggest such a device would help the news publisher find an answer to reverse shrinking subscriber bases, as well as revenue losses from publications.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile TV Company
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Qualcomm is beefing up its mobile TV team as a potentially competing service from the Open Mobile Video Coalition looms.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Google Blocks Paid-App Access For Developer G1s
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The search giant said it doesn't want Dev Phone owners to be able to use the root access capabilities to pirate applications.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Shareholders Criticize Apple Over Steve Jobs' Health Disclosures
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Apple shareholders are taking the company to task over how it handled disclosures about Steve Jobs's health, saying the company needs to be more forthcoming about the CEO's condition. But Apple directors say they've done nothing wrong -- and that nothing has changed since Jobs announced last month that he was withdrawing from day-to-day operations, and the ailing CEO plans a June return.
Opera Serves Up 1 Petabyte For Mobile Users
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Opera Mini has seen explosive growth in places like Russia and the Middle East thanks to demand for sites like Facebook.
Mobile Search Ads To Grow 130% By 2013
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Google is in a good position to capitalize on this growing market by aggressively moving its AdWords program to the mobile space.
China May Soon Get iPhone 3G
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Apple has reportedly reached a deal to bring the popular touch-screen smartphone to China Unicom in May.
Nokia's iPhone Rival Hits AT&T
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, and it can be purchased for $399 unlocked.
D-Link Rolls Out 802.11n Access Point For SMBs
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The future of business is wireless and the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard holds the promise of more speed and longer range. The roster of available "n" products is growing fast and that includes offerings for small and midsize businesses.
Touchscreens Make A Grab Beyond Smartphones
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
It's not only phones that are getting the tactile treatment. Touchscreens are finding their way onto laptops, netbooks, and other mobile devices. Is there nothing a touch won't touch?
Microsoft Won't Build Its Own Smartphone
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer said he'll continue to focus on selling the software that runs mobile devices and let Apple iPhone have its "mojo" in the consumer market.
Microsoft Says Windows 7 Heading To Netbooks
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer said the company plans to maintain Windows XP's dominance on netbooks with its next operating system release.
As American As Apple Mac
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
Apple OS X may have been approved for government sale since 2003, but the company has recently ramped up its pursuit of government customers, according to a source.
An Apple Netbook Won't Just Be A Notebook For 'Cheapskates'
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
ZDNet's Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes writes a blog I would have agreed with 100% a few weeks ago, ridiculing the idea of Apple shipping a netbook. A netbook is a machine for the budget market, he argues. Apple makes devices for people willing to spend more to get the best, and isn't going to compromise quality to cut costs. "If I was going to go down that line I'd also want a cheap yacht, a cheap Rolex, and a cheap Ferrari," he argues.
Nokia Increases Cost-Cutting Measures
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
With the mobile market expected to decline by nearly 10%, Nokia wants some employees to accept buyout packages, and it's encouraging unpaid leaves and sabbaticals.
Motorola Selling Off Good Technology
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Motorola purchased the mobile e-mail company two years ago to better compete in the enterprise market with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
Asus At Work On Android-Based Eee PC
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
Will Asus be the first netbook vendor to adopt Google's Android OS? It's a safe bet, according to the head of the company's Eee PC division.
BlackBerry Management Software Rolls Out
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
BoxTone said its latest monitoring, management, and support software for enterprise BlackBerry handsets can offer better load balances and decreased costs.
Jobs Not Expected At Apple Shareholders Meeting
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Jobs' absence from the Feb. 25 meeting is likely to highlight the importance of having a succession plan in place for the iconic CEO.
Amazon Ships Kindle 2 E-Book Reader
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Some analysts have suggested that newspapers, magazines, and book publishers, for example, could one day subsidize a low-cost e-reader.
Health Concerns Rise Again As Steve Jobs Skips Apple Shareholder Meeting
Commentary  |  2/23/2009  | 
Steve Jobs won't be at this week's Apple annual meeting, the first he's missed since he returned to the company more than 10 years ago, according to reports. Jobs, who was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer in 2004, stepped aside from day-to-day responsibilities for six months starting in January, citing uncontrolled weight loss.
Symbian Gets $630 Million Boost
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The European Investment Bank will provide Nokia with a loan to help make the Symbian-based smartphones more competitive.
Sprint Gets Rating Downgrade
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Fitch Ratings reduced the carrier's rating following a quarter in which Sprint lost 1.3 million subscribers and $1.6 billion.
ARM Launches Its Smallest 32-Bit Microcontroller
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The Cortex-MO processor is a third smaller, more power efficient, and less expensive to make than ARM's previously smallest MCU.
'Guitar Hero' Rocks On To Android
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
With the introduction of paid applications in the Android Market, a wave of high-profile games may be coming to Google's mobile platform.
Asus May Put Android On Netbooks
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
By getting the operating system on mini-laptops, Google may be able to challenge Windows' dominance in this fast-growing market.
Apple App Store Downloads Often Abandoned
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Only about 20% of people who download a free application were using it the next day, a research firm found.
Cox Hires Wireless Network Execs
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The cable company will use its portion of the 700-MHz spectrum to provide mobile services like voice and programming DVRs on the go.
Nokia, T-Mobile Team For Mobile Content
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Customers will be able to download widgets from T-Mobile's catalog and Nokia's upcoming application store on all Series 40 devices.
Music, TV Industries Call For Stronger Intellectual Property Protections
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
A trade group found that Russia, China, and other countries aren't adequately protecting copyrights in the global digital distribution of music and video.
Netbooks: How Do Businesses Really Use Them?
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
At bMighty.com, we love netbooks because they're small, portable, and cheap. Consumers love 'em too, obviously, but what do real businesses actually use them for?
App Stores Shine At Mobile World Congress
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Thanks to the success of Apple's App Store, every major player now has a virtual storefront for customers to browse, buy, download, and install mobile applications on their handsets.
Intel Solid-State Drive Found To Slow Under Heavy Use
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The problems appear to be in the sector remapping and wear-leveling algorithms that are suppose to improve performance.
Cellular Data Modem Shipments Booming
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
While external modems represented the majority of shipments in 2008, embedded devices are expected to capture a larger share of the market in 2009.
Google Demos Offline Gmail For Phones
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The Web-based mobile app uses the HTML5 standard to let users browse and read e-mails without Internet connectivity.
T-Mobile Testing $50 Unlimited Voice Plan
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The plan will only affect those who have been T-Mobile customers for 22 months, but it could help the fourth-largest U.S. carrier retain subscribers.
Yahoo, Opera To Broaden Mobile Browser's Appeal
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
An Opera Mini browser that's in the works will be available through Yahoo Mobile and as a free standalone product.
Where Does Apple Go From Here?
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Apple's got room for future triumphs -- but it also faces threats from a battered economy, rejuvenated competitors, and a leadership crisis precipitated by Steve Jobs' illness.
Sprint Continues To Lose Customers
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
While Sprint has been struggling with past problems associated with the Nextel acquisition, it has recently been betting on Mobile WiMax to help bail out its future.
Open Source Zarafa Goes After Microsoft Exchange
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Zarafa 6.2 will support RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Windows Mobile, Symbian smartphones, and Apple's iPhone.
Freescale's Chip Shot: The $200 Netbook
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
Think netbooks are already a great deal? Just wait a few months.
Western Digital Redesigns Consumer Back-Up Drive
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The device can also provide storage for Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 video-game consoles, wireless digital picture frames, or digital TVs.
Qualcomm To Make Femtocell Chips
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The chipset will enable device manufacturers to create hardware that increases voice and 3G data reception.
Freescale Aids In Making $100 Netbooks Reality
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The chipmaker says its i.MX515 processor is less expensive and delivers longer battery life than Intel's Atom chip.
Texas Instruments Latches Onto Skyhook's Location Technology
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
Skyhook's XPS positioning system is already enabled on TI's NaviLink 6.0 and WiLink 6.0 components.
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