News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in April 2009
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Netbook Boom Likely To End With Better Economy
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The mini-laptops optimized for Web surfing and costing as little as $300 have experienced a boom for more than a year.
Apple Turning To Chip Design For Its Innovation
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apple's plans for all this design power are likely to revolve around video and power consumption, and will boost the company's desire for secrecy.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Mobile Phone Shipments Dip In First Quarter
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The first quarter's decline was especially sharp this year because of weak demand and lack of credit, but smartphone growth continues to defy the recession.
Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
Apple May Be Prepping For Blu-Ray
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The beta pre-release version of ITunes that shipped to developers late Tuesday may hold the key to Apple's future plans.
Steve Jobs Opts Out Of Town Meeting
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Preservationists are seeking to save from demolition Jobs' 14-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot house in Silicon Valley.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Mobile Operators Think Differently To Beat Recession
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The carriers have seen steady revenue and growth during tough economic times because of smartphone growth and the fact that many users see cell service as a necessity.
Acer Could Replace Dell As World's No. 2 PC Maker
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Despite reporting disappointing first-quarter financial results and lowering its netbook shipment forecast, Acer is still growing while Dell's performance is suffering.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Improves RFID Data Collection
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Devices may now reliably upload RFID data through a periodic or occasional connection to BizTalk Server, as opposed to a continuous connection.
Graphic Chip Sales Brighten PC Market Outlook
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The big winners in the PC market were Intel and Nvidia, which saw quarter-to-quarter growth of 7.5% and 4.8%, respectively.
Apple Hires Former AMD Graphics Expert
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Bob Drebin's hire could indicate that Apple is expanding its role in the development of graphics technology for its products.
Lenovo, RIM Launch 'Constant Connect'
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The product uses Bluetooth to wirelessly sync corporate e-mails and other information between a BlackBerry and laptop, even if the computer is turned off.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling BluWiki.com
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Apple May Have Two iPhones For Verizon
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The computer maker may give Verizon Wireless exclusive iPhones to grow its customer base while retaining the special quality that makes the smartphone so popular.
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
Google Makes Android 1.5 Available To Devs
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The move means the "Cupcake" update could be pushed out soon, and it will bring to Android video-recording capabilities, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and stereo Bluetooth.
Amazon Acquires Stanza E-Book Reader: Superior Selection Meets Superior Software
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The other day, I tweeted that it would be awesome if the Amazon Kindle store sold books through the Stanza iPhone app. Yesterday, Amazon acquired Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza. I must never use this power for evil.
HP's New ProBook Line Brings Some Style To SMB Notebooks
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Everybody wants to look good, even while they're working. But these days not everyone wants to pay a premium for stylish industrial design. HP's new line of ProBook notebook computers tries to bring business style to SMBs at reasonable prices. The attempt largely succeeds.
Amazon Buys Maker Of iPhone E-Book Reader
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Software like Lexcycle's Stanza and Amazon's Kindle iPhone application could drive adoption of electronic books and magazines further by making them available on more than just the Kindle.
Seagate Offers Easy Backup For Windows PCs
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Seagate believes its external drive will be a winner because a third of consumers don't back up their computers, and those that do, do so rarely because of the time-consuming task.
Cablevision Launches Mobile Portal
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The mobile Web site may help the cable provider fend off increased competition from the telecoms, but it lacks the ability for users to program DVRs on the go.
Apple 'Pretty Messed Up' When Steve Jobs Returned
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Jobs' comments made to the SEC during his stock backdating deposition reveal the lengths the co-founder had to go to reset Apple's direction.
Apple Corrects Shareholder Vote To Grant Voice On Pay
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
Verizon, Apple May Be Close To iPhone Deal
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
AT&T would likely be aggressive in retaining the exclusive deal with Apple, however, because it has successfully poached numerous subscribers from rivals before.
Samsung Rolls Out Android Phone
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Samsung's first Android-powered handset has Wi-Fi, 3G, an AMOLED touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and deep integration with Google's Web services.
Obama Still Doesn't Have His Secure Blackberry
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
According to the Washington Times, the National Security Agency is still working on the software to encrypt the President's favorite communications device.
Napster Judge Hears Hollywood, RealNetworks Arguments
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The movie studios sued RealNetworks in 2008, accusing the company of violating their copyrights.
Alltel Grabs BlackBerry Pearl Flip
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The Alltel version will get boosted mobile Internet speeds to help subscribers stay connected on the go.
Samsung's Profits Stung By Sapping Demand
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
Cuts in demand for memory chips and LCDs resulted in a 72% decline in profits, but the company's cell phone division was profitable and gained market share.
T-Mobile Sells 1 Million G1s
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The success of the Android-powered handset could spur other manufacturers to adopt Google's open source operating system.
Teen Wins Apple's Billion-App Contest
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The online store that offers third-party applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch has more than 35,000 applications available in 77 countries.
Apple Cutting 1,600 Retail Jobs
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The move could signal a slowdown in retail expansion as Apple wants to adjust for what COO Tim Cook calls a "horrendous economy."
Apple's iPhone App Store Logs Billionth Download
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The person who downloaded the billionth app will get $10,000 in iTunes credit, a 17-inch MacBook Pro, a 32-GB iPod Touch, and a Time Capsule backup system.
Apple Apology For Baby Shaker Criticized
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The application, which depicts a crying baby, has users quiet the infant by vigorously shaking the smartphone.
Google Brings Product Search To iPhone, Android
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The mobile Product Search could make it easier for Google to extend its powerful advertising platform to the mobile space.
Clearwire Subject Of Class Action Complaint
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Frustrated customers say service hasn't been as fast or reliable as advertised, and when they seek to cancel their service they're pressured to pay early-termination fees.
Android, iPhone Steal Share From Rivals
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The iPhone is still the leader of mobile Web surfing, but Android is making a hard charge, according to data from AdMob.
Practical Analysis: The Increasingly Real Consumer Effect
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
Even if you don't (yet) let employees pick their own computing devices, securing data on mobile devices while accommodating savvy users should be a priority.
Cell Phone Misuse May Have Killed Boston Physician
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the car accident, police said.
Wikipedia Goes Mobile
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The Wikimedia Foundation signs a deal with Orange to distribute content from Wikipedia on European mobile phones, Internet portals, and potentially even televisions.
Pirate Bay Defendants Seek Retrial
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Claiming bias in the case, the defendants are pinning their hopes on the appeals courts to avoid jail time and the hefty penalty.
AT&T Sees Surge In Wi-Fi Connections
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The number of Wi-Fi connections more than tripled for the first quarter of 2009 thanks to devices like the iPhone 3G and AT&T taking over Starbucks hotspots.
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