News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in May 2011
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WHO Classifies Cell Phones As 'Possible Carcinogens'
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Health agency finds that the electromagnetic fields received by mobile devices may increase odds for a type of brain cancer.
Nokia Expects To Ship Windows Phones In Q4
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Phone maker's stock plunges as transition to Microsoft platform puts damper on current sales.
Intel Ultrabooks Promise Thin, Powerful Mobile Computing
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The computers will be powered by Atom processors, which Intel says will outpace Moore's Law as they shrink from 32 nanometers to 14 nm over the next three years.
Software AG Buys Metismo To Support Mobile Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The middleware vendor's latest acquisitions nets a platform for writing apps once and delivering them across Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows devices.
Next iPhone To Get Better Camera
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Apple hasn't provided any details on a new version of the iPhone, but most reports suggest it will have an improved camera and won't look all that different from the iPhone 4.
Transportation Dept. Gets $100 Million For Wireless Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The White House wants DOT to develop wireless applications to deliver emergency services, Internet access in remote locations, and other innovative services.
Microsoft Hindered By Retailer Failures
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The company would be wise to take a page from Apple to overcome its reputation for poor customer service delivered by its point-of-sale partners.
Apple iOS 5.0: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system gets an upgrade at WWDC next week, and here are five features we would like to see make their way into iOS 5.0.
Microsoft's Android Revenue Exceeds Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/30/2011  | 
To avoid patent claims, HTC is paying Microsoft a $5 licensing fee for every Android phone it sells.
Google, Mobile Payment Wars, Custom ROMs, Mango, And More
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
BYTE Wireless Radio digs into the week in mobile news.
RIM Has Lost The War For Consumers
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Analyst says Research In Motion has fumbled its smartphone strategy so badly that it no longer has a chance of competing in the consumer market.
DOD Tests Delivery Of Data To Mobile Devices
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Relevant ISR to the Edge is a program the military is testing to send intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to soldiers via technology-agnostic handhelds.
PayPal Sues Google, Ex-Employees
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
eBay's payment arm has sued for theft of trade secrets and breach of contract, the same day Google introduced its mobile payment system.
Android App Market Stats Reveal Few Downloads
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone App store generates many more downloads compared to Google's store, as the bulk of paid applications go almost completely ignored by the Android masses, says a Distimo study.
Enterprise 2.0 B.S. List: Term No. 1 Consumerization
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Consumerization may let Enterprise 2.0 folks wallow in the Apple glow, but it can lead to some really bad decisions.
Nokia Plans For Frequent Windows Phone Releases
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
With Symbian put out to pasture, the Finnish phone maker plans to launch new phones for Microsoft's mobile platform every two to three months.
Schwartz On Security: Should Businesses Track Employee Smartphones?
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
It may be one way to protect business secrets, but many aspects of smartphone security remain out of the hands of IT administrators or security-conscious users.
Sony Xperia Play Teardown
Slideshows  |  5/26/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights looks inside the Android-based Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson, the first "PlayStation Certified" smartphone.
Google Wallet Enables Mobile Payments
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint are working with Google to launch a mobile commerce platform.
iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked By Forensics Firm
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The iPhone 4 is at risk, but the forensics tool will only be sold to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and forensics investigators.
Freescale Semiconductor Launches IPO
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The semiconductor company saw its shares post modest gains in early trading as it seeks to regain its former glory in a tough chip market.
Cisco, AppSense Partner On Virtualization
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
By combining desktop and user virtualization, AppSense and Cisco hope to make virtualizing desktop PCs more appealing.
RIM PlayBook Sales Forecast Sliced 23%
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is not selling as well as originally thought, causing another analyst to reduce sales expectations for Research in Motion for both the quarter and fiscal year.
Google Maps Mobile Use Surges
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Google's Marisa Mayer revealed that more people will soon be accessing Google Maps from mobile devices than from desktop computers.
iPad And Enterprise File Sharing
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
MobilEcho, GroupLogic's new mobile file management platform, gives iPad users network access to network shares using a simple app, while granting administrators control over data access and usage.
Anxious To Get Google's New Mobile Payment System?
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
If payment systems that use your phone take off, having to carry cash or credit cards around may soon be a thing of the past. Consider the risks first though.
Google Preps Mobile Payment System
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Mobile commerce could soon become much easier for users of Android phones.
Samsung Forced To Deliver Prototypes To Apple
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
A federal judge has ruled that Samsung must turn over five unreleased smartphones and tablets to Apple in a case involving patent infringement claims.
Google Patches Sidejacking Vulnerability
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The server-side patch fixes an authentication bug that affects 99.7% of Android users and their access to Calendar and Contacts.
BlueStacks Runs Android Apps On Windows PCs
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The startup company's software is designed to help people access apps and data that's stuck on their smartphones from their PC.
Microsoft Hopes Mango Will Keep WP7 Momentum Alive
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Windows Phone 7 gets a major upgrade when Mango is released with 500 new features later this year, but Microsoft still has a long way to go.
Verizon To Bludgeon Data Hogs With Fees
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Wireless network operators have yet to settle on the best policy for managing bandwidth hogs, but Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans this summer.
Windows Phone 7 To Get 500 New Features
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Mango update confirmed for autumn; new handset makers include Fujitsu, Acer, and ZTE.
How To Avoid A Wintel Mobility Disaster Of Your Own
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Microsoft and Intel have a compatibility mess on their hands. Make certain you don't, too.
Global CIO: Toyota's Friend Network Will Test Customer Ties
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
It's working with Salesforce.com to build a social network for Toyota owners, testing the boundaries of how much of a relationship you really want with a carmaker.
E-Books Hasten Demise Of Paper Books
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Advances in mobile and e-reader technologies and authors trying new publishing business models are bringing the end of traditional books closer than ever before.
Square Launches iPad Point-Of-Sale Service
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
The mobile payment startup hopes to become a local commerce powerhouse by eliminating the need for cash registers and credit card terminals.
iPad Factory Explosion Attributed To Combustible Dust
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Foxconn over the weekend acknowledged that a third worker had died in the explosion, but an analyst said the supply of iPads won't be affected.
HP Says TouchPad Will Win Tablet Market
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Apple's iPad will be challenged for the number one tablet position when HP introduces its TouchPad, which executives say will be "better than number one."
Microsoft Should Pursue ARM Acquisition Next
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Tiffs with longtime partners HP and Intel show that Redmond must take control of its own destiny to make strides in mobile computing.
BrainYard News Roundup
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Toyota Gets Social With Salesforce.com. A Personal Social Touch Works.
Microsoft Plans Major Windows Phone 7 Upgrade
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
The WP7 smartphone platform will get 500 new features, according to CEO Steve Ballmer. Here's what to expect.
LTE In Your Pocket
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Major U.S. wireless carriers are all committed to the Long Term Evolution standard, and it's time for enterprises to develop a migration plan.
AT&T Sued For Overbilling Data Usage
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
A class action lawsuit accuses the carrier of billing users for consuming as much as 300% more than was actually used.
Two Dead In iPad Factory Explosion
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
A Foxconn contract manufacturing facility in China experienced an explosion, the cause of which is unknown and under investigation.
RIM Rebuts Bad PlayBook Sales Report
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
BlackBerry PlayBook sales are well short of estimates and many customers are returning the tablet, according to one report.
Lenovo Adds ThinkPad Laptop, Desktop PC
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
The ThinkPad X1 is Lenovo's thinnest laptop at 0.85-inches thick and can charge its battery to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes.
HP's webOS TouchPad Tablet Priced At $599
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Wal-Mart appears to be planning to sell HP's tablet at a price that's designed to compete directly with Apple's iPad.
Verizon Finally Gets Windows Phone 7
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
The HTC Trophy soon will be available on the largest carrier in the U.S., putting WP7 on all of the nation's major wireless phone networks.
Apple's Retail Lesson
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
The company's strong performance isn't just about strong products; it's about a meticulously managed customer experience.
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