News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in June 2008
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Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
France Telecom's Latest Effort To Buy TeliaSonera Collapses
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
France Telecom and Sweden's TeliaSonera would have presented a major competitive threat to Vodafone Group and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Martian Soil Points Toward Possibility Of Life
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
NASA says the soil appears similar to that found in Antarctica's dry upper valleys and the salts it contains are another indication of the presence of water.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
Canadian iPhone 3G Service Plans Require 3-Year Contract
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Rogers said there would be no unlimited data plans, and prices range from $60 to $115 a month.
MetroPCS' 'Open' Network Signals Single-Network Shift
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Sprint, Verizon, and Alltel phones can now be used on the MetroFlash flat-rate wireless service for a $40 a-month fee.
Nokia Focuses On Style With Supernova Cameraphones
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Three of the new phones have exchangeable front and back colors, and all the phones feature a stylish design, bold colors, and multimedia options.
Apple May Offer Remote Control App For iPhone, iPod
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The remote control application would presumably work via a Wi-Fi connection, since the iPhone and iPod Touch support the wireless technology.
Virgin Mobile Officially Buys Helio For $39 Million
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Helio has approximately 170,000 subscribers on one-year or two-year contracts who will be absorbed into Virgin Mobile's existing 5.1 million prepaid customer base.
Gadgets Gone Wild At Digital Experience 2008
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Digital Experience, a safari jungle-themed consumer electronics showcase in New York, featured RIM's Blackberry Bold, Eye-Fi's wireless memory cards, several GPS devices, and digital cameras from Canon.
Palm Awaits Future Products As Revenues Decline
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The company continues to struggle with a reported a loss of $43.4 million, despite the success of the Centro.
Mobile Linux Groups Join Forces To Advance OS
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
In the face of increasing competition from Nokia and Google, mobile Linux group LiPS has merged with the LiMo Foundation.
Nokia's Symbian Deal Rewrites The Smartphone Rules
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Nokia's plan to make the mobile OS open source is sure to affect businesses that want to push more apps onto smartphones, and it could influence the role of open source software in general.
Verizon 'Dares' LG Touchscreen Phone Release
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The LG Dare packs 3G capabilities, full HTML-browsing, and a 3.2-megapixel camera into a stylish frame.
Apple Expected To Build As Many As 17M iPhones This Year
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
An investment bank forecasted increased production volumes for Apple's iPhone, iPod, notebook, and desktop lines.
Power Your Cell Phone With Wind, Or By Waving Arms
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
People attending the Glastonbury Festival in England will find new ways to recharge their cell phones.
RIM Reports Surge In Revenue, Profit
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The company's first quarter earnings more than doubled from the year before, and it added 2.3 million subscribers.
Microsoft To Buy Mobile Services Company MobiComp
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Among MobiComp's customers are Vodafone, clothing company Esprit, and a number of mobile carriers including ones from Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
Mobile Gaming Revenue To Hit $4.5 Billion
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Growth in emerging markets and a proliferation of mobile devices will be the key drivers, according to a Gartner report.
New Laws Make Now The Time To Get A Bluetooth Headset
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
You know the joke, right? Whats the first thing to do after getting in a car accident? Hang up the phone! Driving while holding your cell phone to your ear has always been dangerous, but its about to become illegal in several more states. To avoid accidents and tickets, get yourself a Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone, and make sure to use it.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
Motorola Introduces Two TouchScreen Smartphones
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The latest in the company's Ming line feature built-in GPS, a Linux operating system, and Bluetooth capabilities.
Checkpoint Acquires Successful RFID Startup OATSystems
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Despite high-profile deals with Airbus and Kimberly-Clark, OATSystems decides to no longer fly solo in the shaky market for RFID technologies.
Apple's 3G iPhone Costs About $173 To Build, iSuppli Estimates
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The original 8 GB iPhone cost $226 to build. iSuppli attributed the 23% decrease to component price declines.
Symbian's Open Source Gambit Ups Stakes In Mobile OS War
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Nokia's moves to make Symbian a free and open mobile operating system should put pressure on competitors to keep innovating and giving customers what they want.
Nokia Plans Mobile Software Surge With Open-Source Symbian
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The cell phone maker is buying the remaining shares of Symbian for $410 million and plans to open source the mobile operating system.
Alltel Upgrades 3G Network
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
With the Verizon Wireless deal on the horizon, Alltel will increase upload speeds and expand its 3G network.
Nokia Takes Initiative With Symbian Open Source Move
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
Nokia's acquisition of Symbian and intent to make the popular operating system open source code changes alignments in the mobile device market. Nokia has now got a lever with which to extend Symbian's reach and make life more difficult for competitors.
Nokia N78 Hits U.S. Market
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The smartphone packs 3G capabilities, integrated Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, and an FM transmitter.
Consumer Tech Sales Rebound From Weak Economy
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Leading the pack were notebook computers and LCD TVs, followed by digital point-and-shoot cameras, portable digital players, inkjet cartridges, and desktop computers.
T-Mobile To Prorate Cell Phone Termination Fees
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Facing lawsuits and the FCC, all four major U.S. wireless carriers will soon have prorated cell phone cancellation policies.
Ruggedized Smartphones Find Their Niche
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Smartphone makers Motorola, Intermec, and Tripod Data Systems are enclosing handsets in ruggedized cases and sales are soaring. Go ahead: Rock 'em, drop 'em, and knock 'em down. They can take it.
Movies For Mobiles: Top Sites For Movie Downloads
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
We take a front-row look at sites that offer movie downloads onto mobile devices: Amazon Unbox, BitTorrent, CinemaNow, iTunes, Movielink, Vongo, and ZML.
Motorola, Kodak Unveil 5-Megapixel Cameraphone
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The co-branded Motozine ZN5 features auto-focus, Xenon flash, Bluetooth capabilities, and more.
Nokia Buys Mobile Navigation, Social Networking Firm Plazes
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Plazes links its mobile phone users with each other as they move about.
Google's Android Phones Face Delays
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Phones running Google's open source operating system will be delayed until at least the fourth quarter.
Delta Airlines Tests Cell Phone Boarding Pass
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The program, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration, is being tested at New York's LaGuardia Airport on some flights.
NMPA Seeks To Guard Songwriters' Earnings, Protect Copyrights
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
National Music Publishers Association fights for legislation that protects copyrights, tries to make sure songwriters get fair royalties, and sues infringers.
AT&T Paying High Price For iPhone 3G
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
Analysts differ on the exact figure, but AT&T could be paying as much as $425 in subsidies per iPhone.
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