News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in June 2009
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Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Dell Launches 12-inch Vostro Business Laptop
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The notebook PC comes with Wi-Fi support or optional mobile broadband for connecting to a wireless carrier.
Maine Orders 64,000 Apple Laptops For Schools
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
An additional 7,000 MacBooks will be ordered in the coming weeks. Maine is the only state to provide laptops to every public school student.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
Verizon Gives BlackBerry Tour Pricing, Details
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mobile workers using the BlackBerry Tour smartphone will be able to use Verizon's CDMA network while in the U.S and EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Palm Pre Beating Sales Expectations
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Palm's touchscreen smartphone may be overshadowed by Apple's iPhone 3GS, but one analyst says sales are about twice previous estimates.
iPhone 3GS Owners Complain Of Overheating
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
iPhones with white cases seem to be hit hardest, turning the plastic cover pink or brown.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Comcast Rolling Out WiMax Service
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The cable company will be reselling Clearwire's 4G service starting this week in Portland, Ore.
Mozilla Releases Fennec Builds For Windows, Nokia Devices
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The latest version of mobile Firefox brings Windows Mobile users better support for touch screens and better stability, Mozilla said.
Apple's Snow Leopard: Bigger Than The iPhone 3GS?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
While all the Apple buzz is about the iPhone 3GS, Snow Leopard is looking like much more important announcement for Apple. Both were announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference a few weeks ago, they're both significant steps forward for existing products. While the 3GS is sexier, Snow Leopard has under-the-hood improvements in the operating system that will help carry Apple into the future.
Apple Sees iPhone 3GS Shortages
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The company has rolled out an online inventory-tracking tool showing how many iPhone 3GS handsets remain in Apple's retail stores.
Sony Mulls PSP Phone For Gamers
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A cell phone version of its PlayStation Portable gaming device may be the company's response to increased competition from Apple's iPhone and App Store.
Review: Apple's Speedy iPhone 3GS
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Its blazing speed and new features make the 3GS Apple's best iPhone yet, but its App Store, and easy-to-use OS are what set it apart from the Palm Pre and Nokia N97.
Universal Cell Phone Charger Gets EU OK
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Manufacturers endorsing EU agreement include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and RIM. Concept has been endorsed in the US by the CTIA wireless association.
China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
Apple Bans 'Hottest Girls' iPhone App
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Apple threw cold water on the "Hottest Girl" iPhone app, removing the software from the App Store after the developer started showing pictures of topless women.
Apple Increases Investment In British Chip Designer
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Apple has been on a chip-design spending spree, buying PA Semi, a vendor of low-power PowerPC processors, and hiring more than 100 people with semiconductor expertise.
iPhone Hackers Jailbreak OS 3.0 Software
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
A band of phone crackers called the iPhone Dev Team has released software which will enable non-Apple-approved apps to be loaded onto the handset.
Google Android Gets Native Development Kit
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
The just-released download for Android 1.5 will enable developers to create apps which run directly on the platform, rather than through a virtual machine.
Palm Posts $105 Million Loss
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Palm has essentially bet its future on the success of its Pre smartphone and webOS operating system.
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, Appeals Court Rules
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Judge who ruled against Pirate Bay in filesharing case did not have a conflict of interest, despite involvement in a copyright protection group, appeals court said.
Review: Palm Pre Smartphone Mostly Pleases
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Palm needs the Pre to be a smash. There is a lot to like about the handset, but the iPhone, RIM's Blackberry line, and a coming crop of Android devices pose serious obstacles.
iPod Touch Firmware Upgrades Scant
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Just 1% of iPod Touch owners have downloaded and installed Apple's latest firmware, compared to 44% of iPhone owners.
Apple Approves First iPhone Porn App
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The "Hottest Girls" app was apparently approved because the iPhone 3.0 software includes age-verification controls for the App Store.
Verizon Intros HTC Ozone Smartphone
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The smartphone has a bargain price, Windows Mobile, Wi-Fi, 3G, and access to over-the-air e-mails.
Forecast: Electronics Industry To Recover In 2010
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Mobile phones are projected to be the first market to achieve a sustainable recovery, says Gartner.
Palm Pre Sees 1 Million App Downloads
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The Palm Pre's App Catalog is far behind Apple's App Store, but Palm could see a flood of interest once its SDK is released.
Apple Sued For iTunes Gift Card Fraud
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Illinois plaintiffs seek a refund for songs purchased for $1.29 while using Apple's $.99 iTunes gift cards.
Microsoft Exec Predicts Mobile Ad Boom
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Improved networks and emerging markets are expected to fuel mobile advertising's growth from $3.1 billion to $28.8 billion within five years.
HP Launches Mini 5101 Business Netbook
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Netbooks are the fastest-growing segment of the PC market, which has seen steep declines overall in sales during the economic recession.
RealPlayer Aims For Mobile Devices
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The latest version of the popular media player software allows downloads of Web videos and transfers to personal music players and smartphones with a few clicks.
HTC Reveals Android-Powered 'Hero' Smartphone
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
HTC has layered its own UI, called Sense, on top of the Google-backed Android in order to take advantage of gesture controls, widget support, and quick-launch icons.
Apple's Jobs Doing Well Following Liver Transplant
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The co-founder and CEO took a a six-month leave of absence from Apple to recover from an undisclosed illness that many industry watchers believed was related to the previous surgery.
Smartphone, Netbook, and Now What?
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
The better mouse trap, that is what vendors are constantly searching for. As technology evolves, they are constantly on the lookout for new ways to package it and deliver better products to customers. To meet that goal, one of the leading smartphone suppliers has teamed with a top microprocessor supplier, however, questions remain about their alliance will deliver.
Apple Beefs Up iPhone Business Security Features
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
The new iPhone 3.0 OS and Configuration Utility 2.0 add several features aimed at satisfying enterprise IT departments. Some of them may be overkill for SMBs, but others will prove attractive to any business whose employees use iPhones for business.
Cloudmark Goes After SMS Exploits
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The carrier-grade mobile messaging security system provides content filtering, reputation data, and monitoring of text and multimedia messages.
Startup's iPhone SDK Steers Clear Of Apple's Objective-C
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Ansca's Corona takes advantage of the Lua scripting code to compile into an iPhone application that can be sold at Apple's App Store.
Intel, Nokia Partnership Facing Market Challenges
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Beyond the technology agreements, the companies will need to hone in on two or three form factors or risk market confusion, analysts suggest.
Apple Approves First Push-Notification Apps
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Push-notification system enables apps to gain a user's attention without killing iPhone and iPod Touch system resources.
Flash Coming To Smartphones In October
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
A beta version of Flash 10 will be made available for Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, and webOS smartphones.
Intel Deal Gives Nokia More Mobile Options
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Collaborating with Intel may give Nokia the flexibility to create a new crop of mobile devices beyond the smartphone.
Intel, Nokia Partner On Smartphones, Mobile Devices
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The collaboration optimizes Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo Linux OS for Internet-connected devices, netbooks, nettops, and in-vehicle information/entertainment.
Acer Unveils Inexpensive Gemstone Blue Laptops
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Like other Gemstone PCs, the latest systems have wide screens and Dolby sound.
BlackBerry Getting VoIP From Agito
News  |  6/22/2009  | 
The company's Mobility Router will enable businesses with a BlackBerry deployment to use VoIP over Wi-Fi, as well as extend the PBX and unified communications to the handset.
Netbook Or Notebook? All The Same To Consumers
News  |  6/22/2009  | 
Only 58% of people who bought a netbook instead of a notebook said they were satisfied with the purchase, an NPD Group report finds.
Palm's WebOS SDK Not Coming For Months
News  |  6/22/2009  | 
Despite its use of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other standard Web coding, developers still need the tools from Palm in order to create official apps that can take advantage of the hardware.
Apple Apologizes For iPhone Activation Woes
News  |  6/22/2009  | 
The company issued $30 in iTunes credit for iPhone 3G S users who had to wait up to two days to activate their new smartphones.
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