News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in July 2008
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EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
Mobile Phone Market Sees Double-Digit Growth
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Vendors shipped 306 million handsets during the second quarter, a 15% increase from the year before, according to IDC.
Dell's New Entertainment Service: Will It B-Sharp Or B-Flat?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Athletes recovering from a serious injury should take it slow and not overexert themselves. That's a lesson that's apparently being ignored by Dell, which is looking to compete with Apple's champion iTunes while struggling with a lousy rep for customer service.
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Dell Downplays Report Of Music Device
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dell launched a line of MP3 music players in 2003, but poor sales prompted the company to pull the plug in 2006.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
People who purchased from Yahoo's soon-to-be-closed online music store will be offered coupons for MP3s from Rhapsody.
Garmin's GPS Cell Phone 'Nuvifone' Delayed
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company's first mobile phone will be delayed until 2009, but representatives said it will be rolled out with a wireless carrier or two.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
Apple: We Fixed MobileMe
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
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Free Software Group Seeks To Disrupt Apple Genius Bars
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Free Software Foundation, unhappy with Apple's restrictions on the iPhone, is urging members to overload the appointment schedule at the Genius Bars.
U.S. Consumer Tech Retail Sales Up For Second Consecutive Month
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Retail sales increased 3% over the same month a year ago to $6.6 billion, the NPD Group said. In May, sales at retail stores rose 7% to $5.4 billion.
Skyfire Beta Available For Some Symbian Handsets
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The mobile browser enables users to access and have full interaction with Web pages that have Flash, Ajax, Java, and more.
Motorola Moves Squarely into WLAN Market
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
The old has become new again at Motorola. The company, which has experienced rough times recently, seems poised to dump its consumer products and focus once again on corporate networking gear.
Review: iPhone Apps Store
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The best part of iPhone firmware 2.0 is its ability to access the iPhone Apps Store. You want apps? It's got apps. The store is sheer, addictive fun. Here is an in-depth review of how it all works.
Dell Unveils 'Hybrid' Mini Desktop
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The 8-inch computer ships with Windows Vista, either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and 320 GB of storage.
Dell Customers Angry With Fix For Faulty Notebooks
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The computer maker is hoping a BIOS update will prevent related problems, such as multiple images, random characters on the screen, lines on the screen, and no video.
Apple's Safari Vulnerable To 'Cross-Site Cooking'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
Nokia Axes BlackBerry Connections
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Starting with its upcoming E71 and E66 smartphones, Nokia said it wants to offer the option of connecting to other e-mail services.
Samsung, GyPSii Sign Social Networking Deal
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The deal enables Samsung to beef up its mobile social networking and location-based services.
AT&T, Rural Carriers Oppose Sprint-Clearwire WiMax Partnership
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The nation's largest telecom company and the Rural Cellular Association have asked the FCC to scrutinize the proposal to deploy a nationwide broadband network.
Mobile Map Usage Growing Rapidly
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The iPhone and Nokia handsets are the most-used phones for accessing mobile maps, according to ComScore.
Fabrik Launches Faster Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The SimpleTech drive can transfer data 25% faster than similar products and includes a companion online backup service and virus protection.
Motorola Once Again Reshuffles Business Units
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The handset and networking vendor said it will split its Home & Networks Mobility group into three separate businesses.
Symbian Talks Open-Source Strategy
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Vendor neutrality and greater transparency will increase adoption of the soon to be open mobile platform, executives point out.
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The company said its digital rights management servers would be taken down, severely limiting the use of the files.
NextWave Sells $150 Million Of Spectrum To T-Mobile, Others
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The deal gives T-Mobile, MetroPCS, ACS Wireless, and Atlantic Wireless portions of this coveted spectrum.
Samsung Handset Sales Up, But Expects Slowdown
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Citing the worldwide economic slowdown and increased competition, Samsung said it anticipated tough business months ahead.
SMS Still Earns Most In Mobile Messaging
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
While instant messaging and e-mail are landing on more phones, text messaging will still garner 83% of all mobile messaging revenue in the next five years, ABI Research said.
Android-Symbian Merger: Officials Weigh In
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Despite predictions by analysis firm J. Gold Associates, officials with Symbian, Nokia, and Google aren't positive the union would work right now.
iPhone: Catalyst For Touchscreen Revolution
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
More than 230 million touch-screen handsets are expected to ship in 2012, according to a report from IMS Research.
Apple's MobileMe Continues To Sputter
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
In the latest technical issue, Apple said about 200,000 MobileMe customers haven't been able to access e-mail for nearly a week.
Canadian Spectrum Auction Opens: More Services, Lower Prices
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Most of the new spectrum was gobbled up by traditional providers Rogers Communications, Bell Canada, and Telus.
Software Lets BlackBerry Sync With iTunes
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
RIM's Media Sync Software will only transfer DRM-free tracks and does not work with 64-bit systems or Macintosh operating systems.
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Analyst J. Gold Associates said the merger of the two mobile operating systems will begin within three to six months.
Sony Opens eBook Reader To Other Online Stores
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
The Kindle, however, is tethered to Amazon.com, supporting only what's available through the retailer.
Amway Parent Catches iPhone Fever
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Alticor is among the largest companies to acknowledge publicly that it's launching an iPhone trial.
Samsung Releases 'Innov8' Multi-Megapixel Smartphone
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone will have a powerful camera, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, assisted GPS, and push e-mail capabilities.
Cancer Expert Issues Warning On Cell Phone Risks
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
In particular, Dr. Ronald B. Herberman's advisory urged children to limit their use of cell phones.
"Smaller - Cooler - Faster" Meets "Carry Small, Live Large"
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
bMighty.com doesn't usually cover new chips and stuff, mostly because that kind of technology doesn't have an immediate impact on small and midsize companies. But when I heard not one but TWO awesome new marketing phrases in a single press briefing, I was hooked. And besides, Intel promises its new smart System on Chip (SoC) designs will accelerate some important trends that could benefit bMighty readers.
Nokia, Qualcomm End Patent Disputes
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The companies have entered into a 15-year agreement regarding wireless technology patents, and have dropped all litigation.
Intel Revamps Its System-On-Chip Designs
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The first batch of products is under the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor line for industrial robotics and for security, storage, and communication devices.
Sprint's Palm Centro Gets Software Update
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The update improves IMAP compatibility with Gmail, and provides an updated setup wizard for the Web-based e-mail.
Canadian Carriers May Switch To GSM
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The move from CDMA could allow Bell Canada and Telus to offer customers the iPhone 3G.
Apple's iPhone Drives AT&T's Profit, Revenue Increase
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The company said iPhone 3G unit sales in its first 12 days of availability doubled over the like sales period for last year's iPhone.
AT&T Expands Navigation Service To 20 Countries
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
The added service will offer turn-by-turn navigation in three languages, as well as offer a business locator.
Jury Still Out On 'White Spaces' Devices, FCC Continues Tests
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
Opposition to the use of the spectrum has been led by many broadcasters and some device manufacturers, claiming it would create havoc for wireless microphones.
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