News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in July 2009
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HTC Lowers Revenue Forecast
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The smartphone maker is feeling the heat from a downward trend in handset pricing and from China's delay in rolling out its 3G network.
Motorola Plans Low-Cost Android Phones
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Motorola says it will use Google's Android platform to make smartphones at feature phone prices.
1 In 10 Internet Users Buys Virtual Goods
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Nearly half of buyers report visiting virtual worlds; more than a quarter said they either own an iPhone or play social network games.
Pirate Bay Tossed Out Of Netherlands
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The organizers of the Pirate Bay have 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, or face stiff fines.
Student On Trial Admits Sharing Music Online
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Joel Tenenbaum could face up to $4.5 million in penalties if the RIAA prevails and he is found guilty of illegally downloading 30 songs.
Carriers Respond To Bans On Texting While Driving
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The four major wireless operators agree that the practice is dangerous, but not all believe national legislation is the best way to solve the problem.
Memory Chip Market Recovering
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Rising demand and limited supply will boost prices for DDR3 DRAM chips in the second half of the year, iSuppli says.
LG Reveals Latest 'Chocolate' Phone
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The handset's 4-inch, high-quality touch screen is geared toward watching videos and viewing Web pages on the go.
Mac And iPhone Security Issues Mounting
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
New ways to break the iPhone's security and reports of new Mac exploits should serve as a warning to Mac-based businesses not to become complacent.
Facebook May Be Friending Android
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Google's Android platform may soon become too big for the social networking giant to ignore.
RIM Releases Developer Tool For BlackBerry
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Mobile app makers can test and debug BlackBerry programs that use HTML, CSS, Ajax, Silverlight, Ruby on Rails, and other rich Internet applications.
Motorola Delivers Unexpected 2Q Profit
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The mobile phone maker is placing a big bet on its commitment to release handsets based on Google’s Android platform in time for the holiday season.
Microsoft Takes Another Crack At Retail
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The software giant's stores are expected to sell laptops, mobile devices, software, Zune media players, and the Xbox 360 gaming console.
Apple's Complaints About Jailbroken iPhones Don't Hold Water
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Apple says that unsanctioned iPhone alterations could crash mobile phone networks. I say, "hogwash."
Intel Reaches For Ever Smaller Processors
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Intel hopes it can expand beyond its core PC business, into smartphones and other mobile gadgets, by betting on next-generation 32-nanometer processors.
Online Music File Swapping Trial Underway
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recording industry is squaring off against a Boston student charged with illegally downloading music over the Internet.
Lawmakers Aim At Texting While Driving
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The proposed legislation would reduce federal highway funding for states that don't ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.
Google Updates Mobile Gmail App
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The search giant has made it easier for Android and iPhone users to use Gmail on the go by shortening URLs.
Verizon Reveals App Store Details
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Developers will get to keep 70% of the revenue from sold apps, and Verizon said it will aim for a more transparent approval process than Apple's App Store.
T-Mobile Picks Up Touch Pro 2
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile handset is aimed at mobile professionals, and it features Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Verizon Seeks Court Approval Of Advertising Accuracy
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
AT&T has charged that Verizon's claims of having "America's Most Reliable Wireless Network" are misleading.
Texting While Driving Is Deadliest Task
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Study results suggest text messaging should be banned for all drivers says Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Sprint 's Latest Acquisition Bad News for SMBs?
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
As competition among cellular carriers intensified recently, Sprint Nextel has struggled to grow its business. The companys future direction may be foreshadowed in its decision to purchase Virgin Mobile USA, however if that is the case, Sprint Nextel services may become less attractive to small and medium businesses.
Apple Nixes Google Voice From iPhone
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
The App Store won't carry Google's app that lets users send free text messages, make inexpensive long-distance calls, and funnel multiple phone numbers to a single number.
Sprint To Buy Virgin Mobile USA For $483 Million
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Deal would add Virgin's no-contract offerings to Sprint Nextel's Boost Mobile pay-as-you-go service.
Western Digital Unveils 1TB Laptop Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
The portable storage unit is targeted at laptops and mini-desktop PCs, such as the Apple Mini.
Apple Tablet Buzz Intensifies
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The computer maker may launch a tablet PC with 10-inch touch screen as early as September.
Review: Nokia N97 Is Work In Progress
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
While its hardware mostly pleases, Nokia's flagship multimedia phone fails to deliver on seamless integration with e-mail and social networks.
Sprint To Offer Android Phone In 2009
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The carrier's CEO said the operating system is "ready for prime time," but he didn't say what company would be making the smartphone.
Verizon Revenues Up On Wireless; Profits Down
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
Plans for adding the BlackBerry Storm, Motorola Android phones, and eventually the Palm Pre should continue to shore up the carrier.
Google Shows Off Next Android Build
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The "Donut" branch features support for CDMA devices, automatic backup, and text-to-speech, but it won't have multi-touch support.
Tiny Optical Tags Could Replace Barcodes
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
Bokodes, a new optical data storage technology, could help hasten the era of ubiquitous computing, in which every object can be linked to the Internet.
T-Mobile To Offer BlackBerry Curve 8520
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
RIM's consumer-friendly smartphone has strong social networking features, out-of-the box Mac compatibility, and an optical navigation pad instead of a trackball.
Garmin-Asus To Release Oft-Delayed Nuvifone
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The location-centric smartphone will be coming out 18 months after it was first introduced.
Americans Flocking To Internet With Wireless Devices
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The use of mobile handsets for accessing the Web has increased 73% since late 2007.
Verizon Added Fewer Subscribers In 2Q Than AT&T
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The company is still the largest U.S. carrier with 87.7 million subscribers, but the iPhone and prepaid services may be drawing customers away.
Amazon Apologizes For Kindle Flap
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
CEO Jeff Bezos said removing copies of e-books from customers' Kindles was "stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles."
Motorola Makes Big Push For Android Developers
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The Motodev program is aimed at making it easier and faster for content creators to make Android programs for Motorola's smartphones.
AT&T CEO: iPhone Won't Be Exclusive Forever
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
Having the iPhone on multiple carriers is likely the only way Apple can significantly grow its user base in the United States.
Palm WebOS Update Restores iTunes Connectivity
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The 1.1 version of webOS restores the Pre's compatibility with Apple's media software and also adds improved business features.
Apple iPhone Dominates Mobile Web Usage
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Google's Android operating system is also gaining traction, passing Windows Mobile for the first time, according to data from AdMob.
Chinese Police Investigate iPhone Worker's Death
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Sun Danyong's suicide has cast a spotlight on the secrecy Apple requires of its contract manufacturers.
Google Layers More Data On Mobile Maps App
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The updated Google Maps for mobile will enable Symbian and Windows Mobile users to view traffic reports, create personalized map mashups, and view Wikipedia info on nearby attractions.
Apple Lowers Price Of Next-Gen Final Cut
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The company also upgraded its Logic Studio audio production suite with more than 200 added features.
Verizon Proposes Roaming Rule Change
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The wireless carrier said it would support a law requiring it to provide competitors with roaming agreements under certain circumstances.
Qualcomm's Earnings Marred By $208 Million Antitrust Fine
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The mobile chipmaker reported a $737 million third-quarter profit and raised its revenue forecast for 2009.
Washington Commuters Get GPS-Enabled Bus Information
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Two new applications provide information to smartphone and PC users on the whereabouts of city buses.
Apple Hints At Possible App Store Redesign
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Developers whose iPhone apps aren't in the top tier are having a hard time getting them to stand out, and Apple appears to have noticed.
Analysis: Apple Sees iPhone Success, But Challenges Coming
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Apple shipped 5.2 million handsets last quarter, but the next quarter will see high-profile alternatives and no new iPhone model to goose sales.
Synaptics Intros New Touchscreens For Mobiles
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
New touchscreens are capable of registering up to 10 touches at a time, which could open the door for a new wave of apps.
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