News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in August 2008
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Google Shows Off Android App Winners
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
All of the 10 teams that won the Android Developer Challenge top prize of $275,000 utilize GPS in some manner.
AT&T-iPhone Problems May Signal Difficulties For Android
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Verizon and T-Mobile may do well to sidestep network glitches if Google wants its phone to outsell Apple's, a wireless spectrum expert suggests.
Smartphone Apps For The Rest Of Us
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Even if you use Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon -- or don't have an iPhone for your AT&T connection -- you can still get games, music, location-based services, and other mobile content on your phone. Here's how.
Apple Patent Application Describes Multi-Touch Mac
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The 52-page diagram shows gestures on the touch screen associated with a number of tasks, including zooming, panning, scrolling, rotating, and enlarging.
Google Unveils Android's App Store
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A competitor to Apple's App Store, the Android Market will allow users to browse, purchase, install, and rate applications on Android handsets.
Motion-Powered Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
M2E Power said it will have a charger for sale next year that can provide 60 minutes of talk for six hours of motion.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
Orange Caps iPhone 3G Speeds At 384 Kbps
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Users have complained that the French wireless provider's capping of network speeds violates the company's service agreement.
Smartphone Sales To Hit $200 Billion In 2012
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Interest in the iPhone and open-source operating systems like Symbian will drive smartphone sales, according to Gartner.
Steve Jobs Is Alive
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
If you're a subscriber to Bloomberg newswire, you may have been worried about the status of Apple's CEO as the news company inadvertently published an incomplete obituary Wednesday afternoon. It quickly retracted the story, but it's still morbidly interesting to give it a read.
Nortel Demo Puts 4G Wireless One Step Closer
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The company demonstrates the first live Long Term Evolution handoff between cell sites, but data speeds were lower than what's been promised.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
AT&T Rolls Out New International iPhone Data Plans
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
AT&T has added two new iPhone data plans that should make using Apple's smartphone outside the U.S. cheaper.
hi5 Offers Mobile Social Networking In 26 Languages
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The social networking site's hi5 Mobile service is aimed at smartphone and PDA users worldwide.
'Misleading' U.K. iPhone Ad Pulled
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Viewers complained that they couldn't access "all parts of the Internet" due to the lack of Flash and Java support on the handset.
Nokia Continues Its Cell Phone Dominance
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The dual strategy of targeting developing countries with low-cost mobile phones and instituting price cuts for its mid-tier devices helped propel its momentum, Gartner said.
Obama Texts His VP Choice: Even When He Loses, He Wins
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Okay, so the Obama campaign's idea to text message everyone who provided the campaign with their cellphone number his choice of Joe Biden as his running mate didn't work out too well from the breaking news angle. The news was leaked out well before many people were woken up in the middle of the night to their cellphones vibrating with misplaced excitement. But in other ways  namely branding and information gathering  the move was a stroke of genius.
Apple Censors Digital Comic
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Apple has banned a digital comic called Murderdrome, from Infurious Comics, from its iTunes Store, to the consternation of the comic's creator and fans.
Blame iPhone 3G Reception Problems On Carriers, Not Handset
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
A global survey of owners found their iPhones operated with very slow speeds, especially in metro areas like San Francisco.
Obama's VP Text Reached 2.9 Million
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
With the success of the announcement, advertisers may take a closer look at SMS as a marketing tool, Nielsen Mobile said.
Acer Drops Mini-Notebook Prices
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The Windows or Linux-based PCs include 1.6 GHz Atom processors, built-in Webcams and Wi-Fi support, and a three-cell rechargeable battery.
Aircell Signs Up Fourth Airline For Wi-Fi Service
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
CEO Jack Blumenstein expects there will be some 2,000 commercial airplanes offering Aircell's in-flight Gogo Internet service by the end of next year.
AT&T Adds Two International Data Plans For iPhone
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
While still expensive, the latest offerings are hundreds of dollars less than pay-per-use international data roaming charges.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The application will enable customers to get an up-to-date view of their finances from a smartphone.
HTC Adds Windows Mobile Smartphone
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The HTC S740 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, integrated Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, assisted-GPS, and is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1.
Nvidia CEO Huang Outlines Smartphone Strategy In Battling Intel
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The graphics chipmaker's mobile strategy revolves around the smartphone, which "will become the next personal computer," said CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at Nvidia's Nvision 2008 conference.
Amazon's Kindle May Go Back To School
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The company could be aiming its e-reader at colleges and universities to get a chunk of the $5.5 billion textbook market, according to a McAdams Wright Ragen analyst.
iPod Nano To Get Makeover, Digg Founder Reveals
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
Apple's iPod lineup is set for an overhaul, including a thinner Nano with a larger widescreen display, according to Kevin Rose's predictions.
Nokia Rolls Out Pair Of N Series Smartphones
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The Nokia N85 and N79 pack integrated Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, built-in GPS, and robust multimedia functionality over a Symbian operating system.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Intuit press release
Obama Texts His VP Choice: Smaller Businesses Are Listening
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
There is, of course, a lot of hoopla surrounding Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate. But the real excitement -- at least as far as smaller businesses are concerned -- is how his campaign made the initial announcement: They texted it to lots of people's cellphones. Is it finally safe to declare that mobile marketing is here to stay?
Apple MobileMe Reportedly Vulnerable To Data Loss
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Sniffing public file sharing folders is the latest in a string of problems that has plagued the service, which replaced Apple's .Mac service.
China Blocks iTunes Access Over Pro-Tibet Album, Users Claim
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Government Web site calls "Songs Of Tibet" offensive, says citizens want Apple boycott.
U.S. Carmakers Lag In Eco-Friendly Features
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Detroit is more focused on power-train technologies, such as hybrids or battery-powered electric vehicles than it is on navigation and telematics, an iSuppli report said.
GSM Trade Group: 4 Million HSPA Monthly Signups
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
U.S. HSPA business has been paced by AT&T, which recently moved to deploy HSPA across America in preparation for the recent rollout of Apple's iPhone 3G.
Back-To-School Spending Slows As Shoppers Seek Bargains Online
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
38% of consumers surveyed said they plan to use price-comparison Web sites to find the best deals.
Wozniak To Developers: If You Know You're Right, Don't Stop
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Apple's co-founder says pursuing a vision without compromise, is "the right way of going through life."
Canada Gets BlackBerry Bold
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
RIM's new flagship model will cost Canadian customers about $382 with a three-year contract.
Alaska Air's CIO Weighs In On In-Flight Internet Services
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
As American Airlines begins to offer passengers Aircell's Gogo, Alaska Air is going with a satellite service. CIO Robert Reeder explains why.
Intel Demos Wireless Power, Robotics, 'Programmable Matter'
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Justin Rattner, Intel's CTO, showed off the company's up-and-coming technology at the final keynote of the chipmaker's Developer Forum.
T-Mobile Shows Off 3G Multimedia Phone
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Sony Ericsson's first T-Mobile handset will be optimized to utilize the carrier's nascent 3G networks.
Motorola's Jha Shuffles Management, Unveils Multimedia Phones
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
John Cipolla will replace Rob Shaddock, who had been named to head consumer products in April and who is now leaving the company.
FCC To Comcast: Stop Blocking Peer-To-Peer Content
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
The cable and Internet service provider may have interfered with up to 75% of shared-file traffic in certain areas, the Federal Communications Commission found.
Apple Sued Over iPhone 3G Reception Problems
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
An Alabama woman alleges that the handset isn't as fast as advertised, and she's seeking class-action status to represent other customers affected by the "defective" iPhone 3G.
Free Wi-Fi Access: An Inalienable Right?
Commentary  |  8/21/2008  | 
It's the dog days of August and travel is at its peak as everyone tries to soak up the last few moments of summer. But, of course, in this era of hyper-connectivity, working never stops completely and in between flights, the checking of e-mails, Web sites, and other stuff on the Internet, is endemic -- as are the groans in those airports where Wi-Fi is only available for a fee.
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