News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in August 2009
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Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The business-centric smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a large resistive touchscreen and a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Amazon Kindle's New Role: Script Reader
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Lions Gate, the studio responsible for the film and TV hits "Crash" and "Mad Men," is using the Kindle e-reader to distribute scripts.
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
Palm Pre Heads To Canada
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Bell Mobility will offer the touch-screen smartphone for $199.95 with a three-year contract.
iPhone Exclusivity May End Next Year
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Selling the iPhone on multiple carriers may be the only way for Apple to gain significant market share in the U.S.
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
Samsung Readies Application Store
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
About 300 programs will be accessible by Samsung smartphones running Windows Mobile and Symbian.
Is Cell Phone Security A Virtual House Of Cards?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mobile service providers insist there is nothing wrong with their security standards. Are they whistling past the digital graveyard?
Facebook Updates iPhone App
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Version 3.0 of the social networking app has a retooled user interface and new features.
Apple Taking iPhone To China
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
China Unicom will be selling the iPhone in the fourth quarter, but it will lack Wi-Fi in order to comply with government regulations.
Sirius XM Launches iPhone Dock
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The XM SkyDock uses the iPhone OS 3 hardware control capabilities to turn a motorist's Apple iPhone or iPod Touch into a satellite radio.
More States Ban Texting While Driving
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Illinois and Missouri are the latest states to outlaw sending text messages or e-mails while operating a motor vehicle.
Facebook Testing Mobile Payments
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The social network is enabling some users to buy Facebook Credits with their mobile phones instead of a credit card.
Android App Users Not Inclined To Pay
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users are more than twice as likely to regularly purchase mobile apps, according to an AdMob survey.
Nokia Intros Linux-Based N900 Phone
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
It is still committed to open-source Symbian, Nokia says, but Maemo could be a complementary platform.
Android, RIM Lead Mobile Game Sales
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
Handango's "Yardstick" report shows mobile gaming has gained traction on all the major smartphone platforms.
LG, Nortel Test LTE-CDMA Handoff
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
LG Electronics and Nortel completed the first active handoff between a CDMA and a Long-Term Evolution network.
Nokia Dials Up Mobile Payments
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
Consumers will be able to use their cell phones to send money to other people, pay for products, recharge prepaid SIM cards, and pay utility bills.
iPhone App For Diabetes Gets $100,000 Grant
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
The developer, a college student, will use the grant to add Internet data-sharing to his app, which helps diabetics manage their health.
Apple's Jobs Focused On Tablet
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The tech icon is involved in the smallest details of the Apple tablet PC, aiming to make it the company's next market-redefining product.
Opera Mini Tops 25 Million Downloads
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The mobile browser is the leader in the third-party browser market, but it will be facing stiff competition from Mozilla and startup Skyfire.
Sony Adds 3G Wireless To E-reader
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The Sony Reader Daily Edition is taking on Amazon's market-leading Kindle with a built-in wireless connection and support for the open E-Pub standard.
AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Locations
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The company's Wi-Fi footprint has grown by 30% this year to more than 125,000 hotspots in the United States, Europe, and China.
Nokia Announces 5230 Smartphone
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
While low in price, Nokia's 5230 packs a touchscreen, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and can download apps from the Ovi Store.
Microsoft Launches OneApp Platform
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
The application will bring lightweight versions of Twitter, Facebook, and other programs to feature phones.
Nokia Joins the NetBook Fray
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
With employees bounding from place to place, small handheld devices have become all the rage. Nokia, the world's leading cell phone supplier, understands that its foes are no longer limited to Apple and Samsung. Consequently, the Finnish supplier has moved into the burgeoning netbook market, one where it faces significant competition.
AT&T Mandates Data Plans For Smartphones
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian smartphone users will have to sign up for the monthly data plan iPhone and BlackBerry users carry, instead of a lower-cost option.
RIM Acquires Torch Mobile
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
To get the BlackBerry's browser on par with the iPhone and Android, RIM has acquired the maker of the Iris mobile browser for an undisclosed amount.
Rhapsody Music May Come To iPhone
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
RealNetworks has submitted its music service for approval in the App Store, but it's unclear if Apple will OK the competing service.
Nokia Announces Windows Netbook
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
The Booklet 3G, powered by the Intel Atom processor, represents a return to the PC world for the mobile handset maker.
Google Integrates Apps With RIM's BES
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The integration with Blackberry Enterprise Server provides deep connections between Google's corporate apps and RIM's smartphones.
BlackBerry Storm Gets V Cast Video
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Verizon's on-demand service enables Storm users to view full-length videos and live sporting events on-the-go.
Nokia Unveils 5800 'Car' Phone
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The 5800 Navigation Edition is made for people who drive: it offers GPS, audible turn-by-turn directions, and real-time traffic alerts.
Apple Hit With $2 Million iPhone Suit
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Photographer claims image on i.TV mobile app violates his copyright.
China Mobile Profits Dip 1.6%
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
The carrier will be relying on the continued rollout of its 3G network and Android-based devices to help it boost profitability.
U.S. Smartphone Sales Grew 47% In Q2
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Smartphones continue to sell well, but feature phones grabbed 72% of U.S. handset purchases in the second quarter, according to NPD Group.
AT&T Improves 3G Reception
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
The enhanced network quality may help the mobile operator reduce its churn rate after it loses exclusivity of Apple's popular iPhone.
Microsoft Aims For Premium Mobile Apps
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Developers are being told their mobile apps can be priced at more than 99 cents, which is the most-popular price in Apple's App Store.
WimMo Runs The Wrong Way In Smartphone Race
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
There is more evidence this week that Windows Mobile is headed the way of the dodo.
MySpace Acquires iLike
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
In buying the popular social music service, MySpace will gain a connection to users of rival social networks Facebook, Bebo, and Hi5.
Qualcomm Takes Stake In Pantech
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
The tech company will be acquiring about 15% of the handset maker after agreeing to a debt-to-equity conversion agreement worth about $76 million.
Americans Tune Out Mobile Music
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Only 10% of U.S. cell phone users listen to music on their cell phones, according to Forrester Research.
RIM Owns Half Of U.S. Smartphone Market
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Apple iPhones sales jumped 365% in the second quarter, according to a market researcher.
EU Invests In 4G Tech
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
The Long-Term Evolution networks could provide up to 100 times the mobile connectivity speeds of 3G networks.
Dell Exec: Linux Netbook Returns A "Non-Issue"
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Lately, Dell has stuck a fork in some "facts" regarding Linux netbook return rates. Now, the company is considering whether to sell a new type of netbook where Windows won't even be an option.
Qwest Wireless Ending Service Oct. 31
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The former Regional Bell is notifying customers that they need to select a new cell phone provider.
BlockBuster Bringing Movies To Motorola Phones
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
While the details are vague, the deal will eventually bring thousands of Hollywood films to Moto handsets.
RIM Named World's Fastest-Growing Company
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The BlackBerry maker has seen its profits increase 84% over the past three years, and now tops Fortune magazine's list of quickly rising companies.
IBM Turns RFID, Sensor Data Into Actions
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Data collected from networked sensors on highways and across power grids can be used by governments and utilities to make decisions.
iPhone Bug Saves Deleted E-Mail
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The flaw appears to be connected to the Spotlight search feature in the Apple iPhone 3.0 software.
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