News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in September 2008
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Apple Mac Pro Computers Toxic?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Jason O'Grady, writing for ZDNet, has me worried. He says that, according to a French newspaper, "Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer."
Dell Offers PC Pre-Loaded With Movies
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
For an additional $20, movie fans can get a copy of "Iron Man," along with bonus features, pre-loaded on select Inspiron, Dell Studio, and XPS laptops, and desktops.
Nokia Abandons Business Market -- What Does It Mean For Your Company?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Nokia this week announced that it will stop marketing and developing its own software services for business customers. What does that mean for companies using Nokia solutions?
Movie Studios, RealNetworks Sue Each Other In DVD-Copying Dispute
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
RealDVD software lets people rent DVDs from a legitimate video-rental store and build a library of copied movies without ever buying a DVD.
Nokia Prepares 'iPhone Killer,' Changes CTO
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Symbian S60-powered smartphone dubbed "Tube" is expected to include Nokia's music player, DVB-H mobile TV support, and various GPS applications.
LG Intros Affordable Touch-Screen Phone
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The KP500 has Bluetooth, a document viewer, expandable memory, and multimedia capabilities, and it should have a low price.
Nokia To Acquire Mobile E-Mail, IM Provider
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The acquisition of OZ Communications is part of Nokia's larger strategy of providing more than just the handset.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
Mobile Broadband Group Forms To Counter Wi-Fi
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Led by the GSM Association, the group plans to spend more than $1 billion promoting a Mobile Broadband service mark to signify the alternative to Wi-Fi and WiMax in a range of notebook PCs.
Samsung Samples 'Smallest' 2 Gb Memory Module
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next-generation memory style is expected to increase from 29% of the DRAM market in terms of units sold to 72% by 2011, according to IDC.
Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
Nintendo DS Refresh Sets Its Sights On Apple
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next version of the handheld gaming device would be able to take pictures and play music similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple Unlocks Its Own iPhones For Hong Kong
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Apple also may be looking to expand into more Chinese markets by unlocking the iPhones for other wireless standards beyond GSM.
IBM, ARM Join On Mobile-Device Chip Technology
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The results of the partnership will be used in logic, memory, and interface products for the customers of IBM's Common Platform technology alliance, such as Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung.
WiMax Makes Its Long Awaited Debut
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
WiMax has resembled the networking industrys next budding princess. While a great deal of talk has centered on when the technology would debut, much of it has been shrouded in secrecy and duplicity. Well, for some lucky few businesses, the wait is finally over.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Nero Launches TiVo For PC, Multimedia Software
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company announced software that brings TiVo to PCs, a digital media transferring tool, and an upgraded burning and ripping suite.
Samsung 'Pixon' Hits Store Shelves With 8-Megapixels
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The camera phone also supports 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, a Microsoft Office document viewer, and a multimedia player.
Toshiba Unveils 256 GB Drives For 'Netbooks'
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The new category of mini-notebooks was popularized this year by the computers makers including Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
Visa To Bring Apps To Google's Android
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Visa will enable Android users to get near-real-time alerts on card activity, as well as get discounts and directions to merchants.
Panasonic Gets Tougher While Lightening Up
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
Panasonic has updated its Toughbook family of business-rugged notebooks with three new 3G-ready models, one of which the company says is the lightest to be had.
FCC's Dilemma: Moving Sprint Away From Public Safety Nets
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Ever since the Nextel acquisition, plans to reallocate the 800-MHz spectrum have been bandied about so it doesn't interfere with bands used by public safety agencies.
Chip-Designer Transmeta Up For Sale
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
In essence, Transmeta's technology was instrumental in helping the industry reach a level of power efficiency that has become the foundation of so-called "green IT" initiative today.
China's iPhone 3G May Lack 3G And Wi-Fi
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The move may be a way for China Mobile to keep customers from unlocking the device and running it on rival China Telecom's W-CDMA 3G networks.
BlackBerry Maker RIM Posts $492 Million Profit For 2Q
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The company is still the dominant leader in U.S. smartphone sales, and is making headway around the globe.
U.S. Court Upholds Two Broadcom Patents In Qualcomm Case
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The patents are related to chips used in phones with high-speed Web links.
Global IPTV: $19 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Driving the increase is growing consumer demand for video, as well as the entry of new content providers such as YouTube and Joost, according to a new Gartner survey.
Google's New Smartphone Wows Consumers, But Enterprises Must Wait
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Mobile users hoping to use the G1 for business may be disappointed by the absence of Microsoft Exchange support, and a desktop syncing client.
Toshiba Expands HDD Lineup For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The Serial ATA products also are available with Toshiba's free-fall sensor option that parks the disk head before impact when a notebook is dropped.
Google's Larry Page Calls FCC White Space Test 'Rigged'
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The test back in August determined whether a prototype device for transmitting Internet traffic over the unused white space in the TV spectrum could interfere with microphones.
Apple Launches iPhone 3G Online Buying Tool
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Customers still can't get an iPhone 3G shipped to their homes, but the online tools could speed up the sign-up process.
Apple Clamps Down On App Store Developers
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Apple has been criticized for being inconsistent in its rationale for rejecting applications or pulling ones that have already been approved.
T-Mobile Lifts Data Limit For G1
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The company backed off its plans to throttle G1 users who exceeded 1 GB of data a month.
Judge Tosses Out Verdict Against Minn. Mom Accused Of File Sharing
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
A jury convicted Jammie Thomas of putting 24 songs on Kazaa's file-sharing network and ordered her to pay $9,250 per song.
Schwarzenegger: Hasta La Vista To Texting While Driving
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The ban starting Jan. 1 applies to cars only, but the Los Angeles-area train crash highlighted the dangers of operating a moving vehicle while texting.
MySpace Music Debuts To Rival iTunes
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Subscribers can stream music free or buy songs at MySpace Music through a partnership with Amazon.
iPhone 2.1: After Two Weeks, It's Still A Work In Progress
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
The iPhone firmware Version 2.1 got a lot of applause when it first came out, from users who said it fixed major bugs. I've been living with the software for two weeks now. In my experience, the update fixes quite a lot, but there's still a lot of work to be done. And I encountered one big bug that could result in a spectacular loss of data.
S3 Launches 'Chrome' Mini-Notebook Graphics Chips
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The chips support Microsoft's DirectX 10.1, which is the graphics technology in Windows Vista capable of 3-D rendering.
'Networked Workers:' Connected, Distracted, Stressed
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A new Pew Study suggests 62% of the workforce is more likely than the average American adult to own a cell phone, laptop, and a BlackBerry, Palm, or other PDA.
Dell To Move To Greener Notebook Displays
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
By the end of 2009, Dell plans to ship LED displays with at least 80% of all its notebooks, reaching 100% in 2010.
Android 1.0 SDK Released
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Getting developers and programmers to create innovative products will be key for Android's success.
5 Million iPhone 3Gs Sold This Quarter
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Despite Apple's launch woes and reception issues, the company appears to be on track to meet its goal of selling 10 million iPhones this year.
Sony Ericsson Launches Mobile Music Service
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
PlayNow Plus will compete directly with Nokia's music service, and will offer users about 5 million songs from major record labels and independent acts.
TeleNav Upgrades Its Enterprise GPS Services
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The improvements to version 4.1 allow for remote time cards, image capturing, geofencing, and alerts.
Pictures From T-Mobile's G1 Android Phone Press Conference
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin did a star turn at the New York City introduction of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone. Here are the pictures to prove it.
Google Co-Founder To Woo Congress For 'White Spaces'
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Larry Page and others want Washington to open unused portions of the spectrum, so cell phones can operate without the additional infrastructure charges.
Qualcomm To Produce Satellite-Cellular Chips
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The company signed a deal that may lead to handsets that can switch between cellular and satellite networks.
How Does T-Mobile's Google G1 Stack Up?
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
We review several features available in the first Android-powered handset that could make it a hit in the enterprise and viable alternative to the BlackBerry or iPhone.
Google Helps Users Navigate New York Public Transit System
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The nation's largest transit system could be a bit easier to navigate with Google's new tools, including translation into 23 languages.
Android G1 Smartphone Not Ready For Growing Businesses -- Yet
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
Google and T-Mobile today unveiled the long-awaited first Android-powered smartphone. Available October 22, the G1 sports a touch screen, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Google App integration, but no support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail. That omission alone will make it a non-starter for many small and midsize companies.
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