Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Motorola's CEO Calls It Quits
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
AMD Opens Bangalore R&D Center
When you get CEO Hector Ruiz to fly into India to open up a new engineering facility, you know AMD is getting serious about 45nm quad-core chips.
Microsoft Rumored To Release A Windows Mobile Update
Although there aren't many details currently available, word on the street is that Microsoft has previewed an update to its smartphone operating system, Windows Mobile 6, to the lucky few attending the annual Mobius conference.
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
AT&T CEO Says 3G iPhone Will Be Available Next Year
The 3G iPhone has been naught but a rumor until AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson opened his mouth recently and spilled the beans. Oh, how Steve Jobs must be fuming right now. All Stephenson would commit to is "next year", but that's enough for many.
Verizon Wireless Picks LTE With Vodafone For 4G Technology
Verizon Wireless officially dropped another bomb this week. Though the move was widely speculated about several months ago after a Vodafone executive made some comments about the two companies' plans, Verizon made it official this morning. CDMA and its 4G derivative UWB are out. L
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Super 3G In The Hands Of 24 Million People Predicted By 2012
A new report by Juniper Research forecasts that by 2012, nearly 24 million subscribers worldwide will be using services based on a cellular technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, which is often referred to as "super 3G." That means in the next couple of years wireless carriers and mobile device makers will have to step up their game, especially in the United States.
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Next Tuesday, December 4, bMighty.com is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Google Adds Locator Feature To Mobile Maps Application
Google made a new beta version of its Mobile Maps application available to certain smartphones today. The biggest improvement of the application comes with its My Location feature, which uses cell tower information--and not on-board GPS--to determine user location. Watch our demo here.
Motorola Loses The Number Two Spot To Samsung, Has Clearly Lost Its Mojo
More bad news for Motorola. Plagued by a tough year all around, Motorola slipped from the world's second-largest supplier of mobile phones to the third, according to third quarter figures released yesterday. In comparison, Nokia increased its lead and sold nearly three times as many devices as Motorola. Can Moto turn it around and get its moj
What Does Verizon's "Open Move" Mean For Smaller Companies?
Verizon challenged the way America does wireless today when it announced that it plans to open its wireless network to third party mobile devices, software, and applications. If other carriers are forced to follow suit, what might that mean to small and midsize companies' mobility plans?
University To Make Students Carry GPS Mobile Phones
For those of you who thought I was jumping the gun with location and GPS, check this out: Montclair State University will require its students to buy and carry a special cell phone equipped with GPS. Is this a sign of things to come?
Industry Begins To Weigh In On Verizon's Open Handset Policy
Microsoft is one of the first companies to formally announce that it supports Verizon's new "any apps, any device" idea. So far other companies have remained mum on the subject. You have to wonder what members of the Open Handset Alliance thin
Now That Verizon Wireless Is Opening Its Network, What's Next?
It looks like Google is about to get everything it wants. The king of closed wireless networks, Verizon Wireless, this morning said it will open its networks to "wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the carrier." Now what's next?
Verizon Wireless's Walled Garden Comes Tumbling Down
Holy cell towers, Batman! In a stunning announcement, Verizon Wireless has promised that customers will be able to use "any app, any device" on its network starting next year. Is this the end of the walled garden as we know it?
Why Doesn't Google Android Support SIP?
While Google's Android OS promises to break open the mobile market, some insiders are wondering why it has no support for SIP or IMS. How revolutionary can Android be if it does not include SIP?
Rumor Mill: T-Mobile Might Be Ready To Launch Its 3G Network
This one has been a long time coming. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major U.S. carriers that doesn't offer 3G data services. It bought 3G spectrum back in 2006, but has yet to get any portions of its planned 3G network up and running. Looks like that might be about to change.
Blyk MVNO Claims 43 Percent Click-Through On Its Mobile-For-Ads Service
The U.K.-based mobile virtual network operator is saying that in its first eight weeks of operation it just might have a valid business model after all. The MVNO offers free mobile service to 16-24 year olds. In exchange for free minutes and text-message allowances, users have to view ads on their phones. So far, up to 43 percent are actually clicking o
The Promise Of Mobile GPS And Location
If 2007 was the year of smartphones, then 2008 promises to be the year of mobile location. Consumers and business users want GPS and other location services on their smartphones. But what does 2008 really hold in store?
Gmail As Designed By Microsoft
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it's time for some holiday chestnuts. Here's one: What if Microsoft, and not Google, had designed Gmail? How would the application be different? Let's take a look.
And The Best Selling Mobile Phone Of The Third Quarter Was...
...Not the iPhone. It was the Motorola Razr V3. Not the new version of the Razr, mind you, but the ancient version of the Razr that used to be a trendsetter. My question is, should it really count as a "sale" when people are not actually paying for the phone?
Study Links Wi-Fi Exposure To Autism
Another day, another study. This one comes from the Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine and says that the signals spewing from the Wi-Fi router in your office can trap certain metals within brain cells and increase the chances your kids will develop autism.
Hanging Up On Mobile AV
It's good to see security vendors getting in front of a problem. But when it comes to mobile malware, Symantec and McAfee are getting ahead of themselves.
Work From Anywhere -- Carefully
The ability to work anywhere, at anytime, is crucial for anyone involved in a smaller business. Until recently, though, working in airports or hotels was a hit or miss affair.
T-Mobile Dumps Customers Who Roam Too Much
So much for winning all those shiny customer service awards. In a bad customer service moment that smacks of something Sprint did recently, T-Mobile decided to kick 600 customers to the curb. Their offense? Roaming in areas without T-Mobile network coverage too often.
T-Mobile Raked Over Coals For Selling iPhone With Two-Year Contracts
Vodafone is going on the offensive against competitor T-Mobile in Germany. It filed an injunction against T-Mobile claiming that the iPhone's sales terms, which require a two-year contract with T-Mobile, are a no-no. The German court sided with Vodafone and is now forcing T-Mobile to change its iPhone sales practices.
Meet The 10 Ugliest Smartphones. Ever.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but ugly is ugly no matter how you look at it. If you've ever been so unfortunate as to lay eyeballs on any of these devices, you probably came away blinded. Here are ten smartphones that should never have made it off the paper they were sketched on.
Is Apple Spying On iPhone Users?
Just when you thought the security risks of the iPhone couldn't get any worse, we discover ">this. According to one member of the Hackint0sh forum, Apple is using the iPhone to spy on its users.
Nokia Explains Web 2.0 With Video
For those of you still don't think that Nokia is gunning for Google's throne as the king of Web 2.0, take a look at this. Why is Nokia spending time trying to define Web 2.0?
T-Mobile Yanks Motorola Handset From Shelves
Due to the rising tide of customer complaints, T-Mobile has halted sales of the troubled Motorola Sidekick Slide. T-Mobile issued a statement late yesterday explaining how the customer-service-friendly carrier is trying to make amends.
Four Reasons Android Will Not Lead To Cheaper Mobile Phones
Everyone was talking about Google's new Android mobile phone platform at Mobile Internet World this week. One of the meme's following Android around is that the platform will lead to low-cost mobile phones packed with cool features. Sorry, folks, but Android will not make your mobile phone any cheaper.
Nokia Talks Widgets, Navteq, And Mobile 2.0
Earlier this week at Mobile Internet World, I sat down with Craig Cumberland, director, technology and applications marketing for software platforms, at Nokia. We talked about the role of widgets in the mobile Web and other topics, including Google's Android platform. Let's see what Nokia is doing with Mobile 2.0.
AMD's Phenom Quad-Core Processors Available For Online Pre-Orders
The industry's most anxiously awaited quad-core processor has been curiously missing in action. Because it brings the scrappy chipmaker's hot new 10h architecture to the desktop, and because it's the scrappy chipmaker's first desktop quad, the chip was shaping up as something of an Intel killer when it was first discussed
Can IT Vendors Meet The Challenges Of Mobile 2.0?
I just returned from my panel, "The New Mobile IT Paradigm: Can IT Vendors Adapt?", at Mobile Internet World. It seems traditional IT vendors are still struggling with business mobility. Can they even hope to compete once Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 show on smartphones?