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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in March 2011
One of the features that most smartphones support is the ability to remote lock and remote wipe your device in the event it was stolen or lost. Just because your phone has that feature though doesn't mean it actually works.
When Nokia decided to partner with Microsoft and use Windows Phone as the platform for its cell phones, many questioned what would happen to Nokia's existing products, Symbian, Meego and Qt. Nokia has confirmed that Symbian will last be used in smartphones in 2012.
There have been on again, off again reports that cell phones cause brain cancer. Now the latest information is the radiation emitted by cell phones is causing a reduction in bone density.
Like any technology company, especially those in the wireless industry, Apple owns a number of patents. Apple is usually involved in a number of lawsuits involving their own patents or the patents of others that the owners claimed have been infringed upon. This week there is both good news and bad news for Apple.
Microsoft is arguing that Google's Android platform is infringing on several of its patents, but because of how Android is licensed, Microsoft is going after those distributing the platform, not Google itself. Now Barnes & Noble is in Microsoft's cross hairs for its implementation of Android on the Nook eBook readers.
Many Windows Phone users have been anxiously awaiting the NoDo update because it will bring copy and paste to the platform, a feature considered essential. It was delayed a week or so but people are starting to see the updates come to their phones.
The CEO's of Verizon and Sprint have both come forward with public statements on the news that AT&T is buying T-Mobile. Some of it is as you'd suspect, but some of the comments may surprise you.
When you think of changes in the cell phone landscape over the past decade, you would think the scene in 2001 would be radically different from 2010. From a software perspective, you'd be right. The same goes for hardware. When it comes to original equipment manufacturers though, there was remarkable consistency through 2009. Only in 2010 did things start to change dramatically.
AT&T and T-Mobile have reached an agreement whereby AT&T will pay $39 billion in cash and stock to acquire T-Mobile from Germany's Deutsche Telekom. That will make AT&T the largest cellular network in the U.S., and it is virtually a foregone conclusion that Sprint will be acquired by Verizon.
Google releases updates to its Android platform several times a year, but it doesn't control when the updates are pushed down to existing phones. The latest data from Android Developers shows that Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, has take the lead as the most widespread version of Android currently on devices.
Sprint's push to talk feature works over its iDEN network that it got when it acquired Nextel. It is time to retire that technology and replace it with a CDMA version.
Microsoft appears to be killing off the hardware side of the Zune line. The Zune HD will continue to be sold, but there are no plans for a new model.
In the US, most cell phone users are with one of the big four networks - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile. Rumors have been around for years that T-Mobile and Sprint may get together but nothing has come of it. A marriage of the two though may be on the horizon.
Microsoft has delayed its so-called NoDo update a few weeks while it makes sure it meets internal standards. The delay should only be a week or two though.
For all intents and purposes, the iPad created the consumer market. Every other tablet is measured by one standard - how does it compare to the iPad? Tablets with Google's Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, are now coming out and it is the first generation of non-Apple devices that have an OS designed to work on a tablet. RIM and HP are also throwing their hat into the ring. How will they fare?
Square is a company that wants to bring the ability to process credit and debit cards to anyone with a smartphone. While that has the potential to make transactions more secure, Square's implementation is just as bad as handing your credit card to a stranger charges payment technology provider VeriFone.
Google's comparatively lax controls on what apps make it into the Android Market have allowed dozens of malicious apps to be distributed to its users. Google is starting to fight back, but how bad is the problem?
An increasing number of apps found in smartphone app repositories are based on open source. For that matter, the number one platform, Android, is itself open source. Even though open source licensing requirements are meager, a lot of apps violate the terms of the license.
Android has taken over as the number one smartphone platform but it still isn't being welcomed with open arms by the enterprise. Motorola is hoping to change that with a new set of APIs.
One of the features of Motorola's new 3G Xoom tablet is the ability to upgrade to 4G support. As you might have guessed, this isn't an over the air update but one where you send it back via truck. Motorola may keep it for up to six business days to perform the delicate surgery. Six days is forever.
Launched in 2002, the Sidekick has been a staple of T-Mobile's offerings and very popular, especially among the younger crowd. Its days are numbered though. If you still rock the Sidekick, start shopping.
Best Buy recently launched a buyback program where you pay them a fee up front and they will buy your rapidly depreciating technology back from you at a set price in the future. Like extended warranties, you are better off passing on it. Companies don't sell products like this because it is such a good deal for the consumer.
If you have an Android device and are running an app called Steamy Window, you might want to uninstall it and check your cell phone bill as soon as possible. It may have run up a tab with a premium texting service.