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posted in January 2008
Today, the FCC's 700-MHz auction got really interesting. The C Block, which spans the entire country in two 11-MHz pairs, met its FCC-mandated reserve price of $4.6 billion. This means that the winning bidder must provide open access on a portion of its network to any compatible device. Google gets what it wants, but is it
Cell phones must really be the in technology this year. Garmin -- you know, maker of GPS hardware -- has leaped into the cell phone business from out of nowhere with the nuvifone. Announced at an event in NYC last night, this wunderdevice has it all: GPS, 3.5G, W
The Gphone has been resurrected and the rumor mills are running rampant with this one. The latest scuttlebutt is that Google is partnering with Dell for the first ever Android-powered handset. According to people in the know, word will be delivered from on high during the Mobile World Congress next month. Is this one for real?
You have one chance to guess what the most-returned gifts were this holiday season. If you guessed smartphones, you'd be right. A new survey from Opinion Research Corp. shows that 21% of gifted smartphones were returned to the store. The reason? Inability to understand the product setup process. Perhaps smartphones aren't ready for prime time after all.
This year is going to be a big one for mobile Linux. There are at least two international organizations pushing it forward, and Google is providing a lot of cred to mobile Linux by choosing it as the backbone of its Android platform. Today, Azingo Mobile is the first to of
Once again, hackers are a step ahead of Apple and AT&T. Users of unlocked iPhones that are running firmware 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 can upgrade to 1.1.3 over the air directly through the installer.app. Maybe hacker ingenuity is why one-quarter of all iPhone users are
I've heard my fair share of wacky predictions from analysts. Though I've been hard on Motorola this past year, I think Nomura International analyst Richard Windsor is a little off the mark when he suggested that Motorola might ditch its mobile handset business rather than attempt to resurrect it. But can Motorola actually Post a Comment
Verizon Wireless posted its fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2007 today. The numbers don't quite match those of AT&T, but they're not too shabby. Among the many positives is the fact that its data revenue for the year jumped 65%.
It looks like 2008 is shaping up to be the year for the mobile browser market to really come of age. Not only do we have Minimo in alpha stage from Mozilla, but Google is also working on a new browser for its yet-to-be-released Android platform. While work is still underway on
After record sales for the last few years, the growth rate of new people lining up to purchase cell phones is beginning to wane. 2007 saw a 12.4% increase in the number of handsets sold. The numbers this year and beyond likely won't be so rosy, says IDC.
In a second major NYC mobile phone theft this week, two truck drivers tried to make off with $150,000 worth of iPhones bound for Hong Kong. They opened a box containing 300 iPhones and replaced the gadgets with pounds of paper to simulate the weight. Hong Kong airline workers noticed that one box didn't look quite right and called in the cops
The Weather Channel launched a new version of its Web site for mobile phones, and even included a site optimized for the iPhone. The generic mobile site is exactly what you need from a weather site and completely surpasses the iPhone-optimized site in usability. In fact, the iPhone site is so convoluted, it's more useful to just simply go to Weather.com. How can the optimized site fail so miserably?
Can anything stop the international powerhouse that is Nokia? It posted its fourth quarter numbers, and in stark contrast with Motorola, Nokia's profits surged 44% and its worldwide market share reached 40%. It appears as though the year-long internal reorganization has paid off in spades. Nokia's mobile phone business is firing on all cylinders, and it's packing a V-16.
Juniper Research's latest report says music will continue to drive mobile content adoption. I have to ask, has anyone at Juniper ever used mobile music services?
Over the weekend some less-than-legal entrepreneurs raided a warehouse where T-Mobile stores some of its mobile phones. According to T-Mobile, they bandits made off with about $8.2 million worth of Sidekick messaging devices. T-Mobile is pursuing the thieves aggressively.
In this hyper-connected age, smartphones are becoming the universal remote for everything in life, both professional and personal. DirecTV subscribers can now use their mobile phone to schedule their DVR if they forgot to set it up before leaving the hous
Research In Motion announced updates to the BlackBerry platform today. What will IT admins and users get out of the deal? According to RIM, admins get easier management, better security, and better application support. Users get more messaging and collaboration features. Here's the real story.
IT admins beware. AT&T has officially created iPhone plans for business users. The plans cost more than consumer accounts, and some international roaming plans are available, but still no Exchange support.
Qualcomm, owner of mobile TV technology MediaFLO, issued a proxy statement that revealed some details about the company's costs and revenues--or lack thereof--to date. I don't think it's much of a shocker to learn that the mobile TV business is off t
An analyst over at Sanford Bernstein says Google will bid in next week's FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction, but doesn't intend to actually win any spectrum. Why? It already got what it wanted.
If you're looking for a Bluetooth headset with virtually unlimited stand-by time and ages of talk time, the Iqua 603 Sun is the one for you. It features a solar panel that basks in light from any source and converts it to usable power. The solid sound quality and easy pairing don't hurt, either.
Strategy Analytics has peered into its crystal ball and is offering up predictions on what mobile phones will be like in the year 2018. The biggest changes will be in the user interface. And every phone will be a smartphone.
Enterprise users of IBM's e-mail program may have reason to cheer as early as next week. According to the Associated Press, IBM will be releasing a version of Lotus Notes e-mail for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Hooah! Can Apple take down RIM?
Sony Ericsson released its fourth quarter earnings today and the numbers paint an interesting picture. Despite a downturn in revenue, increased handset sales point to growing presence in the market ... and Sony Ericsson's desire to kick Motorola while it's down.
At long last, Apple finally got around to providing the iPhone faithful with the next firmware update, bringing new functionality to the device. Was it worth the long wait?
The MacBook Air is a marvel, but it weighs three pounds. For something claiming to be an ultraportable, that's half a pound too much. It could also pack more of a punch in the processor, hard drive, and port departments.
Say what?!? If you thought your phone calls were the last sanctity of life not encroached upon with advertising, you thought wrong. A number of companies are testing systems right now that will allow them to place advertisements in your phone calls. All I can do is shake my head in dismay.
Every now and then, Apple leads the charge with new technology. It was one of the first manufacturers to make Wi-Fi a standard option on some of its laptops. One of the products reported to be making its debut at
Security company AirDefense recently surveyed the retail scene in all five NYC boroughs and determined that wireless security is lax just about everywhere. Fully 39% of access points in retail environments were completely unprotected, and 29% use only WEP encryption. That's your data that's not being protected. Listen up, NYC retailers: If you want my business, protect my info.
Google has made yet another one of its services available on the iPhone, this time the popular iGoogle customizable Web page. I decided to take it for a quick spin. Is it worth checking out? It is and it isn't. Here's why.
This year's CES was exceptionally quiet with respect to new mobile technology. The two biggest announcements of the week came from Sprint and Yahoo, and neither was all that exciting. The one refrain I heard over and over all week long: Wait for CTIA.
Nokia said it will introduce between six to 12 new phones specifically for the U.S. market during 2008 in an attempt to regain market share. The recently announced U.S. version of the N95 8GB is just the tip of the ice berg.
A Chinese OEM was showing off a smartphone that will be running Android by March and could be for sale as soon as the second quarter. Also, hackers have forged Android-powered ultraportable computers.
Neonode is a European company that makes the N2 mobile phone. It's been available in Europe for a few months, but should be available in the U.S. soon. That's good news, because it is probably the best touchscreen phone I've seen all week.
Just what the world needs, another wireless transfer protocol. Combining the best of Bluetooth 3.0, near-field communications, and ultra wideband, Sony offered up TransferJet at CES. Simply touch two TransferJet devices together and transfer video, picture, or audio content between the two at 560 Mbps.
According to reports, the iPhone is no longer a virgin. The first Trojan targeting the iPhone has been spotted. It appears that only iPhones living on the wild side (a.k.a., unlocked iPhones) are subject to catching the Trojan, which can cause brain damage and embarrassing blemishes on the antenna module. (OK, I made that last part up.)
Today at CES I was able to spend a few moments playing with the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner mobile phone. It was not fully functional, but the features that did work on this open source Linux phone looked really great. Read on for more first impressions.
It is after 9 AM out here in Las Vegas and most of the day's major news items are public. So far there have been several snoozeworthy mobile phone announcements and not much else. Not a single smartphone has been officially introduced. Here are some brief looks at what we've seen so far.
A Microsoft insider took a major chance by spilling an internal Microsoft document containing details about the upcoming Windows Mobile 7 platform. Among the juicy tidbits of info are that WinMo7 will forgo stylus input and will be finger-touch based a la iPhone instead. Once again, Apple innovates, Microsoft follows.
Rather than offer up some predictions about what will be unveiled at CES next week in Las Vegas, I've formulated a few products that I'd really like to see showcased on the floor -- but probably won't.
A New York City man was so desperate to retrieve his lost iPhone that he jumped onto subway tracks to save it from being carried off by a rat. OK, maybe a rat wouldn't really be interested unless it was slimed with pizza sauce. But that doesn't change the fact that the gentleman involved risked his life for his iPhone.
Today OpenMoko announced that it is going to make a version of the open source Neo 1973 available to the mass market later this year. This is great news for open source, but with Android set to be released this year, too, what chance does the Neo FreeRunner have?
The Consumer Electronics Show starts in just 96 hours. When it does, the din will be deafening. Some 2,700 exhibitors will be pitching their latest and greatest doodads to the world. Last year, Macworld was held at the exact same time. Jobs' announcement of the iPhone essentially silenced the noise from CES entirely. This year, Macworld occurs a week later. What will Jobs do to keep the focus on Apple?
The Palm Foleo was probably the worst product non-launch in recent memory. Announced in May, Palm canned the laptop-sized "smartphone companion" in September before it had a chance to hit store shelves. L
Debunking one of the favorite Internet rumors of late, purported spy shots of the BlackBerry 9000 have emerged. Contrary to what has been reported in the past, it does not have a touchscreen. It does have a redesigned keyboard, but otherwise it isn't all that different from the BlackBerry Curve.