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posted in December 2007
An early working version of firmware update 1.1.3 for the iPhone has been spotted in the wild and given the full video preview treatment over at Gizmodo. A short list of the confirmed new features includes multiple-recipient SMS and Google's new faux GPS maps application.
According to word from Intel, Apple will be relying on the processor company more and more in the future. In fact, Apple has committed to Intel's Menlow Mobile Internet Device platform and Post a Comment
This year has been a heck of a ride in the world of mobility. We've seen success and failure, love and hate, and tons of new technology. Here are the five biggest stories of the year. I'll bet you'll never guess what number 1 is.
Talking, texting, or otherwise using a mobile device while driving is becoming illegal in more and more states here in the United States. None of the penalties here are as severe as those ab
RIM saw yet another year of strong growth in 2007. It will finish the year as the world's No. 2 supplier of smartphones, behind only behemoth Nokia. RIM is going to have to do better outside of North America if it wants to keep it up.
The latest Ferrari won't go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, nor top out at more than 200 mph. But it will make pretty good phone calls, let you watch video, and browse the Web. Did you think I was talking about a real Ferrari? Nope. I'm talking about the Motorola Z8 Ferrari Edition mobile phone (which isn't going to really compensate for anything).
Turns out the iPhone isn't the only high-profile device to receive regular firmware updates. Today, LG and Verizon Wireless made a firmware update available for the LG VX-10000 Voyager,
Looks like Google doesn't have the Midas touch after all. According to reports, a sizable number of developers who've been working with the SDK for Google's Linux-based Android platform say it is full of bugs and often Post a Comment
Gartner took quite a leap of faith in predicting that SMS usage in 2008 will top 2007's numbers. In fact, Gartner goes so far as to say that the number of messages will top 2.3 trillion worldwide. That's an average of 767 messages per mobile subscriber over the course of 12 months. I think we can all do better than that.
Canalys released some interesting stats regarding smartphone sales in the third quarter. The iPhone has jumped to the number two spot, grabbing 27% of the market, handily beating out Windows Mobile, Linux, Symbian, and Palm devices. Will RIM ever lose the to
Has Verizon Wireless looked at the competition lately? Almost every smartphone in its own roster of devices is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the newly launched 755p. Sprint sells the same phone for $249. Why on earth does Verizon think people will be dumb enough to pay $399 for a tired device like t
M/C Ventures is predicting that 2008 will see more people access the Internet via their mobile phones than via desktops or laptops. That's globally. In the developed world, PCs will still be the primary means of access. But in developing regions, most Internet use will come from mobile phones, helping to bridge the digital divide.
Finally! Apple has added the capability to allow users to create their own ringtones in GarageBand and export them to the iPhone. You need to have the latest 4.1.1 version of GarageBand 8 running. It takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, and you can even use songs from your Post a Comment
Some poor Calgary man thought the $10 unlimited mobile browser plan he subscribed to meant he could tether his phone to his laptop and download movies. So he was rather shocked when he received a phone bill for $85,000 in the mail -- more than the price tag of one of Germany's finest sports sedans.
Mobility is changing everything. Not only will sales of smartphones surpass laptops in a few years, but 1 in 8 U.S. households has cut their wireline telephone services in favor of wireless. Will enterprises ever cut the cord?
Google's latest mobile software offering takes aim at the heart of Microsoft Exchange. Google has made it possible to sync your Gmail, applications, your own domains, and now your Google calendar with your BlackBerry's on-board calendar application. No pricey Exchange servers and licenses required.
Cornell has decided that the 802.11b/g network it's had in place for several years is no longer cutting it. It will replace its existing wireless systems with 802.11n flavored Wi-Fi from Aruba Networks. The goal? Total indoor and outdoor coverage across the entire 745-acre campus. Wanna guess how many APs the deployment is going to take?
The day has finally arrived. Beginning this week, Sprint will roll out a very limited trial of its WiMax network in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. It is a Neil Armstrong moment. One small step for Sprint, one giant leap for WiMax's future.
There's some good news for the development of mobile Linux lately. Today, Access was tapped to develop a Linux platform for NTT DoCoMo. Yesterday, the Linux Phone Standards Forum agreed to its first specification for mobile Linux. These announcements come just weeks after Google drops word of its Post a Comment
Begin Love Fest. HTC deserves some kudos. This innovative maker of Windows Mobile smartphones from Taiwan saw its best month ever in November thanks, in part, to a smartphone called the Touch. It also is the first OEM to announce it will make Android handsets for Google. HTC is on a roll, folks.
Apparently being dubbed Times' invention of the year is not impressing the Germans. Sales of Apple's iPhone in Germany are way below predictions, with T-Mobile moving only 700 of them per day.
Seems Motorola isn't the only hardware manufacturer seeing battery-related snafus of late. Users of the new Palm Centro smartphone have been experiencing horrendous battery life, with it dra
Apple always has been a target for lawsuits. With close to $15 billion in cash gathering dust in its bank accounts, it's no wonder that disgruntled or disillusioned customers and competitors might seek a payday. Here are six of the most onerous cases.
The latest scuttlebutt from the Interwebs suggests that a new version of firmware for the iPhone is about to be bestowed on the iPhone-toting public. Version 1.1.3 will bring in two new features: voice recording and use of the iPhone as an external hard drive.
Opera made a version of its Mini mobile Web browser available today that will work on phones using Qualcomm's BREW platform. Too bad you can't actually download it at will to many BREW phones.
A new service will let cell phone users find public restrooms from their handsets. The service is called...wait for it...MizPee. When you're done laughing and can pick yourself up off the floor, please continue reading...
According to a study conducted by AT&T, fully one-fourth of small business owners don't bother to concern themselves with the security of their business's data. Chances are you and your organization do business with SMBs. Which means that it's your information that is being left unprotected. That should make you angry.
Yesterday Nokia shook things up a bit by announcing that it will offer free, unlimited music downloads to users of certain Nokia handsets for a full year. If you thought the deal sounded too good to be true, you were right.
Google redesigned the Google home page presented to iPhone users and now it is totally useless. Before, it was the general mobile version of the site, which showed my headlines, weather, Gmail and other content all in a quick glance. Now it is a simple search box and I have to actively choose to view my content. Why did Google make it more difficult to use?
Well before the SDK has been made available by Apple, SAP created a new version of its sales force automation software that will work on the iPhone. It will help salespeople manage prospective customers and keep an eye on their sales cycles. Is this the first in a wave of Web-based enterprise apps for the iPhone?
Sprint's acting CEO Paul Saleh told investors that Sprint is seriously considering selling its stake in the WiMax network it has been building. This could be a deathblow for WiMax's future. At least for the short term. And it would leave Sprint without a 4G strategy.
Now that Verizon Wireless is all about open access, it looks as though the company will embrace Google's Android mobile platform. CEO Lowell McAdam commented that the company is planning to use Android and that i
Rumors about a new smartphone from Dell have been floating about the Interwebs since the company hired former Motorola veteran Ron Garriques earlier this year. Garriques was brought on to help Dell revamp its mobile product lineup. Now that it's been nearly a year, is Dell ready to pounce with an integrated media device of its own?
Nokia conducted a large study and is predicting that by 2012, 25% of all entertainment will not come from the major movie and music studios, but will have been created within one's peer group. Is the end of traditional media finally in sight?