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posted in August 2007
Not all of them, obviously, but during my tip to London this week anyone within sight of my iPhone sidled up next to me quickly for a demonstration of how it worked. There were lots of oohs and aahs, quickly followed by bahs.
Verizon Wireless launched its MediaFLO-based V CAST mobile TV services back in early March to two dozen or so markets across the United States. Today, Verizon added Corpus Christi, Texas, to the list of markets, which has swelled over the past few months to 37.
Symbian reported a huge jump in the number of mobile phones shipping with its operating system on board. It claims the 52% increase is due to larger sales volumes in Japan.
After the day-long confab called Go Play, Nokia hosted 400 journalists, analysts, customers and staffers at a big old bash at London's Ministry of Sound night club. Maroon 5 was rocking the house, and so were the beat mixers.
I had the opportunity to take the new Nokia Music Store for a test drive. Will it be an iTunes challenger or an also-ran?
Today in London, Nokia unveiled a number of new handsets as well as revamped media services under the new brand name Ovi.
The last five days or so have seen a spate of announcements from basement-dwelling geeks all around the planet who claim to have unlocked the iPhone. Some have used hardware and software mods, others have just used software. What does Post a Comment
We raised some questions about the quality of refurbished devices in the Over the Air blog recently. True to form, a tidy little survey shows up after we publish saying that refurbed units just aren't that good.
For the SMB on a budget, the new FieldMasterPro service from Alltel lets managers simplify scheduling and dispatch on Windows Mobile smartphones. It's perfect for control freaks!
On Saturday, the tiny Finnish village of Savonlinna hosted its annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships. The winner, one of 32 male contestants, flung a mobile phone 294 feet to take the gold prize.
The other day three writers at Engadget posted an open letter to Palm. The letter essentially blasted Palm's inability to produce a truly innovative product in the last few years and laid out steps Palm could take to regain its one-time innovative status. Palm CEO Ed Colligan responded with a blog post of his own.
There's something to be said for a pint of your favorite brew. Nothing comes as close to refreshing the soul sometimes as a beer. Heineken's distributors in Ireland work hard to make sure every sip of Heineken you take while on the Emerald Isle tastes as fresh as possible. Here's how mobile technology makes it happen.
Nearly four out of five participants in a recent study conducted by Usable Products indicated that advertising-supported search produced more relevant results.
Bucking typical summer technology trends, the number of savvy mobile users logging onto Google's services has jumped since May. The most popular mobile apps? Gmail, Google Maps, and good old Google search.
The answer should be obvious. Both IT and the employee bear their own roles for maintaining security. So why is it that 73% of mobile workers admitted that they aren't always aware of security risks and best practices?
That's what Continental Research says in its latest report. In fact, 68% of survey respondents agreed with the statement: "I would prefer a more basic mobile phone that was simple to use and affordable." This gels with American phone-buying habits.
Three different flavors of wireless, 802.16m WiMax, LTE, and UMB, are the top three contenders for the fourth generation of wireless technology. Each has pluses and minuses, as well as corporate backing, says In-Stat.
That's right. A Verizon Wireless subscriber was so desperate to avoid paying the $175 contract cancellation fee that he had a friend fax a faked death certificate to Verizon. Too bad being dead didn't work.
Who buys refurbished stuff? While it can be one way to save some cash (in this case, $100 off the price of an iPhone), it seems to me that you're taking a risk. Risk or not, Apple is now offering refurbished iPhones from its online store.
Action Engine and Acision have teamed to offer a visual voice mail service for Java, Brew, and Windows Mobile. Could there finally be some momentum behind visual voice mail?
There's a reason why Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices posted strong results in an enterprise survey. They work. They're simple to use. And they don't throw their users into an existential identity crisis.
This year, people are going to spend $1 billion on video calling, video mail and video sharing services. That figure will swell to $17 billion in just five years. Is mobile video really going to be that popular?
A new Web site has appeared from Access touting its next-generation mobile Linux operating system. According to the site, the new Linux OS will be loaded with capabilities desired by smartphone users around the world. Will Palm take advantage of it?
No, it's not a new feature to help fend off Finnish winters. Today Nokia issued an advisory that its most popular battery could overheat and cause some, er, issues. Though actual incidences of trouble are low, it is offering to replace the 46 million offending batteries.
Two Mac-hacking brothers set out to create an application for this year's C-4 Developer Conference Iron Coder competition. What did they come up with? A video conferencing program for the iPhone.
Analyst Chetan Sharma cobbled together some new statistics about mobile data usage. The results show that data services make up an increasingly bigger chunk of wireless network operators' revenues. In all, we spent $5.85 billion on data in the second quarter of 2007.
As a follow up to the story I wrote the other day about texting while driving, I decided to conduct a highly unscientific little experiment. I took a stroll around my New Jersey neighborhood and looked in each car as it zoomed past. You'd be surprised to learn how many people weren't paying attention to the road.
In its latest report, ABI Research is bullish on the potential of 802.11n to permeate all facets of connected electronics. Just how many radios are we going to stuff into our gadgets and where will WiMax fit into the picture?
I am shocked -- shocked! -- that the results of a new study say 64% of people who've viewed mobile advertisements were annoyed by them. Tell me it isn't so! What does this say for the future of mobile advertising?
Apparently there has been enough demand for the Nokia N95 here in the U.S. that Nokia has decided to build a version compatible with AT&T's HSDPA 3G network. Booyah!
Today geeks of every stripe have access to the HTC Advantage smart device at certain retail locations across the U.S. This odd-ball piece of hardware is part PDA, part smartphone, part UMPC, and part weird. But what the heck, it looks like it just might be fun to use.
In the race to provide ultra low cost handsets to emerging markets, Motorola has shouldered aside the competition for an early lead. Nokia is gaining ground, though. What spoils go to the victor?
The enterprise benefits of location-based services are clear when you consider things like recovery of stolen vehicles. But enterprises aren't the only ones interested in knowing where things are. More and more parents are ready to turn on LBS in their kids' cell phones. And 20-somethings want LBS-enabled social networking apps.
In late June, five teenage girls were killed in a late-night car accident in upstate New York. They had all just graduated from high school, their lives ahead of them. After the accident, police discovered that the girl driving had been sending text messages in the moments leading up to the crash. Would a ban have saved their lives?
If so, you are likely a big headache to your IT department. But you're also not alone. According to Yankee Group, 50% of employees think their home technology outpaces their work technology and aren't afraid to bend rules. What's an enterprise to do?
Just last week, Nokia released a new media transfer beta program for Mac computers. Today, it announced a new PlayReady DRM licensing agreement with Microsoft. Looks like Nokia is playing both sides of the fence ahead of its music-themed launch in London later this month.
Has the mobile phone come far enough to be its own artistic tool or medium? The Betty K Mix Studio thinks so, and recently conducted an artistic experiment with 25 painters to create a collective piece of artwork with mobile phones.
The sound of white noise coming from England is deafening. Several months ago, Over the Air reported that mobile TV services were not taking off as expected in the U.K. A new article in the Guardian practically sounds the de
Like it or not, technology is an important part of our everyday lives. As we come to rely on it more and more for the little things (like remembering to attend meetings or pick up the kids from soccer practice), how we interact with it becomes increasingly vital. And that is set to change.
In case you forgot, the N95 "multimedia computer" sells for $750. In addition to its brisk N95 sales, Nokia also sold 2 million E series devices, which are its business-class smartphones, and another 7.5 m
Um. Nope. According to a recent study by The Ladders, nearly 80% of all executives plan to take a vacation this summer. While fully one-third said they'd refrain from checking in at all, just over half said they'd touch base with the office periodically when on vacation.
After hackers recently pointed out some vulnerabilities in the iPhone's browser, Apple must have set right to work to get them patched. Today, it made the first security update for the iPhone available.