Posts tagged “Telecommunications and Wireless”

January 5, 2010

Premium Lock Read all about it – Sprint to offer Skiff’s e-reader

Sprint and Skiff tout the device as the thinnest to date at just over a quarter of an inch thick. The reader's entire page will be a touch screen, unlike Amazon’s Kindle, which uses physical buttons for navigation, or Barnes & Noble’s Nook, which has a small built-in touch screen separate from the book page.

The Skiff reader The Skiff reader

December 31, 2009

Premium Lock It’s hip to be Square for mobile payments, says Twitter co-founder

Jack Dorsey’s new venture, Square, unveils a cube: a tiny credit card terminal that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone. The goal is to make it easier to complete a credit card transaction, whether you're a street vendor selling T-shirts or an individual settling a lunch tab with a friend.

Updated December 31, 2009

Premium Lock Are your cell phone calls safe? Security experts disclose guide to hacking encryption codes

Cell phone encryption codes broken "The message is to have better security, not we want to break you," German security expert says. "The goal is better security. If we created more demand for more security, if any of the network operators could use this as a marketing feature ... that would be the best possible outcome."

Updated December 30, 2009

Premium Lock Remote, keyboard fun from Lenovo – Device is $60; e-reader next?

Lenovo's new remote Need mobile control for your home theater PC or for enhanced access while driving or using a mobile device? Lenovo’s mini wireless keyboard could be your solution. Plus, Lenovo reportedly is developing an e-reader. Move over, Kindle?

December 30, 2009

Premium Lock Global patent war: It’s Nokia vs. Apple

Nokia broadens its patent dispute with Apple beyond the iPhone, claiming most of Apple products violate its intellectual property.

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo touts his company at recent event. (AP) Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo touts his company at recent event. (AP)

December 21, 2009

Premium Lock Nortel purchase could help Avaya toward an IPO, CEO says

 After closing on $900 million acquisition of Nortel’s Enterprise business unit, Avaya’s top executive eyes return to public markets.

December 21, 2009

Premium Lock Verizon defends higher smart phone contract termination costs

Verizon Wireless' Droid Phone In letter to FCC, company says the difference between what it pays manufacturers for phones and what it charges contract customers is more than twice as large for smart phones as it is for standard cell phones.

Updated December 18, 2009

Premium Lock BlackBerry maker RIM cashes in on record harvest of sales

BlackBerry More than 80% of the Canadian company's new subscribers were non-corporate customers, a sign of the BlackBerry's popularity among consumers amid intense competition from devices such as Apple’s iPhone, Palm’s Pre and Motorola's Droid.

December 17, 2009

Premium Lock More people, rich and poor, drop landlines for cell phones, CDC says

Cell phones replacing land lines Whether households are poor, near poor or not poor, the proportion with only cells has about doubled between the first half of 2006 and the first half of 2009, according to the most recent statistics available.

December 15, 2009

Premium Lock Android unlocked? Google aims at mobile device market with its ‘Nexus One’

Android to be unlocked on new Google device? The phone, manufactured by Taiwan's HTC Corp., wouldn't be tied to a specific carrier, unlike other devices using Google's mobile operating system, Android. The autonomy of a so-called ‘unlocked’ mobile phone could give consumers more freedom to select the carrier of their choice, although the unique technology running competing U.S. wireless networks will probably limit the options.

Updated December 11, 2009

Premium Lock FCC isn't protecting consumers from mobile carriers, government report charges

FCC Federal Communications Commission needs to ramp up oversight of the wireless industry and do a better job of enforcing consumer protection rules, says GAO report.

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