Stories by Matt Hamblen

RIM continues its reach to consumers with new Blackberries

The smallest BlackBerry Pearl smartphones yet, the 9100 and 9105, will go on sale in May on various carriers, Research in Motion Ltd. announced today.

RIM unveils tool to allow BlackBerry voice over Wi-Fi

Research in Motion Ltd. today unveiled technology that will allow voice over Wi-Fi calls from its BlackBerry smartphones.

Motorola's iSIM could power company-specific mobile apps

Motorola's new Intelligent SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) just got its start in Europe by powering a parental control application for GSM phones, but it will also be available to enterprises that need to customize mobile phones for a sales force or other application across an entire group of workers.

Can Microsoft's Kin catch the mobile social networking wave?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's comment last September that his company had "screwed up" with Windows Mobile had some theorizing that Microsoft's handheld team was in disarray and probably unable to take on the Apple iPhone and other devices.

Google reportedly has a tablet in the works

Add Google to the list of companies trying to develop a rival for the Apple <a href="">iPad</a> .

Palm reportedly up for sale

Palm Inc. is being put up for sale, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Qatalyst Partners helping the Pre smartphone maker find a buyer, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Touchscreens will be slow to penetrate business, Gartner says

The touchscreen function on Apple's iPhone and other smartphones is spreading to larger computing devices like the new iPad, making it a popular feature among consumers. The spread of touchscreens to the workplace, though, will take far longer, predicts Gartner Inc.

Nokia plans to unveil tablet by this fall, analyst says

Nokia is working with suppliers and designers in an effort to bring a new touchscreen tablet device into market by this fall, an analyst at Rodman Renshaw told yesterday.

Microsoft expected to launch 'Pink' smartphone April 12

Microsoft is sending out invitations to a mystery event for press and analysts on April 12 that could be the unveiling of a new "Pink" smartphone or a new "Courier" tablet/ e-reader that opens like a book with dual screens.

Flash mob crackdown in Philly focuses on teens, not technology

In Philadelphia, the mayor and police have cracked down on mobs of teenagers that turned violent and that police believe learned about the gatherings through "flash mob" wireless communications, including texting and Twitter.

Game on: WiMax will battle LTE in the trenches

LAS VEGAS -- As the nation's wireless carriers rush to compete with faster 4G speeds on either WiMax or LTE technology, their workers are toiling in the trenches to make it happen.

Researchers use light from LEDs to send data wirelessly

Light coming from lamps in your home could eventually be used to encode a wireless broadband signal, according to German researchers.

First LTE phone from Verizon expected mid-2010

Verizon Wireless plans to launch its first LTE-based (Long Term Evolution) wireless phone in mid-2011, three to six months after the carrier rolls out its new LTE network, according to a report.

RIM's future strong despite outages and outraged users

A data service outage affecting some BlackBerry users nationally this week seems to have left them angry but not deeply concerned about the future of BlackBerry's parent, Research in Motion Ltd.

RIM silent on data outages in North America, UK

Some BlackBerry users in North America and the United Kingdom experienced data outages Monday and yesterday on Wi-Fi-equipped BlackBerries when not connected to Wi-Fi, according to user groups and some U.S. carriers.