Stories by Matt Hamblen

Smartphone sales rise in Q1; RIM, Apple see biggest gains

Mobile phone sales globally dropped 9.4 % in the first quarter compared to the same quarter of 2008, while smartphone sales jumped 12.7% during the same period, Gartner Inc. reported today.

HP netbook to go on sale Sunday

Verizon Wireless will begin selling the HP Mini 1151NR netbook on Sunday for $200 after a $50 mail-in rebate and enrollment in a new two-year mobile broadband plan.

In tight times, IT managers more likely to postpone than cancel a project

IT managers have canceled outright fewer client computing projects during the recession than expected, preferring instead to postpone or scale them back, according to a Gartner Inc. survey of 475 IT administrators at large companies in nine countries.

Cisco-Clearwire 'alliance' could portend much more

The multiyear alliance announced today between Cisco Systems Inc. and Clearwire Corp. could be as simple as WiMax network provider Clearwire's finding a big, reliable wireless IP infrastructure supplier in Cisco.

Android some day will outdistance the iPhone

Mobile phones using the Android operating system will eventually be huge, even if the number of Android smartphones shipped in 2009 doesn't grow by 900% as a research firm recently predicted.

Baby monitors, microwaves said to cause Wi-Fi interference

A report from a regulatory authority in the U.K. has found that baby monitors, security cameras and microwave ovens are causing interference for Wi-Fi users, moreso than overlapping Wi-Fi signals.

Nortel: Revenues stabilize, but still off 37 per cent from '08 levels

Nortel Networks CEO Mike Zafirovski today said the equipment maker is beginning to see revenue and cash balance stability, even as the company reported a 37 per cent drop in revenues during the first quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

Android 1.5 software update due next week in U.S.

The official over-the-air Android 1.5 software update for T-Mobile USA G1 smartphones will start at the end of next week, a spokesman said yesterday, one week after bloggers started saying they were getting the updates in Europe.

Mobile commerce apps gaining ground in US

Mobile payment and mobile commerce applications are proliferating in the U.S., but the adoption of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology that allows mobile phone customers to quickly tap a mobile phone and pay for a subway ride or a grocery store purchase is years away, several industry officials said at a conference here.

MySpace expects huge growth in mobile social network users

Just about every application is going mobile, as the App Store for iPhone has shown with its 1 billion-plus downloads.

New Kindle creates new challenges for publishers

Amazon.com Inc. is expected to announce a big-screen Kindle e-reader this week, and many are already wondering if newspaper and magazine publishers will benefit.

Android 1.5 'Cupcake' starts arriving on G1s

The Android 1.5 update for G1 smartphones, dubbed "Cupcake," began arriving on some of the devices over-the-air Thursday, according to G1 owners reporting on blogs and forums.

Motorola pushes ahead with Android phones

Motorola Inc. is on track to have Android-based smartphones on sale in stores in time for the busy Christmas buying season, and will launch them with multiple carriers in regions around the globe, the head of the company's mobile device division said Thursday.

Unbeatable iPhone is desperately sought by Verizon

If one thing is clear from a flurry of recent new reports on Verizon Wireless, it is that the wireless carrier really wants its own iPhone device to compete with AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on the highly successful smartphone.

Group to keep fire under Apple over Baby Shaker app

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation has vowed to keep demonstrating against Apple Inc. over the Baby Shaker application that appeared for two days on the company's App Store last week, adding iPhone carrier AT&T Inc. to its scorn.