Stories by Matt Hamblen

Nokia announces foundation to make Symbian OS open source

As if "openness" wasn't already the key word of the year for mobile communications, Nokia took the concept a step further Tuesday, announcing plans to create an organization called the Symbian Foundation, which will make the Symbian mobile operating system an open platform, with licenses to be offered royalty-free.

Cisco chief lauds coming virtual-world technology

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers appeared in a virtual press conference in Second Life Tuesday, his avatar dressed in a business suit, where he predicted virtual world technologies will eventually "explode" in terms of business usage and their impact.

Startup sued over speech-recognition patent infringement

Nuance Communications has filed a federal lawsuit against Vlingo, charging the startup with infringing on a Nuance patent for speech recognition software being supplied for the Yahoo! oneSearch mobile search service.

Gartner: iPhone 3G's business-readiness still in question

It's been eight days since Apple officials publicly described new features and functions related to a July 11 release of its new iPhone 3G. However, prominent industry analysts are saying that some of the basic information needed to judge its readiness for use in large companies, including details on security, is still unknown.

iPhone 3G not there yet for widescale business use

The iPhone 3G is still not ready for large-scale business usage, even when considering all the enhancements announced this week by Apple, one analyst said.

Avaya CEO D'Ambrosio to step down for medical reasons

Avaya president and CEO Lou D'Ambrosio will step down after six years in the post for medical reasons and will be replaced on an interim basis by Charles Giancarlo, formerly of Cisco Systems.

IPhone 3G: It's not world peace, but it's close

If you've seen the bumper sticker, "Visualize Whirled Peas," as a play on "Visualize World Peace," it is a reminder of what is happening at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this week.

Motorola plans LTE technology

Motorola announced plans Tuesday to release technology next year that supports Long-Term Evolution high-speed wireless networks, first for the 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands.

Nokia ranks at top globally in Q1 smart-phone sales

While much of the attention in the US smart phone market is on the next-generation iPhone, which was revealed by Apple on Monday, the global leader for smart-phone sales is still Nokia, analyst firm Gartner said in a report released Friday.

Verizon Wireless to buy Alltel for $28B

Verizon Wireless Thursday officially announced an agreement to purchase Alltel for US$28.1 billion, which would make the new company the largest wireless carrier in the US with 80 million subscribers.

Survey: E-commerce retailers can do more selling wirelessly

Only a small portion of retailers allow wireless purchases by consumers, an area for potential improvement in e-commerce sales, according to an internal study byCisco Systems.

Motorola next-gen Good technology to support apps wirelessly

Motorola Monday announced that the next generation of its Good Mobility Suite, shipping in the fourth quarter, will support continuous, secure access to wireless business applications, moving the product beyond wireless messaging.

Intel, start-up to demo Wi-Fi short-range technology

Intel and a wireless start-up will demonstrate this week wireless short-range technology that enables Centrino-based laptops to connect to peripherals such as headsets, keyboards and stereo speakers, and even the iPhone. Intel and Ozmo Devices, will demonstrate the Wi-Fi Personal Area Network (PAN) technology at the Computex trade show in Taipei.

iPhone: One year later

What a difference a year makes. This month, the hip iPhone celebrates its first anniversary, following its riotous US launch last June 29 . Its birth followed six months of prerelease hype that was ignited by Apple CEO and industry luminary Steve Jobs.

Battlefield handhelds improve patient care

US military doctors and medics say the expanding deployment of laptops and handheld computers in battle zones and military hospitals to capture electronic medical records is having a profound impact on patient care.