Stories by Matt Hamblen

MIT's JoAnne Yates on information overload, 'CrackBerry' addicts and the 'always online' life

MIT Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates is co-author of an upcoming article on information overload called "Ubiquitous E-mail: Individual Experiences and Organizational Consequences of BlackBerry Use"

Former NBA star views telepresence as magic

Former pro basketball superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson recently gave a ringing testimonial on the value of high-definition videoconferencing technology to his business and charitable work.

Proxim ships 802.11n access points, claims fastest speed

Proxim Wireless announced Monday it is shipping two new 802.11n access points, one with two radios that Proxim called the fastest on the market.

Unified communications products abound

Network convergence, as in unified communications across applications and between wired and wireless modes, again is a big theme at VoiceCon in San Francisco this week.

Mitel has 'modest' layoff in line with slowing economy

Networking gear maker Mitel Networks laid off an unspecified number of employees today in what an executive called a "modest and prudent" reaction to the poor global economy.

Cisco doubles router speed with new processor

Cisco Systems announced Thursday that it is doubling the speed of its Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 Series routers to 20Gbit/sec., only eight months after introducing the product line.

Motorola to lay off 3,000 as part of $800M in cuts for '09

Motorola officials have confirmed that US$800 million in cuts planned for 2009 will require laying off about 3,000 workers, with a little more than two-thirds of those job cuts coming from the handset division.

Motorola to shift phone OS to Android, Windows Mobile

Motorola Thursday announced a radical shift in its mobile phone business, saying there would be fewer shipments of phone models early next year but that the company plans to ship its first Android smart phone by the 2009 Christmas sales season.

IDC: Financial doldrums slowing mobile phone shipments

Global mobile phone shipments in the third quarter showed the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, falling significantly from previous quarters, research firm IDC said Thursday.

G1 phone buyers like the 'open' Android software

Judging by the smile on Jacek Ambroziak's face, you would have thought he won the lottery. For him, being the first in line to buy a new G1 phone at the T-Mobile US store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was better than winning the lotto.

Cisco demos public rooms for TelePresence

Cisco Systems Wednesday announced the first TelePresence videoconferencing rooms available for public use, demonstrating the technology simultaneously for reporters in four locations in India, the US and the UK.

UPS tests devices that keep track of truck data

United Parcel Service is testing a new ruggedized mobile computer in its trucks that can wirelessly log departure and arrival times and provide managers with data on vehicle speed and idle times.

Wi-Fi helps college students get better grades, survey says

Can Wi-Fi make you smarter?

WiMax backers upbeat despite economic fears

Even after Monday's stock market drop in the US and a general tightening in the financial sector, WiMax equipment makers and wireless operators at WiMax World remain optimistic.

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iPhone finally gets Notes support through AppStore

A version of Lotus Notes from IBM is at last available for Apple's iPhone as a free download from the AppStore, allowing users to check their Notes e-mail and view their calendar and contacts, IBM announced.