Stories by Matt Hamblen

Sony e-reader users gain free access to classics via Google

Sony Electronics Inc. said users of its two e-book readers can now access more than 500,000 free public domain classic books from Google Inc. through the Sony eBook Store.

SAP, Sybase join to deliver business apps over handhelds

SAP and Sybase announced collaboration plans this week to deliver the latest SAP Business Suite of enterprise software products to wireless handhelds, including the iPhone, BlackBerries and devices running Windows Mobile.

Cisco to unveil blade server for data center virtualization

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers will unveil on Monday a new "unified computing" initiative which analysts said includes a blade server code-named California.

Polycom CEO Robert Hagerty talks telepresence

Videoconferencing is available for desktops and even through specially designed rooms called telepresence systems, but on wireless handhelds? According to Robert Hagerty, who has been CEO of Polycom for 10 years, it could be widely available soon.

Motorola launches smaller rugged wireless devices

Motorola Monday announced the smallest and lightest versions in its MC55 series of ruggedized enterprise digital assistants, offering two models and multiple configurations to help customers keep down their upfront costs.

New UC support launched for videoconferencing, smartphones

Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent announced support Wednesday for smartphones and high-definition videoconferencing in its new OmniTouch 8400 Instant Communications Suite of products.

Mobile phone sales drop nearly 5% in Q4; up overall in '08

Mobile phone sales for 2008 showed 6 per cent growth globally, although the economic downturn led to a 4.6 per cent decline in the fourth quarter, research firm Gartner Inc. said Tuesday.

Nortel reports US$2.1B loss as revenue falls by 15 percent

Nortel Networks Monday reported a loss of US$2.1 billion for the fourth quarter on sales of US$2.72 billion, which were down 15 percent over the year earlier period.

Nortel to lay off another 3,200 workers

Nortel Networks Wednesday said it will lay off 3,200 workers in addition to 1,800 layoffs previously announced as it undergoes a restructuring that is part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the US and a similar creditor protection filing in Canada.

WiMax system warns drivers of dense fog on dangerous roads

A 12-mile stretch of highway in California's Central Valley that has been the scene of deadly car crashes due to thick fog now has a wireless warning system to alert drivers.

Kindle 2 fever hits as shipments of new e-book reader begin

The Kindle 2 began shipping Sunday, ahead of schedule, and even before customers received the new e-book reader from, many indicated in forum posts that they were ecstatic about its impending arrival.

Smartphones becoming prime platform for app makers

The smartphone is increasingly becoming the platform of choice for a wide variety of application providers. For example, at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Cisco Systems, MySpace and Yahoo all unveiled tools -- a webconferencing application and two social networks, respectively -- for the growing number of smartphones coming from several vendors.

Microsoft unveils Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system

Microsoft unveiled its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system today on what are being called "Windows phones" that focus on touch-friendly features and quicker navigation, acknowledging the influence of the iPhone. The phones should ship as early as July.

Motorola to rely on Android to revive phone sales

Motorola Tuesday said its mobile phone revenues fell by 51 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, and said it plans to improve phone sales in 2009 by developing fewer new handsets with a focus on smartphones that run the Android operating system.

Nortel exits mobile WiMax to focus on high-return tech

Nortel Networks is dropping out of the mobile WiMax business entirely and will end an agreement with Israeli-company Alvarion to resell Alvarion mobile Wimax gear.