Stories by Matt Hamblen

Palm may have sold up to 100,000 Pres in first weekend

As many as 100,000 Palm Pre smartphones may have been sold since the device went on sale Saturday, one industry analyst estimated today.

Palm Pre syncs with iTunes

Early reviewers have dubbed the Palm Pre a strong competitor to the iPhone, with some notable problems, including short battery life and too few applications to run on the device.

Cisco CTO reasserts video's value for work, home

BOSTON -- Cisco Systems Inc. CTO Padmasree Warrior today stressed the importance of video and collaboration technologies to the networking giant, as well as its customers.

Google's move into e-books could be explosive

E-books may have been a niche technology so far, but Google Inc.'s entry into the market could burst the online business wide open.

Air Force disputes talk of GPS failure

The U.S. Air Force late last month disputed a General Accountability Office report concluding that the Global Positioning System used by the military and millions of motorists worldwide may be in danger of disruption unless aging satellites are replaced quickly.

Gartner: Users of mobile payments to double by 2012

The number of people using mobile devices to purchase goods and services is expected to more than double by the end of 2012 globally, research firm Gartner Inc. reported today.

CIS issues free benchmark on iPhone security

CIS issues free benchmark on iPhone security Kicker: Set of recommendations is designed to reduce attacks, help in erasing data By Matt Hamblen The nonprofit Center for Internet Security today released what it termed the industry's only consensus security benchmark for the iPhone, which is aimed at helping IT managers and users reduce the risk of data stored on the device from being compromised.

Mobile banking expected to soar in next few years

The number of people actively using mobile banking in the U.S. will grow by more than five times by the end of 2013, Tower Group Inc. predicted in a report released yesterday.

GPS performance could degrade but won't fail, Air Force says

The Global Positioning System in use by the U.S. military, as well as millions of motorists globally as they navigate roadways, is not in danger of going down, although there is some risk of degraded performance as reported by a government accountability group, an Air Force colonel said in a Twitter forum.

Palm Pre, other smartphones will still sell despite recession

Despite monthly costs of $70 or more for voice and data service on new smartphones such as the Palm Pre, consumers and business users have been lining up to buy the devices when they first go on sale as if the recession had never hit.

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.