Stories by Matt Hamblen

A WiMax phone might help ailing Palm

After Palm Inc. admitted that its smartphone sales were below expectations, rumors started swirling that the company might be sold, or that it could be beefing up its product line with a WiMax smartphone for Sprint Nextel.

Where does Palm go from here?

Smartphone industry pundits wonder whether Palm can survive another year, given Palm's guidance today that its new smartphone sales expectations.

Apple targets 'objectionable' apps, leaves Playboy, S.I. in App Store

Apple recently pulled thousands of sex-tinged applications from its App Store for containing "objectionable content" but has quickly come under fire for being hypocritical by retaining some other apps from well-known publishers, including Playboy and Sports Illustrated .

Text donations for Haiti relief spur nonprofits to follow suit

Nonprofit groups desperate to raise donations during the economic downturn are considering text-to-donate campaigns similar to the wildly successful American Red Cross texting effort for Haiti earthquake relief.

Windows Phone 7 a good start, but questions persist

Early reaction to the refreshed Windows Phone 7 Series operating system boiled down mostly to: "Microsoft desperately needed to do something."

Windows Phone 7, Meego OS herald new start for smartphones

In separate announcements from Barcelona today, three traditional powerhouses in computing and communications -- Microsoft, Intel and Nokia -- kick-started major revamps to their technology to adapt to a quick-changing smartphone and mobile device market that's increasingly dominated by Google and Apple .

Video will account for bulk of mobile data in four years, Cisco says

Cisco has been saying for years that mobile video data traffic content is exploding, and it now expects the amount of video traffic in 2014 to be 66% of all mobile data traffic by 2014. That prediction came in a new forecast by the networking company.

Cisco adding iPhone app for voice-over-Wi-Fi

Cisco Systems Inc. plans to add voice-over-Wi-Fi capabilities to its existing iPhone app by April, part of a continuing effort to expand its unified communications technology into the mobile space.

Apple's iPad vs. e-readers

Apple's iPad is a multi-function device that focuses on multimedia and some productivity apps, but also functions as an e-reader with a new iBook store of EPub format books.

iPad's 3G unlimited service: US$30 a month on AT&T

Apple's new iPad tablet provides Wi-Fi and adds 3G wireless on some models over AT&T's network in the U.S., at what many consider a bargain price for unlimited data of US$30 a month.

As wired business shrinks, Verizon expects 13,000 job cuts

Verizon Communications Inc. expects to reduce its workforce by another 13,000 in 2010, following the same trend it has carried out in each of the past two years.

Apple Tablet not necessarily on Verizon Wireless, analysts say.

An Apple tablet computer, expected to be introduced next week, will run on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless 3G networks, but two industry sources warned today to not assume Verizon is on board.

Text donations for Haiti earthquake overwhelm Red Cross

Text donations to Haiti earthquake relief may not constitute a miracle, but the American Red Cross says it is overwhelmed by the millions of US$10 gifts it has received via mobile phone texting.

Haiti text donations overwhelm Red Cross

Haiti earthquake relief donations made by text may not constitute a miracle, but the American Red Cross says it is overwhelmed by the millions of dollars it has received through $10 gifts sent via mobile phones.

Power harvester uses Wi-Fi to charge wireless devices

RCA showed a prototype of its Wi-Fi Hotspot Power Harvester called Airnergy that's designed to convert Wi-Fi radio signals into DC power for charging small wireless devices such as smartphones.