Stories by Matt Hamblen

IP router sales to service providers still strong

IP routers used by network service providers sold well globally in the second quarter this year, with sales up 40 percent over the second quarter of 2007, and advancing 17 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to Infonetics Research.

Chrome expected on Google's Android mobile software

In yet another example of Google's expanding influence, the search company's co-founder, Sergey Brin, said he expects the new Chrome browser to eventually become part of the Android wireless phone platform, which is under separate development by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.

iPhone imitators prepping for their close-ups

It may be too early, or too presumptuous, to call Apple's iPhone a technology icon, but all the other major equipment makers in the emerging smart phone realm are looking to create their own "iconic" device.

Unified communications takes center field at ballpark

The New York Mets will have new networking and unified communications systems in their new home, Citi Field, when they start playing baseball there next spring.

IPhone App Store and Web apps a hit with users

Despite complaints from some users about iPhone 3G wireless connections, Apple continues to earn praise for its novel and expanding App Store, where consumers and business users alike can download applications for free or a small fee.

Road-warrior conundrum: Laptop or handheld?

As handheld devices become more like full-fledged computers in their own right, the question of whether business travelers might be better served by leaving their laptops at home is again being asked by IT managers and end users alike. But that still appears to be more of a future goal than a current reality.

Cisco to expand work with HP on unified communications

Cisco Systems and HP jointly announced Wednesday that they would work together to sell more unified communications products, with both companies investing in training and building global marketing and sales programs.

Gartner: Global mobile phone sales will rise 11 per cent in '08

Gartner is projecting 11 per cent growth in global sales of cell phones and related devices in 2008, citing healthy sales in the first half of the year.

Gartner: 'Caveats apply' for enterprise iPhone use

After three weeks of testing and reviewing Apple's new iPhone 2.0 firmware and an iPhone 3G for use in large businesses, analyst firm Gartner said the device can be supported by IT shops -- but only for a narrow set of uses such as voice, e-mail, Web browsing and the storage of personal information.

Nortel to supply gear for 2012 Olympics

Organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London announced Wednesday that Nortel Networks will supply network infrastructure for the events.

NYC to bypass muni Wi-Fi

New York City wants to provide faster and cheaper Internet access, especially to its low-income residents, without going the route of municipal Wi-Fi that has proved to be the bane of so many US cities.

MIT, medical center find benefits with 802.11n deployments

MIT in Cambridge, Mass., and a medical center based in Alabama are beginning to deploy faster wireless 802.11n access points from Cisco Systems, networking engineers said in a Webcast Tuesday.

Nortel reassures market that it still sells WiMax gear

Back in June, Scott Wickware, the new general manager of the WiMax unit for Nortel Networks, became alarmed when press reports began circulating that Nortel had jettisoned its WiMax high-speed wireless business.

Analyst: Android, Symbian should combine

As wireless computing mushrooms with new devices, applications and a global move toward "openness," one analyst is suggesting some contraction is in order.

New tools announced for planning, securing 802.11n networks

As faster wireless 802.11n networks gain adoption, organizations want to deploy planning tools to deal with complexities in rolling out the new technology and to keep the networks secure.