Stories by Matt Hamblen

Battlefield handhelds improve patient care

US military doctors and medics say the expanding deployment of laptops and handheld computers in battle zones and military hospitals to capture electronic medical records is having a profound impact on patient care.

Cisco intros appliance for unifying mobile app management

Cisco Systems Wednesday announced a networking appliance designed to support mobile applications being deployed by companies over both wired and wireless networks.

Survey: Airline passengers nix mobile phone talking in-flight

Nearly three-quarters of US mobile phone users recently surveyed don't want to ride an airplane with passengers talking on phones.

Doctor's notes get clearer with speech recognition software

Speech recognition technology is being linked to an increase in adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technologies in US hospitals, as doctors are finding it easier to build more complete patient records more efficiently than with handwritten notes.

RIM said to be working on touch screen-capable BlackBerry

A touch-screen capable BlackBerry is in the works, according to reports, and is expected to be introduced sometime in the third quarter by Verizon Wireless and Vodafone in Europe.

WiMax vs. Long Term Evolution: Let the battle begin

A long-term battle is brewing between two emerging high-speed wireless technologies, WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Each would more than quadruple existing wireless wide-area access speeds for users.

The BlackBerry: In search of the 'prosumer'

What's this, a hip new TV ad for BlackBerry smart phones?

Cisco data center chief steps down

Cisco Systems's senior official in charge of data center, switching and services is leaving after 15 years at the networking company to pursue other opportunities.

INTEROP - Customers talk up videoconferencing benefits

Videoconferencing can be used to slash business travel -- an important consideration as the economy sours and travel costs soar, customers said at Interop this week.

INTEROP - Vendors vie for Green IT appeal

Green IT was a major theme at Interop this week, as vendors outbid one another on how well their networking gear could lower power consumption to help save the planet.

INTEROP - Faster Wi-Fi raises concerns for some users

Higher-speed Wi-Fi in the form of 802.11n access points and related hardware began rolling out in earnest in the first quarter of this year and the next-generation technology became an important topic at the Interop trade show this week.

Schools adopt emergency communications post-Virginia Tech tragedy

The deadly shootings of 32 people by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech one year ago galvanized college campuses nationwide, leading to a surge in new mass emergency communications purchases -- especially wireless text messaging technologies.

Extreme launches Widget Central for building networking apps

Extreme Networks announced free online access yesterday to a new set of development tools called Widget Central as well as a new SDK (Software Development Kit) for ExtremeXOS, the operating system for Extreme's LAN switches.

Cisco unveils two low-end wireless routers

Cisco Systems Thursday unveiled several devices for branch office and small office customers, including two low-cost Integrated Services Routers that will work with 802.11n wireless networks.

Nokia 'Tube' seen as iPhone challenger

Nokia has begun publicly discussing what some are calling the mobile phone maker's biggest product response yet to the Apple iPhone -- a device with the code-name "Tube".