Stories by Matt Hamblen

Wi-Fi helps college students get better grades, survey says

Can Wi-Fi make you smarter?

WiMax backers upbeat despite economic fears

Even after Monday's stock market drop in the US and a general tightening in the financial sector, WiMax equipment makers and wireless operators at WiMax World remain optimistic.

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iPhone finally gets Notes support through AppStore

A version of Lotus Notes from IBM is at last available for Apple's iPhone as a free download from the AppStore, allowing users to check their Notes e-mail and view their calendar and contacts, IBM announced.

IT managers: Mobile work-force apps entering 2nd generation

For years, businesses have been deploying mobile software to help workers communicate wirelessly with back-office applications to make field service calls or sales visits.

Cisco to unveil SaaS based on WebEx, Unified Communications 7.0

Cisco Systems will announce a new 7.0 release of its unified communications software Wednesday, as well as a SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform based on WebEx that allows developers to integrate collaboration capabilities, video and business applications.

Wireless rollout at Iraq base tries muni Wi-Fi model

US military personnel at Joint Base Balad in Iraq are receiving wireless Internet connections on a subscription basis via a satellite uplink and a ruggedized wireless LAN.

Microsoft to drop support for Office 2003 SP2

Microsoft warned users Monday that it will drop support for Office 2003 Service Pack 2 in three weeks, and it urged them to upgrade to a newer service pack that was involved in a dust-up earlier this year over blocked file formats.

G1 Android phone is only half 'open' with T-Mobile lock-in

The new T-Mobile G1 wireless phone, announced Tuesday by T-Mobile USA, Google and HTC, generated attention for its use of the open Android platform, but it will be locked to the T-Mobile USA network and it doesn't appear to be heavily focused on business users.

Google adds Street View, walking directions to mobile devices

Google has been steadily upgrading its Google Maps for mobile applications since 2007 and Wednesday added free walking directions and the ability to find street view imagery on a mobile device, the same as it has made possible with a desktop computer.

The smell of WAN acceleration

Glen Dalgleish, vice president of infrastructure services at global perfumer Coty, well remembers why he and his staff had implemented WAN acceleration technology last January: to improve download speeds for some 6,000 users world-wide.

Get ready for mobile social networks

Mobile social networking is a small part of the way people use their mobile phones, but industry officials expect that use will grow, and not just for teenagers who want to text their friends or send short video clips.

Gobi wireless chipset to ship in Panasonic Toughbooks

Qualcomm and Panasonic Wednesday announced that two Toughbook laptops will ship in October with Gobi, a chipset allowing laptops to function in multiple wireless modes.

Nokia launches Exchange e-mail support on 80M S60 phones

Nokia announced today it has enabled Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for all 43 of its S60 Third Edition wireless devices, a total of about 80 million wireless devices globally.

Rivals see iPhone as the one to beat in hardware, software, marketing

More than a year after arriving on the mobile/wireless scene, Apple's iPhone remains the "it" phone -- the one to beat and the one companies in the mobile device industry compare themselves to.

Yahoo launches iPhone oneConnect for social networking

Yahoo announced Wednesday oneConnect for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, providing users a way to integrate mobile messaging and bring together contacts from a variety of social networks.