Stories by Matt Hamblen

Report: President Obama to get secure BlackBerry 8830

President Barack Obama is due to receive a high-security BlackBerry 8830 soon, a Washington-based newspaper reported Thursday.

Baby Shaker app removed, but what happens next time?

Apple removed the controversial "Baby Shaker" application two days after it appeared on the App Store following strong protests from child advocacy groups.

Time Warner drops Internet metering plan

Time Warner Cable's decision to back off from a usage-based pricing change for high-speed Internet subscribers in four cities demonstrates how politically fraught the governance of Internet access and pricing can be.

Nokia E71x seen as key to growth in US market

At the International CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Nokia had one of the biggest booths, but it was mostly hidden near the back of a major hall.

The Android 1.5 challenge: Beat iPhone 3.0, Palm Pre

Version 1.5 of the Android platform will have new features sought by users and developers since the mobile operating system's first release, but none of the updated features appear to easily out-do top smartphones such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

Cisco 'could' announce 10% layoffs, analyst predicts

Forecasting a significant drop in revenue for the fourth quarter, a J.P. Morgan analyst Tuesday reported that Cisco Systems Inc. "could" announce a 10% workforce reduction soon, equal to about 6,600 employees.

Forrester: iPhone corporate users happier, more productive

While some corporations have worried about the ability to secure and manage iPhones used by their workers, Forrester Research Inc. says three major companies are successfully deploying thousands of the Apple Inc. devices.

Samsung introduces WiMax mobile internet device

Samsung Telecommunications America announced the first WiMax-enabled Mobile Internet Device (MID) today at the International CTIA Wireless conference.

Microsoft moves to bring high fashion to Windows phones

Windows phones are about to go high fashion: Isaac Mizrahi and other fashion designers have been hired to help improve the Windows Mobile interface, Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday.

E-reader comes to BlackBerry

Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. announced a beta version of a free e-reader for BlackBerry devices that allows users to purchase e-books much as they already can via the iPhone and other smartphones.

Nortel set to unveil health care offerings, ROI tool

Nortel Networks, still in bankruptcy protection from creditors, plans over the next two weeks to unveil new healthcare communications software and an updated online tool that adds the ability to calculate the total cost of ownership of business networks.

Extreme Networks offers port extender for the 'outer edge'

Extreme Networks Inc. Monday announced a new product, called a port extender, along with a new version of its EPICenter management software, which both serve the "outer edge" of the LAN, areas where it's difficult to provide network connectivity.

Skype to run beta of VoIP for business over SIP, IP switches

Skype Technologies SA announced Monday a beta version of its popular voice-over-IP service for businesses that have IP-based switches running on the Session Initiation Protocol.

Savvis tests Cisco's new UCS and virtualization server

IT infrastructure service provider Savvis Inc. has been testing Cisco Systems Inc.'s Unified Computing System (UCS) for about three weeks and expects to take the technology to another level of evaluation later this year in a bake-off against conventional virtualization server providers, Savvis' chief technology officer said today.

HP, Cisco jab over virtualization bragging rights

Cisco's announcement Monday of a Unified Computing System for data centers quickly sparked a bragging battle about which vendor can perform virtualization better.