Stories by Matt Hamblen

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.

iPhone tethering could prove a boon to IT managers

Of some 100 new features added to Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3.0 software last week, Jorge Mata, CIO for the Los Angeles Community College District, said that one of those alone -- the ability to tether Windows laptops to the iPhone -- could provide a quick boost his operation.

Cisco flips for video camera maker

Cisco Systems said Thursday it plans to buy Pure Digital Technologies, the maker of the popular Flip Video handheld camera, for US$590 million in stock.

Millions expected to cut back mobile phone costs in recession

A new survey says millions of Americans expect to cut back on their mobile phone costs to save money if the recession continues as expected.

Sony e-reader users gain free access to classics via Google

Sony Electronics Inc. said users of its two e-book readers can now access more than 500,000 free public domain classic books from Google Inc. through the Sony eBook Store.

SAP, Sybase join to deliver business apps over handhelds

SAP and Sybase announced collaboration plans this week to deliver the latest SAP Business Suite of enterprise software products to wireless handhelds, including the iPhone, BlackBerries and devices running Windows Mobile.

Cisco to unveil blade server for data center virtualization

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers will unveil on Monday a new "unified computing" initiative which analysts said includes a blade server code-named California.

Polycom CEO Robert Hagerty talks telepresence

Videoconferencing is available for desktops and even through specially designed rooms called telepresence systems, but on wireless handhelds? According to Robert Hagerty, who has been CEO of Polycom for 10 years, it could be widely available soon.