Stories by Matt Hamblen

Cisco doubles router speed with new processor

Cisco Systems announced Thursday that it is doubling the speed of its Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 Series routers to 20Gbit/sec., only eight months after introducing the product line.

Motorola to lay off 3,000 as part of $800M in cuts for '09

Motorola officials have confirmed that US$800 million in cuts planned for 2009 will require laying off about 3,000 workers, with a little more than two-thirds of those job cuts coming from the handset division.

Motorola to shift phone OS to Android, Windows Mobile

Motorola Thursday announced a radical shift in its mobile phone business, saying there would be fewer shipments of phone models early next year but that the company plans to ship its first Android smart phone by the 2009 Christmas sales season.

IDC: Financial doldrums slowing mobile phone shipments

Global mobile phone shipments in the third quarter showed the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, falling significantly from previous quarters, research firm IDC said Thursday.

G1 phone buyers like the 'open' Android software

Judging by the smile on Jacek Ambroziak's face, you would have thought he won the lottery. For him, being the first in line to buy a new G1 phone at the T-Mobile US store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was better than winning the lotto.

Cisco demos public rooms for TelePresence

Cisco Systems Wednesday announced the first TelePresence videoconferencing rooms available for public use, demonstrating the technology simultaneously for reporters in four locations in India, the US and the UK.

UPS tests devices that keep track of truck data

United Parcel Service is testing a new ruggedized mobile computer in its trucks that can wirelessly log departure and arrival times and provide managers with data on vehicle speed and idle times.

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.