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Kindle for Android app coming soon

Kindle software for some Android smartphones will soon be available for free, granting access to 500,000 Kindle e-books, according to

iPad a hit on Wi-Fi and a rich medium for advertisers

Apple Inc.'s iPad had a "tremendous" impact on Wi-Fi networks in airports, cafes and hotels in its first month, according to measurements of network activity at 30,000 public hot spots in North America.

Verizon FiOS TV feeds Twitter, Facebook generation

The modern big-screen, high-definition television is not only taking on the PC for basic Web access. It's now becoming a social networking device serving Twitter and Facebook users -- as they watch TV.

'Perfect storm' of growth coming for smartphones in '10

Smartphones such as the iPhone are in "high-growth mode" globally, IDC said today, with shipments by manufacturers growing nearly 57% in the first quarter.

Carrier Ethernet market still growing, study shows

Making a call using a mobile device over a wireless cellular network is so commonplace today that it's easy to forget the huge networks, comprised of wires, cell towers, routers, switches and data centers, that power those calls.

Mobile phone shipments surge by 22% in Q1, IDC says

The global market for mobile phones surged in the first quarter, growing by nearly 22% over a year earlier when the market had declined markedly in the midst of a recession.

RIM continues its reach to consumers with new Blackberries

The smallest BlackBerry Pearl smartphones yet, the 9100 and 9105, will go on sale in May on various carriers, Research in Motion Ltd. announced today.

RIM unveils tool to allow BlackBerry voice over Wi-Fi

Research in Motion Ltd. today unveiled technology that will allow voice over Wi-Fi calls from its BlackBerry smartphones.

Motorola's iSIM could power company-specific mobile apps

Motorola's new Intelligent SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) just got its start in Europe by powering a parental control application for GSM phones, but it will also be available to enterprises that need to customize mobile phones for a sales force or other application across an entire group of workers.

Can Microsoft's Kin catch the mobile social networking wave?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's comment last September that his company had "screwed up" with Windows Mobile had some theorizing that Microsoft's handheld team was in disarray and probably unable to take on the Apple iPhone and other devices.

Google reportedly has a tablet in the works

Add Google to the list of companies trying to develop a rival for the Apple <a href="">iPad</a> .

Palm reportedly up for sale

Palm Inc. is being put up for sale, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Qatalyst Partners helping the Pre smartphone maker find a buyer, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Touchscreens will be slow to penetrate business, Gartner says

The touchscreen function on Apple's iPhone and other smartphones is spreading to larger computing devices like the new iPad, making it a popular feature among consumers. The spread of touchscreens to the workplace, though, will take far longer, predicts Gartner Inc.

Nokia plans to unveil tablet by this fall, analyst says

Nokia is working with suppliers and designers in an effort to bring a new touchscreen tablet device into market by this fall, an analyst at Rodman Renshaw told yesterday.

Microsoft expected to launch 'Pink' smartphone April 12

Microsoft is sending out invitations to a mystery event for press and analysts on April 12 that could be the unveiling of a new "Pink" smartphone or a new "Courier" tablet/ e-reader that opens like a book with dual screens.