Stories by Matt Hamblen

Nokia ranks at top globally in Q1 smart-phone sales

While much of the attention in the US smart phone market is on the next-generation iPhone, which was revealed by Apple on Monday, the global leader for smart-phone sales is still Nokia, analyst firm Gartner said in a report released Friday.

Verizon Wireless to buy Alltel for $28B

Verizon Wireless Thursday officially announced an agreement to purchase Alltel for US$28.1 billion, which would make the new company the largest wireless carrier in the US with 80 million subscribers.

Survey: E-commerce retailers can do more selling wirelessly

Only a small portion of retailers allow wireless purchases by consumers, an area for potential improvement in e-commerce sales, according to an internal study byCisco Systems.

Motorola next-gen Good technology to support apps wirelessly

Motorola Monday announced that the next generation of its Good Mobility Suite, shipping in the fourth quarter, will support continuous, secure access to wireless business applications, moving the product beyond wireless messaging.

Intel, start-up to demo Wi-Fi short-range technology

Intel and a wireless start-up will demonstrate this week wireless short-range technology that enables Centrino-based laptops to connect to peripherals such as headsets, keyboards and stereo speakers, and even the iPhone. Intel and Ozmo Devices, will demonstrate the Wi-Fi Personal Area Network (PAN) technology at the Computex trade show in Taipei.

iPhone: One year later

What a difference a year makes. This month, the hip iPhone celebrates its first anniversary, following its riotous US launch last June 29 . Its birth followed six months of prerelease hype that was ignited by Apple CEO and industry luminary Steve Jobs.

Battlefield handhelds improve patient care

US military doctors and medics say the expanding deployment of laptops and handheld computers in battle zones and military hospitals to capture electronic medical records is having a profound impact on patient care.

Cisco intros appliance for unifying mobile app management

Cisco Systems Wednesday announced a networking appliance designed to support mobile applications being deployed by companies over both wired and wireless networks.

Survey: Airline passengers nix mobile phone talking in-flight

Nearly three-quarters of US mobile phone users recently surveyed don't want to ride an airplane with passengers talking on phones.

Doctor's notes get clearer with speech recognition software

Speech recognition technology is being linked to an increase in adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technologies in US hospitals, as doctors are finding it easier to build more complete patient records more efficiently than with handwritten notes.

RIM said to be working on touch screen-capable BlackBerry

A touch-screen capable BlackBerry is in the works, according to reports, and is expected to be introduced sometime in the third quarter by Verizon Wireless and Vodafone in Europe.

WiMax vs. Long Term Evolution: Let the battle begin

A long-term battle is brewing between two emerging high-speed wireless technologies, WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Each would more than quadruple existing wireless wide-area access speeds for users.

The BlackBerry: In search of the 'prosumer'

What's this, a hip new TV ad for BlackBerry smart phones?

Cisco data center chief steps down

Cisco Systems's senior official in charge of data center, switching and services is leaving after 15 years at the networking company to pursue other opportunities.

INTEROP - Customers talk up videoconferencing benefits

Videoconferencing can be used to slash business travel -- an important consideration as the economy sours and travel costs soar, customers said at Interop this week.