Stories by Matt Hamblen

35 years later, bar codes, and scanning, are everywhere

Tomorrow marks the 35th anniversary of the first time a laser scanner was used to "read" a bar code, according to Motorola Inc.

Qwest's Pieter Poll on why being a CTO is a dream job

Pieter Poll is Chief Technology Officer at US-based Qwest Communications International, which serves business customers nationally and residential customers in 14 western states with telephone, high-speed Internet, fiber-optic Internet and DirecTV services. The company is also serving as an agent for Verizon Wireless services. Poll talked about his career and the directions Qwest is taking.

T-Mobile to give details on 2nd Android phone next week

T-Mobile USA said today it will go public next week with details about its next Android-powered smartphone, which many expect to be based on the HTC Magic touch-screen smartphone sold now in England.

Debate heats up over Apple threat to disable iTunes sync with Palm Pre

A debate is heating up over Apple Inc.'s apparent threat to kill the iTunes sync feature on the new Palm Pre and other non-Apple digital media players.

Developers asked to stop tethering talk on Palm Pre

Palm Inc. has "politely" cautioned a developer forum not to allow online discussions of tethering with the new Palm Pre.

iPhone 3G S still not enterprise-ready, analysts say

The new iPhone 3G S boasts remote data wipe, hardware-based encryption and tethering of the device to a laptop that would seem to please business users interested in protecting data and enhancing productivity.

Kindle DX sold out for now, in stock June 17

The Kindle DX, which started shipping only yesterday, is now listed by Amazon.com Inc. as out of stock until June 17.

iPhone surcharge protest highlight carriers' loss of control

Ask smartphone users anywhere in the U.S. what they think of their wireless carriers, and you will get an earful.

Kindle DX goes on sale at Amazon.com for $489

The Kindle DX started shipping from Amazon.com on Wednesday, as promised, for US$489, and could reach customers Thursday when initial owner reviews are expected to start hitting blogs and Websites.

Palm may have sold up to 100,000 Pres in first weekend

As many as 100,000 Palm Pre smartphones may have been sold since the device went on sale Saturday, one industry analyst estimated today.

Palm Pre syncs with iTunes

Early reviewers have dubbed the Palm Pre a strong competitor to the iPhone, with some notable problems, including short battery life and too few applications to run on the device.

Cisco CTO reasserts video's value for work, home

BOSTON -- Cisco Systems Inc. CTO Padmasree Warrior today stressed the importance of video and collaboration technologies to the networking giant, as well as its customers.

Google's move into e-books could be explosive

E-books may have been a niche technology so far, but Google Inc.'s entry into the market could burst the online business wide open.

Air Force disputes talk of GPS failure

The U.S. Air Force late last month disputed a General Accountability Office report concluding that the Global Positioning System used by the military and millions of motorists worldwide may be in danger of disruption unless aging satellites are replaced quickly.

Gartner: Users of mobile payments to double by 2012

The number of people using mobile devices to purchase goods and services is expected to more than double by the end of 2012 globally, research firm Gartner Inc. reported today.