Stories by Matt Hamblen

Get ready for mobile social networks

Mobile social networking is a small part of the way people use their mobile phones, but industry officials expect that use will grow, and not just for teenagers who want to text their friends or send short video clips.

Gobi wireless chipset to ship in Panasonic Toughbooks

Qualcomm and Panasonic Wednesday announced that two Toughbook laptops will ship in October with Gobi, a chipset allowing laptops to function in multiple wireless modes.

Nokia launches Exchange e-mail support on 80M S60 phones

Nokia announced today it has enabled Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for all 43 of its S60 Third Edition wireless devices, a total of about 80 million wireless devices globally.

Rivals see iPhone as the one to beat in hardware, software, marketing

More than a year after arriving on the mobile/wireless scene, Apple's iPhone remains the "it" phone -- the one to beat and the one companies in the mobile device industry compare themselves to.

Yahoo launches iPhone oneConnect for social networking

Yahoo announced Wednesday oneConnect for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, providing users a way to integrate mobile messaging and bring together contacts from a variety of social networks.

Yahoo expands Blueprint for mobile apps

Yahoo announced Wednesday at the CTIA trade show that it has expanded Blueprint, a mobile development platform, to allow developers to build applications for mobile devices running Java, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems.

IP router sales to service providers still strong

IP routers used by network service providers sold well globally in the second quarter this year, with sales up 40 percent over the second quarter of 2007, and advancing 17 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to Infonetics Research.

Chrome expected on Google's Android mobile software

In yet another example of Google's expanding influence, the search company's co-founder, Sergey Brin, said he expects the new Chrome browser to eventually become part of the Android wireless phone platform, which is under separate development by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.

iPhone imitators prepping for their close-ups

It may be too early, or too presumptuous, to call Apple's iPhone a technology icon, but all the other major equipment makers in the emerging smart phone realm are looking to create their own "iconic" device.

Unified communications takes center field at ballpark

The New York Mets will have new networking and unified communications systems in their new home, Citi Field, when they start playing baseball there next spring.

IPhone App Store and Web apps a hit with users

Despite complaints from some users about iPhone 3G wireless connections, Apple continues to earn praise for its novel and expanding App Store, where consumers and business users alike can download applications for free or a small fee.

Road-warrior conundrum: Laptop or handheld?

As handheld devices become more like full-fledged computers in their own right, the question of whether business travelers might be better served by leaving their laptops at home is again being asked by IT managers and end users alike. But that still appears to be more of a future goal than a current reality.

Cisco to expand work with HP on unified communications

Cisco Systems and HP jointly announced Wednesday that they would work together to sell more unified communications products, with both companies investing in training and building global marketing and sales programs.

Gartner: Global mobile phone sales will rise 11 per cent in '08

Gartner is projecting 11 per cent growth in global sales of cell phones and related devices in 2008, citing healthy sales in the first half of the year.

Gartner: 'Caveats apply' for enterprise iPhone use

After three weeks of testing and reviewing Apple's new iPhone 2.0 firmware and an iPhone 3G for use in large businesses, analyst firm Gartner said the device can be supported by IT shops -- but only for a narrow set of uses such as voice, e-mail, Web browsing and the storage of personal information.