Stories by Matt Hamblen

Nortel customers don't need to panic, analysts say

Nortel Networks customers: Don't panic and rip out your Nortel gear.

Nortel exec: Bankruptcy filing was in part to preserve $2.4B

One major reason why Nortel Networks Corp. filed for protection from its creditors in the U.S. and other countries today was to preserve $2.4 billion in cash, which the company plans to use to provide support and service its customers, Nortel's head of enterprise sales said Wednesday.

Cisco ships new 802.11n AP to resolve power issue

The growth of 802.11n wireless LAN access points has been somewhat limited by a well-known problem with insufficient power to APs when using Power-over-Ethernet connections.

Look for high speed, low energy in Bluetooth products

In the 11 years since the creation of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, about 2 billion devices with the wireless technology have shipped globally. The products range from hands-free headsets to medical devices, but Bluetooth innovations expected in 2009 should rapidly expand the number of devices available, Bluetooth officials said at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

LG debuts wrist-watch phone

LG Electronics announced Wednesday a high-speed wireless wrist-watch phone with video chat and text messaging capabilities at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Motorola phone made from recycled plastic bottles

Motorola is still in the midst of plans to spin off its mobile handset division in 2010, but will show off a new cell phone made from recycled plastic water bottles at the Consumer Electronics Show later this week.

IDC expects drop in mobile-phone shipments in '09

Mobile phone shipments will decline by more than 2% in 2009 when compared with this year, the largest decline since 2001, according to a forecast from IDC released Thursday.

Despite firmware update, Storm seen as business smartphone

Although the BlackBerry Storm needed a firmware upgrade just two weeks after going on sale, business users are still expected to warm up to the touch-screen handheld.

FAQ: Why Obama may give up his BlackBerry

Could Barack Obama ever expect to continue using his BlackBerry once he officially becomes president?

Sluggish economy hurts smartphone sales in Q3

The struggling global economy has taken a toll on worldwide smart phone sales in the third quarter, with sales growth the weakest in four years, according to new data from Gartner Inc.

Videophone service coming to US for $30 a month

An IP-based videophone service called GlobalLinx will launch in the US in the second quarter, offering a US$200 videophone and $30 monthly service for consumers and businesses.

Businesses see smartphone use rising, survey shows

Businesses are planning to boost the deployment of smartphones during the next three years, while laptop deployments will slow dramatically, according to survey of 340 companies in the US and Western Europe.

MIT's JoAnne Yates on information overload, 'CrackBerry' addicts and the 'always online' life

MIT Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates is co-author of an upcoming article on information overload called "Ubiquitous E-mail: Individual Experiences and Organizational Consequences of BlackBerry Use"

Former NBA star views telepresence as magic

Former pro basketball superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson recently gave a ringing testimonial on the value of high-definition videoconferencing technology to his business and charitable work.

Proxim ships 802.11n access points, claims fastest speed

Proxim Wireless announced Monday it is shipping two new 802.11n access points, one with two radios that Proxim called the fastest on the market.