Stories by Matt Hamblen

Wireless system helping send troubles down the drain

Founded in 1935, Roto-Rooter Group has flushed out the competition because its plumbers arrive on the same day of a cry for help to clear a clog or fix a leak.

Analysts: Security a concern for business use of iPhone 2.0

While Apple's iPhone 2.0 software announcement last week includes vastly improved security protections, questions remain over whether it will meet the demands of large corporations, such as banks, that must meet rigid government standards for data protection.

IT execs intrigued but skeptical of iPhone corporate support

Apple said it has enterprise business support for its iPhone 2.0 beta release, but several senior IT executives expressed skepticism and even ridiculed Apple for having little big business expertise.

'Green' building windows can block cell signals

"It's not easy being green," said Kermit the Frog.

As wired costs drop, wireless voice, data charge issues rise

Reducing mobile voice and data costs is a top concern for CIOs, judging by comments at an enterprise mobile and wireless conference this week.

Robots! To the nurses' station, stat

While deadly "Terminator"-style robots are making a comeback in one new television series, a more benign variety of the machines are delivering drugs and tracking medical equipment throughout a US hospital.

3Com, Bain and Huawei still talking buyout

3Com immediately adjourned a shareholder meeting last week and reconvene it this week to allow time for merger discussions to continue with Bain Capital Partners and China's Huawei Technologies.

What next for 3Com? Another merger may be in the works

The future of 3Com remains unsettled since Bain Capital and Huawei Technologies last week withdrew a joint filing for a deal to purchase the company that was being considered by a U.S. committee on foreign investment.

Motorola licenses WiMax chip set designs

Motorola announced yesterday that it is licensing its reference design for mobile WiMax radio chip sets, and that Enfora is its first licensee.

Sony Ericsson details first phone with Windows Mobile

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB's first Windows Mobile device, to appear in the second half of 2008, will be called Xperia X1.

Study revived this week ties mobile phone use to sperm count

Reports on the Web of a three-year-old study that linked mobile phone usage to men's fertility has created new interest in a follow-up study headed by the same Ohio-based researcher.

Mobile ad market part of Microsoft's goal in Yahoo bid

Gaining a bigger share of mobile advertising is a big reason Microsoft is bidding US$44.6 billion for Yahoo, according to industry observers.

Are Dell, Google planning a phone partnership?

Speculation is mounting that Dell and Google will announce plans for a smart phone based on the Android platform at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain.

Tandberg launches OCS integration for easy videoconferencing

Videoconferencing device maker Tandberg in New York announced Friday that its products will interoperate with the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, bringing users greater flexibility in setting up sessions.

Is the iPhone killing Motorola?

With last week's news that Motorola might sell off its mobile device unit, it's fair to ask: Is the iPhone killing Motorola?