Stories by Matt Hamblen

Palm debuts its Pixi smartphone, its second using WebOS

Palm Inc. and Sprint Nextel Inc. formally announced the second WebOS smartphone today, the Palm Pixi, and said it will be available in the US from Sprint before the Christmas holidays.

On the road: Testing wireless voice and data on the highways

Marc Lefevre is the up-to-date, real-life equivalent of the "Can you hear me now?" guy from the Verizon Wireless TV ads that grew popular in 2004.

iPhone app tracks swine flu, other disease outbreaks

A free iPhone app called "Outbreaks Near Me" is designed to help users track and report oubreaks of swine flu and other infectious diseases.

Wi-Fi cell phones expected to double in two years

Global shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones are expected to double between 2009 and 2011, at least partially due to the emergence of a slew of smartphones with Wi-Fi capabilities, according to an analyst at ABI Research in New York.

Video dramatization shows deadly consequences of texting and driving

A dramatic Web-based video depicting four deaths caused by a young driver who was texting at the wheel has provoked a debate over the best ways to curb distracted driving in the U.S.

Study revives debate over cancer from cell phone use

A group of international scientists today released a report that again raises concerns about cell phone usage and brain tumors, noting that one recent Swedish study saw a 400 per cent increased risk for teenage cell phone users.

Mobile software helps student drop 50 pounds

Weight loss programs abound, but they can be complex and expensive and must be followed to a T.

Nokia alliance may spell doom for Windows Mobile

The Microsoft-Nokia alliance plan to put Office applications on Nokia smartphones isn't a good sign for the Windows Mobile operating system.

Next-gen Android phone goes on sale Aug. 5

The update of the T-Mobile USA G1 Android smartphone, the new myTouch 3G, goes on sale nationally Aug. 5 and reviews are beginning to trickle in.

Texting while driving increases crash risk 23-fold

Drivers of heavy trucks who were texting while driving were at a 23 times greater risk of a crash or near crash than those who were not, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reported last night.

Amazon CEO apologizes for removing digital books

In an era when corporate CEOs are urged by consultants to quickly apologize for mistakes,'s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has taken that advice to heart.

Food fight! Palm and Apple out of sync!

Palm Inc.'s decision to re-enable syncing to iTunes in its new Web OS update has an element of Palm taunting Apple Inc.

Analysis: Palm Pre sync flap, hardware issues, hurt Palm

Since the Palm Pre launched on June 6, it has been hailed with exaggerated exuberance as an iPhone killer and reviled for pesky hardware problems.

Video surveillance drives wireless bandwidth boost

Ask Malcolm Gravette what is driving the need for more wireless bandwidth, and the systems application manager for ADT Security will tell you: It's megapixel video.

Google Voice app comes to BlackBerry, Android

Google Voice is now available via BlackBerry and Android smartphones, Google announced today.