Stories by Matt Hamblen

Study: Not replacing laptops can prove very costly

Companies looking to cope with declining IT budgets by postponing the purchase of new laptop computers are likely making a mistake, according to a new report released by technology consulting firm J. Gold Associates.

T-Mobile sales of G1 hit 1 million in first two quarters

T-Mobile USA sold 1 million G1 smartphones in the first six months since it went on the market, about one-third the number of Apple Inc. iPhones that sold in its first two quarters.

Report: President Obama to get secure BlackBerry 8830

US President Barack Obama is due to receive a high-security BlackBerry 8830 soon, a Washington-based newspaper has reported.

Android to go beyond phones to a range of personal devices

Android, the Linux-based operating system used in the G1 smartphone and others to come, is destined to be part of many other devices, including personal multimedia devices, mobile Internet devices, medical monitoring tools and home-entertainment controllers.

Report: President Obama to get secure BlackBerry 8830

President Barack Obama is due to receive a high-security BlackBerry 8830 soon, a Washington-based newspaper reported Thursday.

Baby Shaker app removed, but what happens next time?

Apple removed the controversial "Baby Shaker" application two days after it appeared on the App Store following strong protests from child advocacy groups.

Time Warner drops Internet metering plan

Time Warner Cable's decision to back off from a usage-based pricing change for high-speed Internet subscribers in four cities demonstrates how politically fraught the governance of Internet access and pricing can be.

Nokia E71x seen as key to growth in US market

At the International CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Nokia had one of the biggest booths, but it was mostly hidden near the back of a major hall.

The Android 1.5 challenge: Beat iPhone 3.0, Palm Pre

Version 1.5 of the Android platform will have new features sought by users and developers since the mobile operating system's first release, but none of the updated features appear to easily out-do top smartphones such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

Cisco 'could' announce 10% layoffs, analyst predicts

Forecasting a significant drop in revenue for the fourth quarter, a J.P. Morgan analyst Tuesday reported that Cisco Systems Inc. "could" announce a 10% workforce reduction soon, equal to about 6,600 employees.

Forrester: iPhone corporate users happier, more productive

While some corporations have worried about the ability to secure and manage iPhones used by their workers, Forrester Research Inc. says three major companies are successfully deploying thousands of the Apple Inc. devices.

Samsung introduces WiMax mobile internet device

Samsung Telecommunications America announced the first WiMax-enabled Mobile Internet Device (MID) today at the International CTIA Wireless conference.

Microsoft moves to bring high fashion to Windows phones

Windows phones are about to go high fashion: Isaac Mizrahi and other fashion designers have been hired to help improve the Windows Mobile interface, Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday.

E-reader comes to BlackBerry

Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. announced a beta version of a free e-reader for BlackBerry devices that allows users to purchase e-books much as they already can via the iPhone and other smartphones.

Nortel set to unveil health care offerings, ROI tool

Nortel Networks, still in bankruptcy protection from creditors, plans over the next two weeks to unveil new healthcare communications software and an updated online tool that adds the ability to calculate the total cost of ownership of business networks.