Stories by Matt Hamblen

Event fosters software and STEM entrepreneurs for education

Weekend hackathons for developers have been around for years. Now they are popping up everywhere.

Will the U.S. be ready with secure chip cards and payment terminals?

Only about half of the 12 million merchant payment terminals in the U.S. will be converted to accept more secure smart credit and debit cards and NFC-ready smartphones by the end of 2015, according to financial officials working to support the conversion.

Google Fiber expanding to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

Google Fiber is coming to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., reaching 18 cities in those areas.

Google preps for wireless services with T-Mo and Sprint

Google is prepping to offer its own wireless voice and data service over the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile -- a move likely to be markedly different from traditional virtual network operations.

Big visions for 5G before the FCC

Drones, robots, high-altitude balloons and low-altitude satellites are all envisioned to provide fifth-generation (5G) wireless connections as early as 2020, according to recent FCC filings from 55 companies, including Google, Samsung, Intel and Qualcomm.

T-Mobile owner sees carrier's finances as unsustainable, while Legere calls it nonsense

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Tuesday used Twitter to again slam recent opinions that his company's financial future is unsustainable, given the billions of dollars needed to buy more wireless spectrum to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Cities cheer Obama's push for municipal broadband

Dozens of U.S. cities are cheering President Obama's proposal this week for the Federal Communications Commission to allow municipalities to provide their own Internet broadband services even in states that have banned such services.

Obama outlines broadband boost via executive action

President Obama said today he will take executive action to boost broadband speeds and connections at lower prices, especially in inner cities and rural areas.

AT&T to allow monthly data rollover; plan includes businesses

AT&T on Wednesday announced that data will soon be rolled over to the next month for 50 million of its Mobile Share Value subscribers.

FCC Chair calls for 'just and reasonable' rules for broadband

LAS VEGAS --- FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday called for an open Internet that protects innovators and consumers while also making sure Internet service providers (ISPs) retain economic incentives to continue building better networks.

BlackBerry jumps into smartwatches with BBM on Android Wear devices

LAS VEGAS -- BlackBerry on Wednesday demonstrated its Messenger application on Android Wear smartwatches at the International CES trade show.

A glimpse of the smartwatch of 2020

What will smartwatches look like and how will they function in 2020?

Wi-Fi Aware certification process revs up

An emerging wireless service called Wi-Fi Aware could allow smartphone and tablet users to easily locate users of nearby devices in crowded locations to then play games or conduct business collaborations.

Tizen OS will power all future Samsung smart TVs

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung didn't announce smartphones, tablets or smartwatches at International CES, but it did unveil a new smart, connected TV on Monday powered by the open-source Tizen operating system.

AT&T announces developer tool for WebRTC

LAS VEGAS -- AT&T announced on Monday a developer tool that enables technology called Enhanced WebRTC to provide voice and video calls between browsers without the need for a plug-in.