Stories by Matt Hamblen

SAP ships updated mobile app development tools

SAP AG Thursday announced the general availability of SAP Mobile Platform 3.0, a common software development kit (SDK) for developers to build apps for use by consumers, business partners as well as employees.

Verizon to launch video calling and HD Voice this year

Verizon Wireless has reiterated plans to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE) 'later this year' nationwide to offer users both High Definition Voice and video calling options.

Windows RT isn't dead -- yet

The troubled Windows RT operating system got nary a mention at Microsoft's Surface event today, but don't plan for RT's funeral just yet.

Verizon's XLTE promises 'faster peak speeds' with double the bandwidth

Verizon Wireless launched XLTE network coverage in more than 250 U.S. cities on Monday, promising its customers twice the 4G LTE bandwidth and "faster peak speeds" in those areas.

AT&T's DirecTV deal includes plums to woo regulators and consumers

AT&T's mega-bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion and take on another $18.6 billion of DirecTV debt, includes several deal sweeteners designed to win over government regulators and customers.

Crowdsourcing with OpenStreetMap to drive new version of Scout app

Scout for iPhone, a free turn-by-turn navigation app, will be automatically updated this week with map data that can be altered and improved by the app's users through the OpenStreetMap community.

FCC warns that it's still better to call 911 instead of texting

The FCC says the public should not rely on text messages to reach 911 in emergencies because the technology is only available to 59 of the more than 6,000 emergency communications centers nationwide.

AT&T to activate HD Voice over 4G LTE in four states on May 23

AT&T will introduce a high-definition voice service over its LTE network in parts of four Midwest states on May 23, the carrier announced today.

AT&T's $50B interest in DirecTV is just one part of an ambitious expansion

AT&T's apparent interest in DirecTV is only the latest move by the wireless carrier to expand into just about every wired and wireless market it can.

Samsung to unveil Gear Glass at IFA this September, report says

Samsung plans to launch a Google Glass competitor called Gear Glass in September, timed with the IFA technology show in Berlin, according to a report in Business Korea.


4 years in, augmented reality in smartphones has yet to catch on

Four years have passed since augmented reality apps for smartphones started appearing in app stores for consumer use, but the trend has been slow to catch on.

With big growth in 5-in.-plus smartphones, where's Apple?

The pressure is on Apple to produce a 5-in. or larger display iPhone, since the so-called "phablet" segment grew by 369% in the first quarter and represented 34% of all smartphones shipped.

Inside the world of designer antennas for wearables

Sixty years after bulky 'rabbit ears' TV antennas, engineers are designing tiny custom ones that can fit inside of wearable devices.

BlackBerry is laser-focused on the enterprise with BES10

After encountering problems last year selling its newest smartphones, BlackBerry has shifted to a stronger focus on the enterprise, especially through distribution of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobility management client software.

One-fourth of first-time smartphone buyers want to change carriers

The price war over data and voice costs among U.S. carriers is having an impact on first-time smartphone buyers.