"Nothing new with iPad 2?" What's new is...the iPad.

One recurring theme in initial reactions to iPad 2, announced today, is that the new tablet is "incremental," doesn't have any surprises, and "failed" to achieve a big hardware breakthrough. In general, that theme misses the point....

Will there be lithium batteries available for iPad 6 in 2015?

If Apple announces the iPad 2 as expected it tomorrow, it will likely run, like the first model, on a lithium-polymer battery. As do all those new Android tablets and smart phones, and the new electric vehicles that will save us,...

Will the hottest thing about iPad 2 be the price?

The general consensus is that iPad 2 will be improved but not revolutionary, adding either one or two cameras, possibly a faster processor, boosting RAM, and some other tweeks like making it thinner and so on. Or as former equities...

Update for Windows Phone 7 firmware causing problems for some users.

Well, this is embarrassing. The just announced minor software update for Windows Phone 7, intended to make the software update process itself work smoothly, apparently is making it work not-so-smoothly, at least for some users. At...

Microsoft's first Windows Phone 7 update -- out today -- isn't what you expected

In a surprise move, Microsoft today released its first Windows Phone update. What’s even more surprising, it’s not The First Update that the company has been talking about for months, and everyone was expecting, or in some cases,...

Is Microsoft banning open source for Windows Phone apps?

Somebody at Red Hat discovered that Microsoft's developer agreement for its online mobile marketplace doesn't allow the use of some open source code. Specifically, it bans code licensed under what the Agreement terms "excluded...

Microsoft, Nokia and the prospect of hanging

Dr. Samuel Johnson, in the 18th century, observered that "The prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully." So it is with Microsoft and Nokia, both of whom have been facing that prospect in the fast-growing and...

Verizon runs afoul of the "constitutional" right of unlimited bandwidth

Verizon's announcement that it will, somehow, decide when a smartphone user is using too much bandwidth and slow down their connection so other users are squeezed out has set off howls of outrage and the most convoluted analogies yet...

Introducing the smartphone comedy team of Microsoft and Yahoo

This is story about how two companies, in this case Microsoft and Yahoo, still think the most important part of a solving a customer service problem is covering your corporate butt.You know that data glitch that's been afflicting...

IP expert finds Google copied Java code for Android

An intellectual property expert says his analysis of Android code found 43 instances in which Google copied Java code without permission. If true, the new findings could undermine Google's defense against a copyright infringement...

New medical leave for Apple's Steve Jobs

Almost exactly two years after taking a medical leave of absence, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today announced he’s taking another one. In a six-sentence statement issued by Apple early this morning, Jobs says he is taking leave to “focus on...

"Stealing Wi-Fi" isn't about Wi-Fi

The New York Times has an Op-Ed "contribution" from Helen Rubenstein, who fondly reminisces about how, for years, she piggybacked on her neighbors unsecured Wi-Fi connection to tackle her first freelance writing assignments, file her...

Is this a BlackBerry "Dakota" I see before me?

The handset is for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS networks; includes a 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording. The photo shows a device very like the current Bold product family, with a fair-sized screen positioned over RIM's trademark...

Verizon iPhone available Feb. 10, starting at $199

Verizon Wireless announced today that it will offer a CDMA version of iPhone 4 starting Thursday February 10.The 16-Gbyte model will be priced at $199.99; the pricetag is $299.99 for the 32GB model. A two-year contract is required....

Windows Phone 7 at CES: Hellooooo? Anyone there?

The Big News for Windows Phone 7 coming out of this week's Consumer Electronics Show was captured in a single, brief blogpost at MobilityDigest: the first software update for the mobile UI will be ready in 30-60 days. For the...

CES 2011: Verizon unveils 10 mobile devices with LTE built-in

Verizon Wireless today at CES 2011 unveiled 10 mobile devices, to be available by mid-2011, all of which will have built-in support for the carrier’s burgeoning LTE 4G wireless network.The devices include smartphones, tablets,...

Demo program makes it a snap to pirate Windows Phone 7 apps

[UPDATE: I added comments by WP7 programmer, Andy Wigley; and added a mention in paragraph #1 that this applies only to un-locked WP7 devices. -- JC]A software developer has created a demonstration program that effortlessly, and...

Skype for iOS 4.0 now supports video calls

Skype's iOS app for iPhone is avavilable now with video calling. The software vendor has a barebones, almost terse, blogpost about the 3.0 release.Download the 3.0 version from the App Store to an iOS 4.0 device and you can place...

Sophisticated Trojan targets Android devices

Lookout Mobile Security is reporting that a new malware exploit targeting Android devices is emerging in China. The company is calling the new Trojan, labeled Geinimi, the “most sophisticated Android malware we’ve seen to date” and...

AT&T as Wi-Fi services provider

AT&T is extending its Wi-Fi services, turning selected hotspots into larger-scale hot zones and aggressively marketing its Wi-Fi managed services to education, healthcare, and retail markets. It's all about wireless access,...

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