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Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile will carry BlackBerry 10 phones

BlackBerry 10 is set for launch on January 30. Credit: CNET Research in Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has the support of the three major U.S. cellular carriers, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, once the platform launches later this month. The support and interest by carriers signals confidence in the new BlackBerry 10 platform, which… Read more →

Google retreats; drops key patent claim against Microsoft

Google’s Motorola Mobility unit has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to drop two patents deemed key to the case it has filed against Microsoft over patent infringement allegations. The tech giant’s change of heart comes after it filed the complaint against Microsoft’s XBox console, which the company said infringed on two wireless technology-related patents… Read more →

Guns, the First Amendment, and the Bill of Rights

Back when I had better eyes, I received the NRA Sharpshooter award, along with a few bars that indicated I accomplished a few additional tests of skill. I’m not telling you this to brag, but instead to establish my bona fides when it comes to the discussion of guns. I am clearly not a gun… Read more →

VMware and Red Hat joust over control of Vert.x open-source project

VMware is caught in a legal struggle with a former employee over control of an open-source project. Read this Cloud computing’s utility future gets closer Read more The virtualisation company instructed its lawyers to take control of open-source project Vert.x from its lead developer and former VMware employee Tim Fox, after Fox left VMware for… Read more →

Vodafone’s data changes highlight telco fightback

Vodafone Australia’s decision to start charging in per-megabyte blocks for prepaid customers isn’t out of the norm, but it does highlight a fightback from telcos on over-the-top applications. Vodafone has announced to customers this week that it will be changing its prepaid plans from mid February to remove the unlimited access to Facebook, YouTube, and… Read more →

iOS app helps parents predict kid’s clothing sizes

I have a pair of kids (and boy are they cute!) and the requisite expenses associated with things like food and clothing. I’m quickly realizing that while food prices are definitely rising, the price of clothing can kill your budget even quicker.  A recent conversation with my five-year-old daughter went something like this: Her “Daddy,… Read more →

Cloud builds on SOA: ‘there are very few new ideas in the world’

For the past two years, State Street Corporation has been overhauling and streamlining its business, building its technology capability on a set of enterprise shared services and shared platforms. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Chris Perretta, CIO of State Street Corporation, about these changes, which are being presented to the world as a… Read more →

Spy gadgets for the home [photos]

 The Wireless Teddy Cam Manchester Surveillance’s Wireless Teddy Cam, fit for keeping an eye on your kids or useful if you have concerns over a babysitter, is fitted with a color camera and transmitter which relays audio and visual data to a transceiver. The accompanying receiver needs to be hidden no further than 50 meters… Read more →

The merger of cellular and Wi-Fi: The wireless network’s future

In the near-future, end-users will have a seamless Wi-Fi/cellular wireless network experience. Las Vegas – Today we talk about 801.11ac, 4G, and LTE Advanced, but what users really want is just fast, reliable wireless networking that works everywhere. According to the experts, we’re going to give it to them… eventually. In a CES panel entitled… Read more →

Windows Phone users: You’ve got Google Maps access

Windows Phone users began noticing on January 9 that they could access the Google Maps Web site using Internet Explorer.   Windows Phone users’ lack of access to the Google site came to light late last week. Google officials said that they had “always” disabled access to the Google Maps site for Windows Phone users…. Read more →

Windows Phone users: You’ve got Google Maps access

Windows Phone users began noticing on January 9 that they could access the Google Maps Web site using Internet Explorer.   Windows Phone users’ lack of access to the Google site came to light late last week. Google officials said that they had “always” disabled access to the Google Maps site for Windows Phone users…. Read more →

Crowdfunding rewrites the rules of solar financing

Crowdfunding Web sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven incredibly effective in uncovering financial backers for new technologies or businesses that might not otherwise gotten off the ground. The model could also rewrite the rules for funding clean energy projects, particularly rooftop solar installations. Exhibit A: one pioneer of this concept, Solar Mosaic, raised more… Read more →