Computerworld Matt Hamblen News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:07:27 GMT 2014-07-25T21:07:27Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. How Microsoft's CEO sees growth for Windows Phone and Lumia During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella repeatedly promoted Lumia smartphones running on the Windows Phone platform. The call was just five days after the company announced a record 18,000 layoffs that raised concerns about Microsoft's long-term commitment to its phones. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-25T16:03:00Z Deep-dive review: The Lumia 635 smartphone -- a study in contrasts Nokia's new low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone makes some unfortunate hardware compromises, but on the plus side it comes with the excellent Windows Phone 8.1. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-24T10:30:00Z Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:57:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-23T18:57:00Z Small cell device tech set to connect workplace Wi-Fi with 3G and LTE Cisco says small cell technology is primed for explosive growth as it plans to connect 3G and LTE cellular networks to Wi-Fi access points that are already widely deployed in many enterprise facilities. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-22T18:34:00Z Red Alert app warns of imminent missile attacks in Israel Red Alert: Israel is a free app for both iOS and Android that provides real-time alerts when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel. It's also become a specialized kind of social network. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:27:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-21T20:27:00Z As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones In addition to announcing its largest job cuts ever, Microsoft today also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-17T15:41:00Z Visa launches 'Checkout' for quick and easy payments from any device Visa announced a new simplified digital payment service called Visa Checkout, which is designed to allow customers to pay quickly for goods online on any connected device. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:56:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-16T19:56:00Z Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:15:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-16T16:15:00Z Motorola unveils speech input tool for warehouse workers Motorola Solutions on Tuesday unveiled a speech technology upgrade targeting mobile device workers in warehouses and distribution centers. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:07:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-15T10:07:00Z Wi-Fi, like ice cream, is coming in many flavors Wi-Fi technology continues to evolve as wireless devices proliferate and demand for video and other data explodes. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:32:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-14T10:32:00Z Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:03:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-11T17:03:00Z Verizon gets top ranking for network performance in U.S. cities RootMetrics gives Verizon Wireless a big thumbs-up in its latest biannual ranking of wireless network performance in U.S. cities. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:53:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-09T19:53:00Z Sprint to exclusively sell ZTE mini Android projector Gone, at least potentially, are the days of salespeople having to lug around a 4-pound projector to make presentations to potential customers. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:10:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-09T17:10:00Z Smartwatches at work: Boon or bane for IT? It's hard to assess how popular smartwatches will be for business users, or how much of a pain they'll be for IT to support. But don't surprised when they start showing up in the office. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:17:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-27T17:17:00Z Google gets into the weeds of Android Work Google has revealed more about how its new enterprise security and management framework -- otherwise known as Android Work -- will function when the next version of Android rolls out. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:17:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-27T10:17:00Z With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung security software called Knox, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:37:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-25T20:37:00Z Police test smartphones over cellular for undercover use during Boston Marathon During April's Boston Marathon, police in Brookline, Mass., piloted a wireless system that let undercover officers use ordinary iPhones and Android devices to communicate with rugged Land Mobile Radios over LTE and other commercial cellular networks. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:51:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-24T13:51:00Z Google I/O looks to be about more than Android Google's annual I/O conference kicks off tomorrow amid widespread expectations that a new version of Android will be unveiled, along with discussions of smartwatches and, perhaps, security. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:57:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-24T09:57:00Z The UPC bar code arrived 40 years ago; now, they're ubiquitous The first bar code was used in 1974 to scan in a pack of gum. Now they're used for everything from flight check-ins to patient records and warehouse inventory. They've even been used to track bees. Yes, bees. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:26:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-23T10:26:00Z A closer look at the new technologies in Amazon's Fire smartphone By leveraging the Fire smartphone's Firefly and Dynamic Perspective technologies, Amazon could help online buying evolve in a variety of new directions, an IDC analyst predicted. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:16:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-19T19:16:00Z Amazon's Fire phone is 'Prime' example of customer first With its new Fire Phone, Amazon is primarily interested in connecting to its 250 million Amazon and Prime customers with a phone that makes it quick and easy to shop over the Web. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-18T23:30:00Z Amazon's expected smartphone already faces skeptics If Amazon announces a smartphone on Wednesday, as is widely expected, it will face an avalanche of skeptics. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:35:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-16T19:35:00Z Amazon says the Mayday button on its Fire HDX is a hit Amazon bragged that the Mayday tech support button on the Fire HDX tablet has become the most popular way to get tech help, with an average response time of just 9.75 seconds. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:49:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-13T16:49:00Z Update: Tizen OS declared 'dead in the water' Days after Samsung introduced a Tizen OS-based smartphone, a UK-based analyst declared the operating system a non-starter, despite its backing by a consortium of heavyweights including Intel, Samsung and LG Electronics. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:20:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-11T21:20:00Z SwiftKey is free for Android, as predictive keyboard competition grows Innovations for predictive virtual keyboards used in smartphones and tablets keep rolling in. SwiftKey said its Keyboard app for Android smartphones and tablets that allows predictive typing would be free on Google Play. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:54:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-11T15:54:00Z Warnings for smartphone, credit-card users at World Cup Soccer fans lucky enough to be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup are hearing an earful of consumer warnings about potentially onerous smartphone roaming charges and credit card ripoffs at ATMs and restaurants. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:05:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-10T17:05:00Z Amazon lets you switch from e-book reading to listening with just a tap If you ever wanted to switch between reading an e-book and listening to it being read -- maybe by a famous actor or the author -- Amazon now has just the thing for you. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:03:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-10T14:03:00Z Amtrak explores trackside network to upgrade Acela's Wi-Fi service Amtrak is exploring ways it can upgrade the on-board Wi-Fi on its Acela trains between Washington and Boston, now notoriously poor for passengers, especially during rush-hour travel. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:03:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-09T17:03:00Z Sprint-T-Mobile merger questions: Will regulators OK it? And, Legere as CEO? With reports saying that Sprint and T-Mobile US plan to announce a $32 billion merger this summer, two big questions linger: Would federal regulators approve the deal? And would T-Mobile CEO John Legere run the combined company? Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-05T20:00:00Z Wi-Fi calling coming to iPhones in iOS 8, with T-Mobile's support Apple's new iOS 8 will support Wi-Fi calling when the version launches in the fall, and T-Mobile US was quick to say it will support the feature on its customers' iPhones. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-03T19:41:00Z Tizen developers gather this week; Omlet messaging platform to add some edginess The emerging Tizen OS has attracted few radical types, just as other open source platforms like Android did in their early days. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:39:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-02T16:39:00Z Smartphone prices are dropping, and will continue to dip through '18 Average global smartphone prices have dropped and will continue to do so into 2018, according to IDC. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-29T17:41:00Z IDC drops tablet sales forecast, sees phablets encroaching on the market IDC has lowered its forecast for tablet sales for 2014 by 6.3%, pointing to the cannibalization of small tablets by larger smartphones known as "phablets." Thu, 29 May 2014 16:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-29T16:24:00Z Asus PadFone X orders start June 6 from AT&T The newest smartphone and tablet docking station combo from Asus, the PadFone X, can be ordered starting June 6 exclusively from AT&T stores and at its website, the carrier announced Wednesday. Wed, 28 May 2014 17:08:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-28T17:08:00Z LG's new G3 smartphone: Simpler is better LG Electronics emphasized a simpler user experience during its unveiling of the new G3 smartphone that could prove to be a lot more than marketing noise. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:01:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-27T21:01:00Z LG to webcast its G3 smartphone launch LG Electronics is offering a live webcast of the launch of its new G3 smartphone and possibly its new G Watch smartwatch starting at 1 p.m. ET today. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:28:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-27T14:28:00Z Cisco and Kansas City to launch network for smart city services Officials from Cisco Systems and the Kansas City, Mo., municipal government are teaming up to launch a new network for smart city services. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:08:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-23T14:08:00Z At Indy 500, Verizon races to offer premium video content on mobile devices During this Sunday's Indy 500, Verizon Wireless, Ericsson and other tech companies will be focused less on the drivers and more on a racetrack demonstration of new wireless technology called LTE Multicast that would used for transmitting video to smartphones and tablets. Thu, 22 May 2014 16:25:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-22T16:25:00Z 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. Thu, 22 May 2014 10:07:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-22T10:07:00Z 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. Wed, 21 May 2014 14:42:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-21T14:42:00Z 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. Tue, 20 May 2014 19:32:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-20T19:32:00Z 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. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:18:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-20T16:18:00Z AT&T's DirecTV deal includes plums to woo regulators and consumers AT&T's mega-bid to buy DirecTV includes several deal sweeteners designed to win over government regulators and customers. Mon, 19 May 2014 18:19:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-19T18:19:00Z 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. Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-19T12:00:00Z 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. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:37:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-16T15:37:00Z 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. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:25:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-15T18:25:00Z 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. Wed, 14 May 2014 16:32:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-14T16:32:00Z 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. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:36:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-13T16:36:00Z 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. Mon, 12 May 2014 19:02:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-12T19:02:00Z 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. Thu, 08 May 2014 18:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-05-08T18:24:00Z