Computerworld Matt Hamblen News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:21:34 GMT 2014-08-21T10:21:34Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. AT&T to get the M8 for Windows, too; it's not just Verizon Less than a day after the HTC One (M8) for Windows went on sale "exclusively" on Verizon Wireless, AT&T also said it will carry the new smartphone, too. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:18:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-20T19:18:00Z Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-20T10:15:00Z Why HTC put Windows on its M8 smartphone HTC announced the HTC One (M8) smartphone for Windows todayl it's available exclusively at Verizon Wireless for $99 on a two-year contract. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-19T16:24:00Z Verizon is tops in network performance, reliability, speed in 2014 tests Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics released Tuesday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-19T10:00:00Z Sprint slashes shared data plan prices As promised by its new CEO, Sprint announced late Monday it will lower its shared data plans to prices below those offered by other national carriers starting on Friday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:40:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-19T01:40:00Z Sprint plans price cuts and eventual layoffs, new CEO tells workers Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure addressed employees for the first time Thursday and promised price reductions as soon as next week, according to a report. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:08:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-15T16:08:00Z AT&T beats other carriers on customer purchase satisfaction AT&T topped all four national carriers for the third time in a row for customer purchase satisfaction in-store, on the phone or on the Web, according to market research firm J.D. Power. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:37:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-14T19:37:00Z The news isn't good for Windows Phone As global smartphone shipments hit a historic high of 301.3 million in the second quarter, the third-ranked operating system, Windows Phone, saw its share of that pie stumble to well below 3%. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:49:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-14T16:49:00Z Mobile testing for Ebola gains renewed urgency as outbreak grows Developing a mobile test to quickly detect the presence of the deadly Ebola virus in a patient has become a priority for medical technologists. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:23:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-13T19:23:00Z Former Sprint CEO's severance could top $38M Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, whose last day was Monday, could get more than $38 million in severance pay. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:16:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-13T10:16:00Z How Claure can fix Sprint as it battles T-Mobile What incoming Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure can do to reverse the carrier's declining subscriber base and turn the company around. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:05:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-08T17:05:00Z Big tech firms back Wi-FAR for remote broadband Google, Microsoft and Facebook are cranking up an emerging wireless technology known as Wi-FAR to help reduce the digital divide in remote and unconnected regions of the world. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-07T10:30:00Z Sprint confirms new CEO amid reports of abandoning T-Mobile merger Sprint confirmed today that CEO Dan Hesse will be replaced by board member Marcelo Claure, effective Monday. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:50:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-06T15:50:00Z Timex set to join smartwatch fray with $399 Ironman One Timex will ship its Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch in November, starting at $399. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:29:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-06T15:29:00Z Amazon Fire dubbed an 'experiment in e-commerce' with lessons for future phones The Amazon Fire, which finally arrived on July 27, has been nothing but controversial. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-04T16:30:00Z Amazon Fire teardown pegs parts cost just below 32GB iPhone 5S Parts for the 32GB Amazon Fire smartphone cost $201, just shy of the cost of parts of a similarly configured Apple iPhone 5S and well below the Samsung Galaxy S5, both with the same 32GB storage tally. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:56:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-29T14:56:00Z Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed -- or doomed? The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS, has been delayed indefinitely. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:10:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-28T16:10:00Z 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