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As semiconductors try to get faster without breaking the laws of physics (not that researchers aren’t trying that, too) multicore processors have become all the rage. Quad-core chips are commonplace in servers nowadays, and six-core chips have been launched this year. But after a certain point […] Read more »

[qi:090] An alert reader sent me a link to a patent filed published yesterday by Embarq, the wireline carrier currently trying to merge with CenturyTel. The patent is for a “universal femto cell,” and the gist of the patent is to create a femtocell that will […] Read more »

Several organizations, including the Free Press, Mozilla and some rural carriers, have asked the Federal Communication Commission to forbid exclusive deals between device makers and carriers. You know, like the deal AT&T has with the iPhone, or the myriad others that keep certain hot phones with […] Read more »

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Texas Instruments is looking to hop on the trend of using non x86 processors in the data center, according to Kathy Brown, general manager of the company’s wireless base station infrastructure business. Last night over dinner, Brown said the wireless chip powerhouse was trying to build […] Read more »

GSM-based technologies account for a whopping 81 percent of the world’s 4 billion mobile subscriptions, according to numbers released today by Wireless Intelligence. Coming in as the runner-up is Qualcomm’s CDMA, with 10 percent of the world’s subscribers, 100 million of whom are in North America. […] Read more »

The broken economy, consumer acceptance of unlimited wireless plans and a series of business decisions have positioned MetroPCS for growth, according to the company’s COO, Tom Keys. In this GigaOM interview, Keys talks about the business opportunity for MetroPCS, and its plans to transition to the LTE fourth generation wireless network. Read more »

A Nokia executive said today that the company has committed to LTE as its preferred network for devices, and plans to launch devices for those networks in 2010. James Harper, senior manager of technology marketing at Nokia, speaking at a PCCA meeting held in Grapevine, Texas, […] Read more »

I am sitting in Dallas Grapevine, Texas, at a meeting discussing LTE and HSPA technical standards, and I thought I’d share some of the compelling statistics tied to the use of mobile broadband and the need for fat mobile pipes. How fat? HSPA offers speeds of […] Read more »

As technology companies try to define the slew of devices that are smaller than a laptop or bigger than a smartphone, the mobile Internet device is one of the most vague. Basics such as screen size, whether or not it will have voice and other items […] Read more »

Prepaid phone company MetroPCS says it hopes to deploy LTE, the next-generation wireless standard, beginning in 2010, according to Tom Keys, chief operating officer of the company. Keys spoke with me at the MetroPCS headquarters today in Richardson, Texas. While he couldn’t lay out a definite […] Read more »

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Conventional wisdom says now is a great time to start a business, but the economic reality makes such a prospect a daunting one. Funding — be it in the form of credit-card debt, personal loans or venture capital — is scarce, and leaving any sort of […] Read more »

Yesterday, when we moved my toddler to a “big-girl bed” — essentially a twin mattress on the floor of her room — I noted that I need to buy a faceplate to cover up the telephone jack, which is now at her eye level. And then […] Read more »

Intel’s low-power Atom processor for mobile devices didn’t just get its name because it’s small, but because Intel wanted it to be the building block for the Internet of Things. In a conference call today, Intel announced four new variations on the Atom processor — including […] Read more »

Psion took aim at Intel last week for the alleged theft of its netbook trademark and asked for three times the value of any profits earned from the use of the trademark, which would equate to about $1.2 billion in damages. Our colleagues over at jkOnTheRun […] Read more »

The wireless industry is poised at a precipice between the potential for incredible growth and a recession that could deepen and set wireless data adoption back, according to analysis by Chetan Sharma of Chetan Sharma Consulting. He writes in his 2008 year-end and fourth-quarter analysis that […] Read more »

We got an email from an upset former Comcast customer today who discovered a whole bunch of his emails were deleted as a result of the ISP changing its webmail application to Zimbra. According to the reader, now that Comcast is using Zimbra, email left in […] Read more »

Earlier this week I visited Centaur Technology, the guys who design the processor for VIA Technologies’ chipsets. Centaur CEO and Founder Glenn Henry chatted with me about low-power processors and the future of mobile computers. But he also graciously showed me around a room known as […] Read more »

[qi:083] The financial results are in, so in order to give you guys an idea of how the major U.S. carriers are doing, we’ve gathered together the relevant data from their fourth-quarter wireless results and laid them out below. It’s looking like cheap is chic and […] Read more »

When Intel announced its low-power Silverthorne chip in 2007 aimed at the mobile computing market, the folks at Centaur Technology, who had been designing low-power x86 chips for mobiles under Taiwanese parent company VIA Technologies, were vindicated. They also suddenly faced direct competition from the giant […] Read more »

As more of us hop on our 3G-connected smartphones or netbooks, and future 4G connections offer the promise of wired-like speeds via wireless networks, Ars Technica has posted a great article on how regulators in Canada are weighing the issue of network neutrality over wireless networks. […] Read more »

Facebook today rolled out a change to its terms of service, after an earlier attempt went terribly wrong. What’s most interesting about the new terms is Facebook’s commitment to transparency and its willingness to put future changes that generate a lot of controversy up for a […] Read more »

The executive shakeup at Yahoo continues. Blake Jorgensen, Yahoo’s chief financial officer, will leave the company, according to an SEC filing made this morning.  Yahoo said it has initiated a search for a new CFO and that Jorgensen will remain with the company through a transition […] Read more »

Prepaid mobile phone provider MetroPCS today reported profits of $14.6 million for the fourth quarter on sales of $723.6 million. The carrier didn’t meet Wall Street earnings expectations after writing down more than $90 million in auction rate securities, but it has added a significant number […] Read more »

If you’re an irritated Time Warner Cable customer in Los Angeles who has been experiencing crappy service for the last week, you can blame the zombies. Time Warner emailed to let us know that it has determined that a denial of service attack against its DNS […] Read more »

Nortel, the bankrupt telecommunications gear maker, said today it will lay off an additional 3,200 workers worldwide over the coming months — bringing its total workforce down to 25,000. The Canadian company, which filed for bankruptcy in January, said last November that it would cut 1,300 […] Read more »

Gartner said today it expects chip sales to drop by 24 percent in 2009 — an unwelcome revision to its previous forecast of a 16 percent drop issued in December. Back in November, when the sky started falling, it had expected (hoped for?) a slim 1 […] Read more »

Aster Data Systems, which makes software that allows companies to build massively scalable databases on commodity hardware, has raised an additional $5 million as part of its Series B round of funding from Institutional Venture Partners. Aster had originally closed $12 million back in January, but […] Read more »

Australian carrier Telstra says it will open a mobile application store much like Apple’s App Store, joining the frenzy surrounding such mobile app marketplaces (Microsoft, Research in Motion and Nokia all have stores in the works as well). What’s noteworthy is that Telstra is a carrier, […] Read more »

Microsoft today is expected to announce a research and development program called Cloud Computing Futures that aims to look at how the data centers underlying cloud computing can operate as efficiently as possible. The idea behind this year-old effort that will emerge from stealth mode at […] Read more »

Updated: Can technology users adapt to the relatively high failure rates of their favorite communications tools by skipping from service to service when one option fails? With Gmail down last night, Twitter traffic relating to the failure was all over the place. Update: Hitwise says Twitter’s […] Read more »

Broadcom said today that it would make sure content from Chumby, a nascent widget syndication effort for televisions, would run on its chips for digital televisions and set-top boxes. Shriraj Gaglani, a senior director of business development for Broadcom,  thinks Chumby will get consumers psyched about […] Read more »

Broadcom said today that it would make sure content from Chumby, a nascent widget syndication effort for televisions, would run on its chips. It’s one of a handful of integration deals Broadcom has inked with software vendors to port their content to its chips. As broadband […] Read more »

You know how you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover? Well, when it comes to smartphones and netbooks, a semiconductor research firm is predicting that in fact the cover — or rather, the device casing — may soon be one of the only […] Read more »

Three or four times a year since 1993, AT&T has been simulating a network-crushing catastrophe and subsequently sending a portion of its $500 million worth of disaster recovery equipment out into the field to practice bringing its wired and wireless networks back online. Such a simulation […] Read more »

Today, Saul Hansell of the New York Times used two surveys — the Nokia Siemens Connectivity Report and a Pew survey — to write a post titled  “Surprise: America is No. 1 in Broadband,” which not only argues that we’re No. 1, but also tries to […] Read more »

AT&T  said today that it plans to spend $1 billion this year on delivering all-IP networks to business customers and on undersea fiber, the same amount it planned to spend on these items last year. That makes a total of $3 billion spent on delivering IP […] Read more »

At the Mobile World Congress trade show that wrapped up yesterday in Barcelona, the mobile and the PC world may have collided, but carriers still have the upper hand. Nvidia, for example, said it will use its Tegra chipset and Windows CE to create a mobile […] Read more »

HP seems to believe that firms delivering software and possibly platforms as a service will do better than those delivering infrastructure as a service (much like Amazon’s EC2). In its final discussion with customers about cloud computing this week, HP executives talked about research goals and […] Read more »

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