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Eventually the idea of cloud computing will become an accepted part of the information technology ecosystem — but it will be just one of many tools in the IT arsenal, according to HP. To stake its claim on the idea of pooled commodity computing resources, HP […] Read more »

In a twist on customer satisfaction surveys, Glassdoor, an online site that tracks employee satisfaction, has asked employees at mobile handset makers and carriers what they think of the executive they work for and the products and services their workplaces offer. The folks at Apple are […] Read more »

Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next-generation wireless network chosen by 80 percent of the world’s carriers, isn’t turning out to be the star of this year’s Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Instead of announcing LTE rollouts, carriers are talking up their upgrades to HSPA+, […] Read more »

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As the PC and communications industries converge, among the biggest impediments to true interactive mobile computing are the carriers’ business models. The current prices and plans for mobile broadband access are expensive and inflexible. If the technology and communications industries want consumers to buy (and use […] Read more »

Texas Instruments is expected to this week release details of its next-generation application processor, the OMAP 4 family of chips, which has made my love for Nvidia’s APX25000 processor grow cold. I’m faithless when a chipmaker shows me the prospect of 1080p video playback, 10 times […] Read more »

After success with its low-power Atom processor in netbooks, Intel is embracing the mobile Internet device, with the chip giant expected to announce at this year’s Mobile World Congress a planned MID with LG Electronics that will include 3G voice capabilities. The MID will run on […] Read more »

Amid an IPO drought and the economic downturn, one investor believes that the venture industry should take the amount of money it puts into startups each year and slash it by nearly half, to between $15 billion and $20 billion. That’s compared to the recent annual […] Read more »

Next week, while most Americans are lounging about in honor of President’s Day, the people responsible for your mobile phones, netbooks and cellular networks will converge on Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show. Check back on Monday for clues as to what type of […] Read more »

The House and Senate held a pre-Valentine’s Day love fest last night and produced a compromise stimulus package; the two houses must now approve the conference bill, after which it would be sent to the president. For details on the full $789 billion plan, you can […] Read more »

[qi:004] Ultra-wideband startup TZero Technologies has shut down, according to a story posted today by EETimes.  The chipmaker, which raised $18 million back in March, joins at least two other defunct UWB startups that had hoped to use the wireless technology to transmit large amounts of […] Read more »

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Analyst firm the Yankee Group put out a paper today calling for President Obama to focus on the nation’s broadband and technology, suggesting, among other things, that DTV delays be halted, that new multitenant housing and office buildings be required to have fiber installed during construction, […] Read more »

Symbian said today that 14 new companies, including Hewlett-Packard, MySpace, Qualcomm and SanDisk, have joined its foundation. This brings the number of companies that have signed up to use the mobile operating system’s platform to 78, putting it ahead of the 47 members of the Open […] Read more »

The collision of a decommissioned Russian military satellite with one of Iridium’s birds on Tuesday will likely have few affects beyond twice-daily outages of about 5-9 minutes until another satellite fills the hole in the satellite constellation. According to Tim Farrar, an analyst at TMF Associates […] Read more »

[qi:011] The crisis in the financial market is coming home to roost for startups of all kinds. Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article detailing the death or firesale of several startups in the last few weeks. It’s grim, but this is only the beginning for […] Read more »

We’re sick of reading stories about how the credit crunch may slow Clearwire’s WiMAX deployment, which we first questioned last fall. And since Clearwire has consistently declined to comment on this particular issue, we may just have to wait until it reports quarterly results on March […] Read more »

We wrote yesterday about the effect the broadband stimulus bill may have on rural ISPs, and today we ran across a nice rundown of broadband access in rural America over at Daily Yonder. Their article takes the latest Census of Agriculture (2007) data, published this month, […] Read more »

Verizon Wireless today announced additions to its prepaid phone plans that seem a bit rich compared to prepaid plans already offered by Sprint’s Boost Mobile, Metro PCS  and Leap Wireless. Those plans cost $40 to $50 a month, while Verizon’s high-end plan costs subscribers $4 a […] Read more »

Nuance Communications said today it’s offering an upgrade to its line of speech recognition software aimed at carriers and handset makers. The new software includes a combination of on-handset speech recognition and server-based transcription that means it can do far more than navigate an address book. […] Read more »

The Senate today passed its version of the economic stimulus plan, which allocates $7 billion for broadband grants and offers tax credits for certain types of deployments in rural areas. The next step is for the Senate and House to reconcile their respective versions of the […] Read more »

Cisco today released the latest iteration of its Visual Networking Index, and forecast that mobile traffic worldwide would reach more than one exabyte per month by 2012. But while Cisco’s numbers validate my theory that the next big revolution in computing will be comprised of a combination of mobility, processing power and interactivity, it doesn’t get into what needs to happen in order for the Exabyte Age to commence. Currently the biggest roadblocks to the Exabyte Age are the carriers’ business models. Read more »

IBM yesterday trumpeted its cloud computing strategy with a demonstration at its Silicon Valley campus and a press release touting new customers, products and other tidbits we are going to ignore (you can read the release here). Amidst it all, however, IBM did announce two important […] Read more »

This morning, Qwest reported earnings of $185 million on sales of $3.32 billion for the fourth quarter of 2008 — an almost 50 percent drop in profits from the same period last year. The carrier was hurt by land line defections (it lost about 9.6 percent […] Read more »

When I wrote last week about Sprint giving up control of its 4G future, my post engendered a lively debate among some of our commenters about the technical merits of LTE and WiMAX. Since most of our readers aren’t planning a network buildout, they may have […] Read more »

Legislation changes faster than the weather in Texas, so the tweaks to the broadband sections in President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill are nothing unusual. But as the debates get down to the wire (a stimulus package should be finalized be the end of this week), it’s […] Read more »

A researcher at Rice University has come up with a semiconductor that is faster than conventional silicon chips, uses 30 times less energy and can be built using the existing manufacturing facilities. The new process to create the chip is called PCMOS, and was presented yesterday […] Read more »

Updated: Okay guys I screwed up big time here and combined Verizon’s Hub product with its Network Extender product. So the simple reason this doesn’t look like a femtocell is because it isn’t. Thanks for those who quickly pointed this out. I must have been thinking […] Read more »

OneSpot, the two-year-old Austin, Texas, startup that aims to automate content syndication online, has raised $4.2 million from Silverback Silver Creek Ventures in Dallas. I was mostly drawn to this news because founder and CEO Matt Cohen is a friend, and it’s exciting to see an […] Read more »

Today’s headlines trumpet the loss of 598,000 jobs last month — the worst in 34 years — but what does that mean for Silicon Valley, the home of technology? In order to get a sense of what’s happening with venture-backed startups, peHub talked to a local […] Read more »

Updated: Intel has started shipping a new Atom processor aimed at netbooks a bit earlier than anticipated, PCWorld reported last night. The latest Atom (dubbed N280 for those who like that sort of thing) is notable because it also contains a graphics core chipset called the […] Read more »

When Sprint signed away its WiMAX spectrum to Clearwire in exchange for 51 percent of the company, and the promise of a nationwide 4G network, it also signed away control of its future. It no longer controls its next generation network — instead it has handed […] Read more »

Integration is the theme of the day today, with Broadcom announcing that the Android operating system will run on its multiradio chip, which offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio. It also announced open access to those drivers, allowing developers to play with the functionality offered by […] Read more »

Today Intel detailed its plans to stop focusing on horsepower and think about the whole car. The chipmaker has decided to stop pushing Gigahertz (basically, how fast your computer can think), and start integrating radios in one package, or on a single chip — a form […] Read more »

The all-you-can-eat broadband buffet appears to be at an end as ISPs implement caps and metered pricing for broadband services. The stated goal is network management, but the real reason is to cash in on the increasing value of the web despite being a dumb pipe. Today, […] Read more »

Today on a quarterly financial results conference call, Time Warner Cable COO Landel Hobbs said the cable provider would be expanding its metered broadband trials beyond the  city of Beaumont, Texas (where AT&T is also conducting tiered broadband trials). Jeff Simmermon, a spokesman for the cable […] Read more »

The House voted today to approve a four-month delay to the transition from analog to digital television signals, making the new June 12 deadline a near certainty. The Senate approved its own version of the bill last week, and since both bills are in accord, the […] Read more »

[qi:032] The House voted today to approve a four-month delay to the transition from analog to digital television signals, making the new June 12 deadline a near certainty. The Senate approved its own version of the bill last week, and since both bills are in accord, […] Read more »

PCMag today has a nice article geared toward consumers looking to store their information in the cloud, asking cloud providers to answer eight questions that boil down to where is my data and how safe is it. Most of us already have our photos on Flickr […] Read more »

Updated: On Monday, Qualcomm announced a location-based recommendation engine powered by Xiam, which it acquired last March. The service (offered through carriers) takes demographic information, a user’s personal preferences and geographic location, and serves up lists of places and events that the user might enjoy. For […] Read more »

Updated: Today, Time Warner, the conglomerate that includes movie studios, magazines, AOL and a cable company, reported sales of $12.3 billion for the fourth quarter and a $16 billion loss (thanks to a $24.1 billion impairment charge). A weak advertising climate dragged down AOL and the […] Read more »

The desktop computer is in decline, hurt by netbooks and a grim economy. But as demand for desktops and even notebooks falls, so do Nvidia’s revenues. To keep growing sales, Nvidia is counting on scientific computing, mobility and visual computing. It’s proven it can grow sales […] Read more »

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