Articles By Matt Hamblen

Why wireless tech is frustrating as hell for IT

From Wi-Fi to smartphones, wireless technology has become ubiquitous in businesses and is growing more vital every day. But it also can be frustrating as hell for IT groups.How substantial is the anxiety

Published on: May 14th, 2010 Matt Hamblen

RIM unveils new BlackBerry Pearl, Bold smartphones

The smallest BlackBerry Pearl smartphones yet, the 9100 and 9105, will go on sale in May on various carriers, Research in Motion Ltd. announced on Tuesday.Waterloo-based RIM introduced the new Pearls with a

Published on: April 28th, 2010 Matt Hamblen

BlackBerry outages frustrate users, but won’t hurt RIM’s future

A data service outage affecting some BlackBerry users nationally this week seems to have left them angry but not deeply concerned about the future of BlackBerry's maker, Research In Motion Ltd."I don't see

Published on: March 15th, 2010 Matt Hamblen

Smart salesmanship gets Pepsi bottler users to accept whiz bang technology

Unified communications technologies haven't caught on as expected, and even though IT managers report some solid productivity benefits, rolling out such new technologies can take some salesmanship at the IT level with end

Published on: March 10th, 2010 Matt Hamblen

Palm may not last the year, industry pundits say

Smartphone industry pundits wonder whether Palm Inc. can survive another year, given the company's report today that its new smartphone sales failed to meet expectations. Palm said that its revenues for the year

Published on: March 3rd, 2010 Matt Hamblen

RCA device uses WiFi to charge smartphones

RCA showed a prototype of its Wi-Fi Hotspot Power Harvester called Airnergy that's designed to convert Wi-Fi radio signals into DC power for charging small wireless devices such as smartphones. The small device

Published on: January 15th, 2010 Matt Hamblen

Nexus One — an advertising gold mine for Google

Dash all the announcements of Google Inc.'s fast new phone, Nexus One, because on Tuesday the search company made conceivably bigger news with its creation of a Google-hosted Web store for purchasing its

Published on: January 8th, 2010 Matt Hamblen

Will Google use mobile ads to subsidize Nexus One smart phone?

Google Inc. isn't talking publicly about reported plans to sell a powerful Android-based smartphone called the Nexus One directly to consumers next year, but the idea is already raising eyebrows with analysts.The chief

Published on: December 17th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Windows Mobile use will triple in five years

Windows Mobile is not dead, and in fact, its use on smartphones will nearly triple by 2013, according to analyst firm iSuppli Corp. Windows Mobile now runs on 27.7 million smartphones and is

Published on: October 6th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Collision warning systems help distracted drivers, prevent accidents

Technology and new laws may have a role in curbing dangerous vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving while texting or using a cell phone or a music player. But federal officials today also

Published on: October 2nd, 2009 Matt Hamblen

These are the mobile Internet devices of the future

Is the Mobile Internet Device dead on arrival? Or, has the MID -- a 'Net-connected device that's usually described as being bigger than a smartphone and smaller than a netbook -- just not

Published on: September 29th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Smartphone application helps drivers avoid speeding tickets

A smartphone application coming this fall could help drivers use GPS to detect speed traps, cameras at red lights and more than 200,000 related alerts based on a database of locations compiled with

Published on: September 16th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Business travelers ready to change reservations to get WiFi in the plane

Three quarters of frequent business travelers polled in a recent survey said they would choose an airline based on whether a flight offers Wi-Fi, with half of the respondents saying they would even

Published on: September 2nd, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Passengers want WiFi in the sky but airlines slow to respond

U.S. airlines are adding Wi-Fi to more of their planes, but it could still be years before the biggest carriers have their fleets fully equipped with the wireless technology and passengers can expect

Published on: August 24th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Medical centre CIO uses strong dose of guilt to ensure vendor due diligence

A CIO might receive an MBA to master the finer points of IT management, but one tactic not learned in business school, inflicting guilt on vendor reps to make sure their technology functions

Published on: August 20th, 2009 Matt Hamblen