Mobile Wireless


BlackBerry disruptions spread to North America

Outages that began over the weekend in Europe, the Middle East and Africa spread to the Americas Oct. 12.

Android a likely target once mobile crime pays

The technology and malware exist to exploit mobile devices, but so far the payoff hasn't been worth it for criminals to go after smart phones, Symantec researchers say.

NOAA app delivers aerial, satellite imagery to mobile devices

A new Web application allows first responders to access disaster images directly on their smart phones and tablets.

FCC to tighten local accuracy requirements for mobile phones

The Federal Communications Commission wants to improve locational accuracy as part of its efforts toward enhanced 911 services.

Apple iPhone 4S gets smart, talks back

New smart phone features the artificial intelligence-powered Siri, a talking, learning personal assistant.

Amazon selling Kindle Fire at a loss, putting heat on other tablet-makers

Amazon's Gillette model for its $199 tablet is putting pressure on other device-makers to lower their prices.

Sorry, LightSquared, GPS was there first

In the struggle to balance the needs of a new broadband network with the operation of the existing Global Positioning System, the satellite company will have to accept that GPS has a prior claim on the radio frequency spectrum.

Android patent deal leaves Google out in the cold

Samsung can use Google's Android OS in its mobile devices thanks to an intellectual property agreement signed between the device manufacturer and Microsoft.

Free Mango update going into global distribution

Windows Phone 7.5, code-named "Mango," is now being distributed worldwide by mobile service providers, though it may take a few weeks before users can get their hands on it.

Superbeam headset

High-end headset — and no need to lower the boom

The SuperBeam SB-405 phones provide perfect pitch for talking or listening, and don't use clunky boom mikes.

How to close the security gaps in Bluetooth

Bluetooth personal area networks provide only limited security; NIST offers new guidance on countering threats.

When mobile meets 911, it's often hit or miss

Smart911 gives callers the option of providing additional information to emergency service providers through an automated add-on to the 911 emergency call system.

NASA iMPrepared app

Mobile app helps NASA prep for emergencies

With critical missions to perform in space, an iPad app helps NASA personnel prepare for terrestrial disasters to ensure that they can be on the job to keep astronauts and spacecraft safe.

NIST puts together a plan for securing wireless LANs

The new guide offers recommendations for improving the security configuration and monitoring of 802.11 WiFi networks.

HP Touchpad tablet

The HP TouchPad up close: What might have been

It's a powerful tablet with a unique and security-conscious operating system that could have been great if HP had given it enough time to mature.