While the torrent of press conferences and gadget news abated a bit, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt notably took the stage at MWC. Schmidt rallied the Android troops touting the exponential growth of the mobile OS while calling for less censorship and increased access to high-tech services saying, "Technology is a leveler. The weak will be made strong, and those with nothing will have something."
Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Morgan Reed's bio below.
In the Broadway musical "Oliver!," orphaned Oliver Twist famously holds out his empty bowl and asks, "Please sir, may I have some more?" For those of us who make mobile applications, we feel like Oliver, holding out our virtual bowl, begging for more spectrum to fill the hungry bellies of our customers.
App developers cheered when the divided Congress passed legislation providing for incentivized spectrum auctions while freeing up unlicensed spectrum. This is a step in the right direction, but it didn't … Read more
We liked the initial look and feel of the device, and if you're interested in purchasing one, it will be available this Thursday, March 1, on Verizon's 4G LTE network.
As CNET's Stephen Shankland reported, the Galaxy Tab's 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display uses "active matrix organic light-emitting diode technology." Combine that with a 1,280x800-pixel resolution, and it's easy to expect that graphics and videos will be bright, clear, and vibrant.… Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Technology is going to make it harder to be a repressive dictator, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt believes, but censorship could still create a "digital caste system" that will mean some people remain laggards in the global economy.
Information inevitably will leak like water out of areas where censorship prevails, he said in a speech at the Mobile World Congress show here. And mesh networks--peer-to-peer connections linking mobile phones to each other without central Internet access points--will make that information leak even faster.
"In times of war and suffering, it will be impossible to ignore the [… Read more
Foreign-language phrase books or dictionaries often only get you so far if you're a beginner trying to hold a conversation in your non-native language.
But a mobile app called Vocre aims to make such a conversation "as simple as record, review, and translate," according to Andrew Lauder, founder of MyLanguage, which created the app.
To get a conversation going, the app uses some of the same technology that powers Siri, Apple's voice assistant, as well as audio technology from a company called iSpeech. MyLanguage is also using a crowdsourcing model so that the translation technology gets … Read more
Sony's PlayStation Vita has sold over 1 million units in about two months of availability.
The game company announced today that it has sold over 1.2 million Vita units worldwide since the portable launched in Japan on December 17. Sony didn't break down the sales figures by country, but acknowledged that this month's launch across the U.S. and Europe helped the Vita "exceed expectations" at this point in its lifecycle.
Confirming reports from earlier this month, Apple this morning sent out invites to an iPad-related event taking place on March 7.
As in years past, Apple is holding its event at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco, as opposed to its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. where the company recently held its annual shareholders meeting and the unveiling of the iPhone 4S last October.
The invite says only "We have something you really have to see. And touch."
The date confirms a report from iMore (formerly Tipb) earlier this month, claiming … Read more
It seems Verizon hopes to lure current feature phone shoppers considering real smartphones into buying the $100 Samsung Brightside. Honestly, who else would eye a device like this that runs proprietary software and not a legit operating system such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or even Blackberry.
Expected to hit Verizon store shelves on March 1, Samsung does promise that the $99.99 Brightside (after $50 mail-in rebate) will offer smartphone style functions such as connections to Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. The company also touts the phone's capability to view popular files including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--You would think Michael Abbott, who runs a joint venture aimed at deploying mobile-payment services across the nation, would want to take a shot at Google and the early stumbles it's had with its rival digital wallet.
You'd be wrong.
"I applaud Google for addressing the problem quickly," Abbott said in an interview with CNET today. "It's best for the industry if we move on."
Isis, a joint venture backed by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA, has taken a slow, methodical, and some would argue frustrating, path toward deploying … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Where do the largest telecommunications companies in the world want to be in in the future? In the cloud.
We've all heard this schtick before: Carriers don't want to be the purveyors of dumb pipes. Their equipment suppliers--namely, Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent--also don't want them to be dumb pipe operators. The reason is simple: There just isn't much money in being dumb.
Smart is the way to go.
But for telecommunications giants, what does it mean to be smart? For the CEOs of Deutsche Telekom, Alcatel Lucent, and Cisco Systems, who spoke as part of … Read more