Results for July 2009
  • Top 10 iPhone Apps
    The most popular iPhones apps at any given time are posted on the App Store home page, for both free and paid varieties. But those aren't the only iPhone app Top 1o lists. The new book, Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders, from O'Reilly Media, recommends 200 of the 65,000 apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Author Josh Clark has whittled those selections down to his own Top 10:
  • IDC: Mobile Phone Market Continues Slide
    Don't expect the mobile phone market to make a comeback this year. Handset shipments in the second quarter fell 10.8% from a year ago, according to the latest figures from IDC, and the technology research firm forecasts the worldwide market will decline 13% in 2009. The second quarter drop wasn't quite as bad as the 17.2% fall-off in the previous quarter.
  • Can You Hear Me Now, Judge?
    Is Verizon Wireless "America's Most Reliable 3G Network" as it claims in recent ads? The nation's largest (no one disputes that) wireless operator has gone to court seeking a ruling to back up its boast.
  • Google Voice(less) In App Store
    It looks like Apple has slammed the App Store door on Google again. Apple has blocked Google Voice, the search giant's Skype-like service that provides a universal phone number, free SMS texting and domestic calls and cheap international calling, from its App storefront.
  • RadioShack Finally Kicking Mobile Into Gear (All It Took Was Lance)
    Is RadioShack getting a mobile-centric makeover? The electronics chain boosted its profile last week when it said it will sponsor a new pro cycling team led by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. On the same day, RadioShack also announced a deal with T-Mobile USA to sell the wireless carrier's devices and service across at more than 4,000 locations nationwide.
  • Verizon Makes Another Peace Offering
    Verizon Wireless this week again offered a proposal aimed at averting regulatory changes-with a similar response from rival carriers and other groups. Verizon said it would be willing to compromise on roaming service agreements with smaller wireless operators. Verizon said in a letter to Rep. Harry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, that it would support new legislation to provide rivals with roaming services in regions where it's not currently obliged to, provided the requirement only lasts two years.
  • Phones Are Either Swiss Army Knives Or Cameras
    The top-line figures on mobile usage might give the impression that the majority of Americans are using their cell phones habitually like Swiss Army knives for messaging and media consumption. But a closer look at individual non-voice activities indicates higher-end categories aren't growing so fast and remain limited to a small share of users.
  • The Teflon Phone
    Is the iPhone made of Teflon? Its maker, Apple, continues to prove recession-proof, posting a 15% profit gain for its fiscal third quarter as iPhone sales tripled to $1.69 billion. Apple's iPhone-driven financial performance is all the more impressive given the ad slump that has humbled even Internet giants like Google
  • Smartphones: How Low Can They Go?
    Is $99 the new $200 when it comes to hot smartphones? With Verizon Wireless slashing the price on the BlackBerry Storm from $200 to $99 to better compete with the iPhone 3G, it begs the question. But where will it end? Will $50 be the new $99? Does the iPhone want to be free?
  • Report: Mobile Web Is Miserable
    A new study released Monday by researchers at Nielsen Norman Group found the mobile Web to be on par with the traditional Internet circa 1994. "It was that bad," stated usability expert Jakob Nielsen, principal of Nielsen Norman and a co-author of the report.
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