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Categories: mobile computing

Google Buys AdMob in Bid to Boost Mobile Ads

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 09

In its third-largest acquisition to date, Google announced it’s buying AdMob, a provider of mobile ad technologies, for $750 million in stock. The purchase, announced this morning, could give the…

Google Maps Navigation: Another Shot at iPhone

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 28

Amid rising competition between Google’s Android mobile operating software and the iPhone, Google this morning is sending another shot Apple’s way. It’s debuting a free beta version of a new…

Interview: Google China’s Kai-Fu Lee Debuts Innovation Works

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 06

Kai-Fu Lee became famous in 2005 when the engineering whiz left Microsoft, where he had created Microsoft Research Asia, to head search giant Google’s operation in China. Microsoft sued, charging…

WiMAX on World Tour

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 11

Intel just offered its pre-Mobile World Congress update on the state of WiMAX: Executive Vice President Sean Maloney says WiMAX has become “a global reality.” PC OEMS, Acer, Fujistu, Lenovo,…

Google Loses Verizon Mobile Search Deal to Microsoft—But How Big a Loss Is It?

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 08

Google just lost a big mobile search deal to Microsoft. On late Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the software giant’s Live Search will be the default search service on…

Google’s Search Advertising Going Mobile on iPhone, T-Mobile G1

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 08

Well, if Google’s revenues are going to come in a little light this quarter, as many people are speculating, it won’t be for lack of Google trying. Today, the search…

BlackBerry Storm To Beat Bold to U.S. Market?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 26

If present trends continue, it looks like the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm might hit the U.S. market ahead of the more traditional but very good Bold. The Bold is available in…

Liveblogging Steve Jobs’ Keynote: New $199 3G iPhone

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 09

Wireless gods permitting, I’ll be liveblogging Steve Jobs’ keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference from Moscone Center in San Francisco, along with about a gazillion other press. It begins shortly,…

The BlackBerry Bold (ex-9000) Finally Arrives

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on May 11

More than one pundit has already called the BlackBerry Bold (known during development as the BlackBerry 9000) an “iPhone killer.” But that’s not the mission of the new super-BlackBerry announced…

Mobile World Congress-Microsoft’s Danger-ous Liaison

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 12

A lot of industry watchers were scratching their heads yesterday at news from Microsoft that it was buying Danger, the maker of Sidekick handset software, for an undisclosed sum. The…

Can WiMAX Save Sprint?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 11

Will WiMAX become Sprint’s savior or albatross? It’s a question that the beleaguered company most likely wishes could be foretold in a crystal ball as it reportedly is seeking additional…

Learning To Love Windows Mobile

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 03

Faithful readers know that I have been a Palm, and specifically Treo, fan for a very long time. And while I think that Palm software still has by far the…

Saving Palm

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on October 24

Since writing a column about the new Centro and the future of Palm, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the struggling handset maker must do to ensure its future….

New Cell Phone Display to Conserve Battery Power

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 12

A start-up called Unipixel has developed a new approach to making cell phone displays, currently consuming the majority of a device’s battery power. If the start-up’s technology works, we could enter an era of longer mobile phone battery life and more sophisticated, larger displays.

The Future of Palm

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 04

While I agree with my colleague Cliff Edwards’ post saying the Palm made the right move in canceling the Foleo “companion device,” I’m considerably less sanguine about how much help…

Palm Cancels Foleo

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on September 04

Looks like Palm finally wised up and decided Jeff Hawkins’ new baby was indeed worth throwing out with the bath water. In a post on the company’s blog, CEO Ed…

Good Goes Global?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on July 13

It’s hard to say anyone’s putting a dent in RIM’s gi-normous Blackberry mobile email business, but rival Good Technology appears intent to give the company a run for the money….

PayPal’s Goin’ Mobile

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 23

eBay’s PayPal is getting back to its roots as a person-to-person payment service with a new mobile service. You can find out more here, but essentially, you can use your…

IM + Mobile + Publishing = … Something Big

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 02

Now here’s a use for instant messaging that may finally get me to use it on my cell phone. (As you can probably tell from my photo, I’m old enough…


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