Study: Users More Satisfied With Smart Phones
November 14, 2008

J.D. Power and Associates asked customers what they look for in a mobile phone, and which phones they like most. According to the results, released this week, consumer satisfaction with phones has risen with the rise of the smartphone- despite higher costs for both the devices and their service plans.

The Accessory Story: CTIA 2007
March 30, 2007

Driver distraction caused 25% of all car accidents in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Now, what would possibly be distracting drivers? A quick check of their e-mail on their Blackberry? A scroll though the groovy tunes choices on their Sony Ericsson Walkman music phone? A full-out phone call, with a hand holding the handset up against the ear instead of on the wheel or gearshift? Uh huh. Why do you think five states have already restricted cell phone use in the car? They’re on to us. Manufacturers showing at CTIA this year are happy to help. (So happy, in

Powering Down
December 1, 2004

The obituary of inventor Lewis Urry, whose breakthrough creation has powered millions of products, appeared just a couple days before the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled another version of Urry's technical passion. Both events were pointed reminders about our reliance on portable power. Urry, a Union Carbide chemical engineer, is considered the father of the long-life alkaline battery. The CSPC recall of one million Kyocera mobile phones because of potentially explosive batteries is the agency's third such action this year and involves a newer breed of portable energy. Of course, there was no connection (except timing) between the inventor's death at

New Gear Products in the pipeline
October 1, 2003

HP DVD Movie Writer DC3000. Available now for $399 SRP. This device combines a DVD recorder with a video capture device and MPEG-2 encoder. The result is a straightforward product that transforms VCR and camcorder videotapes into DVDs. The Movie Writer still needs to be hooked up to a PC to access all pictures, but HP's software guides users through the connection of VCR or analog camcorder, capturing and dumping the video to DVD. Call (877) 656-7058 or visit SIM2 Domino 20 DLP Projector. Available in October for $5,999 SRP. The Domino 20 home theater projector features Texas Instruments' matterhorn

CTIA Wrap-Up
March 21, 2003

By Natalie Hope McDonald "Twenty years ago, the FCC awarded the first commercial cellular license, sparking the revolution we call wireless communications," said Tom Wheeler, president and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). "Throughout these 20 years, hearty competition has spurred innovation and propelled wireless forward at a breakneck pace. Today, wireless customers enjoy low prices, extensive choices, and an endless variety of new voice and data services." This year's participants of CTIA's show used New Orleans as the stomping ground to demonstrate a "more is more" philosophy as the definition of wireless broadened to take into account IT, mobile and

New Gear
August 1, 2002

1. Apple iPod. The newest incarnations of iPod tout either 5 GB ($299), 10 GBs ($399) or 20 GB ($499). The 10 GB model is 10 percent thinner than its predecessor, whereas the 20 GB device holds 4,000 songs. All the iPods are now operable with both Mac and Windows operating systems and feature a new touch wheel, carrying case and wired remote. Auto-sync is also included; it's a feature that automatically downloads music libraries that are kept up-to-date when an iPod is plugged into a Mac. Additionally, all iPods come with earbud headphones, a power adapter and a FireWire cable. Call (408)

Doubling Up- PC Expo's Best Tech Doppelgangers
July 1, 2002

By Natalie Hope McDonald We have seen the future, and it's not what your mother warned you about. On the contrary, you can have that proverbial cake and eat it, too, thanks to wireless devices that transform the desktop into a workstation on the go. During PC Expo in New York City, the fashion for functionality was all about multi-tasking. It's not enough for a cell phone to be a cell phone, without also being a handheld. It's also more endemic that the laptop you're using in-transit transforms into a full workstation when you're at home. Amid the flurry of new devices, the schizophrenic theme

Drill Down Feeling the Rush
December 1, 2001

Samsung's Palm-powered SPH-I300 phone a big step forward in integration. By Janet Pinkerton Having acquired my featureless, black, clamshell-style mobile phone about a year ago, I still labor entering names into its phone book. The interface is hideous, the process tedious. If you screw up in one field, you have to go back to square one. That said, I just beamed contact information for 10 people—nine-business contacts and one aunt—from a co-worker's Palm Vx into my Samsung SPH-I300, the Palm-based mobile phone/PDA currently marketed by Sprint PCS. It took a matter of a few minutes. I can now dial my co-worker's Aunt Selma at

CompUSA and Samsung Create 'Geek's Dream' in Miami
July 23, 2001

By Janet Pinkerton MIAMI, Fla.—At one point early Saturday, July 21, the CompUSA Dadeland here was something of a convergence mosh pit: a happy crush of about a dozen Samsung executives, nearly as many CompUSA executives and employees, a handful of photographers, and the lucky winner of the day's drawing for a one of Samsung's 15.1-inch TFT LCD monitors. All this to celebrate the launch of Samsung's convergence-oriented store-in-store display inside CompUSA six Miami stores. Smiles and applause all around, then the CompUSA and Samsung executives settled in for a last round of questions before departing for golf games and flights home. A

Photo Club Brings Photo Sharing to Kyocera Wireless Phones
July 16, 2001

Club Photo Brings Photosharing to Kyocera Mobile Phone By Tatyana Sinioukov Last week, photosharing service Club Photo announced its Album To Go software is now compatible with the Kyocera QCP 6035. The Album To Go software (the latest version is 2.0) allows users to share pictures, process film and share albums through the Club Photo site, Using Album To Go, Kyocera QCP 6035 owners can load images from the online albums into the QCP 6035, view them by picture icons, beam them, and create slide shows with several special-effects transitions (wipes and dissolves, for instance). Album To Go is