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BlackBerry Torch Offers New Tools for IT

Even though BlackBerry devices remain the darlings of enterprise mobility in North America, contenders such as iPhone and Droid have been making steady inroads, driven largely by worker demand to connect their personal devices to corporate email and business applications. With the introduction of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and its new BlackBerry OS6, Research In Motion (RIM) made clear that it... Read More >

10 Famous Tech Flameouts

Will Apple's iPhone 4 antenna dilemma's give it a spot in the pantheon of spectacularly flawed products? The device continues to sell briskly even with an antenna that causes it to lose signal when gripped in a certain way. Solutions have ranged from rubber bumpers to duct tape, all of which belie the device's design elegance. Yet, the sales pace of the iPhone 4 to the fanaticism of Apple's... Read More >

Trends Slideshow: 9 Reasons Smartphones Will Take Over Business Computing

In her first post as Editor In Chief of CIO Insight, Susan Nunziata made no bones about her bullishness for the future of mobile computing in the enterprise. We'll go one step further here, skipping right over laptops and tablets, and offer you a future where smartphones are the... Read More >

Consumer Reports: With Accessory, iPhone Antenna Works

Consumer Reports has retested Apple's iPhone 4, adding a "bumper" case. The case solves the signal-strength problem. Apparently, so does a piece of duct tape. Read More >

Enterprise Technology Slideshow: 9 iPhone Apps Every CIO Must Have

Although Apple's iPhone 4 is experiencing antenna issues that could turn some enterprise customers away, the company's devices are host to some of the best smartphone applications available for CIOs. Currently, Apple offers more than 240,000 applications in its App Store. Many of these are games and other titles designed for consumers, but there are several that focus squarely on the enterprise... Read More >

BlackBerry Server Upgrades Offer IT Relief

Upgrades to Research In Motion's BlackBerry Enterprise Server are aimed at easing IT's burden when it comes to supporting individual-liable smartphones in the enterprise. New functionality also creates more self-service options for device users in the enterprise. Read More >

iPhone 4 Reception Woes: Apple Says Issue Is Software, Not Antenna

In a statement released by Apple, how the iPhone is held is not the issue, nor is it the design of the antenna; it's the software used to represent signal strength that is to blame. Read More >

webOS Developments Ahead for HP and Palm

Hewlett-Packard has completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm. Read More >

Report: Verizon iPhone Coming in January

Verizon Wireless will begin selling an Apple iPhone in January, according to a recent report. See why CIOs should care. Read More >

iSuppli Estimates the iPhone 4 Costs $187.51 in Hardware

Each iPhone 4 that Apple makes is estimated to run Steve Jobs and company an estimated $187.51, research firm iSuppli reported June 28. Read More >

85 Jobs, Including Execs, Eliminated at RealNetworks

Seattle-based RealNetworks is once again scaling back its operations and announced a restructuring of its operations which includes layoffs of 85 employees, according to a company statement from June 22. Read More >

Apple iPhone 4 Reception Problems a Lesson in Antenna Design

News Analysis: The iPhone 4 has a very good antenna design as long as you let it do its job. The antenna design demonstrates that the best antenna design from an engineering standpoint isn't necessarily the best design from a usability standpoint. Read More >

10 Motorola Droid X Features the iPhone 4 Should Have

The Motorola Droid X is ready to hit store shelves on July 15. And when it does, the device will be carrying the Android OS banner as Google's operating system tries to compete against Apple's iOS 4. It won't be easy. Read More >

10 Reasons for Delaying That iPhone 4 Purchase

There are some folks that weren't lucky enough to preorder an iPhone 4 on launch day, so they will be trying to pick one up at an Apple Store on June 24. In any case, the iPhone 4 is one of the most desired devices released so far this year. And the chances of the hype dying down anytime soon seem awfully slim. Read More >

Apple iAd Opt-Out, Will Still Collect Data

While users can hide from the interest-based ads, they can't avoid the location-based tracking Apple is using for its iPhone, iPads and computers. Apple's updated privacy policy will not let users download any applications from the iTunes store without agreeing to the new terms and conditions. Read More >

10 Things to Consider Before Upgrading to iOS 4

Apple has officially launched iOS 4 to iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S owners. Read More >

600,000 Apple iPhone 4 Preorders Crashed System

Apple and AT&T found themselves hit by unexpected demand for the iPhone 4, which promptly sold 600,000 units after going on pre-order June 15. That effectively crashed both companies' ordering systems; reports circulated of AT&T employees were forced to jot customers' details on paper after store computers melted down, and visitors to both AT&T's and Apple's Websites encountered error messages. Read More >

Other Users' Accounts Visible During iPhone 4 Preorders

AT&T said it is investigating reports that customers were able to view other people's information when placing advance orders for Apple iPhone 4. Read More >

BlackBerry-Maker Said to be Testing Touchscreen Smartphone, Tablet

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion may be joining the droves of manufacturers bringing tablet-style devices to market, following the success of the Apple iPad. Read More >

10 Things You Should Know Before Buying iPhone 4

With Apple's iPhone 4 just a few weeks away, it's time for consumers and enterprise customers to decide if the device is worth buying. Making that decision is getting more difficult. Years ago, the iPhone was the only "next-gen" smartphone on the market. Read More >

Trends Slideshow: Father's Day Geek Guide

With Father's Day bearing down on us, a device-obsessed nation once again struggles with what to get the geek dad who has everything. The thing is, they don't have everything, because there's always a steady string of new geeky toys hitting the market. Here are 9 gifts your geek dad probably doesn't have&#151yet. (And if you're the geek dad, you might want to share this with your kids.) Read More >

10 Things Missing from the Apple iPhone 4

The device includes several new features that the vast majority of consumers will be happy to find when they finally get their hands on it at the end of June. Read More >

Google Confirms That Google Goggles is Coming to the iPhone

Google confirmed that its Goggles visual search application would be coming to Apple's iPhone soon and also said it would release APIs for its image recognition, according to this scoop from ReadWriteWeb. Read More >

ABI Research: Linux Smartphones Will Outperform All Others

With the number of Android-based smartphones constantly ticking upward, both consumers and manufacturers have enjoyed the fast-growing popularity of Linux-based, open-source devices. In a June 1 report, ABI Research is forecasting such growth to continue - though not based on Google's Android alone. Read More >

IT Management Slideshow: 10 Tips for Managing Web 2.0 Projects

IT executives are getting tons of pressure to ignite their companies' Web 2.0 presence. It's no easy task, according to Camden Consulting's Kris Girrell.

This tip sheet, from her recent article, Web 2.0: Leading the Brave New World, gives leaders the advice they need to navigate the new Web frontier. Read More >

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