Huawei drops WinPhone, Tizen

The smart phone market's ability to support more than three operating systems has taken a hit with the decision by China's Huawei to close the door on devices running Windows Phone. The word

Published on: August 26th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Bluetooth beacons could solve mobile 911 location problems

Those marvellous computing devices we clutch in our hands 20 hours a day called smart phones can do amazing things -- call around the world, carry books, photograph things we want to buy,

Published on: August 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

IBM’s Simon, world’s first smart phone, is 20 years old

Most Canadians think the BlackBerry was the world's first smart phone. Not so, according to IBM, which accords the honour to its Simon, introduced in 1994. To mark the 20th anniversary, London's Science

Published on: August 15th, 2014 Howard Solomon

A quick look at BlackBerry’s Passport

Coming back from New York two weeks ago, where I covered BlackBerry's announcement of the acquisition of Secusmart, I noticed a guy in the row ahead of me with an unfamiliar handset. Then

Published on: August 15th, 2014 Howard Solomon

iPhone market share drops in Q2, BlackBerry up slightly

BlackBerry CEO John Chen's strategy might be showing a  little bit of traction. After three consecutive quarters of sequential decline, shipments BlackBerrys  rebounded slightly in Q2 of this year from the previous quarter, market research

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Update the face of your Android phone

For most people a smart phone is a personal thing: Unless your organization has mandated a specific device, the choice is yours. Many business users who don't need the security of a BlackBerry have

Published on: August 6th, 2014 Howard Solomon

BlackBerry layoffs are over, says Chen

Is the worst over for BlackBerry? After three years of layoffs it's too early to say. However, in an Aug. 1 memo to staff, CEO and chairman John Chen tried to reassure staff that

Published on: August 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Moto E: How much Android do you get for $179?

Recently my inbox had a heads-up about the new Moto E handset from Motorola, which is now available in the Canadian marketplace for $179 at Staples…unlocked. For those looking for a new handset,

Published on: August 5th, 2014 Sean Carruthers

Can Microsoft unite Windows?

Overseeing multiple operating systems isn't a picnic for IT administrators. Already on their minds are versions of Windows desktop and server, BlackBerry, Android, Linux and a few network OS. So when Microsoft CEO

Published on: July 25th, 2014 Howard Solomon