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Japan: Earthquake shows how bad news travels fast, and first, online

My introduction to the awful news about the earthquake in Japan came not from the radio or the Web, but my phone. As I often do, I woke it up a few minutes after doing the same myself, glanced at my e-mail and then flipped over to the phone's Twitter app.

Then I quickly began reading dozens of updates about an event I wasn't expecting. The first ones had arrived at about 1:30 in the morning EST via retweets from nonstop tech blogger Robert Scoble: "7.9 earthquake strikes northern Japan ... tsunami warning issued" and "wow, that was a crazy earthquake... ran out of the building. 7.9 at epicenter.."

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 11, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, raises $42 million from investors

Those Angry Birds are just unstoppable. News came out this morning that Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, has raised a whopping $42 million from investors.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 10, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gaming, Mobile  
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Will Sprint spell '4G' as 'LTE'? And will T-Mobile help with that rewrite?

print has some decisions to make this year.

First among them: The Overland Park, Kan., carrier needs to choose how it will employ the spectrum freed up by its planned retirement of its Nextel service. Should it stick with its current network architecture or use those frequencies to launch a new 4G service built on the LTE standard endorsed by competitors AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile?

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 9, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telecom, Verizon  
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AT&T or Verizon: who has the better data network? Well, it depends

The analytics firm Metrico is the latest to weigh in on the fight to determine whether AT&T or Verizon has the better iPhone. Like many other tests, the findings indicate that each phone has its strengths and weaknesses.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 9, 2011; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Google Maps can now steer Android users around traffic

The end of the road for many GPS navigation units got a little closer yesterday when Google added automatic traffic re-routing to the Android version of its Google Maps smartphone program. You shouldn't need a new version of Google Maps for Android; the app should just take note of Google's...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 8, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Android, Location awareness, Mobile  
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Google activates 'kill switch' to remove Android malware

Google's response to a bout of Trojan-horse applications targeting its Android operating system shows how much and how little power it exerts over that platform. The key part of Google's latest reaction, announced in a blog post Saturday night by Android security head Rich Cannings, is the remote removal from...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 7, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Report: Tablets cutting into laptop market, Hayley Tsukayama , March 3, 2011
Apple slashes original iPad price by $100, Hayley Tsukayama , March 2, 2011
Google pulls malware apps from Android Market, Hayley Tsukayama , March 2, 2011
Live: Apple's iPad 2 introduction, Rob Pegoraro , March 2, 2011
Report: RIM's PlayBook to launch April 10?, Hayley Tsukayama , March 2, 2011
Apple COO adds fuel to the cheap iPhone rumor, Hayley Tsukayama , March 1, 2011
T-Mobile to sink Sidekick on May 31, Rob Pegoraro , March 1, 2011
AT&T to carry Amazon's 3G Kindle in stores, Hayley Tsukayama , February 28, 2011
Verizon vs. AT&T: Which iPhone is faster?, Hayley Tsukayama , February 18, 2011
Report: Apple's new iPhone won't be smaller, just cheaper, Hayley Tsukayama , February 18, 2011
Angry Birds will be on Windows Phone 7 and in 3D, Hayley Tsukayama , February 16, 2011
iPhone Nano rumors continue to swirl, Hayley Tsukayama , February 14, 2011
Xperia Play will be on Verizon, run Android 2.3, Hayley Tsukayama , February 14, 2011
Report: Apple to introduce cheaper iPhone, Hayley Tsukayama , February 11, 2011
Verizon iPhone 4 reactions, Hayley Tsukayama , February 10, 2011
Free mobile-to-mobile from AT&T, starting today, Hayley Tsukayama , February 10, 2011
Verizon iPhone in stores today, Hayley Tsukayama , February 10, 2011
Verizon iPhone might have antenna problems, too, Hayley Tsukayama , February 9, 2011
Verizon iPhone could have been international, Hayley Tsukayama , February 8, 2011
Verizon iPhone: Review Roundup, Hayley Tsukayama , February 7, 2011
Atrix to hit stores March 6 for $200 -- $500 with dock, Hayley Tsukayama , February 4, 2011
Xperia Play's first commercial leaked, Hayley Tsukayama , February 3, 2011
Apple bans Sony e-reader app; are others next?, Rob Pegoraro , February 1, 2011
Report: Atrix docks may sell for $50, $60, Hayley Tsukayama , January 31, 2011
iPhone 4 owner sues Apple over cracked glass case, Hayley Tsukayama , January 28, 2011
IRS app tracks refund, gives tax tips, Hayley Tsukayama , January 26, 2011
Ahoy! White Google Nexus S spotted in Germany, Hayley Tsukayama , January 26, 2011
$20 a month for Verizon iPhone hotspot , Hayley Tsukayama , January 26, 2011
Report: Verizon to offer unlimited data plan for $30, Hayley Tsukayama , January 25, 2011
iPhone 5: Top 5 rumors roundup, Hayley Tsukayama , January 24, 2011
Verizon releases first iPhone ad, Hayley Tsukayama , January 21, 2011
Starbucks mobile payment debuts nationwide today, Hayley Tsukayama , January 19, 2011
Verizon iPhone antenna redesign may solve death grip, Hayley Tsukayama , January 14, 2011
Grading my Verizon iPhone predictions, Rob Pegoraro , January 13, 2011
Now that there's a Verizon iPhone, is Sprint next? , Hayley Tsukayama , January 13, 2011
Apple iOS 4.3 has built-in personal hotspot feature, Hayley Tsukayama , January 13, 2011
Verizon iPhone: Will you buy it?, Washington Post Editors , January 11, 2011
Verizon iPhone: First impressions, Washington Post Editors , January 11, 2011
Liveblog: The Verizon iPhone, Rob Pegoraro , January 11, 2011
iPhone on Verizon's Web site , Hayley Tsukayama , January 11, 2011
Verizon iPhone announcement expected Tuesday, Hayley Tsukayama , January 11, 2011
WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans for iPhone, Hayley Tsukayama , January 10, 2011
Samsung's Galaxy Player: an Android iPod touch? , Rob Pegoraro , January 7, 2011
Will Verizon announce iPhone next week?, Hayley Tsukayama , January 7, 2011
iPhone 3GS is now $49, Hayley Tsukayama , January 6, 2011
CES 2011: Day 1 preview, Hayley Tsukayama , January 6, 2011
Sharp, Samsung's competing 3D and tablet visions, Rob Pegoraro , January 5, 2011
Weekly video: Packing for CES, Rob Pegoraro , January 4, 2011
Google Nexus S review, Rob Pegoraro , December 16, 2010
Samsung Galaxy Tab: review, with video, Rob Pegoraro , November 30, 2010
MacBook Air review (and video), Rob Pegoraro , November 16, 2010
Windows Phone 7 launch-day roundup, Rob Pegoraro , November 8, 2010
Video: A look at two Windows Phone 7 devices, Rob Pegoraro , November 2, 2010
Mobile tech tips for rally-goers this weekend, Rob Pegoraro , October 28, 2010
Video: Two faces of Face Time, Rob Pegoraro , October 25, 2010
Steve Jobs, tech pundit (annotated version), Rob Pegoraro , October 19, 2010
HP plays its Palm cards: WebOS 2.0, Pre 2, Rob Pegoraro , October 19, 2010
New smartphone launches force buyers to bet, Rob Pegoraro , October 14, 2010
Verizon to start selling the iPad. But who isn't?, Rob Pegoraro , October 14, 2010
Close up with Windows Phone 7, Rob Pegoraro , October 11, 2010
Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7, Rob Pegoraro , October 11, 2010
Things I know about the 'Verizon iPhone' story, Rob Pegoraro , October 7, 2010
RIM announces PlayBook tablet, Rob Pegoraro , September 27, 2010
Troubled tablets? RIM's 'BlackPad,' HP's Win 7 slate, Rob Pegoraro , September 24, 2010
Late-night experiment: Rooting an Android phone, Rob Pegoraro , September 22, 2010
4G forecast: More details on Verizon's LTE plans, Rob Pegoraro , September 21, 2010
Latest oddball tech rumor: The 'Facebook phone', Rob Pegoraro , September 20, 2010
Broadcasters step up FM-tuner-mandate campaign, Rob Pegoraro , September 14, 2010
Consumer Reports still doesn't like the iPhone 4, Rob Pegoraro , September 13, 2010
Latest Facebook frontier: Your dashboard?, Rob Pegoraro , September 10, 2010
Belated BlackBerry Torch review, Rob Pegoraro , August 31, 2010
The net-neutrality debate continues, Rob Pegoraro , August 27, 2010
Google adds phone calling to Gmail, Rob Pegoraro , August 25, 2010
Dell's death-wish Android Aero, Rob Pegoraro , August 24, 2010
No, Wired, the Web is not 'dead', Rob Pegoraro , August 18, 2010
A lunch date with Yelp, Rob Pegoraro , July 21, 2010
Stop fondling your phone on camera, Rob Pegoraro , July 20, 2010
Google nixes Nexus One, Rob Pegoraro , July 19, 2010
Consumer Reports can't recommend iPhone 4, Rob Pegoraro , July 12, 2010
Notes on testing Clear's 4G WiMax service, Rob Pegoraro , July 7, 2010
Microsoft's Kin smartphone: No, it kin't, Rob Pegoraro , July 1, 2010
No, not another 'Verizon iPhone' story!, Rob Pegoraro , June 29, 2010
Messy math about Microsoft and the iPhone 4, Rob Pegoraro , June 28, 2010
iPhone 4: First-commute impressions, Rob Pegoraro , June 24, 2010
Google Voice now open to all in the U.S., Rob Pegoraro , June 22, 2010
Barnes & Noble, Amazon slash e-reader prices, Rob Pegoraro , June 21, 2010
Why did you rush to pre-order an iPhone 4? , Rob Pegoraro , June 16, 2010
Apple introduces new iPhone 4, Rob Pegoraro , June 7, 2010
Yes, there's a new iPhone coming today, Rob Pegoraro , June 7, 2010
Mobile digital TV hits a snag: analog TV, Rob Pegoraro , May 26, 2010
Two key Microsoft execs retiring early, Rob Pegoraro , May 25, 2010
An expanding Android universe, Rob Pegoraro , May 20, 2010
Google I/O, day two: And now, Android?, Rob Pegoraro , May 20, 2010
Progress, and a problem for Android, Rob Pegoraro , May 11, 2010
Steve Jobs doesn't like Adobe Flash, Rob Pegoraro , April 29, 2010
HP buys Palm for $1.2 billion, Rob Pegoraro , April 28, 2010
Another twist in the lost-iPhone saga , Rob Pegoraro , April 26, 2010
Palm on the block; users in a lurch?, Rob Pegoraro , April 12, 2010
Apple's iPad: First impressions, Rob Pegoraro , April 3, 2010
Cell esteem: How to shop for wireless phone service, Rob Pegoraro , February 19, 2010
 
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