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Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld.

Silver Gloves Said to Ease Cold-weather Touchscreen Use

The problem of using smartphone and tablet touchscreens has led to the creation specialized gloves that ease the task.

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Do Mobile Devices Really Need Multi-Core Chips?

Today's mobile apps don't benefit from dual-core or quad-core processing power.

Safe Bet: Mobile Stays Hot in 2012, Among Other Predictions

Look for NFC in more phones, including the iPhone, and don't count RIM out yet.

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AT&T's 4G Network Edges Verizon in Speed Test

Data downloads and Web browsing on new LTE-ready smartphones were slightly faster on AT&T's new 4G LTE network, according to a study by Metrico Wireless.

Starbucks Soars with Mobile Payment Program

More than 26 million transactions are logged in the biggest US mobile payment app, now expanding globally.

Google Wallet May become Battleground

Verizon is the first -- but perhaps not the sole -- carrier to decline Google's service as the jockeying for mobile real estate accelerates.

Will We All Soon Have 'Handles' Online?

Forget names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The era of the Internet handle is emerging, when we'll have a single nickname for everything.

Donations Go Mobile

Text-to-give efforts are expanding as charities make it easy to make contributions on the go.

PlayBook Sales Drop Hits RIM's Wallet

RIM's tablet is selling for about half its original price, forcing the vendor to take a $485 million charge on its third-quarter books.

Mobile Shopping Record Expected on Cyber Monday

Digital shopping will go mobile in a big way this 2011 holiday season, market researchers predict.

Economy Doesn't Deter Online Shoppers

US e-Commerce has so far been 14% higher than the same early holiday period last year, ComScore reports.

Is the AT&T Merger With T-Mobile USA Dead?

Given the FCC staff opposition to the proposed AT&T merger with T-Mobile USA, it's fair to ask: Is the $39 billion deal dead?

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Apple iPhone Passes BlackBerry in Business Use, Survey Finds

If you think iPhones are just for consumers, check out the latest bad news for BlackBerry maker RIM.

Kindle Fire Intrigues Tablet Shoppers

A survey reveals more than three times as many potential buyers are considering the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire over the bestselling iPad.

RIM Stands by Flash as Adobe Pursues HTML5

Research in Motion will continue to use Adobe Flash Player, at least for the BlackBerry Playbook tablet, even after Adobe announced it will discontinue Flash for the mobile web.