June 13, 2009 |
The Internal Revenue Service could make it easier for employers to give workers cellphones by simplifying its record-keeping rules. The agency said this week that it was considering adopting one of three methods that would relieve employers of some record-keeping requirements that have been in place since 1989. Phone companies have been urging the IRS to relax the rules for years, saying they are too burdensome.
June 10, 2009 |
We've all found unexpected charges on our phone bills at one time or another. But nothing compares with the nearly $10,000 hit that Aliso Viejo resident Mark Elliot took from Verizon Wireless. And even though it seems pretty obvious this had to be a mistake on somebody's part, Verizon's first instinct was to stick to its guns. "We believe in the accuracy of the charges," Ken Muche, a company spokesman, told me after checking into Elliot's situation.
June 6, 2009 |
Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in at 4.79 ounces, is the new contender for Coolest Phone in the Universe -- the Palm Pre. Can the Pre, which goes on sale today, beat the 4.78-ounce reigning champion, the Apple iPhone? Here's a comparison of the two phones' major features: -- Price Both phones have a basic cost of $199, but the Pre requires a payment of $299 upfront with a $100 mail-in rebate. Winner: Tie, as long as you don't mind waiting for the Palm rebate.
May 10, 2009 |
The head of the Boston-area transit authority said Saturday that he would ban all train and bus operators from even carrying cellphones on board after a trolley driver told police that he was texting his girlfriend before a collision Friday. About 50 people were hurt in the underground crash in downtown Boston, though none of the injuries was life-threatening.
May 9, 2009 |
Total Call International Inc. of Los Angeles will pay $300,000 in civil penalties to settle a lawsuit alleging that the cellphone company charged customers steep undisclosed fees. Under the terms of the settlement, the state, which filed the suit as part of an enforcement action, will monitor the company's fees for four years. The settlement came shortly after California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed the suit Friday in San Francisco Superior Court.
May 7, 2009 |
Ge Wang blows softly, his fingers move lightly, and "Auld Lang Syne" comes floating out in ethereal electronic notes. Then his instrument rings, so he answers it and starts chattering away. It's an iPhone, transformed through Wang's software genius into an ocarina -- a computerized version of an ancient Aztec flute. Wang, an associate professor of computer music at Stanford University, is the co-founder of SonicMule Inc.
May 5, 2009 |
For the moment, Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been unseated from its throne. Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve replaced the iPhone as the best-selling smartphone among consumers in the first quarter, the NPD Group said Monday. The iPhone came in second, with two other BlackBerry models -- the Storm and the Pearl -- right behind.
April 13, 2009 |
Only a few years ago, bigger guns, badder enemies and louder explosives mattered most in video games. Now, small is beautiful, and Apple Inc.'s iPhone is largely responsible. The surprising emergence of the iPhone and its phone-less sibling, the iPod Touch, as hand-held game consoles has started to change the dynamics of the $40-billion game software industry.
April 10, 2009 |
As the old saying goes, nothing in life is free. Unless, apparently, you're unemployed. Virgin Mobile on Thursday announced a Pink Slip Protection plan that waives as many as three months of wireless phone charges if a customer is laid off. It follows similar protection plans from Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. "The economy affects everybody, and it certainly affects our customers," said Jayne Wallace, spokeswoman for Virgin Mobile USA.
March 22, 2009 |
Amid the vegetable vendors and lightly stocked department stores, there's a new high-tech shop in low-tech Pyongyang, North Korea, selling a hot gadget the rest of the world already takes for granted. Cellphones. Egyptian telecom company Orascom Communication launched a mobile network in the North Korean capital called Koryolink in December, on a long shot that its service can succeed in one of the world's poorest and most reclusive states.