Prepaid-wireless carrier MetroPCS has turned to Ericsson and Samsung to provide the handsets for the LTE-CDMA 4G network it plans to launch next year, MetroPCS said Tuesday. Executives also disclosed at an industry event that they will pursue an aggressive cord-cutting marketing strategy -- telling consumers they will receive broadband service comparable to their fixed-line service -- to promote its 4G network.
Information technology workers spend much of their time trying to protect operating systems from cyberattacks, but it turns out that desktop applications and Web sites are more vulnerable, according to a report by the SANS Institute. More than 90% of enterprise computers run unsecured versions of common desktop software, such as Adobe's Acrobat, yet IT departments tend to patch operating systems twice as quickly.
For many businesses, the iPhone is not quite ready for prime time, Chris Dannen writes. The device's applications offer few options for users who want to share and collaborate on files. Offering a peek at how things might be changing, collaboration-software firm Box has released an application programming interface that extends its system to the iPhone for custom applications.
The federal government is increasingly purchasing off-the-shelf equipment and commercial services in order to give more employees the benefits of mobile-communications tools. Proprietary technologies and networks were considered cost-effective when only top officials carried wireless devices, but as more workers use them to improve efficiency and effectiveness, commercial offerings are seen as the better choice.
AT&T will proceed to installing LTE-based 4G technology once the carrier completes its current round of HSPA-based 3G improvements, Senior Vice President Kris Rinne said at an industry event Tuesday. The comments seemed to rule out a major role for so-called evolved HSPA -- or HSPA+ -- in the carrier's upgrades. AT&T plans a broad LTE launch in 2011.