Matt Hamblen

Senior Editor

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

U.S. businesses jump on trend to buy unlocked smartphones

U.S. businesses jump on trend to buy unlocked smartphones

The notion of buying discounted phones with a locked-in two-year service plan is going away, welcomed by both companies and consumers alike.

As March Madness wraps up tonight, security tech is ready

As March Madness wraps up tonight, security tech is ready

From an undisclosed downtown Phoenix location, public safety officials in a command-and-control center will monitor and react to metadata from up to 900 video feeds, as well as to data from various sensors.

Verizon to launch wireless Cat M1 network nationwide to juice IoT

Verizon to launch wireless Cat M1 network nationwide to juice IoT

Verizon will launch a nationwide wireless network designed to help developers, businesses, utilities and municipalities deploy secure internet-of-things devices at lower cost.

Sleek new Galaxy S8 phones feature facial recognition, Bixby intelligent agent

Sleek new Galaxy S8 phones feature facial recognition, Bixby intelligent agent

Samsung launched sleek new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones with features including facial recognition, an intelligent agent called Bixby and Samsung Pass for secure e-commerce mobile payments.

Samsung announces DeX dock for new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones

Samsung announces DeX dock for new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones

Smartphone docks haven’t done well historically, but analysts say this one might catch on.

Refurbishing Samsung Note7s for resale is a 'disastrous' plan, analyst says

Refurbishing Samsung Note7s for resale is a 'disastrous' plan, analyst says

Just two days before Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S8 on Wednesday, the company announced it will consider using some recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones for re-sale as refurbished or as rental phones.

 Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

Samsung has a lot riding on its next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which debuts on Wednesday at an event in New York City.

Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

Many companies are developing smart streetlights that combine energy-efficient LED lighting with wireless communications and sensors. Totem Power is taking that concept a step farther.

 Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Nearly three-quarters of Android devices on the five biggest U.S. carriers are running on security patches that are at least two months old, putting them at greater risk of being hacked.

L.A. and NYC still rank behind smaller cities in wireless performance

L.A. and NYC still rank behind smaller cities in wireless performance

The two biggest cities in the U.S. continue to rank well below many smaller U.S. cities in overall wireless performance, according to RootMetrics.

'Hearables' and clothing to grow fastest in wearables market, IDC says

'Hearables' and clothing to grow fastest in wearables market, IDC says

Devices that double as clothing or get worn on the ear will grow the fastest of all wearables in the next five years, market research firm IDC said.

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed Monday that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone being unveiled next week.

Credit-card breach hits another restaurant chain

Credit-card breach hits another restaurant chain

Several high-end eateries run by Select Restaurants in Cleveland were the victims of fraudulent cards used by customers at its eateries.

Augmented and virtual reality to see aggressive growth by 2021

Augmented and virtual reality to see aggressive growth by 2021

AR and VR are slowly catching on among early adopters, and some analysts envision a 10-fold spike by 2021 in the number of headsets sold.

Startup works on safer carbon-ion batteries

Startup works on safer carbon-ion batteries

ZapGo is planning on its batteries showing up in smartphones in two years.

Los Angeles tests gunshot sensors on light poles

Los Angeles tests gunshot sensors on light poles

Los Angeles is testing sensors attached to streetlights to wirelessly detect gunshots and other noises, and may expand the service to include sensors to recognize air pollution and earthquakes.

Better smartphone cameras on the way

Better smartphone cameras on the way

Improvements to cameras, photos and video in smartphones are among the biggest lures for buyers, and several smartphone manufacturers at Mobile World Congress announced camera innovations designed to meet that demand.

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

The environmental group more broadly is raising questions about the enormous amount of energy used to make smartphones since 2007 and the significant contribution batteries make to electronic waste.

Classic smartphone brands get a spring in their step at MWC (+video)

Classic smartphone brands get a spring in their step at MWC (+video)

Venerable smartphone brands Motorola, Nokia and BlackBerry got new life at Mobile World Congress 2017, but that was primarily due to the influence of Chinese and Finnish manufacturers that have licensed the names.

Mobile World Congress 2017 offered a touch of tech optimism

Mobile World Congress 2017 offered a touch of tech optimism

This year's Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona offered all the usual delights, but this year was a little different, almost odd, when compared with previous visits.

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