Stories by Matt Hamblen

Motorola phone made from recycled plastic bottles

Motorola is still in the midst of plans to spin off its mobile handset division in 2010, but will show off a new cell phone made from recycled plastic water bottles at the Consumer Electronics Show later this week.

Lenovo bolsters Xohm with WiMax-ready laptops

WiMax supporters converged here Wednesday to celebrate <a href=";searchTerms=Sprint+Nextel+Corporation">Sprint Nextel Corp.</a>'s recent citywide <a href=";articleId=9115780">launch of its Xohm wireless service</a> and to announce a range of new devices -- including the majority of <a href=";searchTerms=Lenovo+Group+Ltd.">Lenovo</a>'s laptop line -- that will operate over the new WiMax network.

Cisco to unveil SaaS based on WebEx, UC 7.0

Cisco Systems is set to announce a new 7.0 release of its unified communications software, as well as a SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform based on WebEx that allows developers to integrate collaboration capabilities, video and business applications.

Microsoft to drop support for Office 2003 SP2

Microsoft warned users Monday that it will drop support for Office 2003 Service Pack 2 in three weeks, and it urged them to upgrade to a newer service pack that was involved in a dust-up earlier this year over blocked file formats.

Rivals still see iPhone as the one to beat

More than a year after arriving on the mobile/wireless scene, Apple Inc.'s iPhone remains the &quot;it&quot; phone -- the one to beat and the one companies in the mobile device industry compare themselves to.

Sprint to launch HTC Touch Diamond next week

Sprint Nextel Corp. plans to unveil the HTC Corp. Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro, both running the new Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, on Wednesday at the CTIA trade show in San Francisco, according to news reports.

IPhone App Store and Web apps a hit with users

Despite complaints from some users about iPhone 3G wireless connections, Apple continues to earn praise for its novel and expanding App Store, where consumers and business users alike can download applications for free or a small fee.

Sybase unveils new mobility software at TechWave

Sybase launched the Sybase Unwired Platform Tuesday at its annual TechWave conference in Las Vegas. The platform allows customers to group together individual products previously offered for mobilizing enterprise applications.

Gartner: 'Caveats apply' for enterprise iPhone use

After three weeks of testing and reviewing Apple's new iPhone 2.0 firmware and an iPhone 3G for use in large businesses, analyst firm Gartner said the device can be supported by IT shops -- but only for a narrow set of uses such as voice, e-mail, Web browsing and the storage of personal information.