John BlauPCWorld

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

Details emerge of new Palm smart phone

Details of Palm's new smart phone are emerging ahead of the product's launch on Wednesday.

Vodafone's new handset lineup to include iPhone rival

Vodafone plans to launch several phones targeting holiday shoppers in Europe, including a high-end, touch-screen rival to the iPhone.

Sony Ericsson CEO Miles Flint resigns

Sony Ericsson has selected Hideki Komiyama to succeed Miles Flint as CEO of the Japanese-Swedish joint venture, the company said Tuesday.

Deutsche Telekom confirms iPhone talks

Deutsche Telekom confirms iPhone talks with Apple and expects European partners to be announced soon.

Apple signs iPhone deals for Europe, report says

Apple has signed deals to sell its iPhone with operators in three of Europe's largest markets, according to a report in the Financial Times.

Lots of questions as Europe readies for the iPhone

Few details are known about the iPhone's European launch, and lots of people have questions.

Skype says crash followed Windows security update

The need to reboot computers after installing a Windows upgrade triggered the outage of the Skype peer-to-peer VOIP network, the company said Monday.

Bug hits Skype Internet telephone network

A software bug has affected the Skype peer-to-peer network, preventing users in some parts of the world from connecting to its VOIP service.

Germany is becoming a country of gamers

Every third German plays computer games, according to a survey published Wednesday by the Bitkom association.

Universal to test sales of DRM-free music

Universal Music Group is the latest major music label to test the waters with the sale of tunes that can be downloaded without copy protection software.

Mozilla ponders separate organization for Thunderbird

The Mozilla Foundation is thinking about creating a separate organization to oversee its Thunderbird e-mail application.

Strong iPhone sales boost AT&T earnings

Strong wireless sales, including iPhone, help boost AT&T second-quarter earnings.

Google threatens to drop Gmail in Germany

Google could drop the German version of its Gmail service if a proposed law is passed.

Solar jacket powers up cell phones, iPods on the fly

An Italian fashion designer debuted an outdoor jacket lined with integrated wearable electronics to charge portable devices.

Flat-rate mobile phone music service to compete with iPhone

A U.K. startup is offering a flat-rate music service that can run on most mobile phones being manufactured today.