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posted in January 2008

Dell + Google = First Android Phone?

1/30/2008
The Gphone has been resurrected and the rumor mills are running rampant with this one. The latest scuttlebutt is that Google is partnering with Dell for the first ever Android-powered handset. According to people in the know, word will be delivered from on high during the Mobile World Congress next month. Is this one for real?

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Consumers Are Not Smart Enough For Smartphones

1/30/2008
You have one chance to guess what the most-returned gifts were this holiday season. If you guessed smartphones, you'd be right. A new survey from Opinion Research Corp. shows that 21% of gifted smartphones were returned to the store. The reason? Inability to understand the product setup process. Perhaps smartphones aren't ready for prime time after all.

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Weather Channel Mobile: Stormy Clouds Looming

1/24/2008
The Weather Channel launched a new version of its Web site for mobile phones, and even included a site optimized for the iPhone. The generic mobile site is exactly what you need from a weather site and completely surpasses the iPhone-optimized site in usability. In fact, the iPhone site is so convoluted, it's more useful to just simply go to Weather.com. How can the optimized site fail so miserably?

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Nokia Juggernaut Plows Forward

1/24/2008
Can anything stop the international powerhouse that is Nokia? It posted its fourth quarter numbers, and in stark contrast with Motorola, Nokia's profits surged 44% and its worldwide market share reached 40%. It appears as though the year-long internal reorganization has paid off in spades. Nokia's mobile phone business is firing on all cylinders, and it's packing a V-16.

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Review: Iqua Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset

1/18/2008
If you're looking for a Bluetooth headset with virtually unlimited stand-by time and ages of talk time, the Iqua 603 Sun is the one for you. It features a solar panel that basks in light from any source and converts it to usable power. The solid sound quality and easy pairing don't hurt, either.

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Lotus Notes Coming To iPhone

1/17/2008
Enterprise users of IBM's e-mail program may have reason to cheer as early as next week. According to the Associated Press, IBM will be releasing a version of Lotus Notes e-mail for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Hooah! Can Apple take down RIM?

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Coming Soon: In-Call Advertising

1/15/2008
Say what?!? If you thought your phone calls were the last sanctity of life not encroached upon with advertising, you thought wrong. A number of companies are testing systems right now that will allow them to place advertisements in your phone calls. All I can do is shake my head in dismay.

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Study: NYC Retailers Not Protecting Wireless Networks

1/14/2008
Security company AirDefense recently surveyed the retail scene in all five NYC boroughs and determined that wireless security is lax just about everywhere. Fully 39% of access points in retail environments were completely unprotected, and 29% use only WEP encryption. That's your data that's not being protected. Listen up, NYC retailers: If you want my business, protect my info.

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Google Makes iGoogle Available On The iPhone

1/13/2008
Google has made yet another one of its services available on the iPhone, this time the popular iGoogle customizable Web page. I decided to take it for a quick spin. Is it worth checking out? It is and it isn't. Here's why.

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CES Wrap Up: All's Quiet On The Mobile Front

1/13/2008
This year's CES was exceptionally quiet with respect to new mobile technology. The two biggest announcements of the week came from Sprint and Yahoo, and neither was all that exciting. The one refrain I heard over and over all week long: Wait for CTIA.

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iPhone Gets A Trojan

1/8/2008
According to reports, the iPhone is no longer a virgin. The first Trojan targeting the iPhone has been spotted. It appears that only iPhones living on the wild side (a.k.a., unlocked iPhones) are subject to catching the Trojan, which can cause brain damage and embarrassing blemishes on the antenna module. (OK, I made that last part up.)

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CES Mobile Phone Round Up, Dullsville Edition

1/7/2008
It is after 9 AM out here in Las Vegas and most of the day's major news items are public. So far there have been several snoozeworthy mobile phone announcements and not much else. Not a single smartphone has been officially introduced. Here are some brief looks at what we've seen so far.

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