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 Eric Ogren

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posted in January 2009

Which Smartphone Reached 1 Million Sold The Fastest?

1/29/2009
An enterprising reader of Engadget put together a nifty little chart showing how fast a handful of smartphones hit the 1 million mark. The figures used are those based on actual announced sales by the companies involved. Those included are the Apple iPhone and iPhone 3G, the BlackBerry Storm, the HTC G1, and the Nokia 5800. Also, it looks like 2008 saw 1.21 billion mobile phones sold.

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iSuppli: BlackBerry Storm Innards Cost More Than The iPhone's

1/29/2009
iSuppli sunk its teeth into the BlackBerry Storm to see what the sum of its parts is really worth. According to its analysis, the Storm costs RIM about $203 to make. Verizon Wireless is selling the Storm for $199 (after rebates). Apple's iPhone 3G costs about $174 to make and sells for $199/$299.

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Google To Tackle Net Neutrality Head On

1/28/2009
Today Google unveiled a new tool that can be used to determine if an Internet connection is being slowed or throttled by the Internet Service Provider. Measurement Lab is an open platform that Google expects will be used by researchers to gauge just how well the Internet is working.

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Should Google Buy Skype?

1/27/2009
The latest whisperings around the Internet water cooler suggest that Google is eying Skype as a potential acquisition target. Would it be a better corporate overlord than eBay?

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Should Camera Phones Be Required To 'Click'?

1/26/2009
Here's an interesting tidbit. A new bill has been put before Congress that would require camera phones to make a noise or "click" whenever they are used to take a picture. The idea is to make it clear to everyone in the vicinity that the camera phone is being use as a camera. Is this really necessary?

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Will G1 Android Users Get To Eat 'Cupcake' Or Not?

1/23/2009
Developers have been working on a branch of code called "Cupcake" for the Android mobile operating system from Google. The update for Android promises major improvements to the mobile operating system. G1 users are anxiously awaiting the update, but T-Mobile is saying "no" for the moment.

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President Barack Obama Has Been Googlebombed

1/23/2009
We all know the story of the Googlebomb, right? Googlebombs are created by manipulating links and search rankings to produce a specific result for a certain search term. Perhaps the most famous is the one that targeted former President George W. Bush. When you Googled "miserable failure" the results pointed to him. A new Googlebomb has been created for President Obama.

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Who's The Champ? Apple, Microsoft, Nokia Report Smartphone Sales

1/22/2009
Apple disclosed sales figures of the iPhone for the holiday quarter. The total amounts to 4.4 million iPhones sold. That's a huge increase over the year-ago quarter, but down significantly from the 6.9 million 3G iPhones sold during the previous quarter. At the same time, Microsoft says 2008 saw 20 million Windows Mobile smartphones sold. Nokia sold 113 million phones, but how many of them were "smart"?

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Is A Handset Price War Primed To Erupt?

1/21/2009
A less-than-stellar holiday season means that extra inventory is on hand at cellular phone retailers. In response, Nokia and Sony Ericsson have cut the price of some of their most expensive phones. Could this be the start of a price war?

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Google Kills Off iPhone-Optimized iGoogle

1/20/2009
Without warning or announcement of any kind, Google is redirecting iPhone traffic away from the iPhone-specific version of iGoogle to a unified version instead. iGoogle for the iPhone was first introduced in January of 2008. Why the sudden change?

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Creepy Or Cool: Palm's webOS Is Context And Location Aware

1/20/2009
Roger McNamee, an investor for Elevation Partners, which has dumped half a billion dollars into Palm, disclosed some interesting new features of webOS. The new OS from Palm can tell when you're going to be late for a meeting, and take action to help you out. You'd better hope it doesn't also e-mail your boss to tell him what you're up to.

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LG Usurps No. 3 Spot From Motorola

1/20/2009
With the full-year sales figures from the major handset vendors trickling in, there's been another shift in the landscape. Nokia remains the No. 1 one handset maker by a wide margin, but LG leapfrogged both Motorola and Sony Ericsson to take spot No. 3.

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Google Trims Fat, Plans To Cut 6 Services

1/15/2009
As if word of layoffs isn't dire enough, Google also is looking to save money by halting the forward movement of six of its products. One of them, Google Notebook, happens to be a handy tool that I've been using for well over a year. Also among the affected is Google Video.

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CES 2009: Palm Pre Pricing Predictions

1/11/2009
One detail that Palm and its carrier partner Sprint did not share about the new Pre is its selling price. Right now, it is reported to cost anywhere between $99 and $399. What's the real price going to be?

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CES 2009: Wireless Charging Video Demo

1/10/2009
One of the neat aspects to Palm's Pre announcement is that it works with a wireless charger called the Touchstone. Palm wasn't the only vendor offering conductive charging technology. Watch this demonstration of how it all works.

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CES 2009: Palm Shakes Its Mojo At Developers

1/10/2009
Now that we know about the new Pre and webOS, we're naturally curious to know how Palm expects to bring applications and services to webOS. In an answer to that burning query, Palm announced Mojo and the Mojo SDK, its new development tools for webOS.

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CES 2009: Day One Wrap-Up

1/8/2009
Here's a collection of small things that turned up today on the first full day of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, including some great new info about the Palm Pre.

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CES 2009: Palm Hits A Triple With The Pre

1/8/2009
Today at CES Palm unveiled its next-generation mobile platform and the first piece of hardware running on that platform. The Palm Pre and webOS are solid steps forward for Sprint, but they aren't a home run. Yet.

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CES 2009: OQO's Model 2+ Impresses

1/8/2009
OQO, which has been making small, fully functional Windows machines for years, debuted its latest hardware, the model 2+. Key improvements include a much faster Intel Atom processor, an OLED display, and worldwide 3G wireless data capabilities.

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Nokia: No More WiMax Device For Us

1/7/2009
Today Nokia confirmed that it is ceasing production and distribution of the N810 Internet Tablet WiMax Edition. That's one less device for Sprint/Clearwire subscribers to use on the Clear WiMax network.

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CES 2009: So Far, So Boring

1/6/2009
It's CES Eve's Eve here in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Association kicked things off to a somber start with the CES Unveiled event, a veritable snoozefest of lackluster gadgets and gizmos.

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Google Earth Enterprise Goes Mobile

1/5/2009
Today, Google announced that the enterprise version of its Google Earth product is available in mobile form "immediately." What does this mean? You can look at your enterprise's own Google Earth data out in the field when not connected to the enterprise network.

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Can A Super 'Nova' Save Palm?

1/5/2009
Palm's CES press conference is mere days away. Before Palm CEO Ed Holligan has a chance to tell us what the company is up to, the Internet has coughed up some details and a rough sketch of the new smartphone from Palm.

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Analyst: Apple To Debut Alternate Version Of iPhone

1/2/2009
Ah, the rumor lives on. An analyst has chimed in with his thoughts on Apple's future product lineup. In the mix, you guessed it, is a "lower-cost version of the iPhone." The analyst stops short of calling this device the iPhone Nano, but that's what it's widely believed to be.

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Google: Have A Mobile Product Idea? Give It To Us!

1/2/2009
Could Google possibly be running out of ideas for new and interesting mobile products? Probably not, but that's not stopping Google from asking Joe Public to contribute some gems. Google recently set up a new Web site where users can submit their brilliant concepts for new mobile applications.

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