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posted in January 2010

HTC Makes Sense Available To Its Magic Phone

1/29/2010
Those who jumped on the Android bandwagon early by purchasing the HTC Magic when it hit store shelves in mid-2009 take heed. HTC has made a new version of the system software available for the Magic, and it includes HTC's Sense user interface.

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Apple's iPad To Nickel And Dime Customers

1/28/2010
Apple is ruthless with its product pricing. It charges the maximum price it can get for a given product...and still leaves out essential ingredients, forcing customers to buy over-priced accessories. The iPad is no different.

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Will The iPad Bring AT&T To Its Knees?

1/28/2010
One of the more surprising elements of Apple's iPad launch event was news that the company is sticking with its long-time wireless network partner, AT&T. Was that the right move? Can AT&T handle the iPad in addition to the iPhone?

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ITC Sides WIth Nokia Against Apple

1/26/2010
Nokia has gained a slight edge in its patent spat with competitor Apple. The International Trade Commission has taken Nokia's side first, and says it will investigate Apple's alleged patent violations.

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Google Blames T-Mobile For Nexus One 3G Problem

1/26/2010
Google has at long last responded to the large number of user complaints about the Nexus One's ability to connect to T-Mobile's 3G network. Google laid some of the blame at the feet of its partner, basically telling customers that T-Mobile's 3G coverage kind of stinks.

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Google Circumvents Apple, Offers Google Voice iPhone App

1/26/2010
Remember the big mess between Apple, AT&T and Google over the Google Voice iPhone app last summer? Yeah, well, Google is back with a new version of the application that Apple won't have the chance or opportunity to approve (or disapprove) because it's used from the iPhone's browser.

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AT&T To Lose iPhone Exclusivity Wednesday?

1/24/2010
According to the word from an AT&T insider, the wireless company is set to lose its exclusive deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone in the U.S. as early as Wednesday, January 27. That happens to be the same day Apple is holding a press conference.

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Mobile Round-Up: Weekend Update Edition

1/24/2010
Here's a collection of newsy nuggets that have hit the wires over the last couple of days. Inside you'll read about a new click-to-call feature for Google Voice, a new Windows Mobile SDK, the final death of the Palm Treo Pro, and hacking multitouch onto the Nexus One.

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How Likely Is Apple To Announce iPhone 4.0?

1/22/2010
Apple has scheduled an event for Wednesday, January 27, to show off its "latest creation." Pretty much everyone expects Apple to introduce a tablet computer. Rumors of new iPhone software are plentiful, too. Will iPhone 4.0 make a special guest appearance?

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Latest Tablet Buzz: Both AT&T And Verizon Involved

1/22/2010
FOX News' Clayton Morris has dug up some more dirt on the Apple tablet. Morris cites sources at both AT&T and Verizon, each of which claims that the wireless companies are playing a role in bringing the tablet to market. Wait, why are wireless companies involved?

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WSJ Says Apple Tablet To Redefine Media

1/21/2010
The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting piece today with language that all but announces a new tablet device from Apple. The Journal claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs bets the tablet will "reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry." That's a lot of upheaval going on. Are the progenitors of said media aware of all this?

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Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus Priced By Verizon

1/20/2010
If your'e hankering for the Verizon Wireless version of either the Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus, they'll cost you $150 and $100, respectively, after a $100 mail-in rebate. Of course, if you want to go BOGO, you can do that, too.

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Where's Google's E-Fax Service?

1/19/2010
I don't have a fax machine. In fact, I only have access to one if I choose to go to a local FedEx or UPS store and pay for service. I was thinking, Google offers so many services that business users need, why not an electronic faxing service?

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iPhone OS 4.0 Details Leak

1/19/2010
According to various reports, next week's Apple event will reveal new features of iPhone OS 4.0. But why wait until then? An Apple insider has shared some details about iPhone OS 4.0 today.

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Google Nixes New Android Phones In China

1/19/2010
Google has decided to put off the launch of two brand new Android phones that were due to become available Wednesday, January 20, in China. The phones were made by Motorola and Samsung. Is it fair for Google to put the hurt on its business partners?

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'Supersonic' To Combine Sprint, HTC, Android, WiMax

1/18/2010
Sprint and its partner Clear are still working hard at expanding their joint WiMax network. To date, only laptop dongles and desktop-bound modems are available for those interested in WiMax. No phones have been announced, but the Supersonic from HTC just might be the first.

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Google Renames Next Version Of Android

1/18/2010
I am not a fan of Flan. Flan is a custardy dessert with which I've had several bad experiences. Given my personal tastes, I cringed a bit when I heard that Google had originally picked the name Flan for its next version of Android. Thankfully that has changed.

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AT&T: Hey, We Have New Calling Plans, Too!

1/15/2010
Rather than let Verizon Wireless steal all the thunder today, AT&T has responded with new voice, texting and data plans of its own. The plans come close to matching those offered by Verizon, though Sprint still offers a better overall value.

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Wozniak Uses Both Android And iPhone

1/15/2010
Steve Wozniak, the fella that helped Steve Jobs get Apple off the ground, loves his iPhones, but has found a new affection for Android. Which two foot soldiers in the Android Army has Wozniak selected?

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Google Drops Price Of Nexus One By $100

1/15/2010
Google must have realized that spurning existing T-Mobile customers wasn't doing it any favors. According to an internal memo, Google has decided to drop the price of the Nexus One from $379 to $279 for T-Mobile customers who are eligible for an upgrade. New customers still pay only $179.

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Did Apple's Law Firm Confirm The Tablet?

1/14/2010
An interesting bit of drama unfolded on the Internet when Gawker Media recently offered $100,000 for pictures and/or information of the unannounced Apple tablet. Predictably, Apple's law firm has struck back, issuing a cease and desist letter to Gawker Media. How much can be assumed by what Apple's lawyers say?

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Google Revamps BlackBerry Mobile App

1/14/2010
Today Google announced a new version of the Google Mobile Application for BlackBerries. Why upgrade? Well, the new version can now search both the device and the network for wayward email messages and contact information.

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iPhone 2010 To Have Touch-Sensitive Casing

1/14/2010
Goldman Sachs believes the next-generation iPhone will pack a 5 megapixel camera and a touch-sensitive casing, similar to Apple's Magic Mouse. It will begin its life in manufacturing facilities some time in April, in time to hit store shelves by June.

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Google Nexus One Sales Off To Slow Start

1/13/2010
According to market data from Flurry, the Google Nexus One has sold a paltry 20,000 units in its first week. Compare that to the iPhone 3GS' first week, during which it sold more than one million units. Crow pie, anyone?

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Mobile Round-Up: Android Everywhere Edition

1/12/2010
Google's Android mobile operating system has been in the news constantly the last few weeks. Here are a few more stories to add to the pile, including a security flaw for the Droid, an update for the Eris, and the arrival of the Android 2.1 SDK.

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'iPhone 4G' Landing Worldwide In June?

1/12/2010
According to a report from The Korea Times, Apple is set to introduce the "iPhone 4G" no later than April, with the device hitting store shelves around the globe by June. The report includes some interesting specs on the unannounced product. Let's take a look.

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CES Round-Up: Great Quotes Edition

1/11/2010
I had countless conversations with tons of people in Las Vegas last week during the Consumer Electronics Show that made for great soundbites. Others made headlines all on their own with their quotable quips. Here's a collection of what I and others heard from the newsmakers out there in the desert.

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Google's 'Super Phone' Not So Super At 3G

1/11/2010
Those customers who've already taken the leap and purchased the Google Nexus One are experiencing a super problem -- the device doesn't connect to T-Mobile's 3G network. What gives? T-Mobile and Google hope to find out.

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Google Nexus One: First Impressions

1/11/2010
During CES I had a chance to spend some time with Google's "super phone." Does the device even come close to living up to all the hype? Sort of. The hardware is fantastic, but there's not enough of a leap forward in usability to call it a "super phone."

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Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Confirmed By Microsoft

1/9/2010
At the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft was showing off a Toshiba TG01 with Windows Mobile 6.5.3. This seemingly minor (and previously unconfirmed) update to Windows Mobile brings significant changes to the user interface. Video tour of WinMo 6.5.3 included!

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FutureDial Easily Syncs Droid Content To PCs

1/8/2010
One of Android's weaknesses is that it relies a little too heavily on the cloud. Syncing photos, music, and other data with a PC needs to be done manually without the use of syncing software. FutureDial says it can get the job done.

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CES Day 1 Round-Up: T-Mo, Moto, And HTC

1/8/2010
It has been a fairly busy day at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, with the event officially kicking off this morning. Here's a quick snapshot of a bunch of different stories that broke throughout the day, including news from T-Mobile, Motorola and HTC.

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AT&T Bombshell: Android, webOS Coming Soon

1/6/2010
AT&T dropped a bomb on the mobile industry during its press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. It plans to offer five Android handsets from Dell, HTC and Motorola by June, and two Palm webOS devices "soon."

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Google Unveils Android's Future, Announces Nexus One

1/5/2010
Today at a press event at its Mountain View, Ca., headquarters, Google uncovered its plans for the Android mobile platform. Here's a meta liveblog of all the action. Updated with hardware specs. Available today for $179 from T-Mobile, later this year from Verizon Wireless.

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Mobile Round-Up: Nielsen Stats

1/5/2010
As we head into 2010, Nielsen decided to gather together a wide range of statistics regarding the media industry, including TV, mobile phones, social networking, Internet usage and more. Lets take a look at the stats pertinent to mobility.

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Nokia Rattles Sabres At Apple And RIM

1/4/2010
Tough talk from Nokia. An exec recently said in an interview that the company will "be on par with Apple and RIM" in 2011. Whoa. Watch out Cupertino and Waterloo. Oh, and the company thinks it is going to sell 500 million phones this year.

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Google Making Huge Android Announcement Tomorrow

1/4/2010
Google has scheduled a press conference at its Mountain View headquarters for Tuesday, January 5. The subject? Android. Google rarely calls together press conferences, so you can bet that whatever Google is preparing to announce, it's going to be pretty big. Is it finally going to give us the Nexus One details for which we've been longing?

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Palm's Apps Catalog Breaches 1,000 Apps

1/3/2010
Over the course of the last few days, the number of applications available to the Palm Pre and Pixi in the Apps Catalog has finally reached the 1,000+ milestone. The other apps stores offer far more apps, but Palm believes its new browser-based developer environment will entice more to write for webOS.

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