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posted in October 2008

Apple: No Opera Mini For The iPhone

10/31/2008
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are highly capable browsers for mobile phones. Opera, which also makes a full desktop browser for both Windows and Apple machines, created a version of Opera Mini that will run on the iPhone. Too bad Apple won't allow Opera to offer it through the iPhone App Store.

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Crybabies Emerge After Wal-Mart G1 Discount Announced

10/30/2008
Remember how ticked off people were when Apple dropped the price of the iPhone from $600 to $400 last year? People cried foul in droves. In light of Wal-Mart's announcement that it's going to sell the Android phone for $31 less than it costs at T-Mobile stores, people are complaining.

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Deep Linking Now Possible With YouTube Vidoes

10/30/2008
Sharing videos via YouTube is what the fun is all about. Sometimes, however, the "good part" is somewhere in the middle of the video, and you have to sit through minutes of tedium to reach the money shot. No longer. Google has created a way for people to link to specific times within their videos, meaning you can jump straight to the action.

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Motorola: No Android Phones For A Year

10/30/2008
Just when it seemed Motorola was on the brink of turning things around, reality had to intrude. Motorola reported its third quarter earnings today. The company suffered a deep loss of $397 million. Worse than that was a comment made by Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha. He said there will be no Android phones from Motorola until the holiday season of 2009.

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Google's Android Army Gathers More Soldiers

10/29/2008
HTC had better look out. Motorola also has chosen Android to be its savior. But these are not the only companies looking at the open mobile platform from Google. OpenMoko, maker of the Linux-based FreeRunner, also is eying Android, as is Asus (yes, the maker of PCs). Can Android take over the mobile world?

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Motorola Is Going To Bet The Farm On Android

10/29/2008
Motorola is planning a massive overhaul of its mobile phone business. Among the changes? Layoffs and a complete re-focusing of its midrange handsets, where most of its sales are. Moving forward, Motorola is going to bank on Android to be its go-to mobile phone platform.

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Android's Mobile Email An Epic Fail?

10/27/2008
Uh oh. Reports are pouring in from users of the HTC G1 Android phone and the news is not good. Users are saying that the mobile e-mail client fails to retrieve e-mail and reports mysterious "connection errors." Many complain that mobile e-mail doesn't work at all on the G1. Google, T-Mobile and HTC, you'd better fix this one fast...

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Sprint: Android Ain't For Us. Not Yet, Anyway

10/26/2008
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that Android, as it is today, is not "good enough to put the Sprint brand on it." I suppose that will make the next gathering of the Open Handset Alliance, of which Sprint is a part, a little awkward.

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No Software Keyboard Support In Android Until 2009

10/24/2008
Right now the only Android phone in the market has a physical QWERTY keyboard for composing messages, but lacks a software keyboard such as that found on the iPhone. The good news is that a software keyboard is on the way. The bad news is it won't be ready until next year.

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Google Founders Buy Fighter Jet

10/24/2008
Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Google CEO Eric Schmidt must have new plans to attack the competition, or they just like to fly really, really fast. Whatever the reason, they recently bought a fighter jet.

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Google Goes Crazy With Emoticons For GMail >;-)

10/24/2008
Like them or not, emoticons have transcended chat rooms and now appear in Tweets, e-mails, text messages, and even advertisements. They've taken on a life of their own at conveying a message, thought, or, ahem, emotion. Google code writers have decided to enhance the number of emoticons that are available to GMail users, and many of them are animated.

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Google Tweaks GMail Contacts Function

10/22/2008
One frustrating aspect of GMail is the contacts application. Once you e-mail someone five times or more, that e-mail address is automatically added to your contact list. The result? A contact list that is way larger than you probably want it to be. Google has ditched this function.

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Apple Sells 6.9M iPhones, Beating RIM In Sales

10/22/2008
Apple announced its fiscal fourth quarter earnings yesterday. Perhaps the highlight of Apple's results are the iPhone sales figures. Apple moved 6.9 million of them in the fourth quarter alone, bringing the total number of iPhones sold to just under 13 million. Apple CEO Steve Jobs made sure to mention that the iPhone 3G outsold all RIM devices in the same quarter.

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Motorola Proves It Still Has Design Chops

10/21/2008
Motorola announced its best-looking handset in ages today, the Aura. With its stainless steel design and quartz face, this elegant, hand-crafted phone strives to be the Rolex of mobile phones. It comes complete with a Rolex-like $2,000 price tag.

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Android Market Gouged Of Apps, But Mobile MySpace Gets Added

10/20/2008
Something's afoot with the Android Market, the place where Android users can go to find and buy software for their Android devices. Earlier today, the Android Market went from 50+ apps down to 13. Um, what happened, Google? Thankfully, MySpace has picked up the slack with a mobile version of itself.

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YouTube: Need Help? Don't Bother Us

10/20/2008
For most users, Google doesn't provide much opportunity to interact with them directly when you're having problems with their services. Sure, paying Apps customers can get help when they need it, but Google apparently doesn't want to be bothered by the teeming masses of YouTube users who can't figure out how to work the YouTube site.

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Verizon Wireless Contests McCain Cell Tower Story

10/17/2008
This week there's been a bit of a brouhaha over whether or not Verizon Wireless gave Arizona senator and presidential candidate John McCain special treatment by building a cell tower near his Arizona home. The Washington Post says it did, Verizon Wireless says it didn't.

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Gmail Outage Shakes The Google Faithful

10/17/2008
An unknown number of Gmail and Google Apps users were unable to access their accounts for more than 24 hours earlier this week. According to some, the outage was negatively impacting their business.

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Google Makes Updates To iGoogle

10/16/2008
Today, Google rolled out an updated design for iGoogle to all U.S. users, which includes full canvas views for gadgets and support for full feed reading. These changes make iGoogle a more useful homepage.

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Breakdown: The Bold Costs RIM $170 To Make

10/16/2008
iSuppli is at it again. This time, it got its mitts on a BlackBerry Bold smartphone, dismantled it, and came up with the cost of materials. The sum of parts, labor and testing is about $170. Reports suggest the phone will sell for $300 when it arrives in the U.S. That's some healthy margins for RIM.

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Google Loaded Android With A Remote Kill Switch

10/16/2008
This isn't going to make people happy. Remember the furor when people discovered that Apple could remotely kill applications running on iPhones? Well, Google has decided to implement the same type of action. It can remove programs it deems "bad" from your HTC G1.

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Report: Cell Phones Next Target For Hackers

10/15/2008
The first Trojans and viruses for mobile phones appeared several years ago. They were aimed at smartphones, which, at the time, meant Palm OS and Symbian OS. Now that smartphones are more prevalent -- and are capable of doing more damage -- they are juicier targets for ne'er-do-wells.

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Motorola Rolls Out The Krave, A Touch-Based Phone

10/14/2008
Motorola and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to offer the Krave, a mass-market minded handset that uses touch technology. At first blush, there's a lot to like about the Krave. Is Motorola's attempt at a touch phone a worthy competitor to the myriad of touch devices already in the market?

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Google Adds Better Video Support To Picasa Web Albums

10/10/2008
I don't know about you, but I use my point-and-shoot camera to record video more often than hauling out my actual video camera. The result? Tons of 30-second snippets that I'd love to be able to share without posting them to YouTube. Google just made it a heck of a lot easier by adding video support to its Picasa Web albums.

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First User Review Of The HTC G1 Surfaces

10/9/2008
Someone in the world has received the HTC G1 Android phone and has seen fit to publish a review of the device. He lists a lot of pros and cons that match with observations made at the device's launch in NYC a few weeks ago.

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Motorola's Razr Beats The iPhone. Again

10/9/2008
Despite the success of the Apple iPhone, Motorola can still claim to have the best-selling mobile phone in the United States. How long can the Razr hold onto the top spot? Can it fend off the competition forever? What is this simple phone's appeal?

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BlackBerry Storm, Slayer Of iPhones, Blows Into Town With Gusto

10/8/2008
Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion today announced the hotly anticipated Storm, the first touch-based device from the maker of BlackBerry smartphones. A quick glance at the spec sheet shows an impressive array of features, many of which are not included with the iPhone or the G1. How does RIM's iPhone killer stack up against the competition?

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EU To Lock Horns With Apple Over iPhone Battery

10/7/2008
The European Union is considering new legislation that would make it mandatory for electronic devices to have removable batteries. Apple already has taken flack -- and even suffered a lawsuit -- over the non-user-replaceable battery in the iPhone. As Michael Buffer would say, "Let's get ready to rumble!"

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Mobile Firefox Almost Ready For Alpha Testing

10/7/2008
Speaking in a recent interview, Mozilla CEO John Lilly said that the company's long-awaited entry into the mobile browser space is nearly ready for prime time. Mozilla will have Firefox Mobile out to alpha testers in 'weeks.'

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Google's 'Mail Goggles' Set To Be Your E-Mail Wingman

10/7/2008
Every so often Google adds something new to Google Labs, where it tests nonfinal versions of software that may or may not become a standard feature. The latest is called Mail Goggles -- a play on "beer goggles" -- that just might save your tail when it comes to e-mail.

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BlackBerry Apps Store Details Leaked

10/6/2008
Research In Motion's answer to the iPhone Apps Store and the Android Market will be called the BlackBerry Apps Center. Images of it leaked over the weekend and give us some insight into how RIM will compete to provide content for its devices.

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T-Mobile Struggling To Meet Android Demand

10/4/2008
Interest in the HTC G1 appears to be off the charts. In response to a huge number of preorders for the Android handset, T-Mobile is attempting to accommodate everyone. If you want an Android phone, you'd better act quickly.

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Review: Motorola Pure H15 Bluetooth Headset

10/3/2008
I've been using the Motorola Pure H15 Bluetooth headset extensively for the past couple of weeks. It uses Motorola's CrystalTalk technology and some great noise-suppression techniques so you can always hear your conversation. So far, it is the best Bluetooth headset I've used.

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Ballmer: There Will Be No Zune Phone, But Possibly A Phone With Zune

10/3/2008
The Zune phone rumor somehow manages to persist even though Microsoft constantly bats it down. A new twist to the story has emerged, however. In a recent interview, Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft is exploring the idea of porting the Zune software to Windows Mobile devices. That would be a step in the right direction.

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Google Demos Search Capabilities Of Android

10/2/2008
That Google would make search one of the centerpieces of its new Android mobile phone platform should cause everyone to say "Duh." It went to great lengths to provide the means to search literally everything right from the phone. It recently showed off Android's searching prowess in some videos.

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Google Taps Hollywood Stars To Encourage Voter Registration

10/2/2008
The election is just 33 days away. Voter registration deadlines are imminent, with most states cutting off interested voters in the next seven days. With only 3 in 4 eligible Americans registered to vote, Google has teamed up with Hollywood A-Listers to encourage more people to get out there and register.

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Apple Ditches iPhone NDA

10/1/2008
Apple had placed a fairly restrictive nondisclosure agreement on certain aspects of the iPhone Apps Store, the iPhone SDK, and what developers for the iPhone could and couldn't say about their own products. After enduring a firestorm of negative feedback over the issue, Apple has changed its NDA policy.

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BlackBerry BOLD = Botched OS, Launch Delayed

10/1/2008
Holy mackerel. Just when we thought the clouds were lifting and the much-delayed BlackBerry Bold was about to hit store shelves, another setback appears. This time, according to an internal AT&T e-mail, all the Bold retail training sessions set for the month of October have been canceled indefinitely. Should RIM and AT&T bag the Bold?

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