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posted in October 2009

Nokia Dis-N-Gages

10/30/2009
Nokia has decided to shut down its N-Gage gaming service in September 2010. This is a rare public admission of defeat for Nokia, which launched the N-Gage gaming platform to much fanfare several years ago. Ever since Nokia transitioned the service to an online gaming portal, it has failed to find users.

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Users Reporting BlackBerry Storm2 Wi-Fi Goof

10/30/2009
Covered by the tidal wave of Motorola Droid news this week was the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on Verizon's network. In all respects, the device is a major update to the original that is seriously worth considering. Although, there appears to be an issue with the Storm2's Wi-Fi radio.

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iTunes 9.0.2 Breaks Palm Pre Sync Again

10/30/2009
The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and Palm continues. Apple offered up iTunes 9.0.2 yesterday. The main reason for the update was to bring new compatibility with Apple TV 3.0 software. Apple was sure to take the time to nix the Palm Pre's ability to sync with iTunes, too.

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Sprint: No More Tethering

10/29/2009
Here's an interesting move. Today, a Sprint spokesperson said that moving forward it will not allow its smartphone customers to tether their devices to their laptops. You want mobile Internet on your laptop? Buy a Sprint dongle and data plan.

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Sprint Continues To Bleed Customers

10/29/2009
Sprint reported its third quarter earnings today, and the news wasn't so good. Though Sprint lost customers at a slower pace than the previous two quarters, it still saw overall subscriber numbers drop. So much for that whole "Palm Pre to the Rescue" notion, eh?

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HTC Bringing Android 2.0 To Hero

10/29/2009
It's no secret that the Motorola Droid's ace-in-the-hole is the Android 2.0 "Eclair" operating system that's on board. The big question on everyone's mind is, will existing Android devices be able to upgrade? The answer is yes. Sort of.

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Verizon: Our Network Can Handle The Droid

10/29/2009
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the Droid smartphone yesterday with much hoopla. Neither company spared the competition, and Verizon took a direct shot at AT&T when it said, "We're not anticipating the network will take a hit on this."

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First Impressions Of The Motorola Droid

10/28/2009
I was able to spend some serious time with the Motorola Droid today. The hardware has a few quirks, but it is solidly engineered and built. The materials exude quality, and it feels great to hold in your hand. Oh yeah, and Android on it is pretty cool, too. Its real killer feature is its lead on every other Android handset with the 2.0 -- a.k.a. Eclair -- system software.

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Opera's Latest Report: 35M Users, 2PB Of Data

10/27/2009
Today Opera Software released the findings of its monthly "State of the Mobile Web" report. Among the many tidbits of data shared is that Opera Mini saved its 35.6 million users $8 billion in data fees, and processed 2 petabytes of data.

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Android 2.0 Changelog Is Droolworthy

10/27/2009
Today Google officially made Android 2.0 available to developers and along with it a new SDK, toolbox and APIs for them to use in crafting their apps. Google also spilled some details about the features that are now going to be part of Android. Some of the goodies include support for multiple Gmail and Exchange accounts.

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Want To Escape Google? There's An App For That

10/27/2009
Google understands that sometimes people -- and businesses -- have to pack up and move on to some other service. It is now offering a tool for users of Google Docs whereby they can convert, zip, and download all of their documents at once.

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Verizon CEO: iPhone For Us Is Up To Apple

10/26/2009
Verizon executives must be sick of answering the iPhone question, but Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg gave it another shot recently. He said, "This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple's court." Um, what now?

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Palm Pixi To Street Nov. 15 For $100

10/26/2009
Palm's second phone to run webOS will finally become available from Sprint starting on November 15. The Palm Pixi features a touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and an attractive $100 price point.

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Mobile Round-Up: Storm OS Upgrade, Droid Army Amassing

10/24/2009
This has been a busy week for the mobile industry. Several nuggets came to light that may not have caught your eye, so Over The Air rounded them up for you. In this edition, we talk about a new operating system update for the original BlackBerry Storm and a spate of Droid-related news.

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BlackBerry Storm2 Landing Oct. 28 In Verizon Stores

10/23/2009
If you're anxious to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Storm2 -- and I wouldn't blame you if you are -- you won't have to wait much longer. The device will street Wednesday, October 28. Let me say this, any person using the original Storm needs to upgrade to the Storm2.

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Full Motorola Droid Specs Leak Before Announcement

10/22/2009
Oops. Someone over at Motorola published the full technical specifications of the upcoming Motorola Droid Android handset for Verizon Wireless about one week too early. The device boasts some impressive specs. Care to find out what the Droid is packing?

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What's This Google Music Nonsense All About?

10/21/2009
Google is going to launch a music service? Really? That's what reports suggest today, with informed sources confirming that Google is set to bow the service with partners LaLa and iLike -- complete with blessings from the four major record labels. Does Google really expect to be able to make money with this venture?

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Motorola's Third Android Handset Spotted

10/20/2009
If you were wondering what Motorola's third Android handset will look like, wonder no longer. New images have appeared that show a simpler handset that won't match the CLIQ or DROID when it comes to specs.

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Google Phone To Be A Reality: Analyst

10/20/2009
Here we go again. Long thought dead due to the presence of nearly a dozen Android handset models in the market, the Google phone rumor has reappeared. The Google-branded hardware will come with Android 2.0 and use Qualcomm's chips.

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NYC Taxi Commish: No More Cell Phones

10/20/2009
Did you know that taxi and limousine drivers in New York City aren't supposed to be using cell phones when driving? Problem is, they ignore the rules and do anyway. Now, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is out for blood.

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Bluetooth SIG: Wi-Fi Direct Bad For Consumers

10/19/2009
Last week, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced work on a new specification that will allow devices to connect directly to one another without the need for wires. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has taken the time to respond, and the message is one of caution.

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Verizon Levels Sights At iPhone With Droid Ads

10/18/2009
This weekend Verizon Wireless kicked off an online and TV-based ad campaign that takes direct aim at Apple's iPhone. The ad taunts "Everything iDon't, Droid Does." Verizon's first Android phone -- made by Motorola -- is finally ready.

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Android 2.0 Features Leak Out

10/16/2009
A run through of screen shots on a Motorola Android device show off what Android 2.0 has in store. The biggest features are integrated Facebook support, Exchange support, and a new user interface.

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Google Street View Gets A Trike For Off Roading

10/16/2009
Oh, this is awesome. Google is taking its street view idea, well, off road. Due to the limitations presented by the size of its street view cars, Google has created a street view trike that can go where the cars can't. Not only that, but it is opening up the floor to requests on where it sends the trike for mapping.

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Google Adds Docs Preview To Gmail

10/15/2009
Gmail users can take advantage of Gmail Labs to preview things such as YouTube videos and Picasa Web albums without leaving their Gmail inboxes. Now, users can do the same with Google Docs.

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iPhone Round-Up: FM Radio, No More Jailbreaking?

10/15/2009
A few interesting stories have surfaced in recent days regarding the iPhone. First, a developer is saying that Apple is nearly ready to introduce an FM radio tuner application for the iPhone. Second, newer iPhone 3GS models appear to be resistant to jailbreaking.

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Verizon Wireless CEO Outs The BlackBerry Storm 2

10/13/2009
Verizon Wireless -- whether by design or accident, I can't tell -- just announced the BlackBerry Storm 2. In an editorial piece written by the New York Times, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam admitted that he's been carrying the Storm 2 around for several weeks, and even showed it off to people in New York City.

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AT&T, Best Buy, And Nokia Mess Up Booklet 3G Math

10/13/2009
Anyone who purchases a subsidized netbook is simply out of their minds. Today, however, AT&T, Best Buy and Nokia are hoping you'll commit yourself to the insanity that is the Booklet 3G, which costs $299 with a $60 monthly AT&T contract.

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T-Mobile Offers Sidekick Users $100 Gift Card

10/12/2009
As T-Mobile struggles to come up with a solid solution to its Sidekick woes, it is waving yet another peace branch at its customers. This one comes in the shape of a $100 gift card for those who actually lost data. There's a new twist, though. T-Mobile says, now, that some data may be recovered.

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Users Can Now Share Folders In Google Docs

10/12/2009
Users of Google Docs have long asked for one feature in particular: the ability to share entire folders of content with others. Today, that feature goes live. So does the ability to upload multiple files at once. Which one has you more excited?

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Best Video Of BlackBerry Storm 2 Yet

10/12/2009
If there's anything left you wanted to know about the unannounced, unofficial BlackBerry Storm 2 9550/9520 from Research In Motion, this new video covers it all. Also, accessories for the BlackBerry Storm 2 have started arriving in Best Buy Stores, and Vodafone may launch the device as early as this week across the pond.

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The iPhone Is Too Cheap

10/12/2009
The $99 iPhone is turning the wireless industry on its head, and not in a good way. It's having an obvious negative affect on AT&T's bottom line, and it's causing some serious pain for other makers of mobile devices.

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Cloud Goes Boom, T-Mo Sidekick Users Lose All Data

10/10/2009
This week has been a rough one for T-Mobile's Sidekick users. T-Mobile's Sidekick service experienced a prolonged data outage and today came the really bad news. The servers Microsoft, T-Mobile and Danger use to store all the data for Sidekicks have crashed, and all user data appears to have been lost.

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Adobe Brings Photoshop To The iPhone

10/10/2009
Adobe surprised more than a few people when it made free (yes, free) photo editing software available for the iPhone. Given what Adobe charges for Photoshop CS4, you'd think this software would cost a pretty penny. Nope. it's gratis...and pretty darned good, too.

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iPhone OS 3.1.2 Fixes Bugs

10/8/2009
Today Apple made a small point update available for iPhones via iTunes. iPhone OS 3.1.2 doesn't appear to add new features, but does fix a handful of important bugs.

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CTIA To Phone OEMs: Standardize, Standardize, Standardize!

10/8/2009
One of the issues plaguing the wireless industry is a broad proliferation of connection ports on mobile phones. Proprietary ports mean consumers have less choice when it comes to finding replacement hardware. Now, the CTIA says enough is enough. It says all phones must have 3.5mm headphone jacks and microUSB charging/data ports by 2012.

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AT&T Says No Tethering For iPhone. Yet

10/8/2009
In the wake of this week's surprise announcement from AT&T that it would allow VoIP services to use its 3G network, some had hoped that meant tethering for the iPhone was soon to become reality. Not so fast. AT&T says it is still fine-tuning its network.

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CTIA 2009: Android Has Officially Arrived

10/7/2009
If anyone doubted that Android would succeed, the news coming out of the CTIA wireless trade show this week in San Diego should put those fears to rest. Samsung alone revealed two new Android handsets, and it isn't alone. A handful of phone makers announced this week that they are banking on Android to take them into the future.

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Not All Windows Phones Can Upgrade To 6.5

10/7/2009
Microsoft recently trotted out the most recent edition of Windows Mobile and with it a bevy of new devices. If upgrading your hardware isn't a possibility right now, a few lucky smartphone owners out there will be able to upgrade their devices to Windows Phone 6.5. "Few" is the right word here, as most current WinMo phones can't make the upgrade.

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Motorola: No Windows Mobile 6.5 For Us

10/6/2009
The initial reviews of Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5. operating system have been less than pleasant. In fact, some reviewers have gone so far as to say that Windows Mobile 6.5 stinks. With the general consensus among tech reviewers being that Windows Mobile 6.5. is a bit of a bomb, it's little wonder that Motorola said it's not interested at all.

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What The? Latest Mobile Backup Service Offered By Best Buy

10/5/2009
Best Buy has decided to take on a bigger role in the mobile landscape, though I am not sure who's going to go for this. Today, Best Buy has announced a service that is similar to My Phone from Microsoft or MobileMe from Apple: mIQ will backup end user smartphones and store up to 1GB of data in the cloud.

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Opera Scores Major Distribution Deal With AT&T

10/5/2009
Today's news from Opera Software is the kind of win the company really needs. Starting with four new feature phones that AT&T announced today and moving forward, Opera Mini will be behind the att.net browser on board AT&T phones.

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T-Mobile Adds Samsung Behold II To Android Stable

10/5/2009
T-Mobile sure loves itself some Android. By the holiday shopping season, it will have offerings from HTC, Motorola and now Samsung. The Behold II offers a wealth of features, including a 5-megapixel camera, 3G and Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.

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Android Army Gains A Soldier Of ONE

10/2/2009
An unknown company hailing from Spain has released information about a brand new Android device. The Geeks'Phone ONE boasts some impressive specs, and the company expects to be able to sell it unlocked for about $375.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Reviewed In Detail, May Street Oct. 25

10/2/2009
The BlackBerry Storm 2 has to be one of the worst kept secrets in Waterloo. This device has posed for pictures, made video appearances, and shown up in wireless network operator inventory systems. Now, it's been given one last extensive video review and has a possible street date.

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Public 'Concerned' About Texting & Driving, Except When It Applies To Them

10/1/2009
The headlines about the dangers of texting while driving have been hard to miss this week. Statistics indicate that nearly 6,000 Americans were killed by distracted drivers last year. A new study shows that nearly 90% of Americans are concerned about the dangers of using mobile phones while driving...but it doesn't appear to be stopping them from doing it.

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