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posted in November 2008

If You've Got Questions, Google Has The Answers

11/25/2008
Confused by the plethora of services that Google has made available to mobile phones? Can't figure out which version works with your device, or if your device is even supported? Google intends to give you a helping hand with its newly launched Google Mobile Help Forum.

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iPhone MMS App In The Works

11/24/2008
It appears that the iPhone may get the ability to send and receive picture messages after all...but not from Apple. A Swedish company called Mobispine is working on an MMS application that would be available through the iPhone Apps Store. Too little too late?

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Apple Makes iPhone Firmware 2.2 Available

11/21/2008
The latest version of firmware for the Apple iPhone became available overnight. The 246 megabyte download brings with it a host of new features for the iPhone, many of them for Google Maps. Still no MMS and still no cut-and-paste, however.

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People Lining Up For The BlackBerry Storm

11/21/2008
This morning as I drove past the local Verizon Wireless retail store, I was surprised to see no less than 50 people waiting outside. I stopped and asked (just to be sure) what they were waiting for. They answered, "The BlackBerry Storm!"

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Google Adds Contacts Sync To BlackBerrys

11/20/2008
One of the killer assets of the Microsoft Exchange platform is that it not only syncs your e-mail, but also your contacts and calendar appointments with devices such as BlackBerrys. Gmail users, however, haven't enjoyed all these luxuries. Until today.

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Hate The Way Gmail Looks? Now You Can Change It

11/19/2008
The one thing about using "cloud" services that can be a bummer is the lack of customization offered by some. Case in point, the user interface of Gmail allows users to make minor tweaks to how Gmail functions, but you can't really shake things up and change the colors, or fonts, or templates. Well, now you can.

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Aww, LG Finally Hatches Its First Smartphone

11/18/2008
Today LG and AT&T offered up the Incite for sale. The Incite is LG's first device that qualifies as a smartphone. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional to take care of all the business a professional might need to get done in a day. It also offers some things for the not-so-professional in you to pass the time.

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Verizon Wireless Bungles BlackBerry Storm VIP Event

11/18/2008
Last week we learned that Verizon Wireless was inviting its VIP customers to a special preview event featuring the BlackBerry Storm. The whole idea was to give those customers a chance to see the Storm ahead of the masses. Too bad no Storms were at the event.

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Google Overhauls iPhone App

11/17/2008
This evening the new Google application for the iPhone became available. Not only does it bring the new voice-powered search function, it also revamps the usability in a big way. Here is InformationWeek's first take.

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Google's iPhone and SMS Apps Are No-Shows

11/17/2008
iPhone users excited about Google's new voice-powered search application may have noticed that it never appeared in the iPhone Apps Store over the weekend. As of 9 AM today, it still wasn't there. Also missing in action is that chat-based SMS feature that Google promised would be added to Gmail. What gives, Google?

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Samsung Launches A Slew Of iPhone Wannabes

11/14/2008
This week saw something ridiculous, like three different touch screen devices from Samsung hit the market or be announced. The Delve, the Behold, and the Eternity bring a mixture of media and smartphone-like features complete with touch screen input.

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iPhone Gets Voice-Powered Search From Google

11/14/2008
Google is finally catching up with competitors Microsoft and Yahoo for once. It is rolling out a new application for the iPhone that allows users to conduct searches with their voice rather than typing. Nice of Google to catch on to the voice-activated search craze.

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HTC G1 Not On Sale At Wal-Mart After All

11/13/2008
Remember how Wal-Mart advertised that it would sell the HTC G1 Android phone for $31 less than T-Mobile itself was charging? Turns out, T-Mobile didn't take kindly to that idea and Wal-Mart is charging the same price that T-Mobile is.

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Google Updates Search On The iPhone

11/12/2008
Google has refreshed the way search results display on the iPhone. Google is doing its best to provide results that are as comprehensive as any desktop would provide, but better presented for the iPhone's user interface.

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YouTube Goes Hollywood, Adds MGM Catalog

11/10/2008
It was only a matter of time. With Hulu.com a proven success for offering legitimate television and movie content online, YouTube, the one-time Web video innovator, needs to play catch up. It has made some movies from MGM's catalog available to viewers to watch for free.

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Samsung The New King Of The Mobile Hill In U.S.

11/7/2008
This is a sad day for Motorola. The beleaguered maker of mobile phones has lost the top spot in the United States to Korean handset maker Samsung. Motorola has steadily lost market share over the last year, and for the first time since 2004, is no longer No. 1 on its home turf.

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AT&T CEO: iPhone To Get Tethering App 'Soon'

11/6/2008
Using a 3G-enabled smartphone to serve as the wireless modem between the network and a laptop should be offered by every carrier and every smartphone. Alas, only a handful of phones can do this. According to AT&T's CEO, the iPhone will soon be one of them.

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Google Axes Yahoo Deal

11/5/2008
Google wimps out and has decided that it is no longer interested in teaming up with Yahoo in an advertising deal that was first announced back in June. Here is, in their own words, what Google and Yahoo each have to say about the matter.

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G1 Android Phone Fully Jailbroken

11/5/2008
Just last week some coders figured out how to unlock the HTC G1 from T-Mobile's network. Now, some innovative tinkerers at the XDA Developers Forum have figured out how to gain full access to the G1's code and jailbreak it entirely. Full instructions for freedom inside.

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BlackBerry Bold FREE At Wal-Mart

11/5/2008
If you're in the market for a brand, spanking new BlackBerry, now hear this: Wal-Mart is selling the just-released BlackBerry Bold for free. Who knows how long that price will last, so you'd better hurry...

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RIM Mulling Pre-Paid BlackBerry Service Options?

11/4/2008
According to some internal Research In Motion documents, the company is considering how to pitch prepaid BlackBerry services to carriers. The company already has launched prepaid services in some Asian countries. Would it make sense in the U.S. of A.?

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Apple Finds New Way To Block 'Pwning' iPhones: The MacBook

11/4/2008
Every time Apple updates the iPhone's firmware, hackers find another way to crack it. Rather than adjust the software on the iPhone, Apple is employing a new tactic. User reports suggest that the Pwnage tool itself will not run properly on the new Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

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Is There A Surplus Of iPhones?

11/3/2008
Apple may have hit a home run with the iPhone during the last quarter, but analysts are suggesting that Apple is prepared to slash production of the iPhone by more than 40%.

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Is LG Finally Going To Make Smartphones?

11/3/2008
Despite LG's success in the feature phone market, one place it hasn't dipped its toe is the smartphone or business market. That may be about to change. LG has signed a new mobile technology deal with Microsoft.

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