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posted in November 2009

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon All Offering Black Friday Sales

11/25/2009
At least three of the four major network operators in the U.S. have announced sales on devices for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Here's a round-up of what AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are offering. My favorite deal is the buy-one-get-one BlackBerry offer that Verizon has scheduled for Friday, November 27.

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Best Buy Rolls Out $99 Android Sale

11/25/2009
The holiday shopping season has fully arrived, and stores across the country will be opening early and offering bargains. If you're brave enough to hit the big box retail stores this weekend, Best Buy is offering five different Android handsets for $99 each.

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Older Android Phones Get Free Google Navigation

11/24/2009
One of the coolest features that comes with the Motorola Droid is the new Google Maps Navigation application. It provides free, voice-guided navigation for the Android 2.0 platform. Google decided to spread the Maps Navigation love around a bit and recently made the app available to devices running Android 1.6.

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HP Picks Worst Name Ever For New Smartphone

11/24/2009
Hewlett Packard has occasionally tossed a new iPAQ-branded smartphone into the market more as proof that it can still make them than to scare up any real sales. Its latest smartphone is perhaps one of the best-looking it has ever crafted, but HP crippled it with a terrible, horrible, no-good name.

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Apple Says Users To Blame For iPhone Virus

11/24/2009
Did your iPhone catch the new "Duh" iPhone virus? If so, Apple says it's your own fault for jailbreaking the iPhone. iPhones that have not been jailbroken are not susceptible to the virus, and jailbreakers can take steps to protect themselves.

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Apple Steps Into AT&T-Verizon Ad War

11/23/2009
AT&T just got a partner it its fight with Verizon Wireless. Apple is stepping into the advertising fray with two new commercials that point out features that the iPhone has that Verizon's phones iDon't.

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AT&T's iPhone Stranglehold Ending June 2010?

11/23/2009
Neither AT&T nor Apple has ever admitted how long the exclusive sales arrangement is for the iPhone. Despite their silence, at least one person strongly believes the deal will end in June 2010, which means the iPhone will then become available via more carriers in the U.S.

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Verizon Snags Samsung's Omnia II With WinMo 6.5

11/23/2009
Samsung adds to Verizon Wireless' inventory of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices with the new Omnia II. This media monster packs social networking powers, a five-megapixel camera, support for Divx and Xvid, and comes with a budget-friendly price of $200.

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Specs For Next Motorola Android Phone Leak

11/20/2009
Based on the spec sheet that's floating about the Interwebs today, it appears as though Motorola's next Android phone is probably headed to AT&T -- which remains to be the only major U.S. carrier not already offering an Android handset.

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Next-Gen BlackBerry Pearl Makes Appearance

11/20/2009
A generous -- and in-focus -- number of images of the unannounced BlackBerry Pearl 9100 have been posted to the Internet. If you're a fan of the Pearl line of smartphones from BlackBerry, it's time to get excited.

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iPhone Is No.1, But RIM Owns Top Ten List

11/19/2009
The stats are in. During the third quarter of 2009, the Apple iPhone 3GS was the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. Research In Motion, however, owned nearly every other spot in the top ten. Who's the real winner here?

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AT&T Airs Weak 'Comeback' Commercial Against Verizon

11/18/2009
Though the current feud between AT&T and Verizon Wireless borders on the ridiculous, it isn't stopping either company from continuing the schoolyard brawl. AT&T was dealt a blow in court today and came out swinging in response. Its own "attack ad" -- if you can call it that -- misses the mark.

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Google Introducing Chrome OS November 19

11/18/2009
Members of the media were invited to Google's headquarters for the official unveiling of Chrome OS, the new operating system from Google. Details were few and far between, but don't expect Chrome OS to become widely available until 2010.

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Airport Wi-Fi Users Are Rich And Big Spenders

11/17/2009
A new study from JiWire unearths some interesting bits of information regarding Wi-Fi use at airports. More than half of users tend to make more than $100,000 per year, and 75% plan to make a big-ticket purchase in the next 12 months. Does that describe you?

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YouTube To Journos: Use Citizen Contributions

11/17/2009
Trained journalists are under increasing pressure from average citizens who are often first to take pictures, shoot video, and report on events as they unfold. Rather than pit them against one another for eyeballs, Google is unrolling YouTube Direct, a way for journalists to reach out to citizen contributors and re-broadcast their videos to regional or national audiences.

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Verizon Lashes Back At AT&T Over Lawsuit

11/17/2009
On Monday, Verizon Wireless officially responded to lawsuits filed against it by AT&T. Verizon calls AT&T's lawsuits "meritless," points out that the ads are factually accurate and that "the truth hurts."

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WinMo 6.0 and 6.1 Gain Access To Marketplace

11/16/2009
Have you been longing for access to applications on your Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 smartphone? Jealous that Windows Mobile 6.5 can and you can't? Be jealous no more, as users of WinMo 6.0 and 6.1 can download and install Microsoft Marketplace for Windows starting today.

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Palm Talks Smack About Android

11/16/2009
Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein recently said that Android is for "techies" and webOS (its own smartphone platform) is for "people." He also said that he thinks webOS doesn't need 80 gazillion applications to become appealing to the masses. Really?

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Samsung Goes Sci-Fi With Galaxy Android Phone

11/16/2009
The onslaught of Android devices is fully under way. The latest salvo comes from Samsung, which announced the Galaxy Spica i5700 Android device. The Galaxy totes an 800MHz processor and a couple of multimedia surprises under the hood.

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Palm's webOS 1.3.1 Now Available For Pre

11/15/2009
Palm recently made a major system update available for the Palm Pre, its first webOS device. webOS 1.3.1 doesn't introduce any new applications, but it brings in a wide range of improvements to existing applications. The biggest changes are support for Yahoo IM, Calendar and Contacts, and the native email program also sees some major updates.

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Does MediaFLO's Personal Television Have A Chance?

11/13/2009
Today MediaFLO announced its first non-phone FLO TV device, the Personal Television. It uses MediaFLO's mobile TV network and lets users watch live or time-shifted TV in a wide swath of U.S. markets. But $250 for a stand-alone device that requires a monthly contract is a big hurdle to overcome. Can FLO TV do it?

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AT&T Attacks Verizon Over 'Misfit' Ads

11/12/2009
On Nov. 3, AT&T sued Verizon Wireless over its "There's A Map for That" ad campaign, which poked holes in AT&T's 3G coverage across the U.S. Over the weekend Verizon aired three more anti-AT&T commercials -- and ticked AT&T off. AT&T is demanding that Verizon pull the commercials.

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Carrier Billing Headed To BlackBerry Apps World

11/12/2009
When it comes to selling applications to mobile device owners, the easier the better. That's why support for carrier billing is so important. According to Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie, BlackBerry Apps World will add carrier billing support in 2010.

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Chrome Beta For Mac Landing In December

11/12/2009
Google's Chrome browser has been available to the Windows platform for well more than a year. Apple fans have been waiting -- impatiently -- for Google to show them some Chrome love. Turns out the wait is nearly over, as Google is preparing to release a beta version of Chrome for Apple computers in early December.

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Shop For WinMo Apps At New Web Site

11/12/2009
If browsing for new applications from your phone doesn't qualify as fun in your book, take heart. Microsoft recently made Windows Marketplace for Mobile available from any desktop browser.

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Apple's Profits Crush Nokia's (And Everyone Else's)

11/11/2009
Based on the performance of both Apple and Nokia in the most recent financial quarter, Apple is now the most profitable maker of cell phones. It earned $1.6 billion in profits compared to Nokia's $1.1 billion. Nokia, by the way, sells hundreds of millions more phones than Apple does.

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Google Offers 20GB Of Gmail Storage For $5

11/11/2009
Last time I checked, Google offered 7.39GB of Gmail storage to all users for free. I am using 64% of that total, or 4.79GB. If you're a real email hog, you can buy 20GB of additional storage for just $5 per year. The same applies to Picasa Web Albums.

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Droid Round-Up: Opening Sales And Firmware Update

11/10/2009
Though neither Motorola nor Verizon Wireless has provided any official numbers, it appears as though about 100,000 Droids may have sold the first weekend the new Android phone was available. Also, based on internal documents, Verizon is already planning a major system update for both the Droid and HTC Eris Android phones.

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Google: No More Money For Clearwire

11/9/2009
Over the weekend, Sprint and a number of other companies agreed to invest another $1.5 billion into Clearwire, the growing provider of WiMax services. Notably absent on the list of financiers was Google, which has previously given cash to Clearwire.

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Apple Prepping $99 iPhone 3GS To Battle Competition?

11/9/2009
Right now, AT&T offers the iPhone 3G 8GB for $99, and the iPhone 3GS 16GB and 32GB for $199 and $299, respectively. Despite word from Apple's own Phil Schiller that the company's lineup is set for holiday sales, reports of a $99 iPhone 3GS 8GB model have hit the 'net.

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Verizon Attacks iPhone With Holiday Ads

11/8/2009
The gloves are still off. Verizon Wireless has unleashed another volley aimed at AT&T and the iPhone. In this latest round of anti-iPhone advertisements, the iPhone is banished to the Island of Misfit Toys and substituted for "coal" in the stockings of "naughty people."

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Android Gets App Love From Photoshop And Slacker

11/6/2009
Coinciding with the availability of the Motorola Droid and the HTC Eris at Verizon Wireless stores today, the Android Market is featuring two juicy, new applications. Photoshop.com Mobile and Slacker Radio mean more photo editing and Internet radio powers for Android lovers.

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Droid On Sale At Midnight In Some Stores

11/5/2009
Verizon Wireless stores are planning to open early tomorrow morning -- and in some cases at midnight -- to let eager customers purchase the Motorola Droid. Anyone think the Droid is going to stir up iPhone-like excitement?

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HTC Droid Eris Kneecaps Motorola Droid At $99

11/5/2009
If you thought Verizon Wireless was going rest easy with the Motorola Droid launching Friday, you've got another thing coming. Today, Verizon Wireless announced that the HTC Eris -- a.k.a, Hero -- which hits stores November 6, too, for $99.

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Verizon: $350 ETF Is A Go

11/4/2009
Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it is in fact altering its Early Termination Fee policy. Starting November 15, those purchasing "advanced" devices such as smartphones and laptops, will need to agree to a $350 ETF to get the subsidized price.

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T-Mobile Adding Own Channel To Android Market

11/4/2009
Today T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman shared a number of data points regarding T-Mobile's Android customers. T-Mobile apparently has high hopes for Android adoption, as it is planning to roll out its very own T-Mobile Channel in the Android Market. It will also make carrier billing a reality later this year.

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Verizon Wireless To Double ETFs To $350?

11/4/2009
If you thought $175 was a steep early termination fee to pay, get ready for some unwelcome news. In order to ward off scammers, Verizon Wireless is giving serious consideration to doubling its ETF to $350 for "advanced" -- read: expensive -- devices. Whoa.

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Motorola Explains Why Droid Doesn't Have Multi-Touch

11/3/2009
One of the minor complaints that some have voiced against the Motorola Droid is that it isn't capable of performing multi-touch gestures, such as pinching to zoom. That complaint only applies to the U.S. version of the phone, though, as the Droid will support multi-touch in European markets.

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AT&T To Verizon: 'There's A Lawsuit For That'

11/3/2009
You know the funny ads that Verizon Wireless has been running at AT&T's expense? The ads show AT&T's 3G coverage and compare it to Verizon Wireless's 3G coverage. The punchline of the commercial is "There's a Map for That", which riffs on Apple's "There's An App for That" ad campaign. Well, AT&T doesn't think the commercials are funny, and sued.

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Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 Android Phone A Winner

11/3/2009
Today Sony Ericsson introduced its first Android phone, the Xperia X10. Based on the spec sheet, it should be a smash hit. It runs Android 1.6 (Donut) and will have a massive, four-inch WVGA display (480 x 854 pixels). The X10 will be the first in a series of new phones to run Sony Ericsson's home-brewed UX user interface. Let's dive in for a detailed look.

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Google Voice Search Now Speaks Symbian

11/2/2009
Today Google finally got around to bestowing the powers of speech unto the Symbian S60 smartphone platform. The newest version of the Google Mobile App for S60 now supports voice-based searching.

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Google Says 'No Smartphone From Us'

11/2/2009
Quashing rumors and leaving little doubt as to Google's intentions, Android architect Andy Rubin recently said in no uncertain terms that Google is not interesting in making any Android smartphones.

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