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posted in December 2008

Garmin: Oh, You Mean THAT Android Phone?!?

12/22/2008
Updated: This morning, the Internet was rife with reports that Garmin, maker of GPS equipment, will be releasing phones based on Google's Android operating system in the latter half of 2009. Is it, or isn't it?

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Report: 2008 Mobile Web Use Grew 463%

12/22/2008
Opera Software issued its last "State of the Mobile Web" report today for 2008. What do the numbers tell us? Social networking is popular, the mobile Web is growing by leaps and bounds, and smartphones are leading the way.

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Google Bakes A 'Cupcake' For Android

12/19/2008
If you're wondering when Android is going to make the next leap in functionality, wonder no longer. A new update to the Android platform, called "cupcake," brings with it more than some simple bug fixes. New features galore will be baked into the OS, as well. Guess what, Apple? Android is getting cut-and-paste and video recording before the iPhone!

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YouTube Goes High-Def

12/19/2008
I recently uploaded a video to YouTube and noticed something different. Once my video was processed, the video player showed my 4:3 aspect ratio video set into a 16:9 frame. High-definition videos have finally arrived on YouTube.

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NYC Goes 3-D In Google Earth

12/18/2008
The Google Earth team has been hard at work improving the 3-D map of New York City. The new renderings of the city, complete with buildings and textures, is nothing short of amazing.

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Would You Want To Be Buried With Your BlackBerry?

12/17/2008
According to MSNBC, more and more people under the age of 40 are expressing the desire to take certain things with them into the afterlife -- or at least into the ground when their time comes. That includes -- yes, it's true -- things such as BlackBerrys.

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Motorola Cuts Costs As Leaked Phone Pix Hit The Web

12/17/2008
Motorola today announced a host of cost-cutting measures, including putting the kibosh on raises for 2009 and dropping some 401(k) contributions. This dour news comes on the same day that leaked pictures of (dare I say "sexy"?) new phones splash across the Internet.

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Sprint Touts Mobile Phones As Way To Cut Costs

12/16/2008
Sprint recently conducted a survey of U.S. consumers about the value represented by mobile phones. Some of the ways people are cutting costs in response to the current economic climate include killing their landlines, switching to mobile family plans, and defecting to find the best savings.

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Palm Gets Jealous, Opens Software Store

12/16/2008
Following the footsteps of nearly everyone else, Palm has decided to jump into the software distribution fray with its own storefront. The new Software Store from Palm is available for both Windows Mobile and Palm OS-based handsets and has more than 5,000 titles ready to download.

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Apple V. iPhone Hackers: Round 827,045

12/15/2008
Today, Apple issued software update 10.5.6 for its Leopard operating system. Included in the code was a covert strike against iPhone jailbreakers. Users who've installed 10.5.6 can no longer use the Pwnage tool to jailbreak their iPhones.

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Google Calls The Wall Street Journal 'Confused'

12/15/2008
The Wall Street Journal ran a story last night suggesting that Google has been trying to convince network operators to give its traffic preference to that of others. If true, the idea would have been a serious blow to the idea of Net neutrality. Google says the Journal got it wrong.

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Gmail Gets A Twitter Gadget

12/12/2008
If you've been keeping up with all the new features in Gmail, you know that it now has the ability to send text messages directly to cell phones as well as conduct video chats. Now, available through Google Labs, is a new gadget that lets you sign into and use Twitter from within Gmail.

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Google's Blogger Adds Geotagging Tool

12/12/2008
Aside from the writing I do here for InformationWeek, I have a personal blog covering music. I often live-blog from concerts, take pictures, and write up reviews of concerts directly from my phone. Thanks to a new tool in Blogger, I'll be able to geotag my posts so my readers will know exactly where the show took place.

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Can Palm Reboot At CES 2009?

12/11/2008
Yesterday, I received an e-mailed invitation from Palm's media relations team to a press conference that Palm is holding at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. The tag line reads: "Come to see all that Palm New-ness you've been waiting for." New what? New operating system? New hardware? New direction? Hopefully, all of the above.

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Android Goes Borg, Assimilates The HTC Touch

12/11/2008
I've been waiting for this to happen. Some intrepid tinkerers have figured out how to port the Android operating system to smartphone hardware other than the officially sanctioned HTC G1. The HTC Touch, it turns out, runs Android quite well. How long before Android goes all-out and starts to assimilate other handsets?

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Novatel's MiFi = Wi-Fi Wherever You Want It

12/9/2008
There is a reason why Wi-Fi is called a wireless local area network technology. Users must be within range of the hotspot (typically less than 300 feet) in order to use it. The MiFi from Novatel packages a 3G radio in a small, compact device that will create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot (almost) anywhere you need one.

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LG Says It Has The World's First LTE Chip For Phones

12/9/2008
LG announced a new cell phone chip that it is working on in its labs. It uses long term evolution (LTE), which is the next-generation wireless network technology chosen by U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and others. Why is this special? Oh, just something about 60 megabit-per-second downloads over the air.

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Macs Get Google Earth Browser Plug-In

12/5/2008
If you're a Mac user and feeling jealous of Windows machine users' ability to use Google Earth directly in their browser, be jealous no more. Google has created a browser plug-in that will let you surf the Earth from Safari 3.1 and Firefox 3.0.

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iPhone Roundup: Apps Store's Top Tens, Easy Wi-Fi App, Amazon App

12/3/2008
A number of interesting iPhone-related tidbits have surfaced in the last 24 hours. First, Apple gave us a list of the most downloaded apps in the Apps Store. Second, a company made an app that lets iPhone users bypass the clunky AT&T Wi-Fi service sign-in. Last, Amazon rolled out an application that lets you take a picture of any product and be taken to that product's Web site.

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Report: Google Taking Economic Climate Seriously, Cutting Back On Perks

12/3/2008
Google has long been known to spare no expense when it comes to perks for employees. Looks like the slowdown in ad revenue is having an impact on Google, and the company is looking for ways to trim costs. In addition to staff reductions, Google also is cutting back on Googlers' 20% time on pet projects and has reduced the availability of its free cafeterias.

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Video: Hands On With The Nokia N97

12/2/2008
InformationWeek had the chance to spend some time with the new Nokia N97. Here's a complete rundown of the hardware and user interface of Nokia's darling little multimedia computer.

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Nokia Unveils The N97, Its Real iPhone Competitor

12/2/2008
Today in Barcelona, Nokia announced its flagship multimedia phone for 2009, the N97. The N97 sports a 3.5-inch touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging. Other specs include 3G, Wi-Fi, 5-megapixel camera, GPS, and a whole lot more.

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Get Ready For Some Big News From Nokia

12/1/2008
On Tuesday, Nokia kicks off its own Nokia World show in Barcelona, Spain. According to what I've been told by Nokia staffers, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo will be dropping a huge bomb during his keynote address. The device is so secret that most Nokia employees haven't seen it yet.

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