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posted in December 2009

Eight Apps For The Motorola Droid

12/24/2009
Traveling during the holidays? Droid owners might find their holiday adventures somewhat eased by loading up their device with some helpful apps for the season. Here are eight apps that range from shopping assistants to package tracking and keeping tabs on flight info.

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Google Nexus One Android Phone Fully Revealed

12/23/2009
Leave it to the guys over at Gizmodo to score some one-on-one action with the most talked-about device of December 2009 -- the Google Nexus One. They spent some serious time with it and come away impressed. Oh, and the spec list leaked, too.

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Android Apps Arcade Now Open In Facebook

12/23/2009
If there's one thing to be said about 2009, perhaps it should be called the "Year of the Apps Store." It seems like every entity out there launched a mobile apps store. Helping aid in the discovery process, Mplayit has platform specific stores that can be browsed from within Facebook.

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iPhone 2010 May Have 5MP Camera

12/23/2009
The current supplier of camera chips for Apple's iPhone, OmniVision Technologies, says it got a whopper of an order from Apple for 2010. Not only will it supply Apple with 40 to 45 million imaging sensors, they will rate 5 megapixels.

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Sprint, LG, Microsoft To Intro WinMo WiMax Phone?

12/22/2009
Sprint has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, January 6 -- the day before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off. LG and Microsoft factor large in the presentation, and Brooke Shields is involved, too. What could they possibly be announcing?

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iPhone 2009's Top Phone

12/22/2009
According to Nielsen's data, the iPhone was the top-selling phone in 2009. Three BlackBerries, four LGs, and one Motorola and Samsung also made the list. But which Motorola? The Droid?

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Google's Wave Tells The Story Of 2009

12/22/2009
Google Wave hasn't quite caught on yet, at least, not with anyone I know. I've played with it a bit and have found it to be an interesting concept, but not full of much real value so far. That hasn't stopped a number of people from putting it to interesting use. This video is one of them.

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Android 2.1 Hacked Onto Motorola Droid

12/21/2009
For all the code tinkerers out there, some good news. If you're not interested in waiting around for Verizon, Motorola and Google to offer Android 2.1 to the Droid, a stable and multitouch-enabled version of the Android 2.1 ROM is yours for the installing.

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Mobile Round-Up: iPhone On Verizon Edition

12/18/2009
Here's a smattering of Verizon Wireless stories that turned up Friday. Chief among them is the possibility that Verizon Wireless plans to offer the iPhone...at least in theory. Other Verizon stories include an intriguing Google goosing, and an official Verizon response to the FCC.

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Palm: New Version Of webOS On The Way

12/18/2009
Based on Palm's recent quarterly earnings, it's safe to say the company hasn't fully turned itself around yet. The Pre and Pixi are selling below expectations from Palm's single carrier partner Sprint. Will a new version of webOS spice up sales?

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Google Earth Brings 3D Maps To Audi A8

12/18/2009
The last thing drivers need is more distractions in the car, but that hasn't stopped Audi's engineers from adding Google Maps, Google Earth, and satellite imagery to the cockpit of its 2011 flagship A8 sedan.

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Palm webOS Device Headed To Verizon Soon

12/17/2009
According to a sneaky Verizon Wireless employee, the company is preparing to train its staff on Palm and webOS. Why is this significant? It means that Verizon Wireless will likely be offering a webOS-based Palm device in the very near future.

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Microsoft Offers Bing iPhone App

12/16/2009
Microsoft is pushing its Bing search engine pretty hard into the mobile space. It already has distribution deals with the likes of Verizon Wireless, but now it is stepping into an interesting new realm. Microsoft has made a free Bing application for the iPhone.

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Google's Chrome Now The No. 3 Browser

12/15/2009
Google recently released beta versions of its Chrome browser for the Apple and Linux platforms. After they became available, the number of Chrome users surged past Apple's own Safari browser to become the third-most used browser. But...

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Fake Steve Jobs' 'Operation Chokehold' To Strangle AT&T?

12/15/2009
Hmm, this is interesting. In order to "send a message to AT&T," Fake Steve Jobs is suggesting all iPhone customers hop on their phones Friday afternoon and run a data-intensive application in an attempt to crash AT&T's wireless network. I have a few thoughts about this.

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iPhone News Bit Round-Up

12/14/2009
Believe it or not, there's actually a few interesting tidbits of iPhone-related news floating around out there today. Some are blaming Apple for the iPhone's connectivity woes, others predict that Apple will sell 10 million iPhones this quarter, and yet others say evidence of the next iPhone has been spotted.

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'Nexus One' Is Google's Android Phone For Consumers

12/13/2009
Mere hours after Google posted a blog about an unnamed Android device that it gave its employees, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that the device will in fact be sold to consumers as the Nexus One. This is the real, actual, Google Phone, and it will be available in early 2010.

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Google Admits That the 'Google Phone' Is Real

12/12/2009
In a cryptic post on The Official Google Mobile Blog today, Google admitted that a Google phone does indeed exist. But it's for employees only, and only for "dogfooding" activities. Oh, and Google doesn't call it the "Google Phone."

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Motorola Droid Is Gadget Of The Year

12/11/2009
Time Magazine has named its top ten gadgets of the year. To what I am sure is the bitter disappointment of Apple, Motorola's Droid took the top spot. Does the Droid deserve such honors? Who was left out?

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Apple: Nokia Stole Our Ideas

12/11/2009
In response to the lawsuit that Nokia filed against Apple in October, Apple has responded with one of its own. It goes so far as to say that Nokia "stole" from Apple. This could get ugly.

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Carrier Billing Finally Hits T-Mo's Android Market

12/10/2009
T-Mobile is rolling out an update to its Android customers that enables one important new feature: carrier billing. With this feature now working, customers will be able to have Android Market purchases added to their monthly bill rather than their credit card.

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Skype Beta Now Available To Symbian S60

12/10/2009
For the first time, Skype is offering a version of its software to Symbian S60 3rd Edition devices. It covers the basics, such as Skype-to-Skype calling and instant messaging. The initial set of devices it works with is limited, but Skype promises that will grow quickly.

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Google Revs Up iPhone Search App

12/10/2009
Google has taken the opportunity to offer a new version of its mobile search application for the iPhone. The new software makes several improvements to the usability of the application, including the ability to recognize Australian accents.

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Google Redraws Maps For Android Phones

12/8/2009
Google has updated Maps for Mobile again for Android phones. There are several new features with this latest update, but the new version isn't compatible with all the variants of Android that are out there.

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Samsung Redefines Vaporware: 'Bada'

12/8/2009
Samsung herded up the tech press in London today to share more information about Bada, its new homegrown mobile operating system. Yours truly hopped the Atlantic to attend. Unfortunately, all Samsung demonstrated was its ability to fling every buzzword in the book at attendees.

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Google Goggles Visual Search Fails Early Testing

12/7/2009
The idea of conducting visual searches is nothing new, but Google is attempting to bring just such a service to market. In recent tests, its version of visual search, called Google Goggles (totally different from Mail Goggles), didn't quite get the job done. Can Google make it work?

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AT&T Asks Users To 'Mark The Spot'

12/7/2009
I can't believe AT&T is taking this step. It is officially asking its customers to tell them where coverage is less than optimal with a new application for the iPhone called "Mark the Spot." As in, mark the spot where AT&T failed you.

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Google Android A No-Go In Europa

12/7/2009
Apparently our friends across the pond aren't too taken with Google's Android operating system. Its presence in European markets has increased in recent months, but only slightly, and not nearly as much as in the U.S. Could it be that Europeans don't like the little green android?

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Big Mega Ultra Friday RIM Round-Up

12/4/2009
Lots going on in the world of Research In Motion today. Some of the items you'll find in this post include a nifty sale going on at AT&T stores today as well as an upgrade to BlackBerry Apps World. More inside!

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HTC Droid Eris To Get Android 2.0 Update

12/4/2009
Verizon Wireless has said that the HTC Droid Eris will receive a significant system update at some point in the fist quarter of 2010. The update will boost the Eris' version of Android to at least 2.0, and possibly even 2.1.

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Verizon Says Droid Fix Coming In A Few Weeks

12/3/2009
This evening I received an email from Verizon Wireless. It contained some welcome news for owners of the Motorola Droid. You see, Google has pushed out new SDKs for Android 2.0.1 and Android 1.6. This means the folks over at Motorola and Verizon can dig their hands into the code to fix the Droid's camera issue. Oh, and I have some info on the Droid BOGO event happening this weekend.

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BillShrink: Check TCO Before Buying Smartphones

12/3/2009
The average selling price of smartphones may be dropping these days, but that doesn't mean that contract plan prices have dropped, too. BillShrink put together a list of devices and what their total cost of ownership is. Check it out.

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YouTube Becomes Light As A 'Feather'

12/3/2009
Not all Web connections are created equal. It's with that in mind that Google offered up YouTube Lite today, called "Feather." Its promise is to get those videos playing faster, even if you have a flaky Web connection.

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Latest Motorola Android Phone To Feature HDMI Out?

12/2/2009
Images have appeared of what purport to be a new Android device from Motorola. One quick glance is all it takes to discern that this device is a non-keyboard version of the Droid. Closer inspection, however, reveals a truly unique feature: an HDMI out port.

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Google Gives Up On Gears

12/2/2009
Google has admitted that it is no longer developing its Gears browser plug-in. Instead, it will focus efforts on HTML5, which it says will accomplish much of the same functionality that Gears made possible.

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Motorola's CLIQ Improves With New Software Update

12/1/2009
Some good news for users of the Motorola CLIQ. Motorola is offering a system update for the device that makes some major improvements in battery life, screen accuracy and accelerometer accuracy. Too bad the CLIQ is stuck on Android 1.5, though.

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Video Calling Now Possible With iPhone

12/1/2009
Video calling is one of those features that has the "neat-o" effect on people. It's fairly common in some European markets, but has yet to make much of an impact in the U.S. Perhaps the newest version of fring for the iPhone will change that, as it allows one-way video sharing from the iPhone to another device running either fring or Skype.

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Motorola Might Sell 1M Droids By Year's End

12/1/2009
Neither Verizon Wireless nor Motorola have reported official sales figures for the Droid smartphone, but estimates place current sales between 700,000 and 800,000. That makes reaching the one million units sold milestone (pun intended) within Motorola's grasp.

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