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posted in February 2009

Opera Brings Gears Support To Mobile Browser

Google Gears is a great tool to have if you need to access certain Google or other Web services and there's no Internet connection available. Opera has extended the ability to use Gears to its Opera Mobile 9.5 browser, bringing new potential to the offline powers of mobile phones.

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Nokia Mulling Laptop Business

Nokia's CEO recently said that the company is thinking about a future in laptops. Can the Finnish maker of cell phones successfully make the leap from cell phones and Internet tablets to full-featured laptops?

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Mobile Search And Web Use Climbing Rapidly

Two reports came out today that detail how quickly users are adopting the mobile Web and the tools that it offers. According to ABI Research, mobile search grew by 14% from 2007 to 2008, and Opera says that it saw double-digit gains in the use of its mobile Web browser between December and January.

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Gmail Is Down For Some Users

This morning Google admitted that it is having problems with some of its Gmail servers. It didn't say how many users are affected, but said a fix is on the way. Update: Google says Gmail is now fixed.

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MWC 2009: Yahoo Declares Open War On Google

If you glossed over the news about Yahoo's new mobile application for smartphones earlier this week, I'd invite you to take another look. Yahoo Mobile integrates all its services in one place better than Google does.

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While HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson all took the time to announce exciting new phones at this year's Mobile World Congress, Motorola sat by the sidelines and didn't trot out any new handsets.

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MWC 2009: AT&T CEO Causes Dell Smartphone Flap

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega referred to a Dell smartphone during his recent address at the Mobile World Congress Trade show. At first glance, he appeared to (finally!) confirm Dell's plans to break into the smartphone market.

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MWC 2009: Android Phone Finally Appears From HTC

Today Vodafone and HTC held a press conference to announce the world's second Android phone. The Magic, as it is called, features a 3.2-megapixel camera, touch-screen display, and the same tight integration with Google services as seen on the HTC G1.

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MWC 2009: Android Forgets To Join The Party

We're only halfway through the first day at Mobile World Congress and already things are looking bleak for Android. Many of the major manufacturers already have announced their new products at the show, and not one Android handset has been seen.

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When The Cloud Fails: Nokia's Ovi Service Loses 3 Weeks Of User Data

Nokia is attempting to position itself as much more than a handset company. It is rife with other services, such as Comes With Music, or Contacts On Ovi, where people can upload pictures and save contact data directly from their phone. That is, when it works. A recent server crash completely lost three weeks' worth of user data.

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Palm CEO Stabs Palm OS In The Heart

Palm CEO Ed Colligan said to investors that the company does not plan to introduce any more new handsets based on the Palm OS. It is focusing all efforts on webOS and Windows Mobile moving forward. In other words, Colligan just said that Palm OS, as it has been known, is finally dead. But that's not all he said.

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Gmail Adds The Ability To Merge Contacts

If you're like me, it is highly likely that you have multiple entries in your contacts database for the same person. This annoyance comes from syncing software that just doesn't get the job done correctly. Gmail now offers a way to boil multiple contact entries down into one.

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Samsung Retouches Its TouchWiz User Interface

It appears that Samsung is set to unveil an updated version of its TouchWiz user interface at Mobile World Congress. TouchWiz is a finger-friendly UI that competes with the iPhone and Android platforms. Will the upgrades make it a better competitor?

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Details About Microsoft's Mysterious, Cloud-Based 'My Phone' Emerge

Reports indicated that Microsoft has been preparing a service that resembles Apple's MobileMe product, which allows end users to sync their contacts and other information to a Web site in the cloud. It appears those reports were true, because a Microsoft-branded Web site recently appeared that provides details about the service, which will be called "My Phone".

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Free Visual Voice Mail For BlackBerrys Offered By YouMail

Visual voice mail is one of the best features of phones such as the iPhone and Storm. It allows you to see voice mails in a list and pick the one you want to listen to rather than calling in and listening to one at a time in the order they were left. YouMail believes that everyone should have visual voice mail, and launched a new, free visual voice mail service for BlackBerry devices.

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Google Adds To Gmail Features. Again

The onslaught of new features in Gmail shows no signs of abating. Today, Google added a few more more capabilities to its email product. The first lets you archive and label emails in a single step, and there are now new keyboard shortcuts, as well.

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Google Powers Tasks And To-Do Lists Via Mobile Browsers

If you're a Gmail user, you probably rejoiced that Google added a Tasks feature to Gmail several months ago. Unfortunately, you couldn't take those tasks with you and check them from your phone. Well, now you can. Also, iPhone and Android users take note, Google has a little something extra lined up for you.

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