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posted in February 2010

Sprint And Verizon Both Pushing webOS 1.4 Update

2/27/2010
Sprint began making webOS 1.4 available to the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi during the early morning hours on February 27. Verizon customers had to wait an additional 24 hours before their devices began updating, too. The new version of webOS brings system-wide improvements.

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Newer, Cheaper iPhone(s) To Debut In June

2/26/2010
June and Apple's WWDC are approaching swiftly. Though we're still three-plus months out, reports of what Apple plans to announce are already taking shape. Morgan Stanley believes that new models are coming, and they'll be cheaper to buy and cheaper to own.

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Software Update Bricking Motorola CLIQ

2/26/2010
Users who downloaded and installed an unofficial software update for the Motorola CLIQ are seeing red. Turns out there are major bugs in the update that essentially brick the CLIQ. T-Mobile's advice? Don't update.

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Palm CEO Addresses The Troops

2/26/2010
In light of the bad financial news coming from Palm, CEO Jon Rubinstein took the opportunity to shore up the confidence of Palm employees. He sent a company wide email that outlines what the company is doing to get fully back on track.

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Palm: 'Slower Than Expected Consumer Adoption' Of WebOS

2/25/2010
If things looked bad earlier this week for Palm, they look worse now. Palm updated its guidance for the current quarter and the numbers have been revised downward. The new numbers will be "well below its previously forecasted range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion."

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Gmail Labs: Six Graduate, Five Flunk

2/25/2010
Google recently announced that it has promoted six Gmail Labs features to become full-time, regular options within Gmail. Sadly, at the same time, five precious Labs have lost their struggle for relevance and are being, in Google parlance, "retired."

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Skype Yanks Windows Mobile App From Site

2/24/2010
For some unknown reason, Skype is no longer making Skype and Skype Lite available to the Windows Mobile platform. Skype's support page says, "We felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience." What gives? Updated with explanation from Skype.

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Google Blasts Italian Judge Over Video Convictions

2/24/2010
A judge in Italy recently convicted three Google executives for failure to comply with Italian privacy laws. The privacy violation was actually committed by a school student who shot video of a classmate being bullied and then uploaded the footage to Google Video. Google calls the convictions "a serious threat to the Web" and contends that new precedent set by Italian courts endangers the very fabric of the Web.

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Apple Publishes Then Kills Latest iPad SDK

2/24/2010
On Feb. 23 Apple released a third beta version of the iPhone OS 3.2 software development kit for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It wasn't available long, however. Apple pulled the updated beta SDK mere hours after it went live. Thankfully, a few developers were able to download it before the link went dead. They found a few interesting details buried inside.

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Motorola May No Longer Call Chicago Home

2/23/2010
As part of its reorganizational efforts, Motorola indicated that it might pick up and move its handset and home businesses to California. Why? Because apparently Motorola thinks the talent pool in Chicago is tapped out.

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Number Of iPhone Users Surpasses WinMo Users

2/23/2010
After two and a half years in the market, Apple's iPhone has overtaken Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform in overall smartphone share around the globe. Apple moved past Microsoft to become the third-largest deployed smartphone platform worldwide. RIM holds onto the number two spot worldwide, but Nokia is still number one.

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Will Palm Survive 2010?

2/23/2010
Palm's stock has declined from a high of over $17 in October to just over $8.50 as of this morning. What's behind the halving of Palm's value? Well, tepid sales of its webOS smartphones are one factor. Its low stockpile of cash isn't helping either. Can the ailing company make it through the year without being absorbed by a competitor?

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Verizon Intros Hurricane Proof 'Super Switch'

2/22/2010
Mother Nature can dish out some cruel punishment. Almost nothing is more intense -- and destructive -- than a hurricane. Given the importance of communications during times of emergency, Verizon Wireless built a new switch in south Florida that can withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

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Sprint Confirms 'Summer' Launch For WiMax Phone

2/22/2010
A report that ran late last week suggested that Sprint is preparing to launch a WiMax-equipped phone by the end of June. Sprint confirmed for InformationWeek that it is on target to offer a WiMax device by "summer." That device could be the Android-powered HTC Supersonic.

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Motorola's Backflip Landing March 7 On AT&T

2/18/2010
AT&T is the last major wireless network operator in the U.S. to launch an Android handset. Though one in is on the way -- Motorola's Backflip -- the company said today that it plans to have a total of five Android handsets available by the end of June this year.

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Google Buys Then Deletes reMail App For iPhone

2/18/2010
Google recently purchased a small company that offered an iPhone email search application. The app, called reMail, was superior to the iPhone's native email search tool. As soon as Google purchased the company behind reMail, the app was pulled from the iPhone Apps Store.

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Opera Mini Bests Safari On iPhone

2/17/2010
Opera Software is demonstrating its Opera Mini browser on Apple's iPhone during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The browser from Opera is better than Apple's native iPhone browser in almost every way, and is much faster.

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RIM's WebKit Browser Gets Slightly More Real

2/16/2010
Today Research In Motion took the opportunity to preview an early build of its new mobile browser for BlackBerries. The new browser's killer ingredient? WebKit, the same engine that powers the iPhone's browser and the Android browser. Welcome to the WebKit Club, RIM.

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Hands-On Video Of All New HTC Phones

2/16/2010
Today HTC announced three new smartphones -- two of which run Android and one of which runs Windows Phone 6.5.3. All of the devices feature refreshen industrial designs and the newest version of HTC's Sense user interface. InformationWeek goes hands-on with all three.

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First Impressions Of Windows Phone 7 Series

2/15/2010
I had a few moments to spend with the freshly announced Windows Phone 7 Series operating system. One thing is clear: Microsoft is serious about taking back the smartphone crown. With OEMs and network operators on board, Windows Phone 7 is its biggest -- and riskiest -- step yet.

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MWC2010: Nokia Bores, Android Scores

2/15/2010
Mobile World Congress 2010 has kicked off into high gear with lots of news from Barcelona. Nokia forgot to announce anything new, but there are a half-dozen new Android phones on the show floor, including the Motorola CLIQ XT, headed for T-Mobile.

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Samsung's Wave Is Bada-Full

2/14/2010
Today in Barcelona Samsung unveiled its first handset to run the Bada operating system. The Wave is a touchphone that sports a 3.3-inch super AMOLED display. The hardware looks great, the software less so.

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BlackBerry Stops A Bullet, Saves Owner

2/12/2010
A man's gun accidentally discharged inside an Ohio restaurant, striking his girlfriend in the leg. Lucky for her that's where she decided to store her BlackBerry Curve, which stopped the bullet and saved her from serious harm.

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Palm Responds To Production Halt Report

2/11/2010
According to a report coming out of Taiwan, Palm ceased manufacturing all of the handsets it currently sells, including the Pre and Pixi (Sprint) and Pre Plus and Pixi Plus (Verizon). Palm has officially responded to the report and set the record straight.

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Acquisition To Help Skyfire Deliver Android Browser

2/11/2010
Today Skyfire -- maker of feature-rich browsers for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile devices -- announced that it has acquired kolbysoft for an undisclosed sum. The deal means Skyfire will be able to bring a Flash and Silverlight-toting browser to the Android platform.

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Bill Gates Pans The iPad

2/10/2010
Microsoft employees have already taken a few shots at Apple's iPad, but it has to cause a special kind of hurt when Bill Gates himself takes the time out of his day to bash a product.

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Google's Buzz Skips webOS?

2/9/2010
Today Google introduced a new social networking service called Buzz. Buzz works pretty well on the iPhone, Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms. If you're a webOS user, however, you're mostly out of luck.

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Why Windows Mobile Needs To Break With Its Legacy

2/9/2010
Microsoft needs to bite the bullet and make a giant leap of faith if it wants Windows Mobile to remain a relevant platform. The best way for it to do so is to give up on what's been holding it back for years -- its dedicated support to legacy apps and ways of computing. Windows Mobile needs a complete redesign from the ground up and start anew.

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Social Networking Landing In Your Gmail Inbox

2/8/2010
Google is prepared to update its Gmail service with a new social networking feature that will be make it behave more like Facebook or Twitter. Is this what we want clogging our inboxes, or will it be too distracting for those who rely on Gmail day in and day out?

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Rating The Mobile Superbowl Ads

2/8/2010
A small handful of mobile-related ads aired during Superbowl 44. Where they any good? Did they get the message across? Will they actually convert to sales? Or do all the companies involved need to fire their ad agencies?

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Motorola Droid Gets Multitouch (Sort Of)

2/5/2010
Earlier this week, Google announced a new version of Maps for Mobile for the Android platform. That software went live in the Android Market today and offers Motorola Droid users a hidden feature: multitouch.

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Google May 'Change Processes' For Nexus One Support

2/5/2010
Google has taken a lot of heat the last few weeks over its support -- or lack thereof -- for the Nexus One. Customers find dealing with Google's support forums to be lacking. Google hinted that it may be making some changes to better handle the situation.

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iPhone SDK Hints At Next-Gen HD iPhone

2/4/2010
The digital clues left by Apple haven't escaped the watchful eyes of the webosphere. Coders have found references to what is most likely the next version of the iPhone. Its killer feature? The ability to record HD video.

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AT&T Says Its 3G Network Can Handle SlingPlayer

2/4/2010
If you're addicted to your SlingBox, here's some good news from AT&T. The company recently approved a new version of the SlingPlayer Mobile application to work over its 3G network, instead of just Wi-Fi. Now, SlingBox users can stream their content to their mobile phone wherever they happen to be.

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Skype: VoIP Over 3G Coming To iPhone 'Soon'

2/3/2010
Apple recently eased the restriction that prevented third-party app makers from enabling VoIP calls over 3G. With that restriction gone, all eyes have turned to Skype. The big question: When is Skype going to revise its iPhone app? The answer: Soon.

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Apparently 'Free' Agrees With Nokia Ovi Maps Users

2/3/2010
Nokia is pleased to crow about the initial success of its newly-free Ovi Maps software, which was downloaded 1 million times in the first week of availability. The total number of downloads of the mapping software has already reached 1.4 million.

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Verizon Devours Another Motorola Android Phone

2/3/2010
Today Motorola announced the latest Android handset for Verizon's network, the Devour. This new handset appears to be a step down from the Droid. It has less-thrilling specs, but it is the first handset for Verizon Wireless to run Motorola's MOTOBLUR.

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Google Chrome OS Tablet Edition Previewed

2/2/2010
Apple isn't the only company with a tablet computer in the works. Google's forthcoming Chrome OS may debut in tablet form, too. Chrome OS's lead designer Glen Murphy posted a video that demonstrates what a tablet version of Chrome OS might look like.

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Google Planning Apps Store For Businesses

2/2/2010
Never mind apps for phones, Google is planning to launch a new online apps store for business customers. The software would integrate with its Web-based services. Google continues to increase the pressure on Microsoft.

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Zune Phone Rumors Need To Die

2/1/2010
Windows Mobile rumors are kicking up into high gear with the approach of Mobile World Congress. Buzz suggests that Microsoft will unveil Windows Mobile 7 at the show. Today, reports of the fabled "Zune Phone" making an appearance also reached fever pitch. Here's why it's not gonna happen.

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Verizon Mashes Up Mapping And Social Networking

2/1/2010
What happens when you take Facebook and combine it with a location-aware mapping service? VZ Navigator 5.0 is born, naturally. The newest version of this mapping service from Verizon Wireless adds some social networking pizzazz for the over-sharer in you.

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Adobe Lashes Back At Apple And The Web

2/1/2010
In response to the heated discussion occurring all over the Internet, Adobe is striking back. It posted a new blog that claims "a lot of the speculation [Adobe is] hearing for why Flash Player isn't on the iPad doesn't make sense."

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