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posted in March 2008

CTIA Wireless: On The Ground In Las Vegas

3/31/2008
Over The Air is on the ground in Las Vegas for the CTIA wireless trade show this week and will be posting videos galore of all that we see. Be sure to check back regularly for updates. So far, the smartphone summit showed some interesting developments from Symbian and UIQ.

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Google Mashup: Video Ads, Privacy, Online Safety

3/28/2008
Google, as always, has been busy. Here's a roundup of some recent developments. Video ads are now being served in search results (although I couldn't find any); Google says it is really, really concerned about your privacy; and the company outlines steps for people to protect themselves.

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AT&T (Finally!) Sets MediaFlo Mobile TV Launch Date

3/28/2008
More than a full year behind competitor Verizon Wireless, AT&T has set May 2008 as the date it will launch its mobile TV service using Qualcomm's MediaFlo network. This is more than four months behind schedule. The good news is that it will be launching the service with the svelte LG Vu phone, which (we can't help the comparison here) is very much like the iPhone.

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UIQ Platform Updated, Receives Love From SlingMedia

3/28/2008
The UIQ mobile operating system has been updated to version 3.3. The biggest changes with this new system software, which is based on Symbian OS v9.3, are support for widgets, as well as the most recent version of the Opera Mobile browser. At the same time, SlingMedia announced that UIQ phones can now use its mobile service to stream TV. In all, good times ahead for UIQ.

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Google Offers APIs To Picasa Developers

3/27/2008
I use Picasa to share pictures with my friends and family. It has some great features, and even offers plug-ins for Apple's iPhoto software so you can upload directly to Picasa albums from iPhoto. Today, Google introduced a new API for Picasa that should make it easier to transfer pictures around -- once developers get around to actually using it to create Picasa buttons.

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Analyst: Apple Has Ordered 10 Million 3G iPhones

3/27/2008
Rumors and reports about a 3G version of the iPhone appear to be kicking into high gear the last week or so. On top of Kevin Rose's prediction earlier this week that we'll see 3G iPhones with video-calling capability, Gartner has weighed in and says Apple already has placed orders for 10 million 3G-enabled iPhones. Hoo-ahh!

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Cemaphore Delivers E-Mail To Outlook Via Gmail, No Exchange Server Required

3/26/2008
Let's say you're in love with Microsoft Outlook. You think it's the niftiest e-mail program ever. But the thought of licensing an Exchange server sort of makes you sick to your stomach. Acting like virtual Tums to quell your gastric butterflies, Cemaphore Systems is set to offer a subscription-based service that will deliver your e-mail via Google's Gmail system to your Outlook inbox -- no Exchange necessary.

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Nokia Predicts It Will Sell 35 Million GPS Phones This Year

3/25/2008
Uh, 35 million phones with GPS from one manufacturer is a lot. That number is just under 10% of all Nokia phones sold during 2007 (~400 million). This prediction is a clear indicator that GPS and navigation/location services will play an increasingly important role moving forward.

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WiMax Is 'A Disaster' That 'Failed Miserably'

3/24/2008
Oh, man. This doesn't sound good. The first WiMax operator to launch a WiMax network in Australia already has shut the network down. The CEO of Hervey Bay's Buzz Broadband berated the technology during a public meeting and said that it simply doesn't work as it's been advertised.

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BlackBerry Addicts Get 1 GB Of Free Online Storage

3/20/2008
Cortado Connect and Box.net are giving users of BlackBerry smartphones 1 GB of free online storage for pictures, files, music, whatever. If you want more storage, however, you'll have to cough up some dough. It's sort of like a mini-FTP for your phone. Check it out.

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HTC 'Dreams' Up Its Android Phone

3/20/2008
HTC was one of the first handset makers to commit to building an Android phone this year. According to inside sources, that phone will be called the Dream. It will package together a large touch screen with a full qwerty keyboard. It should street later this year.

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Google's Search UI Derided As Antiquated

3/19/2008
Some have declared that Google's search user interface -- and results pages -- are just too darned simple. It definitely isn't taking advantage of all that broadband has to offer with its elementary layout of links. Searchme, in comparison, displays results similar to CoverFlow in iTunes. Very fancy. I decided to compare Google, Ask, Yahoo, and MSN Live Search to Searchme to see what I could turn up.

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Reports: Dell To Re-Enter Smartphone Business

3/19/2008
Rather than an Android phone, which was reportedly in the works back in January, this time sources at Foxconn Electronics in Taiwan indicate that Dell is set to resume making Windows Mobile-based handheld devices. Did Asus' recent purchase of smartphone maker E-Ten have anything to do with it, or is Dell finally getting its mobile act together?

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Today Google Docs Completely Failed Me

3/18/2008
For the first time in 15 months, Google Docs failed to meet my needs and left me totally stranded. I no longer own Microsoft Office. I needed to send a PowerPoint file. I imported an existing presentation into Docs, edited it, and attempted to export it as a new PPT presentation. Alas, Google Docs only lets you export presentations as PDF or TXT files. I was flummoxed.

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Coming Soon: Mobile Phones As Boarding Passes

3/18/2008
I travel via airplane about five or six times per year, most often for work. I am always amazed at how inefficient the entire check-in and boarding process is. Looking to change that, several airlines are trialling the use of mobile phones as your boarding pass. Will it work, or will we always wait in lines no matter how advanced technology becomes?

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Google Talks More Smack About MicroHoo

3/17/2008
Even though Google already has made its position concerning a merged Microsoft-Yahoo entity fairly clear at this point, Google CEO Eric Schmidt couldn't resist reiterating the point. He said, "We are concerned that there are things Microsoft could do that would be bad for the Internet." Them's fightin' words!

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FCC Chairman Under The Gun, Auction Crawls Along

3/13/2008
Kevin Martin, the Federal Communications Commission chairman, is being investigated for his leadership style and the possibility that he has adversely impacted policies regarding the wireless industry. Meanwhile, the 700-MHz auction (remember that?) plods along painfully. When, oh when, will it end?

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Google Opens Up YouTube's APIs To Developers

3/12/2008
YouTube decided that operating a destination site was no longer cool and beefed up its capabilities. It is now offering partners and developers a full-fledged platform to help them maintain their own brands with a new set of APIs and tools. These tools can be used to integrate YouTube into Web sites and allow for the creation of YouTube applications.

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PR Snafu Outs LG Phone Before Its Time

3/11/2008
Cross-Pacific communication can be a pain in the rear. Especially when coordinating product announcements. Unfortunately for Alltel and LG USA, corporate LG in Korea announced a new phone before LG USA and Alltel were prepared. The news (about a fancy new touch-screen phone) caught them off-guard. Bloggers -- ever at the ready -- took the opportunity and ran.

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Wi-Fi Hotspots Are Doomed

3/10/2008
I bet you love your Wi-Fi. Well, don't get too attached. Ericsson's chief marketing officer believes that Wi-Fi is already irrelevant and will be replaced by high-speed wireless broadband sooner than we think. Roadblocks are definitely in the way, but 3.5G networks will far outstrip Wi-Fi in coverage the world over.

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Google Calendar Adds Outlook Sync

3/6/2008
Google has made some updates to its Calendar product recently. Google introduced a new tool that gives users the ability to auto-sync their Outlook calendar with their Google Calendar and vice versa. Say goodbye to manual syncs!

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Join Over The Air's Meta Liveblog Of The iPhone SDK Event

3/5/2008
On Thursday, March 6, Apple is hosting an event to lay out the future of the iPhone SDK. Rather than sit back and wait for the end of the event to post the news, Over The Air will provide you with a meta liveblog. So tune in, hit "refresh" often, and get yer SDK news here!

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Motorola Seeking Salvation From The Outside

3/4/2008
Motorola CEO Greg Brown has made public the firm's search for a leader to galvanize its ailing handset business. Rather than hire from within, Brown is looking outside the organization to find the road back to profitability. Brown also said that 2008 and 2009 were going to be 'rugged.'

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Google, Why Did You Take Away My Favorite Button From 'Docs'?

3/3/2008
One thing I've had a hard time getting used to with Google Docs and other Google services is that functionality comes and goes. The latest victim? In Google Docs, the "Save" and "Save & Close" buttons are no longer there in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Google, please, pretty please put those buttons back.

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What The Heck Happened To i-Mate?

3/3/2008
Reports started filtering over the Web this past weekend that i-Mate, maker of the Ultimate series of Windows Mobile smartphones, has laid off most of its U.S. staff. Reports were later confirmed with ex-employees, who said the engineering, quality assurance, and tech writing departments were all sacked. I guess having the Ultimate product doesn't assure you success in the mobile enterprise industry. U

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Report: People Not Using Advanced Mobile Services

3/3/2008
Even though three-quarters of those polled by AppTrigger believe that mobile services and offerings have improved, fully 57% have not taken advantage of any of them. That means 43% of users are driving all the adoption of new technology. The data shows that most people use their phones just as phones and not much else. What happened to convergence?

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