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posted in March 2009

CTIA: Shock Jock Stern To Talk Up The Palm Pre

3/31/2009
Looks like Palm wants to get the word about its forthcoming smartphone, the Pre, to as many people as possible. As such, it has tapped famed radio disc jockey -- and noted Treo addict -- Howard Stern to give its device an on-air interview.

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BlackBerry Storm .113 Firmware Said To Be The Next Official Update

3/30/2009
As seems to be the norm, the BlackBerry Storm got off to a shaky start when it went on sale back in November. It was a bit buggy, and users experienced no small number of issues. Verizon offered a firmware update in early December that fixed many of the major issues. Now, a new update is on the way. Ready for nearly every bug to be fixed?

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Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic Receives Major Firmware Upgrade

3/30/2009
Remember the 5800 XpressMusic? It's the first touch phone from Nokia, and saw a bumpy start here in the U.S., with units pulled from the shelves because of nonworking 3G connections. It later returned, and now gets a major upgrade in key areas such as responsiveness, data speeds, and camera features.

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Is RIM Prepping Video Download Service?

3/26/2009
According to informed sources, Research In Motion is set to announced a new, full-episode television download service for its BlackBerry devices. Is RIM ramping up efforts to compete on the mobile content front?

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Google Brings Digital Doodling To Docs

3/26/2009
Today Google announced a new feature in Google Docs: The ability to create and insert drawings into Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets. Now your inner artist can get your Gaudi, van Gogh or Gauguin on in digital form thanks to Google.

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Google Brings Voice Search To BlackBerry

3/25/2009
Google made good on its promise to bring better search functionality to mobile devices today by offering up a new mobile application for BlackBerries. The new app will let BlackBerry smartphones perform voice-based searches and deliver local results, to boot.

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Google Improves Search Results

3/24/2009
Google has tweaked its search technology in hopes of providing better search results. It now offers a refined list of associated searches and also provides lengthier snippets of each result to let you glean more information on the results page before clicking.

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YouTube Hosts Amateur Slam Dunking Contest

3/23/2009
Google's YouTube unit is getting into the spirit of the NCAA tournament. It is having its very own slam dunk contest. Anyone can shoot themselves pulling an air Jordan and then upload their video to YouTube, where it will be judged by NBA pros.

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Carriers On Dell Smartphone: No Thanks, Too Dull

3/23/2009
Differentiation in today's smartphone market matters. In that regard, Dell has learned a painful lesson: it ain't got not design chops. According to a Kaufman Bros. analyst, Dell shopped a smartphone to the wireless network operators and was told it was too "Dell-like." Dude, ouch.

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No Wonder Ericsson Wants Out: Sony Ericsson Issues Major Profit Warning

3/20/2009
Sony Ericsson may have some exciting phones in its roster of devices, but that's apparently not enough to convince consumers to buy. Today, Sony Ericsson warned that it might, might, sell half as many phones this quarter as it did last quarter. With sales that bad, who can blame Ericsson for wanting to erase its name from Sony Ericsson.

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Google Tweaks 'Unread' Function In Gmail Conversations

3/18/2009
For me, threaded messaging -- whether that be email, SMS, MMS, IM or whatever -- is the only way to go. Gmail has spoiled me in that regard. The latest adjustment Google has made to its Gmail product is a better way to fine-tune your unread emails within threaded conversations.

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iPhone OS 3.0: Apple Adds Features From 2007 To The iPhone

3/17/2009
Today Apple added a lot of "new" features to the iPhone. Make no mistake, it is nice that the iPhone will have MMS, cut-and-paste, and stereo Bluetooth, but all Apple has done here is catch the iPhone up to where smartphones were two years ago. And there are still tons of features that have been left out.

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AT&T Taken To Task Over 3G Wireless Network Issues

3/17/2009
Over the weekend, hordes of SXSW attendees overloaded AT&T's wireless network in Austin, Texas, with their iPhones and other 3G-enabled devices. In response, AT&T doubled its network capacity in the city in a matter of hours. Why wasn't AT&T's network capable of handling the demand in the first place?

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RIM, Google Fail To Properly Support Gmail On BlackBerrys

3/16/2009
I've been using a BlackBerry Storm for the last few weeks. Since Gmail is my main e-mail account, I set it up on the Storm. I'm able to send/receive e-mails with no problem. What's untenable, however, is that anything I read on the Storm is not marked as read on the server and vice versa. This is just unacceptable. RIM and Google need to fix it.

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Touch-Based Motorola Phone Clears U.S. Government Scrutiny

3/16/2009
An unannounced phone from Motorola with a large touch screen recently cleared the FCC regulatory process for approval. The basic spec list qualifies it as a midlevel device for Sprint, Verizon, or other CDMA-based network operator. Unfortunately, not much is known about the touch-based user interface.

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iPhone 3.0 To Match Palm Pre Features, But No MMS

3/15/2009
Digg founder Kevin Rose shared his predictions during SXSW for what new features we'll see in iPhone 3.0. I wouldn't put so much stock in his predictions if he hadn't been exactly right in the past. He says cut-and-paste is coming, but video and MMS will still be missing.

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Investor Bullish On Motorola, Comeback In The Works?

3/12/2009
Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron recently said in a note to clients that Motorola may warrant another look. Why? It is bound to have a spectacular second half of the year. Has Motorola finally hit bottom? Is it finally on track for a rebound? So says Kidron.

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Google: View Only The Ads That You Want To See

3/11/2009
Google has taken its advertising offerings to the next level with the adoption of "interest-based" ads. Going beyond serving ads that are relevant to the content on each Web site you visit or search you perform, users will be able to fine-tune their ad preferences to see exactly the type of stuff they are interested in.

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Java Developers Get Their Own Apps Store

3/10/2009
The latest mobile application store to be announced doesn't come from a handset maker or network operator, but rather a provider of Java developer tools. Javaground announced a new site where users of Java-enabled mobile phones can find, trial, and download content. Can it compete with the big boys?

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Palm 'Withdraws' McNamee's iPhone-Killing Pre Statements

3/10/2009
Last week, Elevation Partners investor Roger McNamee made some interesting statements about how he believes early adopters of the iPhone will jump ship and replace their Apple hardware with the Palm Pre. Palm thought his statements went a little bit too far, and submitted a document to the SEC "withdrawing" them.

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Palm: We Need To Sell Stock To Survive

3/9/2009
This morning Palm announced that it plans to exercise rights to sell about 18.5 million shares of its stock in order to build up capital. The company has current cash reserves of just $220 million, and it needs the cash to see the Pre through its launch later this year.

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Verizon, Nokia Teaming Up On LTE Touch Phone: Report

3/9/2009
Nokia and long-time nemesis Qualcomm recently buried the hatchet and announced plans to work together on devices for the U.S. market. With Verizon's commitment to deploy LTE by the end of 2009, it will need some hardware that can access the new 4G network. According to reports, that device will come from Nokia and will be touch-enabled.

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Android To Outsell iPhone By 2012: Analyst

3/6/2009
New research published by Informa suggests that the Android platform will surpass the iPhone in unit sales by the year 2012. Do you think that's accurate? Will it really take three years, or do you think it might happen sooner?

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BlackBerry App World: PayPal Required, Older Models Not Supported

3/5/2009
Details about Research In Motion's forthcoming application storefront have emerged with some surprises. Among them, the requirement that users and developers alike have PayPal accounts for the sale and purchase of applications. What also may be distressing is that legacy BlackBerrys will be left out in the cold.

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Jekyll & Hyde: Android Gets Finance, Guitar Hero Apps

3/4/2009
Google recently released its Finance application for the Android platform. Finance gives Android users the ability to check stock quotes and other financial information in real time. In case Finance doesn't sound too interesting, Hands-On Mobile also released a version of Guitar Hero for Android. So now the inner investor and inner rock star in you can work and have fun on your Android phone.

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Can Netbooks Survive The Carrier Subsidy Model?

3/3/2009
AT&T recently began offering netbooks for the low price of $99 -- as long as you're willing to sign up for a $60-per-month wireless data contract. The Internet is a key tool for netbooks, but will the subsidy model really work as it does for cell phones?

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Google Sticks Chat Feature Into iGoogle

3/3/2009
Google's latest enhancement to its user-customizable iGoogle site is the ability to conduct Gmail chats from within iGoogle. The new feature means you can do more on the iGoogle site without having multiple windows open.

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Smartphones Set To Double Market Share

3/2/2009
According to In-Stat, smartphones are going to double their share of the mobile handset market in the next four years. Considering the success of devices such as the iPhone, the G1, and others, this isn't so hard to believe. But which platform will dominate?

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