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posted in March 2010

More Details Surface On iPhone 4.0 Multitasking

3/31/2010
The next major iPhone operating system update -- to 4.0 -- purports to bring with it monumental shifts in the way the iPhone works and behaves. Chief among them will be multitasking, the ability to run two or more applications at once, with the non-active ones remaining open in the background.

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iPad Users Will Have To Pay To Upgrade Software

3/30/2010
Apple has certified the Gold Master of the iPhone OS 3.2 Software Developers Kit for the iPad. Under the terms of agreement in the final iPad SDK is an interesting piece of information. It says that iPad users will have to pay (just like iPod Touch users do) to upgrade their device's software.

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Google Has A Plan To Stem Android Fragmentation

3/29/2010
One problem facing Android is fragmentation of the base operating system. There are currently four different versions available to end users based on handset and carrier choice. That stinks for developers and end users both. Google has a plan that should help to solve the problem.

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Apple Shares iPad Launch Details, Pre-Orders Now Shipping

3/29/2010
Early this morning, people who were among the first to pre-order the iPad began receiving notifications that their devices have shipped. In addition, Apple sent an email today that announces a number of details about the iPad's launch weekend, including its availability at Best Buy stores.

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RIM Confirms BIS 3.0 Is Live In N. America

3/29/2010
Over the weekend, Research In Motion upgraded its BlackBerry Internet Services to version 3.0. Most consumers who purchase BlackBerries use BIS-based services. BIS 3.0 doesn't offer and whiz-bang new features that are obvious right away, but there have been a lot of under-the-hood improvements -- especially for Gmail users.

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Does iPhone Get OS 3.2 On April 3, Too?

3/26/2010
The iPhone has not seen a significant operating system update in six months. Does Apple intend to offer iPhone OS 3.2 -- which is shipping on the iPad starting April 3 -- to the iPhone at the same time?

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Steve Jobs Revealing iPad Secrets Via Email

3/26/2010
More than ever, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is responding to customer emails. Perhaps the most exciting revelation is that the iPad -- and iPhone -- will gain a universal inbox. That will be a welcome upgrade. What other secrets has Jobs revealed?

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HTC: Nexus One A Success, WinPho 7 By 4Q10

3/26/2010
This week at the CTIA trade show, HTC CEO Peter Chou offered a few sound bites worth passing on. Among them, he calls the Nexus One a success, and says that his company will bring a Windows Phone 7 device to market by the end of the year.

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Google Payola Scheme Sullies Android's Success

3/25/2010
According to sources at two different wireless network operators, Google has been paying the carriers to deploy the Android platform. Perhaps that's why Android headlines have dominated trade shows this year, such as CES, Mobile World Congress and CTIA. With this knowledge, I believe it's fair to say Google has fully turned to the Dark Side.

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Google Gives BlackBerry Storm New Search App

3/25/2010
Today Google finally made a version of its Mobile Search application available to the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2 handsets. The app includes useful features such as Voice Search and stored search history. It's a free download.

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Shoot Yourself In The Foot Much, Clearwire?

3/25/2010
Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow didn't do the company any favors in a recent discussion with the press. He believes that the world should agree on one next-generation wireless networking technology. In theory, that's a great idea. Rather than say, "It should be WiMax," he said, "We can switch to LTE if we have to."

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Verizon's Skype App Knee-Capped With No Wi-Fi

3/24/2010
Skype Mobile is set to debut for Verizon smartphones starting March 25. In our hands-on tests, it works quite well. I find it deeply troubling, however, that Verizon has killed off the ability to make Skype calls via Wi-Fi. Calls will only be connected through Verizon's 1x voice network.

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Mozilla Gives Up On Windows Mobile

3/23/2010
Today Mozilla confirmed that it has halted all development of Firefox browsers for the Windows Mobile platform. That includes Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7. Does Mozilla have a good reason?

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Skype For Verizon To Be Available March 25

3/23/2010
If you've been waiting for Verizon's Skype Mobile application to become available, your wait is nearly over. It will be free to download starting tomorrow, and works with some of the best-selling smartphones from Verizon.

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Opera Hopes For A Blessing From Apple

3/23/2010
Today Opera Software submitted its Opera Mini browser to Apple. Opera believes that Apple will approve the application, which delivers a robust mobile browsing experience on the iPhone. Will it happen? The ball is in Apple's court. In the mean time, be sure to check out some video we have of the new browser.

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AT&T Scores Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus

3/22/2010
Today Palm announced that AT&T has decided to sell both the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. This is good news for Palm, which has over 1 million Pres and Pixis gathering dust in warehouses somewhere. I can't quite say if it is good news for AT&T or not.

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Want A 4G iPhone? Sprint Has It

3/21/2010
Sprint is joining Verizon in taking advantage of the iPhone and iPad's wireless networking weaknesses. Sprint is advertising a "4G" iPhone. How does it work? Well, it doesn't involve new hardware from Apple, I can tell you that much.

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Apple Now Taking iPad App Submissions

3/19/2010
Today Apple sent a letter to iPad developers letting them know that they are now free to send in applications they've written for the iPad. Hurry up, though. Only those who submit before March 27 will be considered for the launch of the iPad Apps Store.

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Widget Actually Makes Buzz Usable On Android Handsets

3/19/2010
If you're a user of Google's Buzz social networking service, creating posts from your Android smartphone just got a whole lot easier. Rather than accessing Buzz from the browser, Google has created a widget that lets users share directly from their home screen.

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Motorola Droid Users Burned Again

3/19/2010
For a second time, Motorola Droid users were teased with the possibility that the Android 2.1 system update was on the way. And, for a second time, the update has apparently been put on hold, burning Droid users anxious to get the new software.

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'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of iPads Ordered So Far

3/18/2010
Apple has yet to share official numbers for iPad pre-orders, but the Wall Street Journal says that in one week "hundreds of thousands" of them have been pre-ordered. Additionally, Apple hasn't finalized all the content deals it was hoping to by launch.

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Google Overhauls Maps For Android

3/18/2010
Google recently provided a significant refresh of Maps for the Android platform. Maps for Mobile 4.1 now has an updated results page, a trick swipe-to-see-more feature, live wallpapers and a new latitude widget. Oh, and Google is now serving ads in Maps.

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HTC: Hey Apple, You Are So Wrong

3/18/2010
Today HTC made its first official response to the lawsuit Apple filed against it earlier this month. In the response, the company throws down its gauntlet with a long list of "firsts" that it has brought to the industry. That includes mobile computing products that reach as far back as 1998.

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RIM Gets Pushy With Push Services For Devs

3/17/2010
Developers looking for a better -- or at least a faster -- way to deliver content to end users just got a big boost from Research In Motion. Starting today, RIM is making its Push Services free to all developers.

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Verizon Wireless Details Android 2.1 Update For Droid

3/17/2010
Owners of the Motorola Droid have been waiting for Verizon to update the device to Android version 2.1 since January. The update must be near, because Verizon has posted a full changelog for the system update. Reports suggest Droid users will see over-the-air updates arriving as soon as March 18. Updated with statement from Verizon.

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Flop Or Not, Nexus One Headed To AT&T

3/16/2010
In a move no one expected, today Google made the Nexus One available with support for AT&T's 3G network. The phone, which has been available directly from Google since January, is now available for AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon will offer it soon.

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Why Microsoft Is The New Apple

3/16/2010
Microsoft's MIX conference was a goldmine of data regarding its new Windows Phone 7 platform. Some of the news was exciting, such as the story for developers. But there's a lot of bad news, too. In fact, Windows Phone 7 is so much like the iPhone, Microsoft is now the new Apple.

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Windows Phone 7 Apps Must Be Microsoft Approved

3/15/2010
Today during its MIX developer conference, Microsoft shared more details about Windows Phone 7 and the tools developers can use to write applications for it. In a shocking revelation, Microsoft admitted to a decidedly Apple-like approach to how it will distribute Windows Phone 7 apps. All apps must be approved by Microsoft, and can only be distributed via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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50K Apple iPad Pre-Orders In 2 Hours

3/12/2010
Today Apple began accepting pre-orders for its iPad tablet device. Based on analyst estimates, approximately 50,000 were pre-ordered during the first two hours of availability. At that rate, Apple will sell one million by tomorrow. Also, plenty of new details about the device have surfaced.

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Twitter Adds Location Sharing Tool

3/12/2010
This week Twitter unveiled a new tool that allows users to share their location information when they send tweets. The new feature is accessible from mobile browsers and desktop browsers, though some smartphone apps already offer location sharing.

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Five Reasons To Pre-Order The iPad

3/11/2010
The Apple iPad will be available to pre-order starting Friday, March 12. If you're in the market for Apple's "magical" device, here are five reasons why you should sign up early and buy on the very first day.

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iPhone OS 4.0 Reported To Feature Multitasking

3/11/2010
One of the chief complaints of iPhone users since the debut of iPhone OS 2.0 and the apps store is the iPhone's inability to multitask (run two or more programs simultaneously). New information suggests that iPhone OS 4.0's biggest upgrade will be multitasking. Also, purported images of iPhone 4G have been spotted.

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Hands-On With Opera Mini 5 For Android

3/11/2010
Today Opera Software made its Opera Mini 5 browser available to the Android platform for the first time. As with its performance on the iPhone, Opera Mini 5 is much faster on Android handsets than the native Android browser.

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Latest iPad SDK Hints At New Touch Gestures

3/10/2010
Late Tuesday, Apple made a new version of the software developers kit available for iPhone OS 3.2 for the iPad. As per usual, developers have made some interesting discoveries buried in the code, including some support for new finger gestures.

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Google Gains While Palm Loses Smartphone Share

3/10/2010
ComScore issued its latest report on smartphone usage in the United States for the three months ending January 2010. Google moved up significantly, while Palm dropped a few (more) percentage points. RIM, however, remains champion.

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iPhone Scientifically Proven To Be Addictive

3/9/2010
Obsess much? According to a study undertaken by Stanford University, the iPhone can be addictive. My favorite nugget from the study? Seventy-five percent of respondents admitting to falling asleep with their iPhone in bed.

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Nexus One Sales Model Not Really Working Out

3/9/2010
Google promised to change the way cell phones are sold with its direct-to-consumer approach. The only problem is, nothing has really changed -- unless you count the Nexus One sales estimates that Goldman Sachs reduced from 3.5 million down to 1 million.

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AT&T's Backflip A Backward Step For Android

3/8/2010
AT&T's first Android handset went on sale March 7. Based on several factors that have come to light since the device's launch, there are some serious drawbacks to the Backflip. Chief among them? No Google, and a lock-down on apps compatibility.

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iPad: The Ad, Tethering, What We Don't Know

3/8/2010
Despite its flashy debut in January and the recent television spot that aired during the Oscars, there's still a lot we don't know about the Apple iPad. Steve Jobs did, however, take the time to respond directly to one user email about tethering the iPad to the iPhone.

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Google Scoops Up DocVerse, Open-Sources ReMail

3/5/2010
Today Google added another business-oriented company to the swath of acquisitions it has made this year. It has bought up DocVerse, a Web-based office productivity company. Google has also turned around and made the source code for reMail -- which it also recently acquired -- open via an Apache license.

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Apple iPad Goes On Sale April 3

3/5/2010
This morning Apple announced that its iPad tablet device will be available for pre-order starting March 12, and it will ship by April 3. That's for the Wi-Fi version, mind you. Apple said the 3G version won't be available until some time later in April.

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PlayStation Phone On The Way From Sony

3/4/2010
Sony doesn't like losing. That's why the company has decided to go all in and bring a real "PlayStation" phone to market. According to those in the know, the smartphone from Sony will be able to access downloadable games, movies and music, just like the iPhone.

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Google Experiments With Gesture-Based Search On Android

3/4/2010
Imagine being able to find something on your smartphone just by drawing the letter "B" on the screen. Google hopes you'll do just that with its new Gesture Search application for Android handsets, which lets users search for items by drawing gestures on the display.

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New Google Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Features

3/3/2010
Google recently rolled out a new beta version of its Chrome browser for the Windows XP, Vista and 7 platforms. The biggest new feature is automatic language translation powers. Its new privacy tweaks are a nice upgrade, too.

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Apple v. Google: The Battle Is Fully Joined

3/3/2010
After taking some time to digest the massive 20-patent lawsuit filed against it by Apple on March 2, HTC (and partner Google) have responded. Their take? HTC says it has plenty of its own patents and isn't infringing on Apple's.

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BlackBerry Slider Leaks, Mirrors Break Everywhere

3/3/2010
Tech spies have unearthed pictures of a purported BlackBerry slider smartphone. The device, which bears a passing resemblance in form to the Palm Pre, has a touch screen and slides up to reveal a full, physical keyboard. Too bad it's so ugly.

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Apple: HTC Is Stealing From Us

3/2/2010
Today Apple filed a lawsuit against competitor HTC. Apple says that HTC is infringing on 20 phone-related patents and CEO Steve Jobs notes that the company is going to act to protect its intellectual property.

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iPad's Arrival May Be Delayed A Month

3/1/2010
Scuttlebutt leaking from China indicates a possible hiccup in the impending launch of Apple's iPad. According to sources, a manufacturing snafu has seriously constrained the number of units that will be available, and could push the iPad's debut from March to April.

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Microsoft Reaffirms No WinMo7 For WinMo6.5 Devices

3/1/2010
Microsoft said from the start that Windows Phone 7 would not be compatible with older devices running Windows Mobile 6.5.x. This didn't stop the blogosphere from keeping its fingers crossed that Microsoft's latest mobile platform could trickle down to older phones. To quell rumors, Microsoft has laid down the law.

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