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posted in April 2008

Official BlackBerry 9000 Specs Leaked

4/30/2008
This is the real deal, folks. No speculation here. An enterprising informer found an internal RIM document that highlights all the details of the forthcoming BlackBerry 9000 smartphone. Take a peek for yourself.

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OQO Model 2 Hacked To Run Leopard

4/29/2008
The hullabaloo about Psystar is not nearly as cool as this. Sure, any geek can hack a desktop to run Apple's Leopard OS, but a member of the OQO Talk forum posted a video of his OQO model 2 running Leopard. Very cool to see Leopard on such a small device. What if Apple created a UMPC of its own?

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Google Beefs Up Presentations' Power

4/28/2008
Google's online PowerPoint application, called Presentations, just met with some great new -- and much needed -- features. First is the addition of speaker notes, which is something I sorely missed about two weeks ago when I was putting together a presentation. Google also added the ability to embed YouTube videos into Presentations, and its Gears roll-out now expands to Presentations as well.

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iPhone Reports: 3G, GPS, Haptics

4/28/2008
Here's a trio of reports that festered over the weekend. First covers news of Foxconn's contract to build the 3G iPhone, second shows that the next iPhone will support true GPS, and the last tells us that the next version of the iPhone will have microvibration feedback -- otherwise known as haptics.

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White House Staffers' BlackBerrys Stolen Five-Finger-Discount Style

4/25/2008
This story is disturbing. In what was described as a "common practice," White House staff and others attending a meeting with President Bush left their BlackBerrys sitting unattended on a table outside the meeting room. With the meeting in progress, a Mexican press attaché decided to lift six or seven of them and make a run for it. Thankfully, the Secret Service was able to catch him before he got too far. What I want

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Nokia Gives Widgets Superpowers

4/24/2008
Nokia made some changes to its Web Run-Time offering that will provide S60 widgets with the brains to predict what you want and the power to have it available instantly. Sort of. The new Web Run-Time elements make it so widgets will be contextually aware. They won't quite think on their own, but close enough.

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T-Mobile: Android Handsets Coming By Year's End

4/24/2008
A T-Mobile executive has confirmed that the carrier will be releasing more than one mobile phone based on Google's Android platform before the end of 2008. What's more, the exec said he was "impressed" with the platform. But which company will be building these handsets?

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You're It! SimulScribe Rebrands To PhoneTag

4/23/2008
The fun folks over at SimulScribe have decided that the company's name is a bit too obscure, obtuse, or just plain dumb. Beginning this Friday, the provider of visual voice mail will hence be known as PhoneTag, a name more befitting of the personality of the company. (P.S. -- Free 30-day trial offer within.)

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Apple To Intel: Atom, Schmatom

4/23/2008
In what is surely a micro blow to Intel, Apple has chosen to buy a boutique microprocessor company called P.A. Semi. The company specializes in ultra-low-power microprocessors that fit into devices such as mobile phones. Intel has been pushing its Atom platform and hoped Apple might use it in future generations of mobile devices like the iPhone.

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Apple Patent Reveals IM Interface For iPhone

4/22/2008
Apple was recently granted a patent that shows an interesting new application that looks eerily similar to the iPhone's SMS feature. There are some big differences that set it apart, though. It includes new methods for interacting with ongoing conversations, including a word predictor. This could be the eagerly-hoped-for native instant messenger app.

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IBM To Tackle Mobile Apps

4/21/2008
IBM has decided that it doesn't want to be left out of the mobile realm. It has fired up a number of programs (instant translator, social networking, and mobile health care) that will make mobile phones even more useful for everyday tasks than they already are.

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Qualcomm Finally Launches MediaFlo In Its Hometown

4/18/2008
San Diego, home of cell phone chip giant Qualcomm, is finally being blanketed by Qualcomm's MediaFlo mobile TV network. This comes some 14 months after Qualcomm's partner, Verizon Wireless, launched its branded V CAST Mobile TV service in other parts of the country. Why the long delay?

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How Long Is Gmail Going To Stay In 'Beta'?

4/17/2008
For that matter, how long are all of Google's services going to remain as beta -- and not v1.0 -- releases? Gmail has been around for years, and has yet to graduate to a full version of software. Is there a hold up? And does it really matter?

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Politicians Want To Make In-Flight Calling Illegal

4/16/2008
Rep. Peter DeFazio stood up and said what we're all thinking: "The public doesn't want to be subjected to people talking on their cell phones on an already over-packed airplane." Couldn't have said it better myself. Now, will Congress listen, and actually pass a law?

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Car Phones Get Sillier By The Day

4/11/2008
One of the few things I am really passionate about in life is sports cars. While I want to drive a Porsche or Ferrari as much as the next guy, my interest doesn't extend to phones that are branded with auto manufacturing logos. Instead of re-badging a Motorola Z8 with the Ferrari crest, this phone is actually shaped like an F1 Ferrari. I have to wonder if the ringtone is the sound o

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Study: Adults Don't Care About Mobile Music

4/10/2008
A new survey conducted by Jupiter Research shows that fully two thirds of American adults have absolutely no interest in listening to music on their mobile phones. Some of the biggest roadblocks? Songs cost too much, and it's just too difficult to find them via mobile phone. I agree, in part. Do you?

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Which Is Better, T9, SureType, Or Qwerty?

4/9/2008
If you use your phone to send SMS, IM, or e-mail messages frequently, surely you've run into all three types of text input. Rita El Khoury over at Symbian-Guru laid out her thoughts about T9. I fall into the qwerty camp, though I was pretty good with SureType. Which do you use, and why?

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Google's Gears Needs More Cogs On The Wheel

4/9/2008
As an everyday user of Google Docs, I was excited when Gears finally became available so that I could write while offline. I downloaded and installed Gears on both my computers, but in the end it was a waste of time. Right now Gears only supports Reader for me; I haven't been granted access to Docs in an offline mode yet. And this brings me to

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Google Absent From Wireless Show

4/4/2008
It is disappointing that Google failed to participate in the wireless industry's largest trade show. Google likes to do things behind the scenes, but playing a more active -- and visible -- role in an industry that it is helping to shape would be nice.

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Wireless Industry Suffers From iPhone Envy

4/4/2008
If there's one thing I saw too much of at this year's CTIA Wireless show, it was iPhone knockoffs. LG and Samsung were the most glaring offenders, with the Vu and Instinct. Apparently the wireless industry can't "think different."

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Google Wants To Be Your Alarm Clock

4/2/2008
So I was perusing my Google Calendar the other day and noticed that the "See What's New" link was bright red. That means there are new features to the product. I click on the link and what do I find? Google is now offering an alarm clock service called Google Wake Up Kit, and will integrate it into your Google Calendar. Google promises to annoy you until you get out of bed.

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CTIA Video: Playboy Undresses A Phone Of Its Own

4/2/2008
Yep. Mobile phones sure are popular these days. If you want proof, look no further than a shiny new piece of hardware announced by none other than Playboy. If you want hot, sexy mobile phone action, here it is in all its scantily clad glory.

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CTIA Video: Hands On With Windows Mobile 6.1

4/2/2008
Today I had the chance to spend a few moments with the newest version of Windows Mobile. Version 6.1 offers some nice usability enhancements, but the guts of the OS are essentially the same. Over The Air shot some video so you can see it for yourselves.

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