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posted in April 2010

Adobe 'Moving Forward' Without Apple

4/30/2010
All the back-and-forth on the Flash issue is getting a little ridiculous. Whichever side you happen to support in the issue, what really matters is giving customers what they want. That's what Adobe says it is going to do -- with or without Apple.

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AT&T Admits Its Network Can't Handle Tethering

4/29/2010
Smartphones that can tether to laptops have swelled in number lately, including those such as the HTC Droid Incredible, Palm Pre, and others. One smartphone that can't tether -- at least in the U.S. -- is the iPhone. Why not? Because AT&T's network can't handle it.

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Analysis Of HP-Palm Acquisition

4/29/2010
HP turned the smartphone space on its head Wednesday with its surprise purchase of Palm. At first blush, the deal would appear to help both companies, but it is far from a sure bet to save Palm's line of webOS devices.

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HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion

4/28/2010
Today HP announced that it plans to buy ailing smartphone maker Palm for the price of $1.2 billion. "We're thrilled by HP's vote of confidence in Palm's technological leadership," said Palm CEO Jon Rubsinstein

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Microsoft: Android Infringes On Our Patents

4/28/2010
This afternoon Microsoft issued a statement regarding the recent intellectual property licensing agreement it struck with HTC. It appears as though Microsoft believes Android infringes on its smartphone patents. The agreement between HTC and Microsoft clearly shows how desperately the two companies need one another. Updated.

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New iPhone May Launch June 7

4/28/2010
Today Apple announced the dates of its Worldwide Developer Conference, which will run June 7 to June 11. WWDC has served as the kick-off point for new iPhone models the last two years. Will this year follow suit?

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iPhone Already #1 Opera Mini Device In U.S.

4/28/2010
The Opera Mini browser has been available for the iPhone for mere weeks, and already it has surpassed every other handset in the U.S. in terms of installs. It is also the number three Opera Mini handset world wide.

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T-Mo Drops Overage Charges On 5GB Data Plans

4/27/2010
In its usual customer-friendly fashion, T-Mobile has made a small, but significant change to the way it is handling data hogs. Rather than charging an arm and a leg for each megabyte, it will just throttle web speeds down.

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RIM Demos BlackBerry 6

4/27/2010
Today at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium event, Research In Motion gave a sneak peak at its new operating system. BlackBerry 6, as it is called, looks like a solid improvement on BlackBerry's existing strengths, bringing a better, more graphic experience to end users.

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Bold 9650: A BlackBerry For Business

4/26/2010
The other BlackBerry that Research In Motion announced today is the Bold 9650. Rather than think of it as a specced-up Bold, think of it as a re-skinned Tour. Despite its less-than-original design and features, it manages to score solid points as a daily task killer.

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RIM: 6,500 Apps, 1M Downloads Per Day

4/26/2010
Today Research In Motion took to the stage at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium event to share information about the company. The company threw out a lot of numbers. Here's the most significant set.

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Pearl 9100 3G Is The Porsche Of BlackBerries

4/26/2010
Research In Motion announced two new versions of the Pearl today, the 9100 and 9105. These devices bring 3G to the GSM side of the Pearl family for the first time, as well as a much-needed update to the display and processor. Here are my initial thoughts.

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Verizon Decides To Skip The Google Nexus One

4/26/2010
When Google first announced the Nexus One Android phone, it mentioned that the device would initially be available for T-Mobile, followed later this year for Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Well, Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible has ousted the Nexus One.

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Three Things Android Needs To Improve

4/23/2010
Android has seen some solid success and growth since its debut in October 2008. The platform has progressed from 1.0 to 2.1, and high-end Android handsets have been all the rage in recent months. For all its successes, there are still some major failings of the platform. Here are three of them.

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HTC Bows Out Of Palm Buy-Out

4/23/2010
After taking a look at Palm's books, HTC doesn't like what it sees. The company is no longer interested in purchasing Palm. Who is left to buy the ailing smartphone maker? Lenovo is still interested, though Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein still believes the company can go it alone.

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Google Backtracks On Free iPhone Navigation

4/23/2010
After what appeared to be a confirmation from Google employees that free navigation was headed to the iPhone, it now says that's not the case. Were Google to offer free navigation for the iPhone (and other platforms), Google could seriously threaten dedicated GPS and navigation providers.

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Trio Of Leaked Dell Android Phones Impress

4/22/2010
Dell has been holding back on us. It showed off its first Android smartphone -- the Mini 3 -- several months ago. It is meant for China, however, and not the U.S. Now, three more Android phones have made an appearance and they indicate that Dell is taking the smartphone game seriously.

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Leaked iPhone Likely Final Version

4/22/2010
When Gizmodo published a report on a leaked iPhone earlier this week, it was unclear just how far along in the design process the handset was. According to new information, the answer to that is "pretty far along." In fact, it is probably the next-gen iPhone in its final form.

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Evidence Of Android 2.2 Froyo Spotted

4/21/2010
Not much is known about the next version of Android. Android 2.2 -- or Froyo -- is being worked on, but Google hasn't indicated much more than that. Recently, a number of web sites have spotted evidence that the next version of Android is being tested on the web.

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BlackBerry 9670 Flip Phone Spied

4/21/2010
Research In Motion's first foray into the clamshell phone market didn't exactly impress. The Pearl Flip, as it was branded, was never a hot seller. It's curious that RIM would try again. Based on the spy images of the 9670, its second attempt at a flip phone is a step in the right direction when it comes to function, but two steps backward when it comes to form.

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Adobe: No More iPhone For Us

4/21/2010
Adobe appears to be throwing in the towel when it comes to developer tools for the iPhone. It will no longer invest in Adobe Flash CS5 for iPhone, and instead will focus all its mobile efforts on the Android platform.

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BlackBerry OS 6.0 Details Leak

4/20/2010
If iPhone and Android aren't your thing, good news has leaked about the upcoming overhaul of Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform. BlackBerry OS 6.0 looks like a major revision to the operating system that will offer multitouch throughout the OS, a new WebKit browser, and an updated inbox.

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Gizmodo Wrangles Admission Out Of Apple

4/20/2010
The Great iPhone Leak Of 2010 has entered its final chapter. Late yesterday, Apple's lawyers sent Gizmodo an official letter requesting that the blog arrange the return of the iPhone to Apple. Gizmodo agreed.

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Everyone Is Getting The Flash 10.1 Story Wrong

4/19/2010
Comments made recently by Adobe's CEO about Flash Player 10.1 for mobile have been completely misunderstood. Adobe has not delayed its plan to deliver Flash Player 10.1 at all. It will still be ready before the end of the first half of 2010.

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Gizmodo Says It Has The Next-Gen iPhone

4/19/2010
Tech blog Gizmodo claims it has gotten its hands on a legitimate prototype of the next-generation iPhone. The device they have receives a full hands-on treatment from the bloggers at Gizmodo, and after tearing the device apart, evidence that it is real looks to be concrete.

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Google's Quarterly Android Report

4/16/2010
Google's Android platform is gaining steam every day. Android phones continue to roll off the assembly lines of a dozen companies, and applications are added to the Android market each day. Here are some stats from Google's recent quarterly report.

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Next-Gen iPhone Spotted?

4/16/2010
A fuzzy image of what could be the rear side of the next-generation iPhone is making its way across the Internet. It looks like a shrunken iPad more than an evolved iPhone. Real or not, Sasktel's CEO accidentally said the next-gen iPhone is coming in June.

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Gmail Gains Drag-And-Drop Attachments

4/15/2010
Gmail's latest new feature reminds us that we should take pleasure in the little things. Starting today, Chrome and Firefox users will be able to drag-and-drop files from their desktop and attach them to emails without using the clunky attachment tool.

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Twitter Targeting Top Smartphone Platforms

4/15/2010
Social networking service Twitter has made a number of interesting moves in the mobile space. It recently released a native Twitter application for the BlackBerry platform, bought an iPhone Twitter app and has now pledged to build a native Twitter app for Android.

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Verizon Accidentally Confirms 'Incredible' Launch

4/14/2010
Early today, a teaser web site went live on VerizonWireless.com which provided some details about the HTC Droid Incredible. The page was later pulled, but not before we learned one specific piece of information: the date the Incredible is primed for launch.

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Nokia Intros New Business Phones

4/13/2010
This morning, Nokia piped up after a long silence and announced a handful of new messaging handsets. Two of the three devices run Nokia's S60 platform, which is its more powerful smartphone operating system. Can these handsets survive in the iPhone and Android era?

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Apple Approves Opera Mini Browser For iPhone

4/12/2010
Shocker! Apple has done the (somewhat) unthinkable and approved the Opera Mini browser for the iPhone. According to Opera, the new browser will be available to iPhone and iPod Touch users by the end of the day Tuesday, April 13.

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First Impressions Of Microsoft Kin 1 & Kin 2

4/12/2010
Beyond the new mobile platform, Microsoft also introduced the two first devices that will run Kin. The Kin 1 and Kin 2 are already polarizing the Internet with their consumer-esque design. Can these two phones help launch Kin, or will people shy away?

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First Impressions Of Microsoft's Kin Platform

4/12/2010
Today Microsoft unveiled its new consumer-focused platform and handsets, called Kin. The two new devices were developed under the "Pink" code name, and bring social sharing to an entirely new level. Kin is for those who just can't get enough of their family and friends.

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iPhone 4.0's Biggest Disappointments

4/9/2010
Despite the long list of positive things Apple has done with iPhone OS 4.0, it left a number of things out of the new operating system. Here's a few things that the iPhone faithful were hoping to see.

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Leaked Specs For HTC 'Incredible' Impress

4/9/2010
The user manual for the HTC Incredible has leaked onto the Internet, and with it the entire spec list for the device. The Incredible will instantly become Verizon's flagship device when it goes on sale in the coming weeks, thanks to its 1Ghz processor, 8 megapixel camera, and giant 3.7-inch display.

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Apple Details iPhone OS 4.0 Features

4/8/2010
Apple gave the world a sneak peak at iPhone OS 4.0 today, and it is rich with new features. Of the 100 or so new features coming to the platform, Apple detailed how seven of them are going to impact the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The most important are multitasking, the unified inbox, and for enterprises, new device management tools.

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Skyfire Cancels BlackBerry Browser Until Dev Environment Improves

4/8/2010
Skyfire's CEO Jeff Glueck recently posted a blog explaining why the company is halting development of its Skyfire browser for the BlackBerry platform. The biggest reason? Glueck cites a bad developer environment, singling out BlackBerry's Java-based systems. Skyfire is focusing all its efforts now on Android.

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Google Giving Up On 'Revolutionary' Android Sales Model?

4/7/2010
Accessories for the HTC-made Nexus One have begun appearing in T-Mobile retail stores. Is T-Mobile preparing to stock the Nexus One? If so, does that mean Google is giving up on its plans to sell Android devices directly to consumers? Also, an "Incredible" device is preparing to launch with Verizon Wireless.

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RIM's 'Magnum' To Be Holy Grail Of BlackBerries?

4/7/2010
One reason Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices have been so successful with business users is because they have great keyboards. That hasn't stopped business users from moving over the iPhone in droves, in part, because of its touch interface. BlackBerry hopes to hold onto its customers with the Magnum, which features both a touch screen and a keyboard.

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Apple Suggests iPad Wi-Fi Fixes

4/6/2010
Apple has backhandedly acknowledged that some iPad users are experiencing trouble connecting to Wi-Fi networks with their devices. Rather than admit that the iPad is to blame, however, Apple passes the buck to poorly configured or poorly placed Wi-Fi routers.

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Five Reasons The iPad Amazes

4/6/2010
Despite its shortcomings, the iPad is still a really interesting and amazing piece of technology. Here are five things about the iPad that make it the game-changer that it is.

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Apple Says It Moved 300,000 iPads On Saturday

4/5/2010
A press release from Apple hit the wires this morning, trumpeting the company's first-day sales of the iPad. It says on Saturday alone, 300,000 were delivered to those who pre-ordered in addition to those that were sold in Apple stores.

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Apple iPad First Impressions

4/3/2010
UPS delivered my iPad at about 2PM this afternoon. I've spent several hours configuring it and playing around. So far, I've found it to be an impressive piece of technology that will change the way I work.

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iFixit Tears Down iPad, Analyzes Its Guts

4/3/2010
iFixit recently scored an Apple iPad and decided to perform a preliminary analysis of what makes the iPad so pretty on the inside. iFixit not only tore the thing apart, it provides step-by-step directions so you can do the same.

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Non-iPad Mobile News Items Worth Reading

4/2/2010
Apple may be dominating headlines this week, but there's plenty else to read about. RIM delivered a disappointing earnings report, Palm has some economics it wants to share with you, Skyfire has an Android browser in development, Google's Buzz gets a minor facelift, and LinkedIn connects with BlackBerry.

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Google Not Supporting The iPad?

4/2/2010
Based on spending more than an hour trolling the iPad Apps Store, I can't find a single Google application or service that has been optimized for the iPad. How come? Google isn't the only one. Other major publishers haven't updated their apps, either.

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iPhone Wins 'Most Satisfying' Award

4/2/2010
Love it or hate it, the iPhone appears to make most users happy. How do we know this? J.D. Power and Associates named the iPhone winner of its 2010 smartphone customer satisfaction survey.

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Verizon Practically Giving Away Palm Phones For Free

4/1/2010
Today Verizon Wireless rolled out a new promotion for Palm's lineup of webOS devices, the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. Verizon has discounted the Pre Plus from $150 to just $50, and the Pixi Plus from $50 to $30 -- and that doesn't include the buy-one-get-one free offer. Fire sale?

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