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posted in May 2008

Google's Android To Offer Up App Store?

5/30/2008
Another gem to come from Google's I/O conference is news that Android-powered phones will be able to access some sort of centralized store to find and download applications to the handset. This will be great for developers looking to distribute their applications, as well as users seeking new functionality for their phones.

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Qualcomm Lays Out Map For The Future Of BREW

5/29/2008
This week at Qualcomm's annual BREW conference, the giant chipmaker gave its content delivery platform a double shot in the arm. BREW's future includes Flash integration and the ability to run widgets created with Qualcomm's Plaza initiative. Are these improvements enough to fend off the competition?

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3G iPhone Report Of The Day: It's Delayed

5/29/2008
Quick, everyone panic! Apple's stock is going to tank if this one is true! German cell phone chipmaker Infineon said that it is seeing less demand for its HSDPA chips than it was expecting for some big, unnamed project (hint: 3G iPhone). Surely this means Apple is delaying the 3G iPhone's launch. Right? As Mr. Spock would say, "That's highly illogical."

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Opera Cozies Up To Google, Adds Gears Support

5/29/2008
I use Google Gears. I also use Firefox. When I upgraded to Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1, I lost access to Google Gears because it isn't supported yet. This is somewhat vexing. I also use the Opera browser from time to time. Today, Opera Software announced that both the desktop and the mobile versions of its browser will support Gears. Time for me to change browsers?

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Does Cloud Computing Create A Bad Work Environment?

5/28/2008
I was speaking with some industry people last night and was horrified to learn about the work environment of an acquaintance of mine. Though he has a regular 9 to 5 job, he doesn't get his own cubicle. Rather, he has to sit in a sterile work station that cannot be personalized in any way. Is this the best that cloud computing has to offer?

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Analysts Rain On Apple's iPhone Parade

5/28/2008
With iPhone sales petering out due to their growing unavailability, Apple may not sell 10 million iPhones in 2008, say analysts. What spurred Jobs to believe that Apple could attain that number, when to-date the iPhone has sold only 5.4 million? Discuss.

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To POP Or To IMAP, That Is The Question

5/28/2008
Anyone who uses POP to retrieve e-mail from a mobile device knows that not everything you do on your phone is reflected in your account online. Google feels your pain, and wants you to know that IMAP can save you the hassle of re-performing actions when you log in from your PC.

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Huge Web Hosting Company Begs Users To Adopt Gmail

5/27/2008
DreamHost must have never imagined that so many people would use its Web-hosting services and choose to use its e-mail product. In some recent comments made by DreamHost, it is asking that its customers choose Gmail instead, because "it's something Google...can do better."

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Grasping At 3G iPhone Rumor Straws

5/27/2008
Turns out, people are sort of desperate for news about the 3G iPhone. So desperate, in fact, that they are willing to infer just about anything. Take the latest 3G iPhone reports. Apparently, Apple has received 188 containers of something at a North American port. These particular containers are of interest because they are unlabeled ... and Apple's containers are usually labeled.

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FCC Wants To Sell Yet More Airwaves, Google Perks Up

5/23/2008
I guess the $20 billion the FCC brought in during Auction 73 just wasn't enough. Today, Kevin Martin, the FCC's chairman, floated the idea of another spectrum auction. This one will sell off 25 MHz of spectrum, with the express purpose of providing free wireless broadband services. Google must be licking its chops.

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Google Eases Search Term Entry On Mobile Phones

5/23/2008
I've spouted off once or twice about how difficult it can be to enter text information on cell phones. Even phones with full QWERTY keyboards have their quirks. Google thinks it is annoying, too. It has been studying how to make filling out search fields in its mobile search products better. Its answer involves fewer "clicks."

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iPhone Reports: GeoTagging, 3G On/Off Switch, Availability

5/22/2008
Some more reports have surfaced about the 3G version of the iPhone. This round of tidbits tells us that the iPhone will include the ability to geotag photos (which means it will have GPS), users can toggle the 3G radio on and off, and we have some new information on exactly when the iPhone will be available.

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Google Offers Everyone Access To 'Sites'

5/22/2008
If you've dreamed of starting your own Web site, Google has made it easier than ever. It has expanded the availability of its Google Sites service -- originally only for Google Apps users -- to everyone. There's no limit on the number of pages you can create, nor what you can share with the WWW.

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Tiny Nokia Phone Makes Big Splash At T-Mobile Party

5/21/2008
Last night at the Edison Ballroom in NYC, T-Mobile hosted a bunch of journalists to kick off its newest handset, the Nokia XpressMusic 5310. This handset is about the size of an iPod Nano, and manages to squeeze some solid features into a teeny-tiny phone.

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Google Offers Peek At How It Controls Search Quality

5/21/2008
Google's only goal: Improve user experience. How does it do that? According to Udi Manber, VP of engineering at Google, Search Quality, it is a heck of a lot of work. Google improves its search algorithms an average of nine times per week. Here's why.

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3G iPhone Launch 'Confirmed' For June 9

5/20/2008
Gizmodo is reporting that inside sources have confirmed that the 3G version of the iPhone will indeed launch on June 9, after Steve Jobs' keynote address at Apple's WWDC. It will be available worldwide, and price points will not be locked to one figure.

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Opera Mini Users Prefer To Be Social

5/20/2008
Social networking sites are the No. 1 destination for users of Opera's Mini browser, with 40% of all traffic headed to MySpace, Facebook, and similar sites. In the United States, that number jumps to 63%. WAP sites aren't so popular (gee, I wonder why), and have seen traffic decline as full HTML browsers become more readily available on mobile phones.

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Man Answers Cell Phone On Plane, Refuses To Get Off, Raises Ethical Questions

5/19/2008
It was a life and death decision. An Austin man forgot to turn off his phone before a flight. As the plane he was on approached Dallas, it rang. He answered it. His father's heart had stopped and medical professionals were seeking end-of-life options. With his father's life literally in his hands, he refused to get off the phone when approached by Southwest Airlines staff -- despite that it's not permitted. What should he have done?

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Analyst: Don't Buy iPhone 2.0

5/19/2008
It's hard to argue with some of the advice given by Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, about iPhone 2.0. In short, he says, "Wait a little while before running out to get one." Thanks, Rob, but would anyone make a similar comment about any other phone? I doubt it.

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Hotel Doorman More Reliable Than Google Maps Mobile

5/16/2008
As I was preparing to leave Chicago today, I needed to find the nearest subway stop to my hotel. I fired up Google Maps Mobile on my phone and attempted to find one. Let's just say that the charming locals working the doors of Chicago's finest hotels outperformed Google Maps.

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Alltel Follows AT&T And Verizon, Chooses LTE For 4G

5/15/2008
Long Term Evolution has evolved into the wireless networking technology of choice for the future. The 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards bodies haven't even finalized what LTE is, but now AT&T, Verizon Wireless , and Alltel have picked it as their fourth-generation wireless network technology. This convergence toward a common platform will be Post a Comment

AT&T Wins Tri-State Area 3G Wireless Data Speed Showdown

5/14/2008
Someone out there has a lot more patience than I do. A Computerworld editor took his laptop out and about in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York and collected 500 data points with a ThinkPad X300 and wireless data cards from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. AT&T's HSDPA network proved the fastest.

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RIM Sets Stage For Smartphone Smackdown With Apple

5/12/2008
Research In Motion officially made the BlackBerry 9000 -- aka the "Bold" -- public today after months of it appearing on Internet rumor sites. As expected, 3G is on board, and in three flavors, making it the first BlackBerry that can roam from the U.S. to Japan and South Korea. It's a smartphone first, but its media capabilities aren't lacking, either.

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U.S. Apple Stores Selling Out Of iPhone

5/12/2008
First the iPhone sold out in the U.K. online Apple stores. Now it has sold out in the U.S. Customers attempting to order one are met with a "Currently Unavailable" message. This includes both the 8-GB and 16-GB models. 3G iPhone around the corner?

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When Are Mobile Broadband Prices Going To Drop?

5/9/2008
I pay $60 per month for my wireless broadband card with Verizon Wireless. Sprint and AT&T charge similar rates. Are the carriers keeping prices high to deter people from signing up, or is $60 for 5 GB of wireless data the fair market price?

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BlackBerry 9000 Video Review Surfaces

5/8/2008
The web site CrackBerry, which bought the BlackBerry 9000 for over $800 on eBay, has filmed its own video review of the next-generation hardware from RIM. In this video, CrackBerry performs a walk through of the revamped user interface. Looks fantastic.

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iPhone Sells Out At O2, 3G iPhone Spy Shots Emerge

5/8/2008
U.K. network operator O2 has sold out of its supply of 8-GB and 16-GB iPhones. It has no plans to restock either model, suggesting that the 3G iPhone will soon be available. Also, purported spy shots of the 3G iPhone have emerged from Taiwan, where it is being manufactured. There are some subtle changes compared with the current model.

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3G iPhone All But Confirmed. Launch Imminent?

5/7/2008
The 3G iPhone reports are off the charts. We still have over four weeks until Jobsnote at WWDC, but everyone and their mother believes the 3G iPhone is going to hit store shelves in the very near future. Here's the latest scuttlebutt.

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Search Gmail More Effectively

5/6/2008
One of my favorite features of Gmail is how easy it is to search through your e-mails to find what you want/need. Sometimes, though, you need to be really specific. Google has some search tips that let you quickly narrow your search down to just a handful of results.

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Yang's Words To Yahoo Troops

5/5/2008
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang sent out an e-mail to the staff at Yahoo. In it, he says, "Now is the time for us to shine and show what we're made of." Yahoo has to do that, and a whole lot more.

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What Does RIM+SAP Really Mean?

5/2/2008
We all know that RIM enables mobile access to e-mail and other enterprise applications on its BlackBerry devices. SAP delivers powerful enterprise software that has typically been tethered to the PC. Today, the two companies announced plans to craft mobile versions of SAP's software for BlackBerry devices. For existing SAP customers, this is a good deal. But will it bring in new customers?

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BlackBerry Clamshell, Called The Kickstart, Spotted

5/1/2008
What the what? A clamshell smartphone from Research In Motion? That's what pictures spied on the Internet lead us to believe. Unlike the BlackBerry Pearl, this one is a bit of a clunker in the looks department. I truly hope this is a prototype design from our friends over the border.

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