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posted in May 2010

Apple Sells 2 Million iPads In 59 Days

5/31/2010
Today is the 59th day since the iPad went on sale April 3. The device launched internationally on May 28. This morning, Apple announced that it has sold two million of them. That's a lotta iPads.

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Businesses Have Bought 40% Of iPhones In 2010

5/28/2010
AT&T's Ron Spears recently revealed that 40% of the iPhones sold to-date during 2010 have been to business customers. RIM's BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms are the default enterprise mobile computing choice. Or, rather, were. Should RIM be scared?

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Skype Promises To Bring Video Calling To Android

5/28/2010
Right now, the only Skype client available to Android handsets is solely through Verizon Wireless. That's about to change, as Skype recently promised to make Skype available to all Android handsets. What's more, Skype said it intends to "set the bar" for mobile-to-mobile video calls.

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Verizon And Motorola Teaming On Two More Droids

5/28/2010
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently informed investors that the company plans to release two more Droid-branded handsets with Verizon in July. He also said that Verizon will be backing them up with big marketing campaigns. Can lightning strike twice for Motorola and Verizon?

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Google's Buzz Gains More Smartphone Platform Support

5/27/2010
Anyone remember Buzz? Google's social location and sharing service got a bit of an upgrade today in the form of a new XHTML web address that works with BlackBerry OS, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile. Now more people can buzz about Buzz from their phones.

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Tiered Pricing Confirmed For Verizon's LTE Network

5/27/2010
The "unlimited" party is officially over. Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it won't be offering unlimited data plans for its upcoming Long Term Evolution services. Instead, customers will pay for buckets of data by the megabyte. The good news? LTE devices will be intro'd at CES in January 2011.

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U.S. Gov: Pre-Paid Phones Are For Terrorists

5/26/2010
Pre-paid cell phones -- you know, the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy for $20 -- often don't require buyers to provide any sort of identification. The U.S. government says bollocks to that. Today several senators introduced new legislation that would mandate pre-paid cell users to identify themselves.

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iPhone Due In June, Sky Is Still Blue

5/26/2010
According to AT&T employees, the company has informed them that the new iPhone from Apple is due at some point in June. As if we didn't already know this. When in June? Well, not too late, as it turns out. Will Verizon sell it?

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Nexus One Already Hitting Retail Store Shelves

5/26/2010
Well, that was fast. Barely a week after Google announced plans to eventually shutter its online retail store for the Nexus One Android phone, the device has appeared for sale elsewhere. Looks like the first place it is available for sale is via i wireless for the hefty sum of $300 with a new T-Mobile contract.

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What Exactly Is '4G'?

5/25/2010
The term "4G" is being tossed around a lot in the tech industry right now, and in some instances is being misapplied. InformationWeek takes a few moments to to help sort out this alphabet soup and explain what's really going on here.

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AT&T Gifting Free Wi-Fi To Times Square

5/25/2010
In what looks to be another move to salvage network performance in New York City, AT&T has announced a pilot program to offer free Wi-Fi to its subscribers in the Times Square area of Manhattan. It's the latest admission by AT&T that it doesn't know how to fix its cellular network in the Big Apple.

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What Are Nokia And Yahoo Planning For Monday?

5/21/2010
Yahoo recently invited the press to gather at an announcement it is holding on Monday, May 24. The invite uses an interesting combination of words, which includes "global", "mobile" and "consumers." According to the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is involved. What gives?

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iPad Sold Out, Users 91% Satisfied

5/21/2010
The iPad 3G appears to be sold out at most Apple Stores across the U.S. The Wi-Fi model is less scarce, but barely so. Did Apple underestimate supply badly? According to user surveys, 91% of people who own an iPad are satisfied with it. Perhaps word-of-mouth is selling the device for Apple.

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First Impressions Of Android 2.2 Froyo

5/20/2010
InformationWeek was able to spend some time using a Google Nexus One running the new Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. It lives up to Google's claims of being fast. But does that mean it is better?

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First Impressions Of Adobe Flash Player 10.1

5/20/2010
InformationWeek had the opportunity to spend a few moments playing with Adobe's new Flash Player 10.1 for the Android platform. In general, it works well, but the "beta" label is well deserved. There are bugs, but Adobe will probably overcome them.

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Official Twitter Apps For BlackBerry, iPhone Updated

5/20/2010
Twitter recently rolled out some major updates to its official applications for the BlackBerry and iPhone platforms. The BlackBerry Twitter app received a large number of upgrades, including new features requested by users. The new iPhone Twitter app is a rebadged version of Tweetie 2.0.

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Google Refreshes Calendar, Docs, Wave

5/19/2010
Today at the Google I/O developer conference, Google unfurled a number of new initiatives and tweaks to existing products. Some of the existing products that saw updates include Calendar, Documents, and Wave.

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iPad Roundup: No Cash, iPod Killer, Keyboard Upgrade

5/18/2010
Lots of interesting headlines today concerning the iPad. First, an Apple Store refused to accept cash for an iPad. Second, analysts think the iPad is starting to cut into iPod sales. And last, an interesting piece of software upgrades the iPad's on-screen keyboard.

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Sprint Says Pre Didn't Work Out, Wants iPhone

5/18/2010
Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently assured investors that the nations' third-largest provider of wireless services has seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up. Brust also accidentally ate his foot when he bad-mouthed the Palm Pre and said the company would love to have Apple's iPhone.

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Android Versions Now Evenly Fragmented

5/18/2010
Google recently published updated data that highlights the fragmentation of the Android platform. Surprisingly, Android 2.1 now makes up for more than one-third of all Android handsets. That's a solid improvement, but shows that two-thirds of users are still being left behind.

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Mobile Roundup: Palm, RIM, Samsung, HTC

5/17/2010
The Palm Pre Plus is now available via AT&T, and Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the Pixi to $0.00. A new BlackBerry was sighted over the weekend. Samsung has some plans for the enterprise. And HTC dropped yet another Android handset.

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Part Shortages Prevent Droid From Setting Sales Records

5/15/2010
According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless can't keep the Droid Incredible in stock. McAdam said that component shortages are constraining supply. Were it not for the supply issues, McAdam believes the Droid Incredible would have already outsold the Motorola Droid.

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Sprint Delivers Android 2.1 To Samsung Moment

5/14/2010
Today Sprint finally began to rollout Android 2.1 to the Samsung Moment. The Moment launched back in October with Android 1.5. The update from 1.5 to 2.1 is huge, bringing tons of new features to the Moment. Unfortunately, the update can not be downloaded over the air.

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Google Killing Web Sales Of Nexus One

5/14/2010
Android mastermind Andy Rubin in a blog post today said that Google will stop selling the Nexus One online. Amazing that the company admitted defeat in this experiment, but Google said it will still sell the Nexus One through retail stores.

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Android Ramps Up To 65,000 Shipped Per Day

5/14/2010
Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently told investors that its partners are shipping 65,000 Android handsets per day. That's up from 60,000 per day just a few months ago. That's a rate of 24 million Android handsets per year. The Android Army continues to gain momentum, eating into the market share of the competition.

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RIM Working On Crippled TabletBerry?

5/13/2010
Inside sources have revealed that Research In Motion is working on some sort of tablet device. Rather than be a full, stand-alone product, however, the TabletBerry will be a companion device for BlackBerries. I have a four-letter word for RIM...

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Sprint's EVO 4G Streets June 4 For $199

5/13/2010
Sprint recently revealed the pricing and release date information for its first WiMax smartphone, the HTC EVO 4G. It's coming sooner than you thought. It will arrive in Sprint stores in mere weeks, on June 4, and is priced at a competitive $199 (after rebates). What's really interesting are the required data plans.

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Sprint: Everyone Is Clamoring For Our WiMax Phone

5/12/2010
During a recent webcast, a Sprint executive bragged that there is already a "long waiting list" of people signed up to purchase the HTC EVO 4G when it goes on sale later this year. Sprint didn't share any numbers, so feel free to make up any figure you wish.

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Verizon's Droid Eris Receiving Android 2.1 Update

5/12/2010
Users of the HTC-made Droid Eris should see a notification from Verizon Wireless in the next few days indicating that Android 2.1 is ready for download. The new system software is a major leap forward from the Android 1.5 that shipped on the device. Ready for some Eclair?

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Verizon And Google Tablet Smacks Of Vaporware

5/12/2010
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam recently let it slip that his company is working with Google to bring a tablet computer to market. If by "working with Google," McAdam really means "I Googled Steve Jobs' phone number" then perhaps I'll buy the story. Otherwise...

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T-Mobile Lights Up NYC With HSPA+

5/11/2010
T-Mobile today announced a small expansion of its HSPA+ network. It is now live in the trial market of Philadelphia, and is now live in New York City and parts of New Jersey.

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Specs For LG's First Android Phone Leak

5/11/2010
The full specifications for LG's first Android phone, the Ally, have leaked, and it appears to be headed to Verizon Wireless. This middling Android handset boasts a decent screen and plenty of radios, but the camera is a meager 3.2-megapixel shooter.

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VeriPhoniacs Denied Until 2012?

5/11/2010
Thanks to some sleuthing over at Engadget, we know now that the original exclusive iPhone distribution agreement between Apple and AT&T was to last five years. That would put a Verizon-compatible iPhone available at some point during 2012 the earliest. Some big questions remain, however.

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Nexus One For Sprint Is Dead

5/10/2010
Sprint users hoping to get their hands on the Google Nexus One Android device should give up. Sprint has confirmed that it won't support the device, and Google has removed references to it from the Nexus One web site. Instead, Sprint hopes users will adopt the EVO 4G WiMax-powered Android smartphone.

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Jailbroken iPad Hacked To Support A Mouse

5/9/2010
You know what really helps productivity at times? A keyboard and a mouse. The iPad lacks the latter of these two -- at least, out of the box, it does. If you're brave enough to jailbreak your iPad, you'll find that the iPad can support a Bluetooth mouse after all.

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Who Will Pay $150 For Palm Pre At AT&T?

5/7/2010
It appears as though the Palm Pre is prepared to debut on AT&T's network in just a few short weeks. That's great news for Palm, which needs the additional distribution point in the U.S. market. There's just one problem: The price tag.

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iPad Goes International, Gets Apple Sued By Nokia

5/7/2010
Apple today announced that the iPad will be available in a handful of countries outside of the U.S. starting May 28. Right on the heels of that announcement, Nokia made sure to fire off a lawsuit at Apple, claiming that the iPad 3G infringes on five of its patents. In other words, today is like any other day in the volatile mobile industry.

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Nokia Decides Not To Fire Its CEO

5/6/2010
Even though Nokia is still far and away the world's number one provider of mobile phones, investors have not been happy with the company's performance. Specifically, there is disappointment that Nokia has yet to field a worthy iPhone competitor. Talk of a leadership change was mounting. Whatever Nokia's CEO said to investors today, it was enough for him to keep his job.

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Did iPad Secure iPhone's Future At AT&T?

5/6/2010
BroadPoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall thinks that AT&T's willingness to agree to Apple's terms for the iPad 3G data deal allowed AT&T to hold onto its exclusive iPhone contract until 2011. Marshall says a Verizon iPhone is now off the table at least until January.

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Clearwire Raises A Hammer Over Wimax's Coffin

5/6/2010
Clearwire has been the biggest champion of WiMax as the real next-generation wireless networking technology in the U.S. It's smack in the middle of a huge WiMax roll-out across the country. Earlier this year, Clearwire's CEO hinted that Clearwire might make a technology switch to Long Term Evolution. Now, that switch is one step closer to becoming a reality. Is WiMax dead?

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Parature 'Friends' Customer Service With Facebook

5/5/2010
With tools such as Facebook and Twitter at the disposal of consumers, companies and brands have more work on their hands than ever before to monitor and respond to complaints. Parature's newest Facebook tool brings the power of customer service to social media.

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Verizon Shoots Microsoft In The Foot Over Kin

5/5/2010
Verizon Wireless and Microsoft revealed the final set of details regarding the new Kin One and Kin Two social networking phones. The phones are being targeted at younger users, but Verizon has effectively killed Kin's adoption by kinder with an expensive monthly smartphone plan.

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Google Gives Chrome A Kick In The Flash

5/4/2010
Google today rolled out a new beta version of its Chrome browser for the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. In a blog post, Google waxes poetic about all sorts of crazy speed tests (V8, SunSpider, etc.). All you need to know is: It's fast, it works, upgrade now.

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LG Confirms 'Iron Man' Android Phone

5/3/2010
Ah, the sweet taste of product-movie marketing tie-ins. LG today confirmed that the Ally will be its first Android smartphone, which movie-goers will get a big taste of on the big screen when they go to see "Iron Man 2" this weekend.

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RIM Needs To Start Taking Gmail Seriously

5/3/2010
Today North American customers of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Internet Services were granted access to a long-overdue feature: two-way email syncing with Gmail. This belated feature roll-out is just one example that spotlights why RIM needs to do a much better job of supporting Gmail.

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Apple Sells Its Millionth iPad

5/3/2010
With the introduction of the iPad 3G over the weekend, Apple surpassed the "million-sold" metric. The company didn't specify how many Apple iPad 3G's it sold, but estimates place the number at about 300,000

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