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posted in June 2009

Apple Seeds iPhone SDK 3.1 To Developers

6/30/2009
Today Apple began pushing out iPhone Software Development Kit 3.1 to developers of the iPhone platform. The new SDK has several new features that should make it easier for developers to create applications for the iPhone. The biggest new development is that the MMS feature is automatically turned on in 3.1.

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BlackBerry Tour Hitting Verizon July 12 For $200

6/30/2009
If you've been hankering for some BlackBerry Tour action from Verizon Wireless, it's time to get excited. The nation's largest carrier has launched pre-orders for the Tour, which will be in stores starting July 12. It will come in two versions: one with a camera, and one without.

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Apple Reporting iPhone 3GS Shortages

6/29/2009
It looks like the iPhone 3GS is a solid seller. Apple is reporting that the iPhone 3GS is out of stock at 29 of its retail stores (as of 6/26). Apple also recently launched a tool to let would-be iPhone buyers check the stock levels of the Apple Store near them.

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Google Ups File Attachment Capability Of Gmail

6/29/2009
I just don't know how anyone can survive with the limits placed on email systems these days. I mean, where does Google get off thinking it is acceptable to limit Gmail file attachments to a mere 20MB. That's ridiculous. Wait, what? Google just changed it to 25MB? Oh. That's cool.

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Google Adds Swipe Control To iPhone's Gmail App

6/25/2009
Google has given the Web-based version of Gmail for the iPhone yet more powers. Now, users can swipe across an email to automatically archive it. That's great and all, but I'd really like to see Google develop an actual on-board email application for the iPhone instead.

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Nokia Holding Fire Sales At U.S. Flagship Stores June 25

6/24/2009
About 10 days ago, Nokia had a three-hour sale at its U.S. flagship stores, where it offered pretty steep discounts on a number of its popular phones. Tomorrow (June 25), there will be a repeat performance, this time lasting for five hours. Also, Europe's number one contract phone is revealed.

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AT&T Says Network Improvements On The Way

6/23/2009
Anyone remember SXSWi? AT&T's cellular network in Austin was so overwhelmed by the huge number of iPhone users during the conference that it pretty much crashed. In response, AT&T opened up its 3G network across the 850MHz spectrum holdings it owns in Austin to boost capacity during the conference. It's about to do the same thing in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Google Offering 'Gmail Ninja' Lessons

6/23/2009
Google wants you to be able to take on Uma Thurman (a.k.a., The Bride from the "Kill Bill" movies) -- and win. At least, as far as cleaning up your Gmail inbox is concerned. Starting today, Google has published a tutorial called "Become a Gmail Ninja." The goal? To become a master in the art of Nin-Gmail-su.

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Apple's MobileMe Helps Man Recover Stolen iPhone. Already

6/23/2009
During Apple's WWDC keynote address, it was sure to talk up one of MobileMe's new features: Find My iPhone. It lets users track down the whereabouts of a lost or stolen iPhone. Turns out it's not just a fun exercise. It actually helps real people, such as iPhone owner Kevin Miller, get a stolen iPhone back.

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Palm Says No webOS SDK Any Time Soon

6/19/2009
Today Palm published some information that is sure to leave many Palm Pre owners and webOS developers in dismay. The SDK -- tools necessary for developers to create applications for webOS -- won't be available until the end of the summer. That is not such great news.

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What It Was Like To Buy A New iPhone 3GS Today

6/19/2009
This morning I braved the gaggle (not a crowd, that would imply more people) and bought a new iPhone 3GS. The difference compared to last year's launch of the iPhone 3G was stark. I was in and out of there pretty fast (as should be obvious based on how early this blog is posted). Word of advice, if you didn't pre-order, go home now and try again later.

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AT&T Simplfies Wi-Fi Log-In On The iPhone

6/18/2009
One nice thing that AT&T has done for its iPhone customers is give them free access to its Wi-Fi hotspots. The log-in process, however, is so heinously annoying that many just give up. Now, iPhones will automatically connect to an AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot, no clumsy log-in required.

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Google Enables More Contact Fields In Gmail

6/17/2009
One of Gmail's weaknesses is that it has not supported all of the fields that a particular contact may have...until today, that is. Google fixed that. Google also recently explained why some Outlook plug-ins won't work with Google Apps.

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iPhone OS 3.0 Coming Today At 1PM EST?

6/17/2009
Owners of the iPhone and iPhone 3G are likely awaiting today's arrival of iPhone operating system 3.0 with baited breath. Be prepared to stick it out for a few more hours. Reports suggest it will become available to everyone at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST.

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Google Maps For Android Now Voice Powered

6/15/2009
In the latest addition to the Android version of Google Maps for Mobile, users can now speak their search queries rather than typing them in. Google also made a bunch of other tweaks that make the overall experience better.

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Samsung May Be Behind Bigfoot's Tracks As It Stomps Over To T-Mobile

6/12/2009
Last month, T-Mobile announced that it would be introducing its second Android-based handset "really soon." The implication was by the end of June or early July. We know that HTC is holding a special event in London June 24, but new reports suggest that Samsung's "Bigfoot" device may be the Android handset T-Mobile is getting ready to launch.

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Google Gooses iGoogle For Android And iPhone

6/12/2009
Today Google rolled out a new version of its iGoogle page for the Android and iPhone platforms. New features include the ability to access more of your tabs and improved gadget support for interacting with your content.

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AT&T Being Unfairly Hammered Over iPhone Upgrade Fees

6/11/2009
iPhone 3G owners are in an uproar that they won't be able to enjoy the steep discounts being offered to new (or qualifying) AT&T customers when the iPhone 3GS goes on sale next week. Get over it. This is the way the cell phone industry works, and you signed a contract. Know what your responsibilities are before you sign, and then remember that you need to honor your legal responsibilities (and not cry about it).

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5 Things The iPhone 3GS Is Still Missing

6/9/2009
The iPhone 3GS brings some much-needed improvements to Apple's mobile computing device, but still manages to leave out some key technologies and features. Here are five that I could think of off the top of my head.

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Apple Announces The iPhone 3GS

6/8/2009
Apple on Monday confirmed nearly every rumor of the last few months and announced the iPhone 3GS. The 32GB model will cost $299 and the 16GB model will cost $199. More details after the jump.

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Apple WWDC: Standing In Line

6/8/2009
InformationWeek is live on-site in San Francisco at the Moscone Center for Apple's WWDC keynote. The air is practically crackling with energy. As of 6:30 AM PST this morning, the line wrapped around the Moscone West building.

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Google Turbocharges Picasa Web Albums

6/5/2009
Google has taken it upon itself to make some improvements to its Picasa Web Albums product. You know Google, it's all about speed -- and speed is what makes the refreshed version of Picasa Web Albums better.

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RIM Acquires Dash Navigation

6/4/2009
Research In Motion has confirmed that the company recently acquired Dash Navigation for an undisclosed sum. Gee, what would a smartphone company want with a company that makes GPS-based navigation units?

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Which Has A Higher TCO, iPhone Or Pre?

6/3/2009
Oh, those crafty folks over at BillShrink.com. They've put together a comparison tool that pits the iPhone head to head with the Palm Pre. BillShrink isn't comparing features. No, it is going to tell you which has the lower total cost of ownership. UPDATED, 6/5/09, 6:15PM.

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iPhone Round Up: Location-Aware Browser, Video Chat, Multiple Models

6/2/2009
In the build up to next week's keynote at Apple's WorldWide Developers Conference, iPhone reports are coming fast and furious. The latest include speculation that the new version of the iPhone will include a location-aware version of the Safari browser, the ability to conduct video chats, and new models will range from 4GB to 32GB.

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Nokia's N97 Shipping Worldwide In June

6/2/2009
Today Nokia officially announced that it is shipping its long-awaited N97 multimedia device this month. The high-end smartphone, which has a touch screen, should be available in some 75 countries around the world by month's end.

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Next-Gen iPhone Screen Shots Emerge

6/1/2009
The Internet has delivered what purport to be screen shots of the new iPhone. They appear to confirm what had previously been rumored new features, such as a compass and video capture. But are they real?

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