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posted in July 2009

Verizon Apps Store: No Bandwidth Hogs, Please

7/31/2009
A Verizon Wireless spokesperson has indicated that the company plans to block applications that draw a lot of bandwidth from its V CAST Apps store. What, you thought Verizon was going to be more "open"? This and the Great Google Voice Debacle prove that "openness" is a fallacy and the walled gardens never came down.

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Apple To Patch iPhone Security Flaw [UPDATE]

7/31/2009
According to U.K.-based network operator O2, Apple plans to distribute a patch for the iPhone's SMS security flaw as soon as this weekend. What's not clear is if the patch will be only for O2's customers or if Apple will update all iPhones. Update: iPhone OS 3.0.1 released to fix the flaw!

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LG's 'New Chocolate' Touts Sex Appeal

7/30/2009
Today LG confirmed a long-rumored device, the BL40 "New Chocolate". This touch-based phone features a gorgeous four-inch display and more closely resembles an actual chocolate bar than any of its forebears did.

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Android Finally Getting Facebook App: Report

7/29/2009
One of the things Google talked about recently was the need to make its Android mobile operating system more social. It looks like Android is about to take its first step in the "more social" direction with the arrival of a dedicated Facebook app.

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U.S. Gov't: Thou Shalt Not Text And Drive At The Same Time

7/29/2009
It finally happened. With texting-and-driving incidents gaining more and more national media attention, it appears as though the recent VTech study pushed the U.S. federal government into action. Today, lawmakers proposed a national ban on texting and emailing when behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Will it work?

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Apple: Jailbroken iPhones Can Crash Cell Towers

7/29/2009
As part of a legal battle against the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Apple submitted comments that claim jailbroken iPhones can lead to denial of service attacks and, furthermore, be used to take out cellular towers and the associated base stations. Pure FUD.

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Novatel's MiFi Adds GPS, MicroSD And U.S. 3G Support

7/28/2009
Today Novatel rolled out its latest rendition of the MiFi, the 2372. It covers all the major GSM-based mobile networks, including GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSPA. The MiFi 2372 takes things a bit further, however, with added storage capacity and a processor capable of running apps.

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New Android Features Appear In Donut Code

7/27/2009
Google has made some more code available for the Android platform. The code brings with it a host of new and interesting features, including support for CDMA devices and a brand new camera user interface. It may not be Android 2.0, but "Donut" looks tasty indeed.

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Report: Apple's Tablet To Be Media Focused, Coming In September

7/27/2009
Today, the Financial Times ran an interesting piece on the collaboration between Apple and the music industry to revitalize music sales. Part of the plan is to offer interactive booklets and other content as part of digital music sales. Oh, and consumers will access it all from a new, tablet-style device from Apple that has yet to be announced.

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Garmin: We're Shipping the NÜvifone! No, Seriously

7/24/2009
A full 18 months after it was first announced, it appears as though Garmin-Asus is finally ready to ship the nuvifone. In case you've forgotten all about it, the nÜvifone runs Linux and tightly integrates mapping and GPS features with those of a cell phone.

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Google Round-Up: Wave, Gmail, Docs

7/22/2009
Here's a collection of blurbs about some Google goings-on that may not have gotten a lot of notice. Wave will soon be available for testers; Gmail will auto-unsubscribe users from mailing lists; and Docs sees more updates.

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Are Wireless Network Operators Protecting Your Privacy? Nope. Verizon CEO Punk'd

7/22/2009
All enterprises should be concerned with the security of the mobile devices their employees carry. Not only is sensitive work information stored on there, but so is personal information. At some point, however, others have to be trusted to provide secure services and protect enterprise and end-user information. One customer not satisfied with the way wireless companies are protecting -- or not protecting -- our data took his fight to the front lawn of Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Has 'Clicking' SurePress Touchscreen

7/21/2009
File this under: "Oh Snap!" The spy shots seen earlier this year of the BlackBerry Storm 2 appeared to indicate that the much-maligned clicking SurePress touchscreen was gone. A new video reveals, however, that the clicking screen is still there, much to the bemoaning of the Interwebs.

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Report: Zer01 May Be Vaporware Afterall

7/21/2009
Remember Zer01? It recently announced the launch of its new, national unlimited wireless voice and data services for $70 per month without actually launching any services. Why not, you ask? Because the whole organization appears to be nothing but smoke and mirrors.

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T-Mobile G1 Gets Android Update, But 'Donut' Is A No-Show

7/20/2009
Beginning over the weekend, T-Mobile USA began pushing out a minor firmware update for the HTC G1 Android phone. Unfortunately, all it does is fix bugs -- no new features are installed. This begs the question, why haven't we heard a peep about the Donut update for Android and what new features will it introduce?

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Developer: webOS SDK Ain't Got No Gaming Chops

7/20/2009
There was big excitement last week when Palm finally released a beta version of the Mojo software developer kit for its webOS mobile platform. Now that it has been in the hands of developers for a few days, they are beginning to discover why the SDK is still in beta.

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Verizon Wireless Wants BlackBerry Storm Users To Slack Off

7/17/2009
Slacker Radio is one of my favorite mobile applications -- for both the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm. It lets users create their own radio station and listen via streaming and even caching on the device's memory. Verizon Wireless wants to spread the music, and is pushing out the Slacker Radio application to all Storm users.

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Google: Yo, Docs Is Under Construction. Deal With It

7/17/2009
On the Official Google Docs blog, Google posted an entry with the headline "Pardon our Dust." This is Google's way of saying that change is on the way, with a brand new interface due to appear on Google Docs in short order. Anything interesting? You betcha.

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Google Calendar Gets Labs Of Its Own

7/14/2009
Gmail has had Gmail Labs for a while now. Gmail Labs are a great place to try out experimental Gmail features if you are so inclined. The mad scientists who are Google's engineers have cooked up an entirely new set of Labs, this time for the Google Calendar.

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Official: MyBlackBerry Forums Launching Tonight

7/14/2009
If you're a fan of end-user forums and use them to seek out new information, post questions, or whine about your problems, Research In Motion has one more for you. MyBlackBerry, a community site for BlackBerry users, is going live tonight around Midnight Eastern Time.

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Gmail Labs Now Certifying Emails From eBay And PayPal

7/13/2009
Because so much spam and phishing email comes from entities pretending to be either eBay or PayPal, Google thought it was worth protecting Gmail users from attacks. The latest Gmail Labs tool will make absolutely certain that any emails that hit your inbox from eBay and PayPal are actually from eBay and PayPal.

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Nokia Exec: The N97 Will Beat The iPhone 3GS

7/9/2009
I love it when company executives talk smack. This time around, Nokia UK managing director Mark Loughran said that the iPhone 3GS is a disappointment to many, and the N97's superior camera will push it ahead of the iPhone. I have one question for Loughran, "Have you even used the N97?"

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Purported Screen Shots Of Chrome OS Emerge

7/9/2009
Little more than 24 hours after Google announced Chrome OS, the Internet has delivered what are reported to be screen shots from the up-and-coming operating system from Google. Are they real? Who knows, but they sure are pretty. The report also includes a walk through of how the OS works.

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Why Google's Chrome OS Doesn't Surprise Me One Bit

7/8/2009
When Google first announced Android in late 2007, I began to wonder if Google would stop at smartphones. Then Google announced the Chrome browser in late 2008, which, from the very beginning, showed the underpinnings of a full operating system. Google's Chrome OS for netbooks, announced late yesterday, is the logical next step for Google to take.

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Could You Sell Yourself In 160 Characters?

7/7/2009
A company based in Wales is looking for a new marketing employee. Rather than seek out resumes the traditional way, the company is asking prospective employees to sell themselves in one text message. Text messages are limited to 160 characters.

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Palm Pre Sales Reports Not Meshing

7/7/2009
It's hard to know who to believe in the case of the Palm Pre. Sprint says the device has been a stellar seller. Some analysts agree, suggesting that as many as 300,000 had been sold by late June. A new report, however, says things aren't as rosy as Sprint wants us to believe.

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HulloMail Seeks To Convert Google Voice And Smartphone Users

7/6/2009
Since Apple introduced the concept of visual voicemail to the common man back in 2007, other companies have been quick to offer similar -- and often superior -- voicemail systems. The latest comes from HulloMail, a company that promises to "liberate your mobile phone from archaic voicemail."

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RIM To Offer Gmail Plug-In Supporting Threaded Email And More

7/6/2009
Research In Motion has its own beta program called the BlackBerry Beta Portal. Those qualified to enter the beta program will be rewarded with access to the latest up-and-coming features for BlackBerry devices. The latest beta should stir some excitement for Gmail users, because it supports threaded email conversations.

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Nokia: What? Us? Build An Android Phone? LOL!

7/6/2009
The big buzz over the holiday weekend was a report from the Guardian in the UK, which asserted that Nokia was going to ditch its Symbian-based smartphone operating system and build new phones using Google's Android instead. This morning, Nokia flatly denied the story.

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Alpha Version Of Skyfire Released To Limited BlackBerry Testers

7/3/2009
Skyfire has made some waves in the mobile browser market on Windows Mobile and S60-based devices. Its key feature is Flash, which lets users of those devices view embedded video content on Web sites such as YouTube and Hulu. Now, Skyfire is working on a better browser for BlackBerries and the alpha testing is underway.

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Google Grants Gmail More Label Control

7/1/2009
Google has overhauled the way users can interact with their labels. The changes include a new location on the Gmail homepage for labels and as well as the ability to drag and drop emails directly into labels.

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