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posted in August 2008

Report: TXTRS SND 95.4B SMS MSGS IN 2008

8/29/2008
Thumbs of people the world over are getting some serious action. That action comes in the form of pecking out text messages on their cell phones. So far, 2008 is on pace to smash last year's numbers by a mile. Some of the figures being touted by VeriSign are just staggering. It sent more than 52 billion messages in the second quarter, up more than 20% from the first quarter for a total of 95.4 billion messages. People sure have a lot to say.

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Google Adds Suggestions To Search Queries

8/27/2008
Google has been busy cooking up some new stuff in its labs of late. It is currently rolling out a new suggestion feature that will automatically suggest search queries as you begin to type in the search box.

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Newark Airport Gets Free Samsung Mobile Phone Charging Stations

8/25/2008
You know you've been there. Killing time before a flight, you realize your phone has no juice left. Not only do you have to get through a flight, but you may have to make calls when you land. Finding unoccupied power outlets in airports is a tricky business that requires luck and cunning. Samsung believes in making its own luck, and has installed 50 phone charging stations in New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Helio Is Officially Folded Into Virgin Mobile USA

8/22/2008
Today marked the official end of yet another MVNO. Virgin Mobile USA has closed its acquisition of Helio. Helio made waves as an MVNO, providing innovative handsets and services at good prices. Can Virgin Mobile keep the Helio spirit alive?

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Google: You Have No Privacy, Part 2

8/21/2008
Google is taking more heat for alleged privacy violations stemming from its Street Views service, this time in Sonoma County, Calif. In this instance, a Google Street Views driver went through a gate, past a "No Trespassing" sign, and past a watchdog to take his images. Think your private road is going to stop Google's prying eyes? Think again.

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Woman Sues Apple Over 3G iPhone Reception Issues

8/21/2008
I am tempted to make all sorts of witty, snarky comments about this, but I'll try to stick to the facts. An Alabama woman has sued Apple, stating that the 3G iPhone -- which she can't use in her home because of the 3G reception issues -- doesn't live up to Apple's claims of "twice as fast." The lawsuit could go class action.

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Palm Accidentally Outs The Treo Pro. Again.

8/19/2008
Whether or not it was fully intentional or official, the Palm Treo Pro made another appearance this morning, this time on TheNewsMarket.com. The source for the story was accredited to Palm, but it has since been pulled. Palm, first you accidentally leak details on your own site, and then through a media organization. What gives?

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iPhone Firmware Update 2.0.2 Did Diddly-Squat For Me

8/19/2008
Late yesterday, Apple pushed out a second update for the iPhone's firmware. The new version, 2.0.2, offers more of Apple's famous (and nebulous) "bug fixes." I am sad to report, after downloading and installing it, my iPhone's bugs have not been fixed.

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Google Begins Testing Ads In Mobile YouTube Videos

8/18/2008
Google has been working hard to get a mobile version of YouTube onto as many handsets as possible over the past year or so. If you thought you were going to be able to watch those videos on your phone without having to watch advertisements, think again.

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FCC Approval Adds Fire To HTC Dream Android Phone Hoopla

8/18/2008
Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new phone from HTC called the Dream. HTC has indicated that Dream will be the name of its Android-powered smartphone. The most interesting part of the FCC documents show that the phone supports T-Mobile's 1,700-MHz AWS 3G network.

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New Tech Lets You Buy A Round Of Drinks With Your Phone

8/15/2008
I think we've reached the pinnacle of innovation with this latest service, announced by Buzzd and its partners. Simply go to BuyYourFriendADrink.com and send your friends an alcoholic beverage from wherever you happen to be. I don't know about you, but I think now we can all put our feet up and relax.

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Next-Generation Palm Treo Sighted

8/15/2008
Palm accidentally uploaded a presentation about the Palm Treo 850 -- aka Treo Pro -- to a public Palm Web site, where it was spotted by bloggers and posted just about everywhere. It is probably the best looking Treo ever. But is that really saying all that much?

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AT&T Blocks Employees From Accessing Tech Blog

8/14/2008
This is classic. According to The Boy Genius himself, AT&T has blocked the majority of its employees from viewing the Boy Genius Report Web site. The BGR is a blog that's known to get the inside scoop on lots of mobile devices, especially BlackBerrys. The Boy Genius decided to respond to AT&T in kind. Updated!

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Google: Virus Attacks Skyrocketed In July

8/14/2008
Google's Postini operation keeps a watchful eye on all the malevolent code and viruses that transit the Internet. Last month, it saw e-mail virus attacks surge, with 10 million nasty e-mails sent on July 24th alone.

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Google Takes Your Mobile Phone To The Olympics

8/8/2008
Just in time for today's opening ceremonies, Google has unfurled a new mobile search tool to help track down Olympics results quickly from your mobile phone. It also set up a mobile Web site specifically so followers of the games can peruse results and events at leisure. Let the Games begin!

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Hacker Claims Apple Can Spy On iPhone Users, Disable Apps Remotely

8/7/2008
Apple may have opened up the iPhone to third-party applications, but it is keeping a very close eye on those apps. According to hacker Jonathan Zdziarski, the iPhone can "phone home" to tell Apple what apps are installed, and if Apple doesn't like what it sees on your iPhone, it can kill the offending application. Updated!

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Hands-Free Laws A Goldmine For Bluetooth Makers

8/6/2008
Last month, California and Washington enacted hands-free laws, requiring drivers to use devices such as Bluetooth headsets when driving. The result? Not so surprising. Sales of Bluetooth accessories skyrocketed, much to the glee of companies such as Parrot and Jawbone.

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Google Temporarily Wrecks Man's Life (Sort Of)

8/6/2008
You should pity poor Nick Saber. The president of CrossTech Media returned to his desk on Monday after taking lunch to find himself completely locked out of all of his Google services -- even though he pays Google to use Google Apps. It brought his business to a halt.

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Delta Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi On All Flights

8/5/2008
The pie-in-the-sky dream of having Internet access while on a plane just moved one step closer to reality. Delta Air Lines announced that by mid-2009, it will offer Wi-Fi-based Internet access on all of its domestic U.S. flights. I bet flight attendants never imagined they'd need IT training.

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3G iPhone Burns User

8/4/2008
Talk about a hot product. One 3G iPhone user fell asleep with his 3G iPhone in his pocket. He awoke with his leg in extreme pain. It appears that the phone became so hot in his pocket that it burned his leg. Ouch.

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