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posted in August 2009

Verizon Said To Be A No-Show At Motorola's Android Event

8/31/2009
On September 10, during a keynote address at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is expected to announce the company's first Android device(s). A Verizon representative has said that Verizon won't be attending and doesn't know what's being announced. This begs the question, which carrier is going to sell the to-be-announced device(s)?

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Verizon Holding BlackBerry Storm Firesale, Storm 2 Release Date Leaked?

8/31/2009
Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the BlackBerry Storm to the low price of just $50. Sounds like Verizon wants to move some inventory. On top of that, a recently captured screenshot of Verizon's inventory system suggests that the BlackBerry Storm 2 will be available via Verizon WIreless's business channels as soon as September 29.

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RIM's BIS 2.8 Details Leak

8/28/2009
A multitude of BlackBerry users rely on Research In Motion's BlackBerry Internet Services rather than the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to get their fix of push email and data services. BIS version 2.8 is on the horizon, and with it, a number of new features.

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GPS Can Save Drivers 4 Days Per Year, Cut CO2 By 21%

8/28/2009
A new study coming from Navteq says that U.S. drivers who use GPS devices with real-time traffic updates enabled can save themselves from spending four days in the car per year. On top of that, it cuts down on CO2 omissions by a whopping 21%. Sounds like a slam dunk for any business that has vehicles.

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Apple: Exploding iPhones Not Our Fault

8/28/2009
Apple has been investigating reports of exploding iPhones over in France. According to Apple, the phones in question broke as a result of "external pressure," not because they overheated and exploded.

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FCC To Put Wireless Corps On The Hot Seat

8/27/2009
Today the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision to investigate the wireless industry. Under the gun will be the power held by the larger providers, truth-in-billing issues, and whether or not consumers have as much choice as they should.

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Nokia Officially Bows Maemo 5 And N900 Tablet

8/27/2009
Nokia confirmed speculation today that a new Internet Tablet is in the works. The new N900 carries forward the basic concept of the N800 and N810, but takes it a huge step forward by adding cellular radios (making it a phone) and giving it the powers of Maemo 5, the newest verison of Nokia's mobile Linux platform.

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Apple Responds To FCC

8/21/2009
Apple has also now filed its response to the FCC questions over the Google Voice application. In essence, it says that it acted alone, and AT&T played no role. It also says that it didn't "remove" the application. Instead, it reverted it to "pre-approved" status so it con undergo further evaluation.

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AT&T Responds To The FCC: We're Innocent

8/21/2009
AT&T filed its answers with the FCC over the Google Voice Debacle earlier this afternoon. In essence, AT&T reaffirms what it already said: Apple is in charge of apps, and AT&T had nothing to do with it.

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AT&T: Data Plans Now Required For All Smartphones

8/21/2009
Starting September 6, any customer purchasing a smartphone or upgrading to a smartphone with AT&T will be required to subscribe to a $30 monthly data plan (in addition to a voice plan). The change doesn't affect existing customers until they need to upgrade their phone or plan.

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Day Of Reckoning For Apple, AT&T And Google

8/21/2009
Remember the Google Voice Debacle? Apple pulled the Google Voice application from the iPhone Apps Store and an uproar ensued. Eventually, the FCC decided to stick its nose into the matter. Well, Apple, AT&T and Google all owe the FCC some answers today.

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Verizon Debuts Mobile Video On BlackBerry Storm

8/21/2009
Verizon Wireless is bringing its V CAST Video service to the BlackBerry Storm, the first smartphone in Verizon's line-up to support the service. For $10 per month, users can watch full-length TV shows and live sporting events such as NHL hockey and college football games.

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FCC Approves CDMA Version Of HTC Hero

8/20/2009
Good news for lovers of the HTC Hero. Today the FCC granted approval for the device with support for CDMA EVDO technology on board. This approval pretty much confirms that either Sprint or Verizon Wireless will be launching the Android-based handset in the near future.

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YouTube Scores Content Deal With CNN And TNT

8/20/2009
Today YouTube said that is has signed a deal with Time Warner that will allow it to post content from a number of Time Warner properties, including CNN, the Cartoon Network and TNT. Professional content has a much better chance of bringing in advertising dollars for YouTube, which is owned by Google.

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Nokia's Maemo-Based Tablet Makes An Appearance

8/19/2009
Nokia World, the number one mobile phone company's annual conference, is but several weeks away. As anticipation builds for the keynote and news, one possibility has leaked early. The N900/Rover tablet has been spotted, and it runs Maemo 5.

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Anticipation Building For Facebook 3.0 On iPhone

8/19/2009
A new in-depth look at the forthcoming Facebook 3.0 application for the iPhone has social networking fans chomping at the bit for the updated software. New features include a completely re-worked homescreen and the ability to post videos directly from the iPhone 3GS.

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HTC G1 Update: Cloudy With Little Chance Of Donut

8/18/2009
Some bickering has sprung up recently about what software updates will be made available to the HTC G1 and myTouch 3G, the two Android phones available from T-Mobile. Developers are saying one thing, HTC is saying another, and T-Mobile is sticking to a third version of reality. Who's saying what to whom and why does it matter: The HTC G1 may be incompatible with future versions of Android.

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Palm to Devs: Show Us Your Paid Apps

8/18/2009
Palm took another big step toward offering a wider swath of mobile applications for the Pre and webOS. Starting today, it has officially thrown open the doors to developers of paid applications. Consumers, break out the plastic!

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Detailed In 7-Minute Video

8/17/2009
If you've been hankering for more information about the unannounced BlackBerry Storm 2, consider this your daily fix. The Storm 2 is found in this seven-minute video, which provides quite a lot of detail about the new device.

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Push Gmail Finally Arrives On iPhone

8/17/2009
One annoying aspect about the iPhone is that the native email application doesn't support push email for Gmail accounts. Now, via a third-party application called GPush, it does. Email addicts rejoice!

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Apple, AT&T Sued Over Missing iPhone MMS Feature

8/14/2009
This is rich. Some 10,000 iPhone owners in the state of Louisiana have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T. Their complaint? Apple and AT&T advertised that the iPhone would support MMS but they haven't provided the service.

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Privacy: Palm's Explanation Not Good Enough

8/13/2009
Yesterday, Palm responded to a report detailing how the Palm Pre sends end-user location information to Palm (and its affiliates) every single day. In essence, Palm explains, "End users agree to this part of our terms and conditions during device set up." That doesn't cut it. Not by a long shot.

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What Microsoft And Nokia Should Have Announced

8/12/2009
On Wednesday tech industry giants Microsoft and Nokia announced a new partnership whereby Nokia will begin pre-loading Microsoft's Office Mobile products on its smartphones. That's nice, but it isn't the type of leadership that these companies are capable of displaying.

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HTC Sells 1 Million Magic Android Phones

8/12/2009
Speaking recently at an event in Taiwan, HTC CEO Peter Chou noted that the company's Magic/myTouch 3G has surpassed the million-units-sold mark since its launch in April. Chou also noted that the company plans to focus on mid-range smartphones moving forward.

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Sprint Announces Major WiMax Expansion

8/11/2009
Today Sprint Nextel announced the addition of 17 more markets to its growing list of U.S. cities covered by WiMax 4G. Some of the new cities include Austin, Maui and San Antonio. Look for WiMax service to light up by the end of 2009.

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Where Is MMS For The iPhone?

8/11/2009
It was two months ago that AT&T said it would enable the iPhone's MMS capability by the end of the summer. Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer season, is just a few short weeks away. Where's MMS?

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Skyfire Resumes Alpha Testing Of BlackBerry Browser

8/11/2009
Skyfire offers a capable mobile browser for both the S60 and Windows Mobile platforms. It had been working on a version for BlackBerries, but hit a few speed bumps. Now, things appear to be back on track, and Skyfire Alpha 3.5 is available for its BlackBerry testers.

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Sprint CEO: 'Would I Like To Have The iPhone? Sure'

8/10/2009
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recently weighed in on the Federal Communication Commission's investigation into the competitiveness of the wireless industry. One interesting revelation is that Mr. Hesse wouldn't mind selling the iPhone on Sprint's network -- but he's not willing to give up certain freedoms to do so.

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Ten Tech Tidbits

8/7/2009
Here's a smattering of smaller stories that may not have made a lot of waves this week, but are still worth noting. Topics include Acer, Android, Garmin-Asus, Nokia, Opera, T-Mobile and more.

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Iowa County First In U.S. To Get 911 Texting

8/6/2009
Waterloo, Iowa, in Black Hawk County, is the first municipality in the U.S. to accept text messages for emergencies. Residents can send texts to 911 and get the help that they need. On the horizon, picture messages and video messages will be accepted, too.

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Themes Come To Chrome

8/4/2009
If you like to play dress-up with your browser, Google's got some good news for you. It recently made 30 themes available for its Chrome browser. There's a good reason to skip the themes, though.

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BlackBerry 8520: $130 At T-Mo, $49 At Wal-Mart

8/4/2009
The BlackBerry 8520 goes on sale tomorrow via T-Mobile wireless stores and its retail partner Wal-Mart. If you're a budget shopper, I'd plan to buy at Wal-Mart, instead, as it'll save you about $80. Also, first impressions of the 8520.

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