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posted in September 2008

Windows Mobile Internet Explorer 6 To Pack In Full HTML Browsing To Compete

9/30/2008
Pretty much the first thing I do when I review a phone running the Windows Mobile platform is to download Opera Mobile. Why? Because the mobile version of Internet Explorer is sadly lacking, especially when it comes to that whole HTML thing. In order to remain relevant in the increasingly crowded mobile browser market, Microsoft is making sure the next version of mobile IE includes HTML capabilities.

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Can Android Save Motorola?

9/29/2008
According to an insider, Motorola is looking to increase the size of its Android development team sevenfold. Could deploying an Android handset be the key to righting Motorola's listing ship?

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AT&T: The iPhone Is Better Than The BlackBerry Storm

9/25/2008
The war of words between AT&T and Verizon sees its latest salvo from the AT&T camp. A document was caught circulating the Interwebs that spells out "talking points" for AT&T retail reps to mention if a potential iPhone customer mentions the BlackBerry Storm.

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Android: Lacks Polish, But Shows Promise

9/24/2008
After spending some time with Google's Android platform as realized on the HTC G1, I am reluctant to call it a 1.0 mobile operating system. So much is missing, it feels more like a 0.8 beta. But that shouldn't stop anyone from being excited about the possibilities.

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Sergey Brin: 'I'm A Bit Of A Geek'

9/24/2008
That couldn't be a bigger understatement. Yesterday, at the Android launch, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page showed up on in-line skates. You'll never guess what the first application is that Sergey wrote for the Android phone.

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On Android Eve, Google Ponders The Future Of Mobile

9/22/2008
Tomorrow in New York City, Google, HTC, and T-Mobile will unveil the world's first handset based on the Android platform. It is sure to be a spectacle. OverTheAir and InformationWeek will be on hand to provide you with all the news. In the meantime, Google gives us its glimpse of the mobile landscape of tomorrow.

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Analyst Says Apple Will Sell 5M iPhones In 4th Quarter

9/22/2008
Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray is at it again. This time he's proffered up his predictions for Apple's fourth quarter sales. He says Apple is primed to sell 5 million iPhones between now and the end of the year, and that the iPhone will represent a "meaningful percentage" of Apple's revenue.

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Music Cos. To Offer DRM-Free Music On MicroSD Cards For Phones

9/22/2008
Here's an interesting move. SanDisk, maker of Flash memory cards, and the four biggest recording labels are teaming up to offer microSD cards that are pre-loaded with DRM-free music. You'll be able to walk into a Best Buy and pick up that new album for $7-$10, pop it into your phone, and listen to it right away. Can this business model work?

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First Good Pictures Of HTC's Dream Phone Appear

9/19/2008
It is very hard for companies to keep anything secret these days, thanks to the Internet. That said, I am surprised images of the Android handset from HTC haven't made the rounds sooner. Some blurry shots circulated a while ago, but today we've got three clear shots of it.

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Apple Patent Shows 'Today' Screen For iPhone

9/19/2008
The basic home screen of a Windows Mobile 6.1 device gives you a nice overview of your recent missed calls, messages, calendar appointments, and other items. Looking at a recently granted patent, it looks like Apple may be taking a page from Microsoft's playbook.

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Report: Android-Powered HTC Dream To Cost $199

9/18/2008
The new sweet spot for smartphones is right around the $200 mark. Smartphones from the likes of Samsung, RIM, Motorola, and others have all targeted this price point (with subsidies, of course). So did the Apple iPhone. Apparently, so is the first phone running Google's Android platform.

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Are Text Messages Responsible For 25 Deaths?

9/16/2008
Saturday's Metrolink train crash was a tragedy and may have occurred because the engineer was distracted by text messages sent to his cell phone. The possibility raises the issue of how companies are to handle personal technology in the workplace -- especially when lives are at stake.

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Google Adds Host Of Features To Apps

9/12/2008
Google has some staffers touring college campuses trying to teach students the merits of using Google Apps. In the "back to school spirit" Google has added some features to its Apps programs that are sure to appeal to students and regular Joe's alike.

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Apple Offers iPhone Firmware 2.1 To Set Things Right

9/12/2008
Finally. Thank you, Apple, for fixing my iPhone. Today the company made the 2.1 firmware update available for the iPhone. The new firmware makes a multitude of improvements on the device and even adds a couple of new features. So far, I have noticed drastic improvements in performance of my iPhone. Apple has also improved the security of the iPhone.

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CTIA: BlackBerry Devices (Finally!) Get Native AIM From AOL

9/10/2008
You might think that the world's best mobile e-mail devices would also be killer instant messenger devices. Though users were able to use GChat, Yahoo IM, and Windows Live Messenger, AOL's AIM was AWOL. So RIM and AOL teamed up to offer a native AOL Instant Messenger application for BlackBerrys. Time to break our your thumbs and get your IM on!

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iPhone Mobile Web Usage Soars

9/10/2008
Users of the Apple iPhone can't seem to get enough of the mobile Internet. According to AdMob, the Apple iPhone was the fastest growing device in the world last month and ended August with more than 2.9 million mobile Web page requests per day. Other devices are making headway, too. Seems this thing called the "mobile Internet" just might take off.

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Analyst: Android 'Ain't No iPhone,' Will Fail

9/8/2008
Google's much-hyped mobile platform, Android, is set to make its big debut in the market in the coming months. Developers, execs, and analysts who've used it say it is going to bomb, and if it does, it is all Google's fault.

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Major iPhone Firmware Update Reported To Be Available On Tuesday

9/8/2008
The 3G iPhone has no doubt had a bumpy introduction to the market. Signal issues, system crashes, and other glitches have plagued users. Most recently, a glaring security flaw allowed people to bypass the password lock code and gain access to the iPhone's contact list. Firmware update 2.1, believed to be announced at tomorrow's Apple event, might fix everything.

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Google Announces Photostreaming App For Android

9/5/2008
The final list of applications that will appear on the first wave of Android handsets hasn't been revealed, but this new, open source project from the Android Developers Blog might be one of them. Photostream can stream Flickr photos to an Android handset.

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Apple Nixes 'Pull My Finger' App, Even Though It's A Gas

9/5/2008
Apple's iPhone Apps Store approval process clearly has some bugs to work out. Apps will be approved, and then pulled. Some bad apps remain in the store, while others aren't approved at all. The latest casualty is an application that, well, I probably shouldn't publish what it does here in the first paragraph, but Beavis and Butt-head would have loved it.

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NYC Store Sells BlackBerry Bolds For $1,300 Each

9/4/2008
An enterprising company with a retail location in midtown Manhattan managed to get its hands on five prerelease versions of the much-coveted BlackBerry Bold. What did it do? Put them up for sale, naturally. The price tag? A staggering $1,300. For that, you get a phone that may or may not be fully optimized for AT&T's network.

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Research: Those Over 30 Can't Figure Cell Phones Out

9/3/2008
According to some data from Bowen Research, more than one-third of adults over the age of 30 can't stand their cell phones. Why? They can't seem to figure them out. Those under 30 don't have the same problems. Are younger users better suited to some technologies?

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3G iPhone Tethering Plan In The Works?

9/2/2008
I've railed against the 3G iPhone's lack of tethering abilities in the past. Seems I am not the only one. A customer e-mailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the issue, and Steve e-mailed him back. What did he say? "We are discussing it with AT&T."

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