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posted in September 2009

BlackBerry Round-Up: TiVo And Mac Support Arrive

9/30/2009
Today two interesting bits of information concerning BlackBerries became public. First up, TiVo has launched a new, free DVR-scheduling app for BlackBerries, and second, RIM has said BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macs will be available Friday, October 2.

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The Verizon Hub Bites The Dust

9/29/2009
Hi, my name is Eric, and I bought the Verizon Hub. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses and thought it would be really cool to have an Internet tablet in my kitchen. Turns out, I was wrong.

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Do Phones Really Need A Mobile High-Def Connector Port?

9/29/2009
Some of the world's largest phone companies -- including the likes of Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson -- have banded together and formed the Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group. The group's plan is to create a new, standardized port for mobile phones that can feed high-definition video and audio signals to HDTVs. Is this really necessary?

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CNN's iPhone App Lets Everyone Be A Reporter

9/29/2009
Today CNN took its commitment to mobile news a bit further by releasing a dedicated application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. For the news junkie, consider this new app to be your constantly available source for a fix. There's increased opportunities for the budding iReporter, too.

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AT&T 'Pleased' With MMS Roll-Out. Customers? Not So Much

9/28/2009
Several weeks ago AT&T posted a video explaining that it wanted to be able to offer its iPhone customers the best possible experience once MMS (multi-media messaging service) was activated for the iPhone. According to the user complaints plastered all over AT&T's Facebook page, MMS was barely functional over its first weekend of availability. Is non-working service part of "the best possible experience"?

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Apple: 2 Billion Apps Served And Counting

9/28/2009
Another milestone for Apple and its iPhone Apps Store: Two billion applications have been downloaded from the Apps store by iPhone and iPod Touch users. Oh, and Apple was sure to make us aware that there are now 85,000 applications available.

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iPhones Can Now Send MMS Messages

9/25/2009
It's official: The iPhone can (finally, at long last, thankfully) perform a task that many other phones have been able to do since 2002. It can now send and receive multi-media messages. Here's a quick look at how it works.

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Mobile Round-Up: Android Edition

9/24/2009
Here's a handful of some smaller Android-related tidbits that broke today. T-Mobile has lowered the price of the new myTouch 3G by a whopping 25%, the Motorola CLIQ is going to ship with a hefty number of pre-installed applications, and Google tweaked Gmail for both Android and the iPhone

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Microsoft: Expect 30 WinMo 6.5 Phones By End Of 2009

9/23/2009
Microsoft has high hopes for its forthcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 platform. According to remarks made by a Microsoft executive, so are handset makers and network operators, as more than 30 devices running Windows Mobile 6.5 are primed to hit the market by the end of 2009.

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Palm Smacked Down By USB-IF Over iTunes Spat

9/23/2009
An industry organization, the USB Implementers Forum, has flipped the tables on Palm after the company sought relief from the on-again/off-again ability to sync the Palm Pre with iTunes. Rather than agree with Palm's point of view, the USB-IF has scolded it, saying Apple has a right to protect its software.

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Google Pushes Push Gmail To iPhone And Windows Mobile

9/22/2009
I got one word for you: Hallelujah! Today, Google finally upgraded Google Sync to include push Gmail services on the iPhone and Windows Mobile devices. Why the cries of joy? This means Gmail will be delivered instantly rather than pulled at 15, 30, or 60-minute intervals.

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Apple Tackling iPhone OS 3.1 Battery Issues

9/21/2009
Apple offered iPhone OS 3.1 to users several weeks ago. Since updating to the new software, many users are reporting poor battery performance. Apple has acknowledged, via its support forums, that it is investigating the matter.

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The Fallacy Of Femto Cells

9/21/2009
Today, AT&T launched a public trial of a femto cell product in the Charlotte, N.C., market. AT&T expects users to pay $150 for the device, and then $20 per month for (unlimited voice) service that AT&T should already be providing as part of users' service contracts. Sprint and Verizon are doing something similar. The rub is, the wireless companies should be begging end users to adopt femto cells and reducing service costs of those who do...not the other way around.

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Verizon Wireless Addresses BlackBerry Tour Issues

9/20/2009
Last week an analyst said in a research note that the BlackBerry Tour, made by Research In Motion and sold by both Sprint and Verizon Wireless, was seeing huge return rates due to faulty trackballs. Both Sprint and Verizon have responded to the report.

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Palm (Finally) Dumps Microsoft

9/17/2009
Palm's first quarter numbers are in. The smartphone maker sold 823,000 devices during the first quarter, though the company declined to say how many of them were the new Palm Pre. Another nugget to come from the earnings call was this: Palm will no longer make Windows Mobile smartphones.

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First Impressions With Sprint's Android Phone

9/17/2009
Sprint's first Android phone, the HTC Hero, goes on sale in just a few short weeks. I was able to spend some time with it recently. The hardware feels great and HTC's Sense user interface gives the system software a bit of pinache.

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Whatever Happened To The Idea Of Instant On?

9/16/2009
It takes too long for many of today's most popular mobile devices to boot up. While some people are more patient than others, I contend that 60 seconds is way too long for a mobile device to boot. Let's take a look at how some of today's tech stacks up.

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Opera Mini 5 Brings Support For Touch Screens

9/16/2009
Opera Software lifted the curtains on Opera Mini 5 Beta, a brand-new version of the browser for mobile phones. Aside from a refreshed design, the biggest new features for this version of Opera Mini are support for touch screen devices and a more usable Speed Dial tool.

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Verizon's Android Phone To Arrive Within A Few Weeks

9/15/2009
Anyone disappointed that Motorola only announced one Android handset last week and not two need not fret for too long. Motorola will announce its second Android-based device within a few weeks, and you'd better believe that Verizon Wireless will be the one to sell it.

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Celio Redfly Gains BlackBerry Support

9/15/2009
Anyone remember the Celio Redfly Mobile Companion? This device connects a smartphone with a laptop-like display and keyboard. The Redfly Mobile Companion works with Windows Mobile devices, and now, the Redfly will support BlackBerry smartphones. A mobile professional's dream come true?

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Deutsche Telekom - Sprint Nextel Merger Rears Its Head Again

9/14/2009
A new report by the U.K. Telegraph says that Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA parent company) is seriously preparing to make a bid for Sprint Nextel. The merged companies could become the nation's second-largest carrier. We've seen this story before. Could such a marriage really save either company?

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Motorola Cliq Video Demo

9/10/2009
I was able to spend some time with the Motorola Cliq today. The hardware may not be perfect, but it's pretty good. More than the hardware, however, Motorola has demonstrated that it "gets it" with MOTOBLUR, its new vision for contact and social network management.

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Palm Pixi Gets The Hands-On Treatment

9/9/2009
I had a chance to spend some time with the new Palm Pixi this afternoon. It's small, light, and perfect for users who prefer the candybar form factor with ready access to the QWERTY keyboard. I found the smaller screen size and lack of Wi-Fi to be detractors, however.

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Apple Announces iPhone OS 3.1 And iTunes 9

9/9/2009
Today in San Francisco, Apple made several music-related announcements, some of which concerned the iPhone. iPhone OS 3.1, which will be available today, offers several new features for the iPhone. iTunes 9 will finally offer a much-sought-after feature -- the ability to manage iPhone applications within iTunes itself.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Pwns Original Storm At Typing

9/7/2009
More video of the BlackBerry Storm 2 has been posted to YouTube. This particular footage shows how well typing works on the new hardware from RIM. The Storm 2 kills the original Storm when it comes to typing speed and accuracy. Check it out.

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager For Macs Leaks Out

9/4/2009
Mac-using BlackBerry fans rejoice! In July, Research In Motion announced that it would offer a Mac-compatible version of its BlackBerry Desktop Manager software. The official release is slated for later this month, but the 1.0.0 version has hit the Internet.

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Mobile Round-Up: Palm Apps, Bluetooth, Ovi Store, N97

9/3/2009
Here's a collection of smaller stories that may not have gotten a blog post all to themselves. Palm has added a whopping 12 new apps to the Apps Catalog. Bluetooth headset usage has plummeted. The number of Ovi Store users is surprisingly small. The N97 is set to get a major firmware update.

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Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

9/3/2009
A smash-and-grab attack on a New Jersey Apple Store nets thieves 23 MacBook Pro laptops, 14 iPhones and nine iPod touch handhelds in a quick 31 seconds. If they can rob a locked Apple Store that quickly, you can bet thieves can make off with employee hardware just as easily.

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Sony Ericsson: Xperia X2 To Run WinMo 6.5, Too!

9/2/2009
The wireless industry is officially having a Big Day. Hot on the heels of HTC's Touch2 announcement, comes Sony Ericsson swinging for the fences with a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone of its own. The Xperia X2 seemingly has it all and rocks the most insane spec list ever.

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Nokia World 2009: N97 Mini, X6, X3 Handsets Intro'd

9/2/2009
Today at Nokia World, the largest handset maker kicked things off with a bang by announcing three new multimedia handsets. The N97 Mini takes the N97 down a notch, the X6 kicks things touch-screen style, and the X3 will slide its way into your heart.

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iPhone Battery Life Still Weak, Mophie Juice Pack Helps

9/1/2009
A new report compiled by Strategy Analytics says that while most iPhone owners are pleased with their devices, they aren't so happy about battery performance. Though the iPhone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery, there are options out there. Enter the Mophie Juice Pack Air.

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Android Dev: No Money To Be Made In Android Market

9/1/2009
Larva Labs recently released its sales figures for Google's Android Market. The results are less than encouraging. For the month of August, Larva averaged sales of just $62.39 per day -- and it has four apps for sale. Um, what's going on here?

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Windows Mobile 6.5 To Street On October 6

9/1/2009
Finally. Today, Microsoft announced that it will fully launch Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Marketplace for Windows Mobile on October 6. Network operators AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are on board, as are phone makers HP, HTC, LG, Samsung and Toshiba.

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