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posted in March 2009

Microsoft CTIA Announcements

3/31/2009
Microsoft is at CTIA this week and they will be making a few announcements today - nothing Earth shattering as Windows Mobile 6.5 has already been announced and Windows Mobile 7 is the worst kept secret out there right now, but there are a few interesting items for mobile device users.

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Will Microsoft's Mobile Strategy Pay Off?

3/30/2009
I ran across an interesting post at Seeking Alpha that outlines why Microsoft's attempts to make significant headway in the mobile market haven't yielded much fruit and that they've slid back in the past few years. It also argues that the road ahead is going to be tough for MS. Can Microsoft remain a key player in the mobile market?

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Meeting The Needs Of An Enterprise Phone

3/27/2009
NetWorkWorld has an article on what makes a phone optimal as a mobile enterprise device. The better IT managers are realizing that end users want devices with cool features and recognize that the carriers are more interested in catering to users and not IT departments. In the US, it is too expensive to consider buying unlocked devices of your choice for dozens or hundreds of users, so you have to be satisf

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Microsoft To Charge Developers To Correct Typos?

3/26/2009
Earlier this month Microsoft released information on how its application store for Windows Mobile would work for developers. There is an annual $99 fee to keep your app in the store, and that includes five new apps per year. After that, it is $99 per app. It seems though that any update to an app will cost the developer $99 as well, or will count against the five in the initial payment. Post a Comment

Mobile Internet On Phones Becomes More Routine

3/24/2009
Between January 2008 and January 2009, the number of people accessing the internet daily from a mobile device increased from 10.8 million to 22.4 million people according to a comScore report. The report studied the habits of 63.2 million people that accessed the internet to some degree with their phone for news and information.

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Did Apple Move The Mobile Device Forward With iPhone 3.0?

3/18/2009
Apple had their big iPhone 3.0 announcement yesterday and it included a number of much awaited features. When the iPhone was released in 2007, it was miles ahead of its competition at the time in several areas, most notably a killer mobile browser and the sliding finger gesture driven UI. In 2008 it upped the ante with MobileMe and the App Store. Did Apple push forward again in 2009?

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AMD Proposes Better Battery Life Tests

3/17/2009
AMD chief marketing officer and senior VP Nigel Dessau admits that laptop and mobile phone makers give out relatively meaningless numbers when trying to convey to users what kind of battery life they can expect. He suggests that more reasonable tests be developed and used to make the information more reliable.

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Will Windows Mobile 7 Fix The Update Scenario?

3/16/2009
According to some details in a job posting, Ars Technica is reporting that Windows Mobile 7 will finally fix the broken update scenario for the Microsoft platform. Right now, we seem to be dependent on the carriers to get updates and fixes for the platform. Is Microsoft taking control of the process?

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Phone Market To Shrink In 2009, Smartphones Still Climb

3/13/2009
IDC is forecasting mobile phone shipments down 8.3% in 2009 as the world wrestles with a downturn in the economy. This is after they rose 4.3% in 2008 over 2007 levels. It gets even worse if you look at specific markets like Europe, Japan, and the United States, where year-over-year declines could approach 24%. The growth drivers in recent years like China and Russia will have breakeven years. What's interesting though is th

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Are You A Voice Or Data Person?

3/12/2009
Some people are voice centric and it just so happens that they also can get e-mails on their phone. Others are data centric. The primary reason they have a phone is that is just the device by which it's easiest to access data from the Internet. The fact that they can actually talk to someone with the device is just another feature. Which one are you?

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Getting IE Mobile 6 Before Windows Mobile 6.5

3/5/2009
One of the best features of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Mobile release is Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which is built largely on Internet Explorer 6 from the desktop, optimized for the smartphone platform. It should rival the browsing experience on the iPhone, and perhaps be even richer if the device also has Adobe Flash Lite on it. You may not have to wait until WinMo 6.5 ships this fall though to get the new browser.

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Amazon Releases Kindle Software In iPhone App Store

3/4/2009
Amazon has just released Amazon Kindle for iPhone. Since its initial release in 2007, the Kindle has been a hot seller, often having buyers on a waiting list to get one. The Kindle 2 was recently released and, by most accounts, it improves on its popular predecessor. For Amazon, this isn't about the hardware, though, it's about the content, and the company just took its first step into the content-only

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Doing More Than Messaging With SMS

3/2/2009
Just about everyone knows that you can send and receive text messages with their phones using SMS (Short Messaging Service). Texting, as it is sometimes called, is just the beginning, though, of what you can do with this service.

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