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posted in July 2009

Microsoft Hosts Windows Mobile Developer Camps

7/31/2009
Microsoft will be hosting a number of developer camps for its WIndows Mobile platform in the coming weeks in at least six cities around the world. If you develop apps to sell or work on them for your enterprise, you might want to check these events out. The targeted platform is Windows Mobile 6.5.

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Are Mobile Devices Closing The Digital Divide?

7/30/2009
Mobile devices seem to be closing the digital divide. More and more people are getting online with cell phones, but the uptake is really strong with minorities according to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

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Texting And Driving - Just Say No

7/28/2009
We've all talked on the phone while driving and it definitely a distraction to fiddle with dialing and have one hand permanently unavailable for driving. Many states have passed laws prohibiting using a cell phone while driving unless you have a hands-free headset. Texting has become more popular, especially with people updating their Twitter or Facebook accounts. Though not illegal in many states yet, texting is far more dangerous than just talking on the phone according to a newly relea

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MS Opens Application Submission On Its Application Store

7/27/2009
Microsoft has opened application submission for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile application store, which is for its Windows Mobile platform. WinMo 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5 will be supported, which means when the store launches, there will be tens of millions of potential customers. To make things interesting, MS is having a "Race to Market" challenge for developers where they will be able to earn prizes, money, fortune and fame.

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Palm Pre Users Want Virtual Keyboard

7/24/2009
It is as if Palm developed the Pre to be the antithesis of the iPhone in that it has a nice QWERTY keyboard, but in doing so, they left out any sort of virtual keyboard, and that can be just as frustrating as having a virtual but no physical keyboard.

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Windows Mobile 6.5's UI Fixes Run Deep

7/21/2009
We've all seen pictures and even video of Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 platform that shows big fat menus that even the pudgiest of fingers could manipulate. I was worried though that this feature might only be skin deep, but it seems MS has made a real effort to make the feature available throughout the device.

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Verizon To Limit Device Exclusivity Agreements

7/20/2009
Verizon is going to be shortening the time it keeps an exclusivity agreement for a particular device for the benefit of smaller cellular carriers around the country, namely those with 500,000 subscribers or less. That's good new for those that don't need a national carrier.

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Mobile Privacy - How Much Do We Give Up Voluntarily?

7/17/2009
There are a ton of cool features and services available for smartphones today. Location based services is one of the most interesting, but in doing so, you are giving the service provider an alarming amount of information about you whether you know it or not.

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What App Stores Benefit Smartphones Best?

7/16/2009
As Apple hits its one trillionth app download sometime today before lunch (or some other ridiculously high number that starts to lose meaning at some point) and other app stores are on the way from a number of other players, it strikes me that Apple has the right formula, but not because it is Apple or the iPhone, but because it is drop dead simple to understand for the consumer.

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Do People Want An Uber Device?

7/15/2009
I think we've all at one time or another looked for an uber device, the mobile device that does everything we want, replacing the multiple gadgets we currently carry around. However, is that really what people want given the realities of physical size and technological limitations?

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Microsoft Mobile 2010 Coming To A Smartphone Near You

7/14/2009
Just about everyone who cares now knows that Office 2010 is well underway and they may even have downloaded the Tech Preview for testing. The PC isn't the only platform getting improvements with 2010 though. Microsoft Mobile 2010 is a series of programs and services for smartphones and had a number of new features as well as enhancements to existing one's.

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Dell To Launch Android Based Web Device

7/10/2009
At some point Dell will actually launch another mobile device after having discontinued its line of Windows Mobile based Axim's a few years ago. While there have been rumors of it being a phone, it may actually be an internet device running Android.

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DOJ Opens Antitrust Review On US Carriers

7/8/2009
The new administration in Washington is flexing its antitrust muscle and one of the industries the Department of Justice is looking at is carriers in the US, specifically as to whether device exclusivity agreements are anti-competitive.

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An Uphill Battle For Windows Mobile

7/7/2009
There is no doubt Microsoft is in a position it doesn't like to be in regarding Windows Mobile. It isn't leading in market share, and quite often, when you read articles and reviews on smartphones, Microsoft's mobile platform is often omitted from the commentary. Microsoft faces an uphill battle to get the operating system back on center stage.

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Better Feedback From iPhone Touchscreen

7/6/2009
Help may be on the way if you are one of those iPhone users that doesn't like the lack of tactile feedback from the on-screen QWERTY keyboard. No, there isn't a new iPhone on the way with a real keyboard, at least, not that I know of. Apple has filed a patent to provide "localized tactile feedback" on a touchscreen.

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Social Network Gadget Site Launches - GDGT

7/2/2009
Normally we talk about phones and services related to them in this blog but today I'm going to mention a new website for gadget lovers called gdgt. The site is a mix of social networking, a wiki, tech forum and review site. What's not to love?

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Barnes & Noble Matches Amazon eBook Prices

7/1/2009
A few months ago Barnes & Noble purchased Fictionwise, the owner of eReader.com, which is one of the most popular ebook stores on the internet. Pricing used to be similar to that of a physical book store, that is to say all over the place. Now they are matching Amazon's Kindle pricing of $9.95. In fact, they are slightly beating Amazon when you include the eReader reward program.

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