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posted in September 2008

Apple Tweaks App Store Policies

The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.

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Touch Screen Roundup

While most of the excitement this week has centered around T-Mobile's Android-powered G1, there were some interesting developments on the touch-screen front from Nokia and Research In Motion. Spies were able to snag some details on the first touch-screen BlackBerry, and the first shots of Nokia's "Tube" smartphone found their way to the Web.

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Skyfire Hits Public Beta

If you've yet to download the Skyfire browser for your Windows Mobile device, you'll be happy to know it has hit public beta today. I've spent some time with the new version today, and despite some minor faults, it rocks.

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Verizon Wireless Ditches Contracts

Verizon Wireless took a nice step toward opening its networks today by offering customers the ability to sign up for monthly voice and data service without a long-term contract. Under this model, if you don't like the service you can take your business elsewhere without paying a hefty early-termination fee.

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Bluetooth Headsets Galore

If you live in California, or any of the states that have outlawed driving and talking, then you know how useful a Bluetooth headset can be. With this in mind, Motorola rolled out a pair of noise-canceling headsets today, and they look like winners.

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Nokia Prepping New E Series Smartphones

It looks like the Internet spies have done it again, as two new E Series smartphones from Nokia have been leaked. Not much is known about these handsets, as Nokia's keeping mum for now, but one of them will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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Google Beefs Up Mobile Maps

The search giant has added some new features to its mobile map programs as users can now get Street View and Walking Directions directly on their cell phones. I've played around with these new features, and they look like winners.

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Touch Screen BlackBerry In Action

For BlackBerry addicts with a bit of iPhone envy, the upcoming touch screen BlackBerry is an intriguing proposition. But RIM's Storm could be a disaster if the interface fails. A developer ninja got his hands on it, and shared his thoughts on YouTube.

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Russia Gets iPhone 3G

Widely available on the black market, Apple's handset will be officially available from two Russian wireless carriers by the end of the year.

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AT&T Explains Data Outage

Looks like Ma Bell had some problems this morning on the East Coast, as multiple reports said there was no mobile data access. The problem was particularly affecting iPhone 3G users (what else is new), but some reported that there was absolutely no AT&T cellular data. AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel gave me the skinny.

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Android Dream Pics?

If you managed to tear yourself away from the barbeque this weekend, you may have spotted these supposedly leaked photos that Engadget snagged of the first Android-powered handset. Reps from HTC and T-Mobile are not responding, but it does seem to match previous FCC documents, as well as leaked footage.

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