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posted in June 2007

A Cell Phone Is A Woman's Best Friend

If you believe a new study from Samsung, women use cell phones for more than just security reasons. Young women are super savvy at using all the facets of a mobile phone to enhance their lives. When women want to flirt, they'll send a text message. When they need to avoid a stalker, they will fake technical difficulties. And more than a handful said they wouldn't date a man who had a big, bulky cell phone. I guess size matters in more ways than one.

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What's All The BREW-Ha-Ha?

Last minute happenings at BREW include Javaground's announcement that its application allows developers to port Java into BREW and the ITC's spoil-sport ruling that it will not stay the ban it levied against Qualcomm.

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AT&T To Skip WiMax For LTE?

At the Wireless Communications Association conference this week, AT&T VP of government solutions for mobility Chris Hill said that AT&T is probably going to pick Long Term Evolution, or LTE, for its next-generation, high-speed network technology. Is WiMax out of the picture for AT&T, and how will enterprise users be affected?

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Hummer Cell Phone Misses The Point

Yes, you read that correctly. A cell phone from Hummer, the ultra-SUV brand, is about to hit the market. It comes in the same garish yellow that's probably blinded you when one of the trucks roars past on the highway. It is lacking the most important feature, however: A rugged form factor. That means it is no good for field force workers.

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RIM To Update Pearl, Release EV-DO Version

Business users looking to add some sexy swag to their briefcases will have more options from RIM later this year. The company is reportedly looking to launch a new version of the Pearl smartphone, which will include EV-DO wireless data and will still shave a few millimeters from its waistline. Verizon Wireless and Sprint business users who felt left out when the original Pe

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Will "Gandolf" Wield Its Magic And Save Palm?

Gadget rumor sites were all alight over the past few days showing off spy shots of a supposed new device from Palm. Dubbed "Gandolf" (minus the robe, hat and staff), the new device is definitely a departure for Palm in that it looks nothing like a Treo. But that's not necessarily a good thing.

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Research: iPhone Will Be A Big, Big Seller

Analyst firms may not agree on exactly how many iPhones Apple will sell this year, but they all seem to agree that the number will be a big one. We're talking more than 3 million by the end of 2007, which eclipses Jobs' hoped-for number of 1 million by a mile. But just who is it that's interested?

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Will Mobile Video-Sharing Services Take Off?

AT&T will be launching its Video Sharing service this summer. The services are being pitched to consumers rather than enterprises right now. This is unfortunate. The enterprise uses of shared video are practically unlimited.

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Microsoft And HTC Develop New Touch Screen Technology To Fend Off The iPhone

High Tech Computer Corp. today unveiled its newest smartphone, the HTC Touch. The Touch is similar in many respects to other HTC Windows Mobile-powered smartphones with one major exception. HTC has added a new three-dimensional user interface that employs what it calls TouchFLO touch screen technology. The UI lets users sweep their fingers around the screen to access applications and control the device. Sou

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Is AT&T Enhancing Its Edge Network For The iPhone?

According to an internal operations employee, AT&T decided that it had better get its data network in tip-top shape for the iPhone launch. As such, it is working to improve coverage, latency, and throughput in its Edge systems. AT&T is calling the upgrade Operation Fine Edge. I'd say AT&T is walking the razor's edge here. While it will dampen the sting of not having 3G in th

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iTunes Plus: DRM-Free, But Invades Your Privacy

This one hurts. Last week, Apple launched its iTunes Plus music store, selling higher quality audio tracks from EMI for $1.29 without digital rights management. Aside from the extra $0.30, there's another, higher cost that isn't mentioned. Each song purchased from iTunes and iTunes Plus is permanently tagged with the purchaser's name and email address. Users are outraged, and I don't blame the

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Palm Finally Sells Itself...To Bono

The speculation that Palm might sell itself several months ago to an investment company or competitor has finally run its course. This morning, Palm announced that it has brought on private equity firm Elevation Parters (you know, the one founded by U2's Bono) to help run the business for $325 million. Elevation gets 25% ownership of Palm for its money, as well as two seats on the board. Is this the precursor to a brighter f

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Where Is the Mobile Enterprise Market Heading?

As the number of mobile employees continues to climb, keeping them in the loop is increasingly important. It's also increasingly easier. With the proliferation of wireless broadband services and the continual onslaught of new enterprise devices and software services, there's nowhere for the market to go but up.

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And You Thought the iPhone Was Expensive? Nokia Bows $940 Phone

When you look at the new Nokia 8600 Luna luxury phone, you can tell the higher-ups at Nokia let the design team flex a little bit of its creative muscle. It uses a smoked-glass sheathe to hide the keypad. Yes, glass. It also features a gorgeous QVGA display. It's a beautiful phone, no doubt. Too bad its features aren't more impressive than any $100 off-the-shelf feature phone. But hey, beauty comes at a price.

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