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posted in April 2009

Shopping Service Opens Up On Twitter

There is a new account on Twitter that gives you shopping assistance and since Twitter works on your mobile phone, this can be a useful companion when looking for something or when you have a question about a product. You just send @imshopping your question, in 140 characters of course, and it will respond with the information you are looking for.

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Microsoft's Tellme Voice Service For Windows Mobile

Microsoft's Tellme subsidiary is announcing a voice service that will be available to carriers and manufacturers for free for use on Windows Mobile 6.5 this fall. Users will be able to push a button on their phone to activate the service and say things like "Text Steve Jones" and the device would open up the SMS application, create a new message and pre-address it to Steve Jones.

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More App Stores On The Way

Software maker Handmark has created a new platform of software designed to aid carriers and device manufacturers launch application stores for their phones, as reported by the Kansas City Business Journal.

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Man Thumbs 400 Page Novel On F Train

If you consider yourself a Blackberry ninja, able to pound out email after email on the device, even you might be humbled by what Peter Brett did. He thumbed his first novel while riding the F train.

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One Billion Served

The iPhone App Store has served up its one billionth app. This is an impressive achievement in the eight to nine months the App Store has been open. The numbers though have certainly been bolstered by downloads of apps that do little more than give a giggle or a grin shortly after downloading, only to be deleted a few hours later, like the iPint (fake beer app) or iFart (self-explanatory).

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Security Concerns Using Personal Devices For Work

A surprising number of people use their personal phone for work to one degree or another. If it is for the occasional business call, most companies have nothing to worry about. If, however, they are using the phone to access corporate resources or store company information, it can be cause for concern. Tech Republic has a post with some interesting statistics on this unauthorized use of personal phones for company business.

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Blocking Cell Phone Signals In The Driver's Seat

In an effort to get some people to stop talking when driving, an inventor named Fred Wenz has been working on a device that would block cell phone signals in the driver's seat of the car. They have a provisional patent according to this article. I'm not sure about you, but I am not keen on the idea of using this technology for a number of reasons.

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What Is A Smartphone?

The New York Times published an article this morning on a few smartphones coming to market that are aiming at the iPhone. While these phones have some interesting features, they don't run any operating system that you'd be familiar with. Can a turbo-charged feature phone earn the title of a smartphone?

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Can Windows Mobile 6.5 Recapture Some iPhone Limelight?

Windows Mobile 6.5 has been garnering a lot of attention since it was formally announced at Mobile World Congress in February and more details were shown at CTIA last week. This is not the OS Microsoft was hoping for - that will be Windows Mobile 7 due to be released in 2010, but don't let that detract from what Windows Mobile 6.5 has to offer.

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Windows Marketplace for Mobile Only For WinMo 6.5

There has been a lot of discussion about Microsoft's application store, dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile since its official announcement at Mobile World Congress in February. The latest bit of info on the application store is it will not work on any existing platforms.

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