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posted in January 2013

BlackBerry 10 Radically New, But Many Details Missing

BlackBerry, the company now formerly known as RIM (Research In Motion), formally announced the new BlackBerry 10 platform today along with two phones to run it. The software on these phones is radically different from the old BlackBerry OS and from existing smartphone operating systems. But many important details - technical specs like battery life and availability in the US - are still missing or unclear.

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Next Generation, Let's Improve Phone Battery Life

Samsung, Apple and the other handset makers have been racing for years to add new, power-sucking features to their phones with no concern for the impact on battery life. Now that consumers are beginning to realize that last year's model is still pretty good, it's time for the industry to raise the energy efficiency standards from "good enough" to "much better."

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Mozilla Unveils Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone

Mozilla's Firefox OS is continuing on in development, and a significant milestone has been achieved: Mozilla has announced their Firefox OS developer preview phones. The phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica, a major Spanish broadband and telecom provider with worldwide operations, including the US.

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iPhone Math? Giant Phone Rumors Don't Add Up

The Apple rumor mill has been very accurate in recent times, but the latest stories of a 4.8 inch mega-iPhone. almost an iPhablet, don't sound right. With the iPhone 5 screen, Apple rejected the "bigger is better" school of smartphone design. Could they be changing their minds?

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25 Years From Today: A Time for Bugs

25 years from today, January 19, 2038, at 03:14:08 UTC, a lot of software will fail if it's not fixed, and some has already begun to fail. It's not worthy of Y2K-level panic, at least not yet, but there are still many examples of programs that won't work, and the ensuing problems are beginning to crop up on us. As with Y2K, nobody really knows the extent of the problem and we will learn as time goes by, but with any luck, it will be as big a disaster.

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Network Management Goes Cellular

IT folks normally can't track or manage devices once they go out on the cellular networks, but now there is a service that makes it possible. NetMotion Wireless's Locality service reports back to IT where their users are, what they are running, the quality of their wireless service, and many other data points that are otherwise out of IT's reach.

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Do Not Bring Your Own Surface

Windows RT devices, such as Microsoft's initial Surface, lack the manageability features available in business versions of Windows or the forthcoming Windows 8-based Surface Pro. The solution for such devices so far, as with the iPad, iPhone and other BYOD devices, has been MDM (Mobile Device Management). But while Microsoft says it's coming real soon now, the company has yet to document an MDM API for Windows RT devices. Unless you're using certain Microsoft products, they are unmanageable for

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Apple Not Dictating Terms Anymore

The iPhone may never have been the majority of the smartphone market in units, but Apple was clearly setting the pace and the terms of the market for years through innovation and brand dominance. These days are clearly over. Apple is still a big, powerful player, but in many ways it’s are on the defensive and will have to fight for customers just like everyone else.

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SOTI Announces MobiControl V10

MDM company SOTI Inc. has announced a major revision of their main product. MobiControl V10 goes beyond classic Mobile Device Management into EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) techniques, such as Web Filtering, Real Time Antivirus and Malware Protection, Telecom Expense Management, and a Secure Content Library.

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Nokia Lumia Sales Strong, Asha Stronger

The Finnish tech company sold 4.4 million Lumia Windows Phones in the 4th quarter, but more than twice that number of their lower-end, not as smart Asha phones based on their older Symbian operating system. The Asha competes with low-cost Android phones in emerging markets.

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No-Contract iPhones at Walmart

The iPhone 5 and earlier models are available without subsidy, but with no commitment and a subsidized credit plan. Straight Talk Wireless no-contract plans start at $45 for 30 days of unlimited talk, text and data.

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Should Microsoft Switch Internet Explorer to WebKit? No

Internet Explorer has made great strides in recent years and is now an excellent, very fast browser. Yet it still gets second-rate treatment from developers for whom IE has the taint of "uncool," and it has a small presence on mobile devices. Perhaps the best thing would be for Microsoft to throw in the towel on their Trident browser layout engine and adopt WebKit, the emerging de facto standard. There are also plenty of reasons not to switch browser layout engines.

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Google Maps Mess: Windows Phone to Regain Access

Google's failure to come clean about the Google Maps Mobile site's treatment of Windows Phone is an embarrassing spectacle. The company's various explanations for why Internet Explorer on Windows Phone cannot visit Google Maps don't survive any real scrutiny, and the truth appears to be unflattering.

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Google at War With Windows 8, Phone?

[2 UPDATES] Google must actually be afraid of Windows Phone, Windows 8 and the Microsoft services associated with them. The threat these pose to Google is serious enough that it doesn't just ignore Windows 8/Phone, but take active measures to make them less usable. The market will speak on this before the FTC gets a chance to deal with it.

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Le Great Apple Robbery

Armed robbers took advantage of New Years celebrations to attack a Paris Apple store, stealing up to $1.3 million (€1 million) in goods.

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