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On Sunday an [URL="http://www.tra.ae/news_TRA_Announces_the_Suspension_of_Blackberry_Messenger%2C_Blackberry_E_mail_and_Blackberry_Web_Browsing_Services_in_the_UAE_from_October_11%2C_2010-180-1.php"]official statement[/URL] was released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirming that certain mobile features for the BlackBerry device including mobile email, messaging, and mobile web browsing will be blocked by government authorities. [ATTACH=right]16330[/ATTACH]The ban will officially go into effect beginning on …
by Niki_Fears 15 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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The same hacker behind the iPad jailbreaking software “Spirit”, and the iPad port of Flash, has released an easy to use jailbreak solution for the iPhone4. Comex and his cohorts have created a website that allows users to complete the job with a single swipe of the finger. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16317[/ATTACH]Users of …
by PCBrown 8 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=right]16313[/ATTACH]More smartphones could soon be headed to Kandahar, Baghdad or other hotspots where U.S. Troops can use a little technological assistance - not to be able to Tweet or check for the latest news from their brigade on [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299599.html"]Wikileaks[/URL] - but for communicating with the locals. DARPA - the Defense …
by EricMack 25 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16277[/ATTACH]First came the smart phone. Next comes the smart camera phone. Thanks to [URL="http://graphics.stanford.edu/projects/camera-2.0/"]researchers at Stanford University[/URL], your smart phone's camera might eventually have a plethora of its own apps that are more advanced than even the iPhone's limited inventory of camera apps. "Camera manufacturers used to ignore phones because …
by Emily Banks in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=right]16252[/ATTACH][URL="http://mobile.venturebeat.com/2010/07/28/android-wallpaper-app-that-steals-your-data-was-downloaded-by-millions/"]Questions have been raised[/URL] about an Android wallpaper application that is collecting personal data and sending it to a site, [url]www.imnet.com[/url], in Shenzen, China. It's unclear why the data is being collected or what use might be made of it. The app Wallpaper, which originated from developer Jackeey, was uploaded …
by CatRambo 1 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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A lot of rumors began circulating about the possibility of a new Kindle on the horizon after the popular Kindle DX seemed to suddenly be sold out on Amazon's web site some time ago leading to the speculation that Amazon had a new version in the works. Wednesday those suspicions …
by Niki_Fears 15 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Last week, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299002.html"]Indian officials unveiled a $35 Linux-based touchscreen computer[/URL] to the dropped jaws of users holding tablets 16x as much. Capable of web browsing with JavaScript and Flash support, word processing, video conferencing, viewing multimedia content, reading PDF files, and housing USB ports, Wi-Fi, and 2GB of storage, its …
by Glass_Joe 68 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=right]16070[/ATTACH]A new smart phone application, Virtual Test Drive, from [URL="http://www.vevdrive.com/"]Virtual Vehicle Company (VEVco)[/URL] will allow a phone to track the user's driving patterns in order to help them improve their mileage. The application uses the phone's GPS chip in order to track factors like when a user starts and stops …
by CatRambo 1 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=right]16067[/ATTACH]As if carpal tunnel, driving while texting and the possibility that your cell phone might be seeding a tumor in your brain weren't enough, meet another new ailment of the information age -- [URL="http://text-neck.com"]Text Neck[/URL]. The phrase was coined by Florida chiropractor, exercise physiologist and entrepreneur Dean Fishman, who tells …
by EricMack 25 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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With what seems like inescapable, up-to-the-minute coverage of dropped call banter swirling around a tech universe with Apple as the sun, you almost forget that other brands exist. The most recent angle on their reception debacle has been the “But they’re doing it too!” defense, Steve Jobs’ attempt at dragging …
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[ATTACH=right]16012[/ATTACH]It's official -- or so it seems. HP will be, after much speculation to the contrary, moving forward with a Windows 7-based tablet. An HP rep told TechNewsWorld that the company has begun "customer evaluation" of a Windows 7 tablet, after the Internet began buzzing with rumors that a tablet …
by Emily Banks in Mobile and Wearables ()
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India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has announced that the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science has developed a tablet with a retail price of $35 (approximately 1600 rupees), beating the price of MIT's [URL="http://laptop.org/en/"]One Laptop Per Child Program[/URL]. The Linux-based prototype performs Internet browsing, …
by CatRambo 1 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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By now you may have seen those little mini solar-powered phone and gadget chargers for sale for about 50 bucks or so, giving you juice whenever and wherever you need it... well, so long as it's not cloudy, and there's no trees or flagpoles in your way, and you've got …
by EricMack 25 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Dear Steve Ballmer, I believe it's time to give up development of a mobile operating system. With all due respect to the multi-billion dollar empire you're entrusted with running, the simple truth is that Microsoft is quite bad at developing user interfaces that are friendly and intuitive. Windows 7 is …
by EddieC in Mobile and Wearables ()
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It’s official folks, Google’s Nexus One has officially been discontinued and will no longer be available from their online store. [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/21/nexus-one-is-sold-out-in-googles-store-forever/"]Engadget[/URL] points out that the only way to get the phone is through KT, a Korean phone company (good luck), or Vodafone. Google is planning on distributing what remaining phones …
by PCBrown 8 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=right]15946[/ATTACH]Just as we were finally getting to know all the ins and outs of Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Phone 7 is getting ready to drop - ain't that just like Microsoft? According to the guys [URL="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2366631,00.asp"]at PC Magazine[/URL], who recently got some hands-on time with the new platform, we've wasted …
by EricMack 25 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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While most consumers hail one- or multiple-touch technology as an improvement over keyboard typing or using a mouse, for musicians who need both hands to play their instruments, removing a hand to momentarily touch the screen for page turns is distracting at best and disruptive to the music at worst. …
by VanessaRyan 12 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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More of us could be taking Linux with us wherever we go in the coming years - that according to a [URL="http://www.abiresearch.com/products/service/Mobile_Devices_Research_Service"]pair of reports from ABI research[/URL] that predict a big chunk of both smartphones and non-smartphone mobile devices will be Linux-based by 2015. [ATTACH=right]15931[/ATTACH]"The number of Linux-oriented initiatives recently …
by EricMack 25 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Maybe Prince was on to something when he recently [URL="http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/07/05/prince-world-exclusive-interview-peter-willis-goes-inside-the-star-s-secret-world-115875-22382552/"]proclaimed the Internet is dead[/URL]. Steve Rubel, in an [URL="http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=144867"]Advertising Age article this week[/URL], suggests we prepare for "the end of the web as we know it." "It's hard to believe but soon, if not already the web is going to …
by Emily Banks in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Microsoft and Apple haven't had a great time of it recently with mobile consumers. For Microsoft, the market roundly rejected the Kin, which just about anyone who follows the cell phone market knew would happen. Meanwhile, Apple is taking it on the chin about how they are handling the iPhone …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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How many people enjoy their service with AT&T? <Peers out into audience holding hand over his eyes> Not many, not many. And AT&T just seems to keep getting more unfriendly all the time. Recently they announced data caps just before the release of iPhone 4 (see [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story287711.html"]New AT&T Data Plans …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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I love books. My house is full of bookshelves overflowing with them. I have countless cabinets stuffed with them and they pour off my wife's and my night stands. We have spent many a night in book stores just perusing the shelves, spying the new releases and I've discovered some …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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To get down and dirty in mobile phone competition, [URL="http://www.nokia.com"]Nokia[/URL] [URL="http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65N20Y20100624"]decides[/URL] to take on Apple and Google by adopting the Linux [URL="http://meego.org"]MeeGo[/URL] platform for its new N-Series phones. Back in February of this year, [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel[/URL] and Nokia [URL="http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1384419"]teamed up[/URL] to create the MeeGo mobile phone platform. This bold move allows …
by khess 81 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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There is absolutely no doubt that mobile broadband has been one of those recession bucking sectors which has enjoyed something of a boom in recent years. However, according to new figures from [URL="http://www.Broadband-Expert.co.uk"]Broadband Expert[/URL] that boom would appear to be over. Working on the basis that the number of people …
by newsguy 30 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/23/hp-goes-nutsie-for-melodeo-pays-30-million-for-music-streaming-service/?utm_source=SNSanalytics&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=Tech+News"]HP purchased streaming music service Melodeo[/URL] today for $30M. Big whoop you might say, but if you look at this purchase in the context of other recent purchases including [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/28/hp-buys-palm/"]Palm[/URL] earlier this year, it shows a clear pattern. HP wants to be a playah in the mobile market and they …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Adobe Systems, Inc. the San Francisco-based software company, that has been heavily criticized recently by Apple, Inc CEO Steven Jobs, [URL="http://www.macworld.co.uk/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=3227682&blogid=14"]announced yesterday[/URL] they were releasing a mobile version of Flash, starting with Android cell phone OS. Adobe states in the press release that Flash is already one of the top …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Sometimes you look at the morning's headlines and wonder what exactly a particular CEO was thinking when they made a certain statement. Recently we've had these gems from seasoned CEOs: [LIST] [*][URL="http://www.mediaite.com/online/yahoo-ceo-carol-bartz-tells-michael-arrington-to-fk-off-video/"]Carol Bartz told Michael Arrington of Tech Crunch to f**k off.[/URL] [*][URL="http://blogs.computerworld.com/16249/steve_ballmer_admits_microsoft_is_number_five_in_the_mobile_race"]Steve Ballmer admitted his company was number 5 …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Some of us just want a satnav which tells us how to get from A to B while avoiding traffic congestion. Others, apparently, want a satnav that imitates SpongeBob SquarePants for reasons which, to be frank, are completely beyond me. After all, I don't live in a pineapple under the …
by happygeek 1,655 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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AT&T [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20006534-1.html"]announced new data plans today[/URL] dramatically reducing the amount of network bandwidth access that AT&T customers will have in the future. Currently, iPhone customers have an unlimited data plan for $30. Under the new plan, you get: [LIST] [*]200 MB for $15 per month [*]2 GB for $25 per …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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The[URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703298004574459380459235704.html?mod=rss_Today%27s_Most_Popular"] Wall Street Journal reported[/URL] yesterday that Dell plans to build its own cell phone running Google's Android operating system, and release it some time next year. It's worth noting that Dell has tried to get into the gadget business before. They made a couple of failed stabs at the …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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