The [url=http://www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com/overview]BlackBerry Developer Conference[/url] concluded yesterday, but not before Research in Motion had the chance to unveil enhancements to its [url=http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/]BlackBerry Application Platform[/url], which now supports [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL_ES]OpenGL ES[/url], a subset of the desktop graphics API specification for embedded systems. Useful for development of 3D games development and other graphics, it's standard equipment on phones based on Android and Symbian OS, and is among several of iPhone's graphics libraries. RIM also [url=http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=2708]announced[/url] the release of BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0, a [b]free[/b] suite of tools it says simplify the design of custom interfaces, illustrations and animations for devices running BlackBerry OS 4.2.2 …

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Now that's what I call an Android phone. Actually, that's what I call an Android phone that might just [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3944.html"]kick some iPhone ass[/URL]. The [URL="http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/specifications/xperiax10a?lc=en&cc=us#a"]Sony Ericsson Xperia X10[/URL] social networking phone is Android powered and feature rich. How rich? Well, how does 1GB RAM plus 16Gb of flash storage and a stunning 8.1 megapixel camera that comes complete with a geo-tagging function strike you? That's on top of the 4" (854 x 480, 262,144 color TFT) touch-screen and GPS, and WiFi, and Bluetooth of course. OH, and not forgetting the Qualcomm Snapdragon, a 1GHz system-on-chip that you can also find …

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There was a good analysis [URL="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/microsoft-google-and-the-bear/"]in the NYT yesterday[/URL] regarding the Google Android strategy, which according to author Saul Hansell, is intended not to make money for Google, but to block Microsoft from getting traction in the mobile space. Given that Google is giving Android away, it's a theory that makes a lot of sense. [B]Yes, There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch[/B] For Google, the apparent reason for giving Android away is that if it expands access to the internet, it increase the likelihood that people will use Google services and view Google Ads. And Google Ads …

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The Google Android OS is coming to the Acer Aspire ONE netbook, and sooner than you might imagine. As a happy ONE owner myself, and a keen observer of all things Android, the news that it could be as soon as Q3 this year really pleases me. Jim Wong, President of IT Products at Acer, was speaking at the Computex Trade Show when he said that an Android netbook would make an appearance during the third quarter of 2009. Wong reckons that, primarily, the "incredibly fast wireless connection to the Internet" that Android provides has been the motivation for getting …

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Last week we heard about the first Android-powered Netbook (which I wrote about in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4290.html"]First Android Netbook Nothing to Write Home About[/URL]). Then on Friday, analyst [URL="http://gartenblog.net/"]Michael Gartenberg[/URL], who is VP of Strategy at Interpret, and who writes frequently about consumer technology sent the following Tweet: [I]Is Android's future in Netbooks? NO! of course not.[/I] I tweeted back: [I]@Gartenberg Not exclusively, but I could see Android being a viable Netbook OS.[/I] And Gartenberg replied: [I]@ron_miller hard to see it. not the right apps and no better than Linux. Linux Netbook return rate is huge.[/I] That got me thinking that ultimately, …

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Looks like Google could be in deep water, along with the Open Handset Alliance and some 40 or so companies, over an apparent trademark infringement. Now you might think that there had been some pretty heavyweight due diligence before Google and the OHA determined to call the open source mobile phone operating system. And indeed, it would seem that Google had indeed made all the right noises to the US Patent and Trademark Office but unfortunately the PTO refused the trademark application after it determined the mark had been granted to a software development outfit by the name of Android …

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The Android is about to take the leap from the cell phone to the netbook, and much like the first Android-powered cell phone, the first iteration is a bit of head-shaker. Instead of a dazzling showcase, it's underpowered and small, and although it has some interesting qualities, cost is going to be a big issue as some reports have said it could be as high as $250. [B]What's it Got?[/B] The first Android netbook, [URL="http://www.skytone.net.cn/en/products.php?bigclass=4&smallclass=14&show_type=2"]the Alpha 680[/URL], comes from [URL="http://www.skytone.net.cn/en/products.php?bigclass=4"]Skytone,[/URL] a Chinese company mostly known for creating Skype headsets. According to the Skytone web site, the Alpha 680, which is …

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May 5th should prove to be an interesting day for tech fans, as it would appear that both the much hyped Windows 7 operating system and the HTC Magic Android mobile phone will be launched to the waiting public. Neowin [URL="http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/04/18/windows-7-rc-coming-to-msdntechnet-soon-public-may-5"]spotted[/URL] that a Microsoft Partners [URL="https://partner.microsoft.com/US/40084742"]web page[/URL] (now replaced with a bog standard information page) had been published which announced that Windows 7 Release Code would be released to the public on May 5th. OK, so we have sort of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4182.html"]been here before[/URL] with these so-called Microsoft leaks have we not? I prefer to think of them as viral press …

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Google's [URL="http://www.androidlinux.com"]Android[/URL] operating system for cell phones, GPS devices and a host of other gadgets yet to be is the topic of much controversy and discussion. Why? [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/products/windowsce/default.mspx"]Windows CE[/URL], Embedded Linux, Android...who cares? When you shop for a phone, or any modern gadget, do you ask which operating system it's running? I don't for two reasons. First, the people working at the store look at me, and each other, like I've just stepped off a ship from Mars. Second, I don't care. I know that sounds odd since I am the Linux and open source staff writer here on DaniWeb …

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Sometimes someone you'd written off surprises you. Take Palm, for example. My first ever hand-held computer was a Palm - or PalmPilot as they were called then. So was my second, and my third. I really, really liked them. Then things moved on a little, or indeed a lot. Compaq entered the fray with the iPaq and as far as I was concerned I had the ultimate little gadget, it looked like my desktop and it was perfect. It grew and a little later I had ideas of attaching it to a phone. Later on Apple entered the market with …

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When Google released Chrome last Fall, I wrote that it represented a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3092.html"]direct attack on Microsoft and Apple[/URL]. This week, my colleague [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=334716"]Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes in ComputerWorld[/URL] that Android could be coming to a Netbook near you by the end of this year. If this reports turns out to be true, Google will have taken the final step toward competing directly with its big rivals Microsoft and Apple on the desktop itself. [B]First a Browser[/B] Last Fall when Google released Chrome, I was curious about why the world would need another browser. Google of course sees it as a …

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[I]Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again ~Games Without Frontiers, Peter Gabriel. [/I] I'm forever fascinated with the gamesmanship that goes on between Google, Apple, and Microsoft. You expect them to undercut each other at every turn, to do whatever it takes to get the upper hand in the marketplace--even to copy one another. This level of competition drives product innovation, lowers prices and acts a check against any one company becoming too powerful. In this context, what you certainly don't expect them to do is cooperate (maybe ever). Yet I …

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Are you an Android or an iPhone? Maybe you are undecided, which could be he best position to be in as it seems that the smartphone market is set to be spoilt for choice in 2009. It would appear that Apple is set to release no less than three new iPhones this year while the competing Android powered camp could be flooded with no less than 40 new handsets. Apple is [URL="http://seekingalpha.com/article/118993-canaccord-three-new-iphones-expected-in-2009"]rumoured[/URL] to be getting ready to launch no less than three new iPhone handsets within the next few months. The one with the most bling will almost certainly be …

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I write a great deal about Google mostly because it is always trying new things and putting them out there for free for the world to try. The tools are easy to access and use from wherever you are--any device with a browser and an internet connection--and you can't beat the single-sign on across the tool kit, but for all it has going for it, Google has a major trust issue. Every time I write about Google the comments always include people who won't trust Google with their content ever. Just last Fall, in fact, Richard Stallman suggested that cloud …

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The Android Open Source Project continues to go from strength to strength as the [URL="http://www.openhandsetalliance.com"]Open Handset Alliance[/URL] announces a batch of new members. Amongst the 14 new companies to sign up and demonstrate [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3583.html"]support for Android[/URL] as an open mobile platform, are Sony Ericsson and Vodafone. The importance of which should not be lost in the marketing message. Getting these truly big players in the global mobile phone game on-side is vital for the future success of Android. The other new members to join the Open handset Alliance are: AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, …

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Hands up if you remember Opera Software, you know the Norway-based developer of alternative web browser clients. In the days before Firefox, Opera was the client most likely to shake up Microsoft and for a while seemed to be doing pretty well in that regard. Then Firefox came along and rained on the Opera parade. Some people all but wrote the Norwegians off, but while grabbing a decent slice of the desktop browser market may now be a distant dream there are other areas where Opera is no fantasy. Mainly in mobiles. Indeed, Opera Mini has become something of an …

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Android's Java front-end gives Google's mobile platform an instant community of app developers and Java-specific tools. But beginning today, there's also a static code scanner that's aware of Android's APIs. [url=http://www.klocwork.com/]Klocwork[/url], which makes automated source code analysis solutions, today began shipping a version of its Insight defect checker that's aware of Android's unique application programming interfaces, and can perform inter-procedural analysis of source code intended for Android. [url=http://www.klocwork.com/products/insight.asp]Klocwork Insight[/url] is a static source code analysis tool for C, C++, C# and Java. According to Klockwork CTO Gwyn Fisher, the US$2750 tool's new capabilities are intended to aid enterprise developers looking …

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[I]“Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.” ~Scott Adams. [/I] There is a battle going on out there in cell phone land involving the 3 hottest-of-hot cell phones. I write of course about[URL="http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/specials/iPhone.jsp"] the iPhone from AT&T[/URL], the [URL="http://www.t-mobileg1.com/"]G1 from T-Mobile[/URL] and the upcoming [URL="http://estore.vzwshop.com/storm/"]Blackberry Storm from Verizon[/URL]. All include the obligatory-cool touch screen interface--the G1 also sports a keyboard under the hood for you touch-typing phobes--but each has its strengths and weaknesses. It would be foolish to buy a phone that doesn't meet your needs just because it's popular, so …

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Business intelligence (BI) software vendor [URL="http://www.actuate.com/home/index.asp"]Actuate[/URL] announced plans recently to make BI data available to its customers right on their mobile phones. While most companies are scrambling to jump on the iPhone bandwagon, Actuate hasn't forgotten that plenty of businesspeople still use BlackBerrys and, yes, even Palm devices. Actuate has partnered with [URL="http://www.webalo.com/"]Webalo[/URL] to deliver [URL="http://www.actuate.com/products/rich-internet-applications/birt-reports/index.asp"]e.spreadsheet and BIRT data[/URL] to mobile devices via the Webalo Mobile Dashboard. Actuate customers who previously have been able to only access data in-house can now use their BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, or any Java-enabled smartphone to find out what they need to know …

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With the first availability of an Android-based phone is only weeks away, it's my guess that [url=http://www.htc.com/www/default.aspx]T-Mobile's G1 phone[/url] will be the next big "must-have" gizmo for today's techno geeks. The carrier, which promised delivery on the Oct. 22 launch date to customers placing advance orders, has sold through its initial allotment and has stopped taking advance orders. The company said it expects to sell half-a-million G1s through Christmas, and according to reports yesterday, T-Mobile will order as many as 2 million G1 units from [url=http://www.htc.com/www/default.aspx]HTC[/url], maker of the device. While T-Mobile has never billed G1 as an "iPhone killer" …

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Everyone is all ga-ga this week over the [URL="http://www.t-mobileg1.com/"]G1[/URL], the new HTC phone from T-Mobile, which is the first phone powered by Google's Android phone OS. On one level, the geek in me certainly shares the excitement. It's open source. It's Google's first entree into the phone market. I'm not denying it's big news, but I'm having a hard time getting too excited over it. The G1 aint the iPhone folks. I'm sure if you asked people on the street if they knew what Android was, most would look at you with blank stares. By now, sure, they know there's …

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T-Mobile has today announced the international launch of the first Android powered cellphone in the world. It is available 'soon' say T-Mobile, for customers in both the USA and Europe. The [URL="http://www.T-MobileG1.com"]T-Mobile G1[/URL], as it is called, will feature full touch-screen functionality a combined with a QWERTY keyboard and the familiar Google experience thrown in. Most importantly though, it is the first to be driven by that Google Android OS and enable access to the Android Market, an Apple App Store alike site for downloading applications to the handset. With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers in a flash can …

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You really get the impression this should be a bad idea. Microsoft has announced a [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10048061-56.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.0"]delay to Windows Mobile 7.0[/URL]. This, you'll remember, was going to allow people to release phones to rival Apple's iPhone and, we assume, Android. The announcement comes in the wake of the Android release. Could this be any worse for Microsoft? The article to which I've linked above says it's a blow. But I think it's actually a good idea. The easy thing to do would be to release a system so there's something out there and if it needs patches as it goes along, …

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Here we go again. The hypemeisters are in full swing, the prediction market is growing again - glory be, Android is coming to a phone near you tomorrow, or at least it's going to do so if you live in America. The launch is in New York, America will get the phone in October and in the UK we'll get it in November (by the way, if you guys could find all the bugs and all like you did with the iPhone so we can get a clean machine...thanks). So, what would people want from an Android phone? The answer …

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After months of speculation, [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/16/android-phone-the-g1-to-ship-mid-october/"]TechCrunch[/URL] reports that the first Android powered phone, the HTC Dream is set to be released in the US by T-Mobile on October 20th. T-Mobile did not return my calls to confirm or deny this rumor, but one thing is certain, the iPhone is no longer the only player on the block and this will increase interest in T-Mobile for the first time maybe ever. Android is the open source cell phone operating system that has been developed by Google over the last year or so. I asked Rob Jackson, who has been writing [URL="http://phandroid.com/"]Phandroid.com[/URL], an …

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With dozens of freshly minted applications on hand to stock its shelves, Google's Android Market is all but ready to open-- right across the street from Apple's App Store. All Google needs now is for someone to start selling phones that use Android, its Linux-based mobile operating system. According to reports, that will happen just in time for this year's Christmas buying season. It looks like the first Android-based devices to hit the shelves will be from T-Mobile, that's according to a [URL=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/technology/15google.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin]story in the [i]New York Times[/i][/URL] last month. Dubbed the Dream, the phone is built around a large …

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Google yesterday announced winners of the [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc.html]Android Developer Challenge[/URL], which put up US$10 million in prize money to developers of the best applications for its nascent mobile platform. In doing so, Google also helped to stock the shelves of Android Market, a forthcoming online retail site for Android applications akin to iPhone's App Store. Development teams of the [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/index.html#1]top 10 applications[/URL] each received $275,000, the [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/index.html#2]10 next-best applications[/URL] got $100,000. [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/index.html#3]Another 30 applications[/URL] were recognized as finalists. Many of the top finishers employ location-based services of some kind. There's [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/app.html?id=17]GoCart[/URL], which uses the phone's camera to scan a bar code …

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Interesting story starting to appear across the pond on the UK news wires, with sites such as [URL="http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2008/07/07/o2-sells-out-of-iphone-3g-in-hours/"]Electric Pig[/URL] reporting that things are either looking good or bad for the Apple iPhone 3G depending on which way you look at the news. That news being the sole network supplying the 3g Jesus Phone in the UK, 02, has totally sold out of the new handset some 4 days before the official launch this coming Friday. Of course, strange marketing tactics and Apple iPhones are not exactly strangers it has to be said. And the news that 02 is telling enquiring …

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It is [URL="http://happygeeknewmedia.blogspot.com/2008/06/google-android-mobiles-face-lengthy.html"]no secret[/URL] that Google is facing problems with the Open Source Android cellphone project. Manufacturers finding it hard to meet deadlines delivering the handsets themselves, and developers finding it hard to work with Google and get Android compatible applications ready. Now, just to add to a week of misery for Google, it appears that Nokia has stepped in with a swift kick to the unmentionables. [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/06/24/nokia-delivers-knockout-blow"]The Inquirer reports[/URL] that the Finnish cellphone King is to buy Symbian, the handset OS people. In fact, according to the report author Tony Dennis, Nokia is buying all of Symbian, every last …

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The latest Merriam-Webster's dictionary update has ruffled a few feathers online. Not for the inclusion of Manga (noun: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel) nor ringtone (noun: the sound made by a cell phone to signal an incoming call) or even supersize (transitive verb: to increase considerably the size, amount, or extent of.) Could it possibly be mouse potato (noun: a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer) or himbo (noun: and attractive but vacuous man?). Nope, then surely unibrow (noun: a single continuous brow resulting from the growing together of eyebrows) or even soul …

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The End.