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 October 11, 2010. The government claims that because BlackBerry's smart phones routes information to their own secure data center the devices do not allow their regulatory agency to monitor the communication and control the flow of information that can occur over their network and so they claim that the device's …

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[URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/08/31/apple_expected_to_offer_iphone_on_new_u_s_carriers_within_a_year.html"]Apple Insider[/URL] reports this morning that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting that Apple will end its exclusive agreement with AT&T by next summer. This rumor has been out there for some time (as I wrote back in June in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4428.html"]Is Apple Getting Ready to Dump AT&T?[/URL]). The exclusivity agreement never really made sense to me, but as the market matures, it makes even less. [B]Look at RIM[/B] If you want an example of a handset maker that has thrived with a multiple carrier strategy, look no further than RIM. Today, in the US, you can buy multiple flavors …

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Word came out yesterday that [URL="http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/23/news/companies/ATT_earns.reut/"]AT&T didn't have a great quarter[/URL] (which ironically sent the stock price soaring because it wasn't as bad as expected). This loss seemed perplexing to me given that Apple reported its numbers earlier this week (as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4560.html"]Lauren's Wrong: People Definitely Want Macs[/URL]), and Apple reported selling more than 5 million iPhones in the quarter. With AT&T as the exclusive distributor of iPhones in the US and the beneficiaries of at least part of those huge numbers, you would think they would have had themselves a nice little quarter too, riding along on …

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On June 15th, less than two weeks ago, the [URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/06/15/apples_mac_sales_held_up_in_may_while_ipod_shipments_fell.html"]Apple Insider blog reported[/URL] that Apple sales continued slipping in May. Mac sales were down, perhaps not as much as expected but still down, and more surprising, the previously recession-proof iPod sales were falling. Could it be that the economy was catching up with Apple? But no, because that was May sales and as you no doubt know, Apple released a shiny upgrade to the iPhone called [URL="http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/"]iPhone 3GS[/URL] and sold a cool million of them in the first weekend. Talk about a quick rebound. [B]People Want These Things[/B] One thing …

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The iPhone faces a critical test this month with several factors coming together to threaten the dominance of the popular smart phone. First of all there's the Pre, a shiny new comer that threatens to overtake Apple's cool factor when it's released by Sprint this month (as I wrote about in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4356.html"]Are You Ready for a Thing Called Pre[/URL]). RIM and their Blackberry series surpassed the mighty iPhone in first quarter sales figures [URL="http://www.npd.com/press/releases/press_090504.html"]according market research firm NPD[/URL]. Not only that, Nokia just opened an App Store and all the players are following suit after the great success of the …

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On Friday, a 13 year old named Connor Mulcahey from Weston, Connecticut had the distinct honor of [URL="http://www.apple.com/itunes/billion-app-countdown/"]downloading the one billionth app[/URL] from the iPhone App Store. In order to honor this occasion, I decided to list my five favorite iPhone apps. Just a word before I do: I'm not a connoisseur by any means. I dip my toe in the App Store from time to time and find ones that serve me. I often find the sheer number of apps overwhelming to be honest, but I have found several that I use constantly. So here goes: [B]1. Evernote[/B] I …

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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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With Inauguration Day finally upon us, mobile phone operators across the US are preparing for what could be a bigger test of capacity than the traditional biggest strain on the mobile network, New Year's Eve. Hopefully the months of hard work, involving adding capacity and prepping networks to cope with the upsurge of voice, text and MMS traffic, will pay off and you will not find your self without coverage later on. Obviously, the Washington DC area is expected to take the brunt of the surge, so if you happen to be there here is some industry advice: Send a …

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What do you do when you poo? It is the kind of question you might expect your ten year old son to ask his ten year old mates in the school playground. However, it seems that Microsoft has been asking pretty much the same thing in order to generate some [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22313/1168/"]much needed publicity[/URL] for Windows Mobile. Yep, people from Synovate on behalf of Microsoft Mobile Communications Business have been conducting a survey of mobile phone usage in the toilet amongst Australians. Well, actually, they claim it is intended to determine just how integral the mobile phone is to the people …

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I love my iPhone, but like any device, it's far from perfect and there are several missing pieces. Fortunately, the App Store gives third party developers the opportunity to fill in these holes. Today, I'm going to review five tools that provide functionality missing on the standard iPhone. [B]Flash for the Camera[/B] Last weekend I was trying to take a picture with my iPhone in the dwindling twilight of late autumn in New England. I found myself surprised at how grainy the photo was until I remembered there wasn't a flash. No flash, no problem with the Night Camera app …

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Mobile phones have become many things, and I am just waiting for the first to appear which does away with that 'make and receive voice calls' requirement. Mind you, there is some argument that the iTouch does that, considering that it is an iPhone without the phone bit. But I digress. Nokia has been one of the movers and shakers in the smartphone development market for as long as I can recall. Now it has taken one more step into the realm of mobile phone madness by announcing it has developed a smart home platform that will allows users to …

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According to the [URL="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article4969312.ece"]Sunday Times[/URL] today, anyone in the UK who wants to buy a mobile phone will need to produce a valid passport as a form of ID soon. The story is wrapped around the planned introduction of a national database to help combat crime and terrorism. The proposed database [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2479.html"]would contain details of every telephone call and every email sent in the UK[/URL] along with information coverage individual Internet access usage. Now it seems that in order to push ahead with this state surveillance scheme, the government is considering a compulsory national register for every owner of every …

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I'd like to start today's blog with a big hello to the British Government. I say a big hello although they won't be watching everything I type just yet, that's going to be a little later. They're trying to pass laws over here that mean they'll be allowed to monitor every mobile phone call and every e-mail everyone makes. It's all to stop terrorism, of course, and they won't be interested in anything else. I can't help but wonder whether they're missing the point, though. First, I know you in the US think of the UK as a little island …

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After being told for years that using mobile phones on airplanes will cause them to crash and burn, it seems that one airline is experiencing a change of heart. The Irish budget airline, Ryanair, is expected to introduce the first cell phone friendly flights within a matter of months. Of course, there is a catch. Of course, it involves money. It appears that 14 of the 166 strong fleet of planes are to be equipped with an in-flight mobile phone booster cell. Unfortunately, due to the relatively low power of the device, only a maximum of six people at any …

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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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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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The End.