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  • Microsoft to forbid VoIP, rival stores at mobile market

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    VoIP applications will be forbidden from Microsoft's Windows MarketPlace for Mobile store, along with programs that are larger than 10MB or that change the default browser on a device.
  • Review

    Yahoo Messenger for iPhone

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Yahoo Messenger is one of the more popular chat clients, boasting millions upon millions of users. Connecting and communicating with those multitudes gets a wee bit easier with the free Yahoo Messenger mobile app for the iPhone and iPod touch. A pleasant interface and the promise of future enhancements by Yahoo makes this an ideal mobile app for Yahoo Messenger users.
  • Can You Make Do With a Cheap Unlimited Wireless Plan?

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Unlimited wireless service for $50 or less isn't a new concept: Cricket and MetroPCS have offered it for years, specializing in prepaid plans without credit checks or contracts. In recent months, however, new players, including Boost and Virgin Mobile, have jumped in. Even T-Mobile is dabbling with the idea. And coverage, plan options, and phone choices--all of which have been notoriously skimpy in the past for these cheaper plans--are all improving.
  • Review

    Location-Based Service Helps You Remember

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Location-based services that remind you about to-dos when you're on the go are exactly what busy mobile professionals need. A new service, ReQall Pro ($3/monthly or $25/yearly), gives you reminders that are tied to specific locations. Unfortunately, in its current incarnation the service doesn't go as far as I'd like, because it's hampered by some technological limitations beyond ReQall's control. Even so, it's worth a try.
  • Digital lit: How technology is changing what we read

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Aya Karpinska had a story to tell. She could hear the words and envision how the tale would unfold. All she needed, she says, was the right iPhone app.
  • 11 ways to sync your data with an iPhone

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Can your data appear in two places at once? With a little sleight of hand and the help of some smart apps, you can access your calendar, your files, and even your Mac's desktop from your iPhone.
  • Dinner with Peter Shankman, Creator of HARO

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 10:17 am

    If you're in the media, public relations biz, or an expert in some area the media cares about, you should know Peter Shankman and his Little Mailing List That Could, called HARO (Help A Reporter Out). I've been on the mailing list since just about the beginning, and am a smarter guy for it.

  • BlackBerry push API goes after consumers

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:57 am

    RIM is injecting the power of its popular BlackBerry push technology into the consumer arena by letting third-party developers write applications that tap into it.
  • Is the new Kindle aimed at the textbook market?

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 7:50 am

    We've got another day until the Amazon press conference, but speculation about the new Kindle continues. Now we have a name and a potential market.
  • Google to push Gmail to BlackBerrys

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 8:16 pm

    A new feature in Google Apps will deliver Google messages to the BlackBerry's e-mail client.
  • Review

    Facebook for Mobiles v1.5: Getting closer to the real thing

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Back in March, I wrote a little note about BlackBerry apps that weren't worth the download. One application in particular I didn't find very useful was Facebook for Mobiles.

  • Amazon may launch newspaper reader this week

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    Amazon may be working on a new device that is similar to the Kindle book reader but designed specifically for newspapers and magazines.
  • Chinese iPhone apps expand as Apple seeks deal

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    A growing number of Chinese iPhone applications let users trawl through maps, look up English words and check stock quotes, even though the smartphone has not been approved for use in China by the country's telecommunications regulatory authority.
  • iPhone unlock software adds support for iPhone 2.2.1

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    The iPhone unlocking brigade has gone commercial. Unlock the iPhone is a $30 software program that promises one-click unlocking of any iPhone model (original or 3G) running any version of the software -- the company has just added support for iPhone OS 2.2.1.
  • True believers: The biggest cults in tech

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Spend enough time around technology and it becomes a part of you. You began to identify with it, even develop a belief system around it. You may have attended regular meetings of others similarly afflicted, and openly despised members of other groups. Before you were even aware of it, you'd joined a cult.
  • 7 Productivity-Boosting iPhone Tricks

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 11:40 am

    According to a Forrester report released in April, workers who use iPhones are "happier and more productive." Who knew a gadget could have such power? Here are seven tips to make you even happier and more productive with your iPhone.
  • Kindle 3 announced this week?

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Journalists are being invited to an Amazon press conference this Wednesday, right after the NY Times speculates on a large screen Kindle. All signs point to a new large format Kindle announcement.
  • Fight to legalize iPhone jailbreaking set for Friday

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    Apple's iPhone marketing chief will square off against the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others Friday as the U.S. Copyright Office considers whether to allow an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would permit jailbreaking.
  • Illinois programmer sues Google over 'Android'

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 11:23 am

    The owner of an obscure Illinois software development company is suing Google and everyone else in the Open Handset Alliance over their use of the word "Android."
  • New details, photo of Palm's rumored new smartphone: Eos?

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 11:10 am

    A flurry of new, much more specific, details are emerging on the Web about the rumored second webOS phone from Palm.
  • Exclusive: Sony PSP Go! Storage Tech Revealed

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 11:02 am

    For all the folks reporting that the PSP Go! will include dedicated internal flash memory, they may want to think again.
  • Review

    iPhone RSS readers

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 10:58 am

    What makes the difference between a run-of-the-mill RSS reader and an extraordinary one? Having spent a fair amount of time using several RSS apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, I've come around to the view that it's the little things.
  • Disney/Hulu deal brings ABC TV to

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 7:31 am

    ABC joins NBC and FOX on the popular online TV viewing site.
  • Motorola pushes ahead with Android phones by holiday season

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 4:42 pm

    Motorola Inc. is on track to have Android-based smartphones on sale in stores in time for the holiday buying season, and will launch them with multiple carriers in regions around the globe, the head of the company's mobile device division said Thursday.
  • Palm reportedly prepping second webOS smartphone

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Citing "one of our better sources," TechCrunch's Michael Arrington says Palm is preparing a second webOS-based mobile device, which the technology blog has dubbed the "Mini Pre."
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