Mobile

Wed
16
May
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Move Over BlackBerry! RIM Throws Competition Curveball with 8300

When it was first introduced some time ago, the BlackBerry received its most fervent fanfare from business users who fawned over its push email and tiny keyboard. However, the original BlackBerry was never much of a looker, and its size made it the ... Pavarotti of handhelds. That changed with the introduction of the smaller, sleeker-looking Pearl, and now a modernization may be complete with the release of the Curve 8300. Although maker Research in Motion's BlackBerry has certainly had its success, the mainstream is still dominated by sleek, feature-laden cell phones. The Curve 8300 may just ... (view more)

Wed
09
May
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Curve Phone to Rival Blackberry

Research in Motion is planning to launch a new wireless device that will appeal specifically to those who find difficulty when attempting to control their Blackberry. The Curve, named for its smooth edges and sleek design, will be the third model ... that Research in Motion has launched in less than a year. The mid-sized device would provide consumers with an alternative to the BlackBerry, by offering a full keyboard to type text rather than the smaller key pad offered on most BlackBerry models. The Curve will feature a small trackball below the screen to navigate through its menus with ease. ... (view more)

Fri
13
Apr
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No iPhone for Canada?

Canadians itching to get their hands on an iPhone may be in for a disappointment. Rogers Wireless, the only Canadian company with a network compatible with Apple's iPhone, is now denying that it will be selling the highly anticipated handset, ... calling reports that suggest otherwise "speculation." (Source: appleinsider.com ) In an email to CBC News Online, Rogers' manager of corporate communications Odette Coleman said "we haven't announced whether we will carry the iPhone. Everything in the media has been speculations to this point. The only fact is that we are the only GSM carrier in Canada. ... (view more)

Wed
28
Mar
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Potential Palm Takeover May Threaten iPhone

Unnamed sources have claimed that Treo maker Palm Inc. may be up for sale, and could likely be acquired by one of its rivals. As a result, this may give Apple's iPhone some trouble. Although four companies are said to be interested in the Palm ... purchase, including two private equity groups, the two front-runners of the acquisition are Motorola and Nokia. Such an acquisition could re-shape the cellular phone market. (Source: appleinsider.com ) If Mortorola bought Palm, it would establish itself as the single largest supplier of Windows Mobile devices. This position could lead to an elimination ... (view more)

Thu
22
Feb
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Wrist Watch to be Replaced by Hybrid Phone

Somewhere amidst the latest technology revolution, watches became impractical and irrelevant. At least that's the opinion of Allison Elliott, a 27-year-old University of Kentucky employee. Sure, Elliott still wears her grandmother's classic gold ... watch -- but she considers it jewelry more than an actual timepiece. She says she's more apt to get the time from her car, the cable TV box, her computer -- or, yes, her cell phone. Paul Dryden, a 21-year-old senior at Connecticut College, is in the same boat. "To be honest, I can't remember the last time I wore a watch -- I'm guessing early in high ... (view more)

Wed
10
Jan
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Yahoo Revises Search Service for Mobile Devices

Yahoo recently unveiled its latest weapon in the ongoing battle with Google for Internet search and advertising supremacy. The software is called Go for Mobile 2.0, and was released shortly after Google made a partnership announcement with Samsung ... Electronics. This partnership means that most Samsung cellphones will now be equipped with Google's own brand of mobile software. (Source: mobile-tech-today.com ) The Go for Mobile 2.0 service is an upgrade from software Yahoo introduced last year. The new revision makes it easier for users to move among various online services and have easier ... (view more)

Tue
09
Jan
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Windows on the Road: MS Teams Up with Ford

As if crazy drivers gabbing on their cell phones wasn't enough of an irritation on the road, imagine those same people being able to check their email while behind the wheel. If it sounds like a demented fantasy, think again. Microsoft and Ford are ... reportedly set to announce a joint partnership that will place Windows-based computers in Ford cars. The car PCs will run on software currently being referred to as Sync. In addition to email, Sync will feature hands-free cell phone capabilities, music and media downloads, and automatic navigation updates. The latter features are, of course, just ... (view more)

Wed
06
Dec
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YouTube Videos: Coming to a Cell Phone Near You

Verizon Wireless has secured the exclusive rights to provide the popular video service YouTube to their cell phone customers. The move marks the first venture for YouTube outside of their online community. The only inconvenience appears to be that ... consumers must now pay for the cellular version of the service. While the YouTube website offers free unlimited video content, the cellular version will require a $15-a-month subscription to the Verizon option package known as VCast. (Source: technology.canoe.ca ) While the online version offers a seemingly endless video library, the VCast ... (view more)

Tue
21
Nov
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Motorola Acquires Major BlackBerry Rival

Motorola Inc. has announced the acquisition of Good Technology Inc., the primary software producers of what is considered to be a major rival of BlackBerry handheld devices. The move accentuates Motorola's attempt to expand its popular cell phone ... division in an effort to meet high consumer demands for other electronic devices. Good Technology, a privately held firm that provides software for the Palm Treo, will join the Motorola mobile devices unit, which has already developed an established reputation due to the increasing popularity of the Razr camera phone. (Source: technology.canoe.ca ) ... (view more)

Thu
09
Nov
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Google Mail Goes Mobile

"It looks and feels like Gmail on the desktop." That's the proclamation made by Google product manager Tony Hsieh on the company's new Gmail mobile phone application. Hsieh compares the new mobile Gmail so favorably to its desktop cousin because ... it's a standalone application that doesn't operate through a browser. It can run on any cell phone with Java service. As a result, the new service "promises computer-like response times for viewing email," according to Reuters. (Source: pcmag.com ) Google lists the following features for its mobile service on Gmail's login page: It has the same Gmail ... (view more)

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