Mobile

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)

Fri
13
Oct
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New T-Mobile 'Dash' Aims to Make Its Mark in the Handheld Industry

T-Mobile has recently unveiled the new "Dash" phone, set for release on October 25th. The Dash, which has been compared to the already popular Motorola "Q," is ready to enter the market as the hot new must-have phone for high-end tech users. The ... Dash is an offspring of T-Mobile's MDA and SDA phones: it includes a keyboard, WiFi connectivity, and runs on the Windows Mobile Smartphone 5 operating system. The 4.2 ounce Dash boasts a 2.5 inch screen with 320x240 resolution and a cursor pad above the soft-key keyboard. Other features include a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, 68MB of free storage ... (view more)

Thu
12
Oct
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MSN to Feature Clickable Ads on Mobile Searches

Microsoft recently announced its plan to include advertisements via MSN's Windows Live Search for Mobile service. The interactive advertisements will appear after a relevant search; when the ad is clicked, the phone will place a call to the ... requested destination. Users will not be charged to run a search, but advertisers will be charged on a pay-per-call basis. (Source: redherring.com ) To provide this service, the Microsoft is partnering with San Francisco-based company Ingenio. In 2004, Ingenio launched the industry's leading pay-per-call advertising network. In a nutshell, the network ... (view more)

Fri
15
Sep
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Cell Phone Blocking: Coming Soon To A Movie Theater Near You?

Moviegoers may always have Paris -- to quote the famous line from Casablanca -- but will they always have access to their cell phones once the theater lights go down? Many of the people who voted in a recent UK newspaper poll actually hope not. The ... reason is obvious: no one likes being interrupted by an annoying "ring tone" in the middle of a movie. (Source: arstechnica.com ) Sadly, most theater owners don't seem to be doing much to combat the problem -- at least not enough to ease the frustrations of their fed-up customers. Over 80 percent of the poll-takers chastised managers for being ... (view more)

Thu
07
Sep
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Warning: Giving Away Your Old Cell Phone? Think Again!

Credit card numbers. Bank passwords. Business secrets. Proof of adultery. If you give away your cell phone, you may be giving away all of those things -- and more. In the case of a married man who was cheating around, deleting the information on his ... cell wasn't enough to completely eliminate the sordid secrets he had stored there -- even though he did exactly as the manual instructed. Despite that, the guy he sold his phone to on Ebay was quickly able to scoop out the hanky panky. This reads like a bad, cheesy soap opera -- but it's real. And it could happen to you. Even if you aren't ... (view more)

Fri
18
Aug
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The Wal-Mart Cell Phone Terrorism Fiasco

According to Police Chief Benson Page of Caro, Michigan, cell phones can be used as detonators. Who would've thought? So, naturally, when three men were found with almost a thousand cell phones on hand, they became instant terror suspects. 80 of ... those phones were pre-paid TracFone models from Wal-Mart. That amount constitutes a violation of the store's policy because customers are limited to only three cell phones per purchase. A Wal-Mart clerk sold them the phones -- despite the policy -- but became suspicious and called the police. Apparently, it's common knowledge that cell phones make for ... (view more)

Wed
12
Jul
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Hit the Road, Jack: Mobility Manipulating Technology Market

With the popularity of WiFi, cell phones, the Blackberry, and laptops booming, the tech industry is being forced to come to grips with a world constantly "on the go." Desktop PCs are increasingly becoming immense paper weights for many consumers, ... and second quarter market research shows that this is having a drastic impact on many traditionally powerful tech manufacturers. From the beginning of 2006 until the recent end of the second quarter, the average AMD Athlon 64 desktop PC price sunk from $608 USD to $526 USD. The result is great for the spread of budget-priced systems to homes and ... (view more)

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