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Cell phone sales fell 14.5 percent to 269 million handsets during the first quarter of 2009 from the fourth quarter of 2008, and slumped 8.6 percent year-over-year, research firm Gartner announced Wednesday. Smartphone demand, meanwhile, surged, boosted by the iPhone and other touchscreen devices. “Much of […] Read more »

Sprint will start selling the much-awaited Palm Pre on June 6, the embattled carrier said today. The phone, which onlookers expect could determine Sprint’s fate, will cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate. Best Buy, RadioShack and certain Wal-Mart stores will sell the Pre, along with Sprint’s online […] Read more »

AT&T unveiled today the cloud-based Synaptic Storage as a Service, a solution to what it called the “staggering” demand for web-based enterprise data storage. The Dallas company is teaming with EMC Corp. to provide limited service starting this month, with wider availability in the third quarter. […] Read more »

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AT&T, the Dallas-based wireless carrier, on Friday began an image makeover, repositioning itself as the leading U.S. smartphone provider and preparing an ad campaign sans its most iconic handset, the iPhone. “We’ve taken integrated devices mainstream,” AT&T chief marketing officer David Christopher said in a statement, […] Read more »

In explaining why SlingPlayer for the iPhone won’t include 3G support, AT&T broke new ground, equating the Apple device with PCs. “We consider smartphones like the iPhone to be personal computers in that they have the same hardware and software attributes as PCs,” the carrier told […] Read more »

Motorola -– not HTC — is being tapped by carrier T-Mobile to produce an updated version of the G1, according to the Boy Genius Report. In a leaked product photo obtained by the BGR site (pictured), the G1 v2 — unlike the HTC-made G1 — sports […] Read more »

Microsoft said Friday that more than 12,000 startups have joined its BizSpark initiative, a six-month-old effort aimed at fostering new software companies by providing applications and support. The disclosure comes on the heels of a speech earlier this week from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at Stanford […] Read more »

Microsoft on Thursday introduced a Facebook application for Windows 6 phones, the last smartphone software maker to offer a tool for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking site. It first announced plans for the app in March; in the interim RIM and Palm have both released […] Read more »

Microsoft has banned VoIP applications from its upcoming Windows Mobile Marketplace, according to PCWorld.  The blocking move is part of a 12-point restriction on applications sold in the Redmond giant’s online marketplace, the opening timed to coincide with the introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5. But is […] Read more »

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