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Amazon isn’t just about Kindles; it sells millions of items, and those are now easier than ever to find on the iPad with the release of Windowshop. The app puts a touch-friendly face on the Amazon online store, designed to help customers find what they want. Read more »


Sprint today launched new tools for developers wanting to build apps for its network phones. The new Sprint Services Framework is a web-based portal into a bevy of development tools, including direct access to APIs for accessing Sprint network services in apps. Read more »

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Amazon is selling a lot of Kindles, according to a press release issued today. The latest Kindle e-reader is the fastest selling Kindle yet, and when you add Kindle e-books into the mix, Kindle products are the top-selling 15 items on Amazon. Read more »


Wi-Fi Direct, the standard for device-to-device connections without a traditional network, is finally getting out of the gates officially with the Wi-Fi Alliance certifying the first generation of products today. The initial devices, mostly laptop mini-cards, are now available and testing is open to new gadgets. Read more »

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Taiwan-based HTC is looking to entrench its position as a top smartphone maker next quarter, and is predicting it will ship 8.5 million handsets in the fourth quarter. HTC was the first OEM to jump onto the Android train, a strategy repeated with Windows Phone 7. Read more »

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Mobile Tech Manor is my home office where all sorts of gadgetry is always arriving. In this column, I look back at the week in the Manor and recount the happenings and lessons learned. I love sharing my weeks with you, so welcome to the Manor. Read more »

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HP has been teasing us with its on-again/off-again relationship with the HP Slate, but it’s on again with the official release of the Slate 500. The Slate 500 is aimed at the enterprise, with features not found in other Windows touch tablets, including pen support. Read more »

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Early reviews of the new smartphone platform from Microsoft are appearing on the web, and are restrained in the expectations. Windows Phone 7 shows potential yet is an obvious work in progress; the novel user interface is inconsistent. Here’s what the web is saying about WP7. Read more »


Apple unveiled the two new MacBook Air models today and that 11-inch model is calling my name. GigaOM has a 13-inch model in our HQ, those lucky devils. Janko Roettgers unboxed this beauty, and the video of the new notebook shows how nice it is. Read more »

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Sprint has partnered with AirStrip Technologies to bring remote patient monitoring to the physician using Sprint 4G-capable smartphones. AirStrip produces a suite of patient monitoring apps that provide real-time access to hospital monitoring equipment, giving caregivers direct access to patient’s vital signs in a timely fashion. Read more »

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Sprint continues to promote its growing 4G network through the offer of two Dell notebooks that have integrated 3G and 4G connectivity. The notebooks include the 10-inch Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook and the 11.6-inch Inspiron 11z Notebook. The netbook is free with a 2-year data plan. Read more »


If time in the market is an indication of how good an app is, HanDBase must be one of the best, with 12 years of sales. The database app that’s on virtually every mobile platform has now been deployed for the Android army. Read more »


iOS remained the top operating system on Millennial Media’s ad network in September but for the first time, Android revenue eclipsed iPhone-only revenue. The figures show that Apple is still in the driver seat with 46 percent of smartphone operating system impressions though its dominance continues… Read more »

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AT&T has expanded access to the U-verse TV service to Android phones, with the release of the AT&T U-verse Mobile app. The app is available in the Android Market and brings U-verse TV to the Samsung Captivate, HTC Aria, Motorola Bravo and Flipside. Read more »

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Research in Motion is set to release the second BlackBerry running its new operating system. The BlackBerry Style will be hitting Sprint on Halloween and has a flip form aimed squarely at the consumer. The Style will be priced $99.99 for customers signing a new contract. Read more »


Mitek Systems will today introduce Mobile Photo Bill Pay, a system that allows snapping a photo of any bill and having it paid from customer’s accounts at participating financial organizations. Bills can be paid by taking a photo of a paper invoice with a smartphone. Read more »

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Mobile Tech Manor is my home office where all sorts of gadgetry is always arriving. In this column, I look back at the week in the Manor and recount the happenings and lessons learned. I love sharing my weeks with you, so welcome to the Manor. Read more »

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Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording and listen later. Read more »

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As Microsoft and its partners get ready to hit the market with Windows-based tablets to compete with the iPad, my thoughts have turned to the all-important out-of-box experience (OOBE) that will create consumer’s first impressions of such products. Windows and tablets just don’t mix. Read more »

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U.S. teenagers have quadrupled their mobile data usage, according to Nielsen, a sign that the traditional power texters are now ready to become serious mobile Internet users. Teens used 62 megabytes in the second quarter of this year compared to just 14 MB last year. Read more »

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Opera Mobile will be hitting Android within a month, according to the company. This is the full mobile version of the Opera browser, and will add pinch/zoom and hardware acceleration to take advantage of high-powered smartphones currently on the market. Other platforms will get it later. Read more »

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A mobile keyboard plays a big role in determining how productive a smartphone can be for tasks involving text entry. I’ve used many keyboards for Android, and Ultra Keyboard is heads and shoulders above the pack. This video shows the major features of the app. Read more »

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Having spent time with Windows Phone 7 and hearing from executives, I think if Microsoft executes well — and that’s a big if considering this is a first release — Windows Phone 7 could bite into the growth of Android and regain significant ground in the… Read more »

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Japanese social platform maker DeNA is snapping up mobile game maker Ngmoco, continuing a run of acquisitions in the social gaming space. The deal reflects the growing interest in social gaming and underscores how important mobile is for gaming as it is for all web services.… Read more »

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Amazon is pushing the self-publishing movement forward with the introduction of its new Kindle Singles. Singles are shorter (10,000 – 30,000 words) works that anyone can submit to Amazon for sale in the new Kindle Singles section of the Kindle online store. Standard Amazon royalties apply. Read more »

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Microsoft is trying to carve out its own territory with Windows Phone 7, positioning it as a different phone that aims to be deeply personal for users. The new platform launches Nov. 8 in the U.S., but will it help Microsoft regain relevance in smartphones? Read more »


Microsoft announced the first devices running its new Windows Phone 7 mobile OS, and with it the introduction of new mobile video services. WP7 phones will enable users to connect to video services from Netflix, AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as videos from Microsoft’s Zune marketplace Read more »

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