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More capable smartphones and tablets, combined with a growing number of online video services are heavily increasing mobile media consumption: Limelight’s data shows a 600-percent jump from the past year and that’s a bad sign for those hoping unlimited data plans will stick around. Read more »

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Swype, a popular third-party Android keyboard, improves to version 3.0 with tap word prediction and a new resizing function specific to Honeycomb tablets. Since larger slates aren’t suited for one-handed use, the improved features show that Swype is willing to pivot, even after 50 million installs. Read more »

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Motorola and Sprint, both in the midst of fighting bigger competition, have banded together with the Photon 4G, a new Android flagship device that supports international service. The Photon 4G provides a big punch for Sprint and Motorola and strengthens the relationship between the two. Read more »

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Altough I’ve used Android phones nearly exclusively for 18 months, Apple’s iOS 5 impresses so far. It address issues I had with Apple’s mobile platform and I could switch, regardless of who invented what functionality, because I use the right tool for the task at hand. Read more »

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The Bluetooth standards body today added support for two specific data types in the Bluetooth 4.0 specification: the Health Thermometer Profile and the Heart Rate Profile. Both could help fuel a rise in the number of health-monitoring gadgets, expected to be a $9.3 billion industry by 2014. Read more »

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Consumers searching online for a tablet aren’t looking for iPads, but instead, are trying to see what tablets from other manufacturers are available, according to research. Much like its iPhone, Apple has succeeded in building iPad as a brand and less as a tablet computer. Read more »

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Join Matt and Kevin for this week’s podcast on mobile technology. Today on the show: HTC Flyer hands on, thoughts on Ultrabooks, teen talk about HP’s Veer with webOS, plus a first look at how T-Mobile’s new 42 Mbps HSPA+ network fares with the Rocket 3.0. Read more »

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Pantech’s Crossover, the company’s first Android smartphone for the U.S., arrives June 5 on AT&T. For $69 with contract, one can’t expect too much power, but the 3G handset has some advanced features such as mobile hotspot support. Can it compete against the $49 iPhone 3GS? Read more »

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