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Samsung today introduced Orion, the company’s next-generation, dual-core smartphone chip based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. Orion uses two 1 GHz processors and Samsung says Orion will offer up to five times the 3G graphics performance over its prior smartphone application processor. Read more »

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Google Android continues to gain mobile browser share in the U.S. as all other platforms, including Apple’s iOS, are declining. Thanks to smart partnerships on other platforms, Google has had the mobile search market sewn up for years. And with Android, that’s not likely to change. 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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Vlingo today added voice support to Foursquare on Android handsets, allowing Foursquare users to checkin, find friends and send shouts through speech-to-text. Vlingo users can also update their social status in both Facebook and Twitter by using the Vlingo widget and speaking their update. Read more »

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Vlingo today added voice support to Foursquare on Android handsets, allowing Foursquare users to check in, find friends and send shouts through speech-to-text. Vlingo users can also update their social status in both Facebook and Twitter by using the Vlingo widget and speaking their update. Read more »

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to take action on “white spaces” by appeasing TV broadcasters interference concerns. Given successful trials, the final hurdle for widespread use of this unlicensed spectrum may be cleared, birthing a entirely new wireless industry and long-range wireless hotspots. Read more »

After nearly five months of owning the consumer tablet market, Apple’s iPad is about to face its first real competition from optimized tablets running on Android. Samsung will take center stage by introducing their Galaxy Tab slate this week, but others are sure to follow. Read more »

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Mozilla released an updated version of Fennec, its mobile browser for Nokia’s N900 and Google Android devices. Along with improved JavaScript performance, the web client includes Firefox Sync so users can seamlessly have access to bookmarks, passwords and open tabs between the desktop and smartphone. Read more »

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Clearwire is expected to announce a pay-as-you-go option for its Clear WiMAX service on Monday according to a form filed with the SEC yesterday. With competitors launching next-generation data networks, Clearwire’s “first to market” advantage is fast going away, so it’s gunning for more customers now. Read more »

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Mozilla released an updated version of Fennec, its mobile browser for Nokia’s N900 and Google Android devices. Along with improved JavaScript performance, the web client includes Firefox Sync so users can seamlessly have access to bookmarks, passwords and open tabs between the desktop and smartphone. Read more »

Will Eee PCs Upend the Portable Pricing Market?

Intuit has partnered with mophie to provide a credit card processing solution that uses Apple’s iPhone. The hardware, created by mophie and available today, is aimed at small business owners — especially those who use QuickBooks and are looking for a simple transactional fee structure. Read more »

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Tired of sending virtual sheep to Facebook friends? Webtab is turning virtual drinks into real ones with its Bartab service. One dollar Bartab credits become redeemable drink tickets sent through Facebook. The bar gains free social advertising, plus Bartab users tend to stay for more drinks. Read more »

Research In Motion is entering last-ditch meetings with Indian security officials in an effort to meet demands of government access to encrypted communications. But how can RIM provide what it claims to not have — access to security keys for business-run BlackBerry Enterprise Servers? Read more »

In a bid to grab new customers, Sprint’s Virgin Mobile USA is now offering prepaid unlimited mobile broadband service for $40 per month with no contract. That compares to Verizon’s new prepaid plan at twice the price with a 5 GB limit over 30 days. Read more »

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Point Inside today announced a Find-It application specific to the Meijer retail chain. The software, for both Android and iOS handsets, uses Point Inside’s mapping solution to provide shoppers the instant location of any of the more than 100,000 items sold by Meijer. Read more »

The smartphone market is moving so quickly that consumers are finding improved devices just a few months after they bought the “latest and greatest” handset. But a disturbing trend is growing as device makers keep cranking out new devices: more smartphones are shipping with major bugs. Read more »

Research In Motion has purchased Cellmania to acquire mobile app store expertise for an undisclosed amount. This purchase follows the recent launch of an improved App World for BlackBerry devices and brings RIM a team experienced in app distribution, carrier billing and mobile storefronts. Read more »

Android users are 80 percent more valuable than iPhone users, says Chitika, an online advertising network that serves 2 billion monthly impressions to over more than 80,000 websites. What’s driving this higher click-through rate on Android? A bad interface, Google “magic” or something else entirely? Read more »

The mobile workforce carries more devices, stays connected longer and expects to be productive on tablet devices, according to the latest iPass study. Given a choice, workers would carry a smartphone over a laptop, but a growing number plan to purchase an iPad for enterprise work. Read more »

Intel and Nokia today announced the opening of the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center at the University of Oulu, Finland. The initial lab effort is for virtual 3-D handset interfaces, but the reality is: it appears MeeGo is fishing for a reason to exist. Read more »

Facebook is continuing to grow, but not all of that growth is due to features and functions of the web-based social networking service. The trend towards Facebook-enabled hardware shows no sign of stopping: cameras, picture frames, televisions and more are bringing Facebook everywhere for consumers. Read more »

This weekend may be remembered for questioning of the value of social networks, as Leo Laporte explained why he’s leaving Google Buzz behind. Are you not getting value out of social networks or are you trying to use them as tools for something they’re not? Read more »

PocketGear has raised $15 million in Series B funding, giving the “world’s largest open app store and content marketplace” more capital for expansion. In this age of platform-specific stores, the company may need it as consumers get locked in to apps for their specific devices. Read more »

As part of a plan that would expand royalty payments from radio stations, the National Association of Broadcasters is looking for the U.S. government to require FM radio tuners in all future phones. There’s merit to both sides, but do you want an FM radio mandate? Read more »

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