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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

SoundLink, the too-expensive, yet pretty OK looking wireless music system by the “too expensive, yet pretty OK looking” consumer electronics people over at Bose, has gone from rumor to reality as of today. Expect to pay $599.90 for the whole McGillicuddy or — if you’ve already bought into the Bose Wave thing — pick up that SoundLink upgrade kit featuring a USB Bluetooth dongle for a mere $149.95. (Engadget10/22)

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Amazon has just made their new Kindle for PC available for pre-order online, a move that turns almost any PC in the entire world into a fully-fledged ereader. The software comes on the heels of all of the big Win7 announcements today evens up the playing fields when it comes to PC-based ereaders. (Crunchgear10/22)

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WIRELESS by Marauder

WIRELESS

During its earnings reports today, AT&T posted numbers that easily beat Wall Street’s expectations. Yes, profits were down, but we’re in a down economy, and there’s simply no denying that things would have been much, much worse without the iPhone. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/22/proof-that-att-needs-to-extend-that-iphone-deal/ 4/22)

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In its latest hardware upgrade, U.S. Cellular will market the Windows Mobile-based HTC Touch Pro smartphone for $250 under a two-year contract. The handset includes a 3.2-megapixel camera, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and EV-DO Rev. A technology. CNET/PhoneScoop (4/21) , MobileBurn (4/21)

HTC Touch Pro for U.S. Cellular(Credit: HTC)

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Amanda Congdon, who emerged as the face of indie Internet darling Rocketboom before going on to digital initiatives at ABC and HBO, is resurfacing at Flo TV, the live mobile TV service from Qualcomm. Her series, “Sometimes Daily,” serves up quirky commentaries. (Iwantmedia 4/22, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3icbbfbd34476c8990e504d0475d03c894 4/21)

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As a mobile-DTV group makes progress toward approving a final standard and broadcasters launch free-to-air mobile programming, wireless providers said they hoped to turn the threat into an opportunity by forming partnerships for a premium-content platform. MobiTV, Sprint Nextel, Sinclair Broadcast Group and PBS demonstrated such a service this week, dubbed MixTV, that would add on-demand video subscriptions to the free broadcast content. Telephony Online (4/21) , TVNewsday (4/21)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

3-D TV — despite some significant roadblocks that include a lack of industry standards and online-streaming issues — is gathering buzz on a number of fronts in the TV community. ESPN, for one, has conducted a number of tests, and the network’s Chuck Pagano remains somewhat hopeful: “From our judgment, when the fans see it, they’re going to be blown away by it. But there’s still a lot of challenges ahead.” Variety (4/16)

Garmin has come out with a new, slim GPS device dubbed the nuvi 1490T. The Bluetooth-equipped device has a five-inch touch screen, the ability to save up to 10 routes in its memory and a feature called ecoRoute, which aids drivers with fuel-efficient navigation suggestions. Pocket-lint.co.uk (4/16) , Digital Trends (4/16)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
April 15, 2009, 6:57 PM
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WIRELESS

Google has released an “early look” version of the much-anticipated Android OS 1.5 open smartphone platform. The update features an on-screen keyboard with soft-keyboard support, speech recognition and home-screen widgets and is largely based on the Cupcake development branch of the Android Open Source project. eWEEK.com (4/14) , IntoMobile (4/14)

As part of a recent effort to up the interest quotient of its handset line, MetroPCS has begun offering the supercompact Motorola QA30 Hint. Measuring 3.23 inches by 2.43 inches, the slider phone includes a full QWERTY keyboard, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, a 2-megapixel camera, USB connectivity with PC syncing and other features. It is listed at $249 on the MetroPCS Web site. MobileBurn (4/14) , CNET (4/14)

Recognizing the next must-have devices, extending his company’s exclusive deal for the iPhone and refocusing its marketing effort on wireless are among the challenges facing AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who represents the generational shift in telecom from wireline to wireless services. “We have 77 million wireless customers and 30 million consumer phone lines,” he said. “Which customer base would you rather work from?” The Wall Street Journal (4/15)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 10, 2009, 8:25 PM
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WIRELESS

FremantleMedia is launching a mobile application for “American Idol.” Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to get videos of the current 13 finalists in a confessional format, along with pictures, news and other content. A $1.99 charge will last for rest of this season. (Iwantmedia 3/10, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ia82652ffac56b32e53086b350e4801cf 3/10)

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With a potential market reach of 50 million consumers — more than double Apple’s base — Nokia is hoping that its Ovi online store can effectively compete with the App Store when it begins selling downloadable mobile applications in May. Nokia says it believes it can lure developers by offering a more flexible and streamlined approval process than its rival has. Reuters (3/9)

Motorola introduced its latest rugged MC55 series handsets Monday as it released a pair of models in a variety of configurations that are aimed at reducing customers’ upfront purchase costs. The MC5590, designed for workers’ indoor use, features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, while the MC5574 also includes GPS and wide area network support. Computerworld (3/9)

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WELCOME TO CELL ACCESS VIA YOUR WRIST by Marauder

WELCOME TO CELL ACCESS VIA YOUR WRIST

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A few moments ago, LG officially announced their LG watch phone.  As a girl who is accused of being unable to let go of her phone in any situation, the watch phone presents an interesting solution.  To be fair, I live in New York City where the noise on NYC streets is unbearable on a good day.  If I don’t hear the ring over the din of the chaos or feel the vibration through my heavy wool coat, I could miss that next critical call.  Chuck Bass sighting on 13th and Avenue A?  Yah, missed call.  And yes, I live in fear of this particular crisis.

The LG GD910 presents cell phone with Bluetooth capability at wrist level.  The device streamlines phone usage loaded simply with three buttons.  After viewing Engadget’s video demo from last year (and yes the phone was at CES ’08 as a prototype), usage seems fairly simple.  And unlike most other phones I know of (cough, mine, cough cough), this one is water resistant.  So if you find yourself in the crazy shitestorm of a weather pattern running across the northeast or northwest, no problem.  Phone on my friends.

Production to start late 2009.

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WIRELESS by Marauder
October 21, 2008, 9:23 PM
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WIRELESS

Samsung‘s newest smartphone is a Symbian-powered device from which users can hit dedicated hot keys to download from the massive S60 library, the company said Monday. The Samsung i7110 features 3G connectivity, assisted GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth in a slim, candy-bar shaped design. InformationWeek (10/20)

Following the buyout of the 49% of mobile content company Jamba it didn’t’ already own, News Corp. announced a reorganization of the Fox Mobile Group to be headed by former Jamba CEO Mauro Montanaro. FMG also announced an expansion into the Asia Pacific region with a new regional office in Singapore. (Cynopsis 10/21)

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