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GAMING by Marauder

GAMING

Nintendo on Nov. 15 is scheduled to launch its latest game for the Wii console, “New Super Mario Bros.” The Japanese company needs a big hit: The heady days when the Wii was a must-have entertainment platform have, at least for now, faded, and sales and profit have gone south in the first half of the year. BusinessWeek(11/1) , The Wall Street Journal (10/30)

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Revenue from video games designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch will spike from $46 million last year to more than $2.8 billion by 2014, according to a new study from researcher DFC Intelligence. The report went on to say that the overall market for games will rise just 8%, from $10.9 billion last year to $11.7 billion in 2014. The Wall Street Journal/Digits (10/30)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Techcrunch rode in the new Tesla Model S sedan yesterday and were captivated by the massive 17-inch touch screen (so was Gizmodo) featured in the center console of the car. Both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and chief designer Franz von Holzhausen didn’t say much about the on screen system, except that it does have touch capability, it is an “entertainment center” and that it is a prototype which is still undergoing changes and improvements (see what both Musk and von Holzhausen said in our video). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/09/a-look-at-the-tesla-s-17-inch-haptic-entertainment-and-navigation-system 4/9)

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Land Rover is the latest automaker to offer factory-installed HD Radio, which will be made available for its 2010 models. HD Radio is offered by 13 auto brands in more than 70 lines of vehicles, according to iBiquity. Radio Ink (4/8) , Radio Online (4/8)

The rumor mill continues to churn about how Apple will update the iPhone and iPod Touch this summer. A persistent one is that it will feature a new Broadcom chip what would allow it to connect to WiFi using the 802.11n standard. This would not only boost the quality of video streaming but it would also give the gadget FM radio streaming capabilities. (Cynopsis 4/10)

Hitachi Japan is preparing to ship a new series of HDTVs called the UT800, an LCD that’s just 1.4 inches thick. The sleek model is part of a major product release for the company, which encompasses 11 new sets in two separate series that will begin to roll out next month. Electronista (4/9)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
April 9, 2009, 6:23 PM
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WIRELESS

Apple is developing three versions of its new iPhone, but only two will make it to market, according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, who says his industry sources report the company will produce 5 million to 6 million handsets, more than Wall Street had expected. Wu adds that Apple will make a more powerful version with expanded battery life and a beefier processor that can handle more complicated applications. CNNMoney.com/Fortune (4/8) , IntoMobile (4/8)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 13, 2009, 7:10 AM
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WIRELESS

This year, iPhone and iPod Touch users can watch all 63 games of the NCAA hoops tourney live from their devices via a new app from MobiTV and CBSSports.com. The app costs $4.99 and will include real-time in game box scores and player stats presented as an overlay on top of the video – a very thoughtful feature. The one catch is that the app requires a Wi-Fi connection to stream video, but this makes sense – live video over AT&T’s 3G network is not pretty. Of course the games are also available on CBS’ MMOD site as well as for purchase on iTunes for $1.99 a pop the day after they’re played. (Cynopsis 3/13)

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Shipments of mobile Internet devices will grow eightfold between 2007 and 2012 to more than 416 million, iSuppli predicted in a new report. “People like MID functionality because it opens up services, applications, business models and cross-industry relationships that were never possible before,” said Senior Analyst Francis Sideco. Home Media Magazine (3/12) , EE Times (3/12)

Developers of Google’s Android software will offer updates to T-Mobile’s G1 handset for the first time since its October launch, adding such features as an on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard, video recording and playback as well as stereo Bluetooth support, according to reports. The upgrade, dubbed “Cupcake,” is also expected to fix some flaws in the open-source operating system as well as update its underlying Linux kernel. CNET (3/12) , CRN/ChannelWeb (3/12)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
March 11, 2009, 6:13 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

When the Apple store went down this morning, there were rumors swirling that a new iPod Shuffle would appear when it went live; those rumors were right. The latest iPod shuffle comes equipped with 4GB of memory priced at $79.99 and a sleek case that’s reminiscent of the first generation. Best of all, the shuffle now speaks the name and performer of the song since there still isn’t a screen on the least expensive iPod. Expect the new iPod to ship 3-5 business days after purchase. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/11/apple-goes-retro-with-latest-ipod-shuffle 3/11)

Dying to know what the Voice Over feature sounds like. Robotic? Anyone know? Interesting added feature to compensate for the missing screen.

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Apple is said to be developing a new device with a touch screen that could be as big as 10 inches. Some people say the device is an inexpensive notebook computer. Others say it will be an iPod Touch with a bigger screen for watching movies and reading electronic books. (Iwantmedia 3/11, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123672009081687801.html 3/11)

Hitachi will pay a $31 million fine after admitting it was involved in a conspiracy to fix prices related to the sale of TFT-LCDs to Dell. In 2008, LG, Sharp and Chunghwa Picture Tubes entered plea agreements related to price-fixing claims. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (3/10) , TWICE (3/10)

Microsoft is eyeing the growing netbook market as it takes steps to refresh its hardware and software to fit with the low-cost computer segment. “There are many things that I think will emerge from this world of pervasive computing, and the opportunity for us all to take advantage of it is really incredible,” Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. InformationWeek (3/10)

Somewhere among the launches of the HP Mini 1000, the business-based Mini 2140, and the ridiculous, high-fashion Mini 1000 Vivian Tam Edition, HP released the Mini 1000 Mi. The difference this time around: the operating system. HP ships the Mini 1000 Mi with a customized Linux distro. Instead of using a more typical Windows-esque user interface, HP decided to make its own. (http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/06/HP_Mini_1000_Mi_1.html?source=NLC-MOBILEHARDWARE&cgd=2009-03-11 3/6)

3M has developed a battery that has cell supervision happening chemically instead of electronically, which in turn makes the battery weigh less. The batteries could make their way into laptops, power tools and cars, according to this analysis. The New York Times/GigaOm (3/10)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 10, 2009, 8:25 PM
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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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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 5, 2009, 12:09 AM
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Starting today, a version of Amazon‘s e-reader Kindle will be available as a free application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Users will be able to download books or periodicals from a library of about 240,000 materials to the devices, usually for about $10. Users who own Amazon’s hand-held e-reader device, Kindle, and one of the Apple devices will be able to sync their reading material across their various devices via an Amazon service called Whispersync, at no extra charge. The New York Times (3/4) , The Wall Street Journal ( (3/4)

Just loaded onto my iPhone and ready to go but as of yet, untested.  KUDOS to Amazon though for being open and innovative enough with their technology to allow additional devices to access it.  If only others could learn from this shining Amazon example….  I’m not sold on reading something on a screen so small but I won’t know until I try it.

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Social networks suck if you can’t find friends that use them. This is especially true for those social networks oriented around sharing your location; for the most part, you end up knowing where you and three other people are before you get bored and give up. Following a trend made popular by Facebook, the mobile social mapping service Loopt has added a “Friends You May Know” feature to their iPhone application, allowing you to find and follow friends of friends without having to know their mobile number. Fun new features don’t just write them selves, though, so Loopt has also added a few advertisements throughout the application for the sake of getting some revenue out of their iPhone endeavors. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/03/04/loopt-adds-friends-you-may-know-and-advertisements-to-their-iphone-app 3/4)

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Social gaming company Zynga is consistently releasing awesome games for the iPhone / iPod Touch (e.g. Live Poker), and today they are debuting the popular word game Scramble exclusively for the platform with the launch of the “Scramble Live” app (iTunes link). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/04/zynga-brings-scramble-to-the-iphone 3/4)

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A tipster points out to Phandroid that the Vodafone website confirms the Android-powered HTC Magic, recently announced, is arriving in April. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/03/04/vodafone-to-start-shipping-htc-magic-in-april 3/4)

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Way back in October of 2008, RIM announced that they’d be joining in on the App Store game with the launch of an application outlet of their own. While it has yet to see the light of day, RIM is announcing that at least one thing has since been finalized: the name. The temporary “BlackBerry Application Center” moniker has been abandoned, with RIM instead opting for “BlackBerry App World”. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/03/04/blackberry-application-center-redubbed-as-blackberry-app-world 3/4)

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Spurred partly by the popularity of new touch-screen devices, smartphones almost doubled their share of U.S. handset sales in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, according to an NPD Group study. Led by the growth of Apple’s iPhone, NPD reported, smartphones held a 23% market share, compared with 12% for the same period a year earlier as the average cost of the devices fell 23% to $167. CNET (3/3) , CNNMoney.com/Dow Jones Newswires (3/3)

There are more signs the recession is taking its toll on the mobile handset and services businesses: Research firm Gartner reported that cell phone sales fell 5% in the fourth quarter from the previous year, while Juniper Research warned that revenue growth from mobile-entertainment services could dip to as low as 7% if the economy does not pick up. Gartner did say handset demand could stabilize in 2010, and Juniper offered a best-case scenario of a 19% revenue gain for entertainment services. CNNMoney.com/Dow Jones Newswires (3/3) , cellular-news (U.K.) (3/3)

Small wireless carriers are joining groups like Consumer Union and software provider Mozilla in lobbying government agencies to prevent cell phone companies from making exclusive deals. Julius Genachowski may offer support to these groups if he takes up the FCC chairman post. BusinessWeek (3/4)

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