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10/27/2008 RIM Application Store

Research in Motion is coming online with an application store uniquely its own. On Tuesday, RIM unveiled two distribution initiatives for BlackBerry smartphone applications at its annual developer conference: A new online application store and a new on-device application center that opens up BlackBerrys millions of users to developers vying for an audience.

RIM said it plans to launch the BlackBerry application store in March 2009, giving its users a one-stop shop for compatible applications and a user-friendly way to manage upgrades and purchases.

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10/27/2008 Texts Tackle HIV in South Africa

The popularity of mobile phones in South Africa is helping to tackle HIV and AIDS in the nation.

Project Masiluleke will send one million free text messages a day to push people to be tested and treated.

Approximately 350,000 people die of AIDS related diseases in the country every year.

Trials of the system showed that calls to counselors at the National AIDS helpline in Johannesburg increased by 200% when messages were broadcast.

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10/22/2008 Tracking Terrorists Using Mobile Phones

Taliban insurgents said Tuesday they had told mobile phone operators to shut down their networks during the day in the Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, saying signals help track insurgent fighters.

The warning comes on top of a Taliban order earlier this year for phone operators to turn off their networks throughout the country at night.

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10/18/2008 DriveAssist Prevents Calls While Driving

A Canadian company has unveiled software crafted to prevent people, particularly mobile device-loving teenagers, from making telephone calls or text-messaging while driving.

Aegis Mobility describes DriveAssist as advanced call management technology that essentially creates virtual personal secretaries to intercept calls or text messages intended for mobile telephones in moving cars.

DriveAssist software detects when phones are moving at automobile speeds and then tells callers that the person they are trying to reach is driving. Callers are invited to leave messages or call-back numbers.

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10/17/2008 RIM Touch Screen

Research in Motion the maker of the Blackberry, unveiled its first smartphone with a touch-screen on Wednesday, its answer to the popular Apple iPhone.
The phone, the Blackberry Storm, will be available later this year through Verizon Wireless in the United States and Vodafone in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand, the Canadian company said.


10/16/2008 Projections for Mobile Phones Sales Are Cut

The global mobile phone market should grow at much slower-than-expected rates next year as consumers put off buying new devices due to deepening economic concerns, according to forecasts from analysts.


While industry executives often say mobile phones are the last thing consumers will give up to save money, analysts are now citing lengthening phone replacement cycles and weakening economies around the world for their weaker sales estimates.

UBS analyst Maynard Um halved his forecast for 2009 global handset growth to 3 percent from 6 percent, pointing to particular weakness in Europe and North America.

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10/08/2008 Verizon Looking to Purchase Alltel

Verizon Wireless says it is moving forward with plans to acquire Alltel Corp. for $28.1 billion, although the countrys financial climate has worsened since the companies reached an agreement four months ago.

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10/07/2008 T-Mobile Lost Confidential Data

Europes leading telecommunications company, Deutsche Telekom, admitted Saturday that it has lost confidential data belonging to 17 million T-mobile clients.


The theft, in 2006, which is now subject to a judicial inquiry, involved telephone numbers, dates of birth, addresses and email addresses, subsidiary T-Mobile said in a statement.

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09/28/2008 Cell Phone Popularity in Europe

A growing number of Europeans do not bother to buy landline telephone service in their homes, relying instead on their cell phones, the European Commission said Thursday.


Cell phones, which first outnumbered human beings in Europe in 2006, did that by an even greater margin in 2007: nearly 112 phones for every 100 people, the EU executive body said.

One reason is that monthly line rental for fixed phones costs more on average than a prepaid mobile phone package.

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09/27/2008 RIM TouchScreen

Research In Motion is preparing to launch the long anticipated touch-screen version of its BlackBerry smartphone, according to an official promotion e-mail from U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless .

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09/26/2008 G1 Phone Game Changer

Turn off the rumor mills, pull down the mocked-up artwork, and say goodbye to the blogger speculation. Google and T-Mobiles G1, the first mobile phone built around Googles open-source, Linux-based Android platform, is officially a product.


Before a warm, if not entirely enthusiastic crowd in Manhattan, executives from T-Mobile, HTC and Google (including a surprise appearance by company founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page) officially unveiled the T-Mobile G1.

Listing for $179 with two data plans ($25 and $35), the T-Mobile G1 is available now to existing T-Mobile customers in limited quantities (via T-Mobiles web site) and at all T-Mobile locations by late next month. It will also launch in the U.K. in November, and across all of Europe by early next year.

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