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Apple recently announced that there are now 100,000 Applications available on the iPhone App Store. Of these, there are over 16,000 games; which represent the most downloaded category of the store. Theres no longer just an app for that, theres at least ten. That being the case, you would expect the development of ...

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Garmins third quarter financial results confirm the rising popularity of GPS outdoor and fitness devices as it remains Garmins only segment to post quarterly and year-to-date YoY revenue growth:


Q3 YoY growth per segment


- Automotive/Mobile segment revenue decreased 13% to $546 million

- Outdoor/Fitness segment revenue increased 11% to $132 million

- Aviation segment revenue ...

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Over the weekend we had China Unicom announce their femtocell rollout known as 3G Inn. The service has been launched in ten provinces in Northern China according to a Chinese Reuters report (translated). Although the details of the rollout, pricing and vendors is sketchy at the moment - it definitely is welcome news for the femtocell ...

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While TomToms revenues are still down YoY (-15%) and QoQ (-1%), the net result has improved, now at 31 million Euro, a 42% increase compared with Q2, but still 48% lower than Q3 2008. This increased profitability is the result of severe cost cutting measures, including redundancies, to reduce operating expenses by 26 million.


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What always seemed like a temporary solution despite the support of PND market leader Garmin has now effectively been earmarked for phase out. Based on unlicensed FM spectrum in the US and Canada, MSN Direct was designed to stream navigation content such as traffic, weather, gas prices, events, and even destinations or routes planned on ...

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Last week, the discussions around Hulu shifted, as a key executive talked about the future of the online service and the possible move to make at least part of the content available through a pay model.Based on the slow advertising sales that Hulu has seen so far, it is not a big surprise that ...

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Today, Sony and Netflix announced an agreement that will bring the Netflix movie service to the PlayStation 3 game console.This follows a long line of partnerships that are putting the Netflix service in a wide variety of consumer electronics devices including game consoles, network-connected TVs, and more.Combined with the previous partnership with Microsoft ...

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The equality seems to make senseprotect the content, stop piracy; however reality is rarely that simple or clean.Take for instance the idea of protection.By its very nature, protection entails some form of restriction and while the extent of these limitations varies, in many cases it stands counter to the general direction that content ...

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Yes Im being facetious, but its not because I think the idea of Keychest is bad, but we must take this magic cloud (as ABI Research Digital Home Practice Director Jason Blackwell likes to call it) with a modicum of reality.Ok, enough of the Magic Kingdom references, but while there are certainly strengths and ...

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Google Maps for Mobile Gets Layers and its own Maps, Turn-by-turn Voice Navigation Next?


The latest 3.2 version of Google Maps, now available for Blackberry, Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile features Layers, a function allowing selectively displaying specific content categories such as traffic, Latitude (friend finder), transit information and Wikipedia entries. The My Map ...

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