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Gadget Lifecycles Now Average Just Three Months

Gadget Lifecycles Now Average Just Three Months

By Sean Patterson October 21, 2013

As mobile devices become more a part of everyday human life, the manufacturing costs for those products have dropped significantly. The prices for mobile devices have followed accordingly, and market watchers now predict that the low-cost smartphone and tablet markets …

Google Gets in Sync

Google introduced a beta version of Google Sync today. This allows Google users to sync their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events to their iPhones or Windows Mobile devices (with Google’s own Android, all the data is automatically synced).

Real-Time Mobile Video Headed Toward Mainstream
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An interesting report has been released today indicating that US mobile operators and equipment vendors support the drive toward real-time video, projected to become more mainstream in the US market over the coming years. The report is based on a poll from consulting firm Ovum of top US mobile operators, smaller/regional wireless carriers and mobile application developers.

Hotmail Rolls Out New Features
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Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail or just Hotmail to most, has seen a number of improvements in recent memory. Most notably it got an updated look, and they made everything faster.

Now they are rolling out a number of new features, which if users aren’t seeing yet, they will be very soon. New features include:

Google Optimizes Book Search for Mobile
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Google Mobile Book SearchGoogle has launched a long overdue mobile version of Book Search for the iPhone and Android. This includes access to over 1.5 million mobile public domain books.

Search from Android By Speaking
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Google is rolling out an update for the T-Mobile G1 in the US starting this week. With this update, users will be able to use their voices for searching. The feature will be integrated into the Android browser and the home screen search widget.

To use the voice search function:

1. On the home screen search widget, look for the microphone button next to the search box and search button (as pictured below).

Bebo Opens Mobile
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Bebo is working with operators, handset manufacturers, and mobile software developers to help them promote, distribute, and monetize mobile social media. This is through Bebo’s new Open Mobile program.

Intel Gets Educational with Classmate PCs
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Intel recently began showing off its Learning Series, PCs designed specifically for educational purposes. The series includes the Clamshell Classmate PC and the Convertible Classmate PC, both of which were created with students, parents, teachers, and schools in mind.

Mike McDonald spoke with Intel’s Holly Bourne about the machines at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas earlier this month. She was kind enough to demonstrate them:

iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped
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Last year, Google was kind enough to tailor a specific version of its personalized homepage tool iGoogle, to the ever-popular iPhone. They even offered a video showing how nice and convenient it would be for iPhone users.

GiiNii Movit Mini Aims to Make Cell Phone Contracts Obsolete
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GiiNii introduced a pretty cool mobile device at the Consumer Electronics Show called the Movit Mini. It looks like a great way to access the mobile Internet and social networks as well as any number of applications one decides to put on it.

1.4 lb. Sony VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC Introduced at CES
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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony introduced its new convenient and lightweight laptop computer the VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC. This looks like the perfect device for business travel.

Google Makes Getting Directions to Businesses Easier
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Google is now making it easier to find directions to businesses via Google Maps for Mobile. Now users can get directions by entering the name of the business in the start or end point fields. Google illustrates this with a Starbucks example on the Google Mobile Blog:

Get Google to Notice Your Ideas
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Google is calling for your ideas for new product features for Google Mobile. They recently set up a Product Ideas page built on Google Moderator that allows users to submit ideas and vote others up and down.

Yahoo Powers New T-Mobile Service
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Yahoo OneSearchYahoo announced that its oneSearch mobile search engine will be the engine of choice for T-Mobile’s new web2goSM service, which is aimed at providing a better mobile web browsing experienc

Phone+ Magazine covers off Mobile Computing

I love free stuff and I get loads of free magazines etc… (why pay when loads of companies give away the stuff!)

M.I.T. Charged With Battery

M.I.T. just announced a battery breakthrough. Successfully scaling down technology in development over the past 40 years, the crew at M.I.T has put together what they call “the first technologically significant and economically viable alternative to conventional batteries in more than 200 years.”