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The Internet of Things: Anywhere, Anytime, Anything

The underpinnings are already being laid for an Internet of things that will bring connectivity to everything from consumer electronics to pets. But a wide variety of challenges from privacy to platforms, must be met as we move toward an always-on, always-connected society.…

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What a T-Mobile iPhone Would Mean

Rumors surfaced last week that T-Mobile USA — not Verizon Wireless — will soon offer the iPhone as AT&T loses its exclusivity. The move makes sense on a number of levels, and it would disrupt the mobile industry in a big way.…

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As Always, Mobile Music Faces Uncertain Future

Mobile music has long failed to gain traction despite a tremendous amount of hype, but recent announcements about cloud-based services have reinvigorated the space. But as carriers and record labels should know, the only certainty in mobile music is that old business models don't apply.…

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Google's App Inventor: Escalating the Mobile Ad War?

Google's new App Inventor could create a wave of new apps to serve as vehicles for mobile advertisements. But with Android Market already developing a Wal-Mart-like reputation, the do-it-yourself developer kit needs to produce apps people really use — and ones advertisers will really pay for.…

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Why the App Store Police Need More Muscle — Not Less

Like Android Market, Apple's App Store teems with knock-offs, third-rate me-too offerings and plain old garbage. But the folks in Cupertino have a tremendous chance to differentiate their storefront by employing a bigger filter and offering a lineup of top-notch mobile applications.…

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Why Carriers Still Hold the Key to Handset Sales

Microsoft was forced last week pulled the plug on the Kin, a two-phone lineup that debuted not long ago on Verizon Wireless. The flop is just the latest knot in a string of evidence suggesting that, when it comes to selling handsets, carriers still hold the key.…

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Why iAd Won't Meet Steve Jobs' Expectations

Advertisers are already shelling out big money to be a part of iAd, which debuts tomorrow. But the new ad platform faces far too many hurdles to capture the 48 percent of the mobile ad market Steve Jobs is hoping to claim.…

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The Wide-open Door to the Mobile Enterprise

Research In Motion shares tumbled last week after the company reported disappointing shipments and subscriber adds, and a new study indicates developers are showing little interest in the aging OS. Which means the door is wide open to the mobile enterprise.…

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Why Porn and the iPad Are Key for HTML5

Apple’s move to ban Adobe Flash from its iOS has opened a huge window for any technology that can deliver a top-notch multimedia experience on the iPad and other Apple gadgets. And porn purveyors are starting to tilt the balance in favor of HTML5.…

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Why the World Cup Matters to Carriers

Mobile video could receive a big boost over the next few weeks as users tune in to watch the action on their phones. But carriers must be able to shoulder the data load if they're to turn those fans into long-term viewers.…

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Hey, HP, the Smartphone Market Is Calling

Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd last week said his company won't aggressively pursue the smartphone business in the wake of its acquisition of Palm. The move would be an enormous missed opportunity for HP, and it also could shackle its efforts to produce interconnected devices.…

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