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Apple unveils iPad tablet device

Ending weeks of speculation, Apple last night unveiled its 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet computer called the ‘iPad.’ The device, which looks like a large iPhone, can be used to watch films, play games, browse the Web and is also set to take on Amazon’s Kindle in the e-reader market.

Amazon to take on iPad with touchscreen Kindle

Amazon is set to add touchscreen capabilities to its Kindle e-reader in a bid to compete with Apple’s forthcoming iPad tablet computer.

AT&T CTO tackles capacity issues

Ahead of his appearance at Congress Wednesday, AT&T’s chief technology officer, John Donovan, told Show Daily of the challenges the operator faces in attempting to ensure its network is up to the task of handling the boom in data consumption.

Samsung aims to make waves with bada

Number two device vendor Samsung has unveiled ‘Wave,’ the first smartphone based on its own mobile operating system (OS) bada.

Handmark: Making media mobile

In the first of a series of in-depth Focus articles, Mobile Apps Briefing profiles a company that touts itself as “the world’s leading developer and distributor of mobile applications,” specialising in mobilising content for publishers and media companies.

Alcatel-Lucent bolsters app play with developer tools buy

Alcatel-Lucent has acquired OpenPlug, a developer of mobile software and applications development tools, as part of its strategy to become the application development enabler of choice among its primary customer base – service providers.

AOL buys Rally Up to strengthen app offering

Internet content provider AOL has made its latest move in the mobile apps space, buying ‘social networking startup with a difference’ Rally Up for an undisclosed sum.

Motorola impresses against Apple in Chinese app market

Motorola is quietly stealing a march over Apple in the nascent but potentially huge Chinese apps market.

RIM preps carrier billing for BlackBerry apps

Research In Motion expects carrier billing to be available for BlackBerry applications in 2010, the company’s co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, said Monday, reports Dow Jones Newswires. 
 

Windows Mobile smartphone sales fall 20%

Sales of smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system (OS) declined by 20 percent in the third quarter according to Gartner, despite a 13 percent increase in the total number of smartphone sales. Only 3.2 million smartphone units running the OS were sold in the third quarter, Gartner said, down from the 4.05 million units sold in the third quarter of 2008.