Mobile News Update – 3 Nov ’08

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Google patches Android security flaw [CNet]- Google and T-Mobile have begun distributing a security patch for the first Android-powered phone, the G1 built by HTC. This is the update alert message

MasterCard via your mobile [MasterCard]- A similar service has been popular in Japan for a while now but last week MasterCard announced the launch of the MasterCard Over-the-Air Provisioning Service, the first program of its kind that enables issuers to perform over-the-air personalization of their cardholders’ mobile devices in an easy, one-step process.

Lower-Income Users Boost Sales of Apple’s iPhone [Sci-Tech Today]- Lower-income US consumers are flocking to Apple’s iPhone, sending an early signal that smartphones are changing from a luxury to a necessity, according to research company ComScore Mobile.

How to Unlock a T-Mobile G1 [Android Central]- Simple instructional video. Just need the sim unlock code from T-Mobile which they appear amenable to providing.

AT&T Device Holiday Lineup [Into Mobile] – Lots of goodies. The Pantech Matrix looks interesting.

RIM Blackberry Bold Review [PC World] – The BlackBerry Bold sports a revamped design and interface, but it falls short in other areas.

I like Windows Mobile and am not ashamed to admit it” [ZDNet]- The sheer number of WM devices may also be a weakness because there is no central way that the platform is being marketed. Apple and Google have it fairly easy with a single device to promote from a single manufacturer.

Gadgets / Devices, News Links

Pepsi Refreshing Their Image w/ New Logo

Meh. This new look for Pepsi no worky for me. Seems like a lot of money and time spent that shouldn’t have been, in my opinion. What do you think?

Pepsi

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A 3-minute Fairy Tale of Mixed Emoticons

This is a modern day typographical fairy tale for the ages. If the video below doesn’t load for you, just click the previous link, it’s worth it.

 

Just geeky, Stumble of the Day

Phoenix Mars Lander Is Either Dying or Just Really Sleepy

Phoenix

Phoenix communicated with NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter Thursday. The communication reinforced a diagnosis that the spacecraft is in a precautionary mode triggered by low energy. Mission engineers are assessing the lander’s condition and steps necessary for returning to science operations.

NASA’S Phoenix Mars Lander, with its solar-electric power shrinking due to shorter daylight hours and a dust storm, did not respond to an orbiter’s attempt to communicate with it Wednesday night and Thursday morning

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And in Halloween Bat News Today…

Halloween Witch

Halloween is all about scary things like evil jack o’ lanterns, witches, goblins and little furry, squeaking, flapping bats.

So it’s appropriate that today we learn that something is killing the little brown bats of the Northeast, and researchers may have fingered the culprit: a fungus.

For Halloween, I think I prefer this kind of bat (Sexy Batgirl Superhero Costume):

Bat girl costume

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