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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 25, 2009, 7:02 AM
Filed under: WIRELESS


As consumers grow more comfortable with using mobile devices such as e-book readers, Research in Motion has joined with Barnes & Noble to offer BlackBerry users a free electronic-reader application that will give them access to more than 60,000 titles online, the companies said. In other e-book news, a federal court will ponder the question of whether an iPhone is also an e-book after a Swiss company sued Apple for patent infringement over its iPhone technology. The Wall Street Journal (3/24) , PC Magazine (3/24)


An increasing number of smartphone users are ditching their other consumer-electronic devices, such as digital music players and cameras, because technological advances have almost made some CE products redundant, according to a published report. The article notes that after rising 73% last year, sales of portable navigation devices are expected to climb just 15% in the U.S. in 2009, according to CEA. The Wall Street Journal (3/25)


Dell CEO Michael Dell confirmed Tuesday that the computer maker has a smartphone or mobile Internet device on the drawing board. “We already have agreements with many mobile carriers around netbook devices, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that we would have smaller mobile Internet devices or smartphones in the future,” he said in a speech in Tokyo. InfoWorld/IDG News Service (3/24) , BusinessWeek (3/25)


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