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Apple/Google Ties Completely Broken: Levinson Resigns from Google Board

Google has just announced that Dr. Arthur Levinson, former CEO of Gentech, has resigned from Google's board of directors. Said Google CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt:

"Art has been a key part of Google's success these past five years, offering unvarnished advice and vital counsel on every big issue and opportunity Google has faced. Though he leaves as a member of our Board, Art will always have a special place at Google."

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 11 Oct 2009

Last week was the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment conference. We had coverage at a few of our sites, but Kevin Michaluk and I also sat down with Mickey Papillon of The Cell Phone Junkie to record a podcast about our thoughts on the event - worth checking out. Here's what else went on in the smartphone world this week.

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TiPb on Digital Trends: iTablet, eBooks on iPhone, and CTIA

Digital Trends and Lief Iverson was gracious enough to have me on their podcast last week, and we took the opportunity to talk:

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All iPhone 3.1.2 Jailbreak Tool blackra1n for Windows Released

George Hotz, the man who brought you the jailbreak tool purplera1n, has once again impressed us all and this time it's an all iPhone 3.1.2 jailbreak only solution, blackra1n. Mac users need not apply as blackra1n is currently a Windows only application.

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blockquote>So, what is blackra1n? blackra1n is a 30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak. Even the ipt3, but the ipt3 is tethered. In order to boot it, just rerun blackra1n. As far as donations go, they are much appreciated, but not until after blackra1n works for you. I never ask for donations before the tool is released.

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T-Mobile Warns Sidekick Data May be Lost -- Timely Backup Reminder for All

T-Mobile has issued a warning that the ongoing, dare we say catastrophic failure of the Sidekick servers could result in permanent data loss if Sidekick users in any way reset their devices during the outage:

"Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power."

Scary, but also an urgent reminder to everyone who uses Cloud Services, including iPhone owners with MobileMe, Exchange ActiveSync, Google Gmail/Calendar, or any other, similar accounts.

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Quick App: Twitbit 2.0

For those of you who are a bit disappointed with your current iPhone Twitter client because of the lack of a little something called "push notifications" - You must check out Twitbit 2.0. [$2.99 Sale Price - iTunes Link] We've had the pleasure of testing the 2.0 build for quite some time now and we are happy to report this update has been finely tuned while adding a boatload of new features, so many that you'll have to wait for our full review.

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Apple Gobbling Up NAND Flash Memory Again

According to AppleInsider, Apple is once again leading the way for a worldwide NAND Flash memory shortage... again:

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blockquote>"Taiwan-based memory module houses are moving to diversify their NAND flash suppliers to minimize procurement risk, according to industry sources," the report said. "NAND flash supply has reportedly become tighter as major chip producers Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Micron and Hynix Semiconductor favor demand for Apple devices."

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Adobe Releases Photoshop.com iPhone App

Adobe has released Photoshop.com Mobile [Free - iTunes Link].

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Apple "Improves" MobileMe, Find my iPhone, Updates iDisk Public Folder

Apple's MobileMe News page has posted two updates today, one on recent MobileMe service improvements, including direct access to Find my iPhone, and the other on iDisk public folder updates.

First up, the service improvements:

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iPhone Earns #1 Spots in J.D. Power and Associates' Personal and Business Satisfaction Ratings

Apple's iPhone has stepped into first place in both personal and business categories of J.D. Power and Associates' second wireless phone satisfaction study of 2009.

The study was based on physical design, features, operating system, ease of use, and battery function on a 1000 point scale. iPhone scored top honers with 811 in personal use and 803 in business use. Respectively, LG took second place in personal use with 776 and RIM landed in second under the business category with 724 points.

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