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Green light for Yahoo Go 3.0

As part of the Consumer Electronics Show extravaganza in Las Vegas this week, Yahoo has opted to announce the next iteration of its mobile offering, Yahoo Go. The new beta product arrives at a time when just about every other huge name in tech–Google, Apple, you name it–is making a …

 
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Roll-up keyboard has a built-in phone

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As mentioned a few days ago, there seems to be an unlikely popularity surrounding hybrid mouse phones of the VoIP variety. But the one-two punch apparently isn’t enough to automatically sew up the market, as evidenced by efforts to cram in even more functions ranging from …

 
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All CES, all the time

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The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t start until tomorrow, but Crave and our sister site CNET.com have a gigantic team of editors on the ground, already scouring the still-being-assembled show floor for the newest, most exciting, and weirdest tech of the new year.

Can’t …

 
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MADCAT to take over translation for troops

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Foreign language translation on the battlefield is a dangerous and expensive proposition, and a job the military wants to see automated.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BBN Technologies a $5.67 million contract to produce a Multilingual Automatic Document Classification Analysis and Translation (MADCAT)

 
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Find It! for BlackBerry tells you where to go

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Google and Microsoft haven’t quite cornered the market on mobile search and directions apps, at least not yet. Infospace Find It!, built with the BlackBerry in mind, gives users multiple entry points to search businesses, people, and directions while squeezing in features not yet stocked by competitors.

To satisfy variant search methods, Find It! sorts searches by name, by category, and by maps and directions. When choosing to search by name, you can look up a business or person in or near a location. This wasn’t always successful during my tests, nor was the reverse phone number lookup, a feature unique to Find It! among its better-known and more prosperous rivals. However, when Find It! did strike gold, it didn’t skimp in doling it out. Upon locating an individual or business, users can click-to-call, view a map, get directions, save the entry to the address book, and see what else is nearby.

I should mention that both Microsoft’s Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile and Google Maps for Mobile had their fair share of data holes–one didn’t even register CNET after a search, the brute–so Find It!’s defaults are common to still-youthful mobile search….

 
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iPhone 1.1.3 firmware hands-on

A select few have their mittens on the forthcoming iPhone 1.1.3 firmware update, which packs a quasi-GPS function in Google Maps, the ability to rearrange home screen icons and new bookmarking functionality. Our friends at iPhone Atlas recently posted a hands-on look at the update, noting some previously …

 
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Combo mouse-phones get a little privacy

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We’re not convinced that combo mouse phones are the way of the future but, hey, if there’s a market for laptop trackballs then anything’s possible. In fact, the competition is apparently heating up sufficiently so that manufacturers are vying to cram even more functions into …

 
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Mobiado's 'Stealth' phone flies under the radar

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All too often Crave sees head-turning products that immediately activate our salivary glands, only to disappear forever. So we’re always pleased when we hear of one that survived and is on its way to future generations, such as the Mobiado luxury phone.

We first became aware of …

 
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Home ringtones may not be music to your ears

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Several months ago we thought the idea of custom ringtones for home phones was a pretty nifty concept that would be picked up by other manfacturers. Our prediction, naturally, was met with dead silence. But now Hammacher Schlemmer is trying to introduce one such gadget for the masses, …

 
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ChaCha gives you answers via text message

Human-powered search site ChaCha is launching a new service that allows you to ask questions and get the answers all over text message.

ChaCha was set to launch its free search service for mobile phone users on Jan. 3.

Basically, you can text any question to “242242” (which spells “chacha” …

 
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Air France to begin study of inflight cell phone use

Now arriving, phones on a plane

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Sorry I missed this one, but in the rush to close out before Christmas ,I overlooked that Air France finally is ready to start its six-month study of inflight cell phone service. As I told you last April, Air France …

 
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Stereo Bluetooth headset cuts the cord for $57.99

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In the perfect utopia that exists only inside my head, all cell phones and MP3 players incorporate A2DP, also known as stereo Bluetooth. As a result, they’re all compatible with stereo Bluetooth headsets like the Plantronics Voyager 855, which CNET rated 8/10, and which Newegg currently has on sale for $57.99, shipped. …

 
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