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Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft's Menlo "frankenOS", said to be an attempt by the company to develop a new mobile platform, has birthed its first prototype, with the suitably hacked-together device you see here being included as part of a new Microsoft Research publication.  According to "User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices" [PDF link], the test hardware "is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1-inch diagonal, 800x480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer)."

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Papermaster lacked Apple “creative thinking” says WSJ; Jobs green-lighted iPhone 4 antenna

Papermaster lacked Apple “creative thinking” says WSJ; Jobs green-lighted iPhone 4 antenna

Further speculation on Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple has emerged, with the WSJ weighing in with some sources of their own.  Their insiders say Papermaster - who, it was revealed over the weekend, has either resigned or been fired from his position as senior vice president for mobile devices at Apple - had been experiencing ongoing "difficulty maneuvering Apple's internal politics" and had "lost the confidence" of CEO Steve Jobs "months ago".

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iPhone 4 “antenna guy” Mark Papermaster leaves Apple

iPhone 4 “antenna guy” Mark Papermaster leaves Apple

The iPhone 4 antenna saga looks to have claimed a high-profile victim, as Mark Papermaster - the executive responsible for the Apple smartphone's hardware - has left the company.  According to the NY Times, Papermaster's role will be immediately assumed by Bob Mansfield, SVP of Mac hardware engineering.  There's no official word on whether Papermaster left Apple of his own accord or was fired from his position.

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BlackBerry messaging returns to Saudi Arabia after mysterious agreement made

BlackBerry messaging returns to Saudi Arabia after mysterious agreement made

Having seen the BlackBerry messaging service shut down earlier today, RIM has seemingly come to an agreement with the Saudi Arabian government that will allow the system to continue running.  While the messaging system is active once more, according to the BBC, the nature of the agreement Canadian company RIM has made with the government - or, indeed, what concessions to data security have been given - is still unknown.

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Saudi Arabia BlackBerry messaging ban enacted

Saudi Arabia BlackBerry messaging ban enacted

The Saudi Arabian government has apparently followed through on its threat to shut down BlackBerry messaging services, after RIM refused to hand over access to the encrypted network traffic.  According to some BlackBerry users, the messaging functionality of their devices ceased working roughly four hours ago; the Saudi government had informed the country's three cellular providers to block access or face a fine of $1.3m.

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