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Twitter Launches Push Notifications for @mentions

Twitter Launches Push Notifications for @mentions

Twitter today rolls out a new feature for those who keep their phone in their purse or pocket - imagine that! - and want to make sure to get important tweets "even when [they're] not looking at Twitter at the moment. Stay sucked in! Now whenever someone on Twitter you follow mentions you, you'll receive an instant notification. You know what that means? Conversations in real time. This feature will at first be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone (available for download now.)

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MetroPCS and textPlus team for free texting to multiple people

MetroPCS and textPlus team for free texting to multiple people

If you are on the contract free MetroPCS mobile network here in the US and use an Android device, textPlus and MetroPCS have announced a new partnership that brings free group texting to the Android users on the network. The application can be downloaded free on the Android Market right now.

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HTC HD2 SMS update: third time lucky?

HTC don’t seem to be having much luck addressing the ongoing SMS problem some HD2 owners are experiencing.  After posting – and subsequently pulling – two firmware updates already, it’s now time for the third attempt.  HTC HD2 firmware v1.66.707.1 is, like the others, intended to deliver “fast and reliable SMS messaging”; whether it does, we’ll have to wait and see.

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$32k Nokia 1100 bought for online banking scam

$32k Nokia 1100 bought for online banking scam

The Nokia 1100 was never an especially alluring device, even at its launch, but a select few versions of the simplistic cellphone are said to be changing hands for up to €25,000 ($32,328) among criminals.  According to unconfirmed reports, the specific 1100's each show a specific software flaw that, with the correct reprogramming, allows them to intercept the one-time passwords used to authorize online bank transactions.

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No more SMS for future Peek Classic buyers

No more SMS for future Peek Classic buyers

With the launch of the Peek Pronto earlier today, offering support for push email and unlimited SMS messaging, we asked the company what that meant for the original Peek emailer and its texting abilities.  According to our source at Peek, the Peek Classic will now be 100-percent email, with no future Classic units offering SMS support.

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Peek Pronto gets official: Push email, 5 accounts, unlimited SMS

Peek Pronto gets official: Push email, 5 accounts, unlimited SMS

The Peek Pronto email device tipped last week has been officially launched, offering push email functionality, Microsoft Exchange compatibility and support for up to five email accounts rather than the usual two.  The Pronto is priced at $79.95 and requires the same $19.95 monthly service charge as the original Peek messenger.

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No monthly subscription needed for Xact’s personal GPS tracker

No monthly subscription needed for Xact’s personal GPS tracker

Many personal GPS tracking options hit you with two costs - the cost of the device and then the additional cost of a monthly subscription.  Xact Technology hopes that, by doing away with the subscription cost, you''ll give the XACT | TRAX a go.

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iRiver’s WAVE-HOME wants to be your all-in-one communications hub

iRiver’s WAVE-HOME wants to be your all-in-one communications hub

iRiver will be briefing the CES crowd in a few short hours, but we thought we'd take an early look at one of the new products they've brought to the show.  The WAVE-HOME is not an easy device to categorize other than to say this - iRiver wants it to do a lot for you.

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Peek add SMS, image attachment viewing, to email messenger

The Peek email messenger is either the pinnacle of task-specific devices, or an under-functional waste of pocket space, depending on your stance on convergence.  Reviewers seem fairly happy, but one regular critique is the device’s unwavering obsession with email above all other types of messaging.  Now Peek have responded by adding SMS compatibility, together with updating the email app to support a broader range of image attachment viewing.

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WaSnake SMS & RSS personal flexible news ticker

Jean Louis Frechin, who designed the strange chronopictographic digital photo frames, also has an idea of what you could keep your WiFi picture viewer on.  His bendy WaSnake shelving doesn’t just stop at holding up the odd vase, though; it’s a clever display in its own right.  Colored LEDs and optical fibres fill blocks periodically along the shelf, and these can display SMS messages and RSS feeds that scroll across its length.

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CES 2008: Underwater Technology Center’s UDI allows text messaging underwater

This nifty little arm mounted SMS device could be the thing that saves your life if you find yourself caught underwater with a lack of Oxygen or coming up too fast. Also, when it’s not being used to bring those capable to your rescue, you can just use it communicate with the rest of your team or with those on the ship you dropped in from.

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Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish a happy new year to all of our readers, staffers, and all the people we work(ed) with on a daily basis throughout the past year and in the year to come! As far as I know it the next big thing on the SlashGear calendar is CES, we’ll be there covering it live too, and then Mac World and there are a ton of other events I am forgetting but those are the most immediate.

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