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No more joint-branded phones from Garmin and ASUS

Garmin and ASUSTeK Computer say they won't be introducing any more co-branded mobile phones. Instead, ASUS will design and manufacture new ASUS-branded mobile phones, some of which will include preloaded Garmin navigation applications, while Garmin plans to offer mobile navigation applications through application stores.

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UK MVNO Globalcell reported to have ceased trading

Globalcell, an MVNO that targeted Eastern Europeans living in the UK, is reported to have ceased trading.

The company launched on the Orange network two years ago.

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First 3G-enabled Windows 7 consumer tablet launched in Europe

Ambiance Technology, based in the Netherlands, says it's the first company in Europe to launch a consumer 3G tablet computer operated by the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The new AT-Tablet has a 10-inch screen, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz chip, a 3G SIM card slot, WiFi, a 160GB hard drive and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. It's expected to go on sale next month.

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Why the Sat-Nav Application Model is Broken

James Rosewell writes:

Most Sat-Nav applications are now obtained via the Application Store used on the mobile phone. Navigon have gone so far as to remove access to their application via any other route. Application Stores are now the only choice. This move to a platform-specific sales model is a massive mistake.

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71% of Starbucks smartphone users have an iPhone or BlackBerry

More than 71% of Starbucks smartphone-carrying customers in the USA use BlackBerry smartphones or Apple iPhones.

The company revealed the statistic as it expanded its Starbucks Card Mobile payment service to nearly 300 stores in and around New York City. This test scheme, which started late last year, enables customers to pay for their coffee via their mobile phones by displaying an on-screen barcode that represents a 'real world' Starbucks Card.

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