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Digital News: The Headline Hub, Sept. 2

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Smartphone Race Narrows to Apple vs. Android

  Despite the best efforts of RIM to resurrect the reputation and hype around Blackberry, the facts cannot be debated. The newest data coming from comScore for July is that about 70 percent of smartphone subscribers are using Apple or Android devices. One year ago, comScore reported that RIM was on top, representing almost 40 percent of smartphone users. After Blackberry falling behind and Palm quitting completely (due to HP pulling webOS support) it’s clear the smartphone market has only two strong contenders left. For now, Google is holding strong as the top platform, but the race will continue across the next couple of months with the releases of highly anticipated devices such as the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Newsworthy Tidbits:

  AT&T will not be acquiring T-Mobile if the government has anything to do with it. The U.S. Justice Department is blocking the merger on the grounds of maintaining a competitive market. Deputy attorney general James M. Cole said in the Justice filing that the deal would result in “higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless service.”

  A new Chrome extension allows for offline use of Google services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs. Users will be able to send e-mails, manage their calendar, RSVP to event invitations and access documents via the extension. For the time being, documents will be read-only, but you can be sure Google will be working on the highly desired editing functionality as well.

  Evernote, the note taking and organizing tool, has acquired Skitch to allow for annotations on screenshots and other stored images. Skitch also allows for sharing functionality and will work seamlessly with moving images in and out of Evernote. Finally, Skitch is now free (compared to a previous price tag of $19.95).

  Due to high demand of discounted HP Touchpads (who wouldn’t want one for $99?), there will be a second wave of shipments in the next couple of weeks. So if you didn’t catch the deal the first time around, be ready to jump on the next round!

Be on the Lookout:

  Rumors have emerged of a web-based diagnostics system from Apple to provide support to iDevices. The diagnostic tool will be able to take a read of your device and offer possible hardware/software solutions.

  Facebook Music is coming. No, really this time. It was announced this week that we can expect the music service next month, and that it will be launching in partnership with Rdio, Spotify and MOG. Mashable said users should expect the official announcement at the f8 developer conference on Sept. 22.

  It seems the developers have gotten their hands on the beta version of the long awaited iTunes Match app. For $25/year, users will have their entire music library available for stream or download across computers and devices.

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