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The tech decade in review

January 1, 2010 doesn't just mark the beginning of another year. It marks the passing of a decade. A decade in which the internet technology really came into its own.

Here's a look at some of the biggest tech events and trends that changed the world in the past ten years.

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Review: The Guardian's iPhone app

Having introduced a new mobile website earlier this year, The Guardian's iPhone app was released today.

The app, developed by 2ergo, is £2.39 to download, offers some useful features, such as offline browsing, and a customisable homepage. I've been trying it out this morning...

Guardian iPhone app

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App review: iBarcode for iPhone

German based price search engine smart.apnoti.com has just launched a new barcode scanning iPhone app, iBarcode.

The app (iTunes link) can deal with a range of barcodes (UPC8, UPC12, EAN and ISBN), which are commonly found on the packaging of consumer electricals, books, and DVDs. I've been seeing if it works...

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Hulu for magazines is a Hail Mary pass, but it could help change the game for publishers

Five major publishers announced plans this week to create an industry-standard platform to present their work digitally. The idea is enticing for companies that have seen their publications bleed revenue in recent years, and while a publisher supported platform may not be a winning business model, it could have a side benefit: lobbying Apple and Amazon for better revenue sharing terms in their digital stores.

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The Econsultancy Innovation Awards 2009: The Winners

After weeks of judging, occasional arguments, far too much coffee and – thankfully - lots of internal support, we are now in a position to reveal the winners of our 2009 Innovation Awards.

The judges felt that the standard of the 400 or so entries was remarkably high, and that the winners represent innovation, which can be defined in pure technology or creative terms, but also in context to an organisation or sector. The judging panel included Econsultancy’s in-house internet fiends and a bunch of third party experts. 

Our hearty congratulations to all the winners, and also to the shortlisted runners up, and particularly to the ‘highly commended’ runners up named below. Kudos, glory and acclaim to all who triumphed.

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Case study: Continental gets in on the mobile surge with summer ad campaign

What's the best way to reach frequent flyers on the go looking to spend money? For Continental Airlines, the answer was mobile banner ads. Over the summer, Continental ran sent banner ads to the mobile phones of consumers with household incomes over $100,000 that had traveled in the last three months.

According to MediaPost, the campaign increased awareness about Continental ads by 60%. Beyond the fact that consumers appear to be looking at banner ads in mobile, this campaign touches on the issue of mobile preparedness for brands. 

As consumers become more dependant on their phones for transactions and information, they'll also start spending more money there. And campaigns like this show that brands equipped to handle the mobile shift will bring in increased revenue.

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Mobile site review: Twitter

Though there are now plenty of third party apps for this, Twitter has just launched a new mobile version of its website, optimised for iPhone, Android and N60.

I did try to use the old version of the mobile Twitter site before switching to Tweetie and Tweetdeck, and it wasn't the best user experience, and it was difficult to keep a track of mentions and direct messages. 

According to the Twitter blog, plenty of people are still accessing Twitter via mobile browsers. I've been trying it out...

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App review: IKEA

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has just released an iPhone app which showcases its 2010 catalogue to mobile users. 

The IKEA app provides a more environmentally friendly alternative to the paper version, but how well does it work on an iPhone?

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30 iPhone apps reviewed

2009 may not have been the much vaunted year of mobile, progress has been made, both in terms of handsets and tariffs, as well as development of mobile sites, and most notably, apps.

The App Store now has more than 100,000 apps available, and 2bn have been downloaded over the last year. With that many apps, there will certainly be a lot of dross and copycat apps, but there are some good ones.

I've reviewed 30 iPhone apps this year, and I've collated them together in one handy post...

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CrunchPad fiasco: think IP isn't important? Think again

The CrunchPad is dead. prominent tech blogger and CrunchPad creator Michael Arrington revealed that the tablet PC designed specifically for web browsing would not be coming to a store near you after more than a year of work.
 
While many, myself included, were skeptical about the CrunchPad's commercial viability, nobody predicted its downfall: a rift between Arrington and his development partner "over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication".

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Mobile site review: Comet

Comet launched its first mobile site, the first for any UK electrical retailer, earlier this month. The site allows users to browse the retailer's product range and reserve items for collection at local stores.

I've been trying the Comet mobile site (on an iPhone) to see how well it performs...

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App review: Toys R Us

Toy retailer Toys R Us has just released a new mobile website, as well as apps for both Blackberry and iPhones.

The new app is targeted for the US market at the moment, though UK users can download it from the App Store. I've been trying the Toys R Us Big Book app out...

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