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  • Sony Ericsson "Rachel" is the XPERIA X3, Specs leaked

    Oh man, Expansys. Either you’ve got someone who doesn’t know how to punch in embargo dates properly, or whoever is in charge of determining when your product pages go live likes to live on the edge. Expansys has leaked or confirmed details on more handsets than we’ll even bother to count. This time around, they’ve shined a light on Sony Ericsson’s first (and… Read More

  • Unboxing: T-Mobile myTouch 3G

    Here it is, folks. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the second Android device to hit US shores from HTC. John already reviewed the Hero, which is more or less the same device under the hood aside from the Sense UI. The only noticeable difference I can see on the myTouch 3G is the build of Cupcake it carries, COC10. Packaging is quite nice and comes with a set of earbuds, USB to 3.5mm adapter… Read More

  • "World's Sexiest App"? Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Now Clutch Themselves On The iPhone.

    The print magazine business isn’t doing so hot right now, but Sports Illustrated might just have found a new business model: selling an iPhone app featuring models from its 2009 Swimsuit Issue. Although the Swimsuit issue came out in February, the app just hit the iTunes store today (iTunes link). Marketed as the “World’s Sexiest App” with a 17+ age rating, it… Read More

  • Palm looking for a 3D graphics engineer for WebOS. Take a hint.

    Here’s an interesting job opening at Palm, posted exclusively on recruitment network Mary Margaret: apparently the company is looking for a graphics engineer who will work on webOS, the Linux-powered operating system that powers the Pre. More specifically, the company is looking for a Game Frameworks Engineer with development experience in the game industry and preferably with knowledge… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile Dash 3G


    The short version: A solid, compact WinMo smartphone that’s capable of a lot, but can’t really compete with the others on the market. The Dash 3g is the successor to the Dash (obviously), which was a good phone back in the day, though limited by Windows Mobile as many phones are. The Dash 3G has its strengths, and shares some of its predecessor’s weaknesses, but more… Read More

  • What is Sprint planning for August 6?

    I’m not sure, but we’ll find out on August 6 at 8AM ET when Dan Hesse reveals Sprint’s green initiative plans and other “several important announcements” in NYC. Read More

  • Crippled Chinese iPhone coming in September


    Fortune is reporting that China Unicorn will launched the crippled iPhone without Wi-Fi in September. The crippled iPhones are being made by Foxconn in China. The phones will be crippled to follow China’s guidelines on high-speed mobile Internet access. Should be fun. Read More

  • Oops! Customer orders BlackBerry Tour from Sprint, gets a Verizon-branded Tour instead

    When the UPS man dropped off Crackberry user Kurpaige‘s brand new Tour from Sprint, it was a matter of seconds before the gadget was in hand. The shipping box was torn to shreds, now little more than a pile of tape and corrugated cardboard. The paper packaging was thrown aside, and the Sprint-branded box delicately dismantled. There it was, in all of its glory: a Verizon-brand… Read More

  • Review: HTC Hero


    There is a fairly standard montage in the canon of bad 80s movies. It involves the protagonist(s) working hard to build/do/invent something to beat the stuck up and dismissive antagonists. See, for example, Summer Rental, a John Candy vehicle in which Candy and crew convert a seafood restaurant that was originally a boat back into a boat in order to win a big, rich boat race against snobs. Read More

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software for OS X coming in September (!!!!!)


    RIM has been blasted for years about not have a native OS X BlackBerry application but that should stop in September when BlackBerry Desktop Software will be released. The program will do just about everything BlackBerry addicts expect with syncing of iTunes playlists, calenders, contacts, notes, tasks, along with adding and removing software. Plus, the app will be able to backup and… Read More

  • What is the HTC "Mega" Series?

    Dang, Wi-Fi alliance. You guys should be bloggers. First you accidentally out the Samsung Behold 2, and now you’ve spilled the beans on something called the HTC “MEGA” series. So, what do we know about this “MEGA” product? A whole lot of nothing, really. It looks like the certification has since been changed to read “PB74 Series”, so we’re… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 gets some last minute polish

    While it shouldn’t be too much longer before Windows Mobile 6.5 makes its long awaited debut, it looks like folks over in Redmond aren’t quite done with it. PocketNow spotted a new build of Windows Mobile 6.5 floating around the internets, and gave it the customary video runthrough. It’s all polish at this point, though there’s at least one change we’re quite happy… Read More

  • The iPhone: Helping you find medical marijuana since 2009

    I’d still rather eat glass than use an iPhone, let alone buy one, but this app at least made me laugh. It’s called Cannabis, and helps you locate the nearest (100 percent legal) medical marijuana location in 13 states (plus Europe), as supplied by the iMedicalCannabis.org. Read More

  • Apple and RIM continue quest for cell phone domination, earn 35% of industry's profits

    Although they only ship 3% of cell phones worldwide, Apple and Research-In-Motion are cleaning up in the profits department. According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff (via WSJ), Apple and RIM account for 35% of the global cell phone industry’s profits. This comes on the heels of tremendous year-over-year growth for the smart phone market, which doesn’t… Read More

  • T-Mobile drops minor Android update, Build # CRC1

    So I’ve had my G1 for a few days now and I’ve been patiently waiting for it to update from 1.1 to Cupcake and it finally did yesterday. Over the last few days T-Mobile has been pushing out an update to Cupcake, CRC1. There doesn’t seem to be any discernible differences (from a lay person’s standpoint) between this build and CRB43, but I’m no Android expert. A… Read More

  • T-Mobile's Open Box Pricing

    Looking for a discounted newish cell phone on T-Mobile? You might be in luck if the particular model you wish to purchase has been returned in mass quantities. It looks like T-Mobile started rolling out their “T-Mobile Certified Open Box” program, which offers a pretty hefty discount on phones that have been returned within the allotted time (30 days). In fact, the discount on the… Read More

  • LG Rumor 2 headed for Virgin Mobile?

    Good news, pre-paid fans! You’ve got a new handset coming to your corner of the market. We can’t promise anything for sure, but we’ve got good reason to believe that Virgin Mobile will be getting the LG Rumor 2 sometime in the coming weeks. Our source didn’t reveal whether the Rumor 2 would be on the pre-paid or post-paid (Helio) side of Virgin Mobile’s… Read More

  • App Roundup: with a special sneak preview!

    You read that right, folks. We’ve stepped up our game on this week’s App Roundup and are going to go ahead and review an app that’s not even out yet. Pre-released apps are becoming increasingly common in our inbox, as the Apple Review process seems to take forever (no surprise, given that it’s run by 8-year-olds). Read More

  • Verizon intros the 2-in-1 Novatel Wireless PC770


    So your personal notebook has an ExpressCard slot, but your work-issued notebook is older and therefore equipped with a PCMIA slot. Oh noes. What’s a person suppose to do? Well, you could opt for a USB wireless modem, or…get the Novatel Wireless PC770 that bats for both teams! Plus, it works with both Windows and OS X. The aircard will hit VZW stores on August 2 with a 2-year… Read More

  • Google Says Mobile Web Apps Will Win In The Long Haul

    Native Apps, or Web Apps? It’s the great debate of the mobile world right now, essentially fueling the platform wars from behind the scenes. Palm took the Web App route with the Pre and webOS, though with the SDK just now available to all its a bit too early to gauge that decision. The iPhone began its life with Web Apps, only to later open up native support and become the apotheosis of… Read More