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  • Cell Phone Shipments No Longer Growing

    Cell Phone Shipments No Longer Growing

    Are cell phones no longer a growth business? At least in the fourth quarter, cell phone shipments actually declined. According to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff, shipments from the top five cell phone manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola) dropped 13 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2008. Unit shipments decelerated from 14 percent growth in the… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 alpha screenshots develop

    The next incarnation of WinMob might be Microsoft’s last gasp as Apple, Blackberry, and now Palm reach for an even bigger market share with killer platforms. Microsoft does have the stuff to make a killer OS – look at the Zune – but those folks might be on their way out due to jobs cuts leaving the old farts that designed WinMob user interface a half a decade ago. These… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Network Extender now shipping to dead spots

    Verizon Wireless Network Extender now shipping to dead spots


    Verizon’s solution for improving your wireless coverage indoors is this network extender. The $250 device works like a mini cell phone tower with a 5,000 feet range. It seems all you need to do is plug the device into a high speed connection and place it by the window for GPS reasons. That’s it. Three Verizon phones can utilize the device for a better connection voice calls… Read More

  • Upgrade your BlackBerry 8900 OS to 4.6.1.133

    Upgrade your BlackBerry 8900 OS to 4.6.1.133

    As is the case when unofficial OS upgrades leak onto the Web, tread lightly. If you don’t know what you’re doing then we suggest you don’t do anything, but if you’re the adventurous type then by all means. We haven’t received our 8900 review unit yet so let us know what’s different from 4.6.1. 4.6.1.133 Read More

  • iPhone App Review: Air Mouse Pro

    iPhone App Review: Air Mouse Pro

    A few days ago I reviewed Snatch, an app that allows you to use your iPhone as a trackpad and keyboard to control any PC or Mac on your home network. A couple of commenters gave me a tip to check out Air Mouse, a similar app that they claimed offered greater functionality at a lower price. Always being game for a good software rumble, I spent a bit of time with Air Mouse tonight to see what… Read More

  • T-Mobile stores in 3G-less regions to stock the G1 starting tomorrow

    T-Mobile stores in 3G-less regions to stock the G1 starting tomorrow

    Since the G1′s launch way back in October, the only folks who could walk into a T-Mobile retail store and walk out with Android in their pocket were those who lived in an area covered by T-Mo’s (still fairly limited) 3G network. Sure, you could order them at any store – but for the most part, that meant having a store employee walk you through the same online process you… Read More

  • iPhone App Review: RepairPal

    iPhone App Review: RepairPal

    RepairPal, which hit the App Store yesterday, is the iPhone front-end for repairpal.com, a site aimed at helping its users determine reasonable prices for car repairs and providing them with locations of reputable repair shops in their areas. I recently had new tires put on my 2001 Accord and paid $75 for an alignment, so I thought I’d use RepairPal to see if those double-talking weasels… Read More

  • LG VX9600 Versa is super modular, super caught on camera

    LG VX9600 Versa is super modular, super caught on camera

    It’s a thought we’ve all had at one point or another: “Instead of having to decide between handsets with QWERTY and those without, why not just make the keyboard detachable?” Unfortunately, the majority of us aren’t major handset manufacturers with the power to make such things happen, so the idea slipped back into the “Things I wish other people would… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Frances becomes C903 – it's the C905 Lite!

    Sony Ericsson Frances becomes C903 – it's the C905 Lite!

    Long known only by its internal “Frances” moniker, the official model name of this not-yet-announced Sony Ericsson handset has been whispered into the wrong ear and has since found its way to SEMC Blog; from here on out, the Frances is now the Sony Ericsson C903. And, as we always love to see, this leak comes in pairs – tucked along in the note containing the final name was… Read More

  • iPhone App Review: Tingalin

    iPhone App Review: Tingalin

    Tingalin is an interesting little app in the ever-growing category of “instruments for a tiny touchscreen” apps that allows you to recreate the smooth stylings of the ҫifteli, an ancient two-stringed Albanian instrument with a funky sound that would fit right in on an LSD-infused Beatles track. If you’re like me and you’ve never heard of the thing before in your… Read More

  • Nokia shipped 500 thousand 5800 XpressMusics in a month

    Nokia shipped 500 thousand 5800 XpressMusics in a month

    We may not have been all that impressed with the 5800 XpressMusic when it launched back in October, but it looks like at least half a million other people were. During Nokia’s Q4 earnings call, CEO Olli Pekka Kallasvuo disclosed that over 500,000 5800′s have shipped in the last 30 days of the quarter alone. Then again, of course, he did say shipped, not sold. Now, before you go… Read More

  • Verizon makes the Hub official

    Verizon makes the Hub official

    Rumors ’bout the Verizon Hub/One (concept pictured) have been circulating the Internet for ages now but Verizon just made it official with what seems to be a February 1st, 2009 launch date. Specific hardware details are skecty, along with pricing, however, Verizon says they will fill in the blanks shortly. It seems that the Hub is designed to replace the computer for casual info gathering. Read More

  • T-Mobile-branded Blackberry 8900 unboxed

    We knew that the Blackberry 8900 was ’bout to make a T-Mobile debut and now pics showing an unboxing shows that the phone is finally ready to hit customers hands despite what T-Mobile’s site says. Officially, the phone is still labeled as “Coming Soon” with a release date scheduled in the middle of February but these pics show some folks have already gotten their hands… Read More

  • Android Cupcake spied, tasted

    Android Cupcake spied, tasted

    The T-Mobile G1 has an update in the works. When the firmware will be available to owners is the main question after most of the details leaked out of the kitchen. Cupcake, as it’s been dubbed, should improve the look and the feel of the OS. The buttons should pop a bit more, there is a new transition when opening and closing apps, but most importantly is the new virtual keyboard. Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.90 leaks all over the place

    BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.90 leaks all over the place

    The BlackBerry Storm might have its faults, but I’ll give RIM one thing: they’re certainly cranking out these firmware updates at breakneck speed. Of course, no matter how fast they get the updates out, people will get impatient – which is why it’s always good news when a leak like this one occurs. Sometime last night, OS 4.7.0.90 for the BlackBerry 9500 and 9530 (the… Read More

  • Boost launches $50 dollar Moto in time for their $50 unlimited plan

    Boost launches $50 dollar Moto in time for their $50 unlimited plan

    Right on time for today’s launch of their $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, Boost Mobile has announced that they’ll be carrying the ultra-basic Motorola i290. They’re going penny-for-penny with the new plan here, peddling the i290 at 50 bucks. So, what do you get in exchange for that greenbacked portrait of Ulysses S. Grant? Not a whole lot. Its flagship features are Push-to-Talk… Read More

  • HTC revamps the Touch Cruise, smoothing curves and adding geotagging

    HTC revamps the Touch Cruise, smoothing curves and adding geotagging

    We hadn’t heard anybody complaining that the HTC Touch Cruise (released at the beginning of 2008) had grown stale – but then again, we hadn’t heard anybody saying much of anything about it lately. Regardless, HTC has taken last years design and given it a polish job, shaving down the dimensions (102 x53.5 x14.5mm, down from 110mmx58mmx15.5mm) and about 21% off of its… Read More

  • Huawei's Android phone to be shown next month

    Huawei's Android phone to be shown next month

    Huawei’s Android handset might drop during the original first half of 2009 time slot instead of the 3Q 2009 some reported. The maker will at least show it off at next months Mobile World Congress, with production hopefully starting shortly there after. *fingers crossed* We don’t have any other details including if the phone will be a touchscreen-only, keyboard-equipped, or the… Read More

  • Treo PRO now available from Sprint for $249

    Treo PRO now available from Sprint for $249

    Update: Sprint did not intend for this page to go up yet – it has since been pulled. Palm and Sprint might have a pickle on their hands. Now that the Palm Pre is the hottest upcoming phone of 2009, how are they going to sell the Treo PRO when the Pre is rumored to launch next month? Sprint thankfully has priced the PRO well with to a $200 price cut and a $100 MIR which brings the MSRP… Read More

  • Apple’s Tim Cook Warns Competitors: If You Rip Off The iPhone, We’ll Go After You

    Apple’s Tim Cook Warns Competitors: If You Rip Off The iPhone, We’ll Go After You

    At the tail end of Apple’s quarterly earnings conference call today, COO Tim Cook (CEO Steve Jobs, who is taking a medical leave of absence, was not on the call) noted that 17 million iPhones have been sold to date. When he was asked about the rising competition from Android, Blackberry, and Palm, Cook made an oblique threat: We approach this business as a software platform business. We… Read More