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  • Grooveshark app now available for the iPhone … if it's a jailbroken one

    When Jason Kincaid tried out the iPhone app online music streaming startup Grooveshark built and showed off in July 2009, he wrote that it was great but that he “wouldn’t expect this to pop up in the App Store any time soon”. He was right on both counts. Grooveshark now says it has given up on its ambitions to get approved for the official App Store, claiming that Apple has… Read More

  • Verizon to launch 4G in up to 60 markets by mid-2012

    Everything moves at a lightning pace in the mobile world – everything, that is, except network rollouts. Where as handsets can go from announced to old news in the blink of an eye, network upgrades.. can’t. Take Verizon’s upgrade to 4G technology, for example: they announced the move to LTE in February 2009, and began testing in one small market nearly half a year later. Read More

  • Nexus One for Verizon takes one big step closer to reality, clears the FCC

    Google has made it absolutely no secret that the Nexus One is heading to Verizon. They announced it the very same day they announced the T-Mobile version that’s already floating around, and have had it listed as “Coming Soon” ever since. Alas, neither Google or Verizon is willing to spill the beans on when it’s coming. “Spring 2010!” they say, as if… Read More

  • Symbian^4 shown off on video, seems.. uninspired

    All around the world, the Symbian-loving chunk of the population is waiting on the edge of their seats for Symbian^4 (pronounced “Symbian Four”). Intended as a complete overhaul from Symbian past, it could very well slingshot the visibly aged Operating System into modern times. The first videos of Symbian^4 have just been released for public consumption, and we can’t help… Read More

  • Sprint Pre and Pixi owners: Expect Palm webOS 1.4 today with video recording and Flash 10 in tow

    Sometime today, Feburary 26, 2010, Sprint Pre and Pixi owners should get a nice little surprise on their handsets. It seems like Sprint and Palm are ready to deliver the latest webOS update, which should bring the aforementioned updates along with a bunch of other enhancements conveniently listed for your perusal after the jump. Read More

  • Palm CEO talks about disappointing sales


    Poor Jon Rubinstein. After a strong, early push, Palm’s sales have slowed and revenue has dried up with $300-$320 million in Q3. Their “guidance” to Wall Street AKA how much they expected to make? $1.6-1.8 billion. Bloops. The letter is over at WSJ but here’s an excerpt. This morning we announced preliminary results for our 2010 third quarter. Since the quarter has not… Read More

  • Review: Motorola Devour


    Short Version: Hey ladies! Your Droid is here. The Motorola Devour (it’s actually DEVOUR but I refuse to shout at you) is a social media Android phone with enough style to beat down a million Droids. But is it just one more brick in the Android wall? Read More

  • Adobe Flash 10.1 holds out for Windows Phone 7, 6.5 devices can haz upgrade to WP7?

    Just the other day, hearts were broken all over the world when Microsoft said that current Windows Mobile 6.5 devices won’t be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7. The good news is that might not entirely be true as Microsoft said on Twitter that it’s entirely up to hardware manufacturers. Way to confuse us! Another area where WinMo 6.5 gets no love? Adobe Flash 10.1. Read More

  • Official list of webOS 1.4 changes and bug fixes leaked?

    If the most recent whispers from the webOS rumor mill hold true, we just might be seeing webOS 1.4 ship out to Pres and Pixis around the nation some time today. We know it’ll bring video recording support, and it’ll have a few UI enhancements tucked throughout — but what else? We want the details! Fortunately, it looks like Palm’s own changelog might have just leaked… Read More

  • LG hopes to launch their first Windows Phone 7 handset around September or November

    When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 just a few days ago at Mobile World Congress, the only sort of time frame they’d give for release was “by the Holidays”. As it turns out, they may have meant Labor Day. Read More

  • AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon break down ETFs for the FCC

    Early termination fees. No one likes them but they can sometimes be a necessary evil. If you become unhappy with your service provider or you are overwhelmed with lust for a new gadget on a different carrier, you pay the price. Carriers say that these termination fees, or ETFs, allow them to subsidize handsets and recover those costs over the course of a contract. Should a contract be broken… Read More

  • Android's "Blapkmarket" pirated app repository goes down hard

    Now, before we enter the breach, I think it bears repeating that MobileCrunch and indeed the rest of the TechCrunch network in no way condone software/application piracy. Developers work too hard for responsible members of the tech community to give them the shaft like that. That said, while cracked iPhone app repositories like apptrackr continue to operate with impunity, we’re surprised… Read More

  • HTC Incredible sneaks into Verizon's inventory system

    Given that past leaks have been indicating as much for a few weeks now, it doesn’t come as any surprise that the HTC Incredible is heading to Verizon. Still, it’s always nice to see new, unannounced handsets make their debut in a carrier’s inventory, as the Incredible just has. Read More

  • Gone as fast as it came: Apple pulls the "Explicit" category from the App Store

    Remember the time when Apple added an “Explicit” category to the list of app genres that developers could submit to? You should, because it was only a few hours ago. Well, it’s gone. The option has been pulled from the submission page, and the developer who spotted the backpedaling says a quick call to Apple confirmed that it has been pulled, and, while they’re… Read More

  • Sprint to launch 4G network in at least 8 major markets this year


    If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good that you’re not on a 4G connection. Why? Because outside of a handful of cities, 4G connections just don’t exist yet. Take Sprint’s WiMax network, for example: as of right this second, it’s still only available in about 27 cities [coverage map], primarily in Texas and the East Coast. That’s about to get a… Read More

  • How-To: Improve iPhone lock screen security with an alphanumeric password

    1234. 1111. 0000. When it comes to 4-digit unlock codes, most people fall back on the same patterns/ideas that everyone else uses. “Boy! I sure hope the big bad hacker folks don’t think to punch in my Birthday!” Alpha-numeric passwords (that is, passwords with both letters and numbers) are inherently more secure. More possibilities means more security, right? Alas, the… Read More

  • Explicit category could bring sexy back to Apple's app store

    Another fire erupted amongst developers and consumers when Apple decided to pull the plug on apps that contained content of questionable nature. This isn’t the first time Apple has done this, but with the pulling of Wobble iBoobs from the app store came a surge of app killings and everyone said they’d had enough. Read More

  • Best Buy becomes equalizer for DROID and DEVOUR, selling both for $99.99

    As if gadget choices weren’t complicated enough, Best Buy might be making your Verizon Android handset decisions a lot more difficult. According to Best Buy’s Facebook page, the DROID is dropping down to just $99.99 with the DEVOUR going for the same exact rate when it’s released on February 25. So many choices, so little time! Need some help? Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 devices will come in three flavors

    Microsoft is doing a complete 180 and reinventing the way it handles its mobile presence. When the iPhone was first announced, Steve Ballmer quipped that Windows Mobile was on hundreds of devices all over the world while the iPhone was one operating system on one handset on one carrier. It looks like he and the gang are thinking differently these days. Read More

  • Video: Butterfinger makes fun of iPhone Apps, actually makes us laugh

    Its been nearly 2 years since Apple launched the App Store. In that time, would-be comedians around the Internet have successfully extracted just two jokes from it. “Fart apps and tip calculators!” Hah! “There’s an app for that!” Hah hah. Hah. Hah. Little did we know, there was still one untapped source of hilarity involving the app store left: physical humor. At… Read More