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  • BlackBerry Curve Sunset slips back until August 4th

    BlackBerry Curve Sunset slips back until August 4th

    Sometimes when you’re working on cramming a bunch of new features into a handset, you just can’t make the deadlines. Between compiling, testing, bug repo.. wait, it’s pretty much the Curve painted orange? Erm, well, whatever the cause of the delays, the Curve Sunset has been pushed back a week. Expect it to roll out in all of its orangey-redness on T-Mobile come August 4th. [Via… Read More

  • iPhone sales lead Apple to open the doors 2 hours early daily

    iPhone sales lead Apple to open the doors 2 hours early daily

    17 days after the iPhone 3G launch, could Apple still be pulling a crowd each day? A bit doubtful, I cruised over to the local Apple spot this morning. Sure enough, the line was about wrapped around the corner, 20+ iPhone-hopefuls deep. In what’s being declared as an effort to make getting an iPhone 3G “easier and more convenient“, Apple has decided to open the doors to their… Read More

  • Motorola cleans out closest, reorganizes, again

    Motorola cleans out closest, reorganizes, again

    Motorola announced plans for another reorg, this time in its home and networks mobility unit. The division is the company’s second largest business unit after its flailing mobile phone unit. It supplies carriers and cable companies with networking equipment and currently is organized into product units including cable set-top boxes, modems, cable infrastructure and networking gear. Reports… Read More

  • Skyfire browser and Symbian make sweet beta love

    Skyfire browser and Symbian make sweet beta love

    We’ve mentioned Skyfire before – they’re the ones aiming to hop in and face-punch all the other mobile browsers by doing everything the rest can’t; Flash, AJAX – all those fancy intertubes technologies generally reserved for desktop browsers. After a $13 million funding round and a couple of roster expansions, Skyfire is all prepped for its Symbian launch – for… Read More

  • Airvana and Alcatel-Lucent combine femtocells with IMS

    Airvana and Alcatel-Lucent combine femtocells with IMS

    Airvana and Alcatel-Lucent announced plans to jointly develop a CDMA/EV-DO femtocell platform that incorporates an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). The two said that: “this initiative will ensure that CDMA/EV-DO network operators are able to make use of femtocells to improve the in-building wireless experience for their subscribers, while ensuring that these new network elements work… Read More

  • Verizon escapes economic hard times, thanks again to wireless

    Verizon escapes economic hard times, thanks again to wireless

    Verizon reported another strong quarter, with little thanks to the few remaining landline customers. Verizon Communications, the 51% parent to Verizon Wireless, says its second quarter earnings were up 12%, reaching $1.88 billion, or 66 cents per share, from $1.68 billion, or 58 cents per share a year ago, even as more landline customers disconnected service. The company reported an 11.4% percent… Read More

  • Apple starts MobileMe blog, posts anonymous status update

    Apple starts MobileMe blog, posts anonymous status update

    Since MobileMe’s launch, Apple’s felt the heat over each and every item on the laundry list of nasty issues. They launched a product that simply wasn’t ready, and have been e-lambasted for it. Apple’s accustomed to a bit of name calling from blogs and forums, of course – but when Walt Mossberg calls your product “far too flawed”, it’s time to come… Read More

  • Nokia: No plans to merge Symbian with Android

    Yesterday, analyst firm J. Gold Associates stated that they expect the Google Android and Nokia Symbian operating systems to merge into a single platform. “We expect that within the next three-six months, Symbian and Android will combine to provide a single open source OS,” stated the firm. “Many of the same sponsors are involved in both initiatives.” Not so, says Nokia. Read More

  • Mobile Web Wars live stream

    http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/247478Free video streaming by Ustream Here’s the live stream of our Mobile Web Wars Roundtable, which starts at 3PM PT and ends at 5 PM. The Roundtable is a freewheeling discussion about whether the mobile Web is finally here and which platform will win going forward. While the iPhone seems like a slam dunk right now, can older platforms like Nokia’s… Read More

  • Sidekick 2008 (Gekko) dummy phones spotted

    Sidekick 2008 (Gekko) dummy phones spotted

    With the Sidekick Gekko.. Gecco.. 2008 expected to launch next week, it’s not surprising that retailers have started to receive dummy floor models. With the list of retailers including a bajillion Best Buys around the nation, it’s also not surprising that pictures of these dummy floor models have landed online. Least surprising of all? It still looks like every other Sidekick ever… Read More

 
  • AT&T not happy about the Xohm/Clearwire merger

    AT&T not happy about the Xohm/Clearwire merger

    Last month, Sprint announced plans to merge their WiMax service, Xohm, with WiMax provider, Clearwire. This wasn’t exactly good news for AT&T, who have hedged their bets on a competing 4G product, LTE. With deep-pocketed investors behind the Xohm/Clearwire deal (Google, Comcast, Time Warner, Intel, Bright House), and LTE still about 2 years from roll-out, what ever was AT&T to do? Read More

  • GSM HTC Touch Pro hits FCC

    GSM HTC Touch Pro hits FCC

    Man, how this phone brings a pang to my heart. It looks so damn pretty; why must it lack 3G? Oh Well – at least it’s coming to North America, according to this FCC post. No word yet on carrier availability, though its GSM internal mean it’s pretty safe to bet it’ll be either T-Mobile or AT&T. The FCC post hides most of the goodies for confidentiality reasons, but it… Read More

  • Copy/Paste references caught loitering in iPhone frameworks

    Copy/Paste references caught loitering in iPhone frameworks

    The ability to copy & paste is probably one of the most requested features still absent from the iPhone. Whenever word of an update gets out, it’s a safe bet that one of the first question amongst the comments will be “They put in copy/paste yet?” Well, it’s still not in yet – but Apple might be working on it. While digging around the iPhone SDK, an unnamed… Read More

  • WinPwn 2.0 adds iPhone 3G support for easier Windows jailbreakage

    WinPwn 2.0 adds iPhone 3G support for easier Windows jailbreakage

    While it’s been possible to jailbreak an iPhone 3G for a few days now, the process was a bit too intense for many. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve been told it involves rockets, unicorn hair, and science. Fortunately, a few amazing geniuses within the iPhone community have gone and made the process just a tad less crazy. Mac users got in on the fun a bit early via iPhone Dev… Read More

  • Rumor: RED iPhone on the way for the holidays?

    Rumor: RED iPhone on the way for the holidays?

    The rumor of a (RED) iPhone 3G has been coming and going since for a while now – before the phone had even been made official, even. The rumor died for a while after launch, but alas – it’s back. According to the guys over at MacBlogz, a red-backed iPhone may be in the works as an easy/cost-effective product revamp for the holiday season. Seeing as Apple’s had a (RED)… Read More

  • Mike Baker to leave Nokia

    Mike Baker to leave Nokia

    Clickz is reporting today that Mike Baker is scheduled to leave Nokia on August 8. Baker became head of Nokia Interactive Advertising after the company bought Enpocket last year. His expertise is sure to be missed. Baker joined mobile advertising firm Enpocket in 2004 and help build the company after its formation in 2001. Enpocket was acquired by Nokia last year. Since then, he has been… Read More

  • Nokia and Qualcomm Settle Worldwide Legal Battle

    Nokia and Qualcomm Settle Worldwide Legal Battle

    A legal battle that spanned three continents and involved two of the biggest names in the mobile realm came to an end yesterday with both sides dropping all complaints and cross-complaints. Nokia, the world’s largest handset maker, and Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of cell phone chips, reached an agreement that should quiet the upheaval that threatened to ripple throughout the… Read More

  • Glu Brings HipSoft’s Build-a-lot to Mobile Phones

    Glu Brings HipSoft’s Build-a-lot to Mobile Phones

    Mobile game company Glu announced today that it has partnered with HipSoft to bring Build-a-lot to the small screen. If you have ever dreamed of buying old houses and renovating them for resale but can’t hit a nail with a hammer, this is the game for you. Put all those hours of watching This Old House and get rich quick real estate infomercials to good use with Build-a-lot. In the game you… Read More

  • 3 phone commercials which screw up the intended message

    Cell phone commercials are boring as hell. A phone pops up, a bit of hip hop or techno plays while the phone spins around, and then it all fades to the company logo. If the budget is big enough, some dude might talk over the whole thing to tell you how awesome it is. Whether its because formulaic commercials don’t work or because they’re just bored of making the same crap over and… Read More

  • iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    Hurray! Now more people around the globe get to experience the excitement of hearing “Sorry, we don’t have any left!” During the quarterly conference call with COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would be makin’ its way to 20 more countries by August 22nd. Which countries? Nobody knows – it wasn’t mentioned in the call. Read More