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  • Legal Exploit Enables Tracking and Spying via Cellular Networks

    Activate the cone of silence.
    Don your tinfoil hat.
    Pull the bedsheets up. Now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions, I have to tell you some bad news: two researchers have found a way to exploit the mobile phone system in order to locate pretty much anyone they want. That means you, Carmen. All those years of hiding have been for naught. They’ll be here any moment now. This… Read More

  • Brightkite Group Text on a roll in the United States, now available in Canada

    A mere month and a half after launching, Brightkite says its new Group Text feature is a big hit with users in the United States. According to the startup, which boasts more than 2 million registered users, the average Group Text user sends a whopping 17 messages per day. Already, its total usage is growing 19 percent on average per day. Brightkite is now sending more than 20 million messages… Read More

  • Super PreKernel Wants to Make Your Palm Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

    Hey kids! Do you have a Palm Pre or Pre Plus? Do you long for a little extra oomph? Some extra glide in it stride, spring in its step, and dip in its hip? Are you aware that overclocking hacks exist, but are fearful of how difficult they are to implement? Are you still listening? Good, because I have some fantastic news! Some of Pre Central’s finest have created what they call the… Read More

  • Skype Offers Free WiFi to Ease the Airport Pain

    Airports are wonderful places, aren’t they? Everyone is friendly, the seats are comfortable, the prices reasonable, and the food delicious. I love hanging around airports. I relish the time between connecting flights, and I have been known to pack my bags and drive to the nearest international airport just to hang out and pretend I’m waiting for a flight. However, I realise that… Read More

  • Dell leak outs Smoke, Thunder, Flash, and Lightning smartphones

    It looks like some internal Dell material has spilled out onto the internet, but am I the only one who finds this stuff suspect? I see lots of spelling errors and some questionable features. The vagueness of some of the specs and the very un-Dell phrasing of a lot of this stuff makes me think this is an outside contractor pitching Dell with some design ideas. If they are real, I’m… Read More

  • Video: Android running on the iPhone

    Consider my mind blown. There have been a lot of (poorly) faked videos portraying Android running on the iPhone over the last few years. Lots and lots. Like a ridiculous amount. This one’s real. Read More

  • Skyfire For Android Beta Leaked! Have some screenshots.

    By the time I got wind that Skyfire was looking for Alpha testers, the sign-up sheet had already been filled to the brim. Bummer, right? Fear not! As luck may have (the “luck” here being for early adopters, if not necessarily Skyfire), a Beta copy just leaked out for all to enjoy. Read More

  • Are third-party cell phone battery manufacturers deceiving their customers?

    1400mAh. 2500mAh! 10 million mAh! Ah-ah-ah! The vast majority of consumers don’t have a clue as to what those little numbers on their cell phones battery mean. Like with processor clock speeds and television refresh rates, we all tend to just assume that bigger numbers = better product. So when Joe Consumer sees some third-party manufacturer touting their batteries with ratings double… Read More

  • Picture: Why Customer Service chat sucks

    Can’t log in? Don’t worry. Just go ahead and log in. [Via Reddit] Read More

  • Nuance's Dragon Dictation for E-Mail now available for BlackBerry

    Typing is hard. I hardly ever type unless I have to. In fact, roughly 80% of MobileCrunch’s operating bills go towards paying a full staff of invisible underlings to write what I say and censor my vulgarity. Unfortunately for the livelihood of the aforementioned underlings, they’re now replaceable by a BlackBerry. Read More

  • Droid Incredible Arrives Early For A Lucky Few

    Despite the Droid Incredible’s release date still being a long week away, some unnaturally lucky types received have their new toys early. There seems to have been a glitch in the Matrix that caused the phones to travel back in time 9 days. By “Matrix” I mean “Verizon’s phone ordering system” and by “travel back in time 9 days” I mean “get… Read More

  • BlackBerry Clamshell Spied Wearing OS 6.0

    Following hot on the sexy heels of the BlackBerry OS 6.0 leak, comes word of some interesting BlackBerry firsts. The first first (so to speak) is that BlackBerry 6.0 has now been spotted running on a device. The second first (*ahem*) is that said device is also the (almost) first clamshell blackberry device! It shall be known, affectionately, as the 9670. Read More

  • Adobe Drops Future Support For iPhone Development in Flash

    I’m sure by now that you’ve all heard the arguments both for and against the new Terms of Service that accompany iPhone v4.0 SDK, so I won’t get into those arguments here. However, I will let you know of the announcement today that Adobe have now dropped future support for iPhones as a development target for Flash CS5. While users will still be able to set the iPhone as a… Read More

  • Amazon's releases BlackBerry app on App World company Audible this morning announced that its BlackBerry app is now available on BlackBerry App World (apart from only on its own website). If that’s not enough to make you rush over there, the company is also including, for a limited time, a free download of David Baldacci’s bestselling thriller Divine Justice. With the Audible app, BlackBerry users in the U.S. and… Read More

  • Next iPhone teardown reveals very little

    Gizmodo has continued its coverage of the controversial stolen iPhone, breaking it down and looking at all the little bits inside. The thing is, they can’t really tell much: the logic board is smaller, the battery is bigger… but other than that, there isn’t much to conclude. The implementation of the camera will be mostly software, and the screen is likely 960×640 as… Read More

  • Apple sold 8.75 million iPhones last quarter, 51.15 million since launch

    Aaaand the iPhone continues to print money. Fresh out of their earnings report, Apple has just announced that they managed to push roughly 8.75 million iPhones out the door in the second fiscal quarter of 2010 (January to March). In fewer words, it was the iPhone’s best quarter ever. Read More

  • iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 released to developers, packs a few new tricks

    After Apple formally announces a new version of iPhone OS and gotten it into the hands of developers, they tend to follow up with minor releases every 2 weeks or so. With iPhone OS 4 having been announced 12 days ago, it seemed like a new Beta couldn’t be far off — and sure enough, iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 just shipped. So what’s new? Read More

  • Leaked: BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots and details

    Man – has it been a good week for leaks, or what? It’s only Tuesday, and we’re already on to our second major info dump. This one might not be quite as big as yesterday’s leak seen around the world – but it’s still a doozy, especially if you’re a BlackBerry fan. After a few months of radio silence and not a whole lot to go off of beyond concept… Read More

  • SFR picks up the Palm Pixi Plus and Palm Pre Plus in France

    Down, but not out. Continuing their European vacation that began on Germany on Vodafone and O2, the Palm Pixi and Pre Plus are on their way to le Gai Paree. This morning, French carrier SFR is announcing that they’ll be launching both handsets within the next month. Read More

  • WebOS vulnerability found, patched by Palm in latest release

    What to make of this WebOS exploit? It was discovered by the Intrepidus Group security firm, and it has to do with the way the operating system handles SMS messages. Basically, WebOS doesn’t perform a common security check on incoming SMS messages, meaning that any craftily formed SMS can essentially take out the entire phone. Read More