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  • Review: Nokia XPressMusic 5800


    When I first saw the Nokia XPressMusic 5800 I was disappointed. We saw it last October, at a time when everyone and their dog was releasing a touchscreen phone to “beat” the iPhone. The version I saw initially was quite wonky with a touchscreen interface essentially bolted onto Symbian resulting in weird behavior. But I’m sorry that I doubted Nokia. The 5800 is one of the… Read More

  • G1v2 spoilers: it's a Moto! Wait, no, it's not


    Remember that picture of the G1v2 we saw last week? We were puzzled at the bottom row buttons, and a commenter at BGR figured out the riddle. It turns out those are Motorola-style buttons (see them here and here?), not HTC. I thought the keyboard looked HTC-ish, but hey, we all make mistakes right? In any case, the phone pictured appears to be a Motorola phone running Android, although… Read More

  • Show Magazine now has an iPhone App, we have had five codes to give you

    One look at the Top 25 Paid App list in the App Store reveals two things about iPhone users – we’re bunch of gaming nerds and pervs. Not that there’s anything wrong with either. The numbers speak for themselves, though. Viva Vision’s The Sexy Ladies of SHOW app is currently ranked #16 and it makes sense considering the content that’s available for only $0.99… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile shares spike with news of Q1 earnings

    Virgin Mobile USA’s shares jumped 57 cents (20%) to $3.47 in midday trading on news of its better than expected (i.e. positive) first quarter earnings. The wireless carrier reported $13.4 million (19 cents/share) in net income for Q1 2009, almost triple (2.85 times, to be more precise) that of 2008 Q1′s $4.7 million (7 cents/share) earnings. Overall revenue increased 2.2% to… Read More

  • The Motorola W7 Active Edition is good for you, because gestures burn calories or something

    Gesture controls for phones (or any other gadgets) sound like a great idea on paper. “Wow,” you think, “I can shake my phone to change the song! That’s so convenient!” So you get your phone, you load your songs, and you shake. Shake. New song! Shake. New song! A day or two goes by, and it hits you like a breakdancer’s foot to the face: you can shake your… Read More

  • Center for Disease Control releases report on "wireless families:" One in five fams are cellphone only

    The CDC’s report on wireless substitution – aka canceling your land line for a cellphone – is out and we discover that one in five U.S. households have cut the cable, an increase of 2.7 percent over six months ago. Another tidbit: one in every seven American homes (14.5%) took all their calls on cellphones despite having a landline. The report polled 12,597 families for… Read More

  • BlackBerry Onyx or Driftwood spotted

    Praise jeebus! I knew this day was coming. Images of a purported T-Mobile 3G BlackBerry surfaced late last night, but it’s unclear whether it’s the rumored Onyx or Driftwood. If it is a T-Mobile device then it’s probably the Driftwood since it’s the only one that supposedly supports UMA. Contrary to what you see in the image, BGR says the Driftwood aka 9600 will have… Read More

  • Samsung Magnet now on AT&T: A cheap one for the kids

    Heads up, sports fans. Today’s the day when you can start your search for the Samsung Magnet at your local AT&T mall kiosk or att.com. Yes, the little guy is available right now. Whether or not you can actually find it, . Read More

  • AT&T buying Alltel territories from Verizon

    I pity the poor rural cellphone owner. First Verizon snapped up Alltel and something called Rural Cellular and now AT&T grabbed those 1.5 million subscribers in a $2.35 billion deal. Read More

  • The Samsung Alias 2 launches today

    Ready for an e-ink cell phone? If so, head down to a VZW store and pick up the Samsung Alias 2 starting today for only $79. The phone sports a keyboard that, through the magic of e-ink, changes to meet the phone’s usage. It displays a standard number keypad when in normal phone mode and a QWERTY keyboard when in texting mode. Amazing. Too bad the phone comes with a horrid… Read More

  • Verizon HP Mini 1151NR netbook launching May 17th?

    May 17th is shaping up to be a big day for Verizon if this rumor is correctly stating the launch date of upcoming netbook. That day is also the launch date of the portable hotspot, MiFi. The HP Mini netbook comes packing integrated 3g wireless for Internet connectivity and will be available for $199 with a two-year data contract. Yeah, it’s a bit pricey. Read More

  • T-Mobile's CTO, Expect Android devices from 3 manufacturers this year

    T-Mobile is betting big on Android this year. Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s CTO, We are looking to launch multiple Android-based devices in the second half of this year with three partners, Three he says? HTC and Samsung have already been confirmed by the leaked Android roadmap, but who is the third? Read More

  • Palm Pre Contacts Podcast

    We’re not entirely sure if this is some sort of Sprint training video or something aimed at the general consumer, but it looks genuine. The video clearly demos webOS’s contact capability. It’s really nothing new, but hopefully more of these videos will leak and shed some more light on webOS and the Palm Pre. Read More

  • T-Mobile "Bigfoot" G1v2 pictured?


    We learned the other day from a slightly shady-looking leaked document that the second version of the G1 will be hitting T-Mo some time in the fall. Believable, but the picture for the phone looked all wrong — a little too Ocean-y for us (though we love that phone) [Greg says: I was totally right about the G1v2 image in that document being a fake placeholder]. But BGR appears to… Read More

  • Android v1.5 widgets demoed on video

    Even after a three minute presentation by an Android engineer, some of the things lurking around in the Android v1.5 (which should hit your G1 next week, if it hasn’t already) haven’t seen much exposure thus far. Take the new Widgets system, for example: while Android has had Widgets since launch, the related APIs and the marketplace have both been made widget-friendly, allowing… Read More

  • Nokia's Very BigHuge Giant App Store! (TM)

    Nokia is planning an app store that could explode your head out of your ears and make your bladder explode in delight. Called the Ovi Store, this amazing app store will have 20,000 apps on launch, enough for all the men, women, and children in Scranton, Pennsylvania to enjoy an app a day for fifteen years. I’m not quite sure why Forbes sees the Ovi Store as the second coming of the… Read More

  • Nokia N97 up for pre-order

    The Nokia N97 is almost here, but those that can’t wait to fork cash over to Nokia can now opt for a pre-order. There seems to be some sort of fire sale going on too ’cause Nokia has the flagship unlocked handset marked down $174 and coupon code CARTP409N brings the price down to $454. Read More

  • It's 3.0 Or Die For New iPhone Apps

    Apple has just sent out an email alert to iPhone developers that any new app submitted to the App Store will have to be ready for the iPhone 3.0 software, which is due shortly (probably around Apple’s WWDC event in June). Beginning today, any app submitted that isn’t 3.0 compatible will be rejected. Here’s the key part of the email: Beginning today, all submissions to the… Read More

  • Facebook Connect For The iPhone Has Been Borked Since Yesterday

    Facebook Connect is an absolute boon for iPhone developers who want an easy way to add a social layer to their apps. And the service is great for users because it allows them to use the social elements of apps without having to create yet another account with yet another service. It’s a win-win — except when it goes down. As it has today. Based on several tips and various… Read More

  • 2010 World Cup tipped to be mobile TV's coming of age

    Mobile TV—that is, live TV on your cellphone—is still sorta “meh,” it’s fair to say. That’s why the news that the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is seen by some, including Nokia, as the event that will bring the technology to the forefront, is certainly welcome. After all, nothing attracts eyeballs quite like the World Cup—sort of in the same way that… Read More