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  • ScrollMotion partners with major publishers to turn popular books into iPhone apps

    Tired of lugging around paperbacks, but don’t feel like dropping the extra change for a standalone e-book reader when you already own an iPhone? ScrollMotion has announced that they’ve partnered with Random House, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin Group USA and Hachette to begin selling e-books repackaged as iPhone applications, or “books-as-apps”. Serving… Read More

  • Angry mob attacks Nokia store in India

    Nokia’s maps caused a big stir in Jabalpur city, India, because they show Kashmir as being part of Pakistan. Led by members of the youth wing of BJP, one of India’s political parties, an angry mob seized Nokia handsets from a local store and set them on fire. Take that, Nokia! The local BJP legislator claimed Nokia’s transgression was “a case of anti-nationalism. Read More

  • Nokia N79 Firmware update packs a punch

    We’ve seen plenty of firmware updates hit plenty of devices in our time, but the newest N79 update puts them all to shame. Seriously – it’s fourteen pages long, by print preview’s count. Besides new versions of N-Gage and Mail for Exchange, the rest of the list is made up of bug fixes and tweaks. Now, one might be tempted to give Nokia a bit of flack for letting so… Read More

  • Elevation Partners Pours $100 Million More Into Palm. How's That Nova Running?

    Can Palm’s upcoming operating system, Nova, revive the fortunes of the flagging company? Palm’s biggest investor, Elevation Partners, is putting $100 million into that Nova, after already spending $325 million for 25 percent of the company last year. Maybe all Palm needs is a really good tune-up, but it is going to be tough to go up against all the newly-polished goodness coming… Read More

  • Nokia Launches Ovi Mail On Lower End Phones

    Robin Wauters at TechCrunch writes: Earlier this morning, Nokia released a public beta version of its Mail on Ovi service, which enables users to sign up for a free e-mail account directly from their Series 40 handsets. The new service is available worldwide and available in a dozen languages, after a test period of one month during which users in India, Malaysia and the Philippines were able… Read More

  • Android's coming on-screen keyboard demoed on video

    Be warned, folks: the video contains so much action-packed keyboarding that your face might just blow right off your head. There’s keyboarding car chases, keyboarding shoot-outs .. it’s a non-stop fiesta of fingermashing fury. Fine. It’s none of that. It is a video of the new on-screen keyboard from the work-in-progress “Cupcake” roadmap for Android, running on a G1. Read More

  • Android-powered Garmin devices coming second-half of '09

    2009 is set to be Google’s Androids big year with more and more manufacturers jumping on the open-source platform. Garmin has at least one smartphone slated for the second-half of ’09 release and with perhaps more on the way. We’re still too far away from the launch for exact details. There is a chance that the mobile might not see a Stateside release as the tidbit… Read More

  • Interview: Tracy DeMiroz, VP of Marketing at Skyfire

    I spent a few minutes earlier this week chatting with Tracy DeMiroz, the VP of Marketing for Skyfire. Skyfire is a free mobile browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian, and the only browser of the bunch to support Flash, Silverlight, and a number of other technologies generally reserved for desktop browsers. With Skyfire now open to the world and quickly approaching a 1.0 release, I figured it… Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile G2 coming January 26 of '09?

    If this one turns out true, it looks like T-Mobile’s followup to the G1 might be on the shelves as early as next month. Note the emphasis on “might” there – while there’s nothing red flagging it as false, we’re taking this one with the finest grain of salt we have to spare. Be it that the specs pan out, the G2 should be a pretty substantial step up from the G1. Read More

  • HTC Touch HD with US 3G Support? Not so fast.

    Earlier this morning, a wave of excitement broke out amongst HTC Touch HD hopefuls here in the US after some eagle-eye spotted 850 / 1900 MHz UMTS (AT&T’s 3G frequencies) bands in the not-for-public-consumption service manual. This, of course, went against October’s announcement that no such version was in the works, leading some to believe that HTC had silently changed… Read More

  • T-Mobile mysteriously revives the Sidekick Slide

    Did T-Mobile randomly stumble across a warehouse full of outdated Sidekicks or something? A few weeks ago, the Sidekick iD popped back up in T-Mobile’s lineup, after having been absent for months. Now the Moto-made Sidekick Slide has returned from the grave, after discontinuation back in August. What’s going on here, T-Mo? If you’re looking to snatch up a Slide during its… Read More

  • Samsung prepping Android smartphone for Sprint & T-Mobile Q2 launch

    Word is that Samsung is planning on launching its first Android-powered sometime in the second quarter of ’09 on both Sprint and T-Mobile. The device is reportable going to be similar to the Omnia or Instinct, just powered by Google’s mobile platform. So if the phone does take after those two Samsung devices, chances are it will lack a hardware QWERTY keyboard and feature minimal… Read More

  • Japanese prefecture to ban cell phones in schools

    In what can only be described as the most insane move of all time, Japan’s Saitama prefecture (analogous to a state or province elsewhere) will be banning cell phone use by students at most of its primary, middle, and high schools. If this doesn’t incite Japanese schoolgirl riots and widespread destruction, I don’t know what will. Various reasons are cited, including… Read More

  • iPhone thief nailed by MobileMe contact sync

    Say what you will about MobileMe, but there’s at least one iPhone owner out there glad that he plunked down $100 bucks for it. Not only did it lead to the return of his stolen iPhone, but it left him with a tale for the e-ages. Here’s how it went down, according to TUAW: One day, a gent named Rob went to the dry cleaners, and somehow managed to walk away one whole iPhone lighter. Read More

  • T-Mobile kills off upgrade fees, wants to keep customers

    Good news, T-Mobile fanboys and girls!  T-Mobile will no longer be charging customers its customary $18 ‘Handset Upgrade Fee’ when they want to buy a new mobile device (but apparently it won’t be refunding any recent customer upgrade fees). It’s about effing time that one of the major mobile companies realizes that the best way to retain customers is to not treat us… Read More

  • LG KP500 Cookie launches in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and the UK

    It’s been a few months since we first heard about the LG KP500 “Cookie”, but it has finally made its way onto the shelves in various parts of the world. Even after all this time, I still have a little bit of trouble calling the phone the “Cookie” without hurting a little inside. As expected, the Cookie KP500 will set you back right around $220 USD (£99). Read More

  • "Cupcake" roadmap tells tales of video recording, stereo bluetooth and more coming to Android

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/software/Android_to_Get_Video_Recording_Stereo_Bluetooth_and_More'; Oh, Android – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways; I love that you’ve essentially eliminated the need to hypothesize what might be coming in future firmware updates as, due to your open source nature, it’s put out there for all to see. I love that.. well, there are… Read More

  • More upcoming Motorola '09 phone hotness

    We were treated to some upcoming Motorola phones 24 hours ago and now we have three more via the Boy Genius. Also like yesterday, details like price, release date, and OS are absent, but at least we have some great pics. The Niagra, pictured above, has some RAZR juice running through its circuit. The other two phones, Calgary and Harmony, are destined to become “free phones.”… Read More

  • Death to the embargo, CrunchGear MobileCrunch edition

    (Biggs posted this on our sister site, CrunchGear. In hopes of slowing the barrage of e-mails and IMs, I’m posting it here, too. -Greg) I’ve been a full-time blogger for nigh on five years and a journalist for almost ten. In all those years I’ve signed NDAs and followed embargoes with reckless abandon, potentially John Hancock-ing my life away just so I could look at a… Read More

  • 12seconds.tv rolls into public beta, launches iPhone application

    When we wrote about 12seconds.tv back in July of this year, we called it the “real video Twitter“. Rather than droning on for 19 hours on what they had for lunch, users of 12seconds.tv have – you guessed it – 12 seconds to get their point across on video. Later this morning, 12seconds will be making the transition from invite-only alpha to public beta, opening their… Read More