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  • Android Cupcake spied, tasted

    The T-Mobile G1 has an update in the works. When the firmware will be available to owners is the main question after most of the details leaked out of the kitchen. Cupcake, as it’s been dubbed, should improve the look and the feel of the OS. The buttons should pop a bit more, there is a new transition when opening and closing apps, but most importantly is the new virtual keyboard. Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.90 leaks all over the place

    The BlackBerry Storm might have its faults, but I’ll give RIM one thing: they’re certainly cranking out these firmware updates at breakneck speed. Of course, no matter how fast they get the updates out, people will get impatient – which is why it’s always good news when a leak like this one occurs. Sometime last night, OS 4.7.0.90 for the BlackBerry 9500 and 9530 (the… Read More

  • Boost launches $50 dollar Moto in time for their $50 unlimited plan

    Right on time for today’s launch of their $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, Boost Mobile has announced that they’ll be carrying the ultra-basic Motorola i290. They’re going penny-for-penny with the new plan here, peddling the i290 at 50 bucks. So, what do you get in exchange for that greenbacked portrait of Ulysses S. Grant? Not a whole lot. Its flagship features are Push-to-Talk… Read More

  • HTC revamps the Touch Cruise, smoothing curves and adding geotagging

    We hadn’t heard anybody complaining that the HTC Touch Cruise (released at the beginning of 2008) had grown stale – but then again, we hadn’t heard anybody saying much of anything about it lately. Regardless, HTC has taken last years design and given it a polish job, shaving down the dimensions (102 x53.5 x14.5mm, down from 110mmx58mmx15.5mm) and about 21% off of its… Read More

  • Huawei's Android phone to be shown next month

    Huawei’s Android handset might drop during the original first half of 2009 time slot instead of the 3Q 2009 some reported. The maker will at least show it off at next months Mobile World Congress, with production hopefully starting shortly there after. *fingers crossed* We don’t have any other details including if the phone will be a touchscreen-only, keyboard-equipped, or the… Read More

  • Treo PRO now available from Sprint for $249

    Update: Sprint did not intend for this page to go up yet – it has since been pulled. Palm and Sprint might have a pickle on their hands. Now that the Palm Pre is the hottest upcoming phone of 2009, how are they going to sell the Treo PRO when the Pre is rumored to launch next month? Sprint thankfully has priced the PRO well with to a $200 price cut and a $100 MIR which brings the MSRP… Read More

  • Apple’s Tim Cook Warns Competitors: If You Rip Off The iPhone, We’ll Go After You

    At the tail end of Apple’s quarterly earnings conference call today, COO Tim Cook (CEO Steve Jobs, who is taking a medical leave of absence, was not on the call) noted that 17 million iPhones have been sold to date. When he was asked about the rising competition from Android, Blackberry, and Palm, Cook made an oblique threat: We approach this business as a software platform business. We… Read More

  • TruPhone now available for Android

    In the weeks leading up to the G1 launch, rumors were abound that the lack of a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) stack in Android meant that VoIP applications were a no go. Of course, such nonsense has since been proven wrong by the likes of Skype lite (and its unofficial predecessors, such as iSkoot) – and now it sees that the VoIP train is chugging away at full speed. The latest to… Read More

  • Verizon to discount up to 13 handsets as early as tomorrow?

    According to BGR, Verizon Wireless might be discounting a cornucopia of handsets and EV-DO dongles as early as tomorrow. Motorola makes up the majority of the handsets, but VZW, LG, Casio, Samsung and RIM make up the rest. The most surprising is the Storm. But it looks as if the discount won’t be anything significant. The MIR is expected to jump from $50 to $70 amounting to an… Read More

  • Apple pushed 4.4 million iPhones in the last quarter

    We’re just minutes into Apple’s quarterly earnings call, and the iPhones sales numbers for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 (which ran from Oct. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31st, 2008) are already in. Over the past 3 months, Apple has sold over 4,363,000 iphones. Compared to the 2.3 million iPhones sold in their fiscal first quarter of last year, this number is astronomical. Compared to the… Read More

  • Is it 2012? Because Hello Kitty just made her debut on the iPhone

    The end of the world has come early, friends. FunMobillity has finagled their way into Sanrio’s good graces and unleashed Hello Kitty for the iPhone. For five whole dollars you can get 50 wallpapers of the 35-year-old cat from Japan. The real shocker here is that it took this long for HK to make her way into the App Store. Why didn’t Sanrio just do this themselves?

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  • Windows Mobile 6.5 in action – blurry, blurry action

    The always incredibly prompt folks over at XDA-Developers managed to get their mitts on a ultra early beta release of what’s purported to be Windows Mobile 6.5, and then proceeded to tweak and tune it to load on an HTC device. Which HTC device, you wonder? Might it be the gorgeous and relatively new HTC Touch Pro, or the ever elusive HTC Touch HD? Hell no – they’re… Read More

  • T-Mobile rehashes the Sony Ericsson TM506 in Scarlet Red

    Back in September when T-Mobile launched the Sony Ericcson TM506 as their first ever 3G handset, it was a mighty fine lookin’ flip phone – except for that horrible green color. It wasn’t a bad color initially, really. It was kind of like that tattoo you got when you were drunk. At the time, you were like “Green phone?! No one has those! That will be friggin’ awesome! Read More

  • Android G2 snapped by Mr. Blurry Camera Man

    Isn’t funny how everytime you get your hands a super-duper secret phone or random gadget, the one camera nearby is your crappy camera phone? Funny. Anywho, supposedly what you see above, and after the link, is HTC’s next Android-powered phone dubbed the G2. According to Giz, it’s a touchscreen phone that lacks a physical keyboard and will likely find its way into… Read More

  • A Closer Look At The Helio That Almost Was

    Last month, an eBay auction appeared for a Helio phone that wasn’t supposed to exist. Now, we’d heard whispers of this phone before, but we only really knew two things: 1) It was a Helio-branded and modified version of the Samsung F400, and 2) It was cancelled. Being the fairly obsessed Helio geek that I am, I just had to play with one – but somehow in the stir of craziness… Read More

  • SRS launches TruMedia in hopes of improving cell phone audio

    Yeah, this definitely isn’t the first time we’ve heard an audio company promising that they’re going to blow your face off with the audio quality improvements they’re bringing to your cell phone. Hell, it’s probably not even the fifth. Regardless, SRS has just announced TruMedia, a fancypants new sound engine for mobile handsets. According to the announcement… Read More

  • Leaked screenshots of Visual Voicemail for the BlackBerry Bold

    Whispers of Visual Voicemail coming to the BlackBerry Bold have been lingering for a few weeks now, and now things are about as concrete as they come. Doin’ what they do with their ninja leak squad, BGR has managed to finagle a set of shots detailing the new Visual Voicemail functionality from head to toe. It all seems fairly simple – tapping into any voicemail in the list brings… Read More

  • iPhone App Review: Snatch

    The floors in my house are incredibly cold this time of year. Being a resident of East Texas, I’m sure there are those who’d hem and haw about how I don’t know what cold is, but I made the unfortunate choice to take up residence in a sixty-year-old house with hardwood floors, and there are days when I consider opening my front door and selling tickets to what could with a… Read More

  • RIM's BlackBerry Application Storefront now accepting submissions

    “Bring us your innovative genius,” says RIM. The BlackBerry App store is slated for a spring launch (exact date has not been confirmed) and RIM announced today that they’ve sent notice to their developers to begin submitting applications. Let’s just hope the devs haven’t flown the coop in anticipation for Palm’s webOS. Click to submit Read More

  • 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Firstly, the interface was always just god-awful… Read More