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  • BlackBerry Storm OS numbering oddities explained

    With the BlackBerry Storm vanishing from the shelves at big city Verizon shops around the nation, folks have been looking for an explanation for the shortage. When it was discovered that the identification sticker on the Storm box could be peeled away to reveal another sticker with different software version numbers, rumors were abound that a last minute software flash was the cause of the… Read More

  • Opera Mini 4.2 now available for the G1 on the Android market

    Back in April, Opera released a technical preview of Opera Mini for the Android SDK. The version of the SDK it was developed for was far from the final version, so by the time the G1 was launched in October, the Opera Mini package wouldn’t even make an attempt at installing to the device. Love it or hate it, the G1’s built-in browser has been your only web-perusing option since… Read More

  • Video: Multi-touch on the G1

    Caution: Pink Floyd blasting as soon as you hit “play”
    I’m pumped about this because I just got a G1. This video shows a pretty basic paint program tracking two inputs at once — it’s pretty hacked together but it clearly works okay. We knew it was possible technically, now we see it’s possible practically, and hopefully soon we’ll see it supported… Read More

  • iPhone 2.2 jailbreak now available

    If you were betting on the iPhone 2.2 firmware gettin’ the jailbreak treatment within a day, it’s time to go collect. If you were betting against it, you obviously need to spend more time reading MobileCrunch. Yep – the iPhone dev team has done it again. This jailbreak carries a few more precautions than normal – 2.2 fixes an issue in the baseband, blocking off an… Read More

  • Skyfire v0.85 released for S60 and WinMo, now (unofficially) open to the world

    Skyfire, which ranks pretty dang high on our list of free mobile browsers and is the only one to support Flash, Silverlight and a good chunk of other rich multimedia formats, was for quite some time limited to residents of the US. Back in October, they opened it up to Canada. This morning, their reach was further expanded as they released v0.85, simultaneously opening the door to folks in the… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm OS downgraded at the last minute?

      Here come some numbers with decimals, so get ready. BGR is speculating that batches of the BlackBerry Storm that had been shipped with OS version 4.7.0.82 may have caused some sort of glitch. And when BGR asked Verizon about the official OS version, Verizon told them it was 4.7.0.65 – that’s lower than 4.7.0.82, mind you. Read the rest of this entry over at CrunchGear >> Read More

  • Doro HandleEasy cell is a good option for your sausage-fingered uncle

    That’s a bit of a grotesque-sounding headline, isn’t it? But it’s true. This handset is one of those designed for older people with limited manual dexterity and no experience with mobile phone technology. It’s got a simple layout and basic high-contrast screen, easy-to-set quickdial buttons, and no features to speak of other than text messaging and an FM radio… Read More

  • Huge line and riots this morning at one NYC Verizon store?

    According to a Reuters report, there was 200+ CrackBerry addicts waiting this morning at the mid-town Manhattan Verizon store for the BlackBerry Storm and most of them were turned away due to supply levels. The report then states, The angry customers caused a ruckus and police came to restore order. Really? The police had to be called to calm down middle-aged suits? What’s wrong with… Read More

  • New beta version of m.yahoo.com in the works – we've got screenshots


    Further proving that security through (very, very light) obscurity isn’t a good means of keeping things secret, a new beta version of Yahoo’s Mobile Front Page (generally known as just m.yahoo.com) has been found hiding just one character away from the beta announced to the public back in January. Where as the public beta can be found at beta.m.yahoo.com, our tipster dug up the… Read More

  • iPhone 2.2 firmware released, iPod Touch version missing some features

    The calendar now reads November 21st and, just as expected, iPhone firmware 2.2 has been released to the masses. Seeing as a pretty good number of developers have had their hands on test versions of 2.2 for sometime now, and as NDAs generally turn to pudding after a few hundred people are in on the secret, we’ve had a pretty good idea of what this release would bring to the table for… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct MR-4 update now available

    Things were a bit quiet around here yesterday due to an all day field-trip to Nokia in San Diego (more on that soon – likely tomorrow evening), but we’re back. First news of the morning comes via tip from Sean. Sometime yesterday, Samsung made an update (MR4, Version BJ20) available for the Instinct with at least one feature that many users have been anxiously awaiting… Read More

  • IAB Reports U.S. Online Advertising Almost $5.9 Billion In The Third Quarter

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers just released their quarterly report on U.S. online advertising revenues. For the quarter, they estimate online advertising revenues were almost $5.9 billion ($5.865 billion, to be exact), which is an 11 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago and a 2 percent increase from the second quarter of 2008. If you look at the… Read More

  • iPhone now #1 handset in the world by AdMob's count

    Each month, AdMob, a mobile advertising network, rounds up the data from over 6,000 mobile websites and applications, analyzes it all, and releases their findings in their Mobile Metrics Report. In the September report, AdMob determined that the iPhone had become the #4 handset worldwide by count of ads requested. In the October release, the iPhone has skyrocketed all the way to #1. Note… Read More

  • Motorola announces the 5-megapixel VE66 slider

    If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you took the Motorola ZN5 and made it a slider rather than a candybar phone, you now have an answer: the Motorola VE66. Also, stop thinking about stuff like that, weirdo. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s pretty close. Like the ZN5, it’s got a QVGA screen (albeit .2″ smaller, at 2.2″), 5 megapixel camera… Read More

  • Want to see Flash running on the G1? Here's the video

    After yesterdays announcement that Adobe was working on Flash for both Windows Mobile and Android, we mentioned that a brief demonstration of Flash running on the G1 was shown. Don’t believe it? The proof is in the pudding. The delicious streaming video pudding. While there are a few apparent framerate stutters, this is by all indications a work in progress for Adobe. The element was… Read More

  • AT&T launches the LG Incite

    While I try to avoid comparing every touchscreen phone to the iPhone, it’s a bit challenging when they throw them on the same carrier for the exact same price. Coming in at $199 on a two-year contract with AT&T (after $100 dollar rebate), it was all of about a half second before the first “ZOHNOES iPHONE CLONE!!!” remarks started pouring in. So, what does it bring to… Read More

  • G1 capable of multi-touch input? Looks like it.

    Whenever the G1 vs iPhone debate gets underway, iPhone purists are quick to flag the G1’s lack of multi-touch input support. Turns out, it might just be able to handle it after all -on the hardware end, at least. Whilst tearing his G1’s workings apart line-by-line, a crafty coder going by RyeBrye came across an interesting artifact. It seems the driver for the Synaptics… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA lays off 10% of staff

    Citing “duplication of assignments”, Virgin Mobile USA has announced that they have laid off 45 employees from their New Jersey and California offices, which works out to about 10% of their workforce. This comes just months after Virgin Mobile purchased post-paid MVNO Helio for $39 million. The terms of that deal already entailed a whole lot of cuts to the Helio team, and… Read More

  • RIM working on an LTE BlackBerry? Of course they are.

    According to BGR, RIM is already crackin’ away at an LTE device so that it’s ready for launch whenever LTE officially goes live. For the sake of the folks out there who don’t spend their lives memorizing every last mobile industry acronym: LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, and is one of the standards set to make up the next generation of mobile network… Read More

  • Samsung Gravity hits T-Mo today

    T-Mobile said the Samsung Gravity would show up on Nov. 17th and, sure enough, it has arrived. While the Gravity might not have the same pull as some of the bigger, less wallet-friendly QWERTY handsets on the market, at $49.99 (on a 2-year contract) it’s a decent pick for anyone looking to wear down their thumbs without wearing down their savings. It’s available beginning today… Read More