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  • LG Viewty Smart GC900 now intentionally official

    After making an unintended early debut on the LG Germany’s blog last week, the LG Viewty II – which, by the way, has been redubbed the LG Viewty Smart – is officially official. Not much about a cell phone can change in a week’s time, so everything’s dot-for-dot with what we saw leak out last week. It’s still got an 8 megapixel camera, WiFi, 7.2mbps HSDPA… Read More

  • Nepal Telecom bringing cell service to Mt. Everest

    If you’re one of the few hundred people that attempt to climb Mt. Everest each year: don’t sweat it, you’ll still be able to text your peeps from the top. Nepal Telecoms, a telecoms company which has a lock on some 60% of the Nepalese cell phone market, has announced that they’ll be taking signal all the way to the top by way of satellite antennas. Climbers have always… Read More

  • Angelina Jolie loves her Palm Pre

    Know who doesn’t have a Palm Pre? Me. Or you, most likely. Know who does? Angelina Jolie. Presumably one of many celebrities currently touting Palm’s not-so-secret weapon, Jolie was recently spotted on the set of an upcoming flick with a Pre in tow. When the LA Examiner asked her about it, she “went on about it for about two minutes.” The goods? She likes the… Read More

  • HTC Magic tentatively dated for May 5 in the UK

    HTC’s second Android device Magic was due for a launch in the UK last week, but was delayed till an unknown date to make a few modifications under the hood. Earlier today, the Vodafone Website was updated and it looks like May 5 is the tentative launch date for the Magic in the UK and not May 1. (I wonder if Cupcake will rollout by then.) I won’t begin to dissect the pricing plans… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct s30 now available from Sprint

    I don’t see the point of purchasing any new phone on Sprint with the launch of the Palm Pre looming, but if you’re itching to get something new because your old phone was dropped in the toilet after a drunken night out this weekend then I’ll have you know that the mini Instinct is now available. For $130 ($100MIR) you can get this little monstrosity of a touch-screen… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Propel Pro from AT&T

    As of last Tuesday (04/14/2009, for you number people), AT&T released its Samsung Propel Pro WinMo 6.1-based slider phone to the masses. Having received my tester unit a bit earlier, I’ve been putting the device through its paces for just about a week now. My initial gut reaction after charging and powering the ‘Pro on was “ok, I’ve got to ignore the unholiness… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson: "Yeah, about that Android phone we promised…"

    Don’t worry, they’re not backing out entirely, but Sony Ericsson wants you to know that their Android handset (or handsets) won’t be coming for quite some time. They want to make something, you know, different. They didn’t put any sort of date on it, unsurprisingly, but they do sound kind of sincere. CEO Hideki Komiyama described the delay: “It does require a lot… Read More

  • T-Mobile officially announces the 3G Sidekick LX, coming May 13

    Well, well. Looks like someone launched the new Sidekick LX page a little too early. The oft rumored 2009 model of the Sidekick LX is now 100% official. As far as we can tell, all the stuff we’ve seen leak out over the past few months was spot on, from the 3G, to the 3.2 megapixel camera, to the heavy social networking focus. Form-factor wise, it’s.. well, it’s a Sidekick. Read More

  • iPhone App Giveaway Spree: Hundreds of Promo codes. Here. Now.

    This contest is now over. We’ve now sent codes to the winners of rounds 16 through 41, and will continue sending them throughout the day. If you were contacted during the contest and were told that you won, please feel free to e-mail us if you do not receive your code by Sunday night. Round 42 -The Finale:
    I think it’s safe to say that Round 42, the Scavenger Battle for Mt. Jaadu… Read More

  • It begins: Palm Pre trickles out to accessory manufacturers

    Wow, who would have believed it? The Palm Pre actually exists outside of private tradeshow demos and the hands of celebrities? If that’s actually a real, functional pre and not a mock-up or a well-done knockoff, it looks like accessory manufacturers have began getting shipments of the much coveted Sprint handset. An anonymous Ludle employee tipster just posted a few shots of the Pre… Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 unofficially jailbroken

    Yeah – we realize how odd that headline might seem. Apple doesn’t exactly endorse jailbreaks, so the idea that any jailbreak method is “official” may seem strange. But with just about every major release coming from one group, certain releases inherently just have more cred. The just released iPhone 3.0 Beta 3 has been cracked wide open, albeit not by the iPhone Dev… Read More

  • Best Buy to sling Instinct S30s for nearly 60% off

    With just about absolutely nothing changing between the original Instinct and the Instinct S30, it’s not really too surprising that the S30 is launching at the same price the first one currently goes for: 130 bucks. What is surprising, however, is that Best Buy (of all places) will be peddling it at a deep discount. According to a circular sent over to Engadget, the Blue Polo Brigade will… Read More

  • Kyocera teases with a combo of concepts

    Beginning at CTIA09, Kyocera has been showing off mockups of concepts they’ve got lurking around the labs. While the hard plastic mockups they’ve shown previously didn’t do much for us, they’ve since moved on to 3D renders – and boy, are they pretty. We’re going to go ahead and ignore the fact that the technologies required for these handsets (such as… Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2: Yours, for an arm AND a leg

    You gotta hand it to the marketing/PR peeps in the mobile gadget space for figuring out how to announce phones, yet hold back just enough to get some coverage out of the details disclosed months later. As it were, HTC finally announced pricing and (gasp!) availability info for its newest “flagship” devices – Touch Diamond2 & Touch Pro2 – earlier today. Read More

  • Cellphone fingerprint law now in effect in Mexico

    Good news, everyone. That Mexican law that requires cellphone users to be fingerprinted and registered into a national database went into effect [Spanish] the other day. It’s an effort to crack down on violent crime, since, as well all know, cellphones are notorious criminals and won’t think twice about dropping an Acme anvil onto your head. Read More

  • Sidekick 2009 launching tomorrow?

    Ed over at Hiptop3 has the scoop on the upcoming Sidekick 2009 aka Blade that we’ve been hearing about for the last few months. According to an internal T-Mobile memo, the new Sidekick LX is going live tomorrow. Yes, the Sidekick 2009 will be the new LX with the older model fading away, which it already has except for the Tony Hawk edition that still resides on the T-Mo website. And… Read More

  • Nokia's financials: some good, some very bad

    The thing with almost every financial statement is that it can be read in either a positive or negative light. Nokia’s Q1 report is just like that. On one hand, the wireless company actually pushed a good amount of handsets out during the first quarter of the year. That being said, the sales numbers are less than the previous year, which doesn’t ride well for year vs year comps. Read More

  • Samsung HD i8910 (OmniaHD) is a witch. [Plus a video sample]

    It looks like Samsung might have hired the same folks responsible for their last Omnia viral video to conjure up one for the HD i8910 (which, depending on where you live, may or may not go by the OmniaHD.) This one doesn’t seem quite as creative as the last one (though, as that one was a play on something us gadget bloggers do on a weekly basis, we might be a bit biased toward it)… Read More

  • Rumor: Microsoft extending Halo into the mobile realm?

    What would tech journalists/bloggers do without cryptic-yet-seemingly-revealing job postings? Many a solid rumor has started as a result of these suggestive job position descriptions. Take Microsoft’s recent posting on (now listed as “expired”), for example. “[Microsoft is] looking to blend console, web, and mobile to create an immersive Halo world… Read More

  • Double Review: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy for the iPhone/iPod Touch

    Quick Version: You’re a fountain of useless knowledge and desperately searching for an outlet to convey your brain power. Sony Pictures Television has the perfect solution for you with two iconic game shows for your iPhone or iPod Touch: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. (Editor’s note: By the way, we’ll be giving away copies of these games in the coming days as part of a… Read More