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  • Orkut for S60 gets an upgrade. Also, Orkut still exists.

    Orkut for S60 gets an upgrade. Also, Orkut still exists.

    I’ll admit it: I have a harder time remembering Orkut exists than I do remembering where I put my keys. Hell, I’ll probably forget about Orkut again as soon as I publish this post. That said, the fact that Google’s still fueling the project means some folks out there really love it; according to my indisputable Fact Checker 4000, most of these folks hail from Brazil or… Read More

  • Lenovo's new GPS handset, the P990

    Lenovo's new GPS handset, the P990

    Did you know that Lenovo makes phones? We don’t hear about’em very often on this side of the Pacific, but it turns out that they actually have a whole friggin’ lot of’em. The newest addition is the Lenovo P990, a dual-band GMS/GPRS phone being offered over in China. Besides the novelty of the brand, there isn’t much you couldn’t find in a handset locally… Read More

  • Fring adds Nokia E66 support

    Fring adds Nokia E66 support

    Fring has a thing for Nokia as of late, it seems. It wasn’t too long ago that they added N810 support; then two days ago, they added support for the Nokia E71. Now they’ve gone and added the Nokia E66 to the list. I’d point out that there are other handsets Fring can be adding support for, but it seems like they’ve already got most of them covered. If you’re… Read More

  • Sprint's roadmap for the next 10 months leaked

    Sprint's roadmap for the next 10 months leaked

    Yikes. I’d imagine that heads are going to roll over at Sprint HQ over this one. BGR managed to get their hands on a presentation outlining everything Sprint’s currently got planned until the middle of 2009.

    The main morsel in the slides is the BlackBerry 9350i, a Nextel Direct Connect ready BlackBerry with Curve like aesthetics. In addition to its iDEN friendliness, it’s… Read More

  • Oh look, the RAZR VE20

    Oh look, the RAZR VE20

    Oh, RAZR series. How I loathe you. You’re ugly from every angle, your keypad is trash – yet, the fact that every carrier gives you away for beads and dirt means you’re in the hands of every soccer mom and sorority girl on the planet. Someone got their hands on the next in this series of trashphones, and sent a bunch of shots over to PhoneArena. Not surprisingly, it looks… Read More

  • Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G starting in September

    Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G starting in September

    If you’re one of the four people with a Best Buy nearby without any AT&T or Apple stores just as close, who also happens to want an iPhone 3G, you’re in luck! Best Buy has announced that they will begin carrying the iPhone 3G starting on September 7th. Jokes about futility aside, this actually ups iPhone retail locations by about 30% (up from around 2,200 to around… Read More

  • Fire Eagle's page design looks mighty familiar..

    Fire Eagle's page design looks mighty familiar..

    Fire Eagle, Yahoo’s platform built specifically for storing/broadcasting your current location, opened its doors to the public today. For the first time, any joe off the street can check out what Fire Eagle has to offer. Lets take a lo.. wait a second. I’ve seen this layout before. Rolling green hills populated with round-cornered buildings and perfectly circular trees, hovering… Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond ROM 1.93 now available for all

    HTC Touch Diamond ROM 1.93 now available for all

    While HTC Touch Diamond owners in Hong Kong have been running 1.93 for a few weeks now, folks everywhere else in the world have been out of luck and out of date. Until today, that is. With the release of V1.93 ROMs for the UK and most other European countries, just about everyone can get to patchin’. According to Coolsmartphone, known changes include “camera navigation, text… Read More

  • What's eating the iPhone's 3G?

    What's eating the iPhone's 3G?

    When reception is low, the first one up on the ranter’s chopping plate tends to be the carrier. Such is the case for AT&T; since the iPhone 3Gs launch, much flack has been sent their way over lackluster 3G signal, slow speeds, and dropped calls on the device. Thing is, AT&T doesn’t seem to be the one we should be pointing a finger at. Complaints of poor 3G reception have… Read More

  • Blackberry Bold reviewed

    Blackberry Bold reviewed

    Apparently August 12th is a holiday for anybody in the mobile industry. At least, that’s what I derive from the fact that nothing is going on. What are you, the devoted mobile blog reader, to do for entertainment? You could go have a snackpack and watch some day-time soaps .. or, even better, you could read David Flynn’s BlackBerry Bold review over at APC Mag. It’s about… Read More

  • Samsung Messager now available from Cricket

    Samsung Messager now available from Cricket

    Cricket is now offering Samsung’s new Messager, the bar-style handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, for easy texting and surfing. The Messager also features a 1.3-megapixel camera, MP3 player, multiple Bluetooth profiles and a MicroSD slot. Scott Edwards, senior vice president of marketing for Cricket, said: “Cricket customers want attractive devices that enhance their… Read More

  • The Smithsonian sends ad to your mobile

    The Smithsonian sends ad to your mobile


    The Smithsonian Institute is trying to encourage people to visit its galleries by sending messages to passersby’s mobile phones. The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are testing a system that sends a message from the Smithsonian to Bluetooth-enabled phones, messages will be sent from bus stops in D.C.’s most pedestrian-trafficked areas. If… Read More

  • Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17

    Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17


    While reports have ranged that the first Android handset will come out anywhere from October to sometime in 2009, the latest rumors have the HTC Dream (codenamed “G1″) going on presale for existing T-Mobile customers starting September 17th. The guys over at TmoNews say they have some trusted sources who have priced the handset at $399, or $150 for existing customers during… Read More

  • Nokia launches email beta

    Nokia launches email beta


    Nokia has launched an email client on its Betalabs site. Based on Intellisync, which Nokia purchased in 2005, the service promise simplier mobile access to email accounts from Google, Yahoo or other ISPs. To set up the service, users only have to enter an email address and password, to view, read, forward, delete, compose and send emails from their S60-based mobile phone. The service says it… Read More

  • 48% of U.S. drivers age 18 to 24 admit to texting while driving

    48% of U.S. drivers age 18 to 24 admit to texting while driving


    According to a new survey by FindLaw, nearly half of U.S. drivers between 18 and 24 say they have sent a text message, IM or e-mail while driving. But, thankfully, less than 2% of drivers age 55 and over admitted to the same multitasking urge. FindLaw broke its survey results down by age group: 48% of those 18 to 24 admitted to texting while driving
    27% of 25-34 year-olds
    19% of 35-44 year-olds
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  • HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    While it’s still up in the air whether anyone actually cares about Android, people sure like to talk about it. Just last week, a Global Equities Research analyst’s proclamation that the first Android handsets would miss their 2008 target was enough to set message boards around the tubes ablaze, until HTC came along and cleared things up. Piggybacking on HTC’s tidings of… Read More

  • Steve Jobs talks App Store: 60 million downloads, $30 million in the first month

    Steve Jobs talks App Store: 60 million downloads, $30 million in the first month

    If you were one of the 10 people who thought the App Store would be a failure, you might want to check out this WSJ article. Also, stop talking to yourself on the subway and wearing rain boots in the middle of summer, crazyface. Speaking of the App store for the first time since its launch, Steve Jobs has revealed some numbers. In its first 30 days, Apple has already pushed 60 million downloads… Read More

  • Sanyo releases jumbo-res Katana Eclipse product shots

    Sanyo releases jumbo-res Katana Eclipse product shots

    With the Katana Eclipse rumored to be launching on Sprint in the next 2-3 weeks, I’m sure there are at least a handful of Sanyo fans out there just dying for some poster-sized Katana goodness. Fear not, hungry eyes – Sanyo’s got your back. Check out the new high resolution Katana Eclipse gallery here. [Via Phonenews] Read More

  • Motorola Alexander minus QWERTY equals Motorola Atila

    Motorola Alexander minus QWERTY equals Motorola Atila

    When shots of Motorola’s last-ditch handset effort, the Alexander, got out a few days ago, a resounding “meh” shot out across the internet. “Meh” on Windows Mobile 6.1, some said. “Meh” on the painful looking keyboard, said others. If the Alexander didn’t get you pumped, perhaps its just spotted sans-QWERTY plus-Touchscreen counterpart, the… Read More

  • Fring adds E71 support

    Fring adds E71 support

    So, you’ve got your shiny new E71. You’ve also got a bunch of Skype buddies. If only there were some way to combine the two. You’d be unstoppable! You could start a pack of crime-fighting super heroes, fueled by the convenience of VoIP! Fortunately, fring hates crime just as much as you do. They want to help you use your Nokia E71 to connect with your crime-crushing… Read More