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  • Broadcom jams FM radio, 802.11n, and Bluetooth into a single package

    Back in October, Broadcom made a promise to announce a new combo-chip every 60 days. First came the BCM2049, which packed FM and Bluetooth onto a single die. A bit past their self-imposed deadline (albeit still with impressive haste), they’ve managed to one up themselves with the BCM4329. Read More

  • Leaked: 8-Megapixel Samsung "Memoir" headed for T-mobile

    Though just about everyone is pushing out 8-megapixel phones at this point, it’s surprising how few (read: pretty much none) of them have made it to US carriers. Looks like that might be about to change, if this latest leak from TmoNews rings true. Essentially a bigger, badder version of the Behold, the handset the whispers are naming as the Samsung “Memoir” purportedly… Read More

  • Ambiguous T-swivel device surfaces, has identity crisis

    Either that person has a tiny hand, or this mysterious T-swivel device needs to go on a serious diet before hitting the streets. Found on a Korean forum discussing reasons why Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs ) never reached market saturation, it is not clear what category this “concept” device fits into. Read More

  • Google Introduces Mobile Ads For Android And The iPhone

    Google is now formatting AdWords text and image ads for Android and iPhone mobile browsers. The ads can include mobile-only calls to action, and can be created from standard Google ads run on the Web. The ads will also work on other phones with full HTML browsers in the future as they become available. (Both the iPhone and the Android G1 have full browsers based on Webkit). By sticking with… Read More

  • Rogers launches the BlackBerry 8900 Javelin

    After some many months in the works, the BlackBerry 8900 (otherwise known as “Javelin”) has finally made its way out of the labs and onto a shelf near you. Well, by “a shelf near you” we mean “on a shelf at Rogers locations in Canada”. Not, say, the shelf in your bathroom. Essentially a BlackBerry Bold Lite, the Javelin’s missing 3G, and has a… Read More

  • Santa comes early for G1 hackers: dev-only bootloader ripped for all to enjoy


    It’s only been a day since Google began selling G1s without firmware restrictions for developers, and someone has already managed to tear out the unlocked bootloader and get it up online. In other words, anyone carrying a modified G1 (Note: You MUST be running a modified version of RC30 for this to work. If you’re already on the official release, you’re out of luck for now)… Read More

  • Google now hawking fully unlocked G1s to developers


    It didn’t take long before people started hacking away at the T-Mobile G1, the first phone to ship with Google’s Android platform, and now it looks like Google wants to make it even easier. Starting today, Google is offering a development version of the G1 that is both SIM and hardware unlocked, meaning no more nagging at T-Mobile and waiting for ages to receive an unlock code. Read More

  • New Android browser 'Steel' hits the Market


    It was only a few weeks ago that Opera Mini 4.2 was unleashed on the Google Android platform, and yet another browser is now surfacing by small software company kolbysoft. Steel is based off the same open-source WebKit components that the default Android web browser is based upon, so there is similar functionality between the two. Read More

  • An Interview with Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon

    With iPhone app downloads having just blown through the 300 million mark, we jumped at the opportunity to talk to Ethan Lowry. As a founding member of the trio behind Urbanspoon, one of the most downloaded iPhone applications of 2008 , Ethan knows a thing or two about iPhone app downloads. Back in early November, Urbanspoon had just cracked 1 million downloads – 4 months after the… Read More

  • Acer smartphone to drop in 1Q09, no one knows where

    Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer, Acer, best known in the States for producing computers (especially after its 2007 acquisition of Gateway and Packard Bell) has clarified its plans to release an Acer-branded smartphone in the 1st quarter of 2009. After completing its acquisition of Taiwan smartphone maker E-Ten Information Systems in September, speculation continued to grow… Read More

  • Moto Chaser for the iPhone modified to support TV-out as a proof of concept

    Last week, Ars Technica uncovered an undocumented class in the iPhone SDK which allows applications to push visuals to an external monitor rather than the device’s built in screen. Lightbulbs flicked on above the noggins of iPhone developers everywhere, all with the same idea: this could be used for games! Read More

  • Verizon lets loose BlackBerry Storm OS update

    Bonnie Cha over at CNet has the scoop on the Storm OS update we’ve all been waiting patiently for over the last two weeks. If you actually bought this ginormous piece of poo then you can update using the Desktop Software Manager or wait for the OTA that’s said to be going out at 12:30 AM EDT. Regardless of what this update can do, I won’t be changing my review of the Storm. Read More

  • Is this Nokia's next top-secret touchscreen handset?

    After blatantly boasting about how well they’d managed to keep the N97 off the radar, you’d think that Nokia would be incredibly wary of letting on details of future handsets. That is, you wouldn’t think they’d slide a shot of an unannounced touchscreen handset into a presentation in New York yesterday. Well, if this thing turns out to be legit, that’s exactly… Read More

  • Vodafone Americas Foundation launches $3 million fund to fuel mobile innovation

    Have you got some outstanding idea for the mobile world rattling around in your brain, but can’t afford to make it happen? Vodafone wants to hear from you. This morning, the Vodafone Americas Foundation is launching a $3 million fund to help them find “wireless technology that can change the world.” Coming out swinging, they’ve announced that the first $600,000 of that… Read More

  • Sony Ericcson "Kate" becomes C510, details of two new handsets leaked

    When word of this Sony Ericsson cybershot handset got out waaaay back in September, rumors indicated that it would be on the shelves by October. October came and went.. then we burned through November.. and now we’re marching right through December without any real indication of a release date better than the always slipping “next month”. While we’re not sure… Read More

  • Flickr mobile updated; videos now work on iPhone

    According to a post at the Flickr blog, a new version of m.flickr.com has been released today, and one exciting development is that videos at Flickr should now work on the iPhone. I’ve got a video loading right now on my G1 but it’s taking ages so… yikes, what a terrifying racket! There appears to be some sort of problem with the G1’s native browser. They do say… Read More

  • Nokia makes (patent) offer RIM can’t (legally) refuse

    Mobile technology juggernaut Nokia has renewed a multi-year patent license agreement with Research In Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry line. In return for an undisclosed up-front payment and on-going royalties, Nokia has granted RIM worldwide use of standards essential mobile network patents, specifically relating to GSM, WCDMA and CDMA2000 technologies. For a minute there, I thought… Read More

  • Easter Egg hidden in Helio Connect press image

    When I clicked my way through to the image attached to this morning’s Helio Connect announcement, I couldn’t help but laugh. Not because I find social news site aggregators inherently funny, mind you – but because there’s a little Easter Egg hidden inside and, oddly enough, it’s somewhat related to yours truly. If you haven’t spotted it by now, take a glance… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile launches "Connect", a social networking dashboard for Helio

    (Disclosure: I’ve done consulting work for Helio, prior to their acquisition by Virgin Mobile) With the almost silly number of social networking applications available for the major smartphones, it’s easy to forget how much of a pain it can be to scratch that social itch on a feature phone. Sure, you can generally use a feature phone’s built-in browser to navigate to each… Read More

  • AT&T laying off 12,000 more employees

    Following the announcement of 4,600 “job reductions” back in April, AT&T has announced 12,000 more layoffs this morning. The first notes should start hitting desks sometime this month (“Merry Christmas! Oh, and also, you’re fired.”) and continue trickling out through 2009. As for who’s at risk: While AT&T is reducing jobs in some areas, it continues… Read More