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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Ballmer confirms WinMo 6.5 is on the way for 2009

    A few days ago, Motorola’s head of mobile slipped a mention of a previously unheard of Windows Mobile 6.5 into an interview with PC Mag. As could be expected, intertube dwellers began speculating immediately. Many chalked it up as a mistake, deciding it was either an accidental leak, or that he instead meant to say 6.1. While the former may be true, Steve Ballmer has just dispelled… Read More

  • Google sends out Android update RC30 – blocks 'jailbreak'

    While a significant chunk of G1 owners still await the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago, Google has already queued up another one. While people generally welcome updates with open arms, this ones got a few folks upset. Last week, an eagle-eyed tinkerer realized that you could gain root access to the G1 by using telnetd, essentially “jailbreaking” it. Now… Read More

  • Study: iPhones Twice As Reliable As BlackBerries

    The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds. SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans. The malfunction rate for iPhones after one year is 5.6 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for the Blackberry and 16.2 percent for… Read More

  • The future of cells phones by Ericsson

    Ericsson has big plans for cell phones – big plans. Ultimately by the 2012, the company sees 100+ Mbps connection with 12-20MP cameras as you can see by the chart above. Plus, your lowly phone will be able to record HD video and sport a 1GHz CPU. So in less than four years all this is suppose to happen, Ericsson? M’kay. The megapixal camera is within reason, and even the HD video… Read More

  • Meebo chats its way to the Android platform

    It was only a few days ago that we tore into the 20 dollar IM+ application for being overpriced, buggy, and lacking anything that justified that 20 dollar price tag. At the tail-end of that review, we expressed our hopes that an IM app done right would come along soon. Enter Meebo for Android, brought to you by the same people behind the awesome browser-based IM application of the same name. Read More

  • T-Mobile temporarily halts 5610 XpressMusic sales – but it's not a recall

    Just a few minutes ago, we started receiving tips that T-Mobile and Nokia had decided to recall the 5610 XpressMusic phone. T-Mobile dispelled the rumor almost immediately. According to our T-Mobile representative, they’ve temporarily halted all sales of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic due to a defective component causing the LCD to go on the fritz. Though they’re not going to sell it… Read More

  • AT&T Fuze dropping at $299 on November 11th

    AT&T Fuze. You know, the slick slider from HTC, appears to be hitting stores on November 11th and will carry a $499 price without a contract or $299 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two year contract. The deets come via an internal AT&T equipment brief document which, other than the price and availability, doesn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know. Initial thoughts? Read More

  • AT&T-sanctioned 3G tethering on the way for iPhone

    In an interview with Michael Arrington at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega let it be known that an official, AT&T sanctioned method of using the iPhone as a 3G modem for a laptop is on the way “soon”. What goes unmentioned is any sort of pricing information, which will undoubtedly be a determining factor in the tethering package’s adoption rate. Read More

  • T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    Word of T-Mobile’s Holiday line-up just came down the wire, and it doesn’t look like they’ve kept any Christmas surprises up their sleeve. Anything that hasn’t been announced officially has been leaked for a few weeks now, so this pretty much just serves as one big confirmation. Motorola ZN5: Pictured on right. Announced and released 2 days ago. It’s a quadband… Read More

  • AT&T Bulks Up Its WiFi Coverage By Buying Wayport For $275 Million

    AT&T loves WiFi. And it knows that you love WiFi too. So it just bought up WiFi hotspot operator Wayport for $275 million in cash. The acquisition will add about 3,000 WiFi hotspots to AT&T’s network in the U.S., bringing the total to 20,000 hotspots (including those in Starbucks and McDonald’s). The company cites estimates that 300 million WiFi laptops, cell phones and… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets official with the W705 Walkman phone and the MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker

    We kind of knew these two Sony Ericsson products were dropping today, and so, here are the Sony W705 Walkman phone and MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker. The quad-band W705 seems like an upgraded G705 with WiFi, YouTube access, 3.2 MP camera, and a FM radio with TrackID built-in. Plus, it has a large 2.4-inch screen along with an accelerometer for Shake Control. The whole thing is made out of a… Read More

  • 8-megapixel camera phone throwdown: Pixon vs Innov8 vs Renoir vs C905

    With Sony Ericsson, LG, and Samsung all throwing 8-megapixel camera phones into the market within a few months of each other, we’ve been a bit disappointed at the lack of comparison sample photos available. The Samsung Pixon, Samsung Innov8, LG Renoir, and Sony Ericsson C905 all showboat their 8-megapixel shooter as the defining feature – so which is best? I’d been… Read More

  • AT&T Fuze demo units make their way to AT&T retail spots

    Busting at the seams with excitement over the HTC Touch Pro AT&T Fuze? We can’t blame you – it’s a pretty little piece. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like you have too much longer to wait. Tucked inside the latest batch of shipments to AT&T corporate stores is a nice little treat: Fuze demo units. While this doesn’t necessarily mean a launch is looming… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announcing new stuff tomorrow, W705 expected

    Much like you can always expect new iPods in September, you can always expect new Sony Ericsson announcements in November. Right on schedule, Sony Ericsson is expected to make an announcement tomorrow. A few details from the announcement have already leaked out and, from what we know so far, this one’s looking to be all about the Walkman series. First up is the W705… Read More

  • FCC clears the Xohm/ClearWire merger

    Jeez – busy enough day, FCC? Hot on the tails of the “white space” decision and approving Verizon’s buyout of Alltel, the FCC has cleared the merger of Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service with ClearWire – no doubt coming as a disappoint for some other carriers. To recap the details announced back in May, Sprint will own 51% of the new company, which will take on… Read More

  • FCC gives Verizon/Alltel buyout the greenlight

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.) The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come without strings attached, however. Amongst… Read More

  • USB tethering now possible with the T-Mobile G1

    We should probably stress that that the keyword in the headline up above is “possible”. While some crafty gents over at the Tmo News Forums have cranked out a way to let you use the T-Mobile G1 as a USB modem, it’s not exactly the simplest tethering solution we’ve ever seen. Flip some options, install the SDK, install an application on the device, move stuff around… Read More

  • HTC to sell Touch 3G and Touch HD in Taiwan, G1 to land in China in the first half of 2009?

    While it’s all still hearsay at this point, Digitimes is reporting that China’s Commercial Times newspaper has sources indicating that HTC might begin pushing the G1 in China within the first 6 months of next year. HTC is also giving their home country of Taiwan a bit of handset love, albeit not in the form of an Android phone. The Touch 3G was just launched there yesterday, and… Read More

  • Review: IM+ for Android


    IM+ is an application created by ShapeServices, which aims to replace the instant messaging application that comes out of the box with Android. Hoping that there were some differences between the 7-day trial and the paid version, we bit the bullet and plopped down the 20 dollars (well, $19.95) on this app to see how it really is, so you wouldn’t have to. The verdict? Save your cash. Read More

  • 19% of mobile consumers in U.S. now using smartphones, according to study


    As the entry fee for smartphones drops lower and lower, the wallet friendly price point found with most feature phones (or, as some might say, “dumbphones”) is beginning to lose its luster. In a day when obtaining a smartphone requires little more than 50 bucks and a 2-year promise, what’s the point of going for anything less? According to the “Mobile Market… Read More