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  • iPhones now available without contract at the Apple Store

    I’m surprised this didn’t happen earlier. You can now go into an Apple store, fork over a few Benjamins, and walk out with an iPhone, contract-free, although the device is still locked into AT&T’s network. You can only buy one a day, though, I suppose to prevent people from buying a few hundred and building a fort of out of them. Good news for some, non-news for others. Read More

  • Motorola announces the Android-powered i1 with push-to-talk for Sprint

    Whuhp! Looks like that i1 banner didn’t go up all that early after all. A day before CTIA 2010 even begins, Motorola has just come along and made the Android-powered i1 and its push-to-talk features official. Read More

  • CTIA banners begin to unfurl; Samsung finally learns to keep the cat in the bag

    Oh, Samsung. For as long as I can remember, your banners have flown on the outer walls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CTIA. And for as long as I can remember, your banners have given away mammoth chunks of what you were announcing at the show, days before said announcement actually happened. Not this year. Read More

  • Sugarsync gets an API

    SugarSync, a file syncing product that we may have all forgotten in our rush to glorify Dropbox has been rolling out a steady stream of improvements and, as of 11am today, it will offer an API so mobile applications can use SugarSync shared storage. The API information will live at when it goes up today. The API essentially creates a “bridge between local… Read More

  • Swype user sets Guinness World Record for texting speed

    Ever since Swype (an alternative keyboard for touchscreens which has users drag paths through the letters of a word rather than tap them out individually) debuted at TechCrunch 50, I’ve been asked the same question a near-regular basis: is it really any faster than just typing words the old fashion way? Well, it’s apparently fast enough for a Guinness World Record. Read More

  • BlueAnt launches their text-message-to-speech Android application

    Remember last week, when we mentioned that Bluetooth headset manufacturer BlueAnt would be launching their first Android app at CTIA? The one that would read your incoming text messages aloud over your Bluetooth headset? Well, we just touched down in Vegas for CTIA 2010, and sure enough: they’ve just launched the application. Read More

  • AT&T to soon unveil an Android-powered Dell phone called the "Aero"

    Well, that was unexpected. Tacked on to the news of the Palm Pixi Plus and Pre Plus finding their way to AT&T was a passing mention that AT&T would soon be pulling back the curtains on their second Android-powered phone, the Dell Aero. Here’s all they’ve said so far: AT&T also will soon unveil an Android-based smartphone the Dell Aero. This will be Dell’s… Read More

  • Palm keeps pushing, announces Pixi Plus and Pre Plus for AT&T "in the coming months"

    Palm may be down, but they’re not out just yet. Following the launch of the Pre and Pixi on Sprint last year and their respective Plus editions on Verizon back in January, Palm has just announced that they’ll soon be launching the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on AT&T. While its never bad news to get your handsets onto a new carrier, just how good this news is for Palm depends… Read More

  • HTC Desire shows up on Verizon's site, but probably not how you'd expect

    Hey there, friends! You know what time it is? It’s “Good news, bad news..” time! The Good News: An anonymous tipster just spotted this little gem on Verizon’s own website, listing the “HTC Desire” as one of the items that came in the Droid Eris box. And the bad news is.. Read More

  • Palm now worth nothing

    Woof. Analysts have placed a sell rating on Palm and are now valuing their stock, at least in hyperbolic terms, at $0. Quoth CNN: Shares of Palm (PALM) plunged 19% to $4.59 a share early Friday, a new 52-week low. Investors are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the company’s future and several analysts downgraded their positions on the stock to “sell.” Two analysts… Read More

  • Sprint Moment and Hero to get Android 2.1 in "the coming weeks" [Updated!]

    See that image above? It’s notable for two reasons: I’m fairly confident it takes the much coveted title for “Hardest to read leaked document ever”. It, in all of its tiny text, confirms that the Sprint HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will be upgraded to Android 2.1 soon. Update: We’ve now got a more legible picture and a full transcription after the jump. Read More