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  • How to take screenshots on the Palm Pre

    Sure, none of us have the Palm Pre yet – but once you get it, won’t you want to take a ton of screenshots to show off to your friends document the experience? On the iPhone, taking a screenshot requires no wonky software or hackery – just hold two buttons. I figured a similar function might exist on the Pre, but we had a heck of a time finding anyone who had any idea what we… Read More

  • Samsung Propel Pro now available from AT&T

    Samsung’s latest Windows Mobile slider is now available from AT&T. The chromed out Propel Pro features WinMo 6.1, GPS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, a 3-megapixel AF camera and a microSD card slot. Get you some Windows Mobile action for $150. Read More

  • Android "Cupcake" build nearly golden brown: Preview SDK released, feature list finalized

    Four months of discovery and hearsay later, the Android build that we’ve all been waiting for is nigh. Run inside, everyone – run inside and charge your G1s, for Cupcake (Firmware v1.5) is nearly upon us. (Actually, it’s still a few weeks away. But you should charge your G1 anyway, seeing as it’s a G1 and the day is halfway over, so the battery’s probably… Read More

  • Palm's "Touchstone" induction charger to cost $70?

    $70 is probably a little more than most people plan on spending on a charger. But if we’ve learned anything over the iPhone years, it’s that people will pay through the nose for must-have accessories, and this is certainly a must-have accessory. According to a leaked pricing sheet Engadget got their hands on, $70 will be the asking price for Palm’s hot little touch-charger. Read More

  • Rumor: Palm Pre must be prepped for launch by May 16th

    Who woulda thought: you start telling Sprint employees about the Palm Pre, and suddenly the details start pouring out. If you’re all antsy in the pantsies about the possibility of an April release of the Pre, you might want to breath a little; all signs are pointing to May, including this latest leak. Read More

  • A Closer Look at Classic on the Palm Pre

    With the Palm Pre hauling a brand new OS in tow, a surprising number of long-time Palm fans have come out of the woodworks to express their desire for legacy application support. At CTIA09, Palm and MotionApps answered these calls with the annoucement of Classic, a PalmOS emulator for the Pre’s nascent platform, webOS. There was plenty of demo footage floating around following the… Read More

  • Rumor: Nokia twisting it up with Sidekick-tastic QWERTY handset?

    Check out that mock-up over to the right; now, imagine the Nokia logo floating around on it somewhere, with a little “Verizon” badge slapped on the front. All together, it’s a Nokia-made S40 QWERTY swivel handset for Verizon. Think that’s sounds crazy? Don’t worry – so does everyone else. Well, except for Nokia and Verizon, it would seem. Read More

  • selling unlocked iPhones for a price

    Don’t feel like dealing with jailbreaking you iPhone and killing iTunes updating? Got $799? has an iPhone for you. The retailer is now selling the Jesusphone fully unlocked and with a full Apple warranty. It isn’t cheap at 800 bones, but think about what you get without all the legal worries. Finally, the iPhone can now legally work on the T-Mobile network and travel abroad… Read More

  • Palm may have more Touchstone where that came from

    Call the president! A Palm marketing manager let slip that Touchstone is a full family of near-field induction products and that the little Touchstone charger for the Palm Pre – basically that magnetic charger thing that you stick the Pre to in order to grab some juice – is just one of many products. Read More

  • Samsung announces the AT&T SGH-A657, safe from dust, shock, and ladies

    Alright, fellas – lets get this one out of the way: the Samsung SGH-A657 isn’t going to score you any points from the ladyfolk. These military spec phones never do. That said, if you’ve actually got a reason to be carrying a phone like this, you’re probably too busy rappelling out of helicopters to care what people think about your mobile. Or, you know, you work… Read More

  • Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's G9 and the KDDI iida mini projector

    I had the opportunity to test Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile phone, the G9, in Tokyo today. The device is the first KDDI au is selling in Japan under the so-called iida brand. It’s not officially on sale yet, but I could lay my hands on finished versions for a few minutes in a KDDI showroom. The G9 will be available in Japan next week. Read More

  • RIM picks up ex-Apple and Microsoft design guru

    Don Lindsey has been a busy man the last decade and a half. Going from Apple where he might have had a major role in early iPhone developments, to Microsft where he worked in Live Labs, he’s been around the block a time or two. Now it’s RIMs turn who made the man VP of User Experience, which confirms that the companies commitment to developing stellar OSs. Research in Motion needs… Read More

  • Sprint employees begin Pre training

    Whether it means the Pre is weeks or months away is anyone’s guess, but Sprint employees have now started gettin’ comfy with the devices. There’s not much more to it than that, really – here’s how its all gone down so far: Read More

  • Photo report: Japan's KDDI au presents new designer brand for cell phones (iida)

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier, currently showcases a number of cell phone design prototypes (and a working one) in their five-floor Design Studio [JP] in central Tokyo (where I went today). The cell phones (and peripheral devices) are part of the so-called iida brand [JP], which is supposed to be focused on the development of unusual handsets only. Read More

  • Battle Of The Google Voice iPhone Apps: VoiceCentral vs. GV Mobile

    For those of us that rely on being but a series of digits away at all times, Google Voice is a godsend. Regardless of which phone I’m closest to, be it the home line, my iPhone, or any of the phones we’ve got out on review, I’m reachable. As helpful as it may be, it’s not perfect – at least, not right out of the box. Google provides a fantastic backbone, but some… Read More

  • T-Mobile announcing something in NYC on April 21st

    The details are all kinds of sparse, but T-Mobile is sending ’round e-mails to let everyone know to keep the 21st free. They’re going to be announcing something in NYC in just under 2 weeks – but what could it be? All sorts of things! It could be the grand unveiling long-awaited acknowledgment of the Sidekick 2009 – or might they be making the HTC Magic’s… Read More

  • Rumor(ish): LG Viewty II coming to UK's Orange in June

    Our first glimpse of the heretofore rumored LG Viewty II came last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Fast forward to today, and the folks over at Electricpig say they have reason to believe that LG is planning to launch its 8MP camphone Viewty II on UK’s Orange network sometime this June. To recap, the photo-centric LG device is expected to include an 8MP camera with… Read More

  • Get fired? Virgin Mobile will eat your phone bill for 3 months

    It started with the car companies. “Get fired, and we’ll take on your car payments for a while.” they said. It’s the shining light in the darkness that is a slumping economy: when the wallets get lighter, the promotions get crazier. Looking to capture some of this crazy in a bottle and turn it into new customers, Virgin Mobile has adapted the concept for the mobile… Read More

  • Amazon App for BlackBerry goes live

    The rate at which RIM updates BAW is horrendous. I get countless e-mails every day about new apps launching for the BlackBerry and they’re nowhere to be seen in the store. So it comes as no surprise that I had to go directly to Amazon to download their new app. God forbid it actually be available in BAW. Like the iPhone app before it, the BlackBerry version also does its voodoo magic… Read More

  • Verizon to begin selling HTC Touch Diamond tomorrow

    It’s not like we didn’t expect this to happen, but it sure took long enough. Starting tomorrow, Verizon will begin offering the HTC Touch Diamond in all black for a whopping $300 after a $70 MIR. · Brilliant 2.76-inch touch screen display for navigating Web pages on the built-in Opera browser · 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera · microSD™ card slot that… Read More