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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Timberland to pay $7 million to settle SMS spam lawsuit

    Timberland, makers of boots and outdoor wear, and GSI Commerce, the e-commerce company behind the online presence of Timberland and many other companies, might just owe you some money. After a heap of unauthorized ad-filled text messages were sent out between January 2003 and August 2008, frustrated recipients banded together for a class action lawsuit. Though the companies insist that the… Read More

  • Kingston 8GB SDHC Kit Giveaway: Congrats to our first winner. Who's next?

    Congratulations to the winner of the first round of our Kingston 8GB SDHC card giveaway marathon, Orlando. We’ve still got four to give away over the next 10 days, so be sure to enter! How do you enter? Comment on any story published between 9/21 and 9/23. Every story you comment on is one entry. If you comment on 5 stories, that’s 5 entries. Only one entry per post is counted… Read More

  • Vodafone bringing the BlackBerry Storm to the UK?

    We’ve got a bit of good news for anybody lookin’ to get their mitts on the BlackBerry Storm over in the UK. According to Pocket-lint, Vodafone will be bringing the touchscreen handset to the sovereign isle sometime in the next two months. Be it that their sources ring true, Vodafone should be making an announcement in early October, with the actual product hitting the shelves… Read More

  • Nokia Photos 1.5 beta released, now with geotagging

    A beta version of Nokia’s mobile media management software, Nokia Photos 1.5, has been released, complete with a visual overhaul and a handful of new features.

    The New Features:
    Picture/Video management support for any S60 device, digital camera, memory stick, or local hard drive Automatically converts and compresses media for playback on your handset for the sake of optimal storage… Read More

  • Digital Imaging Systems announces 9 MP camera for mobile handsets

    With the SE C905, Samsung INNOV8, and LG Renoir set to duke it out for the 8 megapixel handset throne over the next few months, what’s the obvious next step? More megapixels, of course! Camera module developer Digital Imaging Systems has bumped it up a notch with the announcement of DIS6931, the world’s first 9 megapixel camera phone module. With its relatively hasty autofocus… Read More

  • Apple blocks MailWrangler application for no good reason

    Good news, iPhone developers! If your application is vaguely similar in function to Apple’s own offerings, it might not ever see the light of day — even if it provides useful functionality that Apple’s application doesn’t. Over the weekend, developer Angelo DiNardi told the tale of his would-be App Store application, MailWrangler, via his blog. By embedding Webkit… Read More

  • Verizon announces month-to-month service plans

    Just a day late of the rumored date, Verizon has announced month-to-month, contract free service plans. If you’re willing to pay full price for a phone or can bring your own handset to the table, you’re free to bail out at the end of each monthly billing period without paying any sort of early termination fee. All of Verizon’s voice and data plans are available… Read More

  • UTStarcom Knick: It's like a Sidekick that makes your neck hurt

    We only know a few things about the newly found Sidekick-lookin’ UTStarcom Knick: It appears to be heading to AT&T, and unless they get a handle on rotating that screen when the QWERTY keyboard is slid out, you might be heading to the chiropractor after using one. At first it seemed like a mistake in the promo shot, but even in the live shot Engadget dug up, a chunk of the on-screen… Read More

  • T-Mobile's coverage maps now include 3G

    Just about every time we’ve mentioned T-Mobile’s 3G rollout, someone has stopped by to ask their fellow commenters for insight on what the coverage might be like in their specific city. Unfortunately, their inquiries generally went unanswered. Now that T-Mobile has gotten around to adding 3G signal to their coverage map, curious commenters now have a way to help themselves. If… Read More

  • Mozilla aiming for Firefox Mobile release before 2010

    Ever since that concept video sprouted up back in June, I’ve been achin’ to put my hands all over Mozilla’s venture into the mobile realm, Firefox Mobile. When Mitchell Baker published a list of proposed goals for 2010 that included “have an effective product in the mobile market”, many took that as the first mention of a tentative 2010 release date for the… Read More

  • More photos of HTC Touch HD, size comparison

    CNET Asia has some photos of the HTC Touch HD as compared to the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro handsets. While the Touch HD may look monstrous, keep in mind that the Diamond is almost deceptively small. Same for the Pro, except that its slide-out keyboard gives it a fair amount of extra thickness. Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon's HTC Touch Diamond may launch in October

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard news about the HTC Touch Diamond‘s Verizon debut. According to a tip sent into PhoneDog, Verizon’s Diamond model should launch sometime in October, and it might (italics for wariness) be that “Ice White” version we heard about just a few days ago. The tipster confirmed some of the specs (400mhz processor, microSD… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 appears on my.t-mobile.com

    Hey, that Google phone is coming (in case you hadn’t heard). Looks like it’ll be called the T-Mobile G1 (no mention of the word “Dream” anywhere) and will at least come in black. Unfortunately when Peter “Sweet Pete” Ha clicked that “Learn more” link, he got a no-go popup. Oh well. It goes to t-mobileg1.com if you’re interested. If you have… Read More

  • QuickPwn 2.1 released for Windows

    It took a few days after the iPhone-dev team managed to tear the iPhone 2.1 update open for them to make the port, but Windows users are now free to get in on the 2.1 jailbreak good times. If you’ve yet to use QuickPwn, prepare to be amazed. As long as nothing goes awry during the process, QuickPwn doesn’t require any reflashing of the firmware be it that you’re already… Read More

  • Analysts predict 4% Q4 marketshare for Android

    Strategy Analytics announced this morning that they are expecting Android sales to account for 400,000 of the 10.5 million US smartphone sales they foresee going down in Q4 of 2008. “Google has the brand power in the USA to make a big impact at launch. The main issue will be operator subsidies,” said Chris Ambrosia, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics, “As seen with… Read More

  • Shots of the HTC Dream G1 handset in the wild

    With the big announcement just days away, it’s no surprise that some folks out there might be totin’ the Android-powered HTC Dream (G1) around. Between all of the Google developers, HTC product engineers, and T-Mobile employees involved, in-the-wild shots were bound to get out sooner or later. And now they have, on the blog of Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. Rizzn got the… Read More

  • Helio Ocean II (Oz2) gets the FCC photo treatment

    Now that the Ocean 2 has slipped back until January of ’09 at the earliest, we’ve cruised right by the September confidentiality date of the original FCC filing back in March. As a result, a handful of hardware photos and a whole slew of details have made their way out. Along with the obvious aesthetic similarities, the handset borrows the dual-slide concept of the original… Read More

  • Nokia E72 and E75 promo video leaked, quickly pulled

    Even with the first light of the day just peeking over the hills here on the west coast, today already brings a pair of unannounced hardware leaks: the Nokia E75 and E72. The E75 is a QWERTY slider, shown above on left, while the E72 is a QWERTY candybar, shown on right. Outside of their appearance, not a whole lot is known about these new additions to the E series. One of the forum members… Read More

  • Summizer: Twitter search made easy on the iPhone

    Hidden on Twitter amongst the chatter about today’s lunch menu and the best spots for happy hour lays a mound of up-to-the-minute user generated commentary on just about any major topic. While Twitter Search helps you wade through this endless torrent of tweets from within the browser, Mustache Inc‘s iPhone application Summizer aims to squeeze that functionality into a package… Read More

  • LG Prada II sort of confirmed for Christmas

    At this week’s LG Dealership show in the Netherlands, GSMHelpdesk.nl poked and prodded at LG’s Benelux Sales Director for information on the Prada II, the rumored QWERTY-loaded follow up to the original LG Prada handset. While he wasn’t willing to outright spill the beans, he was willing to share this little morsel: “A good turkey is eaten with Christmas. When white… Read More