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  • Palm Pixi specs pour out

    Since the Pixi has been announced, there’s been much curiosity about how it’s going to be different from the Pre. Looks like we’re finally getting some (leaked) information on what exactly is going to be inside. Read More

  • JAGTAG brings 2D barcode reading to Twitter

    JAGTAG announces today that they are now able to utilize Twitter’s network to decode their proprietary 2D barcodes and then easily broadcast the resulting links and media via Twitter’s re-tweet function. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has hooked up with the company to promote their new Blu-ray/DVD launch of X-Men Origins: Wolverine via this method. It’s an… Read More

  • NEC, Casio and Hitachi make cell phone op merger official, want to go international

    The first rumors started spreading about two weeks ago, and it was officially announced yesterday: Major Japanese cell phone makers Hitachi, NEC and Casio are merging their mobile phone operations to become Japan’s No. 2 maker (following Sharp). The name of the new venture will be “NEC Casio Mobile Communications”. Read More

  • Motorola wants everyone to Cliq, looks beyond T-Mobile

    Last Thursday, Motorola announced its first Android-based smartphone, Cliq, alongside its new custom Android interface, MOTOBLUR. Although no specific availability or pricing information was released, it was pretty clear (read: T-Mo’s CTO was on stage) that T-Mobile would be the exclusive carrier of MOTO’s new Hail Mary device. But that was so last week. Read More

  • Moto Cliq pre-orders to begin on October 19th?

    This pamphlet, purportedly leaked fresh from someone in the know at T-mobile, is fantastic for two reasons. For one, it says “298 minutes away from cake.” which, while we have no idea what the hell it means, sounds intriguing. Beyond that (and that’s really the primary draw here), it also happens to list the pre-order date for Moto’s new Android-powered baby, the… Read More

  • MetroPCS wants a CDMA/LTE smartphone in 2010

    The fact that they’re only the 5th largest carrier in the United States hasn’t kept MetroPCS from dreaming big. Far from it – they’re gunning for the big boys today by announcing their vendors for the eventual big switch to LTE. From the looks of it, they’ve got a pretty solid team lined up: Ericsson will be handling the new network infrastructure, and Samsung… Read More

  • Off-the-radar on-the-go: Android gets anonymous browsing

    From satiating paranoia to working around company/school firewalls and geolocational limitations, there are countless reasons why someone might want to browse the web anonymously. While such things are pretty simple to do on a full-blown computer, going faceless on a mobile handset hasn’t proven too feasible – until now. By combining the expandability of Android with the open… Read More

  • Sprint and T-Mobile sitting in a (merger) tree?

    Paying attention, Verizon and AT&T? You might have a new monster of a mobile company (with lots of Android offerings) to deal with if Deutsche Telekom can successfully navigate a deal to purchase Sprint Nextel via its American arm, T-Mobile USA. After rumors of the German mobile giant’s interest in swallowing up the on again, off again mobile carrier that is Sprint Nextel, shares of… Read More

  • Dude, the iPhone app

    Dude, there’s this new iPhone app you can get. It’s called “Dude”. That’s right, dude, this app is called “Dude”. No, it’s not a Jeffrey Lebowski app, as cool as that would be. This “Dude” app catalogs many, though not all, of the ways in which the word “dude” may be used in every day conversation. Not only do you get… Read More

  • OpenTable launches on Android

    Back when OpenTable launched on the iPhone in November of last year, one of the very first comments we got on the story was from a gent named Chris. “Unless it’s on Android, it’s useless,” it read. Good news, Chris! OpenTable is no longer useless to you. This morning, the online restaurant reservation service launched their app onto the Android Market. As with both… Read More

  • HTC Leo makes an appearance, packs a Snapdragon

    Well what do we have here? Apparently, it’s the first “live” (leaked) images of HTC’s upcoming WinMo-based Leo handset. We know. WinMo. Yay. Well, maybe the inclusion of Qualcomm’s 1Ghz 8520B Snapdragon processor, a rumored 4.3″ large GARGANTUAN touch screen display with a resolution of 800×480, and 320MB of system RAM will change your (and possibly… Read More

  • Samsung's announcing something at CTIA

    Sound the alarm! Breaking news! This just in: Samsung, who announces something every week (No. Really.) will be announcing something at CTIA on Wednesday, October 7th. To be honest, we actually expect them to announce multiple somethings at CTIA – but this one was big enough that they wanted to highlight it. With that said, here’s the catch: it’s big enough that they want… Read More

  • LG GW620 Android phone headed for Europe in Q4

      Sensing a great disturbance in The Force, it appears that LG has finally decided to take the Android platform seriously. The company will be releasing the Android-powered GW620 by the end of the year “in select European markets.” There aren’t a whole lot of technical specs right now, except that the device “features a 3-inch full touchscreen and slide out… Read More

  • Location-based mobile social network Centrl integrates web version into its mobile apps

    “Location” has been one of the most frequently used buzzwords in the web industry recently, with i.e. Twitter, Facebook and Google having substantially stepped up efforts in that area in the last few months. TechCrunch has always been particularly bullish about location-based mobile social networks, with Loopt, Brightkite or, most recently, Foursquare among the big names. But there… Read More

  • AT&T begins rolling out MMS for the iPhone

    A few hours ago, we got a tip from one of our readers that they’d popped into their iPhone messaging app this morning, only to find that they’d suddenly gained the ability to send MMS. We chalked it up as a fluke – AT&T promised it would launch on September 25th, after all, and they haven’t exactly been punctual about this whole thing thus far. Two whole weeks early? Read More

  • Study: mobile, iPhone users half as likely to click ads than non-mobile users

    New research performed by online search advertising company Chitika suggests mobile users are far less likely to click on ads than non-mobile Internet users. In fact, they’re about half as likely, the study shows based on a sample of 92 million impressions. Could that be true? Wasn’t it the other way around? First, we should note right off the bat that Chitika is an Internet… Read More

  • Sprint CEO dishes on 4G, Palm, what's next, and more

    Charlie Rose interviews Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse and they get all kinds of crazy talking about the mobile phone industry. Well, not that crazy, but he does make Dan compare the iPhone to Michael Jordan and complain about the actual cost of smartphones. Engadget’s got the highlights (some poor intern must have scrubbed through the transcript) but feel free to watch or read the… Read More

  • Glam Media Goes Mobile

    What do you do when you’re sitting on a nearly endless torrent of finely-focused content and a few million bucks in venture capital? You go mobile. That’s exactly what Glam Media, the distributed media network behind the womens lifestyle site and its male-oriented counterpart, is about to do. As one of the fastest growing sites on the web, its taken a bit longer… Read More

  • Palm Pre gets a Google Voice App

    Sure, we’ll admit it: there might not be a whole lot of apps available right now for webOS on the Palm Pre, especially when compared to the iPhone App Store’s 70,000. That said, there’s at least one application that the Pre has that you won’t find on the iPhone – well, at least not anymore: Google Voice. It’s not Google-made, but homebrew-developer… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC Hero update tomorrow to improve performance, improve camera

    It’s looking like the latest version HTC Hero firmware will be coming out tomorrow for user in the US. How do we know? Well, the company has released an update specific to the nordic countries today, and has warned users in other countries not to use that version, as it’s missing some bits that will be needed. Read More