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  • Free tetris clone Tris removed from App Store

    EA Games pushes out an iPhone port Tetris, and sells it for $9.99. An independent developer goes and makes his own Tetris clone (as has been done on just about every single electronic device ever created since the dawn of man) called Tris and offers it for the world for free. This is all going to go perfectly smooth, right? Of course not. Tris’ developer Noah Witherspoon has received… Read More

  • Newest PwnageTool brings iPhone 2.0.2 jailbreaking to OS X

    While Windows users got a few days of exclusivity on the firmware 2.0.2 jailbreaking front with the release of QuickPwn, Mac users are now free to get in on the fun. The iPhone Dev Team released PwnageTool 2.0.3 this morning, which should be able to crack iPhones/iPod Touches running firmware 2.0.2. It comes pre-loaded with the most recent version of the Installer beta (b6) and German… Read More

  • MediaFLO adds three new all-news-all-the-time channels


    Qualcomm’s mobile TV arm, MediaFLO has expanded its news coverage, just in time for the U.S. presidential race. The mobile TV service will now include three new 24/7 news channels: CNBC and MSNBC from NBC Universal and FOX News. MediaFLO said the news services were timed to launch for the political party convention season. MediaFLO USA’s mobile TV service is available to… Read More

  • AT&T introduces slightly less ridiculous international data plans for iPhone

    What would you rather pay for 200 megabytes of data while roaming international lands: $3993 dollars (204,800 kilobytes at a rate of $0.0195 per kilobyte, AT&Ts pay-per-kb rate), or a lump sum of 200 bucks per month? (Yeah, we know the only rational answer to that is “Screw that, both prices are ridiculous.”) AT&T today unveiled the details for two new international… Read More

  • Google explains why it dropped GTalk and Bluetooth from first round Android


    In its developers’ blog, Dan Morrill, Google’s ‘Developer Advocate’ explained why the company is not including GTalkService and Bluetooth in Android 1.0 SDK. In a nutshell, Google: “plain ran out of time.” Specifically GTalkService was postponed due to security concerns that the company felt “placed a significant burden on the application developer… Read More

  • FCC approves new Hitachi Casio 8-megapixel camera phone

    The FCC has approved the latest product of the Hitachi, Casio partnership; an Exilim-branded 8-megapixel camera phone. Unfortunately, just because the FCC approved it doesn’t guarantee the swivel screened, clamshell will actually be launched in the U.S. anytime soon, but still it gives us a reason to hope. As a follow up to the W53CA, this new phone is called the W63CA. According to… Read More

  • HTC S740 smartphone to Europe in September

    Dammit. Finally the perfect HTC phone for a guy like me and it’s only going to be available in Europe. Who knows, maybe it’ll find its way over here someday. The S740 does NOT have a touchscreen (woo hoo!), has a full, tangible, real QWERTY keyboard (woo hoo!), and a real, big boy 12-key number pad (woo hoo!). Add to that 7.2 Mbps HSDPA data, GPS, 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD… Read More

  • Leaked Verizon docs: Whatever, iPhone sucks anyways

    You know things are goin’ awry when your employees interpret “Confidential and proprietary material for authorized Verizon Wireless personnel and Agents only” to mean “Send this to the Boy Genius immediately.” The document pretty much rounds up every nit pick the blogosphere has had with the iPhone 3G since day one — faux price drops, whonky data plans… Read More

  • Nokia announces N79 and N85

    Nokia announced two new handsets this morning, both revamped replacements of models yore. First up is the Nokia N79, which will be replacing the N78 that hit the shelves only months ago. You ever meet a pair of twins, but its blatantly apparent which one got the good genes? The N79 got the good genes here. It’s got the 5 megapixel camera (up from 3.2), dual LED flash, 3G, GPS, and… Read More

  • iPhone's 3G antenna put to the test in a $110,000 metal box


    SCIENCE. When murmurs of the new iPhone’s purported subpar 3G performance made its way around to Sweden, a company called Bluetest decided to try and determine once and for all if we all just had a case of the crazies. They stuck an iPhone 3G into a $110,000 noise-free chamber along with a simulated base station, and tested communications in both directions. Then they did the same tests… Read More

  • Verizon announces the LG Voyager in Titanium and the Blitz


    LG’s Voyager Titanium is Verizon’s latest touch-screen handset, and pretty much the same Voyager previously available in black but with a “lustrous titanium finish” and support for V CAST Music with Rhapsody and Visual Voice Mail. The Voyager in Titanium is available for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The V CAST Music… Read More

  • iRecord Pro now compatible with 3G iPhone and iPod Touch


    Streaming Networks has announced enhancements to its iRecord Pro, including support for direct recording to the 3G iPhone and iPod Touch. iRecord Pro now supports high quality, full D1, H.264 video encoding, lossless audio compression, timed recording, live streaming, direct recording to Windows PC or Macintosh computer hard disks and transcoding of existing digital contents to portable… Read More

  • New photos of Moto's VU30 and ZN4


    Phonearena has posted more recent photos of Motorola’s Rapture VU30. The handset is predicted to launch from Verizon on September 9th, and specs for the flip phone were leaked late last week.

    More photos of the Motorola Blaze ZN4 have also surfaced, which we also expect to launch this fall. While no solid info on specs, it appears to have a transparent flip up cover and touch… Read More

  • O1 laser keyboard phone: A big load of fake

    Cellular-news did a bit of sleuthing on some sort of O1 virtual keyboard phone that projects a laser keyboard on the surface in front of it and was said to have 32 gigabytes of storage. It turns out the magazine that broke the story, T3 – your basic boobs and gadgets lad mag from Europe – owns the O1 website and could essentially be in marketing bed with the scammers who are trying… Read More

  • No VoIP for Nokia's N78?


    While Nokia has typically included VoIP functions in many of its smart phones—much to the chagrin of carriers—it looks like the top handset maker may be changing its stance, and removing VoIP on some of its new N-series handsets. Gigaom reported that the N78 is not VoIP compatible and when they asked Nokia why, the company replied: “Nokia Nseries is committed VoIP services… Read More

  • Details for Motorola VU30 Rapture leaked

    PhoneArena managed to get their hands on the manual for a new Motorola flip phone heading toward Verizon. Previously only known as the VU30, the handset has now been dubbed “Rapture”. Apparently someone at Motorola or Verizon thinks this phone is in line with the second coming of Jesus Christ. Of course, they could be using one of the other definitions – either way, probably… Read More

  • MTV backing new digital-only show about Memphis music scene


    In digital content news, MTV New Media has teamed up with “Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer for real-life music drama about the Memphis music scene. Called $5 Cover, the 15 webisode show will feature working Memphis musicians, their music and the drama of their lives. $5 Cover will be available online at http://www.fivedollarcover.com, and on mobile devices. Along with… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro made by HTC

    First the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, and now the Treo Pro – it’s starting to look like if you’re aiming to make up for a few years of stale design, you call in HTC to make your handset for you. Digitimes is reporting that sources at handset vendors have pegged Taiwan’s good ol’ High Tech Computer as the manufacturer of Palm’s pretty little newcomer that… Read More

  • [Updated] Soulja Boy gets a sort of special Xbox 360 themed Sidekick LX

    YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! Besides being a master lyricist with such classic lines as “Gurl B Double O-T-Y-M-E A T You Know It Dats Dat Bootymeat”, Soulja Boy also happens to be a cell phone aficionado and a super amazing gamer. Knowing this, Danger apparently sent him an otherwise unreleased Xbox 360 themed Sidekick LX, which he in turn filmed and put online. Update: And by that, of course… Read More

  • AIM for Windows Mobile comes out of beta


    Pic via MobileBurn.com With a notable chunk of the mobile market being made up of IM-addicted hooligans, a solid AIM application is pretty much an absolute must for any platform. It’s somewhere that Windows Mobile has been lagging behind for years – while there are plenty of AIM offerings for the devices, the vast majority look and run like they were designed for Windows 3.1x… Read More