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  • HTC Touch Diamond ROM 1.93 now available for all

    While HTC Touch Diamond owners in Hong Kong have been running 1.93 for a few weeks now, folks everywhere else in the world have been out of luck and out of date. Until today, that is. With the release of V1.93 ROMs for the UK and most other European countries, just about everyone can get to patchin’. According to Coolsmartphone, known changes include “camera navigation, text… Read More

  • What's eating the iPhone's 3G?

    When reception is low, the first one up on the ranter’s chopping plate tends to be the carrier. Such is the case for AT&T; since the iPhone 3Gs launch, much flack has been sent their way over lackluster 3G signal, slow speeds, and dropped calls on the device. Thing is, AT&T doesn’t seem to be the one we should be pointing a finger at. Complaints of poor 3G reception have… Read More

  • Blackberry Bold reviewed

    Apparently August 12th is a holiday for anybody in the mobile industry. At least, that’s what I derive from the fact that nothing is going on. What are you, the devoted mobile blog reader, to do for entertainment? You could go have a snackpack and watch some day-time soaps .. or, even better, you could read David Flynn’s BlackBerry Bold review over at APC Mag. It’s about… Read More

  • Samsung Messager now available from Cricket

    Cricket is now offering Samsung’s new Messager, the bar-style handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, for easy texting and surfing. The Messager also features a 1.3-megapixel camera, MP3 player, multiple Bluetooth profiles and a MicroSD slot. Scott Edwards, senior vice president of marketing for Cricket, said: “Cricket customers want attractive devices that enhance their… Read More

  • The Smithsonian sends ad to your mobile


    The Smithsonian Institute is trying to encourage people to visit its galleries by sending messages to passersby’s mobile phones. The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are testing a system that sends a message from the Smithsonian to Bluetooth-enabled phones, messages will be sent from bus stops in D.C.’s most pedestrian-trafficked areas. If… Read More

  • Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17


    While reports have ranged that the first Android handset will come out anywhere from October to sometime in 2009, the latest rumors have the HTC Dream (codenamed “G1″) going on presale for existing T-Mobile customers starting September 17th. The guys over at TmoNews say they have some trusted sources who have priced the handset at $399, or $150 for existing customers during… Read More

  • Nokia launches email beta


    Nokia has launched an email client on its Betalabs site. Based on Intellisync, which Nokia purchased in 2005, the service promise simplier mobile access to email accounts from Google, Yahoo or other ISPs. To set up the service, users only have to enter an email address and password, to view, read, forward, delete, compose and send emails from their S60-based mobile phone. The service says it… Read More

  • 48% of U.S. drivers age 18 to 24 admit to texting while driving


    According to a new survey by FindLaw, nearly half of U.S. drivers between 18 and 24 say they have sent a text message, IM or e-mail while driving. But, thankfully, less than 2% of drivers age 55 and over admitted to the same multitasking urge. FindLaw broke its survey results down by age group: 48% of those 18 to 24 admitted to texting while driving
    27% of 25-34 year-olds
    19% of 35-44 year-olds
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  • HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    While it’s still up in the air whether anyone actually cares about Android, people sure like to talk about it. Just last week, a Global Equities Research analyst’s proclamation that the first Android handsets would miss their 2008 target was enough to set message boards around the tubes ablaze, until HTC came along and cleared things up. Piggybacking on HTC’s tidings of… Read More

  • Steve Jobs talks App Store: 60 million downloads, $30 million in the first month

    If you were one of the 10 people who thought the App Store would be a failure, you might want to check out this WSJ article. Also, stop talking to yourself on the subway and wearing rain boots in the middle of summer, crazyface. Speaking of the App store for the first time since its launch, Steve Jobs has revealed some numbers. In its first 30 days, Apple has already pushed 60 million downloads… Read More

  • Sanyo releases jumbo-res Katana Eclipse product shots

    With the Katana Eclipse rumored to be launching on Sprint in the next 2-3 weeks, I’m sure there are at least a handful of Sanyo fans out there just dying for some poster-sized Katana goodness. Fear not, hungry eyes – Sanyo’s got your back. Check out the new high resolution Katana Eclipse gallery here. [Via Phonenews] Read More

  • Motorola Alexander minus QWERTY equals Motorola Atila

    When shots of Motorola’s last-ditch handset effort, the Alexander, got out a few days ago, a resounding “meh” shot out across the internet. “Meh” on Windows Mobile 6.1, some said. “Meh” on the painful looking keyboard, said others. If the Alexander didn’t get you pumped, perhaps its just spotted sans-QWERTY plus-Touchscreen counterpart, the… Read More

  • Fring adds E71 support

    So, you’ve got your shiny new E71. You’ve also got a bunch of Skype buddies. If only there were some way to combine the two. You’d be unstoppable! You could start a pack of crime-fighting super heroes, fueled by the convenience of VoIP! Fortunately, fring hates crime just as much as you do. They want to help you use your Nokia E71 to connect with your crime-crushing… Read More

  • Sanyo Katana Eclipse on the way, launches on Bell Mobility

    The Sanyo Katana was just one of those phones that just stayed on the shelves for way longer than anyone expected. But why? Sure, it had some pretty well-marketed TTY features, but that’s nothing unique. Oh – and it was Dr. Turk’s phone on Scrubs. Whatever the cause, it’s one of the few phones that Sprint might still pitch at you two years after launch. Well… Read More

  • Nokia Xpress Music 5610 available from T-Mobile


    Though we knew it was in the works, T-Mobile today officially announced the availability of Nokia’s Xpress Music 5610. The 5610 offers upgraded features from the previously announced Xpress Music 5310, including: a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, quick access to music function buttons, a microSD slot (with 1GB bundled in the box), stereo Bluetooth and a 2.2-inch… Read More

  • Verizon's Voyager gets Visual Voicemail


    Its not just for the iPhone anymore, Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of Visual Voicemail for the Voyager by LG. For those who haven’t seen it, Visual Voice Mail provides a different way to access voicemail; a list of messages is displayed on the screen and users can choose the order in which they want to listen to messages. Users can also delete, reply and forward… Read More

  • T-Mobile planning an open app store?


    Word on the street it that T-Mobile USA is planning on taking a more ‘open’ approach to applications; the carrier is said to be working on something similar to Apple’s app store for the iPhone, but for handsets across its line-up. That’s 31.5 million T-Mobile USA subscribers to the 10 million iPhone users Apple expects to have by year’s end. Reported details of… Read More

  • Patent holding firm files suit against Apple, Palm, RIM


    WiAV Solutions, a patent holding firm that doesn’t actually make anything from its proprietary technology, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Apple, Palm and Research In Motion have violated as many as 10 patents relating to GSM technology. WiAV solutions only owns two of the ten patents in question and ‘exclusively’ licenses the other eight from Mindspeed; as part of its… Read More

  • Has Apple killed the MobileMe status blog?

    On July 25th, a new item showed up on the Apple’s MobileMe page: “Status”. In order to better communicate with an angry userbase while potentially pacifying the harsh-tonged masses, this page would serve as a small glimpse behind the doors of the MobileMe HQ for anyone who cared to look. At the beginning, all was well. Every other day brought a herald of both good and bad. Read More

  • Good night, Sidekick Slide

    After a nasty factory defect in the early batches followed by months of inadequate sales, it’s not really any surprise that T-Mobile has decided to nix the Motorola-made Sidekick Slide from their line up. To be honest, it’s a bit more surprising that it lasted as long as it did. When widespread rumors of a recall start trickling out within weeks of a device’s launch… Read More