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  • Jabra wants you to be excited about their Stone headset

    Unless it’s expensive or otherwise unique, it’s tough to get people pumped about Bluetooth headsets. We get press releases for at least 3 of them a day – all of them more or less the same. Looking to generate a bit of hype around their new and as-of-yet unannounced “Stone” headset, Jabra is going with the ol’ mystery-and-intrigue routine. They’ve got a… Read More

  • South Korea issues exemption, gets iPhone in return

    In the same way that the FCC acts as the Black Gate of Mordor for US-bound mobile devices, the South Koreans have their own Hobbit-deterrent regulatory body to oversee mobile communications and devices, the KCC. As luck would have it, the orcs kind folks working at the KCC have had a change of heart regarding Apple’s darling. Read More

  • Rumor: LG VX8575 coming October 18th?

    We’ve got a pretty good idea of what we should expect of LG’s upcoming Chocolate Touch, the VX8575 – at least, we’ve got a better idea than we did a week ago. We know to expect a 3.5mm jack, 3″ touchscreen, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. We (sadly) know that it won’t look like the yardstick-esque LG BL40. Pretty much the only things we don’t know are… Read More

  • HTC: Only Android phones will rock the chin.

    Oh, the infamous chin of many HTC Android phones – how controversial it is. At least, it’s about as controversial as things get in the geeky little world of the phone-obsessed. Done one way (as with the G1), it finds itself on the wrong end of an endless train of mockery. Done almost identically on another, generally more appealing handset, and people like it so much that more… Read More

  • Microsoft threatens 30 million WinMo 6.5 devices by 2010

    Like it or not, Windows Mobile is a predominant mobile OS. It rules the roost, along with Symbian, and although Android will shortly beat its butt – I’d expect it to reach parity in about 2012 – we’re still going to have to live with up to 30 million WinMo 6.5 devices by the end of the year. Read More

  • Two Non-Fat, No-Whip Starbucks Apps, Coming Right Up.

    Now that Starbucks has at least one store on every corner, where are they to go? To the iPhone, of course. In true Starbucks fashion, they’re not rolling out just one app – oh, no! They’ve got two apps. Next thing you know, there will be a Starbucks app within your Starbucks app, fighting tooth and nail to bring in more than the Starbucks app across the street. The first… Read More

  • How should Net Neutrality affect the mobile Internet?

    The Big Deal yesterday was the FCC’s announcement of two additional proposals to its enforcement of Net Neutrality: non-discrimination (ISPs can’t play favorites when it comes to network traffic), and transparent management (ISPs should be upfront with their network management practices, like blocking BitTorrent during peak hours). That’s all well and good—I… Read More

  • Sprint goes full bore with Android dev support

    Motorola’s been at it for a while now with their Android developer resources, but with Sprint poised to launch what is undoubtedly one of the most impressive Android phones to date, they’re jumping on the support bandwagon pretty hard. Sprint has announced today that they’re rolling out the red carpet for Android devs looking to do some good with the Hero. Alright, granted… Read More

  • Intel announces Moblin 2.1

    So, you read that headline. First word: Intel. Got it. Second word: announces. Easy. Third word? Moblin. “What the hell is a Moblin?”, you wonder. We feel your pain. All the jargon, all the model numbers – it gets tough to handle. So, here’s a recap: a Moblin is a bulldog-esque enemy from the early Zelda games. Surprised that Intel would have anything to do with such… Read More

  • FCC approves Android-packin' Samsung InstinctQ

    Great news, fandroids! The one and only FCC has just approved Sprint’s (rumored) second foray into Android – the Samsung InstinctQ. Read More

  • Verizon to Storm owners: No, really. Check out YouTube.

    Every once in a while, a new application will launch for the BlackBerry Storm that Verizon wants to shine a light on. To make sure that everyone gets a glance at it (and not just those who pop into App World), they push a download icon all the way to the user’s app launch screen. First it was Slacker, followed shortly thereafter by Facebook. In both of these cases, the icon’s… Read More

  • Verizon's new Entice is destined for the bargain bin

    Calling all cheapskates: Verizon’s always had a solid, if at times unassuming selection of featurephones, and they’re ready to throw one more into the mix. For a scant $39.99 (after the obligatory $50 mail-in rebate), you’ll be able to snag yourself a brand new Motorola Entice W766 today. The successor to the W755 (also inaccurately known as the “COOL”), the… Read More

  • Layar Enhances Augmented Reality Browser Platform With 3D Capabilities

    Layar, one of the first companies to start popularizing the concept of augmented reality browsing using modern day’s mobile phone cameras, is today announcing the addition of 3D capabilities to its AR browser platform for Android and will be demoing the experience starting tomorrow at the Picnic Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. With 3D, third-party developers can now tag… Read More

  • Man sends 662,000 txts in 30 days

    Some anonymous AT&T user managed to send 662,258 txt messages in a 30 day period using his iPhone. To me, the crazy part is not that the guy sent then many messages, but that he still receives his bill on hard copy. 12,000 pages of hard copy. Read More

  • Cell Phone Art: Camera phone photos get an art gallery (or two)

    When you think of camera phone photos, what words pop into your brain? For us, that would be “blurry”, “blueish”, and “craptastic” – but that’s because 95% of our camera shots come when we’re three drinks deep in a bar lit like the Bat Cave. Name any sub-niche of photography, from pin-hole to lomo, and there’s a community of… Read More

  • T-Mobile fires up 21 Mbps HSPA+ in Philadelphia

    Look at you go, T-Mobile! T-Mo was one of the last off the bat with a 3G network — hell, their 3G network is just now really getting to a respectable size — but now they’re the first in the US to roll out a 21 Mbps HSPA+ (still considered 3G, though its 5-7x faster than what they’ve got now) test market. It’s only in Philadelphia for now, though more markets ought… Read More

  • HTC Touch2, Touch Pro2, and Garmin-Asus G60 get priced for AT&T

    Ready to dump out a chunk of change to AT&T for your next smartphone? Need to know how much to pull out of the “non-essentials” (food, hygiene, etc) savings? This might help. BGR managed to finagle some details over the weekend, shedding a light on the price points for the HTC Pure (Touch2), HTC Tilt2 (Touch Pro2), along with the long-fabled Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60. Read More

  • Verizon looks at the BL40, wimps out, goes with some boring handset

    Look, Verizon. I know that we’ve given the BL40 a lot of crap since it first leaked out. It was a pretty grand departure from Chocolates past and, well, it looked big enough to churn butter with. That said, we liked it. Apparently we were the only ones – either that, or the people in Verizon’s “Focus group” were just jerks. They got handed two prototypes: one… Read More

  • Need to steady your iPhone? There's a tripod and app for that.

    From the same folks who brought you the iTwinge QWERTY keyboard iPhone adapter comes an iPhone-specific three-legged stabilizer + app, the Blur Tripod. This is a total blur-removing minimizing system, complete with tripod, iPhone tripod adapter, and Blur Tripod software. Video after the jump. Read More

  • Paid Apps for Palm App Catalog coming September 24th?

    Considering Palm’s lag in getting free apps into their store (there are right around 80 right now), we’re not exactly expecting an onslaught once they open up the doors to paid apps. Either way, more apps are more apps, and we’re always fans of anything that might make developers some change. After Palm accidentally leaked out v1.2 of their OS a few weeks ago, it was clear… Read More