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  • Occipital Brings Seamless Barcode Scanning To The iPhone With RedLaser

    Now that the new iPhone 3G S has a video camera, TechStars startup Occipital has released an update to its RedLaser app (iTunes link, $1.99) which speeds up barcode scanning by not requiring you to first take a picture. Occipital claims that its “realtime barcode scanner” is the only one which works on phones with both autofocus (the new 3G S) and without (the older iPhone and… Read More

  • A100: Now iRiver makes Bluetooth headsets

    You might want to know that iRiver is making Bluetooth headsets now. Granted, the don’t look anything special; does any headset? Also, the first model, the A100, is currently only set for release in China. Read More

  • Coming To Android This Summer: Kyte, Rummble and Google Books

    Always nice for a reporter to bump into a developer who builds mobile applications for startups and gives you a live preview and details of yet-to-be-announced stuff. No worries, he has permission to talk about the apps (he thinks). The man I’m talking about is Juli├ín Moreno from development house Droiders, and he and his team have been hacking away at some fine apps for the Android… Read More

  • Review: Nokia e71x for AT&T

    Can great things get better? Sure they can! We’ve loved the Nokia E71 for nigh on a year when we ran a review in October describing it thusly: This phone is a magnificent piece of work. Everything about it screams “quality” from the texture of the keys to the styling and heft. Everyone I saw, be they users of iPhones, BlackBerries, flip phones or what have you, everyone… Read More

  • Trek the globe with the Verizon USB1000 Global Modem

    Globe trotters- Starting tomorrow you’ll be able to purchase the Verizon Wireless USB1000 Global Modem (Novatel) for $150 after a $50 MIR with a two-year contract. Read More

  • First Look: Beejive 3.0 for the iPhone

    Before we start review, there’s something I have to admit: I hate most mobile IM clients. We see a whole lot of phones go in and out of the MobileCrunch office, each generally toting its own crappy, broken instant messaging suite. Be they slow, flakey, or just outright terribly designed, we’ve grown to have a nearly unshakable bias against them. With that in mind, know this: We… Read More

  • iPhone app review: Appy Newz

    Here’s a fun way to waste time: make fake tabloid covers using photos from your iPhone camera! Appy Newz is a cute little faux desktop iPhone publishing application that makes it super easy to create slick looking magazine covers. It comes filled with stock backgrounds and faces, but you can easily select backgrounds and faces from your camera roll. Read More

  • Sirius XM iPhone app released: No Howard Stern, MLB or NFL; Opie and Anthony make the cut

    Big news today, Sirius XM fans. The Sirius XM iPhone app has been released, and is available to download right now. The app itself is free, but you’ll need to be a Sirius XM subscriber to use it. Obviously. Read More

  • Samsung Highlight coming to T-Mobile next month

    Poor Samsung. They can never keep any of their secrets. This time, images of the “Highlight” have been leaked to TmoNews. The 3G touch-screen devices looks similar to the Instinct s30 and features a 3.1-megapixel camera and GPS. Look for it to drop on July 15th. [PSGallery=2lsbxj8w9u] Read More

  • Hands-on with the Samsung Omnia 2

    Announced on Monday, the Samsung Omnia 2 is making its way onto Verizon very soon and we sat down with it for a little groping session. Read More

  • Review: Gameloft's Rise of the Lost Empires charms and enchants

    If you want an action/adventure RPG worth its salt, look no further. Gameloft’s Rise of the Lost Empires has everything you need! I loved this game and played it so obsessively for the last few days that I developed a severe case of cell phone elbow. This game has awe-inspiring graphics and dazzling gameplay. Aside from some extremely minor performance issues, Rise of the Lost Empires… Read More

  • T-Mobile Dash 3G official and pictured

    A blurry little bird told us a few weeks back that the Dash 3G was incoming, probably for a July 1 release date. Everything in this fresh-out-of-the-oven press release seems to confirm that, so let’s all get together and have a tall glass of Dash this Independence Day. Here’s what T-Mo has to say about the device: The T-Mobile Dash 3G, designed by HTC and powered by… Read More

  • A seven-page "first look" at the Omnia 2

    If you’re looking for a new WinMo smartphone, the Omnia 2 should definitely be on your list. I still think the cube thing is weird-looking, but apparently the phone works quite well and has a nice, polished touch interface. It’d be superfluous to list all the details they go over, but let’s just say that GSM Arena’s “first look” is more thorough than… Read More

  • iTunes buckles under the weight of iPhone OS 3.0 downloads, activation server crashes

    The big day has finally come. You rushed to download iPhone OS 3.0, sat on the edge of your seat as your handset did its thing, and then.. nothing. No glorious homescreen, no new search pane. You look over at your monitor, and sure enough – iTunes is spitting out error messages. Read More

  • AT&T opens up the iPhone 3G S upgrade eligibility window by 3 months

    If you’re just weeks outside of eligibility for an upgrade to the iPhone 3G S, you’ve probably been one of the many folks clamoring for a deal. No matter where you turn online, you can find people ranting on the matter – with just 11 months between the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S, lots of folks are getting a bit screwed over. In a pleasantly surprising turn of events, AT&T… Read More

  • Verizon, AT&T deny texting conspiracy

    Let’s roll back the clock to September 9, 2008: on this dreary D.C. morning, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), head honcho of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee expressed some concerns in a press release regarding the sharp jump in the price of sending and receiving text messages. Text messages were commonly priced at 10 cents per message sent or received in 2005. As of the end of the month… Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.0 Just Launched. Here are 20 Things To Check Out.

    Here it is, folks. At long last, version 3.0 of the iPhone OS has launched here in the US, bringing with it just about every feature the phone should have had from the start – and a whole lot more. If you hadn’t already coaxed an iPhone developer into letting you piggyback on their account or (gasp!) actually shelled out for a developers membership, the past 3 months have probably… Read More

  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G launching next week?

    The HTC Magic. The T-Mobile G2. Or, if you prefer to use T-Mobile’s horrible name for it, the myTouch 3G. Call it what you will, but it’s launching soon. Read More

  • iPhone 3G S video sample makes its way to the tubes

    Do you get your mitts on your iPhone 3G S yet? No? Don’t worry – neither did we. Neither did most people, really. But somewhere out there, some guy did – and he’s already crackin’ away at helping people make informed decisions one video sample at a time. We can’t say for absolute certain that this video comes from an iPhone 3G S, but it all seems to fall… Read More

  • Cellphone matrioshka

    It starts with the big one, a huge Motorola phone that once amazed it all. It ends with the iPhone. This clever cellphone matrioshka takes us through the history of cellphones in highly stylized plastic. Obviously this isn’t available to buy – you could feasibily make your own, I suppose, out of cardboard – but it’s a clever project nonetheless. Read More