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  • Motorola launches the Debut i856, a not-totally-ugly iDEN phone

    Just a bit over a year ago, we were tearing into Motorola for launching the i776, the ugliest iDEN (Push-to-talk) handset we’d ever seen. A good few months later, they launched the iDEN Clutch ; while it wouldn’t take home any beauty pageant tiaras, it was a huge step up from the monstrosity it followed. Now it seems that Motorola has really started to get this iDEN phone thing… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets official

    Man – ever heard of raining on someone’s parade, Sony Ericsson? Today’s the first day of Nokia World, a big ol’ event dedicated to, well, Nokia. That isn’t keeping Sony Ericsson from holding their own seperate bash, where they’ve just announced the Xperia X2, the followup to last year’s rich-blooded QWERTY-sliding X1. We’d heard rumors a few days… Read More

  • Alltel nabs the HTC Snap

    “Oh, Snap!” proclaims Alltel, seemingly out of nowhere. Verizon glances over. “What? Don’t say that. It hasn’t been cool since nineteen ninety never. It makes you sound like a jerk.” “No, no. Not like that. I just started offering the HTC Snap.” Alltel responds, staring off into the sky. “I already offer the HTC Snap, and I own… Read More

  • Nationwide Insurance: 80 percent of Americans want legislation ‘to restrict’ driving while using mobile phone

    We’ve already noted the dangers of driving while texting, but today there’s evidence that suggests many other people recognize the problem. A recent survey conducted by Nationwide Insurance says that some 80 percent of Americans support some sort of legislation “to restrict cell phone use while driving.” How you define “cell phone use” then becomes an issue. Read More

  • Vonage goes where Google Voice can't: the App Store

    Talk about strange – while Google Voice can’t get so much as their foot in the App Store’s door, Vonage has just done a pirouette and waltzed right through. According to a recent release from the Jersey-based VOIP giant, their new Vonage mobile application has been approved for inclusion into Apple’s App Store as soon as it comes out of beta. Details at this point… Read More

  • HTC announces the WinMo 6.5 Touch2

    Today, HTC officially announced the Touch2 with Windows Mobile 6.5 that includes My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. HTC was skimp on specs, but we do know that the Touch2 will have TouchFLO and a slew of Google products pre-installed. And the new IE Mobile supports Flash. If you’re into that sort of thing, which we suspect you are. The Touch2 launches on October 6 with… Read More

  • The Nokia N97 Mini is finally official, existence still in question

    Well, look at that. The Nokia N97 Mini really does exist for some odd reason. The Mini is basically a N97 photocopied at 90%. The screen shrunk to 3.2-inches from 3.5, and the whole bezel is just a tad smaller. But it’s not like the original N97 was a hog. So we’re still wondering why Nokia spent all those resources on such a phone. Ah well.[PSGallery=3aydpeinwk] Read More

  • Fresh from Nokia Beta Labs: Ovi Lifecasting, Social Messaging (aka Facebook lovefest)

    At the Nokia World 2009 event in Stuttgart, Nokia Beta Labs has announced a number of new services ready for testing right now. The most interesting one is Ovi Lifecasting, an application we caught wind of yesterday but is now ready for limited early bird beta-testing. Also new is an extension of Nokia Messaging called Social Messaging, which interestingly Nokia calls the groundwork for an… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC Desire 6200 to be Verizon's next Google device?

    Hold on tight kids, there’s another Google-powered HTC phone coming. Looking at the screen shot, it’s going to be called the HTC Desire 6200, and it’ll be specifically listed as a Google product. There’s not a whole lot more information available, other than this leak, which appears to have come from a Costco employee. We’ll keep you informed as more news… Read More

  • Gameloft has sold 6 million games through Apple's App Store

    Earlier today, Paris-based downloadable video game studio, Gameloft, announced that it has sold over 6 million games through Apple’s App Store. Considering that the App store is less than 14 months old, 6 million sales isn’t too shabby. In fact, compared to current state of the Android Market, it’s downright amazing. “From the distribution model to the types of… Read More

  • Mobile browser maker Skyfire adds another $5 million to its war chest

    SkyFire is getting ready to roll with its rich mobile browser. Last May, the company (finally) released its Symbian program after a long beta trial and announced that a BlackBerry version was in the works. Earlier this Summer they hired former Travelocity executive Jeffrey Glueck to lead the company into the next phase. Now a regulatory filing reveals the startup has raised a Series C closed… Read More

  • Nokia delays Comes With Music launch in the US

    Nokia’s Comes With Music service has always intrigued us. For 1 year after you purchase your device, you get an all-you-can-eat pass for Nokia’s catalog of over 5 million tracks. Alas, we’ve yet to get the opportunity to check it out – and it looks like we won’t for a while. Read More

  • Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Lite gets pictured?

    For the past few weeks, rumors have been brewing indicating that Samsung has been crackin’ away on a scaled-down sibling to their Android-powered Galaxy. After an appropriately shaped handset with a similar model number (I7500 for Galaxy Standard vs I5700 for the Lite) made its way through the FCC, the rumors started to seem pretty solid. Adding a bit more credibility to the idea… Read More

  • Android market going to the light side?

    While we could debate for hours on end on the merits of the Android Marketplace, there’s one thing that is simply unarguable: the color scheme is a bit depressing. White text on a black background might look sharp, but ultimately it’s still primarily one big black screen. It gets old fast. Seems that someone agrees – though we’re not quite sure who. Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 phones launching October 6th

    Which phones, specifically? We don’t have the slightest idea. But come October 6th, ol’ Redmond is saying we’ll have a “bunch” of new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones (known as “Windows phones” from here on out) to choose from. In just a bit over a month, now, WinMo-devouts will be kickin’ around a brand new UI, a new application marketplace, and… Read More

  • Apple rejects BitTorrent monitoring App, claims it'll be used to infringe copyright

    It’s not even a story any more that Apple loves to reject Apps from the App Store. Today’s entry in the Big Book of App Rejections is µMonitor, an App that monitors µTorrent that you have running on your PC. Apple rejected it because “his category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights.” Read More

  • It works! Find My iPhone leads fuzz to phone-snatchers

    Although I’m always skeptical of security measures like Find My iPhone, it’s always nice to hear when they work. In this case, a fairly ordinary phonejacking in Pittsburg was foiled when the fools forgot to remove the SIM from their recently acquired booty. After the perps took off, the victim went home, booted up his Mac, and tracked them to a local Wal-Mart, then to a restaurant. Read More

  • Is that FriendFeed in your pocket, or – oh, it is?

    Are you addicted to FriendFeed? Can’t get enough of Robert Scoble‘s incessant posts? Want to keep up with them even when you’re on the go? Are you praying to the heavens that Facebook doesn’t screw up FriendFeed post-acquisition? Then Stir (iTunes link) might just be for you. Created by StructLab Stir is an iPhone app that allows you to get your fill of FriendFeed… Read More

  • Sprint makes their Touch Pro 2 official, shipping September 8th

    Rumors had the launch of the Sprint-branded Touch Pro 2 pinned all over the calendar, but all signs as of late have pointed at a September 8th release. Sure enough, Sprint just sealed the deal: the Sprint Touch Pro 2 will be shipping in just over a week. And just as we’d predicted, Sprint’s price matching T-Mobile here penny-for-penny: after contracts and rebates are said and… Read More

  • Nokia N900 camera quality samples uncovered

    Want to see everything the Nokia N900 camera has to offer, months before release? Check Flickr. No, really. After an officially sanctioned Nokia N900 sample picture made its way to TwitPic, TheNokiaBlog got to sleuthing. Deep down in the photo’s signature data (known as EXIF data) the N900 prototype was identifying itself with a specific, if abstract, model number: 007 001. Flickr makes… Read More