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  • CTIA Requests information for its Enhanced Messaging Team

    CTIA, The Wireless Association, announced today a Request For Information (RFI) on behalf of its Enhanced Messaging Action Team (EM Team). The RFI is being sent to a variety of companies with an interest in the enhanced messaging space. The EM Team is made up of industry representative who are evaluating solutions to implement EM on wireless phones in the United States. The purpose of this RFI… Read More

  • iPhone 3G to launch for $199 on July 11th

    After months of rumors, the iPhone 3G has finally gotten its official announcement. The new iPhone will come in 8 and 16 GB models, at subsidized prices of $200 and $300 respectively. Both will have all metal buttons with black plastic backs, with the 16 GB model also offered with a white back. The 3.5 inch screen from the first iPhone will be carried over. The handset will have GPS built… Read More

  • TypePad announces mobile blogging iPhone application

    Typepad, the platform of choice for a ton of popular blogs (Cute Overload!), has announced a mobile blogging application for the iPhone. Key points from the announcement: Blog on the go, Focuses on photo blogging. You can snap a new photo for uploading, or grab one from your albums. Free, available at App store launch With mobile blogging becoming more and more popular each day, iPhone… Read More

  • Teen Drivers use Cell Phones despite the Law: Go Figure

    In the United States 17 states and the District of Columbia have cell phone restrictions for teen drivers. In 2003 the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states limit or bar young drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teens are three times as likely as other age groups to… Read More

  • Loopt and eBay to be some of the first iPhone App store applications

    Straight off the floor from WWDC comes news on two of the first applications set to hit the iPhone App store: eBay, and Loopt. From Loopt’s about page: Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby… Read More

  • Real BlackBerry Thunder image surfaces

    Back when word of the BlackBerry Bold‘s existence first got out, many were hoping it would be BlackBerry’s first touchscreen device. Alas, it was not. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before we started hearing rumblings of the BlackBerry Thunder, which will be their first touchscreen. After making a mock-up that ended up being spot on, BGR‘s managed to get a shot of… Read More

  • Hey everyone, its WWDC 2008 Keynote day!

    If you’re dead sick of all the Apple/iPhone news filling the front pages of all your favorite blogs, fear not: Today is the WWDC ’08 Keynote! You’ll probably have at least 2 or 3 days of peace before the Apple rumor mill starts back up. As usual, the Apple.com store has been taken down for the keynote. Anybody want to take a stab at what songs Apple will burn into our brains… Read More

  • Oops! Nokia uploads E66 and E71 demos a bit early

    (Update: As of 9 am PST, Nokia has taken these offline) Even before the E66 and E71 have been officially announced, fans of Nokia’s business oriented E series have managed to dig up in-depth flash demonstrations for the handsets. With a bit of URL finagling, members of the Mobile-Review unearthed the goods on Nokia’s own site. It’s rare for these sorts of things to make their… Read More

  • The past week on MobileCrunch

    Top stories for the week of 6/1/08 – 6/7/08: Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked Smartphones considered more of a security risk than laptops VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch Microsoft wants to turn your phone off Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface Read More

  • Creep out all your friends with Beema

    I tried to fight it. I really did. But everyone was doing it. I couldn’t resist any longer. I had to have a Beema of my own. The idea behind Beema: You sign up, call an 800 number, talk a bit, and they make a video of an animated avatar synced up with your voice. The avatar selection is pretty big – about 400, currently. Clever? Yep. Easy to use? Yep. Creepy? Absolutely. See… Read More

  • Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked

    Whooooooa. Images purported to be screen grabs of iPhone 2 materials have leaked. It appears there will be at least two color variations. One with a black back, the other red as part of the Product (RED) campaign. It also appears to be a good amount (22%?) thinner, with what seems to be stereo speakers on the back. Perhaps most excitingly, the photos give an outstanding view of a front… Read More

  • Hop-On announces $125 smartphone, dirt cheap 3G phone and GSM phones

    Hop-On, makers of uber cheap throwaway cell phones, are expanding their line to include uber cheap smartphones and 3g phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks. Details in the press release are limited, but a bit of URL tinkering on Hop-On’s site leads to the above image and the following specs (screenshot): * OS: Smart NX Mobile (Linux)
    * Platform: AP… Read More

  • Palm's new Treo 800w shot in the wild and looking good

    The Treo 800w’s launch date of June 22 is getting closer, and the phone has once again been spotted in the wild. The Windows Mobile smartphone featuring the new Treo form factor is making Palm’s business users excited. Treo users are known as being loyal, but the fact that Palm hasn’t update the device’s look — short of killing the antenna — in quite awhile… Read More

  • LG Dare snapped in the wild

    I was never a huge fan of the LG Prada, mainly because I think slapping fashion brands onto phones is a stupid way to add a few hundred (or thousand) bucks to the price tag. That said, I’m liking the look of the Prada-esque LG Dare. They’ve rounded out the rough edges, and overhauled the UI. Under the Dare’s 240×400 touchscreen, LG will be packin’ in a 3.5mm… Read More

  • Motorola selling unlocked, 3G-less Q9e online

    What do you get when you take a fairly solid product, strip it down, and sell it for an outlandish price? Fired, typically. At Motorola, you’ve just come up with their new online store item: the Motorola Q9e. The Q9e is just a Q9h, stripped off the good stuff. Same Windows Mobile 6.0, same 2 megapixel camera, without the 3G. If you’ve been wanting a Q9 but just can’t vibe… Read More

  • Aussie resellers get super secret boxes from Apple

    Oh, whatever could be in this box that Apple resellers in Australia began receiving this morning? All signs indicate that it does not contain a Vegemite sandwich. It looks like Apple is nipping potential global shipping delays in the bud by sending the goods internationally a bit early. The seal on top is pretty clear: open this before June 10th (June 9th in the US, otherwise known as… Read More

  • Android: 50 questions, 50 answers

    As the Google I/O conference came to an end last week, the Android development team got up on stage and fielded questions from developers in the audience. It’s taken a few days for the full transcript to show up online, but ZDNet’s got it. Some of the highlights: Q. What if my app uses location api, and service provider shuts that off, can they?
    A. They can do that… it’s not… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to turn your phone off

    I’m really hoping that this is one of those patents where the inventor thought “Wow. This is the worst idea ever – I’m going to patent it and never use it, so nobody will ever have to deal with this.” Inventors do that all the time, right? Right? Microsoft has applied to patent something they’re calling “Device Manners Policy”, or DMP. Read More

  • AT&T loses laptop filled with employee SSNs and salaries

    Speaking of unencrypted data, letters are being sent around to AT&T managers alerting them that someone managed to skulk off with an unencrypted company laptop in tow. According to the letter, the laptop was stolen on May 15th from an employee’s vehicle. It had an unencrypted file containing names, Social Security numbers, and salary information for “a number of AT&T… Read More

  • A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future

    Tomorrow Qik, the popular webcasting service that streams video from your phone, will announce support for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform. Actual support for phones will be rolled out in the coming months. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Bhaskar Roy, Co-Founder and VP Product Management of Qik, and Jackie Danicki, Director of Product Marketing. The transcript of the… Read More