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  • Apple announces Top 10 iPhone App downloads of 2008

    With 2008 on the way out and right around 10,000 applications behind them, Apple has released a series of lists outlining which applications scored the most downloads since the App Store’s launch back in July. The lists are separated by whether the the application is paid or free – first as an overall look, and then by each major category (games, entertainment, utilities… Read More

  • Motorola notices the world's serious lack of music phones, introduces the EM35 ROKR

    Apparently not aware of the gigantic countdown timer leading up to Nokia’s N97 announcement earlier this morning, or having forgotten the golden rule of “Lets not all announce crap on the same day (unless it’s for a convention)”, Motorola has announced the EM35 ROKR music phone. It’s not going to drop jaws at the local geek show-and-tell, but it looks like a… Read More

  • Nokia N97 demo video

    I’m not too sure what I think about this one just yet – so I’ll let the above demo video and Scott’s hands on photos do most of the talking until I get a chance to prod at it myself. From what I can tell from pictures and specs alone, however, I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of a dedicated row of number keys (likely sacrificed to allow the screen tiltage). Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: Nokia Messaging

    Nokia is pushing hard for consolidation, looking to make their smartphones the go-to device for communication. One of the major announcement at Nokia World 2008 this year is about their Nokia Messaging solution. Read on for the press release. Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: Nokia Maps

    At Nokia World 2008, Nokia announced their new Nokia Maps product. The most compelling feature is the ability to plan your trip on your PC, and then sync the route to your Nokia phone. Also included are 3D landmarks for 216 cities, to help users visually identify where they are! Camera locations are included for select cities, so folks can avoid those pesky speeding tickets. Neat stuff. Read More

  • Nokia World 2008: Nokia N97

    Introducing the Nokia N97, the next generation high-end mobile phone from Nokia. Described by Nokia folks as a “handheld computer” this device is a pretty comfortable high-end phone. It has a tilting (resistive) touch-screen display, and is the first N-series phone with a QWERTY keyboard. It has 32 gigabytes of memory, expandable to 48 GB via 16 GB memory card. It has a… Read More

  • An In-Depth look at Nokia’s hardware damage labs

    Of all the complex and expensive toys that have become standard objects in our lives, mobile handsets probably get the worst treatment. Think about it: they’re the result of many hours of engineering and design and cost hundreds of dollars to obtain, yet within days of purchase they’re generally being smashed into coin-filled pockets or carelessly tossed into cupholders. How do… Read More

  • Nokia E71 on Rogers for $50 with 3-yr contract

    I have to say, as interesting a phone as the E71 is, I’m not sure a three year contract is something I’d be willing to agree to. I mean, who does anything for three years? Well, laying out only $50 for all the capabilities of the E71 — full HTML browsing, GPS, tons of stuff available for the S60 OS — is a pretty good deal if you’re already into that Symbian thing. Read More

  • QiGi 6 offers Windows Mobile 6.1 or Android – but not both

    Looking to dabble with Android, but the T-Mobile G1’s wonky banana-chin just doesn’t fit the bill? Well, how about a random touchscreen handset from an obscure Chinese manufacturer, instead? As an added bonus, this one actually comes in two flavors: Android, or Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro. Unfortunately it’s a one-or-the-other setup – there’s no dual booting to be… Read More

  • Verizon looks at what everyone else is selling, drops Omnia to $199

    Step one of pricing a product: look at what the competitors are getting for theirs. Now, let’s see here: AT&T has the iPhone 3G, which is blessed with the insta-hype generating Apple logo on the back, selling at $199. T-Mobile has the G1, an object of much desire to many a geek as the first Android handset to hit the market, for $179. So when Verizon was finally ready to push out… Read More

  • XOHM and Clearwire merger finalized

    Just under a month after the FCC gave them the go ahead, Sprint’s XOHM WiMax service and mobile broadband provider Clearwire are now one. There’s nothing new actually going on here – just the finalization of a deal that has been in the works for months. Miss something along the way? Here’s what’s going on: XOHM is Sprint’s WiMax service, which launched… Read More

  • Pair of BlackBerry Storm firmware updates leaked

    As if Thanksgiving left-overs and a bit of time off weren’t enough, Storm owners got a bit more to be thankful for over the weekend. After a somewhat shaky launch and a whole lot of complaints about some fairly rough bugs, RIM is set to release the first firmware update some time this week. Fortunately for those ready to throw their Storm out to sea, some folks at RIM (or Verizon… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Storm has issues – at least six of them, in fact

    With hype comes scrutiny. Build consumer interest in a device up to that which Verizon has built the BlackBerry Storm, and you’re bound to hear the complaints. The Storm has been on the shelves for less than a week, and forums around the web are already littered with word of reproach. A list of the issues that RIM has recognized as software flaws has been passed out to Verizon employees… Read More

  • Want to listen to some music on the AT&T Quickfire? Good luck with that.

    It’s not all that uncommon for handset manufacturers to forego the simplicity of a standard 3.5mm headset jack, instead opting for some clunky proprietary port. To take off a bit of the sting, they’ll generally include some sort of crappy-port-to-3.5mm adapter – or at the very least, they’ll stick a cheapo pair of compatible headphones in the box in hopes that no one… Read More

  • Motorola Hint QA30 launched; where's the rest?

    Overheard in the Motorola mobile development building: “Sanjay! I’ve got it! I’ve got the idea that will be our next RAZR-level success!” “.. Let’s hear it.” “Okay, spec-wise, nothing too spectacular. 2.5 inch screen, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD support, QWERTY keyboard, blah blah blah. Here’s the stunner.. you ready for this? Drum roll… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm online orders to ship earlier than expected

    After braving the cold air and riotous enviromnents of the BlackBerry Storm launch only to go home empty-handed, many Storm-hopefuls returned to try to get their new handset online. Sure, they’d have to wait a day or two for it to be shipped to them but how bad.. wait, what? They wouldn’t arrive till December 15th? Shenanigans! RING THE ALARM!! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE. If people… Read More

  • Verizon Omnia announced, coming December 8th

    At long last, the Samsung Omnia has made its away across an ocean, through the torture labs of the FCC, and onto the delivery trucks en route to a Verizon store near you. VZW announced today that the Omnia will be hitting shelves in just under two weeks (December 8th), with orders starting now for $249.99 on a 2-year contract. If Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional is your thing, it’s a… Read More

  • Program your TiVo from your cell phone

    I can’t watch TV without my TiVo, but the one thing I’m really lax about is actually programming the damn thing (Best Invention Ever: Season Pass). In an effort to strip away all my excuses for not finding new shows and movies to watch, TiVo is introducing a mobile site at (warning: link may not be live yet) that will let subscribers with Internet-connected DVRs… Read More

  • White T-Mobile G1s finally start hitting the shelves

    A note for all of you budding handset manufacturers out there: if you want to release your device as quickly as possible, don’t make the case white. As far as we can tell from the T-Mobile G1, making white cases takes a whole month longer than making them in black or brown. While all three colors were announced at the same time, the white one has been unavailable since the launch of… Read More

  • Get ready for a bad year, say Samsung and Nokia

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More