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  • Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Tour specs and features

    The launch of the BlackBerry Tour on Verizon (and Sprint) will commence this coming Sunday, July 12. And to mark the occasion, Verizon has sent out a full “feature and spec” sheet for the Great White North device. Don’t ask me why, but they did. So, in case you were wondering about the Tour, please feel free to read on. Read More

  • Review: Nokia N79 Active Edition

    A few months ago I was touring Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo when I espied the Nokia N79 Active Edition. Announced around CES time, this phone combo included a heart-rate monitor and sports armband along with special software to record your distance, heart-rate, and route for each workout. The software includes a full complement of statistics and maps for your pleasure and is quite… Read More

  • Long Live 3.5mm: HTC Makes The Switch

    Dongles. In-line adapters. Proprietary headset ports. If it’s an audio port on a mobile handset and it’s not 3.5mm, it’s junk. As we declared back in May, we’re done with all of it. Now HTC, sire of the T-Mobile G1, myTouch, and countless other smartphones plagued by non-3.5mm jacks, is done with it too. Read More

  • HTC Hero gets done up in pink

    When the HTC Hero made its video debut weeks before official announcement, it looked like we’d see this thing hit the shelves in a full array of colors, from Neon Yellow to Turqoise. By the time it became official, however, most of these variations had disappeared. By the time the press event wrapped up, we saw only two variations: one black, one white. It looks like at least two more are… Read More

  • T-Mobile to push out four Android updates this year, maybe every year

    While I was at the T-Mobile myTouch 3G event earlier today, a rep from T-Mobile whispered a few sweet nothings into my ear. I didn’t think anything of it because PR folk are always trying to butter me up, but there was something about Android updates that popped up. Read More

  • Video: Sony Ericsson's new Android UI "Rachel" gets toured

    Uh-oh. Better look out, HTC. Looks like Sense isn’t the only gorgeous Android overhaul on the block anymore. USEB managed to scrounge up a demo of Sony Ericsson’s Android interface, codenamed “Rachel” (as inherited from the device it’s expected to launch on, also named “Rachel”), and man does it look fantastic. What to look for: Notice the static row… Read More

  • Think the HTC Hero is coming T-Mobile?

    Don’t count on it. Earlier today at the T-Mobile myTouch 3G event in NYC, T-Mobile’s CTO Cole Brodman flat out said that T-Mobile USA has no plans to bring the Hero stateside. *sad clown* Did you think that it was coming to a GSM carrier because of that FCC filing? We’ve heard it’s going to Sprint, so who really knows. However, Brodman did say that T-Mobile will be… Read More

  • T-Mobile goes bonkers with the myTouch accessories

    Ohhhh – so thats why T-Mobile ignored all of the good names, instead opting to call their HTC Magic the “myTouch“: because they’re working the customizability angle. And boy, are they working it hard. At today’s myTouch event, folks were given a USB stick with a little sneak-peek at what T-Mo had up their sleeve in terms of add-on toys. Read More

  • LG GC990 "Louvre" revealed, said to be just a "concept"

    What’s this about a 12-megapixel, HD video recording cell phone unveiled in Warsaw? If you’re to believe LG, then the GC990 Louvre is merely a concept at this point. Under the hood of said concept is a 12-megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, xenon flash, and auto/touch focus. But the big reveal is the ability to record 720p video at 30fps. Other features on the… Read More

  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G pre-order available for T-Mobile customers

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m going to dump my BlackBerry Curve for the myTouch 3G. Yes, I realize I’ve said that about the Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS and even the Sidekick LX (2009), but I’m serious this time. I think. Many of you are actually going to upgrade or switch to the myTouch 3G and if you’re an existing T-Mobile customer, you can… Read More

  • Layar opens up to developers, debuts API for mobile augmented reality platform

    SPRXmobile, the startup behind Layar, the mobile augmented reality browser for Android, is moving fast. Barely three weeks after launching its application too much fanfare (see my video interview with the company’s co-founder Raimo van der Klein for more context), it is opening up its platform by handing out keys for its just launched API to a select number of developers. Interested… Read More

  • eBuddy releases iPhone application with support for push notification

    eBuddy, the Dutch startup behind the eponymous mobile communication tool I dubbed the swiss army knife for instant messaging when it debuted an application for the Android platform last May, is announcing one hell of an iPhone application today. For context: eBuddy is a free mobile app that enables users to communicate with others using AIM, Facebook Chat, ICQ, Gtalk, Windows Live Messenger etc. Read More

  • Goodnight, sweet Mino: Music Video shot end-to-end on an iPhone 3GS Hm – perhaps those iPhone 3GS mounts aren’t as silly as we thought (Not really- they’re still silly.) When videographer Kenny Mosher was tasked with shooting a music video for acoustic-folk band BJSR, he decided to skip… Read More

  • T-Mobile tweets Touch Pro2 launch window, specific launch dates leak

    Skipping the boring formalities of the product announcement process — you know, like a press release — and just gettin’ right into the nitty gritty of things, T-Mobile USA has confirmed by way of Twitter that the Touch Pro2 is on the way to their shelves. The nice folks they are, they went ahead and gave us a launch window! “Summer,” they say. If narrowing things… Read More

  • Kazaa still kicking, brings HD video to the Pre?

    Seriously, we’re just as surprised as you are. Not only is Kazaa somehow still in business, they’re also trying anything they can to set themselves apart from all the other digital music retailers you’d rather use instead of them. Now the property of Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Kazaa is setting its sights on bringing HD movie downloads to the masses (well, the masses… Read More

  • New LG Chocolate gets teased

    Attention, free/cheap phone fans everywhere! Is your LG Chocolate ready to be replaced? Seeing as these things tend to last about 6 months, chances are you’re nodding. Fortunately for you, it looks like a new Chocolate is just around the corner. LG has released a handful of teaser shots, showing off the.. the.. well, showing off absolutely nothing. It has a volume rocker! If… Read More

  • Review: Punch Entertainment kills it with Reign of Swords: Episode 2

    Reign of Swords: Episode 2 won’t reinvent a genre, but it will leave you wondering why more games aren’t made with the same artful precision as this is. Brought to you by Punch Entertainment, Reign of Swords 2 is a rock-solid turn-based strategy (TBS) game for the iPhone, and will provide you with hours upon hours of stimulation (no, not that kind) and entertainment. The game… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson time travels to 1997, returns with "Twiggy"

    Do you miss the good ol’ days of mobile phones? There was none of this touchscreen nonsense going on, and getting applications onto your phone was like solving Section 4 of Kryptos. Better yet, the number pads on many candy bar phones came shrouded by a plastic cover, allowing you all the benefits of a flip phone without actually having to own a flip phone. Because there are a ton of… Read More

  • Japanese cell phones for all: NEC and Panasonic plot overseas sales plans

    Japan, the world’s second largest economy with the third biggest Internet population, and the many, many early adopters of technology inhabiting this nation could be heaven for the domestic cell phone industry. And it was for years, until sales started slowing dangerously (minus 30% last fiscal year), and the overall population is poised to shrink and age dramatically in the… Read More

  • All the mobile Obama videos you can handle, courtesy of Clippz

    Clippz, a fledgling video startup with offices in the UK and Princeton, NJ, offers a platform for mobile videos that eliminates the need for a carrier network. It’s a very basic service: it essentially lets you select your current mobile phone on its website and based on your selection it allows you to download the most fitting version of any mobile video on its platform to your computer. Read More