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  • New Palm Pre firmware gets leaked – by Palm!

    When PreCentral user go4craig went to go wipe his Pre with Palm’s end-all-be-all restoration application, he got a little surprise: v1.2 of the Pre firmware, which hasn’t been released yet. Whoops! Thats why you keep this type of stuff on completely separate servers with safety checks in place. Read More

  • LG Chocolate BL20 is a bit less crazy than that other one

    Our collective jaw just about hit the floor when we first saw the first leaks of the LG BL40. Not because it had a touchscreen, and not because it could double as a yardstick, but because it looked nothing like any Chocolate-branded device we’d seen before. All of the Chocolate handsets that came before were wonky little sliders with an occasional flip phone thrown in for good measure… Read More

  • Concept: Bluetooth rings that turn your hand into a phone

    Oh, you thought Bluetooth accessories made you look crazy before? Oh-hoh-hoh. You just wait, friend. You just wait. If Bluetooth earpieces are a 4 on the “How crazy do I look?” scale, this new concept from design studio bck will rank in at somewhere around a 13. Heres the gist of it: you wear two little Bluetooth-powered rings. You put the earpiece-ring on your thumb, and the… Read More

  • New Yorkers can now buy the dead trees version of The Economist from their mobile phone

    The Economist, the famous British weekly, has a new way to order hard copies: your phone. Yup, starting this week New Yorkers can use the weekly text messages that the Economist sends to order the dead trees version of the newspaper, then have it sent to their door by 6 a.m. The future! Read More

  • Sprint's HTC Hero to be $180 out the door at Best Buy – no mail-in rebate

    Best Buy has our backs. No one likes mail-in rebates and so the retailer is going to sell the Sprint HTC Hero for $180 out the door with a two-year blood oath. Sprint Stores however will sell it too you for $280 and hand you a $100 MIR. But just like with the Palm Pre, you’re not going to have to deal with those shenanigans at Best Buy Mobile who is also the exclusive retailer to have… Read More

  • Goin' green: the Solar Surge iPhone battery pack

    Everyone is trying to be more environmentally responsible these days. Cars, houses, now even phone chargers. Many people are not aware of the fact that the wall chargers that comes with many devices these days consume the same amount of power whether a device is plugged into them or not. The Solar Surge aims to at least help the iPhone/iPod Touch user be a little greener. Read More

  • TomTom iPhone GPS kit delayed

    So we knew it was coming; the TomTom GPS car kit was going through the FCC, the software was released on the App store. It was just a question of when. The bad news is, the when has changed. Read More

  • Get Ready For The Next Big App: Smule and T-Pain Bring That Auto-Tune Sound To The iPhone

    Name any hip hop song played on the radio in the past year or so. Did any of the lyrics sound sort of warbly – as if sung by a robot? Chances are, the answer is “Yes.” That’s called Auto-Tune. And now there’s an app for that. Smule, the masterminds behind the smash-hit apps Ocarina and Leaf Trombone, have teamed up with hip hop artist T-Pain (known for calling… Read More

  • Nokia N900 hits T-Mo USA for pre-order — $649

    Just as we suspected would happen, the N900 has hit T-Mobile USA’s interwubs and is up for pre-sale. $649 is a little less than the dollar equivalent of its price in Euros, but you know how those things go. I know, it seems like a lot of money. And it is. But you have to admit that the N900 really is a hunka chunka burning phone. [via Cell Phone Signal and Engadget] Read More

  • Google provides peek at Android marketplace, doesn't spill release date

    Google trickled out some screenshots from the upcoming refresh to the Android marketplace today. They are responding to complaints that the experience is unwieldy to users, and adding subcategories and regional options. While we know that this will be version 1.6 of the marketplace, there’s no word on exactly when it’s going to be released. See the video after the jump. Read More

  • T-Mobile makes Facebook and Twitter apps available for older 'kicks

    Earlier today, T-Mobile announced the availability of Facebook and Twitter apps (already available on the Sidekick LX 2009) for its older Sidekicks – the Sidekick LX (including Tony Hawk Sidekick LX), Sidekick (2008), and Sidekick Slide. While the Facebook app remains free for any ‘kick, the Twitter app is gonna run you $1.99 PER month on the older models. So, you can either dish… Read More

  • Hero vs Hero: To chin, or not to chin – which is better?

    When Sprint announced plans to carry the HTC Hero this morning, they had a bit of a surprise (albeit one that had already been rumored) in store: it looked totally different than the Hero we’d come to know and love. The once square edges have been rounded out, and the jutting chin that has been a signature across HTC’s Android lineup thus far has been dropped entirely. Some loved… Read More

  • AT&T iPhone 3G and 3G S officially getting MMS on September 25

    After months of speculation (and frustration) MMS for the iPhone 3G and 3G S is officially arriving on September 25, AT&T has confirmed. This is a full 3 days after summer officially ends (AT&T’s original deadline was “late summer”) as our own MG pointed out earlier today, but like a lot of things with Apple/AT&T, better late than never. AT&T posted the… Read More

  • Toshiba TG01 to get the WinMo 6.5 treatment

    While the TG01 is kind of a beast on the hardware front, the software is sorely lacking. 4.1″ WVGA touchscreen? Yes please. HSDPA, WiFi, and a 1GHZ Snapdragon process? Heck yes! Windows Mobile 6.1? Er, we’ll pass. But fear not, current and potential TG01 owners: Toshiba’s fixing that shortcoming as best they can. Toshiba has just announced that the original TG01 is set to… Read More

  • Nokia N97's upcoming firmware update demoed on video

    Our review of the Nokia N97 wasn’t exactly the most positive one we’ve ever written, but just about every fault we could find with it had to do with the software side of things. Fortunately, software can be fixed a whole lot easier than hardware can. Read More

  • Ed Hardy straps his tats all over the Sony Ericsson W595

    I’m going to skip the Ed Hardy rant. I don’t know a lick about tattoos (I’ll leave that to Peter), and apparently it’s already been done. I’ll just say this: the tattoos may look gorgeous on skin, but slap 20 of them into a small space and the resulting cornucopia of color looks like something that belongs on a clown. Such is the case with the Sony Ericsson… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson unveils the XPERIA Pureness, should have been called the Weirdness

    Yesterday morning, Sony Ericsson announced the XPERIA X2, the latest in their lineup of high-end QWERTY sliders. But maybe that wasn’t exactly your cup of tea; maybe you want something a little more.. a little more ridiculous? How about a candybar phone with hidden keys and – get this – a transparent LCD? That’s what they’re packing into the XPERIA Pureness… Read More

  • Exciting rumor: iPhone 3G S may finally get MMS next week

    The iPhone 3G S launched a few months ago, but AT&T users haven’t been able to take advantage of a few much vaunted (and much needed) features as yet: MMS, Bluetooth file-sharing, and tethering are the Big Three. This, of course, despite the fact that AT&T is the “flagship” carrier! But never mind all that, because today we have some good news in the way of this… Read More

  • Update: Sprint comes clean with the HTC Hero launch info

    That was quick. Forget about the rumor, the redesigned HTC Hero will launch on October 11 at $180 after a $50 mail-in rebate. And yes, that’s $20 under Sprint’s guided missile, the Palm Pre. So let’s recap, Sprint will soon be the only carrier with three of the hottest cellphones: the BlackBerry Tour, the Palm Pre, and the HTC Hero. And the carrier has some of the most… Read More

  • Nokia pulling out of MWC

    This is a bit of inside baseball but Nokia is pulling out of Mobile World Congress and will not have a booth. Their citing costs as well as their current access to carriers as the reason. Read More