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  • Rumor: Verizon Storm 2 launching Oct. 28th at $179.99?

    It’s almost depressing to see how far out of their way Verizon is going — knowingly or not — to tone down the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on their network. The normal pre-launch fanfare (Mailers and posters and contests, oh my!) is non-existent. At this point, they’re not even giving the device its own launch day. Read More

  • Mobiado 350 Pioneer: Gold, sapphire crystals, all sorts of excessive stuff like that

    Oh man, yet another “élite” phone for us to look over and never be able to afford. It’s the Mobiado 350 Pioneer. It looks sort of like an Indiana Jones relic (note: I’ve never seen an Indiana Jones movie), and is part of Mobiado’s Grand Line. Read More

  • Google Analytics adds mobile reporting, iPhone/Android app tracking

    The ability to keep tabs on mobile visitors is becoming increasingly important as more and more users surf the web via mobile browsers. With that said, there are a variety of website tracking / analytic reporting tools available across the Net that include mobile reporting. However, one of the more popular (and free) apps, Google Analytics, has essentially been asleep at the mobile… Read More

  • Sure, a £3,500 Motorola phone. Sounds good to me.

    Let’s be honest for a second here: unless we’re talking about the Motorola Droid, which should be on Verizon Wireless within a few weeks, we might as well not be talking about Motorola. It’d be like talking about Real Madrid and only mentioning Granero or Drenthe and not Cristiano Ronaldo or Kaká. (Good, making references that all of 11 people will understand.) But… Read More

  • Exclusive: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in the wild

    Hello, gorgeous! What a nice way to wake up on a Friday morning. You roll out of bed to make yourself some eggs, hop online to start the daily rituals, and bam! Shots of the unreleased, Android-powered Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 are sitting in your inbox. Read More

  • Play with the BlackBerry Storm 2 emulator at

    Retail stores are finally getting in their Storm 2 dummy phones but those won’t do you any good if you actually wanna use the phone’s software. VZW has you covered though with a just-posted BlackBerry Storm 2 emulator that lets you click your way through the OS. Read More

  • The Android-powered Motorola Zeppelin breaks cover in China

    And here we have another Motorola phone powered by Android. This little bugger was spotted over in China and claims to be the world’s first Android GSM/CDMA phone whenever it launches. The Zeppelin is said to pack the standard Motorola Android kit with a 5MP camera, 802.11 b/g, GPS, Bluetooth, a 3.1-inch 320×480 touchscreen, plus an FM radio and HDMI output. It’s just too bad… Read More

  • Opera Mini Now Serving Over 500 Million Pageviews Per Day

    You hear that rumbling? That’s the sound of mobile internet usage exploding. Sometime tomorrow, Opera will be releasing a couple of interesting usage statistics for what is one of the (if not the number one) most popular browsers in the world, Opera Mini. They were nice enough to fill us in on the details a bit early, and to give us a green light to share them with you tonight. Read More

  • Droid briefly goes live on Moto's site

    You’d think that when you’re about to announce something, you’d want to keep that hand away from the “GO LIVE ON ALL SERVERS ON PUBLIC SITE” button. It’s labeled very conspicuously. But apparently the new guy at Motorola didn’t know. So up went Droid, specs, pics, and all, for a few minutes. And as you know, a few minutes is more than enough to grab… Read More

  • Rumor: B&N Nook to run Android Apps?

    One tiny detail that went largely unnoticed about the “nook”, the slick new e-book reader that Barnes and Noble just released: the nook’s operating system is based on Google’s Android OS. Hmmm… Why would B&N develop the nook based on Android? Well, Android is a sick platform for developers, and they absolutely love building on it. So why not open it up and… Read More

  • Volkswagen ‘launches’ the 2010 GTI on the iPhone with Real Racing GTI game

    To call us a “car blog” would sorta be stretching the truth. Occasionally one of the guys—aka Matt Burns—will do a car story, yeah, but that’s primarily because he thinks he’s James May. I have no such illusions of grandeur; I’m just sitting at a desk typing things, and writing student loan checks… Before this gets any further off track, the news… Read More

  • ScrollMotion releases in-app purchase, has sold over 200,000 e-books on the iPhone

    Amazon may have sold over a million Kindles and millions of e-books, but there’s another e-book reader that seems to be gaining some traction: the iPhone. And of the many e-book readers on the iPhone, ScrollMotion seems to be having real success with over 2,500 titles and counting. When we last wrote about ScrollMotion’s launch in December 2008, the App Store was a young lad… Read More

  • Blogs: Now more mobile friendly

    I’m a big fan of WordPress, be it their free blogging service ( or their free blogging platform ( Heck, the entire TechCrunch Network and my personal blog run on the stuff. Read More

  • Review: EasyPlay makes your iPhone/iPod Touch slightly less dangerous to use while driving

    So there you are, cruising down the road in your new Honda Civic. The sun’s beating down on the arm you’ve got casually hanging out the window, the wind riding up your sleeve. Then that damn song starts blasting out of your iPhone again — you know, the one that you’ve heard 53 times on the radio this week. “No more!”, you think to yourself, “I refuse… Read More

  • Live the dream: Chinese iPhone knock-off with a removable keyboard

    Want an iPhone but don’t want to put up with an on-screen keyboard? Are you also kind of fuzzy on the whole “what is a real iPhone” thing? Do you also have $149 to spend? Well, you’re in luck because China as the answer. Read More

  • United States Postal Service goes mobile

    Sometime yesterday, the one and only United States Postal Service launched a mobile-friendly website – – for any web-enabled mobile device. Hooray! The new mobile site sports the USPS’ most “popular [online] functions” including Track & Confirm, Post Office locator, and everyone’s favorite application (according to the USPS itself), ZIP… Read More

  • Create and order personalized Nike sneakers straight from your iPhone

    Sportswear giant Nike has a nifty application in the App Store that allows you to create custom sneakers and order them straight away, with just a couple of taps. The app is in fact a mobile extension of NIKEiD, a program that allows customer to order personalized Nike shoes straight from the manufacturer. And an excellent extension it is. The free app (iTunes link) has been available on the… Read More

  • Rumor: Best Buy to have the Motorola Droid on October 24 for $599 sans contract

    It should be known by now that there probably won’t be much happening with the Motorola Droid until October 28 at the earliest, but according to these screenshots of Best Buy’s system, the retailer might have the phone available early on October 24. Now, the 24 is this coming Saturday, which is a usual inventory restocking day so just because the stores have them somewhere… Read More

  • Google Maps with Layers is now available for BlackBerry (it's must-have download)

    Google Maps is the best BlackBerry mapping solution I’ve found and it just got a whole lot cooler. The Layers function will overlay different information sets on the the current map few. For instance, you can overlay a location-aware Wikipedia screen. Or Latitude. Or even make your own favorite locations and travel itinerary in a function called My Maps. You really should watch the… Read More

  • Verizon Sent Us a Droid – Sort of.

    About an hour ago, we received a mysterious package from Verizon bearing the somewhat-gorgeous, somewhat-creepy red eye that the Motorola Droid is now known for. We, of course, could hardly wait to tear it open – but not before we put up a shot of the box to give you guys a chance to guess what was inside, first. Some guessed that it was a T-shirt; others guessed that it was a human head. Read More