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  • Huge line and riots this morning at one NYC Verizon store?

    According to a Reuters report, there was 200+ CrackBerry addicts waiting this morning at the mid-town Manhattan Verizon store for the BlackBerry Storm and most of them were turned away due to supply levels. The report then states, The angry customers caused a ruckus and police came to restore order. Really? The police had to be called to calm down middle-aged suits? What’s wrong with… Read More

  • New beta version of in the works – we've got screenshots

    Further proving that security through (very, very light) obscurity isn’t a good means of keeping things secret, a new beta version of Yahoo’s Mobile Front Page (generally known as just has been found hiding just one character away from the beta announced to the public back in January. Where as the public beta can be found at, our tipster dug up the… Read More

  • iPhone 2.2 firmware released, iPod Touch version missing some features

    The calendar now reads November 21st and, just as expected, iPhone firmware 2.2 has been released to the masses. Seeing as a pretty good number of developers have had their hands on test versions of 2.2 for sometime now, and as NDAs generally turn to pudding after a few hundred people are in on the secret, we’ve had a pretty good idea of what this release would bring to the table for… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct MR-4 update now available

    Things were a bit quiet around here yesterday due to an all day field-trip to Nokia in San Diego (more on that soon – likely tomorrow evening), but we’re back. First news of the morning comes via tip from Sean. Sometime yesterday, Samsung made an update (MR4, Version BJ20) available for the Instinct with at least one feature that many users have been anxiously awaiting… Read More

  • IAB Reports U.S. Online Advertising Almost $5.9 Billion In The Third Quarter

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers just released their quarterly report on U.S. online advertising revenues. For the quarter, they estimate online advertising revenues were almost $5.9 billion ($5.865 billion, to be exact), which is an 11 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago and a 2 percent increase from the second quarter of 2008. If you look at the… Read More

  • iPhone now #1 handset in the world by AdMob's count

    Each month, AdMob, a mobile advertising network, rounds up the data from over 6,000 mobile websites and applications, analyzes it all, and releases their findings in their Mobile Metrics Report. In the September report, AdMob determined that the iPhone had become the #4 handset worldwide by count of ads requested. In the October release, the iPhone has skyrocketed all the way to #1. Note… Read More

  • Motorola announces the 5-megapixel VE66 slider

    If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you took the Motorola ZN5 and made it a slider rather than a candybar phone, you now have an answer: the Motorola VE66. Also, stop thinking about stuff like that, weirdo. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s pretty close. Like the ZN5, it’s got a QVGA screen (albeit .2″ smaller, at 2.2″), 5 megapixel camera… Read More

  • Want to see Flash running on the G1? Here's the video

    After yesterdays announcement that Adobe was working on Flash for both Windows Mobile and Android, we mentioned that a brief demonstration of Flash running on the G1 was shown. Don’t believe it? The proof is in the pudding. The delicious streaming video pudding. While there are a few apparent framerate stutters, this is by all indications a work in progress for Adobe. The element was… Read More

  • AT&T launches the LG Incite

    While I try to avoid comparing every touchscreen phone to the iPhone, it’s a bit challenging when they throw them on the same carrier for the exact same price. Coming in at $199 on a two-year contract with AT&T (after $100 dollar rebate), it was all of about a half second before the first “ZOHNOES iPHONE CLONE!!!” remarks started pouring in. So, what does it bring to… Read More

  • G1 capable of multi-touch input? Looks like it.

    Whenever the G1 vs iPhone debate gets underway, iPhone purists are quick to flag the G1’s lack of multi-touch input support. Turns out, it might just be able to handle it after all -on the hardware end, at least. Whilst tearing his G1’s workings apart line-by-line, a crafty coder going by RyeBrye came across an interesting artifact. It seems the driver for the Synaptics… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA lays off 10% of staff

    Citing “duplication of assignments”, Virgin Mobile USA has announced that they have laid off 45 employees from their New Jersey and California offices, which works out to about 10% of their workforce. This comes just months after Virgin Mobile purchased post-paid MVNO Helio for $39 million. The terms of that deal already entailed a whole lot of cuts to the Helio team, and… Read More

  • RIM working on an LTE BlackBerry? Of course they are.

    According to BGR, RIM is already crackin’ away at an LTE device so that it’s ready for launch whenever LTE officially goes live. For the sake of the folks out there who don’t spend their lives memorizing every last mobile industry acronym: LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, and is one of the standards set to make up the next generation of mobile network… Read More

  • Samsung Gravity hits T-Mo today

    T-Mobile said the Samsung Gravity would show up on Nov. 17th and, sure enough, it has arrived. While the Gravity might not have the same pull as some of the bigger, less wallet-friendly QWERTY handsets on the market, at $49.99 (on a 2-year contract) it’s a decent pick for anyone looking to wear down their thumbs without wearing down their savings. It’s available beginning today… Read More

  • Adobe To Demo Flash On Mobile (But Only Windows). Still "Working" On The iPhone.

    Adobe’s Flash Player is on 98 percent of all desktop computers, but it is still struggling to make the jump to mobile phones. If you want Flash on a mobile device, right now you have to settle for a compromised version: Flash Lite. But Adobe is committed to bring the full Flash Player experience to mobile phones, as evidenced by its Open Screen Project. On Monday, at its Adobe MAX… Read More

  • American Airlines introduces mobile boarding passes

    Though nearly the entire pre-flight process has been tweaked to make use of modern technologies, one outdated aspect still lingers: the tickets. Every single time I fly, I find myself checking the location where I put my tickets once every 3-4 minutes. Are they still there? Did I remember to zip up after I last checked? When I pulled my hand out, did the ticket sneak out? I’ve never lost… Read More

  • Right on time, U.S. Cellular gets the Delve

    Jeez – With the Eternity for AT&T, the Saga and the Renown for Verizon, and now the Delve for U.S. Cellular, Samsung’s shipping crew must have had one hell of a week. When we first heard that this phone was on its way to U.S. Cellular, we expected it to launch in the middle of November. Sure enough, we’re one day from the dead middle of the month, and here it is. Read More

  • AT&T launches Samsung Eternity, makes us want the Omnia

    It’s not quite the Samsung Omnia that folks are eagerly awaiting for, but it’s a step or two in that direction. Launched this morning for AT&T, the Samsung Eternity sports a 3.2″ touchscreen, haptic feedback for a dash of vibration with every touch, an accelerometer, a 3.0 megapixel camera, and all that good ol’ 3G connectivity. While it may look the same up front… Read More

  • Verizon launches Samsung Saga, Samsung Renown

    Bam! Right off the bat, this morning brings not one, but two new Samsung phones to Verizon. First up is the WinMo 6.1 powered Samsung Saga, pictured on right. For 200 bucks and a 2-year contract, you’ll walk away with a QWERTY keyboard, 2.2″ touchscreen, optical mouse, and support for Stereo bluetooth. They’ve also packed in WiFi (802.11b/g), quad-band radio, and a… Read More

  • Verizon and Photobucket team up for instant photo uploading

    Whenever people remember to use that camera on the back of their phone, what do they do with it? Do they go out into the wild and try to capture what Ansel Adams’ work would look like through a crappy VGA sensor? No. They go and take pictures of themselves with the bathroom mirror, or snap a shot of their drunken friends for later uploading and sharing. Recognizing this, Verizon has gone… Read More

  • AT&T launches the S60-powered Nokia 6650

    Hey, there it is! After the Nokia 6650 missed its leaked release date and managed to stay off the radar for nearly a month, we were beginning to think they’d canned it. Turns out, the first S60 device to hit AT&T in a long was just taking its sweet time to make it to the shelves. So what do you get for $70 bucks and a 2-year marriage to AT&T? A 2.0 megapixel camera, 2.2″… Read More