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  • HTC submits trademark application for new catchphrase: Quietly Brilliant

    HTC, formerly known as High Tech Computer Corporation, has become quite a household name over the past couple years, what with all its high profile WinMo and Android-powered phones saturating the global mobilesphere. It comes as no surprise, then, that HTC has decided to update its company catchphrase from the old ‘ HTC Innovation’ to a new, better representation of its quick rise… Read More

  • Sidekick Outages Could Have Cost Microsoft Over $700,000 Per Day

    Since the Great Sidekick Disaster of 2009, there’s been a nearly endless torrent of tips on the matter barraging our inbox. Some weren’t so much “tips” as they were “mindless rants”, while others were obviously just angry customers looking to make stuff up. Recently, however, a source which has proven itself reliable in the past has come forward with… Read More

  • Rumor: Nokia working on a keyboard-less N920?

    Don’t let today’s news of Nokia’s financial failures troubles fool you. Just because the mobile powerhouse isn’t raking in profits at the moment, doesn’t mean the Finnish giant has stopped working on future devices…at least according to Pocketables. Read More

  • Dell: Yes, Our Android Smartphone is Coming Stateside

    Rumors have been swirling about a Dell smartphone for what feels like an eternity. Sure, the Round Rock crew managed to launch a smartie over in China at the end of the summer, but until last week, a US-bound device was still more vaporware than fact…until now. Read More

  • Nokia posts first quarterly loss in a decade and why it matters

    Nokia’s shares are down 6.02 percent today on news that Nokia suffered an $834 million loss due to falling handset sales. In this environment it’s easy to wave this away as a crisis blip but there may be something more afoot. Nokia blamed the loss on component shortages, a valid concern. Apple has been buying up all the flash it can eat and companies like LG and Samsung are blowing… Read More

  • Mossberg and Vodafone spill all the beans on the BlackBerry Storm 2

    The BlackBerry 9520 Storm 2 has probably the best pre-release coverage of any cell phone in history. We’ve seen previews and videos and pictures and more videos of the upcoming cell phone for months. RIM and Verizon haven’t released a thing about the phone yet though so some key details hadn’t been revealed. That is, of course, until Walt Mossberg posted his Storm 2 review… Read More

  • Review: Motorola CLIQ

    The Short Version Motorola has released the phone it should have released a few years ago to compete with phones like the Helio Ocean and feature phones from LG and Samsung. Android brings this phone into the 21st century and the QWERTY keyboard and BLUR UI tweaks will please those looking for a keyboard Android phone with social networking features. The Long Version
    This last half-decade… Read More

  • Verizon officially confirms they're getting the Moto Sholes/Droid via Twitter

    Considering that this thing has been spotted rocking the VZW branding countless times and Big Red’s own execs have been seen with them in hand, there should be all of zero doubt in anyone’s mind that the Motorola Droid (otherwise known as Tao, or Sholes) is destined for the carrier. With that said, it’s always nice to see official confirmation, and it just came. Was there a… Read More

  • Augmented reality browser Layar now available for the iPhone

    Half an hour ago, I just had an iPhone 3GS. Now, I have an iPhone 3GS with Layar installed. It was one of the main questions I had for the Dutch company, which markets an augmented reality browser, when they launched at the Mobile 2.0 Europe event in Barcelona last year. When would they be complementing their Android program with an application for the iPhone? They said it’d come in the… Read More

  • Verizon's BlackBerry Storm2 Competitive Comparison chart leaks out

    Man, you’ve gotta love these things. I’ve yet to see one of these leak out showing any shortcomings for the primary device – but I guess that’s really the point. It’s not so much a comparison chart as it is a “You should probably avoid talking about stuff outside of this list” chart. Read More

  • Is the HTC HD2 heading for T-Mobile?

    Windows Mobile 6.5 or not, we’re still pretty pumped about the HTC HD2. It’s just so damn pretty. We’ve known since early last week that the HD2 would find its way stateside by the first quarter of next year – and now we’ve got a good idea of which carrier might be nabbing it. TmoNews just got tipped a photo showing the HTC HD2 flying high on a T-Mobile slide. Read More

  • Rumor: Apple to 'unlock' for iPhone and iPod touch?

    9 to 5 Mac has received word that Apple is working on bringing FM radio capabilities to its iPhone and iPod touch lines. More specifically, (as it is known) will purportedly have permission to operate in the background (because Apple’s apps are better than the 80,000 other apps that don’t get to run in the background, or something) and “will offer the same… Read More

  • Acer introduces new 'Liquid' Android + Snapdragon smartphone

    Starting all the way back in December of 2008, Acer let it be known that it was working on a self-branded smartphone. Then, this past June, Acer up and joined the Open Handset Alliance and said that it would release its first Android device by Q4 of 2009. Well what do you know. Q4 is here and Acer has actually put its money where its mouth was with the announcement of its first… Read More

  • Walmart launching own pre-paid cell plans

    Look out Virgin Mobile and Cricket, Walmart is coming for you. The infamous retailer announced today that they are launching their own no-contract cellular service on the 18th, called Straight Talk. Read More

  • Theory: Danger's Sidekick data explosion was (DUDUNT! DUDUNT!) sabotage?

    I can’t stand it, i know you planned it
    Ima set it straight, this Watergate
    I can’t stop textin’ when i’m in there
    ’cause your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear
    So, while you sit back and wonder why
    I’m missing my pics when I slide my ‘Kick
    Oh my god, it’s a mirage
    I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage Read More

  • Verizon's CEO has been rocking the Storm 2 for weeks, demoing it to employees

    The BlackBerry Storm 2 is no secret. We’ve known that a second generation touchscreen BlackBerry has been in the works for months. Actually it was probably RIM that “leaked” all the info in an effort to save face from the flop that is the original Storm. A NYT article quotes Verizon’s CEO saying that he’s been carrying the phone for weeks and been giving… Read More

  • Blackra1n iPhone 3GS/iPod Touch jailbreak now available for Mac

    Just days ago, iPhone hacker extraordinaire geohot released blackra1n, a tool for jailbreaking the iPod Touches and iPhones (including the 3GS) running OS 3.1.2. Alas, it was only available for Windows users. Just two days later, geohot and the rest of the endlessly impressive iPhone hacking community have it all up and running on OS X. As always, tread carefully – but if you’re… Read More

  • Apple Moves To Block Jailbreaking In New iPhones

    In the endless game of cat and mouse that is Apple vs. the jailbreak scene, the cat just put a pretty nasty gash in the mouse’s face. For the past seven months, jailbreaking (opening an iPhone to applications not signed by Apple for installation) has relied on an exploit dubbed “24kPwn”. We’ll skip the technical voodoo for the sake of not putting you straight to sleep… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 25% off select Verizon QWERTY phones

    Verizon Wireless is offering 25% off a trio of its QWERTY-equipped phones: the Motorola Rival, LG enV3, and the Samsung Alias 2. Read More

  • Rhapsody iPhone app to get offline playback, still isn't Spotify

    Let’s be frank here: Rhapsody has some seriously big shoes to fill. Even though it hasn’t yet come stateside, Spotify has set a new standard for mobile music, and let’s face it: Rhapsody Mobile’s first few steps out of the gate haven’t exactly been well-received. Read More