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  • iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 unofficially jailbroken

    Yeah – we realize how odd that headline might seem. Apple doesn’t exactly endorse jailbreaks, so the idea that any jailbreak method is “official” may seem strange. But with just about every major release coming from one group, certain releases inherently just have more cred. The just released iPhone 3.0 Beta 3 has been cracked wide open, albeit not by the iPhone Dev… Read More

  • Best Buy to sling Instinct S30s for nearly 60% off

    With just about absolutely nothing changing between the original Instinct and the Instinct S30, it’s not really too surprising that the S30 is launching at the same price the first one currently goes for: 130 bucks. What is surprising, however, is that Best Buy (of all places) will be peddling it at a deep discount. According to a circular sent over to Engadget, the Blue Polo Brigade will… Read More

  • Kyocera teases with a combo of concepts

    Beginning at CTIA09, Kyocera has been showing off mockups of concepts they’ve got lurking around the labs. While the hard plastic mockups they’ve shown previously didn’t do much for us, they’ve since moved on to 3D renders – and boy, are they pretty. We’re going to go ahead and ignore the fact that the technologies required for these handsets (such as… Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2: Yours, for an arm AND a leg

    You gotta hand it to the marketing/PR peeps in the mobile gadget space for figuring out how to announce phones, yet hold back just enough to get some coverage out of the details disclosed months later. As it were, HTC finally announced pricing and (gasp!) availability info for its newest “flagship” devices – Touch Diamond2 & Touch Pro2 – earlier today. Read More

  • Cellphone fingerprint law now in effect in Mexico

    Good news, everyone. That Mexican law that requires cellphone users to be fingerprinted and registered into a national database went into effect [Spanish] the other day. It’s an effort to crack down on violent crime, since, as well all know, cellphones are notorious criminals and won’t think twice about dropping an Acme anvil onto your head. Read More

  • Sidekick 2009 launching tomorrow?

    Ed over at Hiptop3 has the scoop on the upcoming Sidekick 2009 aka Blade that we’ve been hearing about for the last few months. According to an internal T-Mobile memo, the new Sidekick LX is going live tomorrow. Yes, the Sidekick 2009 will be the new LX with the older model fading away, which it already has except for the Tony Hawk edition that still resides on the T-Mo website. And… Read More

  • Nokia's financials: some good, some very bad

    The thing with almost every financial statement is that it can be read in either a positive or negative light. Nokia’s Q1 report is just like that. On one hand, the wireless company actually pushed a good amount of handsets out during the first quarter of the year. That being said, the sales numbers are less than the previous year, which doesn’t ride well for year vs year comps. Read More

  • Samsung HD i8910 (OmniaHD) is a witch. [Plus a video sample]

    It looks like Samsung might have hired the same folks responsible for their last Omnia viral video to conjure up one for the HD i8910 (which, depending on where you live, may or may not go by the OmniaHD.) This one doesn’t seem quite as creative as the last one (though, as that one was a play on something us gadget bloggers do on a weekly basis, we might be a bit biased toward it)… Read More

  • Rumor: Microsoft extending Halo into the mobile realm?

    What would tech journalists/bloggers do without cryptic-yet-seemingly-revealing job postings? Many a solid rumor has started as a result of these suggestive job position descriptions. Take Microsoft’s recent posting on (now listed as “expired”), for example. “[Microsoft is] looking to blend console, web, and mobile to create an immersive Halo world… Read More

  • Double Review: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy for the iPhone/iPod Touch

    Quick Version: You’re a fountain of useless knowledge and desperately searching for an outlet to convey your brain power. Sony Pictures Television has the perfect solution for you with two iconic game shows for your iPhone or iPod Touch: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. (Editor’s note: By the way, we’ll be giving away copies of these games in the coming days as part of a… Read More

  • MetroPCS gets the nearly vintage Motorola Hint QA30

    Whoa-ho-ho! Way to keep these releases on lock, MetroPCS! Striking while the iron is luke warm, they’ve released the Motorola QA30, a mere six months after it first became available. With Stereo Bluetooth and the QWERTY keyboard being the primary notable features, the specs weren’t exactly mind boggling when the handset first launched – so half a year later and priced at… Read More

  • LG Viewty II gets a new name and temporary official acknowledgment

    For just a few hours early this morning, a post heralding the LG Viewty II could be seen at LG’s official German blog. Apparently it went up too early, because it was pulled down within hours – because that somehow fixes things. Except that this is the internet, and people are just too dang good at keeping an eye out for this stuff. PhoneArena caught the goods this… Read More

  • AT&T launches FamilyMap, let the spying begin

    Sorry school-skipping teenagers and spouse-cheating losers, AT&T has launched FamilyMap, which will track a phone’s location either by GPS or cell-phone tower triangulation on a Microsoft Live Map. Other providers have offered similar services for a while, but now AT&T has gotten into the big brother spy game. Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 is out

    If you’re a developer dabbling away with the latest builds (or one of those clever dastardly gents who managed to get access to the beta firmware through other means), you’ve got an update waiting for you. Apple has just pushed iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 out the door. The changes seem minor, but here’s whats been noticed so far: Obligatory performance improvements MMS now works… Read More

  • Will the S8000 be Samsung's first Android phone?

    In an occurrence that seems to be happening on an almost weekly basis as of late, an online retailer has put up details about a thus far unannounced device. This time around, it’s the Samsung S8000. They caught their error after a few hours – but not before much of the spec sheet had began its adventure across the internet. GSMArena managed to catch most of the droolworthy… Read More

  • Oh, how far we've come Warning: This is not news. But it is kind of amazing. Extracted from some incredible time capsule ensconced sometime around 1846 (read: 1990s) and then… Read More

  • Fixing a hole: Toshiba's 2009-2010 product roadmap leaked

    Mario and Luigi must be working some incredible overtime these days, what with all the leaks that keep springing up across the Interpipes. Lucky for us, until they get around to fixing all these holes, we all get to enjoy some exciting unknown product rumors. According to the leaked info, Toshiba has 5 new 1 GHz Snapdragon + WinMo 6.5-based devices (2 smartphones/3 MIDs) planned for release… Read More

  • How to take screenshots on the Palm Pre

    Sure, none of us have the Palm Pre yet – but once you get it, won’t you want to take a ton of screenshots to show off to your friends document the experience? On the iPhone, taking a screenshot requires no wonky software or hackery – just hold two buttons. I figured a similar function might exist on the Pre, but we had a heck of a time finding anyone who had any idea what we… Read More

  • Samsung Propel Pro now available from AT&T

    Samsung’s latest Windows Mobile slider is now available from AT&T. The chromed out Propel Pro features WinMo 6.1, GPS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, a 3-megapixel AF camera and a microSD card slot. Get you some Windows Mobile action for $150. Read More

  • Android "Cupcake" build nearly golden brown: Preview SDK released, feature list finalized

    Four months of discovery and hearsay later, the Android build that we’ve all been waiting for is nigh. Run inside, everyone – run inside and charge your G1s, for Cupcake (Firmware v1.5) is nearly upon us. (Actually, it’s still a few weeks away. But you should charge your G1 anyway, seeing as it’s a G1 and the day is halfway over, so the battery’s probably… Read More