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  • Sidekick 2008 (Gekko) dummy phones spotted

    With the Sidekick Gekko.. Gecco.. 2008 expected to launch next week, it’s not surprising that retailers have started to receive dummy floor models. With the list of retailers including a bajillion Best Buys around the nation, it’s also not surprising that pictures of these dummy floor models have landed online. Least surprising of all? It still looks like every other Sidekick… Read More

  • AT&T not happy about the Xohm/Clearwire merger

    Last month, Sprint announced plans to merge their WiMax service, Xohm, with WiMax provider, Clearwire. This wasn’t exactly good news for AT&T, who have hedged their bets on a competing 4G product, LTE. With deep-pocketed investors behind the Xohm/Clearwire deal (Google, Comcast, Time Warner, Intel, Bright House), and LTE still about 2 years from roll-out, what ever was AT&T… Read More

  • GSM HTC Touch Pro hits FCC

    Man, how this phone brings a pang to my heart. It looks so damn pretty; why must it lack 3G? Oh Well – at least it’s coming to North America, according to this FCC post. No word yet on carrier availability, though its GSM internal mean it’s pretty safe to bet it’ll be either T-Mobile or AT&T. The FCC post hides most of the goodies for confidentiality reasons, but… Read More

  • Copy/Paste references caught loitering in iPhone frameworks

    The ability to copy & paste is probably one of the most requested features still absent from the iPhone. Whenever word of an update gets out, it’s a safe bet that one of the first question amongst the comments will be “They put in copy/paste yet?” Well, it’s still not in yet – but Apple might be working on it. While digging around the iPhone SDK, an… Read More

  • WinPwn 2.0 adds iPhone 3G support for easier Windows jailbreakage

    While it’s been possible to jailbreak an iPhone 3G for a few days now, the process was a bit too intense for many. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve been told it involves rockets, unicorn hair, and science. Fortunately, a few amazing geniuses within the iPhone community have gone and made the process just a tad less crazy. Mac users got in on the fun a bit early via… Read More

  • Rumor: RED iPhone on the way for the holidays?

    The rumor of a (RED) iPhone 3G has been coming and going since for a while now – before the phone had even been made official, even. The rumor died for a while after launch, but alas – it’s back. According to the guys over at MacBlogz, a red-backed iPhone may be in the works as an easy/cost-effective product revamp for the holiday season. Seeing as Apple’s had a… Read More

  • Mike Baker to leave Nokia

    Clickz is reporting today that Mike Baker is scheduled to leave Nokia on August 8. Baker became head of Nokia Interactive Advertising after the company bought Enpocket last year. His expertise is sure to be missed. Baker joined mobile advertising firm Enpocket in 2004 and help build the company after its formation in 2001. Enpocket was acquired by Nokia last year. Since then, he has been… Read More

  • Nokia and Qualcomm Settle Worldwide Legal Battle

    A legal battle that spanned three continents and involved two of the biggest names in the mobile realm came to an end yesterday with both sides dropping all complaints and cross-complaints. Nokia, the world’s largest handset maker, and Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of cell phone chips, reached an agreement that should quiet the upheaval that threatened to ripple throughout… Read More

  • Glu Brings HipSoft’s Build-a-lot to Mobile Phones

    Mobile game company Glu announced today that it has partnered with HipSoft to bring Build-a-lot to the small screen. If you have ever dreamed of buying old houses and renovating them for resale but can’t hit a nail with a hammer, this is the game for you. Put all those hours of watching This Old House and get rich quick real estate infomercials to good use with Build-a-lot. In the game… Read More

  • 3 phone commercials which screw up the intended message

    Cell phone commercials are boring as hell. A phone pops up, a bit of hip hop or techno plays while the phone spins around, and then it all fades to the company logo. If the budget is big enough, some dude might talk over the whole thing to tell you how awesome it is. Whether its because formulaic commercials don’t work or because they’re just bored of making the same crap over… Read More

  • iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    Hurray! Now more people around the globe get to experience the excitement of hearing “Sorry, we don’t have any left!” During the quarterly conference call with COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would be makin’ its way to 20 more countries by August 22nd. Which countries? Nobody knows – it wasn’t mentioned in the call. Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry now available

    Back in May, Microsoft and RIM announced a partnership to bring Windows Live services to the BlackBerry platform “sometime this summer”. The first goods from that partnership are on the table, with the release of Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry. All of back-and-forth communication works through BlackBerry’s push technology, so chat lag should be minimal. The client has… Read More

  • AT&T Posts Good 2Q Numbers

    AT&T’s second quarter numbers are in today, and the company has meet Wall Street’s expectations. The company saw its profits increase 30%, despite a slowing down of the U.S. economy. In the past few months AT&T’s stock has been driven down because of a feared recession, but today’s news sent the company’s shares up $1.08, to sell at $32.90 in morning… Read More

  • NewTek to Produce and Web Stream AFL’s ArenaBowl XXII Coverage

    The Arena Football League (AFL) has chosen NewTek’s TriCaster technology to produce and web stream this year’s Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII coverage. The event takes place in New Orleans on July 24-27. If you are an AFL fan but don’t like jazz or already have a closet full of beads, you can experience 11 events from seven locations via and Read More

  • WordPress application for iPhone launches

    As someone who blogs for a living, I am beyond pumped about this application. Being able to blog on the go is a must. A huge chunk of the time, news breaks at the most inopportune moment. News never breaks while you’re sitting around idly at the computer. It breaks while you’re on the train, or at the grocery store. By the time you’re online, you’re the 53rd blog to… Read More

  • Three more Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones heading your way

    The Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones turn 3-years-old this year, so SE is releasing three more such phones, the W902, W595 and W302. They’re all, let’s face it, essentially the same music phone we’ve seen for God knows how long, but there are a few new features that you might enjoy. There’s TrackID, which attempts to recognize the name of a song “listening”… Read More

  • Qik goes into public beta

    As you may have noticed, the TechCrunch Network kinda has a thing for Qik. Sure, its gone a bit awry on us in the past – and sure, its certainly got some competition. Challengers and occasional quirks aside, however, Qik rocks faces. When it works, it works damn well. Not to mention, it’s almost stupidly easy to use. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself. Now in public… Read More

  • 728 Newspapers join AP Mobile News Network

    The Associated Press (AP) announced today that 728 AP newspapers have joined its Mobile News Network. The service was first launched in May of this year, and the additions account for a 580% jump in media participation. If you want to be a well informed citizen of the world on-the-go, AP Mobile News Network is a must. This application will give you breaking news, sports, entertainment… Read More

  • CATCH 21 from Cellufun

    The Game Show Network (GSN) and Cellufun have partnered to bring you the game CATCH 21 to your mobile phone. CATCH 21 is a game that blends brain teasing pop culture trivia with the strategy of the card game 21. To do well, you must be a master of both. Like other Cellufun games, CATCH 21 is free. GSN is promoting its game show through the Web and on mobile devices. The online version of CATCH… Read More

  • MTS’s Annual Review Available Online

    Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, published its 2007 Annual Review online today. Together with its subsidiaries, MTS has nearly 87 million subscribers. It provides service in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, giving MTS a population base of more than 230 million. The Annual Review describes the operational… Read More