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  • Alltel Wireless launches affordable QWERTY-equipped LG Banter

    In honor of our wonderful economy (jk!), Alltel Wireless has launched the very reasonably priced ($19.99 after $50 MIR w/2 yr agreement), full QWERTY-equipped LG Banter. The fraternal twin of Sprint’s Rumor2, Alltel’s 4.4oz LG Banter is a poor man’s smartphone, complete with Alltel email, Yahoo! and AOL instant messaging apps, and a “chat-style messaging… Read More

  • Kyocera intros a pair of handsets headed to Virgin Mobile

    One of these new phones is a full feature texting handset, while the other is your standard thin but basic device. One has stereo Bluetooth and a Facebook support and the other one can play games. One has a full QWERTY keyboard while the other has a number pad(!!!!). Chances are you would probably buy the X-tc instead of the Jax, eh? Yeah, probably. Read More

  • Homebrew software will unlock the full iPhone Bluetooth stack

    Rumor has it that a new homebrew app will soon open the full Bluetooth stack on the iPhone 3G, allowing for full and proper Bluetooth support including wireless keyboard connectivity and stereo Bluetooth. The app is called iBluetooth and it’s currently available on the Cydia store. Read More

  • Exclusive: Slides from Sprint/Palm Webinar, plus a live blog

    The Sprint/Palm Pre Webinar is starting in 20 minutes. We were able to dig up all of the slides from the presentation while we were waiting – and as far as we can tell, there isn’t much new stuff to be seen. We’ll keep dig through the slides – let us know if you spot anything exciting. Live blog after the jump. [PSGallery=19gaanm2ef] Read More

  • Fact: Sprint to launch LG Rumor2 on March 15

    Sprint announced today that LG’s second-gen. Rumor – Rumor2 – will be available via (and by phone, what?) as of March 15, with a retail debut following on April 19. Read More

  • Apple to spill the beans on iPhone OS 3.0 next week

    Invites have begun to trickle out for a March 17th Apple event, at which they’ll be debuting iPhone OS 3.0. It has been about 8 months since the release of OS 2.0, and 6 months since Apple missed their self-imposed deadline for push notifications for background applications. Will background apps be addressed? What about the oft-griped about lack of copy and paste? Will they polish up… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 to get the Cupcake update in April

    With the HTC Magic launching in April, we probably could have guessed that the Cupcake update would be ready to ship to the G1 at the same time. But now we don’t need to guess – a T-Mobile rep has gone and confirmed it. Read More

  • iSkoot opens their live update platform to handset OEMs

    Last month TechCrunch wrote about Kalaida, iSkoot‘s software platform purposed for connecting standard feature phones to social sites and other online content in a way not unlike that of a smartphone. This evening, iSkoot has announced that they are expanding their offerings to include KalaidaLIVE, the always-on connectivity solution that allows their Notifier application to receive… Read More

  • Nokia e71x gets pictured again – this time from behind!

    We were just starting to think that AT&T’s version of the e71, otherwise known as the e71x, had been canned. I mean, it’s been right around 5 months since it was last seen floating around, and it seemed like it was in good shape at the time. Can you really blame us for worrying? Fortunately, it seems the device is alive and kickin’ – or at least, the guy who… Read More

  • KLM and Air France begin rolling out electronic boarding pass service in Europe

    KLM and Air France announced yesterday that they’ve begun rolling out an electronic boarding pass service throughout Europe. A six-month beta test occurred on the Paris-Amsterdam-Paris route and it was launched a month ago on the ‘La Navette’ flights. It’s currently available on flights from Paris to Amsterdam and other European destinations except the UK. Read More

  • Rumor: AT&T to drop Samsung A877 on March 29?

    Fire up the r-mill. An anonymous tipster has it that AT&T will launch the (dragon-scale green) Samsung A877 on March 29, 2009. According to PhoneDog, said A877 (possibly codenamed “Jackfrost”) is quite the non-smartphone (like the Samsung Memoir, it runs the smartphone-esque TouchWiz OS), and could be a solid replacement for the recently deadpooled Quickfire. Read More

  • Nokia announces 3 new XpressMusic phones: 5730, 5030, 5330

    Nokia hasn’t had the best luck with the XpressMusic line so far; the 5610 XpressMusic had bad screens, and the 5800 XpressMusic had no shortage of problems at launch. Ignoring the fact that the XpressMusic name is apparently cursed, Nokia has announced 3 more “Comes With Music“-focused handsets. From left to right, above: Read More

  • Radar for iPhone finds Flickr support

    Heres an idea: If you’re looking to build up your social site’s user base, add support for a popular, similarly focused (but not directly competitive) social site to your network’s iPhone application. It may sound crazy (who wants to promote someone else’s brand?), but that’s exactly what Radar, a social network for sharing cameraphone images and videos, is doing. Read More

  • Qik announces support for Nokia's Share on Ovi, will be featured in the Ovi Store

    Qik’s video streaming software began its life on the Nokia S60 platform, so it makes sense that a number of its recent big wins involve Finland’s finest. This morning, Qik is announcing that their application is now compatible with Nokia’s Share on Ovi media sharing service, and that it will be prominently featured in Nokia’s Ovi Store when it launches in a few months. Read More

  • Convincing Computer Animation Recreates Hudson Plane Landing

    The computer animation in this video recreates the flight path and Hudson river landing of US Airways Flight 1549. Although the details of the story are by now familiar to nearly everyone—the plane hit a couple of geese, which took out the engines, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the Hudson, saving the lives of everyone on board—the animation captures the sequence… Read More

  • LG Cookie gets upgraded with S-Class interface, 3G, mispelled name

    Just around 6 months after the launch of the LG Cookie (KP500) , LG has announced details of a followup. Because the name “Cookie II” just made too much sense, LG has instead opted to name this second handset “Cooky”, which is not a word. We had joked that LG had chosen the name “Cookie” because there were no good words left in the phone-naming pool. Now… Read More

  • iPhone Nano Rumor #5,838,321: Screen stays the same, Home button moved to the side

    According to Le Journal du Geek, the much-fabled iPhone Nano is coming in June, and will be debuted by none other than Jobs himself. The new, meaty bit: to make it smaller (for the sake of the whole “Nano” bit), they say the home button has been moved to the side – but that 3G, GPS, and WiFi get to stay! Okay, look. The whole iPhone Nano thing is bananas. I’m pretty… Read More

  • Android Dev Phone 1.1 released, fixing numerous issues

    If you’re an Android dev freak, it’s time to update that sucker “1.0” nonsense you’re rolling with. Girls flip when they see you rock the 1.1, I’m telling you. It’s got the voice search support, fixes a bunch of bugs, and now you can even see paid apps in the Marketplace! Player! That is off the hook for rook! Seriously though, it’s an… Read More

  • Samsung's latest touchscreen phones to hit Europe this Spring

    Is it coming to this? Are touchscreen phones going to be the new default, the way clamshells have been for years and candybars were before that? If the specs and pricing get much lower, it’ll be easier to get Grandma some low-end Touchmaster than a basic Moto flip phone. In any case, Samsung’s newest touchscreen offerings are pretty much what you’d expect. Read More

  • Early iPhone prototype up for auction

    A fella in Illinois has himself an iPhone protoype with an early beta OS and it’s up for sale on eBay if you’re into that sort of thing. In fact, he has two prototype iPhones for sale, but only one works and it has a matte plastic screen. The dud has a glass screen and doesn’t seem to offer much of anything save for spare parts at best. The working prototype appears to be able… Read More