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  • Zeemote JS1 bluetooth controller rolls out in Mexico

    I don’t think I can express how much I wanted to add something about tacos to that headline. Yes, I realize Mexico has more to offer besides tacos. I just really loves me some tacos. Oh, right – back on topic. This morning, Zeemote, Inc is announcing a partnership with Telcel and Sony Ericsson to bring the Zeemote JS1 down to Mexico. Following Zeemote’s now standard practice… Read More

  • Android Market may be getting Ringtones, Wallpapers, and Google Checkout

    Can’t live without Fergie ringtones on your Android handset, but can’t take the time to throw together your own? You may be in luck. While rummaging around through the files tucked away within the Android Market package, the guys over at Phandroid noticed a couple of unused icons lingering. If these icons are any indication of functionality thus far unseen, we might be seeing… Read More

  • Contest: We're giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • G1 and Diamond push HTC to record profits in November

    Curious as to why Sony Ericsson (and 13 others) might have hopped on board with the Open Handset Alliance? Take a look at the November numbers of HTC, the folks behind the only Android handset currently on the market, and it all becomes clear. Read More

  • LG ups the (4G) ante with successful LTE trial

    LG has upped the ante in the hyper-competitive 4G arms race after successfully testing the world’s first (functioning) Long Term Evolution (LTE) cell phone chip. The 13x13mm integrated circuit exhibited impressive data speeds in its initial trial, topping out at 60Mbps downstream and 20Mbps up. Still in its planning stages, the Third Generation Partnership Project intends LTE (successor… Read More

  • White HTC Touch Diamond appears just in time for Christmas, unless you actually want to buy it

    If there was ever any doubt that a White HTC Touch Diamond was in the works, let said doubt be cast away. Sometime earlier this morning, snowflakes began falling across HTC’s front page (kind of like a 1996 Geocities website, except classy. They should add a guestbook for us to sign.), underneath the headline “Wishing you a more connected holiday season”. Sitting at the very… Read More

  • Android Rising: Sony Ericsson, Vodafone, and 12 Others Join Open Handset Alliance

    Android just got stronger. The industry consortium behind the Google-developed mobile operating system, the Open Handset Alliance, just added 14 new members, including ARM, Garmin International, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone. The other new members are AKM Semiconductor, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Teleca AB… Read More

  • At long last, Skyfire browser gets VGA support

    When we wrote about the not-quite-official soft launch of Skyfire v0.85 a few weeks back, one little morsel slipped through the cracks. While we properly noted that registration requirements had been removed from the mobile browser, the newfound support for folks in the UK, and an “experts only” download link which essentially freed Skyfire of its geographical limits, one newly… Read More

  • Mobile to make 2012 Olympics more bloody exciting

    Looking to improve upon spectators’ experiences and interactions at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, event organizers have joined forces with British Telecom to create a comprehensive mobile strategy for the Games. Possible applications include real-time scores, fan polls, news updates, and allowing customers to pay for items 10£ and under with their mobiles. But wait, that’s… Read More

  • Broadcom jams FM radio, 802.11n, and Bluetooth into a single package

    Back in October, Broadcom made a promise to announce a new combo-chip every 60 days. First came the BCM2049, which packed FM and Bluetooth onto a single die. A bit past their self-imposed deadline (albeit still with impressive haste), they’ve managed to one up themselves with the BCM4329. Read More

  • Leaked: 8-Megapixel Samsung "Memoir" headed for T-mobile

    Though just about everyone is pushing out 8-megapixel phones at this point, it’s surprising how few (read: pretty much none) of them have made it to US carriers. Looks like that might be about to change, if this latest leak from TmoNews rings true. Essentially a bigger, badder version of the Behold, the handset the whispers are naming as the Samsung “Memoir” purportedly… Read More

  • Ambiguous T-swivel device surfaces, has identity crisis

    Either that person has a tiny hand, or this mysterious T-swivel device needs to go on a serious diet before hitting the streets. Found on a Korean forum discussing reasons why Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs ) never reached market saturation, it is not clear what category this “concept” device fits into. Read More

  • Google Introduces Mobile Ads For Android And The iPhone

    Google is now formatting AdWords text and image ads for Android and iPhone mobile browsers. The ads can include mobile-only calls to action, and can be created from standard Google ads run on the Web. The ads will also work on other phones with full HTML browsers in the future as they become available. (Both the iPhone and the Android G1 have full browsers based on Webkit). By sticking with… Read More

  • Rogers launches the BlackBerry 8900 Javelin

    After some many months in the works, the BlackBerry 8900 (otherwise known as “Javelin”) has finally made its way out of the labs and onto a shelf near you. Well, by “a shelf near you” we mean “on a shelf at Rogers locations in Canada”. Not, say, the shelf in your bathroom. Essentially a BlackBerry Bold Lite, the Javelin’s missing 3G, and has a… Read More

  • Santa comes early for G1 hackers: dev-only bootloader ripped for all to enjoy

    It’s only been a day since Google began selling G1s without firmware restrictions for developers, and someone has already managed to tear out the unlocked bootloader and get it up online. In other words, anyone carrying a modified G1 (Note: You MUST be running a modified version of RC30 for this to work. If you’re already on the official release, you’re out of luck for now)… Read More

  • Google now hawking fully unlocked G1s to developers

    It didn’t take long before people started hacking away at the T-Mobile G1, the first phone to ship with Google’s Android platform, and now it looks like Google wants to make it even easier. Starting today, Google is offering a development version of the G1 that is both SIM and hardware unlocked, meaning no more nagging at T-Mobile and waiting for ages to receive an unlock code. Read More

  • New Android browser 'Steel' hits the Market

    It was only a few weeks ago that Opera Mini 4.2 was unleashed on the Google Android platform, and yet another browser is now surfacing by small software company kolbysoft. Steel is based off the same open-source WebKit components that the default Android web browser is based upon, so there is similar functionality between the two. Read More

  • An Interview with Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon

    With iPhone app downloads having just blown through the 300 million mark, we jumped at the opportunity to talk to Ethan Lowry. As a founding member of the trio behind Urbanspoon, one of the most downloaded iPhone applications of 2008 , Ethan knows a thing or two about iPhone app downloads. Back in early November, Urbanspoon had just cracked 1 million downloads – 4 months after the… Read More

  • Acer smartphone to drop in 1Q09, no one knows where

    Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer, Acer, best known in the States for producing computers (especially after its 2007 acquisition of Gateway and Packard Bell) has clarified its plans to release an Acer-branded smartphone in the 1st quarter of 2009. After completing its acquisition of Taiwan smartphone maker E-Ten Information Systems in September, speculation continued to grow… Read More

  • Moto Chaser for the iPhone modified to support TV-out as a proof of concept

    Last week, Ars Technica uncovered an undocumented class in the iPhone SDK which allows applications to push visuals to an external monitor rather than the device’s built in screen. Lightbulbs flicked on above the noggins of iPhone developers everywhere, all with the same idea: this could be used for games! Read More