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  • FCC approves T-Mobile Sony Ericsson CS8 Cyber-shot handset

    If I was the FCC, I’d start my own gadget blog in light of the fact that I’d have first dibs to all the new gear. Er, wait…nevermind. Scratch that, stick to your federal duties and leave the blogging to us. Sony Ericsson’s newest (T-Mobile-bound) slider phone, the Cyber-shot CS8 (known elsewhere as the C905), has received approval by the FCC. Not only are there a bunch… Read More

  • Verizon opens their catalog to user reviews, probably a bad move

    This ought to be interesting. Apparently never having felt the wrath of a dissatisfied buyer with access to the internet, someone over at Verizon has just decided to enable users to leave public reviews on any phone in their catalog. Users can rate their handsets on a scale of 1-5 for ease of use, display, features, and battery life, then manually add their own pros, cons, and… Read More

  • Qik Launches Facebook Connect Support

    With too many companies to list battling it out for users in the live mobile video broadcasting space, spreading the word is key. Most people just don’t realize such a thing is possible; outside of geekier circles, the entire concept is still fairly new. Stream a live video from your handset and send the link off to some friends that don’t lurk blogs and social sites all day… Read More

  • 2009 Sidekick LX will support H.264 playback, MP4 recording

    When we heard that the 2009 edition of the Sidekick LX would be rockin’ an oh-so-droolworthy 854×480 screen, we crossed our fingers in hopes that it could playback video at a resolution worthy of the display. Not content with waiting for tomorrow’s Sidekick shindig, we did a bit of digging – and uncovered pretty much everything there is to know about video on the… Read More

  • Just in case: Tomorrow's T-Mobile event is all about the Sidekick LX

    I don’t want any of you to think that tomorrow’s NYC T-Mobile event has anything to do with anything other than the new 3G Sidekick LX. So, here are two variations of the event invite, which coincidentally were not sent to me by T-Mobile. Read More

  • T-Mobile sort of unboxes the 2009 Sidekick LX

    Aw, come on T-Mobile. If you’re going to spoil the fun of bloggers everywhere by unboxing your own new toys before they’re even on the shelves, do it well. Or, at least, actually unbox it. This 2-minute long video, which just went up on T-Mobile’s Youtube channel, is about 10% unboxing and 90% some girls face. Plus – if you can’t top the Samsung Omnia’s… Read More

  • LG Viewty Smart GC900 now intentionally official

    After making an unintended early debut on the LG Germany’s blog last week, the LG Viewty II – which, by the way, has been redubbed the LG Viewty Smart – is officially official. Not much about a cell phone can change in a week’s time, so everything’s dot-for-dot with what we saw leak out last week. It’s still got an 8 megapixel camera, WiFi, 7.2mbps HSDPA… Read More

  • Nepal Telecom bringing cell service to Mt. Everest

    If you’re one of the few hundred people that attempt to climb Mt. Everest each year: don’t sweat it, you’ll still be able to text your peeps from the top. Nepal Telecoms, a telecoms company which has a lock on some 60% of the Nepalese cell phone market, has announced that they’ll be taking signal all the way to the top by way of satellite antennas. Climbers have always… Read More

  • Angelina Jolie loves her Palm Pre

    Know who doesn’t have a Palm Pre? Me. Or you, most likely. Know who does? Angelina Jolie. Presumably one of many celebrities currently touting Palm’s not-so-secret weapon, Jolie was recently spotted on the set of an upcoming flick with a Pre in tow. When the LA Examiner asked her about it, she “went on about it for about two minutes.” The goods? She likes the… Read More

  • HTC Magic tentatively dated for May 5 in the UK

    HTC’s second Android device Magic was due for a launch in the UK last week, but was delayed till an unknown date to make a few modifications under the hood. Earlier today, the Vodafone Website was updated and it looks like May 5 is the tentative launch date for the Magic in the UK and not May 1. (I wonder if Cupcake will rollout by then.) I won’t begin to dissect the pricing plans… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct s30 now available from Sprint

    I don’t see the point of purchasing any new phone on Sprint with the launch of the Palm Pre looming, but if you’re itching to get something new because your old phone was dropped in the toilet after a drunken night out this weekend then I’ll have you know that the mini Instinct is now available. For $130 ($100MIR) you can get this little monstrosity of a touch-screen… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Propel Pro from AT&T

    As of last Tuesday (04/14/2009, for you number people), AT&T released its Samsung Propel Pro WinMo 6.1-based slider phone to the masses. Having received my tester unit a bit earlier, I’ve been putting the device through its paces for just about a week now. My initial gut reaction after charging and powering the ‘Pro on was “ok, I’ve got to ignore the unholiness… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson: "Yeah, about that Android phone we promised…"

    Don’t worry, they’re not backing out entirely, but Sony Ericsson wants you to know that their Android handset (or handsets) won’t be coming for quite some time. They want to make something, you know, different. They didn’t put any sort of date on it, unsurprisingly, but they do sound kind of sincere. CEO Hideki Komiyama described the delay: “It does require a lot… Read More

  • T-Mobile officially announces the 3G Sidekick LX, coming May 13

    Well, well. Looks like someone launched the new Sidekick LX page a little too early. The oft rumored 2009 model of the Sidekick LX is now 100% official. As far as we can tell, all the stuff we’ve seen leak out over the past few months was spot on, from the 3G, to the 3.2 megapixel camera, to the heavy social networking focus. Form-factor wise, it’s.. well, it’s a Sidekick. Read More

  • iPhone App Giveaway Spree: Hundreds of Promo codes. Here. Now.

    This contest is now over. We’ve now sent codes to the winners of rounds 16 through 41, and will continue sending them throughout the day. If you were contacted during the contest and were told that you won, please feel free to e-mail us if you do not receive your code by Sunday night. Round 42 -The Finale:
    I think it’s safe to say that Round 42, the Scavenger Battle for Mt. Jaadu… Read More

  • It begins: Palm Pre trickles out to accessory manufacturers

    Wow, who would have believed it? The Palm Pre actually exists outside of private tradeshow demos and the hands of celebrities? If that’s actually a real, functional pre and not a mock-up or a well-done knockoff, it looks like accessory manufacturers have began getting shipments of the much coveted Sprint handset. An anonymous Ludle employee tipster just posted a few shots of the Pre… Read More

  • 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