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  • Femtocells could upset the UMA-based fixed-mobile convergence market

    Apparently the fixed-mobile convergence market is on the brink of very interesting times, according to analysts at ABI Research anyway. While so far most fixed-to-mobile solutions have been UMA-based, such as T-Mobile’s Hotspot@Home service in the U.S. and similar services offered by Orange in France, Spain and the United Kingdom, Sprint’s new femtocell-based Airave solution… Read More

  • Vuclip promises easier, faster mobile video

    After a year in self proclaimed “stealth mode” has resurfaced, with a new name (Vuclip) and a redesigned consumer service and platform for mobile publishers. The company says its redesigned Web and wap sites “make it easier than ever for users to search for and watch any Internet video on their mobile phones.” Hoping to address the fragmented mobile… Read More

  • 3 and Skype announce newer Skypephone

    UK carrier 3 and Skype have announced a next generation Skypephone. The S2 update seems to be about mobile surfing and multimedia functions as the Skype connectivity seems unchanged. Updated features include a bigger 320 x 240 screen, (improved from 176 x 220), a 3.2-megapixel camera (better than the older models 2-megapixels) and 50MBs of internal memory, as well as compatibility with up to… Read More

  • LG PRADA II shot leaked

    The Boy Genius just pushed this live shot of what’s purported to be the next product coming from the LG/PRADA partnership, aptly named the PRADA II. Borrowing much from the aesthetics of the original PRADA phone, the only visible change is the slide-out keyboard. Nothing is known about the handset besides what you can see in this shot, so it may be a while before we get wind of… Read More

  • Video: How to disassemble the BlackBerry Bold you don't have yet

    Sure, chances are you’re part of the huge majority still waiting for their carrier to release the BlackBerry Bold. Just in case you wanted to see how to splay one out in under 3 minutes, some folks up in Canada have put the whole strip-down on film. Check it out up above. [Via MobileSyrup] Read More

  • AT&T introduces Sony Ericsson W350 Walkman

    Oh, the W350. You’re so beautiful when you’re closed. Pop open that flip-down cover over the number pad, however, and everyone starts to wonder how they made such a slim phone in 1989. Two-faced aesthetics aside, AT&T launched the W350 this morning alongside the LG Invision. For 30 bucks after a $50 dollar rebate and a 2-year agreement, the W350 packs quad-band GSM, a 1.3… Read More

  • T-Mobile 3G rollout dates revealed

    With the Android-powered HTC Dream launching on their network sometime in the next few months, T-Mobile’s feelin’ the heat to get their 3G network as prepped as possible. Just a few weeks ago, a poster taped to someone’s wall told us that 3G would hit October 1st. While we had looked forward to hosting a big nationwide T-Mobile 3G countdown on September 30th, CellPhone Signal… Read More

  • AT&T launches the LG Invision

    You love watching live TV on the go, but you face the same problem as all of us: They just don’t make pants with pockets big enough to carry your TV set. Even if it does fit, you’re sure as hell not going to squeeze your set-top box and a bunch of remotes in there too. AT&T’s come up with a crazy solution: instead of making the pant pockets bigger, make the… Read More

  • Hidden multi-touch feature on HTC Touch Diamond?

    Cool. Looks like the HTC Touch Diamond (and presumably the HTC Touch Diamond Pro) can actually do multi-touch. Apparently it’s just around the navigation buttons that the multi-touch works – not the entire screen, which seems odd. The feature is revealed when using HTC’s Nav Debug Tool but so far doesn’t have any practical use beyond simple testing. However, HTC updates… Read More

  • OpenClip framework brings cross-application copy/paste to iPhone

    Not too long ago, Proximi gave iPhone users a glimpse of how copy and paste could work on their handsets with the release of MagicPad. Unfortunately, the copy and paste functionality only went as far as the limitations of Apple’s SDK allowed; while you could copy from one MagicPad document to another, you couldn’t copy from a MagicPad document to Safari. It wasn’t exactly… Read More

  • Motorola Q9h gets revamped in silver, comes with WinMo 6.1

    Fanfare? What’s that? Out of the blue, AT&T stores have started receiving shipments of newly renovated Motorola Q9h. Sure, it’s just a new chrome & silver body wrapped around the same hardware, pre-flashed with WinMo 6.1. But man, does it look better in silver or what? Word is that they’re just demo units for now, so don’t hike over to your local AT&T spot… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold headin' to Canada on August 21st

    Jeez – after hearing about the Bold for over 3 months, it’s hard to believe this thing still hasn’t touched down in North America. Only 2 more days to wait, according to Canada’s Rogers Wireless. Those of us south of Saskatchewan are still on hold until AT&T pushes it out the door, but everyone on the other side of the border will be able to pick one up on August 21st. Read More

  • Samsung Omnia unboxing goes viral

    You’ve set the bar high for yourselves, Samsung. If a parade of tiny exploding people doesn’t rain out while I unbox my Omnia, I will be sorely disappointed. (Thanks, David!) Read More

  • Apple kills the MobileMe status blog, starts up MobileMe News

    We mentioned last week that the MobileMe blog had been awfully silent lately, which lead us to wonder if it had been nixed. Sure enough, ol’ David G. updated the blog one final time to let everyone know that, after just three posts, they’d be flipping the switch. They’re not killing communications all together, however – they’re just making the jump from bloggers… Read More

  • goes native on the BlackBerry

    Addicted to the Wall Street Journal, but the BlackBerry browser just isn’t doing it for you? They hear you. To help satiate your needs, WSJ has just released a native BlackBerry application purposed for perusing their offerings. The Features: Tabbed design, stories seperated by category Customizable category listings Stock quote tracking through “My Stocks” RSS feeds… Read More

  • Palringo brings free Push-to-Talk to the iPhone

    Palringo, a free multi-protocol (MSN, Yahoo IM, AIM, Google Talk, Gadu Gadu, and Jabber) IM application not unlike Pidgin on Windows or Adium on OS X, has added a Push-to-Talk solution to their iPhone client. It’s pretty simple, as Push-to-Talk should be – select the contact, record the message, and it’s on its way. If the recipient is also on Palringo, the message can be… Read More

  • Apple Releases Software to fix Dropped Call Problems

    MobileCrunch reported yesterday that complaints from around the world are reporting that the iPhone 3G is having connection troubles. Dropped calls and inconsistent Internet speeds are plaguing some iPhone users. Being quick to the draw, Apple has released a software update which may be meant to fix the problems. T-Mobile, which has exclusive iPhone rights in some European countries… Read More

  • Cell Phone Market Slows in the United States

    The NPD Group, a market research firm which specializes in the wireless industry, is reporting that handset sales in the United States has totaled 28 million units in this year’s second quarter, down 13% over last year’s numbers. This is the third quarter in a row in which sales have declined in the U.S. and marks the lowest number of phones sold since NPD began counting sales… Read More

  • Android video walk-through [Updated]

    Here is a quick walk-through of the Android OS. Put on some headphones – the voiceover is a little low – but this gives you a fairly clear look at what’s going on inside the new OS. Update: Audio should be a lot better now. Read More

  • iPhone software updated to version 2.0.2

    Hurray! It’s bug fix Easter egg time! Apple has pushed a minor software update (2.0.2) to the iPhone, citing only “bug fixes” in the release notes. If you’ve got an inquisitive itch, go pop open iTunes and get’cho update on. Let us know if you spot anything. Personally, I’ll be waiting until word comes ’round that jailbreaking is working unless Apple… Read More