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  • Just kidding: Radiation-fighting E-Waves Phone Chip no longer for sale

    It’s been just one week since Omega Pharma (part of the LOST conspiracy, anyone?) announced the availability of its magical radiation-fighting E-Waves Phone Chip.  And, guess what?  Today, the Belgium firm has withdrawn the chip from sale because, according to the company: After the launch… a storm of protest broke out during which scientific proof of doctors and professors… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC Shadow II to drop 1.28.09

    The recently outed (thanks FCC) HTC Shadow II is apparently making its way to T-Mobile shelves on January 28, 2009.  Pretty exciting, huh.  Another boring uninspired slider phone coming stateside. A recap of the (questionably) noteworthy features includes: WinMo 6.1, WiFi w/ UMA @Home functionality, 2.6″ display, MicroSD slot, 2mp photo/video cam, stereo Bluetooth, slide-out keyboard… Read More

  • Samsung Memoir (T929) for T-Mobile passes through FCC

    Just last week, we passed along a few shots of an 8-megapixel Samsung garnished with a T-Mobile logo. While there wasn’t much reason to doubt its authenticity, the FCC has gone and verified it for us anyway. Yesterday evening, the FCC spilled the beans on a Samsung-made, 8 megapixel camera phone running on T-Mobile’s 1700mhz 3G. That’s about as concrete as it gets short of… Read More

  • Pandora now available for Windows Mobile

    More than two years ago, Pandora began working on a Windows Mobile client for their personalized music streaming service. Right as that project was entering alpha, they penned distribution deals with AT&T and Sprint, who both had one requirement: it needed to work on their standard, run-of-the-mill feature phones. With their relatively small development team, Pandora shifted their efforts… Read More

  • Dev-Team jailbreaks the iPhone3G and suggests fixes for 10.5.6 PwnageTool issues

    iPhone owners have been foaming at the mouth for an iP3G unlocking solution since its release and it seems that hack is right around the corner. The Dev-Team has announced that they have successfully done the seemingly impossible and will make the hack available via PwnageTool and QuickPwn sometime around the New Year. Which is just in time for Steve Jobs to announce something new at Macworld… Read More

  • Leaked shots of long forgotten BlackBerry Application Suite for WinMo unveiled

    Waaaaay back in April of 2007, RIM announced that they’d be bringing a virtualized version of the BlackBerry OS to Windows Mobile handsets. In other words, it was pretty much the BlackBerry OS running as a Windows Mobile application, complete with support for BlackBerry services and applications. It would be made available “later this year” (again, this was 2007), said RIM. Read More

  • Palm gets in on the app store game, launches Palm Software Store

    With Apple and Google’s on-device application stores already peddling the wares and RIM’s BlackBerry Application Center just around the corner, Palm’s making an effort to not get left behind. This evening, Palm launched an official on-device application store for both Windows Mobile and Palm OS powered handsets. With “App Store”, “Market”, and… Read More

  • Wikipedia finally (and officially) joins the mobile cloud

    Wikipedia, one of the greatest collaborative volunteer collective knowledge projects of all time and one of the most visited sites on the web, has finally released a mobile-formatted site –  Although it may have already existed in some unofficial capacity, the mobile site is now officially available. The official mobile Wikipedia offers text-only results in… Read More

  • Visa Mobile Android app arrives, available for select G1 owners

    On Dec. 10, Visa released its first official Android Market app – Visa Mobile – giving (“select Chase Visa cardholder”) T-Mobile G1 owners “near real-time alerts, offers, and useful tools to help navigate life in today’s fast moving world.” More specifically, users will receive card transaction updates, be able to keep track of spending, get deals… Read More

  • Palm looking to "bridge the gap" with Nova OS and device(s)

    Looking to revive the once-mighty Palm smartphone brand, the struggling company turned to Jon Rubenstein in mid-2007, a former Apple SVP who was instrumental in the development of the iPod and now Palm’s executive chairman in charge of product development, to help turn things around. More than a year later, it looks like we’re finally about to see the fruits of Palm’s… Read More

  • Nokia applies for Pivot Display patent, wants best of both worlds

    Nokia’s latest USPTO application for a “Pivot Display” provides possible insight into a future mobile form-factor.  Manufacturers, on a never-ending quest in search of the mobile holy grail (i.e. combining maximum screen real-estate and a tactile QWERTY keypad in a pocket-size device), continue to push the (patent) boundaries. Read More

  • Samsung Pixon passes through the FCC with AT&T 3G in tow

    Uh oh, T-Mobile Memoir – looks like you’re not the only 8-megapixel camera phone en route to a US carrier. After what I’m sure was a lengthy bout of torture and humiliation (and, knowing the FCC, a bunch of poorly taken photos), the FCC has graced the Samsung Pixon with its stamp of approval. Now, the Pixon is nothing new – parts of Europe and Asia have had it for… Read More

  • Russia's HTC Max 4G gets reviewed in-depth

    Perhaps it’s a little bit insensitive to post this; We already know the US isn’t getting the Touch HD, so chances are we’ll also be missing out on its WiMax enabled big brother, the Max 4G. It’s like rubbing salt on a fresh wound – but when said salt sports a 3.8″ WVGA screen and WiMax, we just can’t help ourselves. You’ll have to tough it… Read More

  • iPhone Nano rumor restarted with a case mockup

    Macworld is mere weeks and there really hasn’t been any substantial rumors besides this one involving a iPhone Nano. Ever since the original iPhone launched, Mac fanboys have been dreaming of a complete iPod-ish lineup that includes a small, nano version. It is widely known, and the source of many leaks, that iPhone/iPod case manufacturers receive basic specs and dimensions of upcoming… Read More

  • Garmin Nuvifone gets FCC greenlight, reminding everyone that it still exists

    Oh, Garmen Nuvifone; how relevant you would have been when you were announced back in January. A handful of bug-filled demonstrations at trade shows and nearly a full year later, we’ve sort of stopped caring. Fortunately, the FCC still cares. Sure, it’s their job to care – but as long as someone’s listening, why sweat the technicalities? They’ve now given the… Read More

  • Unreleased (and now cancelled) Helio-branded Samsung F400 captured on camera

    Long before Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, we started hearing whispers that the Samsung F400 was destined for the carrier’s lineup. With its vertically dual-sliding design featuring a number pad on one end and dual speakers on the other, it would have been a pretty snazzy little handset for music fans on everyone’s favorite MVNO. Alas, things got a bit crazy in the months leading up… Read More

  • Contest: Give us an interview question for a shot at a $50 gift card

    (Thanks to Virgin Mobile for passing the $50 dollar gift cards our way!) In the series of $50 gift card giveaways we’ve had so far, this is our third. Well, actually, if you count the one we gave away on our Twitter feed last night, it’s our fourth. Congrats to Chance (Contest 1), Zulay (Contest 2), and Bernardo (Contest 3, via Twitter) on walking away with 50 greenbacks just in… Read More

  • Best of: Stupid Android Market comments by slightly stupid people

    One of the great things about Android Market is that you can see what everyone has to say about the applications they’ve downloaded. Very useful in figuring out if you should really download that app called “Alien Blood Bath” or just avoid it all together. The system, however, is slightly flawed. It appears that no one is really moderating these comments, and they usually end… Read More

  • Pull My Finger is back in the App Store, signifies new genre of Apps

    After being rejected by Apple for its obvious supposed “limited utility” back in September, the infamous Pull My Finger app has returned. According to its developer (via MacRumors), Apple informed him that his app would be the first of a “whole new genre of apps,” and that “more apps will follow that may have been previously not allowed.” Clearly, the real… Read More

  • Interview with Qik Co-Founder Bhaskar Roy: Competition, iPhone, and Android

    This morning I had the opportunity to have a chat with Bhaskar Roy, Co-Founder and VP of Product Management of Qik, a popular live video casting application available on most major mobile platforms. It’s not the first time we’ve interviewed him but, with competition at an all time high, I figured it was time to check back in. The interview was conducted over IM and later formatted… Read More