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  • Details about Toshiba's upcoming Portege phones

    Details about Toshiba's upcoming Portege phones

    Toshiba will be rolling out a few of its own smartphones next year. Here’s some information about what’s coming. Read More

  • Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth

    Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth

    This is interesting. It’s almost like an old-fashioned whodunit – but this time it’s the console doing the killing. Some staff at Morrisville State College were noticing a lot of interference in certain places resulting in trouble syncing their Bluetooth headsets. A little investigation that they were being jammed by a mysterious signal covering whole areas of the frequency band. Read More

  • Canadian man gets $85,000 phone bill

    Canadian man gets $85,000 phone bill

    Awwwwwwww dude. That sucks, man. Poor Piotr Staniaszek (not pictured left). He hooked his $10-per-month unlimited mobile browser phone up to his computer and used it for his Internet service and got a big fat bill for $85,000 in the mail. The worst part? Bell Mobility just let him keep racking up the charges. "The thing is, they’ve cut my phone off for being like $100 over. Here… Read More

  • Van Halen, Dave Matthews Band now in ringtone form

    Van Halen, Dave Matthews Band now in ringtone form

    Here’s a tip for bands that don’t make new music any more. If you’re offered to sell your songs as ringtones, do it. It’s one of the last places that most people are still actively (and even happily) overpaying for music. Dave Matthews Band has been crapping out live albums left and right but hasn’t released a new album in over two years and they’re worried… Read More

  • Wireless USB video coming soon?

    Wireless USB video coming soon?

    We’re not sure immediately this would be for, but we like it all the same. DisplayLink and Alereon have finished development on their wireless USB monitor system for PCs. Through software and a special adapter, you send your computer’s video through the ether via a USB dongle, which is then reflected on your monitor with a similar VGA/DVI dongle. At somewhere between $150 and $250… Read More

  • Nokia wants its US market share back

    Nokia wants its US market share back

    Remember back when everyone basically had the same cell phone? Those old, brickey Nokias? Well Nokia misses that feeling and wants to claw its way back into the US market again. Its market share here in the states is about 10%, down from 28% five years ago according to the New York Times. Much of the reasoning behind Nokia’s fall from grace has to do with "its refusal to adapt its… Read More

  • I want convenience and accountability for Christmas

    I want convenience and accountability for Christmas

    I don’t want to play the “peace on Earth, goodwill towards men” card but I would like the following five things, which I think would benefit other people besides just me. 1. Mandatory Online Cancellation Policies If a company lets you sign up for service and manage your account online without talking to anybody, it should be mandatory that they let you cancel the service online… Read More

  • Microsoft keyboards' secret radio codes deciphered

    Microsoft keyboards' secret radio codes deciphered

    Some fellas over at Dreamlab took it upon themselves to apply a packet sniffer to one of Microsoft’s RF-based wireless keyboards, the Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 and 2000. They found that unlike bluetooth devices, which have pretty strong encryption, the only thing they ran into with the RF keyboard was “a simple XOR mechanism with a single byte of random data” – and if… Read More

  • European OQO to get 3.5G HSDPA modem

    European OQO to get 3.5G HSDPA modem

    The OQO E2 will soon be offered with a nimble 3.5G data connection, according to a report over at UMPC Portal. Official info isn’t available quite yet and what’s been posted already turned out to be under embargo but was mistakenly live-blogged. So there you have it. The E2 is similar to the 02 that’s available here in the states except that it drives on the left side of the road… Read More

  • So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye

    So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye

    The time has come to say goodbye to Ed Zander, a dear friend of the CrunchGear family. And by "dear friend" I mean a guy we mentioned six times, were you to search for "Zander" on our site. We’ve had a great ride, huh? Thanks for the memories, Ed. We’ll never forget the RAZR, RAZR2, ROZR, RUZR, RIZR, and all the other great phones whose models names contained the… Read More

 
  • Sprint reportedly turns down $5 billion from investors

    Sprint reportedly turns down $5 billion from investors

    The New York Times is reporting that Sprint has said thanks but no thanks to an offer from Providence Equity Partners and South Korea’s SK Telecom which would, in effect, replace Sprint’s management team and infuse $5 billion into the company. The deal would have also allowed SK Telecom and Sprint to "significantly cut costs by jointly purchasing handsets and examining network… Read More

  • AT&T yanks $28 iPhone data-only plan for the deaf

    AT&T yanks $28 iPhone data-only plan for the deaf

    AT&T has reportedly pulled a $27.99-per-month data-only iPhone plan that had previously been offered to the hard of hearing and deaf. I remember seeing a lady with a Sidekick WAY back when they first came out and when I excitedly stopped her to high-five about being Sidekick owners, she replied that she used one because she works with the deaf. The iPhone would tend to be a similarly useful… Read More

  • Carphone Warehouse not practicing truthiness?

    Carphone Warehouse not practicing truthiness?

    The BBC visited five UK-based Carphone Warehouse stores to see if rumors were true concerning customers being told that if they didn’t buy insurance on their iPhone and they happened to lose it somewhere, it would cost them at least £630 and a whole new contract to replace it. While it’s true that they’d have to buy a new phone, the 18-month contract would not start over. Read More

  • Verizon to test standards-based 4G network in 2008

    Verizon to test standards-based 4G network in 2008

    How’d you like to have maximum rates of 100 Mbit/s down and 50 Mbit/s up on your phone? It’s coming to certain test areas next year and, if successful, should be rolled out by 2010 at the latest. Read More

  • Way to be awesome, Denver International Airport

    Way to be awesome, Denver International Airport

    DIA joins the short list of American airports that offer free wireless Internet access. Other airports include San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Portland (Oregon), to name a few. Denver International has seen a ten-fold increase in users since the service was made free. Previously, the service had been set at $7.95 for a 24-hour connection. I really hope other airports follow suit. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to open up its network next year

    Verizon Wireless to open up its network next year

    By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Read More

  • Wireless controller lets you Air Guitar Hero

    Wireless controller lets you Air Guitar Hero

    Cords getting in the way of your thrashing? Didn’t bother Van Halen, but what with the newfangledness these days of microphones, wireless pickups, and blue teeth, you don’t need to let the analog world impede on your digital fantasy. Wireless Guitar Hero III controllers will be available starting in early 2008 in “exclusive” Les Paul models – although I don’t… Read More

  • How to extend your wireless range for 5 cents

    http://www.viddler.com/player/dec85889/ There are plenty of DIY articles and videos out there that explain how to improve your wireless signal but this is one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ones I’ve come across. You simply need some copper wire, a straw, a wood screw, and some very rudimentary soldering skills. Happy hacking! WIFI Antenna Hack! [Viddler] via lifehacker Read More

  • Wirelessinfo.com picks best cell phones of 2007

    Wirelessinfo.com picks best cell phones of 2007

    Ah, all the "Best of 2007" articles should be coming out left and right in the very near future. Wirelessinfo.com has gotten their list of the best cell phones of the year all wrapped up. Something called the iPhone took a couple of awards along with efforts from Palm, LG, BlackBerry, and Nokia. Awards have been broken down by carrier as well as other categories like Best Media Cell… Read More

  • Google spending cash on 700MHz spectrum for sure, says WSJ

    Google spending cash on 700MHz spectrum for sure, says WSJ

    Apparently not content to sit on the sidelines and let the carriers and handset makers have fun with its Android, Google is making a $4.6 Billion bid for a large chunk of the 700MHz spectrum at FCC auction in January. This has been rumored, but the WSJ is saying it’s a done deal, the bid is in the works. The question, of course, is what is the Goog going to do with this big block of… Read More