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  • Sprint Announces The MiFi 3G/4G

    We’ve been in love with the MiFi for just shy of two years now, having started crushing on it back when it was first announced. I mean, come on: it’s a portable, battery-powered WiFi router that pulls data from the cellular network. What’s not to love? Last year, Sprint launched a 4G-fueled MiFi-imitator of sorts, the Overdrive. Alas, the love wasn’t there; between… Read More

  • Sprint Unveils The HTC EVO Shift 4G At Long Last

    At this point, the HTC EVO Shift for Sprint is about as secret as… what would you call the exact opposite of a secret? How is it that there’s no proper antonym for secret? Whatever — make one up, and that’s how secret it was. Still, it’s always fun to see things get their official unveiling, as the EVO Shift 4G has. Read More

  • Forrester Forecasts One Third Of U.S. Online Consumers Will Own A Tablet By 2015

    Last year, Apple created a new category of computing with the iPad. Now, every other PC manufacturer is rushing to revamp or bring out their own tablet computers. New tablets are expected to dominate at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Forrester Research put out a new forecast this morning for the growth of tablet computers. It expects the number of tablets sold in… Read More

  • Prediction No. 4 (Mobile Wallets) Already Coming True

    Okay, that was fast. This weekend I put up my annual prediction post, Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011. Already, one of them is already looking pretty solid: Prediction No. 4 on the rise of mobile wallets. Well, it looks like Google (and PayPal) are getting serious about NFC technologies. Today, Businessweek reports: Read More

  • Japanese Government Wants Apple To Add Content Filter To The iPhone

    Apple has a history of trouble with the government in Japan, and over the the last days, more bad news reached the company (which is highly successful in Japan). This time it’s not about iPods causing fire but about the iPhone. The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications criticized Apple Japan and its exclusive provider in the country, SoftBank Mobile, for offering… Read More

  • Retail HTC EVO Shift 4G breaks cover

    The colossally entitled HTC EVO Shift 4G is on the very brink of being announced, but has made a quick dash toward the limelight, in order to show of its new dress retail packaging. Engadget have landed a heap of pics of the final retail package of the device (and, more importantly, the device itself), and confirm that it has no front-facing camera. Like we’ve said before, it’s… Read More

  • AT&T drops price of WP7 LG Quantum and Samsung Focus down to $100

    AT&T have now dropped the price of two of their Windows Phone 7 handsets — the LG Quantum, and the Samsung Focus — by $100, taking them down to $99.99. To further sweeten the deal, they have also thrown in free activation and overnight shipping. Keen to get your WinPho7 on? You can grab the deals here. Not interested in either of those phones? The HTC Surround is also… Read More

  • Survey Says: The iPad Is Not A Kindle Killer

    While plenty of people predicted that the iPad would kill the Kindle when it first came out (including us), that turned out to be wrong. Very wrong. The Kindle went on to become the best selling product in Amazon’s history over the holidays, selling an estimated 8 million units last year. The Kindle is a very different device which appeals to heavy readers. In fact, in a recent survey… Read More

  • PSA: iPhone Alarms Still Aren't Working

    Bad News, friends: With the long weekend over and that New-Years-Hangover (hopefully) conquered, it’s time to get back to life. Step 1: Set an alarm. Perhaps you’ve heard by now that the iPhone’s alarm system had gone a bit wonky once we’d flipped over into 2011. Perhaps, then, you’ve also heard that the problem would solve itself come January 3rd — just in… Read More

  • An iPhone Lover's Take On The Nexus S

    An iPhone Lover's Take On The Nexus S

    There’s a scene in Iron Man 2 in which Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) shows off the mechanical soliders he has been working on — his would-be “Iron Man-killers”. Unfortunately, while they may look somewhat impressive, his machines malfunction and the demo goes horribly awry. His knock-offs are junk. This scene reminds me a lot of what the first Android phone, the G1, was… Read More

  • Supposed HTC Thunderbolt Specs Leaked: 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 5 Megapixel Front Camera, And More!

    At this point, Verizon’s upcoming 4G-friendly Android phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is about as secret as my undying love for oxygen. While its gone by different names over time (from the Incredible HD, to “Mecha”, to the current Thunderbolt moniker), we’ve seen leak, after leak, after leak with this thing. One thing, however, has managed to remain elusive: the spec sheet. Read More

  • Proof That We're Living In The Future: The iPhone Heart Monitor

    We’re living in the future, folks. Really, look around you: we have the biggest collection of knowledge in history available for free, at our fingertips — and we can access it in a car, at 70 miles per hour, without any wires. Planes can transport us across the country, or across the world, in hours (or, as Louis CK so wonderfully puts it, “You’re sitting in a chair.. Read More

  • Clear iSpot gets discontinued

    Fire up the funeral march, folks. This morning, another device has joined the Microsoft Kin on the ultra exclusive list of devices that were both born and killed off in 2010: the Clear iSpot. Total lifespan: 147 days. The device had a simple enough (if a bit wonky) premise: it would act as a 4G-fueled WiFi hotspot… but only for Apple’s iOS devices, like the iPod Touch, iPhone… Read More

  • Android Malware Being Distributed On Chinese Markets

    There’s a new threat in town. And by town, I mean China. Malware authors have created a bit of code called Geinimi that hitchhikes on existing apps when they are redistributed on third-party markets. At the moment it doesn’t do much but lurk, but its capabilities resemble that of a botnet server, according to Lookout, a company that makes antivirus software for Android. Read More

  • Ford's Sync Destinations App Plans Your Route Before You Get In The Car

    Smartphone integration with car-bound OSes is going to be a hot thing next year, and of course Ford’s Sync system is among the major players. Just a week ago they showed off AppLink, which allows a driver to control certain apps (Pandora, a news stream app, and a Twitter app) from the in-car touchscreen. And now you’ve got stuff going the other way: the Sync Destinations app lets… Read More

  • This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES: iPad 2 And Verizon iPhone

    This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES: iPad 2 And Verizon iPhone

    Every year, it seems the buzz starts building around now for CES, the giant consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas. And every year at CES, much of the buzz seems to be around the one company that isn’t there — perhaps the most important consumer electronics company these days: Apple. And this year will be no different. Except that this year, the CES buzz-kill may be more intensified… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Followup To The X10 Mini Caught On Camera?

    See that thing over there? It may be itty-bitty, but it seems to pack a pretty gnarly bite. According to a leaker on the Chinese forum IT168, we’re lookin’ at Sony Ericsson’s followup to the X10 Mini. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Hack Demonstrated On Video

    For the developers of any digital distribution store (be it Steam, or the iOS App Store, or what have you), there’s not much worse than waking up to find out that your system’s piracy protection mechanisms have big ol’ gaping security holes. There’s one thing, though, that can take a bit of the sting off: having the bad news broken to you by a white hat (read… Read More

  • In Russia, Linux-based GLONASS GPS "iPhone" Follows You Oh, those Russians. Sistema, a mobile operator over in Putin Country, just released the first GLONASS/GPS phone in the country. GLONASS is Russia’s GPS solution that doesn’t depend on America’s capitalist satellites. Read More

  • Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update delayed indefinitely

    In what has now become common place in the Android update game, Sprint have delayed their Froyo update to the Epic 4G. The update was recently rumoured to start rolling out the day after Christmas, but, alas, it wasn’t so. Now, a leaked internal message to Sprint employees is saying that there is “no firm delivery date for the Froyo 2.2 software update, but it will be available in… Read More