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  • HTC’s Big Announcement: HTC To Acquire Majority Stake In Beats By Dr. Dre

    HTC’s Big Announcement: HTC To Acquire Majority Stake In Beats By Dr. Dre

    Cat, meet the outside of the bag. You know that “major announcement” that HTC has scheduled for tomorrow morning? The details have just made their way out a bit early. Read More

  • HTC To Make “Major Announcement” Tomorrow Morning

    HTC To Make “Major Announcement” Tomorrow Morning

    The word is out, folks: HTC CEO Peter Chou has something big on the books for tomorrow. A live teleconference is scheduled for at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET, and while the email making the rounds offers no insight, you can rest easy knowing that people will be speculating the night away. Personally, given the email’s reliance on the word “major,” I’d expect the announcement to… Read More

  • First Windows Phone Tango Device (Sort Of) Goes On Sale In Slovakia

    First Windows Phone Tango Device (Sort Of) Goes On Sale In Slovakia

    Today’s tidbit of Tango news comes not from the far-flung Asian shores it is expected to storm, but rather the small, landlocked nation of Slovakia. As it turns out, the first Tango device has gone on sale, but probably not the one you were hoping for. A photo has gone up on Pretaktovanie.sk’s Facebook page advertising a HTC HD7 for sale with three choices of software: 7.0.7392… Read More

  • “Android for Girls?” HTC Bliss Coming to Verizon

    “Android for Girls?” HTC Bliss Coming to Verizon

    Verizon is preparing to launch an Android phone targeted towards women, the HTC Bliss. The device comes in a “pretty” seafoam-like green color, and will include a dangling charm that lights up when you have a missed call or new message. Oh, and here’s the best part – the phone is also rumored to ship with special women-friendly apps, like a calorie counter and an app… Read More

  • CDMA and 4G Connections Compromised At DefCon 19?

    CDMA and 4G Connections Compromised At DefCon 19?

    While Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins were showing off their impressive GSM and WiFi-hacking drone, it seems that other mobile networks may have been under a silent siege. Word over on the Full Disclosure mailing list is that CDMA and 4G networks were locally compromised, allowing for a full-on man-in-the middle attack to take place. Read More

  • Foodspotting Hits A Million Downloads, Celebrates By Upping The Gluttony

    Foodspotting Hits A Million Downloads, Celebrates By Upping The Gluttony

    I remember when I first wrote about Foodspotting a year and a half ago. At the time, nearly everyone I knew was using various social networks to share pictures of their food. Foodspotting was a service built around that very idea. That alone may have been enough, but the broader goal behind the photo-sharing was always food discovery. Today, the service has hit one million downloads of their… Read More

  • T-Mobile Changes Mind About Low-Use, “No Overage” Data

    T-Mobile Changes Mind About Low-Use, “No Overage” Data

    T-Mobile customers have gotten quite a bit of mileage of out their No Overage data plans: while everyone’s careful not to use the word “unlimited”, T-Mobile’s approach still let users gobble up as much data as they wanted so long as they didn’t mind a (pretty drastic) speed decrease. At 200 MB and 2 GB, T-Mobile’s smartphone data tiers look familiar, but the… Read More

  • Introducing The Amazing, Magical HiPhone 5

    Introducing The Amazing, Magical HiPhone 5

    If you’ve got $30 burning a hole in your pocket you can be the proud owner of a brand new HiPhone 5, a knock-off iPhone 5 modelled – we presume – on the leaked pictures of the iPhone 5. The phone, which features Wi-Fi, a micro SD slot, and a GSM cellular radio, is standard Shanzai material. It also requires a stylus to use the touchscreen and call quality, according to a… Read More

  • HTC’s First NFC Phone “HTC Stunning,” Launching in China

    HTC’s First NFC Phone “HTC Stunning,” Launching in China

    Smartphone maker HTC has committed to launching its first NFC phone, the HTC Stunning, which will debut in China sometime later this year. The phone will be an 4-inch, Android-based device, and will support bank card network China UnionPay’s mobile payment standard. This will enable the phone to perform mobile payments at point-of-sale, using the contactless technology known as NFC… Read More

  • Metaio’s Augmented City Demo May Answer The Question Of AR’s Utility

    Metaio’s Augmented City Demo May Answer The Question Of AR’s Utility

    Augmented Reality veterans Metaio are announcing some more details about their upcoming insideAR conference scheduled to take place in Munich, Germany on September 26 – 27. While the speaker list for the event has been available since July, the greater theme for the conference is being updated via press release today. That theme is: “From a Vision to a Roadmap”. To help… Read More

  • WhiteMagic: Sony Shows Next-Generation LCD For Cameras And Phones

    WhiteMagic: Sony Shows Next-Generation LCD For Cameras And Phones

    Sony announced WhiteMagic today, a “next-generation”, 3-inch TFT LCD screen that boasts 1.23M-dot full VGA resolution. What’s special about the display is that it has two distinct modes: if switched to “low power mode”, power consumption of the backlight is pushed down by over 50% to 125mW, with Sony saying brightness in this mode is still comparable to that… Read More

  • Facebook Just Out-iMessaged iMessage — And SMS Is More Screwed Than Ever

    Facebook Just Out-iMessaged iMessage — And SMS Is More Screwed Than Ever

    Facebook did a strange thing today: they released a mobile application separate from their main app. They’ve never done this before. But it’s genius. And it’s yet another long-term thorn in the side of SMS. Facebook Messenger is a stand-alone app for iOS and Android. It essentially merges the Beluga product that Facebook acquired in February with their revamped Messages product. Read More

  • Developers Frustrated By Android Market Payment Issues

    Developers Frustrated By Android Market Payment Issues

    We’ve heard our share of app store woes in recent weeks, but here’s one that’s unfortunately still in progress. A number of Android app developers have been claiming on the Android Market support forum that the amount of money they’re being paid doesn’t match up with the number of apps they have actually sold. Not much has been heard from Google, and the devs… Read More

  • Apple’s Trade-In Program Just Got So Much Better

    Apple’s Trade-In Program Just Got So Much Better

    If you were thinking of dumping that old laptop, hold on a second. Apple has just updated its trade-in policy, and you can now bring in any Apple product, as well as any desktop or laptop, for free recycling or even store credit. Yes, any desktop or laptop, including PCs — and it won’t cost you a dime. Read More

  • Use Your PS3 Controller On Your Android Phone Using This App

    Use Your PS3 Controller On Your Android Phone Using This App

    One issue I’ve had with Android superphones, with their dual cores and their gigawhats, is that there just isn’t much of a use for them. Android apps are mostly made for the lowest common denominator, hardware-wise, and aside from a few 3D games and cool (but impractical) HD video playback, you can’t really use those extra cycles for anything without really diving into… Read More

  • Nokia To Kill S40, Symbian Efforts In North America

    Nokia To Kill S40, Symbian Efforts In North America

    If you were to sit down and look at all the devices Nokia has for sale in the United States, you may come away thinking that they weren’t in the business of making impressive devices. With only a few exceptions, Nokia’s domestic offerings are low-end, S40-powered talk-and-texters — hardly what one would expect from the self-proclaimed “world leader” of the cell… Read More

  • Windows Phone’s Tango Update Bound For Budget Handsets

    Windows Phone’s Tango Update Bound For Budget Handsets

    While Windows Phone junkies are still waiting on their Mango fix to arrive, details about Redmond’s next update are already starting to emerge. Tentatively dubbed “Tango”, the update will likely be wedged between its fruity predecessor and the forthcoming Windows Phone 8. Details are still scarce, but ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has a few ideas about where Tango will take us… Read More

  • iStoryTime Closes $2M Series A To Make More Mobile Children’s Books

    iStoryTime Closes $2M Series A To Make More Mobile Children’s Books

    Times, they are a changin’. Magazines are falling at the feet of their digital replacements, while the printed book feels the burn of affordable, portable reading devices. And yet, we still seem to cling to one category of the binded book (if only for nostalgia’s sake): the children’s book. But for how long? iStoryTime, a publisher who releases “books” (in… Read More

  • The Lonesome Death Of WebOS

    The Lonesome Death Of WebOS

    I’d been hoping I wouldn’t have to say this a second time, but here we go again: WebOS is reaching a critical failure point and I doubt the technology will make it through the next two years. Why? Because WebOS just can’t grab the mindshare it needs to flourish. According to Woot, the deal site sold 612 TouchPads during its impressive $100-off sale. During a similar sale in… Read More

  • Third Galaxy S II Iteration Surfaces With LTE In Tow, Dubbed “Celox”

    Third Galaxy S II Iteration Surfaces With LTE In Tow, Dubbed “Celox”

    We already know there’s more than one version of the Galaxy S II floating around out there. We have the original, 4.3-inch tri-buttoned version that launched in Korea. Then we have the Infuse-esque 4.5-inch version we saw just a few days ago that’s headed to T-Mobile, dubbed the Hercules. And now, a third Galaxy S II version has emerged. Meet Celox, a 4G LTE monster. Read More