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  • A Trip Into The Network: A Look Inside A Verizon Superswitch

    Ever wonder how all those data bits, naughty sexting messages, and angry voice calls get from point A to point B? Most folks are perfectly content with chalking it up to magical fairies and space dust, but it’s really a bit more complicated than that. The signal hops from your phone to the nearest cell tower, which then forwards everything on to the local “switch”. The… Read More

  • Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1 For AT&T iPhones, Verizon iPhones still on 4.2.6

    If you’ve got an iPhone (well, an AT&T iPhone) and a burning desire to upgrade something today, you’re in luck: Apple has just pushed out iOS 4.3.1 for iPod Touches, iPads, and GSM iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4s. As for all those shiny new Verizon iPhone 4s out there? No update for you, just yet. But don’t fret, Verizoners — you’re not missin’ too much here. Read More

  • Sprint ditches Mail-In Rebates, goes with Instant Rebates indefinitely

    Hurrah! Back in January, word got out that Verizon was ditching mail-in rebates in favor of instant rebates on their more expensive handsets. We hoped, from the very geekiest depths of our heart (we’ve been burned by the mail-in rebate that never arrives just one too many times), that this would be a trend that other carriers would follow. Sure enough: Sprint has just confirmed to… Read More

  • Hackers Give Bada The Boot, Finagle Android 2.2 Onto The Samsung Wave

    You know, it really doesn’t matter how many dozens of devices there are built to run Android — the modding community is still going to see if they can get it up and running on other devices. It’s pretty much a hacker pastime at this point, along the lines of forcing a microwave to run DOOM. The latest non-Android device to succumb to the bot? The Samsung Wave, originally… Read More

  • Droid X To Get Android 2.3 This Sunday?

    Attention, Droid X owners and lovers. Word is that your handset of choice is getting some tasty Gingerbread as soon as next week. Business phones will get the update first starting on Sunday, but a general roll-out seems imminent. Droid Life states via a friend in the business that 2.3 is done and it’s just up to Verizon/Moto to roll it out. The new version will bring 2.3 and a… Read More

  • Samsung App Store Hits 100 Million Download Mark

    Ten months after Samsung launched their own App Store for Bada devices, the company reached the 100 million download milestone, a notable result for what we can only termed as a Quixotic quest. The rush to app download nirvana began with the Samsung Wave last year. Read More

  • Pah! The iPhone game you play with your mouth.

    Have you ever been sittin’ there, playin’ an iPhone game, thinking to yourself, “Man! This is a cool game and all, but I really wish I didn’t have to use my hands so much. If only I could play using nothing but my mouth!” No? Yeah, me neither. But hey, go with it. Pah! is a classic sidescroller for iOS, with one big ol’ twist: it’s played entirely… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey's Golden Gate Speech

    Jack Dorsey & The Golden Gate Bridge (Exclusive Video)

    A recent Vanity Fair profile of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ends with an anecdote about an inspiring speech he gave to the assembled staff at his new mobile payments startup, Square. The internal “TownSquare” meeting took place on his 34th birthday last November, and it is a remarkable statement by a young CEO who is finding his voice and trying to impart it onto his company. … Read More

  • Waiting For The Windows Phone 7 Copy/Paste Update? It may be a while.

    Between February’s preparatory update, the almost immediate cancellation and then resumption of said update, and then the promise of the bigger/badder, Copy & Paste-enabling “NoDo” update in early March, a lot of people are left wondering: Where the heck are their updates? The answer, it seems, isn’t a simple one. Different carriers are pushin’ out the update… Read More

  • AnyLeaf Gets An iPhone App For On-The-Go Grocery Deals

    I’m absolutely terrible at saving money at the grocery store. Having grown up surrounded by gadgets, the idea of tearing through page after page of those weekly grocery store mailers seems about as savvy as getting all of my news via smoke signal. Nine times out of ten, they go straight from my mailbox to the recycling bin. For the past few weeks, I’ve been using the… Read More

  • Anti-Virus Company Installs Cellphone Malware And Then Charges To Remove It

    A Chinese company, NetQin, allegedly secretly installed malware whenever users installed a copy of their special “cellular malware detector” and then charged a 30 cent update fee to remove the virus. The software also deleted other anti-virus solutions on Android phones. NetQin has denied the accusation and chalks up the nasty talk to an upset competitor. Read More

  • I, For One, Welcome Our New Dancing Android Overlords

    Little known (and completely false) fact: once upon a time, the Android Robot (the platform’s lovable lil’ green logo) entered a dance contest. First place was a lucrative dance contract with one of the world’s finest agencies, with dancing gigs from Paris to Rome. Second place meant you got to dance next to a Sony Ericsson stand in Taiwan. Needless to say, Android… Read More

  • iPhone 4 Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Airplane

    Late last night, we received an email from U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker, who wrote to share an incredible story about his iPhone 4. Airman Walker’s duties as a jump master require him to ensure that his aircraft is the the proper location before sending parachute jumpers into the air. One week ago (on March 16), he stuck his body out of the open door to look for landmarks… Read More

  • Sprint CEO Dan Hesse Warns Of The Danger Of Duopoly In Cell Phone Land

    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse Warns Of The Danger Of Duopoly In Cell Phone Land

    AT&T’s $39 billion bid for T-Mobile this weekend wasn’t just a surprise to the general public. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was also “shocked” to find out about it. “That one was not on the radar screen,” he tells CNBC’s Jim Cramer in an interview today (transcript). He didn’t think it would be possible because of antitrust issues, and he is… Read More

  • Sprint To Fight The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

    Want to know something crazy? If you put AT&T and T-Mobile together — as would happen if AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mo goes through as planned — the new, shiny, two-headed super-carrier that emerges would account for 42% (130 million) of the US’ wireless market share. Nearly half of the country’s wireless subscribers, all under the same subscriber. With… Read More

  • No-Touch, Hands-Off Gallery: The Samsung Infuse For AT&T

    Hey! Look! It’s AT&T’s upcoming Android superphone, the Samsung Infuse 4G, with its absolutely massive 4.5″ screen, 1.2 GHZ Snapdragon CPU, 8 megapixel camera, etc. Awesome! The not so awesome part: We couldn’t touch it. There it was, just inches away… in a display case. Normally, this is where we’d share some impressions. We couldn’t touch it nor… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sprint HTC EVO 3D [with Video!]

    While I’m not too big of a fan of this whole glasses-free 3D trend, I am a fan of big ol’ megafast superphones — and, silly 3D screen aside, that’s exactly what the just announced EVO 3D is. Take a glance at our quick hands-off demo video above, and join us behind the jump for our hands-on impressions and photos. Read More

  • Verizon Announces More 4G LTE Markets To Come In 2011

    In case you were wondering if your city is getting 4G from Verizon this year, scroll down and check out the extensive list. Today, Verizon announced an additional 59 markets that will get 4G LTE by the end of the year. This is in addition to the 39 initial markets and the 49 announced at CES. This brings total 4G LTE coverage to 147 US cities by the end of 2011. Read More

  • The New Xperia Play Commercial Is Cute (Video)

    There’s just something about Kristen Schaal’s quirkiness I find cute. They got her to compare gaming on the Xperia Play to the iPhone in a sort of Apple-esque manner (solid colored background, three point lighting, two people standing on screen comparing something). Either way, the Xperia offers some pretty good gameplay. Check it out after the break. Read More

  • Sprint Brings The HTC Flyer Tablet Stateside As The EVO View 4G

    Remember the HTC Flyer, that 7″ tablet that HTC debuted at Mobile World Congress last month? Have you been hopin’ and prayin’ that it would come stateside? Well, friend your wildest dreams have just come true. We’re at Sprint’s press conference, where ol’ yeller has just announced that they’re bringing the Flyer stateside as the EVO View 4G. If you want… Read More