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  • Xi: NTT Docomo Rolls Out Japan's First LTE service

    In August, we reported that NTT Docomo, Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, is ready to invest a whopping $3.4 billion through 2012 in an LTE service the company has named “Xi” (which is read Crossy). And over the weekend (and as announced previously), the company finally rolled out said service [press release in English]. Read More

  • Japanese iPhone Gets E-Wallet Functionality (Kind Of)

    As we reported multiple times over the past months, the iPhone is a hit in Japan. When compared to other Japanese phones, however, it lacks a few key features such as digital TV tuners or an e-wallet function. Provider SoftBank introduced a hardware solution for the former problem in 2008, and now there’s one for the latter, too. Read More

  • The Top 40 iPhone Apps of 2010

    The Top 40 iPhone Apps of 2010

    The iTunes App Store is huge. 300,000 apps huge. I’ve watched this monster start from nothing and turn into a billion-dollar industry in only a few short years. We’ve been approaching this point for some time now, but it’s more apparent than ever that app exposure is of critical importance. A healthy majority of iOS app users discover new applications directly from their… Read More

  • With a New Version, FLUD Hopes to Take on Pulse And Flipboard as Your iPad News Reader

    News aggregators and RSS feeds have been around for awhile now, but only with the rapid proliferation of touch technology on mobile devices and tablets, have we started moving closer to a truly appealing news feed experience. For the average web user, the traditional staid design and text-and-headline-heavy interface of the RSS feed and feed aggregators have offered user experiences to be… Read More

  • Smule's Experimental New Money Model: Street Performance

    After you’ve made a series of iOS App Store hits like I Am T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, Leaf Trombone, and Magic Fiddle, what do you do next to further bolster that yearly revenue? You could make another iPhone app, sure — or you could follow in the footsteps of countless mimes, jugglers, dudes-painted-to-look-like-robots and breakdancers before you, and turn to the streets. So… Read More

  • Sony Drops Even More Hints About Possible PSP Phone (But Doesn't Want To Confuse Consumers)

    More hints—if you can even call them that—about a possible “PSP phone,” however that manifests itself. Kazuo Hirai, the top gentleman over at Sony Computer Entertainment, has said that if Sony were to create such a device it’d be very important not to confuse people about its capabilities, or even its purpose. “We don’t want gamers to be asking… Read More

  • Rumour: Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update coming day after Christmas

    Even if all you Samsung Epic 4G owners out there were particularly naughty this year, Sprint will give you some festive love the day after Christmas: a much anticipated Froyo update for your favourite toy. Of course, Froyo is by now getting a little stale, with the much fresher (and festively themed) Gingerbread on the scene, but that doesn’t mean you guys won’t enjoy the extra… Read More

  • AT&T Carrier billing now supported on the Android Market

    While T-mobile have supported carrier billing on the Android Market since those far-off days of ’09, they have — up until this point — been the only US carrier to do so. BUT NO LONGER! As announced on the Android Developer’s Blog today, Google have been busy rolling out the feature (alongside that recent Market update) to a number of AT&T customers over the last… Read More

  • "I Am Rich" App Shows Up For Windows Phone 7 At The Bargain Bin Price Of Just $499

    Remember that ridiculous $1000 dollar iPhone application, I Am Rich? The one that did nothing but show a tacky static image of a red gem and some silly (and misspelled!) affirmation? It didn’t last very long on iOS (Apple removed it hours after it went up), but it looks like someone else is trying to see how the idea fairs on another platform: Windows Phone 7. Read More

  • Nike Training Club App Now Available

    Big fan of the Nike Training Club? Well you’re in luck then, because Nike just announced that they’ve released an iPhone app, just in time for Christmas. Read More

  • SkyFire for iPad Launching Tonight For $4.99 [Update: It's Live!]

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the folks over at SkyFire. They launched their Flash Video-friendly browser for the iPhone back in early November, only to pull it down almost immediately to ease the onslaught of users hammering their video transcoding server. Even with that temporary App Store absence, however, SkyFire for iPhone managed to pull in just shy of a million bucks in… Read More

  • Firefox Mobile's Offline Hack: It Saves Web Pages As PDFs

    Mozilla just released the latest version of Firefox 4 Beta for both the Web and mobile phones (Android and Maemo). The desktop version now supports the WebGL 3D graphics standard without the need for a plugin and syncing different browsers across devices is now an easier process. But the feature that caught my eye is in the new mobile version of the beta. You can save any web page as a… Read More

  • HTC Incredible HD (Mecha) Gets Caught On Camera Yet Again

    After yesterday’s slightly sheisty and very-much-controlled “leak” of a half dozen ultra close-up shots of the Verizon-4G-ready HTC Incredible HD (otherwise known as “Mecha”), I’m almost tired of seeing this thing. But for every tired Greg, there are a few hundred Android geeks just chompin’ at the bit for another spy shot — so let it be. Read More

  • Don't Worry Everyone! There's A SillyBandz iPhone App Now.

    Net neutrality is at risk, we’ve got representatives breaking down into tears on TV, and the world can’t seem to agree whether Julian Assange is a cool dude or not. Now that we’ve got all that non-sense out of the way, how about some important news? SillyBandz (otherwise known as “those wonky rubberband bracelets that are vaguely shaped like dinosaurs or milkshakes… Read More

  • Fly or Die Nexus S and Video Girl Barbie Review

    Fly Or Die: The Nexus S, Barbie Video Girl, And AR.Drone (TCTV)

    It’s video time, folks. Here is the latest episode of one of our newest TCTV shows, Fly or Die. (For those of you paying attention, before it was called Death/Star for the pilot, but we changed it to make the name clearer). Fly or Die is a review show where Crunchgear editor John Biggs and I take on three new products and argue which ones will become huge hits or mark them for death. … Read More

  • Where Is Awarded The "Mother Of All Geofencing Patents"

    Where Is Awarded The "Mother Of All Geofencing Patents"

    Just as geo mobile services are taking off, the U.S. Patent Office has awarded an extremely broad patent on “Location-based services” to Where. Patent No. 7,848,765 covers 31 claims ranging from sending an alert to offering a coupon when somebody crosses a geofence with a mobile device. Where CEO Walter Doyle calls it the “mother of all geofencing patents.” A geofence… Read More

  • HTC EVO Shift 4G appears in some more spy shots

    If there’s anything that my cold, black heart loves, it’s slide-out phone keyboards (and fluffy bunny wabbits). So, despite its enormous name, and fact that I’ll never see it in my home country of Australia, I like the HTC EVO Shift 4G. So, I’m happy to report news today of some more spy shots of the HTC E-S-4 emerging over at Phone Arena. And not just spy shots, mind… Read More

  • Verizon confirms Motorola 4G phone coming in the future

    Verizon has a shiny new 4G network, but only have a USB modem that you can use with it. We’ve previously heard rumours of two HTC phones making their way over to the big red 4G waves in 2011, but Verizon have now said — in a WSJ interview with Verizon chief operating officer, John Stratton — that Motorola will soon bring a handset to their new network. Read More

  • Meizu CEO: M9 To Hit Retail By New Years Day "At The Latest"

    Just a quick update for all of those following the Meizu M9 saga (tl;dr: Chinese manufacturer Meizu makes an iPhone clone, gets sued by Apple, goes legit with a built-from-the-ground-up Android phone.) With the company having now received the proper paperwork necessary to launch the handset in China, Meizu’s always-vocal CEO Jack Wong has once again popped up on their official forum… Read More

  • PSA: If You Need To Find Your iPhone, Use Safari

    With smartphones serving as a primary source of entertainment, a catalog for encrypted passwords, and the sole form of communication for many a geek, few tech-related mishaps suck worse than having your handset stolen. There’s one, though, that almost certainly does: having your handset stolen and having your stolen-handset-retrieval method fail on you in your time of need. Such was the… Read More