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  • Solid Deals On Solid Phones At Walmart: LG Optimus T For A Buck

    Some heavy-duty savings on a couple solid phones over at Walmart: the LG Optimus T, which we handled a variant of and pronounced sweet, is going for under a buck, and the rugged Motorola Defy is only $50. Of course, you’ll need a new two-year contract and data plan to get those prices, but if you’re in the market, you could do a lot worse than either of these phones. The Optimus T… Read More

  • Apple's Next Big Strategic Opportunity Could Be Mobile Payments

    Apple's Next Big Strategic Opportunity Could Be Mobile Payments

    When an analyst asked Steve Jobs during Apple’s last earnings call what he plans to do with Apple’s $50 billion in cash, he replied that he wants to keep Apple’s “powder dry” in case “one or more strategic opportunities . . . come along.” Speculation started immediately about who Apple could buy with all that cash: Facebook, Sony, Adobe? But Apple… Read More

  • Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU

    Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU about a potential acquisition or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least, we’ve heard from people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing. BOKU President and CEO Mark Britto and co-founder Ron Hirson have held multiple meetings with executives at the helm of Apple’s iPhone business in… Read More

  • After A Four Day Freeze, Apple's US App Store Rankings Begin To Thaw

    The past few days haven’t been too great for anyone who decided to launch an iPhone app right before Halloween. Why? Because no matter how many thousands of downloads their fresh-faced app might have received, it wasn’t going anywhere near the oh-so-coveted US Top 10 list. For reasons unclear right now, the rankings system for the US App Store has been locked in stone for the past… Read More

  • Would you use the 8Pen touchscreen keyboard?

    The 8pen keyboard for Android is a bit of a trick to describe succinctly — and as they say, video is worth 24,000 words per second. Tear through that video above real quick, won’t you? The real meat starts at about 1:08. According to 3qubits (the folks behind all of this keyboard sorcery), this thing ought to be launching for Android 2.2 handsets as early as tomorrow. Now, for… Read More

  • T-Mobile's Huawei Comet lowers the Android entry fee to $10

    Just last week, T-Mobile announced the Android-powered Optimus T would be hitting their shelves on November 3rd. At just $30 bucks, it’s mighty cheap — so cheap, in fact, that we figured it was the cheapest Android handset on the market. T-Mobile just lowered the bar a bit further with another handset scheduled for a Nov. 3rd launch: the Huawei Comet. After all rebates and… Read More

  • Reports: Nearly Twice As Many Androids Shipped Last Quarter As iPhones

    In a report that is raising eyebrows this morning, UK-based market research firm Canalys estimates that total shipments of Android phones in the U.S. during the third quarter were nearly twice as large as iPhone shipments. Out of 20.9 million smartphones shipped in the U.S., about 44 percent, or 9.1 million, are running the Android OS. Apple, shipped an estimated 5.5 million phones, or… Read More

  • Sprint fires up 4G in NYC, 5 other cities

    A collective “Yay!” can today be heard from all the eager data hounds in NYC today, as Sprint/Clearwire have officially fired up 4G WiMAX coverage in New York City, Hartford, New Haven, New Brunswick, Trenton and Tampa, brining the total of 4G-enabled cities to 61. The 4G goodness will work on any 4G capable handsets from Sprint, as well as any 4G Clearwire USB modems you may… Read More

  • Rumour: Sprint taking pre-orders for CDMA WinPho HTC 7 Pro from Dec 8

    If you’ve been keen for the QWERTY goodness of the HTC 7 Pro since Greg’s quick hands-on in early October, then you should listen closely to this latest tasty rumour: according to MS Nerd, Sprint will begin taking pre-orders for the handset come December 8th. WP Central point out that this is exactly 30 days after AT&T and T-mobile start selling their stock, which alludes to… Read More

  • T-mobile HSPA+ network rolling out across the US, branded as 4G

    Despite the technical arguments that T-mobile’s 4G-like HSPA+ network is technically 3G, T-mobile have decided to run with the 4G moniker, marketing it as “America’s Largest 4G Network” as they roll it out across many cities in the US. To back up this news, T-Mo News have received a photo of pamphlet holder that shows off the new slogan (shown after the jump). Despite… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 handsets exceeding expectations, selling out in Germany

    It looks like Windows Phone 7 is off to a good start — at least in Germany — with German operator O2 reporting that they have sold out of the first batch of HTC HD7 handsets amidst higher-than-expected demand, with sales in the 5-figure range. Vodafone Germany are also reporting that pre-orders are higher than expected, and are ordering more stock, while German Telekom are… Read More

  • VLC for iPad/iPhone to be removed from the App Store?

    It was with much celebration that every geek’s favourite video player — VLC — made its way onto both the iPad and the iPhone, so it is with a heavy heart that I write this post. Over the weekend, iLounge received word that Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of the VLC Media Player, sent a copyright infringement notice to Apple. “Whaaaa!?” I hear… Read More

  • Verizon to launch Moto Citrus, Samsung Continuum and Zeal on Nov 11

    Over the Halloween weekend, Phone Arena received word that Verizon will launch the totally lust-worthy Samsung Continuum — as well as the entry-level Android-powered Motorola Citrus, and the utterly forgettable Samsung Zeal — on November 11. You can be forgiven for not instantly knowing what these phones are, so let me take a moment to remind you. Just follow me through the jump… Read More

  • The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

    The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

    During the Back to the Mac event, Steve Jobs made a particularly witty remark that made the audience giddy with laughter: “We asked ourselves, what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? Well, this is the result, we think it’s the future of notebooks.” There is always a deep strategic intent with the things that Apple does, especially when it comes from Steve Jobs. Read More

  • The Future of Local Commerce = Facebook + Foursquare + Yelp + Groupon

    The Future of Local Commerce = Facebook + Foursquare + Yelp + Groupon

    There’s been much hype, crazy valuations, and overall market excitement about businesses that promise to unleash the power of the social graph, location, recommendations and group buying. Facebook’s latest valuation according to SecondMarket is now about $30 billion, Foursquare raised $20 million at a post-money valuation of $115 million while still at a pre-revenue stage… Read More

  • Top 30 Android Apps Of All Time

    Top 30 Android Apps Of All Time

    With the ubiquitous media coverage surrounding the iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) app market, it’s important to remember that Android also is making huge headway. More than 100,000 apps are now available in the Android Market. Within the last six months, Android devices have reigned supreme, comprising 32 percent of all new smartphone purchases. There is finally a larger selection… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile G2

    Short version: Like the Nexus One, the G2 is a unified Google experience, and it excels because of that. The vaunted HSPA+ is fast as hell and there is very little to criticize from start to finish. That said, it’s also a brick and the form factor isn’t for everyone. Read More

  • Android 2.3's system screen caught in a screenshot?

    Take this with the grainiest grain of salt in all of Grainysaltsville for now, as photoshopping something like this would take little more than 18 seconds and dash of boredom — but according to GizmoFusion, that shot you’re looking at up above is pulled straight off a handset running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Fear not! Their source came bearing alleged details, as well. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson To Push Android 2.1 Update To X10 Handsets This Sunday

    It’s that time again, folks: it’s time for Good News, Bad News! Bad News: If you own a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handset, you’ve been waiting a pretty friggin’ long time for an update. But you already knew that, so I suppose it’s not really bad news. Hell, it’s probably not even technically news. Good news: The wait is, at long last, over. Android 2.1 will… Read More

  • Dude, You're Getting a Windows Phone 7 Handset (Provided You Work for Microsoft)

    NetworkWorld confirmed that 89,000 Microsoft employees will get Windows Phone 7 handsets, thereby forcing MS employees to eat their own dog food. Read More