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  • Under "Xi" Brand: Docomo To Invest $3.4 Billion In Japanese LTE Infrastructure

    With 55 million customers, the 800-pound gorilla in the world’s most advanced mobile society, Japan, is NTT Docomo. And over the weekend, the company made clear it wants to retain its position in an LTE future: Docomo is ready to invest $3.4 billion in the next three years to build base stations and will start an LTE service in December this year (as the first of Japan’s three… Read More

  • My3G Allows for Facetime Over 3G

    Wondered what jailbreaking was good for? If you’re using an iPhone 4 you can download My3G, a program that convinces iOS that it is using WiFi when it is really using 3G. This, in turn, lets you run Facetime over 3G. The app costs $3.99 and is available in the Rock app depository. Read More

  • Froyo Ported To the HD2

    If you picked up the HD2 and realized that you basically bought a WinMo lemon, never fear. Some charming Italian men have ported Android 2.2 Froyo to the HD2 and it seems to run everything perfectly. Basically if you run their hack, which is available here, you turn your WinMo 6.5 phone into the a Droid X or EVO 4G. Great, right? Read More

  • Defcon Researcher Creates $1,500 GSM Interceptor

    Defcon, the hacker conference, wrapped up yesterday, and while I spent all day knee-deep in Forumula 1 coverage word got out about a $1,500 cellphone interceptor. The device—it’s more of a mishmash of devices kinda of clunked together than a singular device—exploits weaknesses in the GSM phone standard, and could be used to intercept and record the conversations you have on… Read More

  • JailbreakMe 2.0 website: easiest way to set your iPhone 4 free

    You kids n’ your iPhones… you got it so easy these days. Why, I remember in my day to jailbreak your phone you needed the blood from 3 albino chickens, the pickled fingers of a giant panda, and ground eunuch horn… Now all you have to do to jailbreak your iPhone 4 is go visit from the device itself, then follow the instructions that appear on-screen. Of… Read More

  • AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile want to make your phone a credit card

    You loved Visa and DeviceFidelity’s attempts at turning your iPhone into a credit card. You were dazzled by the possibility of leaving behind that 1mm of inconvenience next time you go out for burritos. However, you lamented the possibility that such a dream may never come true. Lament no more, friends, for today, Bloomberg reported that AT&T, Verizon, and T-mobile are plotting… Read More

  • Random App Plug: Typography Manual

    If you spend a lot of time in a web publishing environment, it pays to be aware of all the little things that make writing and layouts work — and not work. The wrong line height or kerning/font combination can be disastrous to readability. You can, of course, read books on the subject, but a ready reference tool can be had in this Typography Manual app, which looks about as to-the-point… Read More

  • Don't Want To Wait For Next Week? Download Android 2.2 For Your EVO Now

    Disclaimer: You brick your phone doing this, don’t blame me. I’m just letting you know you can do this, not telling you that you should. That being said, if you’re feeling saucy and want to download the latest version of Android for the EVO now instead of waiting until it rolls out naturally, you can do it. You just have to download the update directly from HTC, and do some… Read More

  • Android 2.2 to hit the Motorola Droid next week?

    Get your funny hats and noise makers ready, Droid owners: it’s party time! As long as the note that Verizon just sent over to our buddies over at Engadget holds true, the Droid should be seeing Android 2.2 grace its screen as early as next week. It won’t be the first Android handset getting the update treatment, but you’ve gotta commend Verizon for staying on top of these… Read More

  • Samsung Cetus To Bring Video Calling To Windows Phone 7, headed for AT&T?

    In greek mythology, Cetus was a term for massive, serpentine sea monsters. In Samsung rumor-ology, Cetus is a term for an unannounced Windows Phone 7 handset. Thanks to the good ol’ Bluetooth SIG, we’ve got a few details on what exactly will make up the Samsung Cetus’ not-so-mythical innards (including a bit of a surprise. A front-facing surprise.) Read More

  • Find nearby activities with A Day's Outing

    Remember the CrunchGear Geek Weekend series, where we attempted to show some fun stuff to do in various cities across the U.S.? Yeah, we kind of let that peter out, didn’t we? Also, there are lots of great non-geek things to do in and around cities. This is especially important for families: the kids might be more interested in Tecumseh! than the early television museum. With the A… Read More

  • Sweden, Land of Fjords and Long iPhone Lines

    Our buddy Wille in Sweden sent us some thrilling video of the International Dia Del iPhone in Sweden where Swede, blonde, ruddy, and beautiful to a one, lined up to get them some Facetime-capable phones.
    UPDATE – Hold the phone: China gave out McDonald’s! Read More

  • Why Apple Should Buy Infineon: To Own Mobile And Screw Intel

    Why Apple Should Buy Infineon: To Own Mobile And Screw Intel

    Apple’s earnings and revenue growth in mobile have been awe-inspiring to witness. From zero presence three years ago, Apple is now the most profitable cell phone maker in the world. Apple’s success in this compressed period has helped it become an enormous buyer of components. In fact iSuppli projects that next year Apple will become the second-largest semiconductor buyer worldwide… Read More

  • 100,000 Android applications submitted to date, AndroLib claims

    Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Android Market watcher AndroLib says there aren’t 100,000 applications available in the store – yet. There have, however, 100,000 apps been submitted to Android Market since its public debut, the site wagered this morning, up from approximately 5,000 in June 2009. The Androlib directory covers multiple markets, including international ones… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint Peel Being Developed To Work With iPod Touch

    This is kind of a strange rumor, and if it ends up being true, the Peel will be a strange device. Essentially, Sprint is developing another variation on the wifi hotspot – which is good – but this particular product works directly with the iPod Touch. Now assuming you can control the wifi hotspot with the iPod, and that it provides a data connection for said iPod, I like it. Read More

  • Sprint EVO 4G To Get 2.2 Update On August 3rd

    Delicious Froyo will be hitting the huge and controversial EVO 4G starting in early August, according to Sprint. The update will begin its OTA rollout on August 3rd and they expect it to be done by “mid-August.” Once it goes public, I’m sure there will be a way to force it onto your handset if you don’t feel like waiting. We’ll detail that once it happens. The… Read More

  • Motorola Droid 2 user manual spills out for your pre-release perusal

    You know how we’ll know when we’re living in the future? When user manuals for gadgets start leaking out before that gadget even officially exists. Oh, that’s now. Welcome to the future! If you’re just itchin’ to know all the right places to touch the Droid 2, you’re in luck: the user manual has just leaked out. Read More

  • Verizon LTE USB Modem Pictures Leak

    BGR just managed to get some pictures of Verizon’s LTE USB modem, which is apparently currently under testing. The modem is made by LG, and uses the next gen LTE SIM card. Because this is a prototype and still in testing, there’s not really any other information available at this time, but the hardware sure looks good. Read More

  • Google Introduces Location-Aware Mobile Display Ads

    Google Introduces Location-Aware Mobile Display Ads

    Google’s mobile ads are becoming more location-aware. Today, Google is introducing mobile display ads for both the iPhone and Android phones which can be geo-targeted. Advertisers will be able to check a “location extension for display” box and their ads will become geo-enabled when viewed in mobile browsers or apps.  A little double-arrow will open up the ad and show… Read More

  • 10% of applications in the App Store for iPad boast in-app purchases

    App store analytics provider Distimo in its latest report once again focuses on in-app purchases across a variety of mobile application stores, Apple’s App Store in particular. According to Distimo, the percentage of applications with in-app purchases is significantly higher in the App Store for iPad (10%) compared to that for the iPhone (2%). Read More