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  • Nokia unveils the new Communicator: the E7

    Way back in 1996, by far the coolest phone to own was the Nokia Communicator. There have been several upgrades since that time of course, and each one has brought with it an edge of QWERTY cool. So, Nokia had some big boots to fill when it announced the next in line to carry the torch: the E7. It looks to me like they filled ’em. As this is such a fresh announcement, there are only a… Read More

  • webOS 1.4.5 now available for Palm Pre Plus

    Just a quickie letting all you proud Palm Pre Plus owners know that the latest version of webOS — v 1.4.5 — is now available over the air for both AT&T and Verizon customers. The notification should come up automagically, but if you’re impatient, you can do a manual check by opening “Updates”. Want to know what you’re getting into before you take the plunge? Read More

  • Confirmed: Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Torch, And Samsung Focus Coming To AT&T

    Well it was a rumor, but now it looks like we have confirmation: the Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Torch, and Samsung Focus will be coming to AT&T before the end of the year. There’s even on confirmation on the Samsung Cetus. The Cetus is poised to be AT&Ts first Windows 7 phone. Read More

  • LG to announce "next generation" of Optimus line tomorrow with two new Android phones

    Back in April of this year, LG launched the Android-powered LG Optimus. Bearing “Optimal performance for first time smartphone users” as its slogan, it was built for the lower-end of the smartphone market — it was fancy, but not too fancy. Kind of a disappointing use of the “Optimus” name — but hey, it’s their trademark. Come 6 o’clock… Read More

  • Fujitsu Developing True Wireless Charging System

    While there’s been other attempts to create a truly convenient wireless charging solution, not all of them have been successful. Most require that your device be in physical contact with a charging station, which while more convenient then plugging a device in, can still be a pain to remember. Fujitsu is working on a system that doesn’t require a physical connection at all, and… Read More

  • T-Mobile Motorola Defy to debut on Oprah today; Oprah-moment likely

    Android hasn’t had much trouble finding its audience amongst the Geekerati out there, but it’s not quite a household name just yet. No product has ever reached its true potential until it’s embraced by that ever-important but always-overlooked group: Moms. Soccer Moms, stay-at-home Moms.. whatever genre of Mother we’re talking about, there’s one way to reach them… Read More

  • Localytics: More Than 20 Percent Of iPhone 3GS Owners Still Have To Upgrade To iOS 4

    In the smartphone world, it is generally a good thing to keep everyone on the latest operating systems by pushing out upgrades. To the extent that iPhone or Android can get their installed base of users on the latest and greatest OS, the more those users can enjoy new apps built to take advantage of the new features of the OS. But when it comes to pushing software upgrades, Android has the… Read More

  • Garmin may leave the smartphone business

    In an article posted by Reuters today, Garmin Chief Financial Officer Kevin Rauckman stated that nuvifone handsets have failed to reach the company’s expectations, and that they will decide the fate of the handset unit over the next few quarters — with a view to exit the business entirely. Read More

  • Samsung Apps has its first birthday, boasts 14 million downloads

    While I still find Bada — Samsung’s in-house smartphone platform — mostly baffling, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for it. After all, most people can’t tell their OSes from their ASes, and just want a pretty phone that does things that phones should. It’s now been 12 months since Samsung launched their own app store — the… Read More

  • T-Mobile MyTouch HD Specs Leaked

    TMONews has an interesting slide describing the upcoming MyTouch HD, the follow-up to T-Mo’s popular MyTouch series. Here we find the pertinent specs: Read More

  • Samsung Fascinate Buglist Leaks

    Well, Verizon and Samsung aren’t going to be too happy about this. A little birdie told Boy Genius about a super double secret document that showed all the known bugs and flaws with the Samsung Fascinate. Now to be fair, every carrier and every phone has one of these lists. Just maybe not one that’s quite so.. well endowed. Read More

  • Galaxy Tab To Be Announced September 16th For AT&T, Verizon, Sprint?

    The latest news regarding Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is no more solid than the price (which has, in another’s words, been pinpointed to somewhere between $200 and $1200), but if these “people familiar with the matter” are to be believed, we’ll see a multi-carrier rollout on September 16th. Samsung is said to have made deals with AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint &mdash… Read More

  • Apple Says iPhone 4 Antenna Issue “Even Smaller Than We Originally Thought”

    Remember Antennagate? You probably do, but no one seems to talk about it anymore. Since Apple held a press conference to address the iPhone 4′s attenuation issues in July, undoubtedly millions more units have been sold. More units, more problems, right? Maybe not. Read More

  • Good Riddance: Cincinnati bans texting while driving

    If you know anyone who makes a habit out of texting while driving in Cincinnati, Ohio you might want to give them a heads up: it’s illegal now. If you know anyone who makes a habit out of texting while driving anywhere else, you might want to give them a heads up, too: it’s stupid. I’ll spare you guys the lecture (I’m sure you guys are all wonderful people who… Read More

  • Best Buy Offers G2 Pre-Orders

    Get thee to the Best Buyery! Best Buy is offering pre-orders of the G2 for $199 with two year contract. The phone will ship on October 2. Read More

  • Adobe Celebrates As Flash-Developed Apps Are Apple-Kosher Once More

    Today’s announcement from Apple seems like good news across the board; while the abstract restrictions on apps (like replicating functionality) have been tightened up a bit, the origin of the app is no longer inspected and, as Adobe points out gleefully, this means that apps developed in Flash are now A-OK. Adobe also notes that they will be continuing development of the Flash… Read More

  • Video: ASUS Windows Phone 7 device

    By now you’ve probably already seen the WinPho7 features that are shown off on this video, but what you probably haven’t seen is the hardware. This appears to be the first (non-Garmin) ASUS phone we’ve seen since those two got together and did the dance, but that’s all we can really tell from the video… and we can’t even really tell that There is no name… Read More

  • Verizon Samsung Fascinate rooted already

    While it’s not surprising, it’s still good to know that the new Verizon Samsung Fascinate has been taken into the gentle hands of the modding community and given its root rights returned, a mere day after release. An important moment in the life of any Android phone, but especially so for the Fascinate, as it means you’ll soon be able to get rid of the bloatware and Bing… Read More

  • Ready for your regular dose of Windows Phone 7 leakage? Meet the Samsung GT-i8700.

    I know, I know — it was just starting to seem like we might go a full week without another Windows Phone 7 handset leaking out, right? Not gonna happen. Really, these things leak at such a constant rate that we’re starting to wonder if it’s not someone at Microsoft’s way of keeping WinPho7 on the radar. Either way: look, new phone! Read More

  • Smartphones Bah! The John's Phone Is One Step Away From Two Cans On A String

    For almost every product, there is a polar opposite. I think it’s safe to say that the John’s Phone is the exact opposite of the iPhone/Blackberry Twitter-booking web browsing contraptions that the kids are using these days. The John’s phone is simple to the point of minimalism, with no LCD display, just numbers and a send and an end button. The John’s Phone is available… Read More