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  • Kno Bails On Hardware, Takes Another $30 Million.  Is An Android App Next?

    Kno Bails On Hardware, Takes Another $30 Million. Is An Android App Next?

    Take a good look at the Kno textbook tablet at left because you might not ever see it again. Kno is getting out of the hardware business and, as reported earlier, taking another $30 million from Intel Capital, Advance Publications (owner of Conde Nast), and its previous investors (Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, First Round, and SV Angel). The company is now confirming the reports. CEO… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless To Stop Offering One-Year Contracts On April 17th

    Don’t mind making a commitment, but don’t want to commit to two whole years with the same carrier? Verizon’s gonna have one less option for you, soon. Come April 17th, the ol’ VeeZeeDub will be nixing the one-year contract option. Their comment: “Keep in mind, a majority of our customers select a two-year contract when buying our devices, so we are responding to… Read More

  • Jetsetter's New iPad App Is Even Dreamier

    Fair warning: This is where I get all MG on you guys. As someone who just spent forty weeks traveling around the world, there is no category of consumer Web sites that makes me angrier than online travel sites. More than any other category on the Web, the early┬áincumbents– online travel agents like Expedia and Travelocity– rafted on an early tidal wave of massive convenience and… Read More

  • A Colorful Weekend

    A Colorful Weekend

    This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico with a group of friends for a bachelor party. It was a lot like The Hangover — if you replace tigers, Mike Tyson, and Zac Galifianakis with Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Clearly, we’re all in the tech scene. I bring this up because sometimes it can be telling to see what applications people actually use when they’re away from the… Read More

  • "Folded Leaf" Phone Is Minimalist, But Not Necessarily Practical

    I appreciate good design, but attractive design isn’t always good. This “Folded Leaf,” for instance, is a very good-looking device, and the bent design is unique and cool. But isn’t this thing supposed to go in your pocket? Read More

  • Assurance Wireless Expands To 23rd State: Arkansas

    This is a great service, and one I’m surprised isn’t offered in the other 27 states. Virgin Mobile operates it as a sort of combination good deed/foot-in-the-door service; you get 250 free minutes and a phone if you qualify for stuff like food stamps, and if you need more, you can pay a small fee to add stuff on. They just announced they’re operational in Arkansas, so if… Read More

  • Sadly, The iPhone 5 Pictures Floating Around Are Fake

    Throughout the course of this morning, we’ve seen these images — purportedly showing off the iPhone 5 (tiny bezel and redesigned antenna and all) — hit a number of blogs. It showed up in our tips box a few times, as well. Something about the shots just didn’t ring right, so I got to sleuthin’. First step: find the original source. After a few minutes of… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Bold Touch Gets Handled In Its First Hands-On

    RIM’s doing their damnedest to keep their BlackBerry World announcements a secret, but it just doesn’t seem to be working. Just last week, a photo gallery of their next full touchscreen device (don’t call it a Storm) leaked out. This week, it’s something even more exciting: the BlackBerry Bold Touch got pawed at. Read More

  • In Japan: Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones For The First Time

    Revolution in mobile-crazy Japan: Market research firm GFK Japan is reporting [JP, PDF] that more smartphones than feature phones have been sold in the country between March 28 and April 3. To be more concrete, 50.1% of all devices sold in Japan in that week were iOS, Android, Windows or BlackBerry phones (see chart). Read More

  • Microsoft On The Windows Phone 7 Early Update Hacks: "Wait."

    Remember that clever hack we mentioned earlier this week? The one that allows just about any Windows Phone 7 handset to get the copy-and-paste update right this second, rather than waiting for Microsoft and the carriers to send it your way? Microsoft has weighed in on the matter (and they’re not too happy): Read More

  • Alltel Launches 4 Android Phones, Including The Mythical HTC Merge

    There aren’t too many people still on Alltel these days, given that the terms of the company’s acquisition by Verizon left them operating in only 6 states. That doesn’t mean those left lingering in Alltel’s territories should be stranded without some awesome phones though, right? Right — and for them, Alltel has just launched a quartet of Android phones (including… Read More