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  • First Lawsuit Filed Against Apple For Undocumented Location Database

    With no real statement from Apple regarding the present consolidated.db tracking file furor, the obvious next step is to take it to the courts. Actually, the next step should be a rigorous federal investigation into whether or not Apple has broken any laws. Then, if it has, sue away. And if it hasn’t, sue anyway just in case. Vikram Ajjampur and William Devito are a little impatient… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Buy An Android Device On AmazonWireless, Get A $25 Amazon Appstore Giftcard

    Amazon has an Android App Store. They also have a brand new section of their site, AmazonWireless, where they sell, amongst other things, Android phones. Realizing just how well those things fit together, Amazon is running their first cross-promotion between the two. From this morning until 11:59 pm on May 1st, any Android handsets purchased through AmazonWireless will come with a giftcard… Read More

  • Is This The iPhone 4S?

    The iPhone rumor mill has been all off-kilter for the past few weeks, primarily stemming from the idea that there may very well be no new iPhone at WWDC this year. And yet, the rumor-mill continues to churn. According to whispers over the past few weeks, Apple’s busy toiling over a handset that looks very much like an iPhone 4, but with a few lil’ tweaks to its guts —… Read More

  • The Bluechip BC5i Big Button Phone For Grampy

    It’s not every day you find $40 phones for the aged. This odd-looking piece of kit has huge buttons, echanced loudness settings, and a big orange SOS button. It also has an LED flashlight on top for spotting your keyhole in the dark. Read More

  • SugarSync Gets An Android App

    SugarSync, like Dropbox is a standard file storage/cloud solution for PCs and Macs. I’ve used the iPad and iPhone apps and now Android users can share in the fun with their new Android version. The app is free and works with most versions of Android, including Honeycomb. It allow you to access your files on the go and to upload files to the cloud. It works similarly to the iPad version. Read More

  • Apple Finally Shipping White iPhone To US Stores

    Like this hamster, I am sure you are currently running in circles screaming “Excelsior” at your houseplants and pets, as it was written it has come to pass: Apple is finally shipping the white iPhone 4 and all signs point to availability this week. The white iPhone, to be clear, is the same as the black iPhone 4 but it is white. Read More

  • The Scosche switchBACK Surge G4 Is An iPhone 4 Battery Case And Kickstand In One

    When it comes to iPhone cases with special tricks up their sleeves (that is, the ones that do more than just protect your handset from the wilds), you usually get one or the other: an external battery, or some sort of clever kickstand system built to prop the iPhone up for movie watchin’. With the just announced switchBACK Surge G4 case, Scosche is lookin’ to cover both bases at once. Read More

  • Motorola Droid X2 Press Shots Leak, To Be Known As "Droid X2"

    At this point, the Droid X2 is about as secret as the fact that beef jerky makes fantastic road trip food. We knew it was going to look almost exactly like its predecessor, the Droid X, all the way back in January. By March, we had photographic evidence — and by last week, we had video. Still, just because we know just about everything there is to know about a handset doesn’t mean… Read More

  • T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Already Rooted

    The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hasn’t even been on the market for a full 2 days, yet the ever-resourceful community over at XDA-Dev has already hacked it to pieces. You’ll need to download some drivers from Samsung, run the “Rage Against The Cage” hack (heads up: some virus detectors pick this up as a virus, as it technically IS a packaged Linux exploit — that’s… Read More

  • Sprint To Drop Instant Rebates, Return To Mail-In Rebates Next Month?

    Nooooo! With Verizon and Sprint both dropping mail-in rebates in favor of oh-so-much-less-painful instant rebates, we were starting to hope this was becoming an industry standard. Alas, it looks like Sprint might be calling it quits. Read More

  • AT&T Admits They Weren't Ready For The iPhone

    AT&T’s FCC filing for their planned T-Mo merger brings up a few interesting points about AT&T’s network. To wit: A smartphone generates 24 times the mobile data traffic of a conventional wireless phone, and the explosively popular iPad and similar tablet devices can generate traffic comparable to or even greater than a smartphone. AT&T’s mobile data volumes surged… Read More

  • Apple Is Tracking You To Build Something Very Valuable: Its Location Database

    Apple Is Tracking You To Build Something Very Valuable: Its Location Database

    Your iPhone tracks you everywhere you go, and so do most phones these days. You knew that already. The reason this is a big story now is because it turns out that for the past 10 months Apple has been keeping your location data on a file in your iPhone itself where someone who knows how to get it, and has possession of your phone, could find it and figure out where you’ve been. For… Read More

  • Verizon's First Droid Charge Commercial Is… Uh… Mysterious?

    Back when the original Droid came out, the marketing campaign had a two-part approach. Half of the commercials were “DROID DOES” commercials, which played up the Droid as the anti-iPhone and highlighted all of the things that Android did that iOS could not. The other half were over-the-top (though admittedly quite cool), super-ambiguous commercials that substituted any actual… Read More

  • Rumor: Select Developers Receiving "iPhone 4S" With A5 Chip

    We all know the next iPhone is going to sport some new silicon, almost certainly a variant of the A5 found in the iPad 2. And it appears that some very special developers have been given iPhone 4 units with A5s inside, presumably in order to have some A5-powered games at launch. This from an anonymous report to 9 to 5 Mac, in which the units are also described as essentially stock iPhone… Read More

  • HTC Sensation To Launch On June 8th?

    When HTC officially announced that their shiny new dual-core 1.2 GHZ Android phone, the Sensation, was heading for T-Mobile, they left out two crucial details: the price, and the launch date. While the price is still a mystery, the launch date might have just been revealed thanks to a lil’ advertising slip up. Read More

  • SkyFire For Android's Flash Video Playback Goes Premium

    Hey friends! You know what time it is? IT’S GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS TIME! The Good News: SkyFire has just released an update for the Android port of their web browser, jam-packed with brand new social features (more of the social features that I previously said — and continue to say — are silly). If you’re one of the three million people who have already been using SkyFire… Read More

  • AT&T Officially Files Their Intent To Take Over T-Mobile

    If anyone out there was hoping that AT&T might have a last-minute change of heart about this whole T-Mobile acquisition thing: sorry, friend. There’s no turning back now. Early this morning, AT&T officially filed their merger documents with the FCC. With that, the ball is officially rolling.. though they’ll have to roll uphill for quite some time. They’ve gotta… Read More

  • Verizon To Launch The Samsung Droid Charge On April 28th for $300 (On contract!)

    Back when it leaked out that the Samsung DROID Charge for Verizon was gettin’ stuck with a rather hefty price tag of $299 on contract, we were hoping that some last minute rebates might drive the cost down a bit. No such luck. Verizon has just announced that the Charge will launch on April 28th, and sure enough: it’ll go for $299 on a 2 year contract. So, do the specs warrant… Read More

  • Verizon Sold 2.2 Million iPhones, 260,000 Thunderbolts

    It’s earnings time and every call includes a bit about hardware sales. Por ejemplo, Verizon reported selling 2.2 million iPhones and 400,000 4G phones, most of them HTC Thunderbolts. They gained 906,000 postpaid subscribers with 1.01 churn. Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile G2x (Optimus 2X)

    Short version: Perhaps the most powerful phone on the market, the G2x is certainly impressive technically, but physically it’s uninspiring, and a lack of compelling HD and gaming content catering to Android makes its greatest assets (large screen and powerful processor) underwhelming. And where’s my Gingerbread? Read More