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  • Motorola: Droid X's HDMI Port Is Only Active In Gallery App

    The Droid X’s vaunted HDMI out seems to be of extremely limited utility at the moment, as a Motorola developer has said that it is only ever active within the Gallery application on the phone — essentially limiting it to media recorded on the phone, or media you’ve managed to slip in there. Wait, what about using a Netflix or YouTube app? And what if you want to watch a .MOV… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Hits 1 Million Sales

    Good news for Samsung; their new Galaxy phone has hit 1 million sold after just 45 days of being on the market. That’s a pretty impressive number for a phone that doesn’t come from Apple. Electronista reports that Samsung considers the phone to an instant success, and expects the Galaxy to continue to sell quickly. The 1 million number was a combined total between AT&T and… Read More

  • Clearwire launches 4G Pay As You Go Internet

    Clearwire launched their Rover – pay as you go internet service today, offering unlimited usage for $5 a day, $20 a week, or $50 for a month of 4G service. The Rover service is accessed via one of two ways, either from the Rover Solo; a single system dongle, or the Rover Puck which allows connectivity with up to eight devices at a time. The Rover Solo dongle sells for $99, and the Puck… Read More

  • RIM Avoids Indian Ban Hammer, Cooperates With Security Authorities Over BlackBerry E-Mail

    Looks like RIM has dodged a bullet in India, at least for the time being. The BlackBerry maker has provided the Indian government with “proposals for local security agencies to monitor BlackBerry service” so that, when necessary, the Indian government can tap into BlackBerry users’ email. And while that may not sound too positive a development, it was either that or risk… Read More

  • Samsung's next Bada device announced: the entry-level Wave 723

    Are you in the market for a different smart phone operating system? Sick of the mainstream players? Perhaps you have a fondness for immature OSes that are only supported by one manufacturer? Well, I’d initially recommend the Wave — Samsung’s original Bada-powered smartphone — but I know you’re a bit more budget minded than that. Who wants Super-AMOLED… Read More

  • Video: Droid X running a custom ROM

    Yay! Only a little while ago we reported that the Droid X — despite its self destruct trigger — was able to run a custom recovery, with the prospect of running custom ROMs (the goal of any self-respecting Android power user) following in the not-too-distant future. Well, consider it the future, baby, as the first videos of a Droid X running a custom ROM — namely the AOSP… Read More

  • Intel acquires Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business for $1.4 billion

    You know Infineon, right? They make those tiny baseband chips inside smartphones (like the iPhone 3G). You know, the chips responsible for communicating with the cell towers on your network. Yes? I’m glad we’re on the same page. Well, today, Intel bought Infineon’s Wireless Solutions Business — WLS — for $1.4 billion of your American dollars. Why’d they do it? Read More

  • The Fragmented Future Of Mobile Ad Networks

    The Fragmented Future Of Mobile Ad Networks

    It’s no secret that Google, Apple and even RIM want a piece of the $1 billion-and-growing mobile advertising market. The fight over share of ad dollars is even resulting in possible anti-competitive practices. Apple’s developer licensing agreement update in June basically says it reserves the right to block Google’s AdMob from serving ads on the iPhone and iPad, allowing… Read More

  • Is Your Cell Phone Ready For The Next Snowpocalypse?

    Remember last year when that massive blizzard hit the east coast? I do. My wife ended up trapped in Washington D.C. for 6 days while waiting for a flight out. It could have been worse though, at least the hotel she was staying at didn’t lose power, and she was able to keep in touch via her cell phone. But what if this had gone from bad to worse? What if the infrastructure hadn’t… Read More

  • Like the EVO 4G? Want something like that for Verizon? It's coming.

    Another day, another leaked Android handset to lust over. This one looks like it just might dethrone the Droid X as Verizon’s flagship Android device — or at least give it one hell of a fight. The Droid X isn’t the only handset in danger of taking some damage from this one, though; this things a near one-to-one match with the Sprint EVO 4G, both in looks and specs. Hear… Read More

  • Verizon Tweets: Android 2.2 Froyo For Droid Happening Today

    If it’s on twitter, it must be twue. @VZWSupport announced this morning that the long awaited update to Android 2.2 for the Incredible has started rolling out today. Users should see the update hitting their handsets this morning, so you too can enjoy Flash and app storage on your SD card. This of course assumes you didn’t find the leaked ROM yesterday and install it yourself… Read More

  • Mozilla introduces Fennec Alpha for Android (2.0 or higher), Nokia N900

    Mozilla this morning introduced the Alpha release of the next version of its mobile browser Fennec for Android and Nokia N900. Fennec, which serves as the codename for Firefox mobile, comes with add-ons and is also built on the same technology that powers Firefox for the desktop. An earlier version had surfaced back in April this year. Fennec Alpha for Android and Nokia N900 comes with… Read More

  • Sprint EVO 4G (Froyo version) rooted

    If you’re an EVO 4G owner who loves Froyo as much as you love root access, then you’ve probably been a little cranky this past month, what with your two loves not on speaking terms. Good news, kiddo, those beautiful, wonderful, resourceful people over at XDA have managed to patch up relations between the two, and now have a guide to show you how to get your Froyo EVO 4G and root… Read More

  • Best Buy offering pre-orders for the Verizon Fascinate (aka Galaxy S) from Aug 29

    Best Buy today announced that Verizon’s version of the rose by so many other names — the Verizon Samsung Fascinate — will be available for pre-order by the general public from August 29th. If you consider yourself somehow elevated above the great unwashed because of your status as a Best Buy Reward Zone member, well, don’t worry, sir: you’ll have access to the… Read More

  • Rumour time: G2 to launch September 29

    Oh, SeƱor Blurrycam, I don’t know how you do it. I envision you flying around the world at plaid speeds, snapping secret pics as you fly by (which goes some way to explain why they’re all so blurry, I suppose). You’re like a nerdy Santa, and I love that about you. His latest blurry shot? Details from some kind of T-mobile launch calendar stating that the HTC Vanguard will… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 9330 probably coming to Sprint

    I love leaks. I love the idea that some mole inside an organisation smuggled out some classified document, or stole a few secret moments with an upcoming product and a low-quality camera. I envision dramatic escapes, top-level inquiries, blackmail, villains, and robo-ninjas. Sometimes, though, there are product leaks that don’t require a mole. I’m fairly sure there were no… Read More

  • Microsoft To Pay More Than Half A Billion Dollars To Jump-Start Windows Phone 7

    Editor’s note: The following guest post is by Kim-Mai Cutler. Nearly four years after Apple launched the iPhone and two years after Google open-sourced the code for its Android operating system, Microsoft is finally set to re-enter the mobile market this holiday season in a serious way with Windows Phone 7. It is trying to catch up to those more modern smartphones the only way it can… Read More

  • Late for lunch? Telenav's OnMyWay for iPhone lets your party know

    You’re a pretty punctual person, right? Right. But sometimes stuff just happens, you know? Maybe you forgot your wallet and had to go back. Maybe you couldn’t find your keys. Maybe you had to bust through the front windshield of a flipped-over bus to save the orphans inside. Whatever the totally-legitimate-and-not-at-all-made-up reason is, Telenav’s OnMyWay for iPhone… Read More

  • iPhone Dev Team won't be jailbreaking iOS 4.0.2, says "the only winning move is not to play"

    In the endless game of cat-and-mouse that is iPhone jailbreaking, sometimes the mouse needs to take a break. Not because it’s tired, mind you — but because it doesn’t want to show the cat where it’s hiding its cheese before it gets a chance to eat it. Early this morning, the iPhone Dev Team (the guys behind the discovery of the vast majority of iPhone jailbreak… Read More

  • Netflix now streaming to the iPhone and iPod Touch, works over 3G

    Oh, man. It’s here. We’ve been hoping for Netflix instant streaming support to hit the iPhone and iPod Touch ever since it landed on the iPad, and we’ve been waiting on the edge of our collective seat since the company demonstrated it at WWDC. The wait.. its over! Read More