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  • Fly or Die Flipboard, Windows Phone 7 and Casio Tryx Review

    Fly Or Die: Does Flipboard Have A Chance?

    It’s time for this week’s episode of Fly or Die, the TCTV show where CrunchGear editor John Biggs and I look at three new products and debate their longterm chances of survival. In today’s show, we discuss Windows Phone 7, the just-announced Casio Tryx digital camera, and the popular Flipboard iPad app. At the end of the show, a special surprise guest appears from one of… Read More

  • CES 2011: T-Mobile To Transition To 42Mbps HSPA+

    Good news, T-Mobilers — your “4G” network is about to get a whole lot faster. Twice as fast, actually. We’re at T-Mobile’s Press Conference at CES 2011, where the carrier has just announced that they’ll be “doubling down” on their HSPA+ network, cranking things up from 21Mbps to 42Mbps. Theoretical speed limits are fine and dandy — but how… Read More

  • CES 2011: T-Mobile Has Sold Over 900,000 4G-Enabled Devices

    We’re live at T-Mobile’s Press Conference at CES 2011, where bandwidth (be it WiFi or any of the major carriers) is… lacking — so no live blog, unfortunately. With that said, we just caught this little gem: So far, T-Mobile has sold roughly 900,000 4G devices. While that’s no landslide, it’s certainly not too shabby — especially when you consider… Read More

  • comScore: Android Passes iPhone In Total U.S. Subscribers

    The latest mobile subscriber estimates are out from comScore, and for the first time in November, 2010, Android passed the iPhone in total number of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Comscore estimates there are 61.5 million smartphone subscribers in the U.S., and 26 percent of them own an Android phone versus 25 percent with an iPhone. In the previous month—October, 2010—Apple… Read More

  • iPhone 3GS To Be $50 From AT&T Starting Tomorrow

    *BAM* Just like that, AT&T destroyed the $50 smartphone market by dropping the iPhone 3GS down to the same level as Nokia communicators, teeny-bop Blackberrys and the bargain-bin Android devices. That whole market now has to compete with the big dog, the iPhone 3GS. Well, they do starting tomorrow when the wireless carrier’s new pricing starts. Notice this pricing is just for AT&T… Read More

  • Highlights from Microsoft's CES Keynote: Windows Phone 7 edition

    I know that most of you can’t bring yourself to sit through the hour of power that is now available online, or just can’t stand the hype music that CES keynotes bring (I know I can’t), so I’ve condensed and brought to you all the Windows Phone 7 highlights from Microsoft’s keynote in handy blog post form. Nice of me, eh? Jump on through the break for the full details. Read More

  • Official Google Video Preview Of Android 3.0 Spied Briefly

    An official video promoting Android 3.0 Honeycomb has just appeared on YouTube, apparently without any accompanying fanfare from Google. It’s on the Android Developers channel, but one would expect at least a blog post to show off the various nuances of the new interface. Actually, as I was writing this very paragraph, the video was taken down, so I’m guessing this was… Read More

  • CES 2011: Bug Labs Launches A Verizon 4G Module

    Building a cell phone in your garage? Good news: it can do 4G. Back in September of last year, Bug Labs added support for Verizon’s 3G network to their lineup of plug-and-play(-and-hack), module-based device building system. This morning at CES, they’ve kicked things up a notch with the debut of a brand spankin’ new 4G Modem module, pre-certified for use on Verizon’s… Read More

  • CES 2011: AT&T And Motorola Announce the Android-powered Atrix 4G (And A Crazy Laptop Dock Thing!)

    Last but certainly not least in AT&T’s trio of pre-CES Android announcements: the Motorola Atrix 4G. With this thing packing a dual-core 1GHZ CPU and a whopping 1 gigabyte of RAM, they’re claiming it to be “world’s most powerful smartphone”. Plus, it totally has a little Foleo-esque laptop dock thing! Read More

  • CES 2011: HTC Announces Their First 4G Android Phone for AT&T, The Inspire 4G

    Surprise! We knew the HTC EVO 4G would be gettin’ a brand new twin on another carrier — we just thought Verizon’s Thunderbolt would be the first out the door. AT&T just went ahead and jumped the gun a bit, using their pre-CES 2011 Developer Summit to announce a 4.3″, HTC-made monster of their very own: the Inspire 4G. Read More

  • CES 2011: Samsung's Infuse 4G for AT&T Makes The HTC Evo's Screen Look Small

    Oh, so you thought last year’s 4.3″ displays, like the ones in the HTC Evo or the Motorola Droid X, were big enough? Oh hoh hoh, friend — say hello to the just-announced Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T, which packs a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Read More

  • CES 2011: LG Unveils the Ultra-Slim, Android-powered Optimus Black

    Smartphones with big ol’ 4″ displays were all the rage in 2010, and they’re not going anywhere this year — but they’re going to get a whole lot slimmer. LG has just kicked off CES with an ultra skinny, Android-powered monster: The Optimus Black. Read More

  • Amazon Kindle app now available for Windows Phone 7

    If you’re sick of carrying around both your Kindle AND your Windows Phone 7 handset, then you can give your shoulder muscles a break tomorrow, as Amazon have now released their very almost ubiquitous e-book reader app, Kindle, onto the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. It has all the features you’ve come to know and love, such as access to the Kindle Store’s 750,000 books, syncing… Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon to end early upgrade and "New Every Two" programs

    According to a leaked Verizon Training slide that recently landed in Android Central’s virtual lap, ol’ Big Red will be putting to bed both their early upgrade program and their “New Every Two” program come January 16. The early upgrade program allowed customers to upgrade their handset in months 13-20 of their contract, rather than having to wait out the full 24 months. Read More

  • Next Windows Phone 7 update called "NoDo", not to be confused with ManGo

    There’s a man in town saying that Windows Phone 7’s first update will get its RTM (Release to Manufacturers) as early as this week, in time for Ballmer’s CES appearance. That same mysterious man (actually Paul Thurrott from Windows Phone Secrets), also says that the update is called “NoDo”, which is an abbreviation of an obscure reference to Android’s… Read More

  • HP Sends Out Invites For A webOS Announcement On February 9th

    This one just hit our inbox. Looks like HP’s got an webOS-focused announcement brewin’ up for February 9th. It’s not the surprise mid-CES announcement that some (not us) were predicting — but given how noisy CES is looking to be, that’s almost certainly for the better. We will, of course, be there. “Think Big”? webOS Tablet(s)! “Think Small”? Read More

  • Sprint Announces The MiFi 3G/4G

    We’ve been in love with the MiFi for just shy of two years now, having started crushing on it back when it was first announced. I mean, come on: it’s a portable, battery-powered WiFi router that pulls data from the cellular network. What’s not to love? Last year, Sprint launched a 4G-fueled MiFi-imitator of sorts, the Overdrive. Alas, the love wasn’t there; between… Read More

  • Sprint Unveils The HTC EVO Shift 4G At Long Last

    At this point, the HTC EVO Shift for Sprint is about as secret as… what would you call the exact opposite of a secret? How is it that there’s no proper antonym for secret? Whatever — make one up, and that’s how secret it was. Still, it’s always fun to see things get their official unveiling, as the EVO Shift 4G has. Read More

  • Forrester Forecasts One Third Of U.S. Online Consumers Will Own A Tablet By 2015

    Last year, Apple created a new category of computing with the iPad. Now, every other PC manufacturer is rushing to revamp or bring out their own tablet computers. New tablets are expected to dominate at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Forrester Research put out a new forecast this morning for the growth of tablet computers. It expects the number of tablets sold in… Read More

  • Prediction No. 4 (Mobile Wallets) Already Coming True

    Okay, that was fast. This weekend I put up my annual prediction post, Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011. Already, one of them is already looking pretty solid: Prediction No. 4 on the rise of mobile wallets. Well, it looks like Google (and PayPal) are getting serious about NFC technologies. Today, Businessweek reports: Read More