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  • 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

  • Japanese Government Wants Apple To Add Content Filter To The iPhone

    Apple has a history of trouble with the government in Japan, and over the the last days, more bad news reached the company (which is highly successful in Japan). This time it’s not about iPods causing fire but about the iPhone. The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications criticized Apple Japan and its exclusive provider in the country, SoftBank Mobile, for offering… Read More

  • Retail HTC EVO Shift 4G breaks cover

    The colossally entitled HTC EVO Shift 4G is on the very brink of being announced, but has made a quick dash toward the limelight, in order to show of its new dress retail packaging. Engadget have landed a heap of pics of the final retail package of the device (and, more importantly, the device itself), and confirm that it has no front-facing camera. Like we’ve said before, it’s… Read More

  • AT&T drops price of WP7 LG Quantum and Samsung Focus down to $100

    AT&T have now dropped the price of two of their Windows Phone 7 handsets — the LG Quantum, and the Samsung Focus — by $100, taking them down to $99.99. To further sweeten the deal, they have also thrown in free activation and overnight shipping. Keen to get your WinPho7 on? You can grab the deals here. Not interested in either of those phones? The HTC Surround is also… Read More

  • Survey Says: The iPad Is Not A Kindle Killer

    While plenty of people predicted that the iPad would kill the Kindle when it first came out (including us), that turned out to be wrong. Very wrong. The Kindle went on to become the best selling product in Amazon’s history over the holidays, selling an estimated 8 million units last year. The Kindle is a very different device which appeals to heavy readers. In fact, in a recent survey… Read More

  • PSA: iPhone Alarms Still Aren't Working

    Bad News, friends: With the long weekend over and that New-Years-Hangover (hopefully) conquered, it’s time to get back to life. Step 1: Set an alarm. Perhaps you’ve heard by now that the iPhone’s alarm system had gone a bit wonky once we’d flipped over into 2011. Perhaps, then, you’ve also heard that the problem would solve itself come January 3rd — just in… Read More

  • An iPhone Lover's Take On The Nexus S

    An iPhone Lover's Take On The Nexus S

    There’s a scene in Iron Man 2 in which Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) shows off the mechanical soliders he has been working on — his would-be “Iron Man-killers”. Unfortunately, while they may look somewhat impressive, his machines malfunction and the demo goes horribly awry. His knock-offs are junk. This scene reminds me a lot of what the first Android phone, the G1, was… Read More

  • Supposed HTC Thunderbolt Specs Leaked: 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 5 Megapixel Front Camera, And More!

    At this point, Verizon’s upcoming 4G-friendly Android phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is about as secret as my undying love for oxygen. While its gone by different names over time (from the Incredible HD, to “Mecha”, to the current Thunderbolt moniker), we’ve seen leak, after leak, after leak with this thing. One thing, however, has managed to remain elusive: the spec sheet. Read More

  • Proof That We're Living In The Future: The iPhone Heart Monitor

    We’re living in the future, folks. Really, look around you: we have the biggest collection of knowledge in history available for free, at our fingertips — and we can access it in a car, at 70 miles per hour, without any wires. Planes can transport us across the country, or across the world, in hours (or, as Louis CK so wonderfully puts it, “You’re sitting in a chair.. Read More

  • Clear iSpot gets discontinued

    Fire up the funeral march, folks. This morning, another device has joined the Microsoft Kin on the ultra exclusive list of devices that were both born and killed off in 2010: the Clear iSpot. Total lifespan: 147 days. The device had a simple enough (if a bit wonky) premise: it would act as a 4G-fueled WiFi hotspot… but only for Apple’s iOS devices, like the iPod Touch, iPhone… Read More

  • Android Malware Being Distributed On Chinese Markets

    There’s a new threat in town. And by town, I mean China. Malware authors have created a bit of code called Geinimi that hitchhikes on existing apps when they are redistributed on third-party markets. At the moment it doesn’t do much but lurk, but its capabilities resemble that of a botnet server, according to Lookout, a company that makes antivirus software for Android. Read More