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  • 14 (Partly Awesome) New Feature Phones From Japan's KDDI

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile carrier, has today announced its cell phone line-up for the coming winter and spring. The company has shown not only three smartphones and two new iida “designer phones”, which we covered here, but also 14 new feature phones, some of which boast impressive specs. Read More

  • HTC Gratia Is Green, Sexy

    HTC has just released the Gratia, a nice, compact Android smartphone with an HTC Sense overlay. The phone weights 4 ounces and has a five megapixel camera. It also has something called a “seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges,” which suggests that blunt force trauma has been a problem with HTC phones in the past. No pricing or other blah-de-blah because this… Read More

  • Japan's KDDI Rolls Out New Smartphones And Designer Phones

    Japan’s second biggest mobile carrier KDDI has just announced its cell phone line-up for the coming winter and spring. The company unveiled no less than 19 new handsets today: three smartphones, 14 feature phones and another two “designer phones”, which will be marketed under KDDI’s sub brand iida. Here are all the main specs for the new smartphones and iida handsets… Read More

  • LG Optimus 7 gets an early video unboxing

    Uh oh — while there are undoubtedly a bunch more Windows Phone 7 handsets floating around following its official debut last week, I think this might just be the first unboxing of a retail unit to hit the Intertubes. Read More

  • Skyfire Snags Two New Execs: One From Adobe, One From Akamai

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Skyfire, the folks behind the Flash-friendly smartphone browser of the same name. They’ve presumably been sitting quiet in anticipation of Skyfire for iPhone — which, by the way, has been in Apple’s approval queue for a month and a half now. Earlier today Skyfire reached out to us with a bit of exclusive info… Read More

  • GrubHub Delivers Android Beta, New iPhone App

    GrubHub, a service that lets you order food for delivery or take out from local restaurants online or by mobile phone, released a new iPhone app and an Android app in beta last week. The company also revised its native Web app to take advantage of HTML 5 features like geolocation and client-side storage. The new apps feature a GPS-enabled restaurant search. Users can find the restaurants… Read More

  • Nielsen’s Teen Mobile Report Shows Telling Trends In Mobile Data Usage

    It’s not a surprise that teens text a lot – teen females age 13 – 17 send and receive an average of 4,050 texts per month – however what is most interesting to me in this report from Nielsen is the trend for data consumption among teens. In one year, the percentages have increased significantly. They’re higher than I would have expected. Read More

  • Flash for Android hits 1 million downloads

    The Adobe Flash experience on Android tends to range from “Mostly works” to “Oh my god why is my phone doing this, someone help”. That’s totally understandable — it’s still (sort of) a Beta product, so there are bound to be kinks. Even with these kinks, however, Flash for Android is perhaps the most hyped item on the platform. Often used as the… Read More

  • Boost Mobile makes "Shrinkage" a good thing, cuts bills for punctual people

    You’re a good person. You volunteer at soup kitchens, you open doors for others — but most importantly, you pay your bills on time. But why? Does anyone ever thank you for sending them a big ol’ wad of cash without making them wait? In a move that we very much hope starts some sort of trend, Boost Mobile has announced that they’re going to start giving big ol’… Read More

  • Plixi, Formerly TweetPhoto, Updated To Offer Location-Based Photo Sharing On The iPhone

    Plixi, formerly TweetPhoto, just released their iOS application for the iPhone and Touch. The app lets you take photos and tag them with your current location. You can then see your friends around you and even snoop on others who are uploading to Plixi in your general vicinity, provided they’ve made their locations public. If you smell a problem – namely “network… Read More

  • HTC Surround available for pre-order at Best Buy for $550 outright

    If you’re the kinda guy that thinks headphones are passé, or that everyone on the bus home loves Justin Bieber as much as you do, then you were probably pretty excited by the HTC Surround, with it’s massive slide-out speaker in place of a much-more-useful-for-a-boring-old-man-like-me QWERTY keyboard. So, you’re probably going to be excited with the news that Best Buy are… Read More

  • Motorola Droid 2 now only $0.01 at Amazon

    Hey hey, listen up smartphone bargain hunters! If you’re looking for a top-shelf QWERTY Android handset, then you probably can’t do wrong with this bargain from Amazon: 1c for a Moto Droid 2. This bargain price is likely to do with the impending 1.2GHz Droid 2 Global that will replace the Droid 2 when it gets released sometime in the future. But hey, a penny for a Droid 2? You could… Read More

  • Dell confirms: Streak to bypass Éclair, head straight to Froyo

    Back in August, there was a rumour that the US Dell Streak was going to bypass Eclair, and head straight to Froyo. Remember that? Well, Dell have now confirmed this as true, and are saying that Froyo should be available on all Streaks by year’s end. Jump on past the break for Dell’s statement. Read More

  • T-mobile to throttle data beyond 5GB

    Uh-oh. Any data fiends out there on T-mobile may no longer be able to scoff at AT&T’s idea of “unlimited” data, as come October 16, T-mobile are going to start throttling data speeds when a user goes over 5GB. Of course, data fiends are a special type of person, and most customers won’t even notice the change (T-mobile say that it will only affect 1% of its… Read More

  • What Everyone Made From The Ngmoco-DeNa Deal

    What Everyone Made From The Ngmoco-DeNa Deal

    Yesterday, Japanese mobile gaming company DeNa announced its acquisition of iPhone gaming startup ngmoco for up to $400 million. (We first reported on the acquisition talks here). The price includes $300 million up front in cash and stock, plus another $100 million earnout if ngmoco hits certain performance milestones. We also reported yesterday that ngmoco’s largest investor… Read More

  • Buzz Killer Card Promises End To That Annoying Buzz When Phones And Audio Intersect

    Drrrrrrt-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit. I hate that noise! You know, when you’re playing music in your car on your iPhone or what have you, an all of a sudden that weird syncopated buzz comes out of nowhere? I understand it’s the high-powered command/location signal GSM phones do regularly to ping local towers. So you don’t want it to stop, you just want it to stop making that noise. Read More

  • Three-Quarters Of Android Phones are Running 2.x

    While device and OS fragmentation is still a serious issue for Android, strong sales of newer phones have taken their toll on what was formerly an even split. As late as June, 50% of Android phones were still running 1.5 or 1.6, but that number has been halved and now 2.1/2.2 handsets enjoy a majority. Read More

  • iOS 4.1 jailbreak "Greenpois0n" goes live for Linux, OS X coming "soon"

    After a bit of baby-mama drama surrounding its launch, the iPhone hackin’ extraordinaries over at the Chronic Dev Team released their iOS 4.1 jailbreaking tool, greenpois0n. Alas, due to some last minute technical issues, the initial release was Windows only. This morning, one more platform joined the fray. Read More

  • Vertu makes a video explaining why we can't afford their phones

    Got $310,000 to spend on a phone like the Vertu Signature Cobra? No? Hm. How about $83,000, for the Vertu Signature Diamond. Still no? Well, crap. Oh! Okay, here: how about somewhere between $4,000 and $7,000 for the new Vertu Constellation Quest? That’s totally reasonable, right? Not feelin’ it? Check out the video after the jump. In just two minutes, Vertu will fully convince you… Read More

  • The Video Phone Comes Of Age: One Fifth Of American Adults Have Made A Video Call

    The idea of video phone calls goes back to at least 1969 when AT&T developed it’s famous Picturephone which went nowhere (the concept was actually been kicking around a lot earlier). But now with Skype video calls on your laptop and FaceTime on your iPhone, video calls are finally gaining acceptance. A new Pew Internet survey finds that 19 percent of American adults have made some… Read More