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  • Jolly Little Android Wallpaper Will Eat Your Apple

    This jolly little live wallpaper for Android phones (available now in the Market) will eat an apple and throw it away, which is very wasteful and suggests that the Android Droid doesn’t like Apple. While I like to imagine this fellow as a much kinder soul, this 99 cent wallpaper is pretty cool. via PocketNow Read More

  • The Inexpensive Huawei Ascend From Cricket Does The Pre-Paid Android Dance

    The pre-paid wireless carrier, Cricket, is getting serious about smartphones. The Huawei Ascend joins the BlackBerry Curve 8530 and the Android-powered Kyocera Zio, but hits at only $149 rather than $229 like the two other smartphones. Don’t think it’s lack, either, because it’s rather loaded for a contract-free smartphone. A 3.5-inch HVGA screen is front and center, while… Read More

  • CEATEC 2010: Hands-On With Fujitsu's Dual Touchscreen Phone (Videos)

    One of the hit products at Fujitsu’s booth at this year’s CEATEC exhibition (that’s currently taking place near Tokyo) was the so-called “Dual-Touchscreen Mobile Phone”. As the name suggests, it has no physical keyboard but boasts two screens instead, and it’s designed like a typical Japanese clamshell cell phone. Read More

  • Entry-level Android-powered Motorola CITRUS announced for Verizon

    If you got excited about AT&T’s recent announcement of three new Motorola Android-powered handsets, but have an allegiance to the big red as strong as your tendency for budget-friendly phones, then listen up. If not, well… just gimme a minute, okay? Verizon have now announced the Motorola Citrus, which is “designed specifically for new smartphone users”, with… Read More

  • Motorola open to Windows Phone 7… if it's compelling enough

    Motorola’s co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, has told the Wall Street Journal today that they would be open to developing a Windows Phone 7 handset if they find the OS compelling enough. This comes just days after Microsoft filed suits against Motorola alleging nine patent infringements within their Android phones. Read More

  • T-mobile's pre-paid data plans leak

    T-mobile have now decided to enter the pre-paid wireless internet game, with the pricing for their “Passes” pre-paid data plans leaking out today. Our BFFs over at Engadget have been sent an employee training sheet that neatly outlines the rates and allowances for their upcoming pre-paid data offerings. And what are they, you ask? Well, how about $10 for 100MB or 7 days… Read More

  • Verizon announces the Droid Pro — and it's not what anyone expected

    Score one for Verizon! In a world full of constant, spot-on leaks (not that we’re complaining), they’ve managed to not only launch a device without leaksters getting it first, but also make (intentionally or not) everyone think the model in question was something entirely different. Read More

  • AT&T launches three new Motorola Android phones: the Flipside, Flipout, and Bravo

    Surprise! The Motorola Flipout for AT&T isn’t dead! After a bit of weird behavior on AT&T’s part and an early sales debut on eBay , the Motorola Flipout will be hitting AT&T’s shelves on October 17th. Better yet, it’s bringing a couple of Android-powered friends. Read More

  • A Phone Marketer's Nightmare

    Take a look at this wild exchange that appeared on Facebook (click to embiggen). The original poster asked what they should get – a “droid” or a Blackberry (not mentioning that they were on AT&T and couldn’t get a Droid in the first place.) The “advice” given by well-meaning participants ranges from “iPhone sucks” to “boss Tim”… Read More

  • AT&T launches a pair of USB dongles for people travelling to the future

    AT&T doesn’t seem to have pictures of either the Shockwave or the Adrenaline dongle yet. Instead, here is a picture of Shockwave (the Transformer), and Adrenaline (the chemical structure). AT&T might not be dishing out the high-speed HSPA+ or LTE radio waves just yet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sell the hardware to anyone lookin’ to be future ready. Read More

  • Nokia launching In-App Purchase Beta and Ads in December

    CTIA — which is simultaneously my most and least favorite wireless trade show of the year — begins tomorrow. Looking to drum up a bit of interest before the show starts, Nokia is hosting a “Developer Day” gathering right down the block. Thought its mostly dev-focused, you can’t bring a bunch of execs into a room to talk about their products without at least a… Read More

  • Nokia Music Store becomes Ovi Music, still not open to the US

    Oh, man! Its been a long time since we’ve done a good news, bad news post. Fortunately, this post is perfect for that. The Good news: The Nokia Music Store has been officially renamed to Ovi Music, and has more than doubled the number of countries Nokia offers the all-you-can-eat music service in. The Bad News: The US still isn’t one of the support countries. Read More

  • CEATEC 2010: Panasonic's New Lumix Cell Phone Up And Close

    Panasonic was all mysterious when it announced a “Lumix Phone” last week, teasing it with a special website (now updated, but still in Japanese) that contained neither pictures nor solid information about their newest cell phone. But the company today unveiled the handset at CEATEC 2010, Asia’s biggest technology and electronics exhibition, which takes place yearly in Chiba… Read More

  • Skype for Android is here and works over WiFi and 3G (exceptions: US, China, Japan)

    It took a while, but Skype has now released an application for Android smartphones, enabling users to make free calls to other Skype users and send and receive IMs, one-to-one or with a group. The Android app works over WiFi, 3G, EDGE and GPRS, and comes at a cost that’s hard to beat – gratis. Big caveats: you can only make calls over WiFi in the United States, and the app is… Read More

  • Netflix for iPhone updated to support video out

    We all knew that the iPad version of Netflix’s app supported TV out, allowing you to… you know… hook up your iPad to your TV, but it was a bit disappointing that the feature was missing on the iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4G. You can probably guess where I’m going with this, but… an update to the Netflix app came out today that allows you to output all your favourite… Read More

  • Ruggedized Android Motorola DEFY coming soon to T-mobile

    Motorola continue to blast your eyes with all uppercase names with their latest Android handset, the ruggedised DEFY (henceforth known as the Defy). The product page is now live on T-mobile’s website, but is only listed as “coming soon”. The specs page is noticeably light on actual specs, but I can glean from the page that it runs Motorola’s revised MOTOBLUR on top… Read More

  • Codename "Mansion" Handset From Palm Sports 800×480 Screen But No Keyboard

    A “reliable tipster” has informed Pre Central that Palm is planning a new handset for an unknown release window, about which little seems to be known except that it’s got an 800×480 screen and no physical keyboard. This seems a little odd considering how webOS was originally optimized for a handset with a keyboard (interface clearances, layouts, etc), but it also… Read More

  • After Its 12 Seconds Of Fame, Fizzles Out

    Video micro-messaging is hard. Remember when Seesmic was supposed to be the Twitter of video before it mothballed that idea and morphed into a family of realtime streaming apps instead? Now, which launched in 2008 with the simple idea of leaving short, public, 12-second video messages for people on the Web, is calling it quits. The team tried to pivot, introducing an early… Read More

  • Bugaboo for iPhone Aims To Make Web App Debugging A Bit Less Painful

    Whenever I’m hanging around any new people who seem even slightly tech-minded, I try to avoid mentioning who I work for. Now, I don’t mean that in a shady way — it’s not because I’m scheming away, waiting for them to slip-up and say something I can turn into a story. It’s because it pretty much always takes the conversation down the exact same… Read More

  • Yap Transcribes Voicemails On Your iPhone For Free

    Listening to voicemails is a huge waste of time. That’s why apps that transcribe your voicemail to text are a godsend. The new Yap Voicemail app is now available for the iPhone. You route your voicemails through Yap. It transcribes them for you using only speech-to-text technology (no humans), which allows it to offer the service for free (with ads at the bottom). The transcriptions… Read More