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  • Surprise! LG Announces The Optimus 3D

    Guys! Guys! Hey Guuuuuuys (and ladies)! Guess what? LG… is working on a phone.. called the Optimus 3D. SHAZAM! I mean, I know this thing sort of leaked a few weeks ago… and then again… and then LG released a teaser video of it… and then another commercial leaked… and then LG straight up said they’d announce this phone at Mobile World Congress, thereby making… Read More

  • We're Live In Barcelona For Mobile World Congress 2011!

    We’ve made it. 16 hours, 7,000 miles, and 1 exploded MacBook Pro power adapter later, we’ve made it. We’ve trekked halfway around the world to Barcelona to bring you the latest and greatest from the biggest mobile show in Europe: Mobile World Congress. While the conference officially starts on February 14th, a few folks always like to get the party started a bit early. Read More

  • Why Starting Justin.tv Was A Really Bad Idea, But I'm Glad We Did It Anyway


    Right now I’m neck deep in product launch mode, putting the finishing touches on our new mobile video application—Socialcam. Of course, I’ve been here before . . . Years ago when we launched the Justin.tv show we had no idea what we were doing. This much was obvious to anyone who watched. Outsiders attribute far more strategic thought to the venture than we gave it. Some… Read More

  • Nokia's Windows Phone 7 Concept Revealed?

    Engadget has what they say are some of the first shots of Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 concept. Right now this is just a conceptual device to show just what the marriage of Microsoft and Nokia will look like. It looks like they spent a lot of time on this because the phones look great. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops. Read More

  • Intel Won't Forget About MeeGo

    MeeGo was a Nokia/Intel joint venture aimed at producing an acceptably good Linux-based mobile platform for devices. Now that Nokia is going WinPho, however, it looks like MeeGo will soon get short shrift. But, if Intel has anything to say about it, things will remain on course as previously ordained. In a short note, Intel informs the world that they’ll be sticking by the platform… Read More

  • Nokia's Road Ahead Will Be Rough But Not Impassible

    Nokia had years to get things right. They had billions of dollars in revenue and, quite literally, the ear of the world. iPhone? Feh. For the longest time iPhone was a Cybiko compared to the reach and influence of Big Sininen. So what the heck happened? I first started noticing Nokia’s steep decline in about 2007. It was at the launch of the XpressMusic, a music phone for the masses… Read More

  • Hitachi To Offer Super-Advanced Smartphone LCD Display

    Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays yesterday announced [JP] that it has developed a new LCD display for smartphones whose quality reaches the “limit of what is discernible to the human eye”. And a look at the spec sheet reveals that big H is indeed prepping quite a display. Read More

  • Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets. Read More

  • Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets. Read More

  • Verizon iPhone Teardown Reveals Only Minor Changes


    No need to get excited — there are no CDMA unicorns or solid-gold Verizon logos hidden inside the new version of the iPhone 4. An iSuppli teardown has revealed that the only real changes are an integration of the GPS with the main Broadcom chip (the original iPhone 4 had a discrete GPS chip) and a tweaking of the antenna design. I guess it wasn’t a user-side issue after all? Bill… Read More

  • iPhone Nano Rumors Resurface In Report

    We’ve been hearing “iPhone Nano” rumors for a long time. In 2007, 2008, 2009, though strangely not 2010, we heard from suppliers, case makers, tipsters, sources, and so on that there’d be a new, smaller iPhone out there soon, but it has never materialized. So what makes this newest rumor, reported by Bloomberg, any different? Nothing, really. We’re just passing on… Read More

  • Buzz Editor: Immersion Releases MOTIV Haptics Platform


    You rarely notice haptics, but when it comes to human-computer interaction, they can make or break a device. That’s why Immersion (the leader in haptic feedback – basically little high-speed motors in phones and other devices that add a vibrational component to on-screen interaction) just announced a way to create amazing haptics for almost all Android phones. Their MOTIV… Read More

  • Twitter 2.0 For Android Gets Caught On Video [Update: Now Available To All]

    If you’re a big fan of the current, kinda-cutesy interface found in the official Twitter App For Android, brace for impact: it’s going away. Read More

  • Samsung's Latest Camera Sensors Promise Improved Low-Light Shots

    You know what sucks? Taking pictures in a bar. You might be having the best time in the world at that bar, but the pictures just never do it justice. The bartender gave you a free drink, that cute girl has totally been staring you up all night, and your pub trivia team is destroying the competition. You take a snapshot on your phone to capture the moment — and it’s blurry… Read More

  • Alert Phone Lets Your Loved Ones Warn You When They've Wandered Off

    This tiny phone from ZTE/Softbank serves two purposes. When you press the button, it sends a message to a select group of family and friends informing them where you are. When you pull the ripcord, it sends out an alert. For something so simple, it looks like it could save a lot of lives. Read More

  • Ramping Up: Mary Meeker's Latest Mobile Trend Slides

    Today, Kleiner Perkins partners Mary Meeker (the former Internet analyst-turned-venture-capitalist) and Matt Murphy are giving a presentation at Google’s thinkmobile conference for its biggest 200 advertisers. The complete slideshow is above, and it goes through ten mobile trends Kleiner is following and investing in. Meeker’s slideshows are always insightful, and she’s… Read More

  • iPhone Security Breach Gives Hackers Access To Your Private Data

    Researchers in Germany (from the Fraunhofer Institute, the same place that brought us the MP3) have deduced a method to retrieve, without your authorization, all of your iPhone’s secrets. Passwords, that is. And it only takes six minutes. Oh dear. Read More

  • Mobile Insiders Say Apple's iAds Are "Hurting"

    Mobile Insiders Say Apple's iAds Are "Hurting"

    Apple’s iAds are hitting a rough spot. Across the board, several developers I’ve spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover. The fill rate—what percentage of the ad inventory is actually filled with an ad—for two separate developers plummeted from 18 percent to 6 percent. And in a few… Read More

  • Former Apple and Lucasfilm Exec Joins HP To Help Bolster The webOS App Catalog

    After HP unveiled the Pre3, Veer, and TouchPad at their big webOS event today, we figured they were pretty much done with news for the day. Turns out, they had at least one more tid-bit to share. We’re at their post-announcement webOS developer gathering, where they’ve just announced a new hire: Richard Kerris, joining as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. Prior to jumping on… Read More

  • Video Of Today's Entire webOS Announcement Now Online

    Bummed because you didn’t manage to sneak into the HP/Palm webOS announcement today? Was our amazingly awesome and wonderful live blog not enough for you? Don’t be down, Charlie Brown. Palm just posted the presentation in its entirety for your enjoyment. Heads up: After the devices get announced, things taper off pretty quickly into really, really long partner talks. You won’t… Read More