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  • Google to add content ratings to Android Market

    If you’ve been holding off downloading Hot Buns for Beginners* from the Android Market, for fear that it may not be about baking, then Google have some great news for you: the Android Market will soon include a content rating system. In an email sent out to developers today, Google outlined the new policy (you can find it here), which involves a self-rating system where the developer… Read More

  • SkyFire for iPhone goes live in the UK

    Just a quick note for all of our friends in the UK: that SkyFire application that was such a big deal just a few weeks back for kinda-sorta allowing Flash video playback on the iPhone? You can get it now; 21 days after the slightly bumpy US launch, SkyFire has pushed the browser up for sale on the UK App Store. Just in time for the Doctor Who Christmas Special next month! Hurrah! Thanks to… Read More

  • More Details On Sony Ericsson's "Playstation Phone"

    Upon seeing our last post about announcement invites for the tentatively-titled “Playstation Phone” supposedly going out, a much-trusted tipster just rang us up with the skinny on a recent private event, where they tell us they saw the rumored handset in all of its plasticky-flesh Here’s what they told us: Read More

  • PSP Phone Arrives December 9th?

    According to a reliable tipster, the PSP phone may be dropping (or at least getting its announcement) on December 9, before CES but in time for the holidays. The invitation, shown here, mentions Pierre Perron, DG of Sony Ericsson France. Read More

  • Video: The Android Garage Door Opener Is the Coolest App You Can't Have

    Oh, XDA-Developers, how I love thee. You’re a haven for hardcore handset hackers everywhere, with much of the ROM hackery that makes our Android handsets oh-so-much better going on within your virtual walls. Every once in a while, though, ROM hackers get bored of the same stuff day-in-day-out — and when they do, awesome stuff like this Android-based garage door opener is born. Read More

  • Smartphone Sales In Asia On The Rise, Android Tops Symbian

    We can’t say we’re really surprised: according to market research company Gfk, smartphones are getting increasing popular in Asia, with Android now being the region’s most popular OS for this type of handsets. Cell phones with the Google software on board have reportedly enjoyed brisk sales in that region in the second and third quarters of 2010. Read More

  • BlackBerry Roulette: Would you play it? Dang it, CollegeHumor. This idea had such potential: pick a random passerby, grab their BlackBerry, put’em in front of a roulette wheel, then offer them 100 bucks to send whatever fake message their luck lands them on. The catch: they only get the money if they wait 5 minutes to admit to the person on… Read More

  • Did all your music disappear with iOS 4.2? Here's how to get it back

    It is as they say: the best laid plans can often go awry. Even the most heavily tested builds of iOS — ones that many thousands of iOS developers Beta tested, and ones that had multiple last minute Gold Master revisions — can have surprise bugs lurking when things go live. Such is the case with iOS 4.2, which has at least one strange bug in its bed. Upon updating to the just… Read More

  • SkyFire 3.0 For Android Finds A Friend In Facebook

    Given the underwhelming past few years in Flock‘s history and the seemingly lukewarm post-launch response to RockMelt, I’m not entirely convinced that anyone actually wants a bunch of social networking stuff tied into their browser. So far, the browsers that pull the bigger numbers are the ones that suck the least, not the ones with the most feature bloat. Keep It Simple… Read More

  • T-mobile launches their "4G" HSPA+ network in 8 more markets

    T-mobile today announced that they’re bringing their 4G-if-they-damn-well-want-it-to-be waves to 8 more markets, bringing the total number of metro areas with access to HSPA+ speeds to more than 80. But what markets are they, I hear you ask? Well, hows about Detroit, Mich.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Harlingen, Texas; Lafayette and South Bend, Ind.; Montgomery, Ala.; Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va. Read More

  • Twitter awash with Nexus One owners claiming to have received Gingerbread

    Now, this is firmly in the unconfirmed basket, as the only proof I’ve seen of an update reaching a Nexus one is the first part of a two-part upgrade, but some Twitter users are getting all a flutter, claiming that Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, has arrived on their device. Read More

  • Possible Tegra 2 powered Motorola Olympus spyshots emerge

    Our brother-from-another-mother, Engadget, is currently showing off some super-secret spy-shots of what his tipster says is an upcoming Tegra 2 powered Motorola Olympus “iPhone killer”. Clichéd sentiments aside, what it does look like is a modified Motorola Defy, but — as Engadget point out — with an elongated speaker, different volume controls, and what could very well… Read More

  • Dell Venue Pro rebelling against honest SIM cards

    Bad Venue Pro! Bad! Naughty! It looks like Dell’s rebellious son, the WinPho7 powered Venue Pro, has again decided to turn against those that only want to bring it love; this time, its issue is with the humble SIM card. Jump on past the break for the full, sordid tale. Read More

  • T-mobile announces BOGO promotion for Black Friday

    If there’s a special someone in your life that’s into smartphones as much as you are, then you should have a gander at this: Starting this Black Friday, T-mobile are including their entire line of Android devices (including the Galaxy Tab), as well as the WinPho7-powered behemoth that is the HD7, in a buy-one-get-one-free promotion. Jump on past the break for all the grisly details. Read More

  • Salivary Glands, Activate! Verizon 4G LTE Sim Cards Start Hitting Retail Stores

    The Verizon SIMs are coming! The Verizon SIMs are coming! Now, now: before you head to the comments shouting “But Verizon doesn’t use SIM cards!”, remember: they do use’m for LTE. Read More

  • Price Check by Amazon: Free iPhone App Compares Price Of In-Store Items With Amazon's Prices

    Amazon has released Price Check, an iPhone App that could make shopping this holiday season a little easier. The concept is pretty simple: you go to the mall and see an item that catches your fancy. What you do now is hold the item’s barcode up to the iPhone, scan it, then Price Check will automatically check to see if the item is cheaper online than it is right there in… Read More

  • Metro PCS launches their first Android phone: the LG Optimus M

    Joining the Optimus party that T-mobile and Sprint have been getting down at since October, and that US Cellular is still on his way to (Verizon is reportedly partying, but at an entirely different address to the others), Metro PCS have now launched their own version of LG’s cheapest Android handset, dubbing it the Optimus M. This is a momentous day for Metro PCS, too, as it is their… Read More

  • Deal of the day: Get a Samsung Focus from Walmart, also get $25

    Today must be opposite day, as Walmart will give you money when you purchase a Windows-Phone-7-powered Samsung Focus. By using some crazy overlapping mail-in-rebate magic, you can score yourself $25 when you purchase the phone using the promo code 25rafpcver1 at the checkout. Follow the jump for the details on how to pull off this hoodoo. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 "Genuine Software" checker found, Custom ROM-makers cry a little

    If you were hoping to run a custom ROM on your shiny new WinPho7 device, then you should probably take a seat; I have some bad news for you. Ex-WinMo hacker guru, Conflipper, told WP Central today that Windows Phone 7 ships with a “Genuine Software” checker, much like Windows 7 or Office. Read More

  • Sony's Playstation Phone tipped for possible MWC 2011 reveal, won't be Playstation branded

    The idea of an Android-based Playstation phone doesn’t make a great deal of sense to me, and Sony Ericsson seem to agree with me — at least on the branding. Today, CEO Bert Nordberg told the Wall Street Journal that the device will carry Xperia branding, rather than Playstation. More interestingly, though, he alluded to a reveal at MWC 2011… Read More