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  • Motorola makes the Charm and its full QWERTY keyboard official

    Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming, but Motorola has gone ahead and made the anything but a secret Charm official. However, the Backtrack rear trackpad was something we didn’t see coming. So along with Android 2.1 and the enhanced version of Motoblur running on a 2.8-inch multitouch touchscreen, the Charm features a rear panel trackpad just like the Motorola Blackflip… Read More

  • Android 2.2 challenges the iPhone 4 to a JavaScript duel… and wins!

    As part of a recent Froyo review, Ars Technica ran some JavaScript benchmarks on both a Froyo-powered Nexus One, and an iPhone 4, and — just in case the headline didn’t give it away — the Android browser “demolishes” Safari, with JavaScript execution being up to 3x faster on Froyo than in iOS 4. Read More

  • More BlackBerry footage than you can poke a curling stick at

    We’ve all seen the 9300, 9670, and 9800 before, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t keen to see more. At least you better be, because we’ve got 15 minutes of fresh footage of the three upcoming phones, just for you (and that guy standing behind you). So, what are you waiting for? Go check ’em after the jump. Read More

  • Motorola Charm pic and specs bubble to the surface

    News on the latest Android device from the kings of capslock, the Motorola Charm, has started floating around the internet. Clocking in at a pretty-hot-a-year-ago 600MHz, with a better-than-my-current-Android-phone 512MB of RAM and ROM, the Charm’s specs confirm that it will form part of T-Mobile’s lower-end handset line-up. I gotta say, it’s pretty great that lower-end… Read More

  • Qualcomm's New Vision-based Augmented Reality Platform Will Knock Your Block Off

    Vision-based augmented reality — that is, pulling in data from a device’s camera and using it to position and rotate 3D models drawn on top of an on-screen view of the real world — isn’t really anything new. We started seeing tech demos of the concept 5+ years ago, and games like Sony’s Eye of Judgment have been doing it for nearly as long. More recently, the… Read More

  • Video: Adobe shows off Flash for Android running on the Droid X

    For the remaining chunk of the world that refuses to let go of the garbage platform that is Flash, this video should be pretty exciting. Motorola/Adobe weren’t ready to show off Flash functionality when we checked out the device last week — but by the looks of this video, they’ve got a pretty-dang-functional Beta version of it under lock and key somewhere. Read More

  • Is AT&T now capping iPhone 4 uploads?

    Poor AT&T. A new conspiracy theory is suggesting that AT&T is now capping iPhone 4 upload speeds in multiple cities including: NYC, Central Jersey, Boston, Orlando, Seattle, South Jersey/Philly, Columbus, Cleveland, West Houston, Phoenix, Northern Colorado, St. Paul/Minesota, Suffolk County/Long Island, Quad Cities, South Jersey, Denver, Detroit Metro, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Salt… Read More

  • RIM gets the Royal treatment: gets a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, gives her a white Bold 9700

    When I think of RIM, I usually think of business suits and corporate power, not Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Nevertheless, from this day forth, the two shall forever be linked in my mind: Lizzie has had her first tour of Waterloo’s most recognisable factory complex. Not one to shy from diplomatic gifts, RIM even presented Her Majesty with a white BlackBerry Bold 9700 displaying… Read More

  • A few solutions for the iPhone 4 proximity sensor problem

    As you are no doubt aware, the recent iPhone 4 launch hasn’t been without its “bumps” including reception issues, yellow screens, the availability of white… and now talk of bung proximity sensors. Y’see, all iPhones use a proximity sensor to turn the touch screen off when you’re on a call, preventing you from accidentally hanging up on your mother-in-law. Read More

  • Japan's NTT Docomo to make all of its cell phones SIM-free from April 2011

    Big shake up in Japan’s cell phone industry (100 million mobile subscribers) today: NTT Docomo, the country’s leading carrier (55 million customers), is planning to make all of its cell phones SIM free as early as April 2011 (the start of the new fiscal year in most Japanese companies). Read More

  • WebOS 1.4.5 starts rollin' on out to handsets worldwide

    WebOS’s first update since the HP/Palm merger closed has just started rollin’ out to handsets worldwide. The update improves the browser and security of the OS, but — more importantly — introduces final support for apps developed using Palm’s PDK. This is a first for the Palm Pixi. Read More