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  • Regza T-01C: Toshiba To Introduce Android Phone

    Toshiba in Japan has announced [JP] their first Android cell phone today, the Regza T-01C (Regza is also the brandname for the company’s flat panel TVs). Big T says they used the “Mobile Regza Engine 3.0” for the phone’s touchscreen, which is sized at four inches and features 480×854 resolution. Read More

  • 5 new WebOS devices revealed in WebOS 2 codename bonanza?

    We already know that HP are planning on squirting out a bevy of webOS devices some time in the future, but we now have some kind of unofficial confirmation that reveals a list of 5 codenames for said upcoming devices. A keen-eyed WebOS Internals user — Destinal — has dug around the code for the recently released webOS Doctor for webOS 2.0, and came across the references in a string… Read More

  • BlackBerry Torch now available in red or white from AT&T for $99

    If you’ve been sweet on the BlackBerry Torch but feel that black is actually the new beige, then you’ll be happy to hear that the slide-tastic device is now available in your choice of red or white (as well as the original black). Best of all, the price has dropped from the original $200 down to just $99 for both the black and the coloured versions. Of course, you’ve been… Read More

  • Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

    Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

    Lately it seems like there is endless news around messaging, VoIP and video calling. Apple recently announced they’d added FaceTime support for the Mac, and had shipped 19 million FaceTime-enabled iOS devices since June. Google Voice also made headlines last week for an outage, but I think the bigger news associated with that downtime is how fast they’ve been growing. And… Read More

  • How RIM’s PlayBook Could Have Succeeded

    How RIM’s PlayBook Could Have Succeeded

    Editor’s note: Guest author Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, and software engineer. Oh, Research In Motion. You never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. RIM was born in my home town, at my alma mater, so it’s depressing watching their empire rot and crumble before the Android / iPhone onslaught. I had high hopes for their new tablet, a potential game-changer –… Read More

  • Need Buttons For Your iPhone Games? Tactile+Plus Stickers Might Work

    These cheap little stickers may look like impulse buys from a dollar store, but they might actually be pretty handy if you’re a big iOS gamer. Basically they just provide little bumps so you can tell where the virtual buttons are without checking or fumbling around. I’ve found the controls on more complicated iPhone and iPad games to be like the ones on console FPSes: tolerable, but… Read More

  • The Meizu M9 Finally Gets Some Proper Spy Shots

    If you haven’t been following the story of Meizu, you’ve missed quite the spectacle. One of China’s many fine electronics manufacturers, Meizu first gained notoriety with the M8 miniOne, a Windows Phone CE 6 handset hacked and tweaked to look strikingly similar to an iPhone — so much so, in fact, that Apple purportedly unleashed their lawyers on them earlier this… Read More

  • Android Gingerbread (2.3) launching November 11th?

    Though they warn to take the insight with a pinch of scrutiny, our buddies over at IntoMobile say they’ve got a trusted source pinning a date on the launch of the Android Gingerbread SDK. Read More

  • Review: Blackberry Style 9670

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    I’m always wary when marketers use the word “style.” Homestyle biscuits are rarely as flaky and buttery as grandma’s were and family-style meals at Italian restaurants ignore the fact that I am usually there eating an entire lasagna alone. So what am I supposed to think about the Blackberry Style? That it is in the style of a Blackberry? Or that it adds… Read More

  • Dell Streak's wonky new "Stage" widgets caught on video

    According to word on Rumor Street, Dell’s building a fairly deep HTC Sense-esque UI overhaul called “Stage” for some of their upcoming Android handsets. For their Streak tablet, however, it looks like they’re keeping things a bit.. simpler. The gal who runs Streak Smart got her mits on an early, slightly-hacked build of Froyo for the Streak, complete with Stage additions. Read More

  • Want to pre-order a Windows Phone 7 handset through AT&T? Too bad.

    Want to guarantee yourself a Windows Phone 7 handset from AT&T on the November 8th launch day, but don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn or fight any lines that may or may not (but probably won’t) exist? No such luck, Chuck. For reasons known only to the Gods of Crazyville, AT&T says they won’t be offering up pre-orders for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Read More

  • SoftBank's Full Winter/Spring Cell Phone Line-Up

    <img src="; / Japan's No. 3 mobile carrier, SoftBank Mobile, has unveiled its cell phone line-up for this winter and spring yesterday. We already blogged in-depth about the two most interesting models, Sharp’s naked-eye 3D Android phone, but here’s the full line-up (not including simple… Read More

  • Latest Firefox 4 Beta for Android sheds some file weight, outruns the default browser

    If you’ve been riding along with Mozilla through Firefox 4’s Beta period on either Android or Maemo, it’s time for a refresh. Just a few minutes ago, the team pushed out a rather hefty upgrade for both platforms. Bug fixes! File size decreases! Massive speed boosts! All this and more after the jump. Read More

  • Star Wars: Falcon Gunner brings the battle home. Don't get cocky, kid!

    Star Wars. Tie Fighters. Gun Turrets. Oh, yeah, and augmented reality. Do I really need to say anything more? Actually, yes, I do, because that’s my job and I need to eat and pay bills and stuff. Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy S Replaces The iPhone As Japan's Top Selling Phone

    Did you read the headline? Yeah, that’s the story. The iPhone is no longer Japan’s top selling phone… but only over a one week span. Still, that’s something. The 32GB iPhone has held the top spot for the last 18 weeks since it debuted in June. The dethroning could have been because it was the Galaxy S’s first week on the market in Japan, but no matter how you… Read More

  • Review and Video Unboxing: The Jawbone Jambox

    Jawbone Jambox. Jawbone Jambox. Jawbone Jambox. Try saying it 10 times fast — if you get anywhere close, you’re doing better than me. Aliph (known for their high-end Jawbone Bluetooth headsets) just announced their newest product venture: high-end Bluetooth Speakers. They were nice enough to swing me a review unit a few hours early. The downside: I’ve been saying and… Read More

  • Aliph Jumps From Earpiece to Centerpiece With The Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker

    When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, Aliph’s Jawbone line is right up on the top of the crop. At anywhere from $70 to $100, they’re not cheap — but they sound great, offer up killer noise reduction, and are some of the only headsets that I’d ever consider calling “comfortable”. This morning, Aliph is mixing up their product line a bit, without straying too… Read More

  • Galapagos 003SH/005SH: Sharp Shows 3D-Enabled Smartphones

    In September, we blogged on CrunchGear about Sharp’s entry into the Android tablet sector (the company is currently readying a 5.5-inch and a 10.8-inch version). Strangely dubbed “Galapagos”, the tablets, which will be available in Japan starting next month, will soon be joined by two smartphones carrying the same name. Read More

  • LG to give away 10 free apps every 60 days to their WP7 handset owners

    In a world dominated by same-same Windows Phone 7 handsets, LG have decided to take a different path to achieve product differentiation — free software. LG will give away a selection of 10 free apps (valued at about $30 a bundle) via their LG Application Store every 60 days to anyone sporting one of their WP7 handsets. That’s 60 free apps a year for every customer. Read More

  • AT&T cries foul on T-mobile's "largest 4G network" claim

    Let the advertising wars begin a-fresh. Last week, T-mobile launched a new marketing campaign that brands their HSPA+ network as “America’s Largest 4G Network“. Clearly, AT&T are unhappy about this. In an email to Phone Scoop today, AT&T called into question T-mobile’s numbers, stating: “T-Mobile’s claims about 4G are based on the same HSPA+… Read More