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  • Video: LG Ally mid-range QWERTY reviewed

    So, you’ve been with us from the beginning, back when Ally first popped her head out into the wild, then during her adventures with Iron Man, and finally, with her full spec sheet leak. You two have grown so close over the last month, that it seems that all you now need to achieve completeness is a video review. Oh, hullo, looky here! Read More

  • Verizon finally lets the $18,000 data bill slide

    The longest 4 years of Bob St. Germain’s life have finally come to an end, with Verizon letting him loose from his $18,000 debt. To save you having to read the article I just linked to (I’m nice like that), I’ll bring you up to speed: Once upon a time, Bob St. Germain signed up to a Verizon phone plan that included 2 years of free data. His son, Bryan, didn’t know that… Read More

  • The iAngle might just be the most clever iPhone stand ever

    This morning when I woke up, I thought to myself: “Man — I sure hope there isn’t anything sitting in my tips inbox that is so simple and yet so clever that it makes me feel completely inadequate.” Apparently I didn’t hope hard enough. Read More

  • Mobile Devs: Get 20% off the Uplinq Conference

    Qualcomm, makers of just about every comm chip in existence, are holding their annual Uplinq conference in San Diego this year and would like to invite you folks to roll on down for a bit of mobile fun in the sun. Check out their site and if you think the event is for you hit the jump for a coupon code to get 20% off. Read More

  • Visa officially announces their case that turns your iPhone into a credit card (and we've got pics!)

    Around two weeks ago, Visa announced that they’d partnered with a company called DeviceFidelity to build the iPhone case of our dreams: one that would allow us to use our iPhone as a credit card at any of the thousands of retailers who support no-swipe payments. As quickly as it was announced, however, it was gone; around an hour after the press release went up, it got pulled. It has… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 gets rooted.. sort of.

    Alright, everyone — it’s that time again! It’s time for yet another weekly installment of “Good news, bad news”! Hurraaaay! The Good News: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been rooted, granting hackers full access to the file system and the ability to install custom ROMs. The Bad News: … Read More

  • Video: Palm WebOS, meet laptop

    Now, it’s not the mystical HP webOS tablet we’ve all been dying for for what feels like forever (read: two weeks), but it’s a step in the right direction. PreCentral forumgoer cdowers managed to hack webOS onto an old Dell laptop they had laying around — and surprisingly, this “hack” didn’t really require all that much hacking. Read More

  • Leaked WinPho 7 ROM gives hints toward upcoming HTC Mondrian

    Over the weekend, a fresh WinPho 7 ROM leaked its way onto XDA Developers, and with it came some juicy information. The leaked ROM was labelled as coming from a device called the HTC “Mondrian” (a nod toward WinPho 7’s Metro UI). Since the leak, the studious fellows on the XDA forum managed to pick apart the ROM and reveal some tasty specs… Read More

  • Android-powered entry-level HTC Wildfire says hello to the EU a day early (with video)

    HTC held a press conference in Germany today where they showed off their successor to the entry-level Tattoo, dubbed the Wildfire. As strange as it sounds, it appears that HTC weren’t quite ready to announce it, but once the news was out, it spread like Wildfire across the web, so HTC went and confirmed it with a press release dated for tomorrow. So I guess we’re a bit like… Read More

  • Photo gallery: Japan's KDDI shows summer cell phone line-up

    Japan’s second biggest mobile company KDDI today unveiled [JP] the 10 cell phones of their new line-up for this summer. The first of these models, the majority of which are waterproof (which seems to indicate a new trend in Japan’s cell phone industry), will be rolled out in Japan as early as at the end of this month. Here’s the complete line-up. Read More

  • Video: WinPho 7 Transitions and 3D prowess shown in emulator

    This is just a quick one, but I wanted to show you guys n gals the pretty transitions that are being worked into WinPho 7. Although we’ve already had a quick peek at the interface, Mobility Digest have chopped out the boring bits from a recent (45 minute) video of a Channel 9 presentation, to present the juicy, 2-minute, emulator-driven, let’s-get-a-quick-taste-of-WinPho-7-apps… Read More

  • Rumour: myTouch 3G Slide available for $149 on June 16th

    The final pieces of the myTouch 3G Slide launch puzzle — price and release date — are beginning to come to light, with Tmo News claiming to have screenshots that show a $149.99 on contract/$399.99 off contract launch price. While the screenies don’t show the release date, Tmo News also claim that it has been pushed back two weeks from the previously thought June 2nd, to… Read More

  • Nissan Leaf to get iPhone integration


    When I read in my little RSS reader that Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle would be getting some iPhone love, I got kind of excited. I don’t even have an iPhone. But I have an imagination. Make the car magically come to the phone! Locate it in parking lots with a customized compass! I don’t know. As it turns out, it’ll ping you when it’s done charging and you can… Read More

  • Back to square one: Android 2.1-powered Motorola Flipout spotted again

    I’ve still got no idea what the appeal of a square phone is. I’m not a big fan of the “Lets make it a weird form factor because we can!” mentality than Motorola has been dabbling with since the Backflip. But hey, whatever floats their boat — as long as it’s floating their sales numbers, too. Rants aside, it looks like the oh-so-stout Motorola Flipout we… Read More

  • Android's daily shipment rate jumps up to 65,000 per day

    Back in February of this year, Eric Schmidt used his keynote at Mobile World Congress to disclose an interesting tidbit: between Google and their hardware partners, they were then shipping a collective total of around 60,000 units per day. Not too bad, right? Its gotten even better. Read More

  • Google's Nexus One Store Is Going Out Of Business

    When Google launched its Nexus One Android phone, it also launched alongside it an online phone store where the Nexus One and future Android phones would be for sale. It was a slightly disruptive play to de-link the purchase of a phone from an actual carrier. The idea was, you could pick your phone, pick your plan, and mix and match. Well, it didn’t turn out that way. Carriers… Read More

  • It's official: Android 2.1 now available for the Sprint Samsung Moment

    Well, that was one wild journey. After a dozen or so false starts and a seemingly endless gaggle of leaked memos making promises that couldn’t be kept, Android 2.1 is now officially (really!) available for the Sprint Samsung Moment. Still no word on the update for the Sprint Hero. You hear that sound? Thats the sound of a million Hero owners collectively grinding their teeth. The good… Read More

  • Apple patents hint at more passive location-based services


    Apple’s latest load of patent applications isn’t terribly exciting, but I’m guessing that they’re finally aligning with our long-held conviction that the social or location layer in a phone should be at the OS level, not the app level. Who better to put that theory to the test than Apple, who control their whole platfom from tip to tail? Here are some key points from… Read More

  • DIY: a knob for your iPhone

    So you don’t like a stylus, but you don’t want to get your iPhone screen all dirty either. Easy solution, build a knob that will simulate the act of touching your iPhone screen. This is an easy build, but it’ll take some tweaking to get the fabric in the right places to work properly. Seems like there’s been quite a few iPhone related knobs lately. Read More

  • RIM working on a Blackberry for the blind

    RIM recently filed a patent application showing a very interesting change to their basic Blackberry design. The patent talks about something called a “multi-tap keyboard user interface”. The intent appears to be adding auditory feedback when pressing keys to help visually impaired users. Read More