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  • Nielsen’s Teen Mobile Report Shows Telling Trends In Mobile Data Usage

    It’s not a surprise that teens text a lot – teen females age 13 – 17 send and receive an average of 4,050 texts per month – however what is most interesting to me in this report from Nielsen is the trend for data consumption among teens. In one year, the percentages have increased significantly. They’re higher than I would have expected. Read More

  • Flash for Android hits 1 million downloads

    The Adobe Flash experience on Android tends to range from “Mostly works” to “Oh my god why is my phone doing this, someone help”. That’s totally understandable — it’s still (sort of) a Beta product, so there are bound to be kinks. Even with these kinks, however, Flash for Android is perhaps the most hyped item on the platform. Often used as the… Read More

  • Boost Mobile makes "Shrinkage" a good thing, cuts bills for punctual people

    You’re a good person. You volunteer at soup kitchens, you open doors for others — but most importantly, you pay your bills on time. But why? Does anyone ever thank you for sending them a big ol’ wad of cash without making them wait? In a move that we very much hope starts some sort of trend, Boost Mobile has announced that they’re going to start giving big ol’… Read More

  • Plixi, Formerly TweetPhoto, Updated To Offer Location-Based Photo Sharing On The iPhone

    Plixi, formerly TweetPhoto, just released their iOS application for the iPhone and Touch. The app lets you take photos and tag them with your current location. You can then see your friends around you and even snoop on others who are uploading to Plixi in your general vicinity, provided they’ve made their locations public. If you smell a problem – namely “network… Read More

  • HTC Surround available for pre-order at Best Buy for $550 outright

    If you’re the kinda guy that thinks headphones are passé, or that everyone on the bus home loves Justin Bieber as much as you do, then you were probably pretty excited by the HTC Surround, with it’s massive slide-out speaker in place of a much-more-useful-for-a-boring-old-man-like-me QWERTY keyboard. So, you’re probably going to be excited with the news that Best Buy are… Read More

  • Motorola Droid 2 now only $0.01 at Amazon

    Hey hey, listen up smartphone bargain hunters! If you’re looking for a top-shelf QWERTY Android handset, then you probably can’t do wrong with this bargain from Amazon: 1c for a Moto Droid 2. This bargain price is likely to do with the impending 1.2GHz Droid 2 Global that will replace the Droid 2 when it gets released sometime in the future. But hey, a penny for a Droid 2? You could… Read More

  • Dell confirms: Streak to bypass Éclair, head straight to Froyo

    Back in August, there was a rumour that the US Dell Streak was going to bypass Eclair, and head straight to Froyo. Remember that? Well, Dell have now confirmed this as true, and are saying that Froyo should be available on all Streaks by year’s end. Jump on past the break for Dell’s statement. Read More

  • T-mobile to throttle data beyond 5GB

    Uh-oh. Any data fiends out there on T-mobile may no longer be able to scoff at AT&T’s idea of “unlimited” data, as come October 16, T-mobile are going to start throttling data speeds when a user goes over 5GB. Of course, data fiends are a special type of person, and most customers won’t even notice the change (T-mobile say that it will only affect 1% of its… Read More

  • What Everyone Made From The Ngmoco-DeNa Deal

    What Everyone Made From The Ngmoco-DeNa Deal

    Yesterday, Japanese mobile gaming company DeNa announced its acquisition of iPhone gaming startup ngmoco for up to $400 million. (We first reported on the acquisition talks here). The price includes $300 million up front in cash and stock, plus another $100 million earnout if ngmoco hits certain performance milestones. We also reported yesterday that ngmoco’s largest investor… Read More

  • Buzz Killer Card Promises End To That Annoying Buzz When Phones And Audio Intersect

    Drrrrrrt-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit. I hate that noise! You know, when you’re playing music in your car on your iPhone or what have you, an all of a sudden that weird syncopated buzz comes out of nowhere? I understand it’s the high-powered command/location signal GSM phones do regularly to ping local towers. So you don’t want it to stop, you just want it to stop making that noise. Read More

  • Three-Quarters Of Android Phones are Running 2.x

    While device and OS fragmentation is still a serious issue for Android, strong sales of newer phones have taken their toll on what was formerly an even split. As late as June, 50% of Android phones were still running 1.5 or 1.6, but that number has been halved and now 2.1/2.2 handsets enjoy a majority. Read More

  • iOS 4.1 jailbreak "Greenpois0n" goes live for Linux, OS X coming "soon"

    After a bit of baby-mama drama surrounding its launch, the iPhone hackin’ extraordinaries over at the Chronic Dev Team released their iOS 4.1 jailbreaking tool, greenpois0n. Alas, due to some last minute technical issues, the initial release was Windows only. This morning, one more platform joined the fray. Read More

  • Vertu makes a video explaining why we can't afford their phones

    Got $310,000 to spend on a phone like the Vertu Signature Cobra? No? Hm. How about $83,000, for the Vertu Signature Diamond. Still no? Well, crap. Oh! Okay, here: how about somewhere between $4,000 and $7,000 for the new Vertu Constellation Quest? That’s totally reasonable, right? Not feelin’ it? Check out the video after the jump. In just two minutes, Vertu will fully convince you… Read More

  • The Video Phone Comes Of Age: One Fifth Of American Adults Have Made A Video Call

    The idea of video phone calls goes back to at least 1969 when AT&T developed it’s famous Picturephone which went nowhere (the concept was actually been kicking around a lot earlier). But now with Skype video calls on your laptop and FaceTime on your iPhone, video calls are finally gaining acceptance. A new Pew Internet survey finds that 19 percent of American adults have made some… Read More

  • Thumbplay Rocks 500,000 Downloads For Paid Music Apps Across iPhone, Android, And Blackberry

    Who says nobody will consider paying for streaming music? Thumbplay Music, which offers unlimited music streaming apps for a monthly subscription across iPhone (iTunes link), Android, and Blackberry, reports that its smartphone apps have been downloaded 500,000 times since June. Thumbplay won’t say how many of those downloads turn into paying customers (you get a free trial before… Read More

  • Nokia, She Is Dying (In India)

    According to IDC, Nokia is losing market share in India. In fact, it is down to 36.3% from 54% in 2009, a disconcerting fall for an already beleaguered company that once held 70% of the India market. The IndiaTimes says Nokia is disputing the claims: “The figures are way off the mark. They are not correct,” Nokia India managing director D Shivakumar told ET. “Nokia continues… Read More

  • Palm Pre 2 Gets Its Close-Up

    If Palm is trying to keep the Pre 2 a secret, they’re not doing a very good job. Yesterday we had pretty much all the goods on the new handset spilled by a French carrier, including pics, specs, and new features. Now we get in-hand pictures showing off that new matte plastic shell and AZERTY keyboard (which suggests this too is a… Francophone, wocka wocka). Read More

  • AT&T Pixi Plus finally gets WebOS 1.4.5

    The jump from webOS 1.4.1 to version 1.4.5 really wasn’t all that big (it fixes a few minor bugs and adds support for games written in C/C++) — but give a bunch of people something but exclude others, and the excluded are gonna get pretty mad, pretty fast. Such is the case for AT&T Pixi Plus owners. While others have been running 1.4.5 since as early as July… Read More

  • Is This The CDMA iPhone 4? Probably Not, But Dream On – UPDATE

    Not much to go on here but Giz’s tipster writes: Our tipster claims that the Verizon iPhone has a “brushed aluminum back and a standard black front.” He says that they will come packaged with a bumper. He also points out that there will be a product(RED) version of this phone. Read More

  • Is Microsoft Really Fighting the Face Down Culture?

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a phone addict. I think back to how my parents interacted with us as kids and I realize that they, as a cohort, never had something as distracting and potentially damaging in their hands as a cellphone… ever. Maybe booze, but that’s a different post. I hung out with a bunch of phone bloggers yesterday and at one point we all had… Read More