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  • The Future Version Of Android Isn't Called Ice Cream. It's Ice Cream SANDWICH.

    It’s tough being a tech journalist. Countless phone calls, mountains of email, endless warring with legions of trolls. Really, you’ve got to be pretty hardcore to do this job. It’s a wonder we ever get any posts up. Which is my half-hearted explanation as to why it’s taken me this long to reveal the truth about something that I’m sure all of you find extremely… Read More

  • How Personal Hotspot Works On The Verizon iPhone (Pictures)

    There’s actually only one key difference between the Verizon iPhone 4 and the AT&T iPhone 4 (well, besides the network, obviously). But it’s a big one: Personal Hotspots. Yes, the Verizon iPhone will come with this killer feature that will allow it to become an internet hub for up to 5 WiFi devices to connect to. And while there is no word on pricing yet (neither Apple nor… Read More

  • So Far, The Verizon iPhone Doesn't Appear To Be Death Grippable

    I just got off the horn with our own John Biggs, who battled his way through the freezing winds of New York City this morning to bring back all the details of Verizon’s iPhone 4. Seeing as he’s one of the few people in the world who’s had a chance to paw at this thing, I had one question I just had to ask: Did you try to Death Grip it? He did. And it didn’t work. Read More

  • Bottom Line: Should You Buy The Verizon iPhone?

    Well, it’s happened. All of our ViPhone dreams have come true and the phone will be available in stores in February. But should you buy it? I’m of two minds. As a long-suffering AT&T customer completely understand the rage some feel at the failings of that network. The Verizon iPhone hit 1500kbps while the AT&T model hit about 100kbps during a good minute. My reception… Read More

  • Why No LTE iPhone For Now? "Design Compromises" Apple Would Not Make.

    Today during Verizon and Apple’s press conference in New York City announcing the iPhone 4 on the carrier’s network, Apple COO Tim Cook fielded a question that has been on a lot of people’s minds: why won’t the iPhone on Verizon be a next-generation LTE version? “The first generation LTE chipsets force some design compromises. Some of which we would not… Read More

  • The Verizon iPhone Product Pages And More Are Alive For Your Ogling

    The Verizon iPhone lives! Hurray! But now comes the long wait until February 10th. Yeah, it’s going to be tough sitting there, staring at the one bar next to the AT&T logo on your current iPhone when you know salvation is just right around the corner. But fear not, while we’ll have plenty of Verizon iPhone stories for you to peep in the coming days, Verizon just went live with… Read More

  • It's Official: The Verizon iPhone 4 Is Coming On February 10th

    It’s over. Finally — after years and years of speculation, the Verizon iPhone is real. As Verizon president Lowell McAdam put it, “If the press writes something long enough, eventually it becomes true.” The word comes fresh out of Verizon’s press conference in New York City, where the company has confirmed that they plan to offer the iPhone 4 early next month. Read More

  • So What's So Special About The Verizon iPhone? Personal Hotspots.

    So What's So Special About The Verizon iPhone? Personal Hotspots.

    Yes, Verizon is getting the iPhone 4. And other than the fact that it will work on Verizon’s 3G CDMA network, it will look a lot like . . . AT&T’s iPhone 4. It will have a retina display, FaceTime, a 5 megapixel camera, HD video recording, and an Apple A4 chip. But it will also have one new feature exclusive to Verizon dubbed “Personal Hotspots.” The Verizon… Read More

  • Live From The Verizon iPhone Announcement

    It’s Time. After years of whispers and hearsay, the most persistent rumor in the recent history of the Tech World is finally coming to fruition. It’s Verizon iPhone day. At least, we think it is. Verizon hasn’t come right out and said it (that’d ruin the fun a bit, wouldn’t it?), but every sign, signal, and suggestion points to iPhone. We’re Live from… Read More

  • iFixit Goes Speaker Hunting In HTC Surround Teardown

    Spoiler: The inside of a Windows Phone 7 device looks like the inside of an Android or iOS device. Just so you know. Didn’t want you proceeding expecting to see something like little Redmond gremlins hobbling around the circuit boards and modems. Yeah, if you’ve seen one teardown, you’ve seen them all. So unless you get a tech chubby from circuit board pr0n, proceed with… Read More

  • Is This The Samsung Galaxy S2?

    Is that handset over there the successor to Samsung’s Galaxy S? According to Korea’s ETnews, it is indeed. While they’re not spilling the beans on where they garnered the information, ETnews is claiming that lil’ black beauty up there is none other than the tentatively titled Galaxy S2. As the story usually goes around this time of year, we’ll supposedly be hearing… Read More

  • N-03C: Casio's Newest Rugged Cell Phone Goes On Sale In Japan

    Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo just started selling the N-03C [JP], a new cell phone that’s both shock- and waterproof. The device meets the drop-test standard “MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6-Shock” established by the U.S. Department of Defense. Read More

  • T-Mobile UK To Cut Data Plan Usage Caps From 3 Gigabytes To 500 Megabytes

    Uh oh, T-Mo UK Customers — you might want to take a seat. Today, T-Mobile UK is announcing plans to drop their “Fair Use” caps on data packages down to 500 megabytes for everyone. Considering that some folks (read: most Android handset owners) were previously capped at around 3 gigabytes, this news may be a bit upsetting. That’s a really, really big change. Read More

  • Samsung Shows Off Their New Flexible OLED Displays

    I spotted these on the floor at a late night CES event. Alas, by the time I’d managed to find our video guys in the sea of people, the crowd waiting to get footage of it had already grown out of control. Fortunately, the guys over at PhoneArena got a pretty good video. Next step for Samsung: add touch screen controls. Next step after that: Make me a super awesome wrist-worn computer. Would… Read More

  • SmallWorks BrickCase Lets You Brick Your iPhone. In A Good Way. As In LEGOs.

    You know, I can’t remember the last time I looked at my iPhone and didn’t think, “Man. That would make a really good platform to build a mean LEGO fort on.” Actually, wait — scratch that. I can’t remember the last time I did think that. Sadly, that probably means that my inner six-year old has given up the fight against the boring… Read More

  • Palm Crackin' Away At A 4G LTE Device For Verizon?

    We know damn well that the Palm’s got some new devices up their sleeves — and come February 9th, we’ll probably know all there is to know about’em. We can take educated guesses as to what those devices will be — but right now, just about the only thing we know for sure is that they’re working on a webOS tablet. This morning, a few eagle-eyed rumormill… Read More

  • The Phantom Menace: Is Your Windows Phone 7 Device Sending Out ‘Phantom Data’?

    The jury is still out as to whether or not 2011 will be the year of “traitorware,” but so far it seems to be the year, at least from Microsoft‘s point of view, of “phantom data.” For some unknown reason several message boarders have started to complain that their Windows Phone 7 phones are automatically sending out anywhere from 30MB-50MB of data every single day. Read More

  • First Look: HTC EVO Shift 4G

    Evolution seems to be a bit less violent this time around. The just-announced HTC EVO Shift 4G attempts to build on the brand started with the much-hyped EVO 4G superphone that launched back in 2010’s summer. Instead of forging a new path with a fresh form factor and top-tier specs, the HTC EVO Shift 4G does things a bit more low-key. That’s not saying the Shift 4G isn’t… Read More

  • Videos: Sony's Playstation Phone Demonstrated Exhaustively

    At this point, Sony’s as-of-yet unannounced Playstation Phone (or whatever it’ll end up being called) might just be the worst kept secret in recent history. We’ve seen spy shots; we’ve heard hands-on reports. And now, we’ve got a big ol’ whopping set of hands on videos, demonstrating everything from game performance to the (Chinese) menu system. You can… Read More

  • What Is This Verizon Event? Why Are Apple Fanboys Being Invited? See Where I'm Going Here?

    Hmmm. Earlier today, BGR published a story that Apple is looking to launch the iPhone on Verizon’s network as soon as February 3. That’s in line with an earlier report about no-vacation windows for Apple retail employees. And now something curious has just appeared in my inbox. An invite to a Verizon event, taking place in New York City on this coming Tuesday, January 11. Could it be? Read More