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  • Unboxing Gallery: The Nokia N8

    Oh, how I love when the doorbell rings. Most of my buddies call about 5 minutes before they decide to come over, so they tend to just walk right in. As such, the door bell means one of two things: a solicitor just waiting to be yelled at, or Mr.FedEx-slash-UPS-dude coming to drop off some goodies When the door bell rang this morning, it wasn’t a solicitor. In Mr.UPS-dude’s hands? Read More

  • Indian Government Unhappy With RIM's Solution For Spying On Blackberry Users

    The ongoing struggle between RIM and data-hungry government surveillance programs is starting to look more like a soap opera than a political drama. After RIM caved to India and began offering a method to intercept Blackberry Messenger messages within that country, the government has decided that the tools they’ve been given aren’t good enough. Read More

  • The new AT&T Navigator for iPhone totally helps you run red lights

    Perhaps that headline is a bit of an exaggeration. The latest update to Telenav’s AT&T Navigator for iPhone doesn’t tell you that you should run red lights, but it does tell you when you definitely shouldn’t. Telenav has just pushed out an update to their turn-by-turn app for the iPhone, AT&T Navigator. One of the big new features, amongst others: Red-light camera alerts. Read More

  • Symbian takes another hit, loses support from Samsung

    Between Windows Phone 7, Android, Symbian, and their own Bada OS, Samsung was starting to spread their efforts pretty thin. It looks like Samsung has realized this — this morning, the company announced that they will no longer be supporting Symbian or its development as of the end of this year. They’re closing up their developers lab, shuttering their Symbian forum, and removing… Read More

  • Nokia on Ovi: 200k daily sign-ups, 2.3m app downloads per day, 140 million users

    Nokia has declared its Ovi suite of service and the Ovi Store a roaring success. The Finnish mobile giant says 200,000 people are now signing up to its services per day, and that the total number of active Nokia service users across the globe has reached 140 million (Ovi is available in more than 190 countries). Nokia further claims its application store (Ovi Store) is a hit on its own, with… Read More

  • Panasonic Makes Mysterious "Lumix Phone" Pre-Announcement

    There will be a large IT and electronics exhibition in Japan happening next week (CEATEC), and Panasonic Japan just announced [JP] it will use the show to announce a new cell phone. The company has set up a dedicated site [JP] for the new device but is being pretty mysterious about it (no pictures). Read More

  • Tonchidot Raises $12 Million Round B, Expands Mobile Gaming Platform SoLAR Globally

    Tokyo-based augmented reality startup Tonchidot has raised $12 million in Series B funding from various Japanese companies, including the country’s second biggest telco KDDI, major media conglomerate Recruit, ad agency SPiRE and venture capital firms DCM, Itochu Technology Ventures (ITV), and JAFCO. Tonchidot closed a $4 million series A funding round led by DCM and with ITV… Read More

  • Sprint Samsung Epic 4G update "on hold"

    If you own a Samsung Epic 4G, then you were probably aware that there was meant to be an update released today that solved the terrible 3G upload speeds that you were experiencing. Well, you may have noticed that the update didn’t actually come… but why? Sprint have posted an explanation in their community forums, and blame it on administration issues on Google’s end. Follow… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 launches Oct 11, handsets on sale Nov 8

    Last week I told you how Windows Phone 7 handsets will probably begin shipping on November 8. Well, Microsoft aren’t about to start trying to sell handsets without at least a little hype before release. And now it’s seeming more and more likely that the hype will begin on October 11. The Wall Street Journal today reported that Microsoft will “formally unveil a lineup of… Read More

  • Android Market now paying developers in 20 more countries, open for business in a further 18

    Good news for you non-us Android developers today, as Google now supports paid apps in 20 more countries, bringing the total up to 29 countries where developers can accept payments in the Android Market. According to the Android Developers Blog, developers in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal… Read More

  • Dual-display Samsung Continuum detailed in pics

    Hot on the heels of the bulk Verizon leak today, comes a bucketload of images of the Samsung Continuum. You remember the Continuum, don’t you? The one that grabbed your attention as being “a dual-screened Android-powered monster”. I know that sparked my curiosity, so I’m rather happy that BGR now have a bunch of (quality) images showing the device and it’s handy… Read More

  • WinPho7 HTC Spark images appear, looks like a Mondrian

    Yesterday, we reported on the leaked press images of the HTC Mondrian, but today, Engadget are reporting that some hands-on images of the very same WinPho7 device have leaked, and it’s clearly labelled as the HTC Spark, aka the HTC Trophy. The most notable feature is the inclusion of HTC’s Hub, which is HTC’s attempt at differentiating themselves from a crowd of very… Read More

  • Verizon Data Dump: Storm3 Cancelled, Tons of New Android phones on the way?

    Our buddies (brothers?) over at Engadget just had a massive pile of info land in their inbox. There’s lots of good news in here for Android fans — but if you were looking forward to the Storm3, you might want to take a deep breath before diving behind the jump. Read More

  • PSA: Today's the last day to get your free iPhone 4 case

    Back when Apple announced that they’d be giving all iPhone 4 owners a free case as penance for the handset’s antenna woes, they also noted that the freebies were only guaranteed until September 30th. A few weeks of evaluation later, Apple announced that the 30th would indeed be the hard stop for the case program. Know what today is? As you may have guessed from the context of this… Read More

  • Beerby: Find Beers Near You

    Ah, beer. You’re my solace and my comfort in these trying times and I love you. But how do I find you, especially the odd and unique members of your extended family? Thankfully, there now exists BeerBy. Read More

  • iPhone 3GS Supports HDR

    Don’t go rioting in the streets or anything but apparently there are some small icons in the iOS SDK that show the HDR On and HDR Off logos in standard and “retina” resolution. This could mean that the 3GS could feasibly support HDR photo shoots although it probably actually means that Apple simply created a high-def version of all its icons and this one slipped past the censors. Read More

  • First Look at the Qwiki IPad App

    A Super Sneak Peak At Qwiki On The iPad

    Yesterday, at Disrupt it took a long time for the judges to decide to award the top prize to Qwiki, the visual information consumption service that presents information in a fluid assemblage of photos, videos, and spoken words. It’s the kind of service that would demo really great on an iPad, where you want to just sit back and watch as information is presented to you. Although the… Read More

  • Nokia N8 starts shipping worldwide

    Nokia’s first Symbian^3 powered device, the Nokia N8, has now started shipping to all those proud Nokia fans that pre-ordered it. The N8 will be Nokia’s last N-series device to run Symbian (they’re switching their high-end devices to Meego), and comes with a 3.5″ display, HDMI out, and a simply stunning 12MP camera. I miss having a good camera in my phone. Previous… Read More

  • Droid R2-D2 site now live and selling

    If you’ve been itching for the R2-D2 edition of Motorola’s Droid 2, then you should probably head on over to Verizon’s site right now, as the world’s favourite unintelligible Droid is now up for sale. It’ll cost you $249 (after an instant $100 online discount) with a two-year contract, or $599 without, and comes bundled with the special edition multimedia dock, a… Read More

  • WinPho 7 HTC Mondrian strikes a pose for the press

    The Windows Phone 7 leaks keep on coming thick n fast, with yet another device showing off its bad self on the web. This time around it’s HTC’s high-end Mondrian (which is a code name for one of the many WinPho7 devices that HTC plan to release at or near launch). Read More