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  • Sony Ericsson Releases a Teeny Weeny Little Second Screen For Its Phones

    Awww… look how cute! That little bugger is the LiveView Screen, a tiny little screen that connects to SE’s Android phones and acts as a second screen for calls, music control, and other bits of information including Twitter feeds. This is highly evocative of SE’s earlier attempts at creating a cool Bluetooth watch that let you take calls from your wrist. Why they have such… Read More

  • Leave Money In Real Places For Your Foursquare Friends With Gifi

    Increasingly, there are apps that let you leave messages, photos, and videos for friends in real places. Now you can leave money as well. Many startups are already adding rewards to check-ins, but social payments startup Venmo is tying check-ins to real money with a new iPhone app called Gifi that is launching today at TC Disrupt. Venmo is a way to text real money to your friends and… Read More

  • HTC Lexicon jumps out of Renderville and in front of a camera

    First came the specs. Then came the pre-production render. And now, the hat trick is complete: say hello to the Android-powered, Verizon-bound HTC Lexicon in all of its plasticky flesh. Read More

  • Surprise! The Droid 2 has an FM radio inside

    Do you still listen to FM radio? I don’t. Pandora, Slacker, Last.FM and the likes all destroyed any lingering appeal FM had for me years ago. That said, there are still the occasional times where I need to catch some FM waves. How am I supposed to know what important worldly events are going on without Ryan Seacrest In The Morning? After teardowns of the Droid 2 revealed an unused FM… Read More

  • Verizon To Release The Droid R2-D2 Into The Empire On September 30

    The Droid R2-D2 edition doesn’t skimp on the Star Wars branding. Nearly every aspect of the phone from the backplate, to the startup splash screen, to the ringtones reflect its pedigree. All this geeky fun comes at a price though and Uncle Owen isn’t going to like it. This Droid isn’t cheap. Read More

  • Microsoft Promises You'll Use Your Phone Less With Windows Phone 7

    As we all know, early adopters hate pulling out their phones. They would, quite honestly, prefer to leave their phones safely ensconced in little leather holsters on their belts, glancing at them only once or twice during the day and spending the rest of the time riding tandem bicycles with loved ones and eating delicate smoked cheeses. This is, it seems, the message Microsoft is trying to… Read More

  • Video: BlackBerry Style 9670 clamshell vs BlackBerry Pearl Flip

    If you’ve been eagerly following the peculiar-looking BlackBerry Style 9670 clamshell, then you’re probably keen to see how it compares to their other clamshell, the Pearl Flip. The fine folks over at PoderPDA have put up two videos outlining the device: one focussing on hardware (the first video below), which also compares the phone to some other BlackBerry models; the other… Read More

  • Offline/Online Convergence, Mobile Commerce, and Life After Check-ins

    For years, offline merchants have been acquiring data about you in attempts to personalize your experience through loyalty and rewards cards, credit card data, and surveys. But the problem is these interactions occur after it’s too late: at the point of sale. You’ve already checked out and are leaving the store, or have ordered dinner. For a merchant to convince you to add an… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 to be shipping Nov 8 in the US

    While not officially confirmed by Microsoft, Windows Phone Secrets are saying that they have it on good authority that WinPho7 will ship on November 8 in the US. We’d previously heard that the new OS would launch in October, it now seems that this may be a European launch date, with the US having to wait an extra month. Bummer. Of course, this isn’t confirmed, and I don’t… Read More

  • T-mobile G2 won't support tethering at launch, maybe later

    Despite T-mobile’s upcoming G2 natively running Froyo, and despite Froyo natively supporting wireless tethering, T-mobile won’t enable the feature right out of the gate, with TmoNews unearthing this screenshot of a device FAQ. The official statement from T-mobile goes like this: T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan. Though tethering… Read More

  • EVO 4G update fixes the notorious frame-rate cap

    Great news, folks! It looks like the firmware update to the EVO 4G that rolled out this week has removed the 30fps limit that was said to be imposed because of the HDMI port. Engadget have confirmed that the update does indeed remove the limitation, with their phone hitting 52 fps in benchmarks. The update also fixes the calendar event edit issue, an issue with multiple Gmail accounts that… Read More

  • BlackBerry 9670 Clamshell approved by the FCC

    The unconfirmed and quite confusing BlackBerry 9670 clamshell that we’ve seen around the place has now been approved by the FCC. For those that need a reminder, the 9670 will run BlackBerry OS6, with a 360×400 internal display, and a 240×320 external display. Expect the usual WiFi, Bluetooth, and A/GPS, plus a 5MP camera with autofocus and flash. It looks to be heading to… Read More

  • Study: Texting while driving responsible for 16,000 deaths in 6 years

    The University of North Texas Health Science Center has looked at traffic data from the Fatality Accident Reporting System and texting data from the FCC and CTIA, and — after some hefty number crunching — has come to the conclusion that texting while driving is responsible for accidents that claimed 16,141 lives during the period of 2001 – 2007. I don’t think you need me… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 remains on Sony Ericsson's roadmap, Symbian is gone

    Sony Ericsson clearly like Android, but — despite being absent from WinPho 7’s list of launch partners — Sony Ericsson’s new Chief Technology Officer, Jan Uddenfeldt, today confirmed that Windows Phone 7 is, indeed, on their product roadmap. Symbian, however, is not. Read More

  • Schmidt makes nice with Apple: search deal extended, Bing is the enemy

    If you’ve been troubled by the tensions between Google and Apple, afraid that Google might pull a jack move and yank its services from iPhones, worry not. The companies are clearly necessary enough to one another that such extreme measures likely won’t take place for a long time. Eric Schmidt, in a recent interview, said that not only have Apple and Google “extended”… Read More

  • So Now Windows Phone 7 Doesn't Support Tethering At All?

    So we heard only a week ago that Windows Phone 7 would support USB tethering and carriers would be (somehow) prohibited from charging extra for the feature. Then a few days ago we heard that it was up to the carriers to included it, though we presumed if they did, it still had to come gratis. Now, Microsoft has said to Engadget in no uncertain terms that there is no tethering at all on… Read More

  • AT&T might not be selling the Motorola Flipout, but someone on eBay is!

    There’s still no word as to whether AT&T killed off the Android-powered (but sort of wonky) Moto Flipout right before its intended launch, or if it’s just been delayed (though our sources promise it’s the latter) — but somewhere out there, a few Flipouts have made it into the wild.. and right onto eBay. Read More

  • HTC: No Sense UI on Windows Phone 7 at launch

    I’m still completely convinced that the HTC Sense for Windows Phone 7 footage we saw last week was completely legit, and it sure looked pretty solid to me — but by what HTC CEO Peter Chou is saying, we might not be seeing any of that on HTC’s WP7 handsets right off the bat at launch. Read More

  • T-Mobile Constructs Solar-Powered Cell Site In Pennsylvania

    T-Mobile, fresh off some sort of short code carrier controversy, has been experimenting with solar-powered cell towers. The company has installed the tower (well, full cell site) in eastern Pennsylvania. It’s probably done so for two reasons: one, yeah, it could help the company save a bit of money in the longterm, and two, nothing like some good PR. Read More

  • Try My IPhone AR Paper App

    Will You Try My Paper iPhone App?

    I see a lot of demos for a lot of apps. Today, in particular, I sat through a dozen back-to-back demos for startups launching at Disrupt next week. Some of them really blew me away. But none of them quite compare to the unexpected demo I got after my long day when I walked into a Palo Alto CVS to buy some toothpaste. As I was waiting in the checkout line, a very polite Stanford college… Read More