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  • Hands-on with the Sprint EVO 4G (with video!)

    We just got back from the Sprint EVO 4G announcement, where ol’ Yeller just happened to have a few devices on hand. I spent a few minutes getting to know the device (far less than I wanted to, trust me) — read on for my first impressions and a quick demo video. Read More

  • The HTC EVO 4G is Sprint's first 4G superphone

    Just like we thought, Sprint has just announced what we were previously calling the HTC Supersonic. The official name however is EVO 4G, and it’s both supersonic and evolutionary. Really: This boy is stacked. Underneath the 480 x 800 4.3-inch TFT LCD is a QSD8650 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. The rest is your standard superphone specs with an affair of… Read More

  • TSA to track your cellphone signal to improve airport security waiting time

    The Transportation Security Administration, ominously known as the TSA, wants to be able to track your cellphone while you go through airport security. It wants to do so in order to better understand how airport security lines work in order to streamline the process. That’s the official reason. We could always jump to conclusions and assume the TSA just wants to know where you are so… Read More

  • Live from Sprint's Experience4G (HTC Supersonic?) event at CTIA

    We’re live from Sprint’s press announcement at CTIA in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to begin in just a few minutes. What ever might they be announcing? All signs are pointing at the HTC Supersonic, a brand new touchscreen smartphone packing a massive display and support for Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. Follow along with our live notes below, won’t you? Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S [Updated!]


    We literally just had our hands on with the just announced Samsung Galaxy S — and boy, was it a beauty. Read on for our first impressions. Read More

  • Samsung outs the Galaxy S Android smartphone

    We knew Samsung had something coming today at CTIA. The gigantic banner outside the main hall kind of told us that. So here it is: the Android-powered Galaxy S. There’s a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen up front with an unspecified 1GHz CPU chilling inside. The Android release has been modified and uses Sammy’s ‘Social Hub’ always-on social networking features. Swype, DLNA… Read More

  • CTIA 2010: Sprint announces 7 more cities that will get WiMax by the end of 2010

    Good news, everyone in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis! You’re getting Sprint’s 4G network by the end of 2010! With Sprint expected to debut their first 4G handset at CTIA this week, this news probably couldn’t be timed much better. This brings the total number of cities getting WiMax in 2010 up to 15, with Boston… Read More

  • CTIA 2010: Kyocera Zio brings high-resolution Android goodness without breaking the bank

    Look at you, Kyocera! After essentially shuttering your smartphone division for years, you’ve jumped back in with a bit of a splash. Today at CTIA, the low-to-mid-range handset manufacturer announced the Zio, an Android-powered touchscreen phone. What makes the Zio special isn’t its specs — it’s the price it brings the specs in at. For somewhere between $169 and $220… Read More

  • With Windows Phone, Microsoft is trying to win back the magic


    I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me a Mac guy as opposed to a PC guy and it seems that the Register may have hit on some very good points. Tim Anderson, the Register writer, notes that Microsoft has lost its edge when it comes to industrial design and even in during its recent MIX conference, where it was supposed to be all about design and sex, they dropped more science than art. Read More

  • Nokia N8-00 flops onto the scene


    Nokia’s new flagship, the Symbian-powered N8-00, has HD video recording, a 12-megapixel camera, and a 3.5-inch capacative touchscreen. What doesn’t it have? A US release date or price. Read More

  • Dell Aero hits the big time on AT&T


    Dell’s Aero is a decidedly odd duck. When we first discussed it a few months ago, it looked like it would be a non-US device. Now, however, it’s hit AT&T and it looks like a cross between the new T-Mobile CLIQ XT and a NeXT Cube. Dig those photorealistic icons! Read More

  • ex-Sprint and Radio Shack execs try to save the world with eRecyclingCorps

    65,000 tons of mobile phone e-waste are generated every year. The bad news is, only 1% of consumers choose to recycle their headsets when they upgrade. eRecyclingCorps is working with carriers to integrate the recycling process into the POS sale system at the retail store. Read More

  • DropBox comes to Android – yesss!


    I use DropBox all the time. If you don’t, you should; it really is fantastic and simple. And soon it’ll have an Android app! So load up your DropBox with music, files, and movies; you’ll be able to access ’em on the go the way those fancy-pants iPhone users do. The team says they’ll have it “for all flavors of Android within the next couple of… Read More

  • iPhones now available without contract at the Apple Store


    I’m surprised this didn’t happen earlier. You can now go into an Apple store, fork over a few Benjamins, and walk out with an iPhone, contract-free, although the device is still locked into AT&T’s network. You can only buy one a day, though, I suppose to prevent people from buying a few hundred and building a fort of out of them. Good news for some, non-news for others. Read More

  • Motorola announces the Android-powered i1 with push-to-talk for Sprint

    Whuhp! Looks like that i1 banner didn’t go up all that early after all. A day before CTIA 2010 even begins, Motorola has just come along and made the Android-powered i1 and its push-to-talk features official. Read More

  • CTIA banners begin to unfurl; Samsung finally learns to keep the cat in the bag

    Oh, Samsung. For as long as I can remember, your banners have flown on the outer walls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CTIA. And for as long as I can remember, your banners have given away mammoth chunks of what you were announcing at the show, days before said announcement actually happened. Not this year. Read More

  • Sugarsync gets an API


    SugarSync, a file syncing product that we may have all forgotten in our rush to glorify Dropbox has been rolling out a steady stream of improvements and, as of 11am today, it will offer an API so mobile applications can use SugarSync shared storage. The API information will live at SugarSync.com/Developers when it goes up today. The API essentially creates a “bridge between local… Read More

  • Swype user sets Guinness World Record for texting speed

    Ever since Swype (an alternative keyboard for touchscreens which has users drag paths through the letters of a word rather than tap them out individually) debuted at TechCrunch 50, I’ve been asked the same question a near-regular basis: is it really any faster than just typing words the old fashion way? Well, it’s apparently fast enough for a Guinness World Record. Read More

  • BlueAnt launches their text-message-to-speech Android application

    Remember last week, when we mentioned that Bluetooth headset manufacturer BlueAnt would be launching their first Android app at CTIA? The one that would read your incoming text messages aloud over your Bluetooth headset? Well, we just touched down in Vegas for CTIA 2010, and sure enough: they’ve just launched the application. Read More

  • AT&T to soon unveil an Android-powered Dell phone called the "Aero"

    Well, that was unexpected. Tacked on to the news of the Palm Pixi Plus and Pre Plus finding their way to AT&T was a passing mention that AT&T would soon be pulling back the curtains on their second Android-powered phone, the Dell Aero. Here’s all they’ve said so far: AT&T also will soon unveil an Android-based smartphone the Dell Aero. This will be Dell’s… Read More