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  • Star Wars: Falcon Gunner brings the battle home. Don't get cocky, kid!

    Star Wars. Tie Fighters. Gun Turrets. Oh, yeah, and augmented reality. Do I really need to say anything more? Actually, yes, I do, because that’s my job and I need to eat and pay bills and stuff. Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy S Replaces The iPhone As Japan's Top Selling Phone

    Did you read the headline? Yeah, that’s the story. The iPhone is no longer Japan’s top selling phone… but only over a one week span. Still, that’s something. The 32GB iPhone has held the top spot for the last 18 weeks since it debuted in June. The dethroning could have been because it was the Galaxy S’s first week on the market in Japan, but no matter how you… Read More

  • Review and Video Unboxing: The Jawbone Jambox

    Jawbone Jambox. Jawbone Jambox. Jawbone Jambox. Try saying it 10 times fast — if you get anywhere close, you’re doing better than me. Aliph (known for their high-end Jawbone Bluetooth headsets) just announced their newest product venture: high-end Bluetooth Speakers. They were nice enough to swing me a review unit a few hours early. The downside: I’ve been saying and… Read More

  • Aliph Jumps From Earpiece to Centerpiece With The Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker

    When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, Aliph’s Jawbone line is right up on the top of the crop. At anywhere from $70 to $100, they’re not cheap — but they sound great, offer up killer noise reduction, and are some of the only headsets that I’d ever consider calling “comfortable”. This morning, Aliph is mixing up their product line a bit, without straying too… Read More

  • Galapagos 003SH/005SH: Sharp Shows 3D-Enabled Smartphones

    In September, we blogged on CrunchGear about Sharp’s entry into the Android tablet sector (the company is currently readying a 5.5-inch and a 10.8-inch version). Strangely dubbed “Galapagos”, the tablets, which will be available in Japan starting next month, will soon be joined by two smartphones carrying the same name. Read More

  • LG to give away 10 free apps every 60 days to their WP7 handset owners

    In a world dominated by same-same Windows Phone 7 handsets, LG have decided to take a different path to achieve product differentiation — free software. LG will give away a selection of 10 free apps (valued at about $30 a bundle) via their LG Application Store every 60 days to anyone sporting one of their WP7 handsets. That’s 60 free apps a year for every customer. Read More

  • AT&T cries foul on T-mobile's "largest 4G network" claim

    Let the advertising wars begin a-fresh. Last week, T-mobile launched a new marketing campaign that brands their HSPA+ network as “America’s Largest 4G Network“. Clearly, AT&T are unhappy about this. In an email to Phone Scoop today, AT&T called into question T-mobile’s numbers, stating: “T-Mobile’s claims about 4G are based on the same HSPA+… Read More

  • Motorola Droid Pro Pre-sale begins Nov 9, launches Nov 18

    If you’re keen on Motorola’s Android answer to the BlackBerry form-factor — the Droid Pro — then listen up, bucko, as we now have detals on both the launch date and the pre-sale period. Android Central have managed to uncover a top-secret, military-classified document outlining the dates, as well as the news that those placing a pre-order will actually receive the… Read More

  • Google Maps 4.6 gives us a view of updated Gingerbread UI

    Gingerbread is coming. You know it. I know it. That guy over there hiding behind your fridge? He knows it, too. Yet, despite its inexorable approach, we have seen very little of the promised UI update. Today, however, we caught a glimpse. Read More

  • SkyFire for iPhone pulled from the App Store, and it's not Apple's doing

    Didn’t get a chance to check out the Flash-friendly-ish SkyFire browser when it went live in the iPhone App Store earlier today? Sorry Charlie, it’s gone — and not because Apple decided to reverse their approval. Read More

  • Help Key: 3G, 4G, HSPA+, LTE, WiMax – What Do They Mean To You?

    As the big carriers continue to upgrade their network infrastructure, we’re being subjected to a torrent of confusing new terms, some of them misleading, some of them only a letter or number off from another, and so on. What’s a consumer to do when confronted with such a frightening array of acronyms and jargon? A little straight talk seems to be in order. Let’s get some… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 has an Application Kill Switch! Nobody Panic!

    Back when Windows Phone 7 was still pretty much a big mystery to everyone, Microsoft quietly hinted that their new OS — or more accurately, their new OS’ application store — would be able to remotely remove applications from user’s handsets. They didn’t really want to say much about it, and rightly so — when people hear the words “kill switch”… Read More

  • HTC Now Bundling The Music Identification Service 'SoundHound' With Android Devices

    When multiple groups start offering up services that most folks would see as mostly indistinguishable, it gets harder and harder for any of’em to bring home the bacon. Take music recognition/identification services, like SoundHound and Shazam, for example. Each has their own perks, and I’m sure both parties would debate the merits of their respective Song ID’ing algorithm to… Read More

  • Facebook for Android and iPhone updated with support for Groups and Places

    Hey Android fans! Tired of your handset’s Facebook app feelin’ all old and busted compared to its iPhone counterpart? Good news! For once, you’re getting an update at the same time! (..Sort of.) Read More

  • SkyFire for iPhone now available

    After a two month journey, the SkyFire browser’s seemingly endless voyage onto the App Store has come to a successful end. After word got out yesterday that they’d got the green light from Apple, we figured it’d show up sometime in the next day or two — sure enough, it just went live. Haven’t been paying attention, and are now wondering what all the hubbubs about? Read More

  • G2 to gain WiFi calling + tethering tomorrow

    If you’re lucky enough to rock a T-mobile G2, then you’ll be super-chuffed to hear that, come tomorrow, T-mobile will roll out an over-the-air update that will enable both WiFi calling and tethering on the handset, along with some other (unknown) updates. T-mo news have found a page describing the update, which — strangely enough — says that the tethering feature… Read More

  • T-Mobile Rolls Out “4G” Network To 6 Additional Cities, Sticks It To AT&T

    There was much celebration this morning when T-mobile fired up their 4G network in a further 6 US cities. Residents of Chicago, Ill.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; and Raleigh-Durham and Wilmington, N.C were heard to let out audible cries of joy when the download speeds on their HSPA+ handsets reached peak speeds of nearly 12mbps and average speeds of 5mbps. To… Read More

  • Samsung Continuum "Top things to know" page leaks, specs revealed

    While it may be considered a novelty by some, the secondary display on the Samsung Continuum has me all a flutter. Of course, it all depends on how well Sammy can pull it off, but the idea of a ticker-style display just… turns me on. So I’m, happy to report today that a “Top things to know” page has leaked from Verizon, listing — you guessed it — the top… Read More

  • Totally Not Mobile: The (Probably Fake) iOS Table

    What happens when you take a monstrous 58″ capacitive touchscreen, convert it into a table, and then pipe all the visuals and touch data back and forth between the table and a jailbroken iPhone? Magic. Absolute friggin’ magic. Sure, it’s the total opposite of mobile — but it’s also the total opposite of not awesome. It might also be the total opposite of real. Read More

  • BlackBerry OS 6.0 leaks out for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

    Alright, BlackBerry Bold 9700 owners. Take a deep breath. Sit down for a minute. You’ve got a bit of a big decision to make. You see, a super early build of BlackBerry OS 6.0 for the Bold 9700 just leaked out. Are you going to risk sacrificing your handset, damning it to a future as little more than a paperweight, or will you… Oh, you’re ready to go? Figured. Read More