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  • Review: HTC HD7 For T-Mobile

    Short Version:T-Mobile has a thing for big phones. Their last monster, the HD2, was the last of the Windows Mobile phones and this new model, the HD7, is the first of the new Windows Phone mobiles. It is a flawed masterpiece, an early-adopter’s delight and marks the first salvo in a long, hard slog for Microsoft through the mobile battlefield. Read More

  • Nexus One Hacked To Support T-Mobile WiFi Calling

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way — especially when said “will” is shared amongst a chunk of the Android hacking community. If you’ve got a Nexus One on T-Mobile and just can’t seem to hold a signal, that will just worked in your favor: thanks to efforts out of the good ol’ XDA-Dev forums, the N1 now has (totally unofficial) support for… Read More

  • Don't Call It A Gimmick: Rana Sobhany Spins Her iPad Music Into A Full-Time Career

    I was blown away when I first saw Rana Sobhany on stage. With nothing more than 2 iPads and a mixer, Rana was mixing tracks and busting beats live in front of the hundreds of attendees at AdAge’s IDEA conference. You wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between her and a DJ with a full set of gear. I realized pretty quickly that what was once a cool PR stunt had now become… Read More

  • Sharp's "Bisqui Phon" Looks Like A Biscuit

    That wooden cell phone wasn’t the only silly cell phone Sharp introduced today in Japan. It was actually joined by a slightly sillier handset, the so-called “Bisqui Phon”. Yes, it’s shaped like a biscuit for some reason. Sharp seems to like manufacturing these things. Read More

  • Touch Wood: Sharp To Sell Wooden Cell Phone In Japan

    No comment on the branding, but Sharp will soon [JP] produce a cell phone whose body is made entirely of wood, namely Japanese cypress. According to Sharp, the handset is not a joke product but actually built for long-term usage, meaning buyers won’t have to fear mold and other things. Read More

  • Droid Pro Hits Verizon For $180

    Not a biggie but Verizon is selling the Droid Pro tomorrow for $180 after mail-in rebate. Feel free to stand in line all night but it’s getting chilly out there so bring a coat. Read More

  • Evernote 2.0 For Android Packs Many Punches

    Evernote is rolling out version 2 of their app for Android phones, and it represents the biggest update to functionality on any platform in a single release. Updated home screen, tighter integration with the Google Search widget, background synchronization, and simpler sorting with improved views are all great new features, but the most interesting aspect of this update for current Evernote… Read More

  • Regza T-01C: Toshiba To Introduce Android Phone

    Toshiba in Japan has announced [JP] their first Android cell phone today, the Regza T-01C (Regza is also the brandname for the company’s flat panel TVs). Big T says they used the “Mobile Regza Engine 3.0” for the phone’s touchscreen, which is sized at four inches and features 480×854 resolution. Read More

  • 5 new WebOS devices revealed in WebOS 2 codename bonanza?

    We already know that HP are planning on squirting out a bevy of webOS devices some time in the future, but we now have some kind of unofficial confirmation that reveals a list of 5 codenames for said upcoming devices. A keen-eyed WebOS Internals user — Destinal — has dug around the code for the recently released webOS Doctor for webOS 2.0, and came across the references in a string… Read More

  • BlackBerry Torch now available in red or white from AT&T for $99

    If you’ve been sweet on the BlackBerry Torch but feel that black is actually the new beige, then you’ll be happy to hear that the slide-tastic device is now available in your choice of red or white (as well as the original black). Best of all, the price has dropped from the original $200 down to just $99 for both the black and the coloured versions. Of course, you’ve been… Read More

  • Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

    Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

    Lately it seems like there is endless news around messaging, VoIP and video calling. Apple recently announced they’d added FaceTime support for the Mac, and had shipped 19 million FaceTime-enabled iOS devices since June. Google Voice also made headlines last week for an outage, but I think the bigger news associated with that downtime is how fast they’ve been growing. And… Read More

  • How RIM’s PlayBook Could Have Succeeded

    How RIM’s PlayBook Could Have Succeeded

    Editor’s note: Guest author Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, and software engineer. Oh, Research In Motion. You never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. RIM was born in my home town, at my alma mater, so it’s depressing watching their empire rot and crumble before the Android / iPhone onslaught. I had high hopes for their new tablet, a potential game-changer –… Read More

  • Need Buttons For Your iPhone Games? Tactile+Plus Stickers Might Work

    These cheap little stickers may look like impulse buys from a dollar store, but they might actually be pretty handy if you’re a big iOS gamer. Basically they just provide little bumps so you can tell where the virtual buttons are without checking or fumbling around. I’ve found the controls on more complicated iPhone and iPad games to be like the ones on console FPSes: tolerable, but… Read More

  • The Meizu M9 Finally Gets Some Proper Spy Shots

    If you haven’t been following the story of Meizu, you’ve missed quite the spectacle. One of China’s many fine electronics manufacturers, Meizu first gained notoriety with the M8 miniOne, a Windows Phone CE 6 handset hacked and tweaked to look strikingly similar to an iPhone — so much so, in fact, that Apple purportedly unleashed their lawyers on them earlier this… Read More

  • Android Gingerbread (2.3) launching November 11th?

    Though they warn to take the insight with a pinch of scrutiny, our buddies over at IntoMobile say they’ve got a trusted source pinning a date on the launch of the Android Gingerbread SDK. Read More

  • Review: Blackberry Style 9670

    Short Version
    I’m always wary when marketers use the word “style.” Homestyle biscuits are rarely as flaky and buttery as grandma’s were and family-style meals at Italian restaurants ignore the fact that I am usually there eating an entire lasagna alone. So what am I supposed to think about the Blackberry Style? That it is in the style of a Blackberry? Or that it adds… Read More

  • Dell Streak's wonky new "Stage" widgets caught on video

    According to word on Rumor Street, Dell’s building a fairly deep HTC Sense-esque UI overhaul called “Stage” for some of their upcoming Android handsets. For their Streak tablet, however, it looks like they’re keeping things a bit.. simpler. The gal who runs Streak Smart got her mits on an early, slightly-hacked build of Froyo for the Streak, complete with Stage additions. Read More

  • Want to pre-order a Windows Phone 7 handset through AT&T? Too bad.

    Want to guarantee yourself a Windows Phone 7 handset from AT&T on the November 8th launch day, but don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn or fight any lines that may or may not (but probably won’t) exist? No such luck, Chuck. For reasons known only to the Gods of Crazyville, AT&T says they won’t be offering up pre-orders for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Read More

  • SoftBank's Full Winter/Spring Cell Phone Line-Up

    <img src="; / Japan's No. 3 mobile carrier, SoftBank Mobile, has unveiled its cell phone line-up for this winter and spring yesterday. We already blogged in-depth about the two most interesting models, Sharp’s naked-eye 3D Android phone, but here’s the full line-up (not including simple… Read More

  • Latest Firefox 4 Beta for Android sheds some file weight, outruns the default browser

    If you’ve been riding along with Mozilla through Firefox 4’s Beta period on either Android or Maemo, it’s time for a refresh. Just a few minutes ago, the team pushed out a rather hefty upgrade for both platforms. Bug fixes! File size decreases! Massive speed boosts! All this and more after the jump. Read More