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  • Microsoft wants you to get psyched for WinPho7 development at MIX

    Are you psyched for Windows Phone 7 Series development? Why not? Damn your eyes! Well, I guess I can understand a little “once bitten, twice shy” attitude after Windows Mobile’s slow-motion flaming zeppelin trajectory during the last couple years. But be honest: WinPho7 looks pretty awesome, and there might be some opportunities for some pretty bad-ass stuff that Apple… Read More

  • One Microsoft Project Pink phone caught in the wild, screenshots leaked

    I’ve been trying to avoid writing much about Microsoft’s secret Project Pink as of late, primarily because we just don’t want to get folks hopes up too high; according to our sources, not a whole lot has changed since we passed on word that the handsets were pretty terrible. With that said, it’s our job to inform you of the news when the news comes up – and some… Read More

  • webOS 1.4 makes its way to Bell Canada handsets

    It’s been a few days since webOS 1.4 made its debut, and each one of them has been filled with countless “Screw you @Palm!” tweets out of Canada. Turns out, them folks north of the border aren’t too fond of waiting for something after the vast majority of the Palm-carrying world already has it. Well, Canadians, your time in the video-recording-capable sun has come. Palm… Read More

  • AT&T launches 2 new 3G dongles – One with GPS, both with 7.2mbps HSPA

    Good news, road warriors! AT&T has just churned out a pair of brand spankin’ new 7.2 megabit per second 3G dongles, just for you. Read More

  • In Mobile, Fragmentation is Forever. Deal With It.

    Mobile data is on fire. Despite a few false starts, we are now in the midst of a transformative “Open Mobile 3rd Wave” (remember WAP, and J2ME?). We are just in the early swell of the wave; the iPhone itself is not even three years old, and thanks to continued improvements we’re now seeing in smart phones, mobile OS platforms and 3G/4G networks, the raw ingredients are… Read More

  • “Problematic Wi-Fi Access”: Apple Bans Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera

    More and more apps are stricken from the App Store as of late, for a variety of reasons. Today, the Apple hammer hit Tokyo-based Tonchidot whose augmented reality app Sekai Camera was removed without warning. The free app, which made its – memorable – debut during TechCrunch 50 in 2008, intends to help users “tag the world” by imposing information (text, pictures, video… Read More

  • Project Pink Microsoft phones coming to Verizon

    Remember Project Pink? Whatever Microsoft’s secret hardware initiative was? Well, it’s real and it’s coming to Verizon. You’ll see the Turtle, shown here, first, and it will be sort of a Sidekick that won’t run Windows Phone. Verizon will launch this like they did the Droid, aiming the might of their armies at flogging this to the feature phone user. Read More

  • Microsoft-made Tag app lands on Android

    In December 2008, Microsoft surprised a lot of people by releasing an iPhone app — Seadragon Mobile. A month later, they ensured the move wasn’t taken as a joke or gimmick by launching another app, Tag, into Apple’s App Store. Now, they have a few, including an app for Bing. And starting today, they’re doing the same for Android. Tag for Android is the first… Read More

  • Opera Mini 5 beta gets a non-Java version for Windows Mobile phones

    Opera Software has been busy lately, releasing fresh finalized and beta products on a near-daily basis. This morning, the company announced that it has released a native version of Opera Mini 5 beta for handsets running Windows Mobile 5 and 6. Interestingly, the new WinMo version of Opera Mini does not require Java. That basically means any Windows Mobile phone can accommodate the app. Despite… Read More

  • Image recognition startup Kooaba unveils API

    Image recognition technology startup Kooaba yesterday released an API that definitely deserves some developer attention. The Swiss company aims to unlock its library of over 10 million images, ranging from album covers to books and movie posters, and provide access to all that precious data via the cloud. Read More

  • webOS Gets A New And Much Improved Facebook App

    Update: Added a few screenshots – check’em out after the jump! At long last, webOS has been granted a Facebook application worth its weight in kilobytes. A completely revamped version of the Facebook application has just gone live in the Palm App Catalog – and boy, is it an improvement. Palm has offered some level of Facebook support on webOS since the launch of the Pixi… Read More

  • Palm cranks Pre and Pixi production back up to the normal rate

    Oh, February 11th. I remember it like it was just a few weeks ago. A report came out claiming that Palm was halting production of the Pre and Pixi, and everybody panicked. Then it turned out that it was an entirely pre-planned production vacation for the sake of their Taiwanese employees who wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year. Well, that little hiatus is now over. While the company… Read More

  • Mobclix Compares Android and Apple; Android Devs More Likely To Give Their Work Away

    Apple and Google are engaged in a fascinating battle of mobile OS’s. Among other things, they’re duking it out on patent infringement, developer relations and carrier support. Lines are being drawn, and everyone’s taking sides. That begs the question: what’s the difference between the App Store and Android Market for developers? And how does this affect their bottom line? Read More

  • Uh-oh: Looks like the Nexus One kind of sucks at multi-touch (Video)

    Uh oh. On at least a few occasions, Android developers have mentioned to me that the multi-touch sensors on certain Android handsets — especially the Nexus One — seemed a bit.. flaky. I’d had nothing but solid experiences while dabbling with multi-touch in all of the apps I could find that support it, so I chalked it up as a coding error on the developer’s part… Read More

  • Wish your iPhone was higher in sodium and preservatives? The TV Dinner iPhone case can help.

    I was tempted to just post the photo above with “That is all.” as the text – but I suppose that’s not very helpful. Looking to fill the needs of the massive “People who want an iPhone slip case, but really, really like TV dinners” crowd, Etsy seller Coolbeans717 has been hand-cranking out these Hungry Man-inspired beauties. The good news: unlike real Hungry… Read More

  • Maybe it's horrible customer service that's hobbling Palm?

    Dwight “The Houston Tiger” Silverman, like so many tech dudes, likes the Palm Pre and Pixi and, in a way, doesn’t understand why Palm is on the rocks. However, he got an email from a reader who described her Verizon experience as sub-par at best. It began poorly: My original salesperson, upon hearing me say I was there for the Palm Pre, immediately mentioned that they… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile increases value for prepaid broadband data buckets — $60 for 5GB

    Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go prepaid 3G data service made a splash last summer by offering no-contract plans that came close to competing with two-year offerings from the likes of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The major drawback was that the top plan, at $60, only allowed for 1GB of data usage, whereas you’d get 5GB on a contract plan. Read More

  • Verizon currently experiencing nationwide data outage

    Did you look at your Verizon Droid minutes ago and wonder why you hadn’t gotten any emails within the last few minutes? I did. I just marked it up as the start of a good day, but apparently I was exactly wrong. Verizon’s data network is down and my Gmail inbox is full. Damn. There’s no ETA as of yet and New York seems to be fine. Your best bet is just to hang tight and let… Read More

  • Layar back to augmenting your reality on the iPhone after 3-month hiatus

    Augmented reality app Layar hit the App Store in October 2009, only to be withdrawn by the eponymous Dutch developer of the program a month later due to repeated crashes reported by users. It’s been quiet since, but an update for the app just popped up on my iPhone (iTunes link), with the concise and crystal clear description: “We’re back!” Read More

  • Skype for Symbian lands on Ovi Store = more than 200 million possible users

    Pretty huge news in our book: Skype has published a free mobile application for Symbian in the Ovi Store, basically enabling over 200 million Nokia handset users to easily download the program and start making free Skype-to-Skype calls from their phones. If I were a carrier, I’d probably be feeling rather nervous right now – and / or infuriated. Skype for Symbian, which you can… Read More