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  • Swype gets hacked onto the original Omnia (Update: And more!)

    If you’re one of the 3 million or so people rocking the original Samsung Omnia, you might be feelin’ like you’ve been left out in the cold now that the Omnia II is on the shelves. At the very least, you’re probably a bit envious of the Omnia II’s finger-swiping text input method, Swype. Yeah? Don’t fret – we’ve got good news. Read More

  • Joby makes an iPhone app: the Gorillacam

    Joby, makers of the various Gorilla accessories — the GorillaPod, the GorillaTorch, GorillaMobile, etc — have just unveiled their first iPhone app: the Gorillacam. The free app provides a number of features to improve the usefulness of the iPhone camera, including a grid for rule-of-thirds shots, making the entire touchscreen a shutter button, photo sequences, and much more. Read More

  • The only thing better than the iLikeCereal!! app is the press release

    If you’re anything like me, you get incredibly annoyed each time one of Apple’s “There’s an app for that!” ads rolls. They like to pretend that there’s an app for everything – but you.. you know the truth. Sure, they have tip calculators, tens of thousands of games, and an app that makes you sound like T-Pain – but do they have cereal bowl… Read More

  • Mobile Firefox release candidate coming as early as next week

    Though nary but a few screenshots have been shown of it outside of a few alpha builds released months ago, the words “Mobile Firefox” are enough to get most geeks a bit hot around the collar. The wait is almost over – for some, at least. Sometime next week, we can expect to get our first real taste of what Mozilla’s got cooking, as they plan to wrap up their first… Read More

  • Tired of waiting for the Droid 2.0.1 update? Wait no longer.

    Oh, vast Internets, how boundless are your resources. Just as we started hearing the first complaints of people still waiting for Verizon to grace their phone with the Droid 2.0.1 software update, the Android community has come through. Going ahead and doing something Verizon should have done in the first place, a few clever gents have managed to scrounge up the 2.0.1 update package and put… Read More

  • Skyfire 1.5 Brings A New Interface And A Bunch Of Polish

    Skyfire has come a long way in the past few months. Since shedding the Beta tag back in May, it has grown into what is easily one of the best mobile browsers around. If nothing else, it’s still the only cross-platform mobile browser able to churn through Flash 10, Silverlight, and a ton of other media formats generally reserved for the PC. Today, Skyfire is launching version 1.5 of… Read More

  • The Nokia 6700 Classic done up in 18-carat gold

    Why? Because they can. It’s expected to cost €370 when it comes out in selected markets early next year. Read More

  • Projector-packin' LG Expo gets delayed

    If you were gettin’ all antsy in the pantsies about yesterday’s launch of the LG Expo and it’s detachable projector accessory, you might be a bit bewildered right now. A full day later, AT&T’s still showing no sign of the handset. Read More

  • iTunes Rewind Highlights The Best Apps Of 2009

    With Christmas looming, the post-holiday spike of app sales is just weeks away. As new iPhone owners find their way into the App Store for the first time, they’ll be looking for the best of the best to throw their money at – and Apple’s ready to cash in. Earlier today Apple released “iTunes Rewind 2009”, a list of the top selling and most loved applications of… Read More

  • Nuance launches Dragon Dictation for iPhone – Get it while it's free!

    Nuance is one of the most important companies in the mobile space, yet few cell phone owners have any idea who they are. You know that T9 feature that lets you blast out texts on your number pad? That’s theirs. If your phone does text-to-voice or voice transcription, that’s probably their technology too. Nuance’s latest move to take over the mobile world: the iPhone. While… Read More

  • Mewbox for Android sounds great, but what's the point without a good media player?

    The idea of a portable music store with access to the major labels, and is DRM-free to boot, seems almost too good to be true. And it kind of is: it’s for Android. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — but have you ever used Android’s standard music player? Me neither, at least not after the first try. Read More

  • Review: BackFlip Kickstand iPhone Case

    Short Version: To put it simply, I didn’t know that I needed the Backflip case until I had one. The idea of a case with a built-in kickstand seemed worthwhile, but I didn’t think it was something I’d find myself using often. I was dead wrong. Read More

  • Verizon Motorola Droid gets 2.0.1 software update

    Just one month after the release of the Motorola Droid, the first software patch has arrived. Verizon has just begun distributing the OTA update – so if you aren’t seeing the update alert already, you should be seeing it before too long. First things first, make sure your device is up to at least a 40% charge (or 20%, if it’s currently plugged into a power source), as you… Read More

  • Apple Bans Another Developer, 1000+ Apps Pulled

    As the old mantra goes, “Cheaters never prosper”. In this digital age, it may be time to revise that saying. Granted a veil of anonymity by the Internet, cheaters surely prosper from their cheating; it’s just that when they get caught, they go down hard. Alas, “Cheaters may temporarily prosper – but if they get caught, they’re totally boned”… Read More

  • Guest Post: App Developers, Get Ready For The Post-Christmas Rush

    Consumer spending during the holiday retail season, beginning with Black Friday, is among the most important predictors of U.S. economic health. Since the late 90s, tracking online sales of websites like on the first Monday after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, has become a second important barometer. The National Retail Federation, the world’s leading retail trade group… Read More

  • Leaked: HTC's handset releases for the first half of 2010

    If HTC’s trying to keep their device releases top-secret, they’re not doin’ a very good job. While individual leaks seem to be rare, they seem to be making a habit out of bundling up all their upcoming releases into one big presentation, which in turn leaks all over the internet. It happened right at the beginning of 2009 and, sure enough, it looks like the first half of 2010… Read More

  • Should we sue cellphone companies over car accidents caused by distracted drivers?

    You knew this was coming. Someone’s driving a car. They’re talking on their cellphone, too. The car crashes. It crashes into another car. The driver of the other car dies. And now the family of the killed driver wants to sue someone. That “someone” just so happens to be the wireless provider and the manufacturer of the phone. Read More

  • iPhone in Korea off to a good start

    The iPhone officially went on sale in China at the end of October and in Japan in summer last year, but many people in one important Asian market were still waiting for it the whole time: Korea. After getting the official government approval in mid-November, the country’s number two mobile carrier, KT Corporation, started rolling out the iPhone on November 28. And it can be happy about… Read More

  • The Missing Sync for Android now available

    Just about each and every time we review an Android phone, one of the first questions that shows up in the comments is, “So – how is it at syncing?” The answer to that is a bit complex. If you’re just looking to sync with Google services (like Gmail, Google Calendar, etc.), it’s great. Anything outside of that and, well, it kinda sucks. For anyone accustomed to… Read More

  • Video: Verizon Droid calls iPhone ‘digitally clueless’ in latest ad

    The word “droid” is short for “android.” When you think of androids you think of robots. “Robot” is a Czech word that means “drudgery.” “Drudgery” is defined as “dull, irksome, and fatiguing work.” And let me tell you: it is dull, irksome, and fatiguing to sit through this latest Verizon Droid commercial. Read More