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  • World Record texting speed broken — and once again, it's with Swype

    Back in March of this year, Guiness opened up their big book o’ World Records to anyone willing to claim that they were the fastest touchscreen texter on the block. The first contender to step up to the plate was a gent named Franklin Page, who used Swype’s slide-to-type tech to blast out Guiness’ headache-inducing pre-set sentence in just 35.54 seconds. Surely by no… Read More

  • Purportedly legitimate Nokia N9 specs trickle out

    Nokia’s recently leaked, oh-so-MacBook-Pro-esque N9 may not have the most original look ever… but these days, what does? We’ll give this thing a free pass through the Valley of Snark for the fact that it’s probably going to be one of this first handsets to hit the shelves rockin’ Nokia/Intel’s new operating system, MeeGo — something which… Read More

  • Details of the Motorola MB520 "Kobe" leak

    Soon there’ll be a new Android phone in AT&T Town. A phone goin’ by the name of Kobe. Moto Kobe. Details have leaked of the device from both the UPnP Forum, and the Wi-Fi Alliance, but today, Engadget got some insider knowledge on the matter, including a couple of benchmark screenshots, and a run down of the specs. The device will be a slate form-factor running a Droid 2/X… Read More

  • Motorola releases Android upgrade schedule

    If you’re a peachy-keen Android/Motorola user, then you’re no doubt jonesing for some upgrade action. Well, I have some good news and some not-so-good news on the matter. Good news: Over the weekend, Motorola released their upgrade schedule, outlining which models will get which version of Android, and when. Not-so-good news: I really wish I could tell you that you’re all… Read More

  • Your Facebook Friends Are Watching You—Did We Just Move Closer to 1984?

    Your Facebook Friends Are Watching You—Did We Just Move Closer to 1984?

    George Orwell’s novel 1984 begins with Winston Smith, the main character, seeing posters saying BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. In 2010, that could be replaced with FACEBOOK IS WATCHING YOU. Or rather, YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK ARE WATCHING YOU. You and your friends can now post where you are and share this information, if you so chose. Facebook showed off the power of this new… Read More

  • Palm working on a high-res device called the "RoadRunner HD"?

    This is just the most micro-sized of clues we’re going on here, but some analytics have logged a device running webOS 2.0 on a 960×640 screen. What does it mean?! Read More

  • Dubious Study: Android users are dirty, dirty cheaters

    Remember that “study” from a few weeks back indicating that iPhone users are having more sexy-time than the rest of their smartphone carrying counterparts? Well, it turns out that they may just be having more of the sort of sexy-times that one would generally admit. In an equally-quoted-for-sarcasm “study” from (the entire purpose of which is to… Read More

  • T-Mobile G2, LG C900, and Samsung Cetus all make their early photographic debuts

    Man, oh man — just when we were starting to think that it was a slow week in terms of handset leaks, it seems a venerable geyser has been struck. Not one, not two, but three handsets have just made their way in front of the good ol’ spy cam. Two of ’em are WinPho 7 handsets, one is rockin’ the Android. Read More

  • Install Android 2.2 Froyo On Your Droid X Right Now

    How nice. It seems like an early OTA Froyo release leaked onto the interwebs early this morning. The install process isn’t nearly as cut and dry as, say, the Droid’s 2.1 installation, but it’s still doable as long as you don’t mind spending a few minutes (or hours) following dozens of steps spread out over various forum threads. It’s even more work if… Read More

  • Stalkers. Creeps. Weirdos. Terror. Welcome To Location, Facebook

    Stalkers. Creeps. Weirdos. Terror. Welcome To Location, Facebook

    The countdown is officially on for the big Facebook location backlash. How long will it be? One week? Two weeks? We all know it’s coming, it’s just a matter of when. And that’s too bad because I think Places is actually pretty great — potentially. The ACLU wasted little time yesterday trying to start such a backlash (their post on the matter came what, a whole 30… Read More

  • Amazon Offering The T-Mobile Vibrant For A Penny

    Wow, those of you who picked up the Vibrant yesterday for $99 are probably kicking yourselves. Amazon is now offering it for a thousandth of that — a single penny. That’s one fifth of a nickel. It’s a strange world where a flagship phone is being given away free with a contract. I mean, we all know the “total cost of ownership” is way more than a penny, but… Read More

  • Specs confirmed for the HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2?), the Android-powered QWERTY slider of your dreams

    Right as Windows Mobile 6.5 began to sputter, HTC launched the well-intended but poorly-timed Touch Pro 2. Our first reaction? “Awesome! Now when can we get this.. with Android?” That, it seems, is exactly what they have in mind with the Desire Z. Read More

  • QWERTY totin' Nokia N9 appears in China

    This Meego-powered QWERTY slider has been spotted making the way down China way today, and the branding on it clearly identifies it as the next model in the flagship N series; the N9. The silver colour your looking at is brought to you by the device’s all-aluminium enclosure, but the the originator of the leak — Eldar Murtazin — says that it will also come in black. Good… Read More

  • Next version of Android to be codenamed "Honeycomb"

    Android has a delicious history of codenames for its release versions, with each major release reading like a tasty children’s book: C is for Cupcake (v1.5)
    D is for Donut (v1.6)
    E is for Éclair (v2.1)
    F is for Froyo (v2.2)
    G is for Gingerbread (v3.0)
    H is for… What is H going to stand for? Well, rumours are pointing to Honeycomb, that natural treat that makes bee hives so tasty… Read More

  • Cosmo Releases Sex Position of the Day App For Android, I Release Bile

    Do you like sex with other people? Do you like Android? While it is my opinion that those two questions are mutually exclusive, someone, somewhere matches those two criteria. Thankfully, Cosmopolitan Magazine is there for them. Basically, this is an app that shows sex positions, albeit in a cartoony way. Fair enough. Android is for pornographers, after all. And that’s basically the… Read More

  • Custom ClockworkMod Recovery now available for Droid X, Custom ROMs may not be far behind

    The kerfuffle over the Droid X exploding on modders may soon be a distant memory, as the next step in full pwnage of the device has been completed. Thanks to the ever-talented Koush, the first working Custom Recovery has now been released. Read More

  • Verizon testing unlimited text/talk/data plans for $100 in select markets

    Look out, Sprint: your $100 Unlimited Everything plan might not be a unique selling point for too much longer. People in San Diego and Los Angeles, California recently started receiving offers to nab Verizon’s National Talk and Text plan — usually a $90 per-month affair — for just $70 bucks as part of a regional test. Paired with Verizon’s $30 unlimited data plan… Read More

  • R2-D2 cheats on the Droid, shows up as an official iPhone case

    Oh R2-D2, you little harlot. Just when we were thinking that the R2-D2 edition Droid 2 was the most clever pairing in the history of everything, you go and make it a liiiittle less special. iPhone-toting Star Wars geeks, rejoice: you, too, can theme your handset like the galaxy’s bravest toaster. Read More

  • Exclusive: Yahoo Loses Top Mobile App Engineer, Sandeep Gupta

    Yahoo’s top engineer who heads up mobile app development for the company, Sandeep Gupta, just resigned, I have learned. It is another blow to Yahoo’s mobile ambitions. Gupta is a rock star mobile engineer who previously worked at Apple in charge of the iPod software and UI teams. At Yahoo, Gupta was in charge of creating all mobile apps for phones and tablets. He led the… Read More

  • Deal of the day: Samsung Vibrant $99 from T-mobile

    For today only, T-mobile have halved the price of their Galaxy S variant, the Vibrant, down to $99 on a two-year contract. The deal is for today only, and only from their online store. So, if you’ve been considering a Galaxy S, are happy to go with T-mobile, and have a spare $99, today could be your lucky day… [via BGR] Read More