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  • Indonesia Joins Blackberry Ban

    The international controversy around RIM’s security measures continues to grow in size. According to the Economic Times, Indonesia is the latest country (along with the UAE and Saudi Arabia) to demand a change to RIM’s policy of encrypting and routing emails through its own servers. The countries deem this a threat to their sovereignty, and want RIM to install local servers rather… Read More

  • Sprint Epic 4G launching one day before Verizon's Droid 2?

    Though I disapprove of any use of the word “Epic” outside of those which involve dudes with massive beards, dudes on wooden ships battling sea monsters, or dudes carrying massive stone hammers, I do not disapprove of the Sprint Epic 4G. Samsung’s 4.0″ Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz CPU, dual cameras, WiMax, and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard? I’ll take one for… Read More

  • PayPal Brings Their Android App Up To Speed With Their iPhone App

    No matter how big your company is, maintaining platform parity — that is, keeping all of your apps functionally identical across multiple smartphone platforms — is tough work. Even Facebook can’t seem to get their Android app quite up to par with their iPhone app. Later today, PayPal will be introducing version 2.0 of their Android App, which seems to be aimed at bringing it… Read More

  • Google Offering "Dev Phone" Nexus One Running 2.2 For $529

    The official “Google Phone,” the kinda dead Nexus One, is still Google’s official “dev phone.” The phone, available unlocked for $529, is running the latest Android version and includes the “Google Experience” suite for Android development. The Nexus One combines an up-to-the-minute platform (Android 2.2), modern hardware, and the pure Google… Read More

  • Video: BlackBerry OS 6 web browser speed-tested against iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate

    It’s no secret that the current generation of BlackBerrys have a terrible browser. So, the news that BB OS 6 would run a webkit browser (the same code behind iOS’s Safari and the Android Browser), was pretty huge for all the BB users in the house. But not all Webkit browsers are created equal, right? So how does the new browser hold up against the competition, especially with… Read More

  • Verizon's Galaxy S (Fascinate) and Samsung Gem pictured

    Pretty much every major US carrier decided to pick up, modify, and show-off Samsung’s Android-powered wunderph┼Źn, the Galaxy S. Yet, despite announcing it back in June, there’s still one variant that hasn’t been revealed: Verizon’s Fascinate. Well until today, that is… Clearly, either Verizon or Samsing have a mole in their midst, as another Verizon-bound… Read More

  • Nokia Executive Vice President To Field Questions On Twitter Tomorrow

    Do you have any burning questions for Nokia? (For example: “How many N900s did you guys sell?”, or “Is it really worth it to shell countless resources into building your own platforms at this point?”, or “What’s a Nokia?”) Well, get’em ready — and make sure you’ve got a Twitter account. Tomorrow, Nokia’s Executive Vice President… Read More

  • WinPho 7 Probably Won't Support HTML 5

    Bad news for anyone expecting to use HTML 5 on a Windows Phone 7 OS device. At a recent press conference, Microsoft’s Frank Prengel stated that there are currently no “concrete” plans for HTML 5 support in the OS. There are plans for Flash support from Adobe, but that won’t happen until about 6 months after WinPho 7 has been released. This came up during a demonstration… Read More

  • Lockheed Martin's MONAX Will Bring 3G To The Smartphones Of Overseas Soldiers

    Thanks to charity efforts, it’s not too difficult for a soldier overseas to find a cell phone to dial home on. Finding a smartphone however, is a bit more difficult — and finding a wireless signal to make that smartphone worthwhile is a whole different game. WiFi hotspots don’t exactly come easy in the middle of the desert, you know? Next week, Lockheed Martin will be… Read More

  • Sharp To Launch Glasses-Free 3D Smartphone By Year-End – Globally

    The 3D craze continues to find its way into the cell phone market. Sharp has today announced plans to launch a smartphone that features both the 3D screen (pictured) and the 3D camera the company unveiled earlier this year. While this doesn’t come as much of a surprise, a Sharp representative today stressed the phone will be available by year end – globally. Read More

  • iPhone 4 unlock now available

    If you’ve already jailbroken your iPhone 4 (and it’s so simple these days…), you’ll be pleased to know that the next step toward freedom — the carrier unlock — is now ready and waiting for you in the magical lands of Cydia. The latest version of Ultrasn0w (1.0-1) will unlock iPhone 4s with baseband 01.59 and iPhone 3G/3GSs with basebands 04.26.08… Read More

  • Praise be! Facebook finally updates their Android app

    If you’re an Android user, I’m pretty sure you’ve tried to use the official Facebook app. And then given up. The functionality is lame, the notifications don’t work, and — most annoying of all — most of the actions within the app require being bumped out onto the mobile site anyway. In short: it stinks. But today, all that changes. Today sees version 1.3 hit… Read More

  • Knocking Off The HTC Evo 4G

    Sure, it looks like a HTC Evo 4G. They got the buttons right, the camera on the back, and a 4.3 inch screen, which translates out to 800×480. And that’s where things start to go wrong. The guts are what really matters, and this is where things get foggy. No idea on the CPU, and that camera on the back isn’t 8 megapixels. There also isn’t a secondary camera on the front… Read More

  • iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Now Available To Developers

    The title says it all: Developers, get on over to the iOS Dev Center and get yourself a taste of some fresh-baked iOS 4.1 Beta 3. Non-developers, be excited in knowing that 4.1 is one big ol’ step closer to gracing your handset in a non-Beta, non-crashy form. Like all versions of 4.1 that came before it, this one seems to be heavily focused on GameKit and Game Center. We’ll let… Read More

  • Is Verizon lying about the Droid's capabilities?

    Yesterday, Verizon made it clear that while the original Droid would be getting Android 2.2, it would not be getting one of Android 2.2’s most coveted features: WiFi HotSpot. In other words, you wouldn’t be able to flip a switch and turn your Droid into a little 3G-powered router for all of your friends to leach off on the commute home. The reason for this feature’s absence… Read More

  • Mobile Video Revenues Estimated At $548 Million In 2010

    With screens on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets becoming larger and higher-resolution, watching video on your iPad or Android phone is only limited by your bandwidth, not by the screen. And as long as you are on WiFi, these tablets and touchscreen phones are perfectly serviceable video viewing devices. ┬áRevenues from mobile video in the U.S. are estimated to grow from $548… Read More

  • MEETMOI: Helping The Lonely Hook Up

    Internet dating services are pretty much everywhere these days, but they can be somewhat inconvenient from a geographic standpoint. Now there’s MeetMoi NOW, an Android application designed to help you find people based on location, rather then just pictures and compatibility surveys. After downloading the app, you simply enter some basic information about your hobbies and interests, and… Read More

  • Blackberry Aims For the KIN Generation, But Is It Too Late?

    Want to know why Blackberry launches are so exciting to so many? Because it means those chained to RIM because of their IT departments dependence on Blackberry mail services will get new phones. So what is this inexplicable Blackberry Torch and what does it mean for the brave folks in RIMs Canadian mountain fortress? First off, office drones, don’t expect to get the Torch with all… Read More

  • Blackberry OS 6 To Come To The Bold 9700, Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G

    RIM just announced OS 6, a new version of the OS that includes social media management, RSS feed incorporation, and a new Universal Search tool. It also includes a new WebKit browser and revamped UI. The OS will appear on the new Blackberry Torch and then be available for newer Blackberry phones. Click through for the full press release. Read More

  • The BlackBerry Torch: A Slider Touchscreen Running BlackBerry 6 OS

    RIM’s latest BlackBerry handset combines the firms two product lines into one device. The Torch has a 3.2-inch 480×360 touchscreen previously found only on the Storm handsets up front with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out the bottom. Inside is a quad-band GSM radio along with 4GB of internal storage backed-up by a 4GB microSD card. But that’s only half the fun. Read More