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  • And now Verizon pushed Bing Mobile onto BlackBerry Storms

    Alright, Verizon, you’re doing it wrong. Stop pushing apps onto my BlackBerry Storm. Within the last few months, YouTube, a Verizon-linked verizon of Slacker Radio, VZW Tones, and a V Cast Video app have been pushed to my phone. I thought that’s what App World is for; you know, apps. But now a terrible mobile version of Bing was pushed onto my Storm. Seriously, stop it. Read More

  • Texting and driving now banned in New York State

    Residents of New York State, beware: texting and driving is now 100 percent banned. No, it’s not the first state to enact such a ban—far from it, actually—but sometimes things don’t register till they happen in your backyard. The law goes into effect today, and infractions carry a maximum fine of $150. Read More

  • Smartphone Showdown: iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid

    If hype were to be believed, the Motorola DROID is the pièce de résistance of the mobile world; the conclusive creation sent down by the Great Smartphone in the sky to rid us of our woes. It would prepare your breakfast promptly each morning, tuck you in at night, and, maybe — just maybe — knock the iPhone down a notch or two. Beginning about a week before its launch (largely due… Read More

  • Video: Sony Ericsson Rachel tantalizingly teased

    With the Sony Ericsson Rachel (otherwise known as the XPERIA X3 or, more recently, the X10) having already made numerous unofficial appearances across the Interwebs, it seems like Sony Ericsson’s down to show their cards a bit early – or at least the back and sides of them. Read More

  • BillShrink shows us that the Droid is as expensive as the iPhone 3GS

    Not amazing news but interesting nonetheless: Billshrink, a site dedicated to “saving you money” compared the total cost of ownership in the 3GS, the Pre, the MyTouch 3G, and the Droid. They found that TCO for an unlimited rate plan costs $3,799, the same as the iPhone 3GS. Both the Pre and the MyTouch are over $1,200 cheaper. Read More

  • Instant translation: Jibbigo Spanish-English translator works in real time

    Can you even imagine what it must have been like to be an early explorer? Like, you leave Spain or Portugal on some rickety boat, and arrive in the New World. Cool and all, but, outside of shooting everything in sight, how do you communicate with anybody? What, do you point to the sun and say “sol,” and expect the other guy to repeat “sol”? That can’t be an… Read More

  • The iPhone launches in China today, seems to arouse little interest (pictures from Beijing) [UPDATE]

    Japan went crazy over the iPhone when it made its debut in summer last year, but China as another big Asian market for Apple seems to react differently. The iPhone officially launched in China today, offered by China Unicom, one the country’s three big cell phone carriers. But our friends over at major Chinese news portal are reporting [Google machine translation] that not too… Read More

  • Palm Pixi accessories begin trickling into Best Buy

    The launch of the Palm Pixi might still be more than two weeks away, but the Blue Polo Brigade is already gettin’ prepped. One of our tipsters spotted this third-party silicone case lurkin’ around in a none-too-hidden spot, though it hadn’t made its way all the way to the shelves just yet. If you manage to spot an actual Pixi lurkin’ around any retail spots —… Read More

  • Where are all the great Android games? The answer is simpler than we think

    I was Tweeting with Gartenberg last night about all the great Android games. After all, the Android Marketplace has so many great titles like Civilization Revolution, Canabalt, iShoot, and… oh… wait… All kidding aside, the reason there is such a dearth of great games has to do with some programming choices in Android itself and it’s a problem that can – and should –… Read More

  • It's a data cable! It's an external battery pack! Actually, the XP1 is both in one.

    As smartphones get more powerful and mobile internet connections get faster, battery life seems to be getting worse and worse. While there are a truckload of technologies in the works to make things better in the coming months and years, the only real option for mobile junkies to stay juiced up is to carry an external battery pack. Thing is, every damn time we go to use our external battery… Read More

  • Original Body HTC Heros with US 3G coming soon – but you'll have to import

    If your pockets are just beggin’ to be filled with an HTC Hero, your options thus far (assuming you’re in the US) have been limited. You could get one through Sprint or wait for Verizon’s Hero-esque Droid Eris – but either of those options means you’re on a modified, round-bodied Hero rather than the angled, chin-tastic Hero that nearly 70% of our readers prefer. Read More

  • Droid Eris doc leaks, shows WiFi and 5 megapixel Camera

    The first phone in what will eventually become a line of Droid phones only became a reality yesterday morning, and its sibling is already in tow. We already know a bit about the HTC-made Droid Eris, such as its $99 price tag and that it’s likely to be spec’d almost identically to the Hero. We’re suckers for the minute details though, and PhoneArena just uncovered a doc… Read More

  • Mobile And Social Platforms Want To Be The King Of Local Search

    We’ve been saying for a while that ‘local’ is going to be one of those ‘next big things’, and the win by Red Beacon at TechCrunch 50 has been something of a clarion call for this. Now a new study from TMP Directional Marketing has come out with some interesting data to back this up. The study shows that the web generally, but in particular mobile and social… Read More

  • Google's Eric Schmidt On Magical Potential Of Mobile + Cloud

    I was sorting through my notes and video footage of the Google press event around the launch of Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 and saw this gem. It’s a minute or so of footage of Google CEO Eric Schmidt talking about the potential of today’s mobile platforms when combined with the cloud. Read More

  • Unboxing: The Verizon Droid by Motorola

    Our own John Biggs already gave the Verizon Droid a quick hands-on earlier today – but in the endless rush of things, he didn’t get a chance to walk it through a proper unboxing ceremony. Somewhat magically (albeit a bit later than we would have hoped), a Droid also happened to show up on my doorstep this morning, so I went ahead and captured the whole undressing for all to see. Enjoy! Read More

  • Two More iPhone Overhaul Concepts: Multitasking And Dashboard Widgets. Would You Use These?

    A few weeks back, we shared a video by Swedish Design agency Ocean Observations which demonstrated a rather clever (but arguably useless) concept: Exposé for the iPhone homescreen. We shared that video on a whim, and the resulting conversation and comments were outstanding. As a result, the same design firm has since churned out two more iPhone-related concept videos: Coverflow Multitasking… Read More

  • bCode, Screenvision and Sprint bring mobile couponing into movie theaters

    You know the words, folks – sing it with me: ♫ Lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby, and get ourselves a discount on concession stand goods via our cellular telephones. ♫ Sure, those aren’t the words to the jingle as we know it – but they might take over, eventually. This morning, turn-key mobile coupon service bCode announced a… Read More

  • Has Tapjoy solved monetization of free apps on the iPhone and Android?

    Tapjoy, the small development shop that brought us the incredible TapDefense for the iPhone [iTunes link], has quietly built out an extremely strong toolset to provide monetization options for app developers. Through two strong offerings, they claim to increase ad revenue for free apps by more than 250%. I first met them at the TechCrunch50 DemoPit, and was thoroughly impressed by the… Read More

  • Oh, BTW: The Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 launched today

    When we heard the news that the BlackBerry Storm2 would be launching on Verizon on the same day as their much heralded Droid, we got a gut feeling that the Storm2 would fly pretty much under the radar all day. And sure enough, it has. So, let this serve as a reminder for anyone who’s itchin’ for Waterloo’s latest who wasn’t camped out this morning: the BlackBerry Storm2… Read More

  • Got $600 bucks? The Sony Ericsson Aino is now available in the US

    Hurray! Not only is today “Droid Day”, but it also just so happens to be “New Sony Ericsson phone with a name no one can pronounce” day! Happy NSEPWNNCP Day, everyone! Sony Ericsson’s present for today is the Aino, an 8.1-megapixel’d, WiFi’d, tri-band HSPA’d (so it should work with certain US GSM carriers – that is, AT&T), with a… Read More