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The green bandwagon is as hot as ever, but usually we see companies blowing lots of hot air rather than actually doing anything to benefit Mother Earth. Not so with Samsung, which has just introduced what's very likely the world's most eco-friendly cell phone. Cleverly called the Reclaim, this device is made from 80 percent recyclable materials, and a portion of the purchase price from each one goes directly to benefit The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program.The Reclaim's outer shell is constructed from a bio-plastic material that is actually made from corn. Yeah, corn! 40 percent of the shell is rooted in one of your favorite vegetables, and the entire phone is free of polyvinyl chloride... Read more...
Quick question—what's smaller than a netbook, bigger than a smartphone, and doesn't conform to Intel's definition of a MID (Mobile Internet Device?) If you guessed "smartbooks," give yourself a pat on the back for being prescient. If you've never heard of a smartbook before, don't feel bad; the term refers to a series of ARM-based sub-netbooks companies like Acer, Foxconn, and Pegatron all intend to back. The name is a portmaneau between "smart phone" and "netbook;" the devices themselves are meant to echo the various feature sets common on today's cell phones. Smartbooks were unveiled for the first time at Computex last June, but we'll reportedly see an array of these devices on the market by... Read more...
In recent years, Motorola's mobile handsets division has been slow to provide new, popular devices. However, that might be about to change if leaked images of a new phone called Sholes becomes reality. Sholes is based on the Android OS and sports some beefy specs and a sleek design that is sure to appeal to serious smartphone users. Russian site MotoFan shows the Sholes as having a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera, and a classy design. Reportedly, the Motorola Sholes will run on Verizon's EVDO Rev A network. If rumors are true, the phone will be available in October for an unknown price. Other specifications include a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a 480-by-854-pixel resolution, 256MB... Read more...
The HTC Touch Pro2 is set to arrive in the U.S. on August 12. T-Mobile will carry the new HTC smartphone, which has a WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and voice capabilities. The Touch Pro2 will run on T-Mobile’s 3G network and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g). The Touch Pro2 has a 3.6-inch color display that slides back and tilts up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The handset also comes equipped with a Web browser, location-based services and built-in GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus for photos and video. Like many mobile operating systems today, the Touch Pro2 will feature a single contact view that displays conversation history with an individual regardless of whether... Read more...
We won’t be hearing the term Windows Mobile much longer. At an event to show off upcoming Christmas goodies, Microsoft let it slip that the devices will soon be known as Windows Phone. Reports indicate that the Windows Phone branding will be applied to Windows Mobile 6.1, the upcoming 6.5 version, and to Windows Mobile 7, which is expected sometime in 2010. Right now, it’s still unclear when the naming system will be implemented. Windows Mobile 6.5The name change "reflects the upcoming desktop operating system release where people away from their PC can have the same experience everywhere," says Microsoft. Over the years, the OS has also been known as Windows CE and Pocket PC. The Windows Mobile... Read more...
Another day, another new smartphone (or "featurephone," if you will) on AT&T's network. Today, Samsung Mobile is introducing its latest finger-friendly phone to grace America's largest GSM network, the Solstice. At first glance, the phone actually look a lot like the Samsung Instinct that did so well for Sprint last year, with a thin, polished design and a full 3" touch screen.There's also a virtual landscape QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz interface, one-touch access to frequently used applications and social networks through new widgets for Facebook, MySpace and Yahoo! oneSearch, 3G data support, AT&T Navigator and AT&T Mobile Music. Users can also anticipate support for MMS (something... Read more...
The Palm Pre is likely one of the most anticipated smartphones to arrive this year. First announced at CES 2009, the Palm Pre has been called an iPhone killer, Palm’s comeback device, and Sprint’s savior. Needless to say, there are a lot of expectations for the Pre.Two of the first things you’re likely to notice about the Pre are its sleek, clean design and its vibrant display. The Palm Pre also boasts of the ability to multitask, it has a new notification system, a physical keyboard, and a screen with multi-touch capabilities. All of these features combine to make a phone that appears to be one of the best iPhone rivals yet. Click the link below and check it out...Palm Pre Review, Competition... Read more...
The Palm Pre is likely one of the most anticipated smartphones to arrive this year. First announced at CES 2009, the Palm Pre has been called an iPhone killer, Palm’s comeback device, and Sprint’s savior. Needless to say, there are a lot of expectations for the Pre.Two of the first things you’re likely to notice about the Pre are its sleek, clean design and its vibrant display. The Palm Pre also boasts of the ability to multitask, it has a new notification system, a physical keyboard, and a screen with multi-touch capabilities. All of these features combine to make a phone that appears to be one of the best iPhone rivals yet. On the inside, the Pre runs Palm’s latest operating system, called... Read more...
Research In Motion's BlackBerry line has a long history of being the go-to smartphone for the business crowd. By and large, the BlackBerry hasn't changed much over the years, sticking to its vertical form factor, full QWERTY keypad and generally small screen. Those attributes, along with a few nice extras, are all present on the company's latest slice of fruit, the BlackBerry Curve 8520. The sleekest BlackBerry yet is destined to launch on T-Mobile USA, and while the specs list is decent, it's still being classified as a low-to-mid-range smartphone. It'll be available in two shades (black and frost) and will provide push e-mail, messaging and applications that provide easy access to popular social... Read more...
AT&T used its Twitter page to let us know that it has dropped the price on the refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G to just $49, while supplies last. The Twitter posting suggests visiting att.com to order. The $49 price tag is half the price of an unopened 8GB model. If you’re looking for a 3G capable iPhone and don’t need the faster specs and better camera of the new iPhone 3GS, this could be a good deal. Of course, you’ll still be required to sign up for a two-year contract. AT&T’s site tells us a bit more about refurbished phones: Refurbished phones are previously owned devices that have been unused or lightly used and returned during the 30-day trial period. Each refurbished phone is independently... Read more...
Garmin-Asus, the partnership that many doubted would ever bear fruit, is finally gearing up to ship their first product. When it was originally announced back in 2008, the nüvifone was viewed as a serious iPhone competitor and a real top-notch product for the smartphone industry at large. Unfortunately for Garmin-Asus, a lot has changed over the past year, with Google's Android hitting the market, Samsung stepping up its Windows Mobile game and even LG making a serious play for market share. The other thing is that the nüvifone has remained unchanged since its announcement, giving existing smartphone customers little reason to believe it still has relevance and staying power. The nüvifone G60,... Read more...
It's no surprise to hear that Motorola is also considering selling a portion of its soul to Android. In fact, we kind of already knew it had a thing for Google-sourced mobile operating system. But now the company is getting serious in a time where other handset makers are doing the same, and we'd surmise that this is happening not a moment too soon. With companies such as HTC and Sony Ericsson already delivering and/or planning Android-based handsets, Moto must get itself into that same category if it wants to be considered a serious player in the smartphone space. As the company continues to struggle in a post-RAZR world, it's hoping to jump start development of Android phones with its new MOTODEV... Read more...
It's hard to say if netbooks are completely to thank (we're guessing they only deserve some of the credit), but mobile broadband is booming. And when we say "booming," we mean "93% year-on-year growth." According to Informa Telecoms & Media’s latest World Cellular Data Metrics report, which takes a close look at non-voice mobile revenues and usage, there were over 225 million mobile broadband subscribers across all technologies (3G, 4G, WiMax, HSUPA, etc.) at the end of March '09, which represents a staggering 93% increase since last year's report.The report notes that WWAN usage is highest in Asia-Pacific with over 90 million subscribers, while growth is most notable in Latin America (385%... Read more...
Talk about a sobering story. Just hours before Apple is expected to deliver its Q3 earnings via conference call, the Cupertino, California-based company is dealing with a tragedy halfway across the globe. Reports from China began popping up a few days ago that a man working in a Foxconn manufacturing facility had done the unthinkable: he had committed suicide, and he did so in part because of being connected to Apple.Crazy, right? According to a variety of overseas reports, the employee decided to take his own life after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype that he was responsible for went missing. The 25 year old Sun Danyong was said to be liable for shipping these prototypes to Apple, and he... Read more...
Large wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless often lock in exclusive deals with phone manufacturers so that they are the only carrier who offers a phone for a predefined amount of time, such as six months or a year. In AT&T’s case, the exclusivity deal with Apple regarding the iPhone has lasted for multiple years. Now, Verizon Wireless is giving some of the small carriers a chance to compete when they might not otherwise be able to do so. While Verizon Wireless still plans to lock up new mobile phones in exclusive contracts, the company is making an exception and letting small carriers get the phones in six months or less. With this agreement, “small carriers” are defined... Read more...
Developers and Palm Pre owners received some good news yesterday when Palm announced the public release of its Mojo Software Development Kit for the webOS platform. Palm also announced a new developer portal, Palm webOSdev. This portal has FAQs, forums, and all of the associated documentation for the SDK. Palm plans to open the app submission process to all developers this fall. New applications are already in the pipeline thanks to Palm’s early access program. The initial response to Palm webOS apps from both developers and customers has been enthusiastic. In the initial beta stage, over 1.8 million apps were downloaded from the beta App Catalog. Palm says thousands of developers participated... Read more...
While the rest of the world moves to court Android, Nokia seems pretty content with Symbian. As the handset maker looks to up its market share in the North American segment, it has today introduced a new "smartphone" on AT&T that pushes the boundaries of what a "smartphone" really is.Sure, the Surge has a pull-out QWERTY keyboard, a Web browser with Flash support and a built-in JuiceCaster application for easy access to Facebook and Twitter, but the relatively tiny screen and lackluster user interface makes this whole "smartphone" thing a real stretch. Whatever the case, the phone also boasts a 2MP camera, 3G data/voice support, MMS support, AT&T Video Share/Navigator, and a portal for... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint both launched the BlackBerry Tour today. This smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks, making the phone compatible with various networks around the world. The Tour operates on Verizon’s and Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband networks and can also roam on other high speed HDSPA networks. When roaming, the phone offers 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as support for 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks. The Tour offers a variety of business and personal features that take advantage of these high-speed capabilities. Personal features include access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. Users can also share pictures... Read more...
Although the T-Mobile myTouch 3G won’t be available nationwide until August 5th, current T-Mobile customers can pre-order the phone to ensure they’re one of the first to get their hands on this much anticipated phone. Starting today, current T-Mobile customers can visit www.T-MobilemyTouch.com to order the company’s latest Android-powered device. T-Mobile is making the deal even sweeter by announcing that existing customers who order the phone during the pre-sales period from July 8-28 can qualify for delivery before the national retail launch. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G was designed by HTC and boasts of a sleek and lightweight look and feel. The handset has a full touchscreen with a virtual keyboard... Read more...
When Palm first unveiled its new Pre at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, one question that was on everyone's mind received a very murky answer. We were assured that a GSM version of the smartphone was in the works, but no one knew when or where it would appear. In fact, it wasn't even clear then when exactly the CDMA Pre would launch on Sprint.Now, however, Palm has issued the details that everyone outside of North America has been clamoring for. Before the end of this year, Palm's first webOS-based device will arrive in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on each nation's respective Telefónica network, which means O2 for the first three countries mentioned and Movistar for... Read more...
According to an internal memo sent to company employees at AT&T, the first day the new Apple iPhone 3G S went on sale was the biggest sales day ever for the company. That’s right—the iPhone 3G S beat out the previous two iPhone launch days as well as traditionally heavy retail sales days such as Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and the day after Christmas, December 26.There’s no doubt the new iPhone 3G S has attracted a lot of positive attention. The iPhone 3G S sold one million phones in the first weekend it was available. By comparison, it took AT&T and Apple about two and a half months to sell one million iPhones in 2007. In addition, six million people had downloaded the... Read more...
Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone 3GS to new students for "mobile learning." As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of implementation of mobile devices will continue ACU’s efforts to provide new opportunities for professors and... Read more...
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