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A vast majority of iPhone applications may end up abandoned, but we know of at least one app that a Los Angeles-based band simply can't do without: FourTrack. As the iPhone continues to push the envelope of what's possible on a smartphone, the band--which goes by 'The 88'--has managed to record an entire track using Apple's smartphone. It's hard to believe, but it's true.The app, which was crafted by Sonoma Wire Works, sparked an idea to jot down song ideas on the fly, and eventually the band simply used the 14 recorded tracks to create one of their published songs. The single is called "Love Is The Thing," and it's available now in the iTunes music store for $1. A video of the making process... Read more...
Remember the satellite phone? You know, those oftentimes huge cellphones that are seen occasionally in sci-fi flicks and every other episode of 24? Believe it or not, there's still quite the market for those things, despite the surge in network expansion from mobile operators across the globe.To serve said niche, TerreStar Corporation has this week launched what amounts to the world's largest commercial satellite, with the goal of "providing first-of-its-kind high-speed Internet and wireless voice service from space." The launch really couldn't come at a better time, given that the US government just unleashed $4 billion for use in rural broadband expansion. Without a doubt, satellite Internet... Read more...
What would you get if RIM's BlackBerry Storm and Bold slammed together at an unnerving rate of speed? Aside from a real mess, you'd probably have something akin to this: the BlackBerry Tour. The newest 3G BlackBerry is headed straight for Verizon Wireless, with an in-store launch date of July 12th. Better still, this is classified as a "world phone," meaning that there is a SIM card slot as well to roam on GSM networks when not using VZW's CDMA towers here in the United States.Other specifications include a 3.2MP camera, built-in GPS, geo-tagging/video support, a full HTML browser, support for tethering and V CAST and all of the normal BlackBerry amenities users have grown to love (push email,... Read more...
HTC unveiled its latest Android phone, the Hero, earlier in the week. Perhaps more exciting than the phone itself, however, was the custom Android interface called Sense. This UI lets users customize their device and provides better access to the information you want at a glance. The UI supports widgets, customized profiles, and consolidated views of various types of information. HTC has said its future devices will use this Sense UI. Now, we’re seeing more good news from the company, with various sources reporting that HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed the new HTC Sense user interface "will be available on some other existing devices." We don’t yet know which devices will be getting the Sense... Read more...
Man, what a month for cellphones! The Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS and T-Mobile myTouch 3G were just the beginning, as HTC has revealed its newest smartphone in back-to-back launch events in London and New York. While the handset hums along on Android, it's not a typical version of the OS. HTC asserts that its Hero is the world’s first Android-based phone with a customized user interface, a feature it's calling "Sense."The Hero doesn't look all that different that the T-Mobile G1. There's still a crooked chin, a full touchscreen and a rectangular design. According to HTC, it boasts an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge resistance and a longer lasting, clearer display. The white model... Read more...
Adobe is preparing to launch Flash Player 10 for most mobile platforms later this year. Although widely used around the Web, Flash is often considered too resource intensive for smartphones. This new mobile version is set to change that. Supported platforms will include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and WebOS. Flash Player 10 for mobile devices will enable smartphones to deliver a richer Internet browsing experience. The platform will also support development of web-based applications, theoretically freeing developers from individual application stores. During a recent earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said many partners have already received an early copy of Flash Player 10. Developers... Read more...
Intel has been floundering a bit around in the pocket mobile and handset space for some time now. After grabbing a solid foothold in the netbook market (seriously, what netbook doesn't have an Atom under the hood these days?), the company is now looking to take the mobile space ever more seriously. In order to do so, the Intel has formally announced a long term partnership with one of the world leaders in mobile phone and communications technology: Nokia. Anand Chandrasekher, Intel Senior VP and GM, Ultra Mobility GroupDuring a press call today, executives from both companies reiterated on numerous occasions that the announcement was simply a technological partnership. In other words, those hoping... Read more...
Wow, talk about a sudden influx of new phone choices. Within the span of just a few weeks, American mobile users have been introduced to Palm's Pre on Sprint, Apple's iPhone 3GS on AT&T and now T-Mobile's myTouch 3G on (you guessed it) T-Mobile USA. Officially, this phone is the followup to the T-Mobile G1, the planet's first-ever Android-based cellular phone.The myTouch 3G boasts an updated look and feel, with cleaner lines, more curves and support for T-Mobile's growing 3G network. Of course, the overall design still brings back clear memories of the G1, with a full touch-screen and a few hard buttons below. There's no slide-out keyboard, so you'll have to utilize the on-screen touch keyboard... Read more...
It's no Android phone, but it's still pretty snazzy. Samsung's latest entry into the smartphone arena goes simply by "Jet," and it definitely sports a motif that matches its label. Boasting a sleek, full touchscreen design, the Jet is said to be "smarter than a smartphone." Samsung has included a multi-task manager and support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and the interface is the company's own TouchWiz. As for specifications, you'll find a 3.1" WVGA AMOLED display, which will supposedly outshine even the display in Apple's iPhone and the T-Mobile  G1. The WVGA resolution also provides loads of screen real estate, and the 800MHz processor makes the iPhone 3G S look like just another... Read more...
With Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 hitting the Web today and the new iPhone 3G S landing in stores this Friday, we can't think of a worse possible week to launch a smartphone. That said, T-Mobile USA has defied logic by introducing the newest Dash handset. If you'll recall, the original Dash was launched way back in 2006, making this one seriously ripe for an upgrade. After finally flipping the switch on its 3G network not too long ago, the HTC-designed T-Mobile Dash 3G obviously takes advantage of those faster data speeds and clearer voice channels. There's also 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi for when Internet hotspots are nearby, and while Windows Mobile 6.5 is just about the bend, this one ships with the dated... Read more...
Nokia's been a real roll of late, pumping out more handsets than we can even keep track of. To that end, the company is dishing out two more higher-end units today in the E72 and 5530 XpressMusic. The former isn't drastically different than the recently launched E71 and E71x, packing a slim smartphone enclosure with a full QWERTY keyboard. The phone ships with the Symbian S60 operating system, providing users with easy access to IM, email, MMS and all other smartphone amenities. According to Nokia, the E72 is equipped with a "desktop like email experience" found on the more expensive E75, and it also ships with a 5MP camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Naturally, the cellphone is also equipped... Read more...
Intel already holds a strong position in the personal computer and server market. But, like other companies, Intel wants more. Moving forward, Intel’s executives believe there’s a good potential to increase Atom's traction in adjacent markets by targeting these low-cost, energy-efficient chips at various multifunctional consumer gadgets including smartphones and other portable devices that access the Internet. “Atom is Intel's growth engine,” said Intel spokesman Bill Calder.Breaking into the smartphone market won’t be easy, however. The market is currently owned by companies such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, MediaTek, and Infineon Technologies. All of these companies use... Read more...
Go figure -- one thing that's not ailing in this economy is something that many, on the surface, would assume one could live without. As mobile data usage rises, a great deal of that comes from the average smartphone. In a new report from The New York Times, we're forced to think about just how much of a necessity these ultra-smart cellphones have become. Just five years ago, these things were simple luxuries. Now, they are practically needed for super-efficient businesspeople. One example of just how useful these are explains how someone who was recently laid off still relied on their expensive smartphone in order to land the next job. By having that "always-on" connection, job seekers can keep... Read more...
After what feels like forever, Nokia's latest shot at breaking ground in the American smartphone market has arrived. The highly sophisticated N97 smartphone, which has been available overseas for a small while now, is finally shipping to US customers. By and large, Nokia is still struggling to have its smartphones taken seriously in the US market. The company has managed to land its lower-end units on various carriers, but in most cases (the N97 included), its smartphones have been sold without carrier support. In other words, those looking to secure an N97 will have to buy it off-contract, which obviously has its pros and cons. On the plus side, you don't have to sign any lengthy contracts with... Read more...
Garmin plans to start selling its oft-delayed nuvifone in Asia in late June or early July, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Pemble told shareholders at the company’s recent annual meeting. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Pemble said a release date for North America and Europe is still on hold. In response to a question from an investor, Pemble did say, “We believe we're getting very close.” As you may recall, the nuvifone is a touch-screen smartphone that includes features from Garmin’s line of GPS devices such as turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic warnings, and a search engine to help you find nearby points of interest. Garmin-Asus G60 The nuvifone has been shown in two models—the Linux-based... Read more...
BenQ, the company's whose mobile division filed for bankruptcy two years ago, is attempting a comeback by unveiling its intentions to launch an Android based smartphone and netbook sometime next year. The announcement means BenQ is now part of a growing list of companies that are either making or planning to make smartphones and mini-laptops based on the Android OS. BenQ is not new to the smartphone world. The company already has Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets such as the E72 shown here. Assuming the new phone is designed and built properly, an Android phone could help BenQ gain some market share. A few years ago, BenQ was a contender in the worldwide mobile phone industry, but its acquisition... Read more...
Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry line of handheld devices, has issued a security patch for the popular handhelds, warning they are vulnerable to attacks by hackers. According to security experts, if this latest patch is not applied, there is a risk hackers could exploit the vulnerability and take over a company’s server. To date, no hacker has exploited the vulnerability. As RIM put it, “Multiple security vulnerabilities exist in the PDF distiller of some released versions of the BlackBerry Attachment Service.” This vulnerability could cause memory corruption and could also possibly lead to arbitrary code execution on the computer that hosts the BlackBerry Attachment Service.... Read more...
Rumors have been flaring over this for as long as the iPhone has been a reality, but it sounds like they'll be quieted...at least for a little while. While speaking at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, Verizon Wireless CFO John Killian flat-out refused to answer questions on whether his company was looking into snagging Apple's cellular cash cow. Instead, he insisted that VZW was positioned to serve needs by offering a wide range of devices. Unfortunately for him, a "wide range" still isn't "the iPhone," and as AT&T has seen in its startling new subscriber growth, having that ace in the hole is a big, big deal.When Mr. Killian was really pressed on the issue, he stated the following:... Read more...
Ah, the BlackJack. Samsung's long-standing smartphone family has grown another, but the newest member has dropped the "Black" and stuck strictly with "Jack." Launching today exclusively on AT&T in the US, the Jack features Windows Mobile 6.1, 3G connectivity, a sleek keyboard and support for instant messaging and access to multiple e-mail accounts. Samsung makes known that the Jack will be upgradable to Windows Mobile 6.5, and as for hard specifications, we're looking at 256MB of RAM, a 3.2MP camera, video-capture abilities, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), aGPS module and AT&T Navigator. There's also a QVGA display and tri-band HSDPA, and you can make it your own today for $99.99 on a two year contract.... Read more...
At long last, we can wonder no longer. After waiting months and months, Palm and Sprint have finally come to an agreement on when the company's forthcoming flagship product will launch: June 6th. Originally announced this past January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the much-hyped Pre was slated to hit Sprint sometime during the first half of this year. Until today, however, we've had no idea what exact day that would be.The smartphone will be the first ever to utilize Palm's newly created webOS operating system, and obviously it will be offered exclusively from Sprint. The phone will be on sale starting June 6th across America in Sprint  stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select... Read more...
While the HTC-built G1 has undoubtedly become the face of T-Mobile, the long-standing Sidekick line is getting a new face of its own today. T-Mobile USA has just launched the Sidekick LX, which features a long-awaited 3G radio and the same iconic swivel design that has made the form factor so appealing over the years.Additionally, prospective buyers can look forward to GPS-enabled Live Search and improved video capabilities, and it is available for pre-order starting today in two new colors -- orchid and carbon. Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA, chimed in with a few very positive things to say: "Our Sidekick customers are going to be blown away by the new features this... Read more...
Not long ago, we heard that Dell's smartphone prototypes were being frowned upon by an undisclosed amount of carriers. Today, Reuters is reporting that Dell is taking its phones elsewhere in hope of gaining ground, impressing pundits and eventually moving into the US and Europe in the future. If a pair of apparently in-the-know analysts are to be trusted, Dell will launch smartphones (plural, as in multiple phones) in the Chinese market by the year's end, though actual details about the design and functionality remain scant. The company is forging ahead with this endeavor as it searches for an additional revenue source, and while starting in China is definitely unorthodox, it's better than just... Read more...
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