Sony Ericsson Approves Idou

Permalink: Sony Ericsson Approves Idou by Franz Bicar

Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson leaked a concept phone they named Idou. However, the Idou is now officially named the Sony Ericsson Satio. Though the name was changed, the candy bar handset however, doesn’t.
It still offers a gorgeous 3.5-inch touch screen as your primary interface, and the few physical controls below the display and [...]

Broadband Genie tests mobile broadband

Permalink: Broadband Genie tests mobile broadband by Jan Harris

Broadband Genie, the broadband comparison service, has been checking out if mobile broadband lives up to the claims of leading ISPs.
In its first ever ‘Road Trip Awards’, Broadband Genie tested dongles from O2, Orange, 3, T-mobile, Virgin Media and Vodafone, to see how they performed.
The dongles were tested on a 350-mile rail [...]

Verizon Wireless Gears up for Palm Pre, Android, BlackBerry Storm 2

Permalink: Verizon Wireless Gears up for Palm Pre, Android, BlackBerry Storm 2 by Franz Bicar

Verizon Wireless will be swimming in hot new smartphones this summer if everything goes according to plan. The company plans to roll out a bunch of cutting-edge smartphones this year - and leading the pack, is the much anticipated Palm Pre. The Palm Pre will debut on June 6 exclusively on the on the Sprint [...]

Google Gives Away 4,000 Phones

Permalink: Google Gives Away 4,000 Phones by Franz Bicar

It’s not for everyone, and only if you are one of the delegates of Google I/O 2009.
To entice developers toward its Android Platform, Google gave away new, unlocked HTC Magic to all 4,000 attendees of its Google I/O 2009. By far, this announcement drew the loudest applause from the delegates.
On its opening keynote, Google spent [...]

Microsoft fined $200m for patent infringement

Permalink: Microsoft fined $200m for patent infringement by David Masters

Microsoft has been fined $200 million for patent infringement by verdict of a US jury.
The world’s largest software developer was ordered to pay the fine to Canadian software firm i4i.
The fine, issued by a federal jury in Texas, is the fourth largest jury verdict in the US and the second-largest patent jury award.
i4i alleges that [...]

Barclays revamps mobile banking

Permalink: Barclays revamps mobile banking by David Masters

Due to popular demand Barclays has optimised its Internet banking service for mobile access.
The number of customers checking their Barclays’ account from their mobile handset has doubled since the start of the year, forcing Barclays to rethink its mobile banking website design.
The bank said it has adapted its website so mobile customers can easily [...]

AT&T Prepares for Google Android Handsets

Permalink: AT&T Prepares for Google Android Handsets by Franz Bicar

With the possiblity of AT&T losing its iPhone contract to Verizon, the wireless carrier prepares to offset the loss with the adoption of the Google Android platform.
Reports show that AT&T Wireless is preparing for the launch of the HTC Lancaster. This will be in August and will be the first Google Android device supported [...]

HTC Touch Diamond2

Permalink: HTC Touch Diamond2 by Franz Bicar

As a successor to the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Diamond2 boasts of a sharper, bigger touch screen and an improved TouchFlo interface that provides easier navigation. It is bundled with a 5-megapixel camera and a very responsive user interface.
When it comes to the design, the HTC Touch Diamond2 is a sophisticated smartphone. Its [...]

iPhone’s Rumored Feature - Digital Compass

Permalink: iPhone’s Rumored Feature - Digital Compass by Franz Bicar

As we are nearing the announcement of the new iPhone this coming June at WWDC, iPhone rumors continue to pop up left and right. Another one has come up stating that the new version of the popular phone will include a digital compass. This compass could be very helpful to report, or instance, the direction [...]

Palm Pre Shortage Expected

Permalink: Palm Pre Shortage Expected by Franz Bicar

The Palm Pre hasn’t been released yet, but news of its short supply has already circulated around. Sprint and Palm confirmed the official launch date of the Pre on June 6. However, news of shortages and insufficient supply is already dampening the hype of the upcoming event.
In an interview with Reuters where Sprint’s CEO Dan [...]

Multitasking goes mobile with simultaneous TV and texting

Permalink: Multitasking goes mobile with simultaneous TV and texting by David Masters

You’ll soon be able to watch mobile TV and send text messages at the same time on Arima-made handsets, following a deal between Arima Communications Corp. and mobile TV maker Telegent Systems.
Arima’s SMS interactive feature enables mobile users to send and receive text messages whilst watching live broadcast television on their handset screen via Telegent’s [...]

Palm Pre Release Officially Announced

Permalink: Palm Pre Release Officially Announced by Franz Bicar

Been waiting for the Palm Pre? You won’t have to wait very long. Sprint Nextel and Palm announced on Tuesday an official release date and pricing for the Palm Pre. This eliminates all rumors of early releases and bogus prices for Palm’s latest creation.
The Pre will be available in the US on June 6 for [...]

ViewSonic switches on to smartphone market

Permalink: ViewSonic switches on to smartphone market by David Masters

LCD TV maker ViewSonic has announced plans to develop 3G smartphones, giving it a 3-inch – 300-inch product line.
Like PC-maker Acer, which is currently developing a range of smartphones, ViewSonic wants a piece of the rapidly expanding smartphone market.
The firm said the move is a ‘natural extension’ of its product range in a world where [...]

HTC Magic Android Phone to be Launched in Singapore

Permalink: HTC Magic Android Phone to be Launched in Singapore by Franz Bicar

HTC is planning to follow-up on the success of its first Android based phone. But get this, the second product, also based on Google’s Android platform, will be released early June in Singapore. Tough luck for those waiting for HTC’s second iteration as they won’t get to try it right away. But, I’m pretty sure [...]

Samsung GT-I6320C TV Phone

Permalink: Samsung GT-I6320C TV Phone by Franz Bicar

Yesterday, Samsung announced one of their latest phone for this year - the Samsung GT-I6320C TV phone bound for the Chinese 3G Network. The GT-I6320C will operate on Network, TD-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, 3G and CMMB.
The phone’s main feature is obviously its built-in TV capabilities that would allow customers to watch TV in 150 cities across China. [...]

GyPSii launches for iPhone

Permalink: GyPSii launches for iPhone by David Masters

Social networking app GyPSii is now available for the iPhone from Apple’s AppStore.
GyPSii chairman Dan Harple said the iPhone is GyPSii’s ‘perfect’ partner.
GyPSii enables users to create geotagged content to share with their social networking friends on services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Users can geotag their favourite restaurant or clothes store and leave a review, [...]

Streamezzo raises $5.4m; appoints chairman and CEO

Permalink: Streamezzo raises $5.4m; appoints chairman and CEO by David Masters

Open mobile app development platform, Streamezzo, this week announced that it has raised $5.4 million in investment funding, and has appointed a new chairman and a new CEO.
The latest round of investment was led by Innovacom, joined by previous investors Sofinnova Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, Qualcomm, NTEC and GET Valorisation.
The funds will be used to expand [...]

Sony Ericsson and T-Mobile launch W705 Zeemote phone

Permalink: Sony Ericsson and T-Mobile launch W705 Zeemote phone by Jan Harris

Sony Ericsson has entered into a partnership with Zeemote, the wireless controller specialist, to launch the W705 Zeemote phone.
The device, which is only available on T-Mobile, brings a console-style mobile gaming experience to the UK for the first time.
The Sony Ericsson W705 comes bundled with the Zeemote JS1 Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller and [...]

Motorola Evoke Touch-screen Phone

Permalink: Motorola Evoke Touch-screen Phone by Franz Bicar

Motorola can’t seem to get anything right - well not since the Razr and its various modifications. However, last month, the company released a touch-screen phone, the Motorola Evoke. This is quite good for the company as this phone is not just another Razr revamp but a new phone altogether.
What’s even more interesting is that [...]

Samsung M550 Exclaim

Permalink: Samsung M550 Exclaim by Franz Bicar

Samsung will launch the M550 Exclaim as a direct successor to the Samsung Rant. The big difference between the two is that the Exclaim will sport a new dual-slider design. I really don’t know how that would turn out but based on the picture, it looks pretty good. This lets the phone’s keypad slide down [...]