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Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Running Android

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2014

Nokia X2 from Microsoft with Android OSNokia announced on Tuesday the release of the Nokia X2 Dual SIM smartphone. The X2 is the successor to the X1 with more power and the intention of delivering a reasonably prices smartphone to the “next billion” people according to Microsoft.

The device will sell for around $135 USD but most interesting is that the device will continue to run the Android OS despite the purchase of Microsoft who themselves have been struggling to keep up with their own operating system in the smartphone market. Microsoft stated that despite the phone having the competing OS, it will have access to some Microsoft services including Skype and the OneDrive cloud storage service.

This move by Microsoft seems counter-intuitive but also can serve as a good opportunity to highlight the differences between the phone OS platform and services that …

Third Windows Phone 8 Update Announced

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 14th, 2013

Windows Phone 8 UpdateMicrosoft announced on Monday the third update to its Windows Phone 8 mobile platform featuring updates including support for a larger Start screen at a higher resolution. Microsoft also included support for a faster processor, a driving mode, accessibility features and a few more.

The update creates the ability for Windows Phone 8 to support larger 5 and 6 inch mobile devices which some are calling “phablets”. Microsoft did not use the word phablet or refer to any larger devices being released however the main image on the release post from Microsoft had “phablet” in the file name. This would handle 1080p HD resolution and allows for as many as six Live Tiles across the screen. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Nokia come out with a larger device with the updated OS from Microsoft after Microsoft’s recent purchase …

California could ban Mobile Phones in Prisons

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

What’s the world coming to when a prisoner can’t even call his drug dealer? What’s a prostitute to do when she can’t call her pimp for a little advise? Sometimes you just need to call a friend on the outside and ask about the best way to make a shiv. Oh well.

California’s Public Safety Committee has approved a new bill that aims to crack down on the smuggling of mobile phones into prisons. The new law would have tough penalties for both the smugglers and inmates. If this bill passes, anyone who possesses a cell phone with the intent to deliver, or delivers a cellphone to an inmate, would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 per device.

Bellperre back with new gold and leather phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2010

We have seen a phone from Bellperre before back in November of 2009 that was made from wood. The company is back with a new phone that can be customized with different types of leather, gold, and other materials.

The phone offers 125 different leather colors and the buttons can be made from brushed steel, silver, or rose/yellow gold. The leather options include odd things like pink crocodile and red shark.

Android App Inventor Lets You Build Your Own App

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on July 12th, 2010

Android App InventorIf you’ve always wanted to make your own applications to use on your Android phone but have never had the time or interest to learn all of that programming syntax, this just might be your chance. Google has announced the beta of the App Inventor for Android, a visual programming tool for creating mobile phone applications on Android devices.

Google says that no programming knowledge is necessary and you can begin building apps within minutes of getting started with the software. App Inventor uses a block-editing tool developed at MIT and tested at educational institutions around the country for the past year.

Gravity Series phone concept is cool but bulky looking

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

When it comes to smartphones most of us want them to be large enough that we can get a big screen for viewing content. But small enough that they are lightweight and fit easily in a pocket. This new concept phone called the Gravity Phone is a bit strange.

It looks good, but the device appears to be a bit bulky. The designer says it would have a 1080p resolution HD screen and HDMI output. Those would be nice features.

Modu T-Phone surfaces and looks good

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on June 4th, 2010

I recall seeing the Modu mobile phone at CES a few years back and thinking it was a cool idea. The device is a tiny cellular phone module that you can slip into various different cases to completely changes the device and its interface.

A new Modu phone has surfaced and it is called the T-Phone. The device has a touchscreen and looks like a slick little interface as well. The handset is the first from Modu to have 3G connectivity.

Motorola Backflip available now with AT&T

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 7th, 2010

Motorola Backflip available for sale with AT&TJust as expected, AT&T has made the Motorola Backflip available today marking the first Android iPhone competitor available through the carrier with more to follow. The Backflip is available for $100 with a 2-year contract or $350 straight up. So, who’s in? Or are you going to wait to see what the other four AT&T Android phones are bringing?

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OtterBox releases cases for HTC Droid Eris

Posted in Otterbox by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2010

Otterbox case for Droid ErisOtterbox has released a couple of new protective cases for your HTC Droid Eris phone, adding to their Commuter and Impact series of cases.

OtterBox’s Commuter series case (on the right in the above photo) for the HTC Droid Eris provides 3 layers of protection with a screen protector, silicone mid-layer and a polycarbonate shell. The Impact series, like it sounds, is a little more padded to provide protection from impacts to the device and has a couple layers including a screen protector and molded shell.

Nokia N97 Available Tomorrow – In Some Places

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on June 8th, 2009

Nokia N97 mobile smartphone in blackThe N97 that Nokia unveiled way last December is hitting stores tomorrow afternoon. Well, at least hitting the Nokia flagship stores in New York and Chicago. If you’re not already in line at one of these two places you might have some luck online as Amazon appears to have some in stock and we would imagine (or at least hope for the sake of all you that pre-ordered) that they will start shipping today or tomorrow as well.

This release from Nokia comes right on the heals of the new and improved iPhone 3Gs announcement and adds some healthy competition to Apple’s reigning smartphone champion. The N97 sports not only a wide touchscreen display but also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to add some ease and speed to your mobile …

Samsung, T-Mobile announce 8MP mobile

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 5th, 2009

Samsung Memoir

Samsung and T-Mobile officially let slip yesterday word of an upcoming 8-megapixel digital camera mobile. It is the new Memoir (SGH-t929) and there’s no official word yet on pricing or availability.

The Samsung Memoir, said the two companies, is designed to look and feel like a regular digital camera. It has a built-in flash, 16x digital zoom and five shooting modes. It is also said to be easy to share photos taken on it with others via direct postings to popular online photo sharing Web sites.

Car key stops teenagers from using mobile phones while driving

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 11th, 2008

Car key stops teenagers from using mobile phones while drivingThere’s nothing worse then a driver who is too busy running their mouth on a cellphone and not paying attention to the road. Or the other cars. Teenage drivers in particular love to get distracted by their mobile phones. Well, University of Utah engineers have designed a wireless car key device that stops users from talking on their cell phone or sending text messages while behind the wheel.

Each driver of a car will have a separate key device. When the key is extended from the device, it emits a signal that puts the teenagers phone in “Driving Mode,” so that they can’t use it and kill you. In driving mode the phone will display a stop sign and hopefully the death loving teen will get in the habit of leaving the phone alone while driving.

Google states Android has a remote kill switch

Posted in Android by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2008

Google Android mobile phoneAccording to some recently discovered fine print in the Android Market terms of service, it appears Apple is not the only one implementing a remote kill switch for applications on their phone. In this case however Google has openly stated that they may “discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement”, and in such cases they reserve the right to “…remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion”.

This all comes after somewhat of an uproar when a developer happened upon a feature that allows Apple to remotely remove applications from the iPhone. This type of remote kill feature is meant to help with security and privacy in the event that some malicious application finds its way onto your mobile device, but many find it a little intrusive since it certainly does not give you free reign to run whatever applications you would like on your Google phone with Android.

Verizon offering new Motorola mobile products

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on October 7th, 2008

Motorola Rapture VU30

Verizon Wireless, besides announcing the Samsung Sway, also unveiled this week two new Motorola handsets and a Bluetooth headset. These new devices are the the Motorola Rapture VU30 and the MOTO VU204 as well as the MOTOPURE H15 Universal Bluetooth Headset. Pricing for these devices is around $130, $30 and $100, respectively.

The Rapture VU30 is the more advanced of the two new mobiles. It comes in a clamshell design Verizon says has a touch-sensitive external display. It does the usual Verizon music services and can also capture digital pictures, offering a dedicated shutter button for the 2.0 megapixel camera. Memory is expandable up to 8GB and you can get turn-by-turn audible driving directions.

Boost Mobile offering flip Motorola i776

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on October 6th, 2008

Motorola i776

Boost Mobile unveiled today it latest mobile phone from Motorola. It is the old school looking i776, which you’ll find pricing around $100.

The Motorola i776 is Boost’s smallest flip phone with a digital camera (VGA). It comes compatible with Boost’s walkie-talkie service and is also GPS enabled.