Smartphones

Smartphones To Replace Credit/Debit Cards?

AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are said to be working out a deal to replace MasterCard and Visa cards with their respective smartphones. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the three U.S. mobile carriers are working in conjunction with Discover Financial Services (4th largest payment network) and Barclays PLC (bank) to test the …

How Microsoft Can Gain Ground with Both Tablets and Phones

At Microsoft’s Financial Analysts Meeting yesterday, CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage to talk about the company’s consumer initiatives. The entire video of the presentation is available here. He spent a portion of the time talking about slates and tablets, saying the following:

“One of the top issues on my mind is, ‘Hey there’s a …

Sprint To Update HTC EVO 4G To Froyo In August

Good news, EVO 4G owners. Sprint has announced that it will be pushing out the Android 2.2 update beginning August 3 (everyone should have it by mid-August). The following new features, include:

• Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
• Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their …

BlackBerry 9780 and OS 6.0 Shown Off

RIM and AT&T are holding a BlackBerry event on August 3 in NYC for an unannounced handset launch but Driphter may have spoiled the fun for us all with this video of a Bold 9780.

According to Driphter.com, the 9780 is nearly identical to the Bold 9700 with the exception of it running OS 6.0. Besides the hardware, the real meat is …

Sprint ‘Peel’ FCC Sighting Suggests 3G iPod Touch Case

Well this is interesting. Back in April, Sprint caused a bit of buzz by promoting an iPad case that converted a built-in superfast 4G data connection into a Wi-Fi signal for use with up to five devices. The idea was that you could plop your Wi-Fi iPad into the case and use Sprint’s connection for data on the go.

In reality, it was …

RIM Stokes BlackBerry Tablet Rumors with BlackPad.com

I can’t imagine that Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the venerable BlackBerry smartphone, would name a tablet the BlackPad but, hey, just about everyone and their mother railed against the “iPad” name at first.

Whatever the case, the Waterloo, Ontario company recently purchased the domain BlackPad.com, as evidenced in a WHOIS …

App Of The Week: SeizeTheDay

Billed as “a simple and easy to use task manager that helps you organize and stay on top of your busy life,” the free iPhone app SeizeTheDay mostly delivers on its promises.

It joins a long list of task managers and to-do lists but succeeds in carving a nice niche for itself by offering an easy to use and polished interface, all for …

You May Now Legally Jailbreak Your iPhone and Rip DVDs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just announced some big, big wins for consumers. Labeled as “exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act,” a law enacted in the late ’90s to protect copyright holders against piracy, it’s now within consumers’ legal rights to jailbreak phones, rip DVDs (for certain uses), and a 2006 …

MetroPCS Launches $60 Unlimited BlackBerry Curve Deal

MetroPCS is now offering the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone with a $60 no-contract plan that includes unlimited voice minutes, text messages, web access, taxes, and regulatory fees.

You’ll have to purchase the phone outright at $279 and wait for a $50 rebate but even comparing this offer with the free 8530 you’d get with a …

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