Archive for Oct 28, 2010

Android users get more mobile coupons from Cellfire

Android users get more mobile coupons from Cellfire

Coupons are all fine and good as are reward cards. I am not a coupon user because I don’t want to have to keep up with the little pieces of paper. I do use a rewards card at the grocery store mostly because they won’t check you out until you hand it to them. I end up digging in my wallet until I find it each time.

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Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp's 5-inch Android MID, the IS01, has finally made it to US shores, though it's not quite the perfect release we were hoping for.  Importer Conics are doing the honors, rather than Sharp itself: they've listed the clamshell handset for a mere $246, which gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and twin cameras.

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Z-System games platform for Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone tipped

Z-System games platform for Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone tipped

It's been leaked, denied, and now the supposed Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone has found a whole lot more detail, including rumors regarding its gaming platform.  According to Engadget's "circumstantial evidence" culled from various tipsters, Sony Ericsson has registered the Z-System.com domain; that Z-System name shows up in the title bar of one of the leaked shots, and has also been trademarked as video game software for mobile phones.

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Sprint pledge MeeGo support

Sprint pledge MeeGo support

A common criticism for Nokia in the US is that the company fails to collaborate sufficiently with the carriers, thus seeing its handsets marginalized in favor of rival phones.  It seems Intel and Nokia aren't willing to let that be the fate of MeeGo, however; they've thrown in with Sprint at the carrier's annual developer conference, where the operator confirmed it would be looking to leverage the open-source OS "across an array of devices."

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iPhone embedded SIM could bypass carriers and debut NFC tip sources

iPhone embedded SIM could bypass carriers and debut NFC tip sources

Apple are tipped to be attempting to further marginalize their carrier partners by using a new pre-programmed SIM card for the iPhone.  The card - which according to GigaOm's sources is being developed with Gemalto - has both a pre-written ROM and an upgradable flash chip, the latter capable of being injected with carrier information over a network connection, such as while being activated through iTunes, and would be integrated into the iPhone rather than user-accessible.  Gemalto, meanwhile, would handle the backend required for the system.

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The Daily Slash: October 27th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 27th 2010

Lots of money moving around today. Lots of legal battles battling today. Lots of tidbits about that ever-so-sassy White iPhone flying around today. Two big fat reviews by our folks in the field on SlashGear (T-Mobile myTouch 4G and HTC Desire HD,) a little bit of info on that wild and weird PlayStation phone (with Android,) and all the other little updates and crannies you're all about. And what's that? I think it's the sound of a thousand bummed-out pirates. Pour one out for LimeWire.

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myTouch 4G hands-on

myTouch 4G hands-on

T-Mobile USA has just made the myTouch 4G official, their latest Android smartphone and another new device to take advantage of the carrier's high-speed HSPA+ network, and we're at the NYC launch event. Made by HTC, the 3.8-inch 4G smartphone slots in-between the more typical 3.7-inch and 4.3-inch devices from the company; check out our first impressions after the cut.

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England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, you might very well be aware of the pizza chain "Pizza Express." What you might not know is that they'll soon have iPod docks behind the seats, starting first with their Richmond location. This installation is part of a ground-up redesign of their chain, an experiment they're calling "The Living Lab." Reminds me of something we had (and they still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Classrooms of the Future. Plugs and switches and controllers all over the place. Plug in and power up.

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