The U.S. copyright office now says that there are instances in which you may hack, fold, spindle, or mutilate copy protection, but just a few, and don't go breaking any other contracts while you're at it. Also, Microsoft wants its employees to build Windows 7 phone apps... for free!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
When you look at the high-end Android phones available today, you might notice that there are relatively few devices with sliding QWERTY keyboards.
Aside from the forthcoming Droid 2 and Samsung Epic 4G, there are no other devices with a 1GHz processor and a physical keyboard. However, there are rumors that HTC and T-Mobile will also have a device to add to the bunch.
The phone, according to rumors, is expected to arrive with a 1GHz processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, and HTC Sense user interface. According to the rumors, it will also be HSPA+ capable, which means it … Read more
Android app developers looking for user interface inspiration now have something to help get the process going: a cold, sharp piece of laser cut metal that promises to speed up the design mock-up process.
Remember the super thin, laser-cut iPhone user interface design stencil kit from Seattle-based Design Commission? The group has just come out with a follow-up version for Android developers.
The new kit, which retails for $25 (plus $5 shipping), features 150 percent scale cut-outs of standard Google Android OS buttons and iconography, as well as a mechanical pencil and some stickers. Developers can use the stencil to … Read more
A handful of Samsung Vibrant users are finding that they are less than thrilled with the handset's GPS performance. Some are reporting that the Vibrant takes a long time to lock onto a signal, and others are complaining that the phone incorrectly displays their location.
With so many apps reliant on GPS, it could quickly become a pain point for users. Fortunately, the clever hackers at XDA-developers have found a rather easy solution. The workaround only takes a few minutes to complete and doesn't require a rocket scientist.
Like many smartphones and their respective issues, these could be … Read more
Though I'm never one to reject a big smartphone, I realize that some users prefer the same power in a smaller size. Fortunately, Sony Ericsson has realized that, too.
Five months ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Sony Ericsson unveiled smaller alternatives to the beefy Xperia X10. The Android-powered Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro stood out at the show since Sony Ericsson was the was the only manufacturer to take an existent handset and shrink it down. Admittedly, at the time I got what Sony Ericsson was trying to do, but I was skeptical that the company could pull it off. … Read more
Employee reductions have once again hit Verizon Communications' earnings.
The telecommunications giant reported Friday a loss of 7 cents per share related in part to $2.3 billion in pre-tax costs related to "incentive" packages for what it dubbed 11,000 "voluntary workforce reductions" this year. Excluding those costs, second-quarter profits were 58 cents per share, beating Wall Street's estimates of 56 percent. Revenue fell slightly to $26.8 billion in the quarter.
Earnings were boosted in part by the success of smartphones running the Google-built Android operating system--the latest of which is Motorola's … Read more
Smartphones are hot, but it's the mobile applications that make the devices so appealing to wireless subscribers.
Discovering new applications and figuring out which ones to use are not as easy as it sounds. A couple of readers have asked questions for help. And I've enlisted the help of CNET mobile-app expert, Jessica Dolcourt to find the answers. Also, what happens when you've got your phone loaded with apps and you want to get rid of it? I've answered a question about how to wipe your smartphone clean.
And finally, I've tried to take the … Read more
The last we heard, Motorola was still testing its Android 2.1 operating system upgrade for the T-Mobile Cliq. Originally scheduled to be released last quarter, Motorola pushed the update back to a rumored August debut. So with July passing quickly, it makes sense then that a leaked version of the ROM has made its way online.
Engadget Mobile loaded the ROM onto itsown Cliq to give it a run through. According to the blog, the phone runs a bit snappier than it did before the update, even with its 528MHz processor. Apps such as Google Maps and the Web … Read more
Unless you're an Android developer deciding your next strategic programming move, chances are your brain isn't attuned to the distribution of operating systems among all Android smartphone owners.
However, Google's periodic pie charts and stacked line graphs reveal some interesting data nuggets, at least for Android fanatics.
According to data collected from July 1 to July 15, just about 60 percent of all Android smartphone owners are running version 2.0 of the Android operating system or higher, with 55 percent of the data set concentrated on version 2.1. (We'll go out on a … Read more
On Thursday, Google updated its Google Voice apps for Android--our hands-down winner--and BlackBerry, the runner up. (If you must know, we declared the iPhone experience to be "a load of crap.")
A modest enhancement to Google Voice on Android and BlackBerry tweaks the back-end calling mechanism to make dialing a faster process when you call out. Though there's no real change to the feature set … Read more