RIM CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis announced at this week's annual shareholder meeting that the company plans on releasing seven new OS 7 BlackBerry smartphones in the near future. They didn't go into specifics, but we assume the handsets would include the phones that have been announced, like the Bold 9900 and the Bold 9930. We also suspect the list would include a few leaked devices, like the 9860, the 9850 Monaco/Monza, a Curve Touch, and more.
Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous enough on its own. Add to that the need to look at your phone to end calls and you have a recipe for disaster. If only today's smartphones had that trusty end-call button that existed on older phones. Fortunately, you can follow these quick steps to turn your power button into the end-call button you've been missing:
Editor's note: This How To is geared toward handsets running Android 2.2 and above.
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Editors' note: Until July 22, 10 CNET personalities are showcasing their 10 personal favorite Android apps as part of the CNET 100. With each post, you can read why they hold the apps so dear and you'll get the opportunity to vote for your own favorite title. Then after the series ends, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.
Google and Android have long been of particular interest to CNET News senior writer Stephen Shankland. Though formerly based in San Francisco, he now lives in the … Read more
NEW YORK--AT&T held a special event today to showcase some of its current and upcoming products, including the HTC Status.
Available starting July 17 for $49.99 with a two-year contract, the Status is the U.S. version of the HTC ChaCha, which was first introduced at Mobile World Congress. Designed in collaboration with Facebook, it's the first handset optimized for the social networking site and features a dedicated Facebook button, so you can easily post status updates, share links and music tracks, upload photos, check in, and more.
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Hidden behind all of the benefits, bug fixes, and improvements, Verizon has quietly removed the unlimited and free access to the embedded hot-spot functionality, according to DSL Reports. In other words, instead of being able to use the feature as they wish, Thunderbolt users now will have to contact Verizon to activate the hot spot and add the corresponding service plan.
While that's not a huge shock given Verizon's new monthly charges for using the hot-spot feature, it's just another sign of the new data regime at Big Red. Verizon even foreshadowed the change last month in a statement posted by Droid Life in which it warned that the free hot-spot promotion would end July 6 (the day before the carrier subsequently ended its unlimited data plans). … Read more
Just a week after we finally saw the FCC put its stamp of approval on the Motorola Droid Bionic, Verizon has revealed a special sign-up page just for those interested in the Droid Bionic. Enter your e-mail address and Verizon promises to send you details and launch dates so you can be one of the first to get your hands on this highly anticipated phone.
The Droid Bionic was announced back in January at CES 2011, and wowed us with its 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel rear camera plus front-facing camera, HDMI mirroring, and the promise of … Read more
It's said you have to spend money to make money. If this latest rumor is true, Nokia will be betting on a $127 million dollar marketing budget to help sell Nokia-made Windows Phones, according to Marketing Magazine.
The Finnish device manufacturer's six-month campaign set to launch in October would rebrand the company as primarily a maker of Windows, rather than Symbian and MeeGo, phones, according to the report. The timing would also coincide with the release of Nokia's first device for Microsoft's OS--likely this fall, and likely the handset known as Sea Ray.
Although it's … Read more
Knowing who sent you a text message before even looking at your phone is extremely convenient, especially if you are the type who receives many SMS messages daily. One way to know who is on the other end of that SMS you just received, is to customize the text alert, based on a contact, on your iPhone. It is a simple process to set up, but one that is easy to miss if you aren't paying attention.
While this capability has been around for those in the jailbreak community from early on, it's a fairly new feature having been introduced in iOS 4.2.
Marking its second Android software update in as many days, Verizon Wireless is now offering Gingerbread to owners of the Droid Incredible 2. Customers who have the HTC handset can manually search for and download the Android 2.3 update, which also addresses random reboots and freezing applications.
As is the case with other recent updates, the Droid Incredible 2 will have enhanced application management, improved copy and paste, and a new desktop docking app. For a deeper dive of Gingergread's features, please see our Samsung Nexus S review.
The full list of details for the Droid Incredible 2 … Read more
News of the Black Eyed Peas' hiatus proves that if you wish for something long enough, dreams really do come true. On today's episode, Jeff tells us about the long-awaited intersection of tech geekdom and hockey, we analyze WebMD's involvement in the spread of "cyberchondria," and we dispute a Dutch study that claims smoking marijuana makes you a better gamer.The 404 Digest for Episode 858 Geekdom and hockey collide: The campaign for NHL player Mike Commodore to wear No. 64. The Black Eyed Peas go on hiatus; Jeff celebrates. WebMD reports: Internet makes hypochondria worse. Does marijuana make you a better gamer? Jeff's Cute Animal Video of the Week, starring a street-crossing sloth. Mitch B's custom 404 iPhone case and BodyGuardz iPad case! Episode 858 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more