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  • Motorola Droid X in serious lockdown

    07/15/2010 12:15:47 AM PDT · by TeachableMoment · 21 replies · 1+ views
    TGDaily ^ | 14th Jul 2010 | AHARON ETENGOFF
    Motorola's eagerly anticipated Droid X smartphone is expected to hit the hot summer streets in just a few hours. But don't plan on hacking, rooting or modding the Android-powered device anytime soon. 
In addition to locking down the smartphone with an encrypted bootloader, Motorola has instructed its obedient Droid to brick itself if the kernel, bootloader or ROM becomes noticeably compromised.
  • Nokia, RIM, HTC, Samsung and Motorola: Shut Up, Apple

    07/19/2010 3:39:48 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 18 replies
    AllThingsDigital ^ | July 19, 2010 | John Paczkowski
    There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 4 that isn’t wrong with its rivals. That claim, made by Steve Jobs at the special iPhone 4 press conference Apple held last Friday, drew a loud round of catcalls from the smartphone industry, which clearly didn’t appreciate being tarred with the same brush that has smeared Cupertino these past few weeks. Nokia (NOK), Research in Motion (RIMM), HTC, Samsung and Motorola (MOT) have all issued statements taking issue with Apple’s claims and accusing it of unfairly trying to draw them into its death-grip drama. Here are their rebukes. -snip- Research in Motion: Apple’s...
  • Droid X: The five absolute best features

    06/26/2010 11:27:00 PM PDT · by Jeff Gordon · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2:03AM on Jun 25, 2010 | Kevin Hall
    For every iPhone, there's always a Verizon response. With the iPhone 4 out in the spotlight, Verizon has a new flagship device launching on July 15th: the Droid X. Like the iPhone 4, it's getting put through the paces, and the folks who have gotten to play with it are loving it just as much. How does it match up, though? Hit the link below to find out. The Odd Design The Droid X isn't shaped like other phones. It's got a fat top and a tapered bottom, yet it doesn't make it feel awkward. "The bottom is super...
  • Droid X Proves a Hit: Sold Out (Most retail stores reporting little to no stock left after)

    07/16/2010 1:48:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    PC WORLD ^ | 07/16/2010 | Daniel Ionescu
    The Motorola Droid X launched Thursday and is already sold out, exceeding Verizon's demand expectations. The carrier had said that there would be no Droid X shortage, but the initial online stock of the hot Android smartphone is now exhausted, with the next shipping date pushed back to July 23. Many Verizon Wireless retail stores and Best Buys around the U.S. are reporting low or no stock. The Droid X is this summer's flagship Google Android phone, selling for $200, after a $100 online discount on Verizon's site. It has a roomy 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED...
  • Cellphone inventor Marty Cooper uses a Droid.... and a Jitterbug

    05/23/2010 5:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 985+ views
    Engadget ^ | March 11, 2010 | Donald Melanson
    Sure, you read reviews and take recommendations from friends before you buy a new cellphone, but have you ever stopped to consider what the inventor of the cellphone uses on a daily basis? C-SPAN has, and recently took the opportunity to ask the man himself, Marty Cooper, that very question during a wide-ranging interview. While Cooper said that he has used an iPhone previously, he recently passed it on to his grandson in favor of a Motorola Droid, which he says he chose because he wanted to get more experience with Android. But that's not all, Cooper also revealed that...
  • Report: Sony launching new line of handheld gadgets

    03/04/2010 11:32:31 AM PST · by Tarantulas · 10 replies · 491+ views ^ | March 4, 2010 | Erica Ogg
    Sometime this year, Sony will launch a new smartphone and a portable tablet-like device, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The smartphone will be able to play PlayStation games, and the tablet device will be some combination of a Netbook, e-reader, and PlayStation Portable, according to "people familiar with the matter" who spoke to the Journal. The reading/gaming/computer gadget is intended to better compete with the Apple iPad and an expected wave of similar devices from other gadget makers. Both products are supposed to hit store shelves this year, though there are not yet any details on...
  • The Boss Wants A Smartphone, Or Else

    01/12/2010 1:54:33 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 11, 2010
    A French firm has developed a cell phone cryptography technology strong enough to satisfy French government and NATO security standards. The president of France was pleased, and his subordinates were relieved, because their boss is an enthusiastic smart phone user. Smartphones are popular because they can do so much, particularly accessing the Internet. But wireless devices, especially cell phones, give military and government security officials a very bad feeling. Moreover, in the last few years, several prominent heads-of-state (including the current American president), who were avid smartphone users, came to power. They were all told by their security personnel that...
  • Nexus One teardown: 'nicely put together'

    01/07/2010 12:07:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 575+ views
    The Register ^ | 7th January 2010 11:26 GMT | James Sherwood
    The gadget teardown experts at iFixit have forked out $530 for a Google Nexus One smartphone, taken it to bits and posted their thoughts online. The Nexus One cost iFixit $530 (£332/€369) After removing the phone’s plastic rear cover - a process iFixit described as “unbelievably easy”, the 5Mp lens, LED flash bulb, external speaker and “warranty-killing VOID sticker” of the HTC-manufactured handset can be clearly seen. The phone is "very nicely put together", according to iFixit.
  • Google Nexus One Hands On

    12/24/2009 1:22:16 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies · 589+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/22/2009 | Jason Chen
    Thanks to a clandestine meeting with a source, I got a chance to play with and try out the Nexus One. It's basically, from my time with it, Google's Droid killer. It's thin, it's fast, it's better in every way. My source was very firm about no photography, and I didn't want to jeopardize anything on my source's end, so there are no photos, hence these photos are ones we've already shown you. But, based on all the leaked shots this week, plus the very pretty and very clear one last week from Boy Genius, everyone knows what the phone...
  • The Droid You’re Looking For: Live From The Nexus One Event ( Google designed "Superphone")

    01/05/2010 10:40:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 1,140+ views
    Tech Crunch ^ | January 5, 2010 | MG Siegler
    While it’s technically called the “Android Press Gathering,” we all know what’s coming. Today, Google is expected to formally unveil the Nexus One (the device which some have been referring to as the “Google Phone“). The long event taking place today is expected to have both a presentation as well as demonstrations. Follow our coverage below, live.Right now Google execs are filtering into the room. Rock music playing. Here we go. Today we’ll unveil the next stage in android. 2 years ago, Google will 33 industry leaders made the open handset alliance.52 OHA members – 13 new members today including China telecomOne...
  • Introducing a smartbook --another Mobile Device between netbook and smartphone

    11/16/2009 5:46:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 838+ views
    The heavyweight of ultra-light mobility Light and compact, a smartbook is the perfect way to work and play without ever having to stop. As powerful as a laptop, a smartbook lets you create or enjoy whatever you want while you're on the go. Built-in 3G mobile broadband means you can connect at high speeds wherever your wireless coverage can reach. And like a mobile phone, it lasts as long as you do and is instantly ready to go when you are.
  • Motorola DROID review

    11/03/2009 9:46:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 922+ views
    Engadget ^ | Oct 30th 2009 at 1:10PM | by Joshua Topolsky
    It's hard to look at the DROID without looking at the company which brought the device to life. Motorola: for years the name has been synonymous with... well, disappointment. While the industry-stalwart made cellphones sexy with the RAZR, the days which followed have not been especially fruitful or compelling. Over the past year or so, we've seen Motorola beating its way back into the mainstream through a series of smart plays: first embracing Android as a platform, then shucking off the weight of Windows Mobile and finally bringing some desirable (and high profile) devices to market. With the DROID, the...
  • Android to Debut in T-Mobile's G1 Smartphone

    09/23/2008 11:21:14 PM PDT · by anymouse · 13 replies · 326+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | September 23, 2008 | Tom Yager
    When Google announced the Open Handset Alliance (a group of wireless industry players looking to get their names associated with Google's Android open mobile platform project), true open-source smartphones were a great idea that seemed far from commercial realization. This will change on October 22, when the T-Mobile G1 – the product of an exclusive partnership among T-Mobile, Google, and Asian handset manufacturer HTC -- becomes the first shipping mobile device based on the Android platform. The Android platform is open source -- Google has committed to publishing the source code for the entire platform, not just an application-level SDK....
  • First Look at the T-Mobile G1

    09/23/2008 11:12:20 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 373+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | September 23, 2008 | Tom Yager
    The first smartphone based on Google's Android marries a sophisticated HTC handset with software features that outmaneuver iPhone On October 22, T-Mobile will reap the benefits of its founding membership in the Open Handset Alliance. Through an exclusive partnership with Google and Asian handset manufacturer HTC, the T-Mobile G1 will become the first shipping mobile device based on the Android platform. Google and company have worked hard to make the T-Mobile G1 both affordable and easy to use. And while it's too soon to know how far developers will take the open source Android platform, we now know what to...
  • (VANITY)Need FReeper Input on Taking the Smart Phone/Blackberry Plunge

    07/05/2006 9:04:54 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 7 replies · 375+ views
    I currently use a cell phone and a Palm PDA, but I'm considering integrating the two and taking the plunge with a combo "Smart Phone" cell phone/pda device. However, I fear becoming addicted to constantly checking email, not ever really getting away from work, etc. I already check work email occasionally when I'm off work & at home, but it does take some effort to access our system, so it's easy to keep under control where I'm not constantly thinking about work. I'd like to hear from other FReepers who took the plunge. Are you "addicted" to your Smartphone? Is...
  • Can I use a Palm Treo 700w with T-Mobile service?

    07/02/2006 8:53:49 PM PDT · by rudy45 · 1 replies · 299+ views
    My wife likes the Palm Treo 700w. However, we have T-Mobile service and would like to keep it if we can. Can the 700w be used with T-Mobile? I didn't see, in the 700w user manual, any references to SIM cards, and I thought that a device needed a SIM card to be able to be used with T-Mobile. What facts are important in this regard? Thanks.
  • Microsoft to make a push in smart phones

    02/14/2005 9:42:37 AM PST · by KwasiOwusu · 14 replies · 539+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 1/14/2005 | By Victoria Shannon
    Microsoft, showing its endurance in the mobile phone business, is expected to announce on Monday a partnership with the largest contract electronics manufacturer, Flextronics of Singapore, to make low-cost smart phones that run on Microsoft's mobile operating system. . The device, in a so-called candy-bar design, will have the interactive features of a smart phone at the price of many standard mobile phones today, Microsoft executives said in advance of the opening on Monday of the 3GSM World Congress, the mobile phone industry's annual trade show in Cannes. . Microsoft began making software to power mobile phones five years ago...
  • PDA, RIP

    10/20/2003 6:30:13 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 41 replies · 349+ views
    economist ^ | Oct 16th 2003
    The next big thing that wasn't---or was it? IS IT time to declare the demise of the handheld computer, also known as the personal digital assistant (PDA)? A lot of people suddenly think so, for despite high hopes that the devices---made by such firms as Palm, Sony, HP and Dell---would someday become ubiquitous, annual sales have stayed flat at around 11m units worldwide. This compares poorly with PCs, around 130m of which are sold every year, and mobile phones, with sales of around 460m units. ---The PDA market will never be a mass market,--- says Cindy Wolf, an analyst at...
  • [Microsoft] MS: our phone software might not be good enough

    07/11/2002 7:47:28 PM PDT · by JameRetief · 9 replies · 215+ views
    The Register USA ^ | July 11, 2002 | Andrew Orlowski
    By Andrew Orlowski in London Posted: 07/11/2002 at 05:01 EST A refreshing wind of honesty seems to be blowing out of Microsoft's phone division these days. Yesterday Roberto Cazzaro gave an interview with IDG in which he admitted he had "no idea" if Microsoft new Smartphone software was good enough to be accepted by the carriers. Cazzaro is director of International Strategy at Microsoft's Mobilie Devices Division, the umbrella for the PDA and phone operations. This is quite a change to the "World Domination tomorrow...the Universe next week" theme that accompanies so many tech launches, and Microsoft's in particular. But...