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Sony looking for Android developers

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Rumors, Video Games

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announced via their website their desire to find an engineer with “experience in mobile development, specifically ”, as well as with a “knowledgeable experience of online gaming.” While no direct conclusions can be drawn from Sony’s optimal candidate characteristics, it is not far fetched to speculate on the possibility of Sony aiming to counter gaming services on other mobile devices, namely Xbox Live. How they will pull off this is not known, but we expect it to work similar to the upcoming Xbox Live phone integration, with possibly even more of a focus on gaming itself. All of a sudden, the wait for Android 3.0 is on.

 

Read More | Sony via engadget


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Verizon not going to carry Windows Phone 7 until 2011

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Verizon Wireless has confirmed that they will not be one of the carriers of Microsoft’s product when launches in just a few weeks. While the Kin’s lack of any commercial viability led Verizon to stop carrying the product a mere few weeks after launch, Verizon and Microsoft’s relationship is reportedly intact. This leaves AT&T as the flagship carrier, as no others are known at this point. We’ll see at the launch if Windows Phone 7 can compete with the on its platform, and whether or not Verizon sitting out of the launch fray will have any negative impact on the success of WP7.

Read More | Business Week via Phonescoop


Bleeding Edge TV 364: ElementCASE Vapor 4 kills iPhone 4 antenna signal

We took a trip down to Cedar Park, Texas to visit the fine folks at ETS Lindgren, a company that builds anechoic chambers and testing solutions for things like smartphone antennas. We learned a lot, and at the end of the day decided that we wanted to see if they’d allow us to test the antenna by itself, and then test those results against an iPhone 4 inside of the ElementCASE Vapor 4.

The Vapor 4 is an $80 case that looks great, but we’ve been hearing that users were having issues with dropped calls and data signal loss. We wanted to know if the case was the reason, or if it was the iPhone 4 antenna itself. Get a look at our scientific test, and the results, in this episode!


Microsoft holds funeral for iPhone and BlackBerry

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Microsoft

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In light of their new RTM being sent off for manufacturing, the folks at Microsoft jauntily gathered to pay their last respects to the and BlackBerry. The faux funeral was fully decked out with life sized mock iPhone and BlackBerry devices driven by hearse through Redmund campus.

Microsoft burying the iPhone and BlackBerry may seem a little far fetched at this juncture, but it sure is fun to watch when the big companies go head to head like this. No matter what side you are on, expect the competition to bring new levels of quality to everyone.

Windows Phone 7 was finished on September 1st, with a release date planned to be announced on October 11th in New York City.

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Bleeding Edge TV 363: iOS 4.1 walkthrough

In this video we take a look at all the new features introduced with Apple’s latest update for iOS, iOS 4.1. We show you Game Center, which is their take on Xbox Live and social gaming, we show you how HDR photos work in the camera app, we give you a look at HD video uploads to YouTube and MobileMe, and a bunch of other tweaks and settings that you’ll find in iOS 4.1.


Windows Phone 7 trailer gets Lawrence of Arabia treatment

Ahhhhh snap! Microsoft is officially bringing “it” by touting the as the next revolution in smartphones. Introduced with a cinematic touch by utilizing Lawrence of Arabia themed teaser trailer, Windows Phone 7 rides blurringly from out of the distance into the forefront. Okay, we’re a bit too enthusiastic, but something about on our phones makes us get all giddy inside!


Palm reveals WebOS 2.0

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Software

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If there were an award for most underrated OS than Palm’s webOS would certainly be giving an acceptance speech. However, Palm is looking to tailor a new acceptance speech for ‘best OS around’ by introducing webOS 2.0. The new features slated for the upgrade are momentous to say the least, and with any luck HP will be able to help put Palm’s webOS where it should be in the smartphone market.

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Improving upon the already prolific multi-tasking capabilities of webOS, version 2.0 will make cards even more intuitive and easier to sort through. WebOS 2.0 will expand upon the card scheme of the original OS, but will introduce “stacking” into the mix. This will enable groups of cards to be kept in piles related to one another in order to minimize clutter and maximize efficiency. For instance, if you go to open a link in your Facebook app, it will become stacked within that group, and can be arranged and sorted as you please. Developers will even find that their applications will automatically be grouped by Stacks, requiring them to make no special changes to their applications.

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Epic 4G review

Samsung Epic 4G review

The is the second phone from to take advantage of their speedier 4G service, the original being the EVO 4G. The Epic 4G is part of Samsung’s Galaxy S line of Android smartphones, although visually it’s a departure from others like the Samsung Captivate, Fascinate, and Vibrant from other carriers. You do still get the TouchWiz 3.0 interface, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and the 4-inch Super AMOLED display. So what’s different, aside from the phone being able to access Sprint’s 4G network? Well, it’s a Galaxy S phone with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. So, is it worth your time—and more importantly—your money? We’ve got our full review for you, so click on through.

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Samsung Epic 4G unboxing gallery

Samsung Epic 4G

Today, launched the smartphone, their second Android phone that can tap into their 4G network. We have our hands on the device, and we’ve taken a bunch of shots to show off Samsung’s only QWERTY keyboard-sporting Galaxy S device. We know you want to get to our Epic 4G review ASAP, but do take a moment and check out the Epic 4G unboxing gallery we’ve put together to really get an idea of the look of the thing, won’t you?

Gallery: Samsung Epic 4G unboxing gallery


Bleeding Edge TV 361: Windows Phone 7 preview

Wanna get an in-depth preview of what Microsoft has in store for ? In this episode, we chat with Brian Seitz of the Windows Phone team, and he gives us a tour through the entire Windows Phone 7 interface. We get a look at a bunch of features and hubs, including things like social networking integration, Microsoft Office, Xbox Live, photos, friends, Zune, Outlook, and much more. Seeing how Microsoft was able to tie a bunch of their different service offerings (Xbox, Office, Zune, Bing, Explorer, etc.) so tightly into one device is impressive, and definitely gives us hope as they gear up for the launch of Windows Phone 7 devices this fall.


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