Samsung offering free Galaxy S for iPhone 4 haters

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This takes some real guts, and it’s one of the more unconventional marketing tactics, but it just might work out in favor of the Korean smartphone maker. It seems that Samsung is reaching out to frustrated iPhone 4 owners on Twitter, offering them a free Galaxy S as a replacement.

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HTC Legend review

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If you’re thinking that the overall form factor looks familiar, well, you’re right. The HTC Legend functions as a spiritual successor to the HTC Hero, throwing the “chin” back in the game. The Legend also comes with a bunch of other improvements too, including operating off the newer HSPA network.

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T-Mobile bringing out the $70 LG Sentio touchscreen handset

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Taking aim at budget conscious consumers who are tantalized by all the touchscreen goodness they’ve seen fingering about with the HTC Incredible and iPhone 4, the LG Sentio will get your fingers tapping at a third of the price. Offered on the T-Mobile network, the Sentio’s low-price appeal has a little bit of high-end features. Starting off with a fairly large three-inch touchscreen display, complimented by three face buttons, 3G connectivity, GPS, and a 3MP camera.

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FarmVille spawns on the iPhone, crashing and freezing the newest feature

FarmVille released for the Apple iPhone

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a fan of any of those Facebook games. I don’t want to know about your new fish in your aquarium, and I am not at all interested in joining your Mafia family. Even so, it seems that these games are more popular than ever and none are quite as iconic as Farmville. If you can’t get your farming addiction satiated through Facebook, then you’ll be glad to hear that you can take your rake on the go with Farmville for iPhone. This is a mobile version of the casual game, offering much the same functionality as its Facebook counterpart.

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Sony Ericsson Cedar feature phone gets a little green

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The newly revealed Sony Ericsson Cedar cell phone doesn’t look like much, but this affordable handset is actually quite elegant in its presentation. It’s not a smartphone, but appears to offer integrated Facebook and Twitter access. That’s a good start. You may also notice beyond the elegant design, that the Cedar makes uses of recycled plastics, offers a lower power charger, comes with an e-manual, and is wrapped up in compact packaging.

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Motorola Flipout phone not available in the USA, shaped like a square, runs Android 2.1 with 7 flipping fantastic fancy colors

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Catering to the explosive widespread adoption of “social media,” Motorola has yet again released a new phone, this time it’s a “compact” and pocketable “social package” you may or may not be eager to get your hands on. Shaped like a square, or a woman’s compact, is the Motorola Flipout. MOTOBLUR integrates your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, as well as your emails, messages and friends; as a hub for you to socialize your entire flipping life to the world. Spilled your mocha latte on your lap? Perhaps someone just cut you off on 27th.. Flipout will surely let you Flipout efficiently, all from one seamless interface. The Motoblur battery manager also optimizes the Flipout’s settings so you can get the most flipping use out of it.

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Review: HTC DROID Incredible is the iPhone killer

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This week, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the new DROID Incredible by HTC. Being an iPhone user myself, enslaved by AT&T, I look at the Droid (and Verizon) through the eyes of a newbie to the whole experience. From the moment I took this little Incredible piece of tech out of the box, I was blown away at what life could be like without an iPhone….not bad.

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Sharp develops cheap mobile 3D camera

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They say that 2010 is the year of 3D, but apparently this expands well beyond the consumption of three-dimensional content on your new 3D HDTVs. As it turns out, you’ll start producing some 3D video of your own and on-the-go no less, thanks to Sharp. The megapixel race in camera phones has reached a point where it really doesn’t matter that much if you have a 5MP shooter or an 8MP shooter on there, but 3D could totally change the picture (No pun intended). Sharp’s new 3D camera module could fit not only in cell phones, but also in something like the upcoming Nintendo 3DS.

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Android 2.1 upgrade hits the Motorola Milestone in Canada

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Do you want the latest build of Google’s smartphone platform? Look no further than the fine folks at Telus Mobility, because the Motorola Milestone is getting the Android 2.1 update very shortly.

As you may recall, we took a look at the Motorola Milestone a couple of months ago. It’s basically the same phone as the Droid being sold through Verizon. There’s the 3.7-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, along with 16GB of memory, Bluetooth, and 5MP camera. What can you expect with Android 2.1 over the existing build? The phone will now be able to accept voice recognition commands over Bluetooth, for starters. Other highlights include better security (like remote wipe), Google Maps updates, Facebook app updates, battery life optimization, and a 3D gallery view.

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More affordable Wind Mobile data plans rise to the surface

New $35 unlimited data plan offered by Wind Mobile

Wind Mobile has been aggressively marketing in the cities that it serves, but some people may say that their services are still too expensive. Well, it seems that a few more data plan options are just over the horizon. If you were to go to the Wind Mobile website today, you’d see that there is just one data add-on option. That’s the infinite mobile for $35.00 a month, offering unlimited Internet access on your smartphone while in any Wind Home Zone. What if you don’t need that much data?

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Rogers announces three new “Social View” plans, no details

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It’s clear that Rogers Wireless wants to capitalize on our interest in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. They know that people want to stay connected in that way, so the marketing efforts are shifting in that direction. That’s why Rogers has three new “Social View” plans for us to consider.

Well, sort of. Not really. There’s an announcement that came out this week about the three new plans, but Rogers isn’t exactly forthcoming with what these plans will entail. Instead, they’re just saying it’s part of the “Social View” feature

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Steve Jobs writes open letter admonishing Flash

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When the Apple iPad was first unveiled to the world, one of the most common questions that people had about the device was “why isn’t there Flash support?” In like manner, you’ll find a lack of Flash support on the iPhone and iPod touch devices, and Apple isn’t going to change their position any time soon.

If Apple’s actions didn’t speak loudly enough for you, Steve Jobs has issued an open letter wherein he basically says Flash is broken and wants it no where near any mobile device. The open letter is a full 1500 words in length on Apple’s history with Adobe, their shortcomings, and where they presently stand. You can read it below.

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Android 2.1 update available for Telus’ Motorola Milestone

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Last month, we took a look at the recently released Motorola Milestone. The hardware seemed pretty good, but it was still running an older version of Android. Well, there’s good news for all the Milestone owners in the audience, because Telus is ready to give you an upgrade.

You won’t be able to get the upgrade over-the-air (OTA), but a free upgrade is a free upgrade. You can now get Android 2.1 loaded onto your Motorola Milestone. The process is reasonably straightforward.

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App Beast for iPhone gives you 60 utilities for $1

App Beast provides 60 utils for $1 on the iPhone

One of the coolest things about having an iPhone is all the available utility apps. From battery meters, calendars, currency converters, to translators – they are great features to have on hand and can be very useful in many situations. As time went on, app developers managed to lump several of these utilities into one convenient app. This created extra space on the iPhone, and streamlined the icons on the device. A new utility app called App Beast was released on iTunes that promises over 60 utility apps for the price of one.

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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two: Specs and perspective

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The journey has taken longer than any of us expected, but that whole “Project Pink” business at Microsoft finally emerged as something real yesterday when the company revealed the Microsoft Kin line of mobile phones. This release follows the acquisition of Danger and a partnership with Verizon, Sharp, and Vodafone.

To usher in its freshman foray into self-branded cell phone hardware, Microsoft is going to offer two different handsets at launch: the Kin One and the Kin Two. You may have once known these by their respective codenames during the Project Pink development: Turtle and Pure.

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