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Existing T-Mobile Sidekicks to Become Paperweights on May 31st

If you're still lugging around a T-Mobile Sidekick -- and we know there has to be at least a few of you -- we've got some bad news. On May 31st, T-Mobile will officially be turning off access to Danger's servers. The company hasn't released a new Sidekick since 2009, and in mid-2010 stopped selling the devices altogether. The brand isn't completely dead, but T-Mobile is gearing up for a launch of...

AT&T Texting Users Location-Based Shopping Deals with ShopAlerts

AT&T has launched a new service called ShopAlerts, which sends promotional text messages to subscribers who are near certain retailers. According to The New York Times, AT&T is now the first American carrier to push location-based ads via text messages. The free service will soon be available for subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The technology AT&T...

Homeless Man Uses Prepaid Phone, Twitter to Find Estranged Daughter

A homeless man in New York City used a prepaid cell phone to sign-up for a Twitter account and find his estranged daughter. Daniel Morales was given the phone by the Unheard in New York project, which uses social networking to give a voice to the city's homeless. On Wednesday, Morales tweeted that he was looking for his daughter, as well as his phone number and a picture of her at age 16....

Snoop Dogg(gg), Warren G Star in Smooth New Samsung Commercial

Samsung's new commercial for the Galaxy Indulge smartphone isn't just a commercial. It's a bona fide work of art, built around Snoop Dogg (in various iterations), Warren G, and a dating show from a bygone era. There's an overt emphasis on all the G's, a clever 'Regulate' reference, and narration from Ted Williams -- the formerly homeless man with the Golden Voice. Unfortunately, the spot...

Study: Cell Phones Can Speed Up Brain Activity, Long-Term Effects Remain Unclear

A new study from the National Institutes of Health suggests that using cell phones can change the way our brains behave, though it remains unclear whether these changes can be harmful. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that just 50 minutes of cell phone use can noticeably speed up brain activity in the region closest to the phone's antenna....

Secret Service for Billionaires Reminds You How to Stay Safe from Assassins (on Facebook)

Are you a billionaire? Are you on Facebook? Holy hell! Immediately solicit the services of Mr. Michael Guidry, whose Guidry Group "helps physically protect 22 billionaires." An "expert in hostage negotiation and terrorism," the former Texas State Trooper spoke at the Mobile Security Symposium in San Francisco this week, explaining how the Internet will invariably cause you to fall into the hands...

Canadian Woman Wins $30,000 in Sexting Lawsuit

A woman who lost her job after ignoring her boss' sexually explicit text messages has been awarded $30,000 by a Canadian court. The woman, Lisa McIntosh, worked as a truck driver at an aluminum company in British Columbia, where she was briefly involved in a consensual relationship with Zbigniew Augustynowicz, the company's owner. During the relationship, the two would exchange text messages on...

Driver Who Killed Pedestrian Was Updating Facebook Status, Lawsuit Claims

A driver who killed a pedestrian late last year was allegedly updating her Facebook status behind the wheel, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim's family. On December 7th, 70-year-old Raymond Veloz was driving around Chicago's South Side when he got in a minor accident. When Veloz got out of his car to inspect the damage and exchange information with the driver of the other car, a woman...

First Two 'Facebook Phones' Announced, Expect Plenty More

So all those rumors about a Facebook phone turned out to be wrong. There are a ton of Facebook phones in the pipeline! Mark Zuckerberg popped up in a pre-recorded (and extraordinarily creepy) video at HTC's press event at Mobile World Congress yesterday, to announce that his company had worked closely with the Android wizards at HTC to tightly integrate Facebook with Sense (HTC's custom Android...

Apple Working on Smaller, Cheaper iPhones, Sources Tell WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed rumors that Apple is developing a new line of smaller and cheaper iPhones. Those trusty old "sources close to the development" tell the Journal that the new device will be about half the size of the iPhone 4, and will be sold to service providers at about half the price of existing iPhones. The new phone, which goes by the codename "N97," will apparently...

Camera Tech Could Let You Refocus Your Blurry Shot After You Take It

Pelican Imaging has developed a prototype imaging system for cellphones with 25 tiny cameras, which take 25 separate pictures and combine those into one bigger, better image. Instead of using a single, large lens and sensor, Pelican's camera array technology uses multiple lenses and sensor to capture light images, adds some 3-D depth and gesture control, and could even let users manipulate a...

Over 1,000 Nokia Employees Walk Out in Protest of WP7 Switch

Looks like some Nokia employees -- specifically those that work specifically on the now-dead Symbian platform -- are not particularly happy about the switch to Windows Phone 7. Over 1,000 employees at the company's Tampere and Oulu offices in Finland decided to use their flextime to leave work early today in protest of the move. Maybe they'll use the time to bone up on their Windows Phone...

Nokia Adopts Windows Phone 7, Kills Off Symbian OS

It's no secret that Nokia has been in trouble for some time -- especially in the U.S. market, where Symbian (its smartphone OS of choice) just didn't enjoy the same success that it did in Europe. The problem has only gotten worse with the advent of Android and iOS, truly modern smartphone operating systems that make Symbian look like a quaint mess from a bygone era. MeeGo, a project that saw...

'Street Bump' App Maps and Reports Potholes as Your Car Hits Them

The city of Boston is developing a new app called Street Bump, which would allow citizens to report potholes to city officials without even lifting a finger. The app, which is currently in development, uses a smartphone's GPS receiver and accelerometer to sense whenever a moving car hits a bump, and is reportedly accurate enough to pick up on cracks and divots in the road. Whenever Street Bump...

Vatican Says 'Confession' iPhone App Can't Replace Real Confession

An iPhone app designed to walk Catholics through the sacrament of confession has drawn criticism from no less an authority than the Vatican. In a statement issued yesterday, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi dismissed any notion that Catholics might be able to use 'Confession: A Roman Catholic app' to completely replace real confession. "One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone,"...