T-Mobile Sidekick LX announced, hitting shelves May 13th

By on April 17, 2009 at 12:21 AM.

T-Mobile Sidekick LX announced, hitting shelves May 13th

Not that big of a secret but finally made official at the stroke of midnight, T-Mobile’s Sidekick line-up finally gets a much needed refresh. It’s been covered a bunch before but here are the major selling points (or just random lines of text you can ignore):

  • A stunning 3.2″ 854×480 resolution Sharp F-WVGA screen
  • Integrated Facebook MySpace and Twitter (finally!)
  • GPS support! Live Search is now GPS-powered, too
  • 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with improved video capabilities
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • T-Mobile 3G/HSDPA
  • Other really cool stuff you don’t know about

The new Sidekick LX will go on sale May 13th nationwide for $199 on a two year agreement. There are two color choices, the first being carbon and second is orchid which is after the break! Anyone interested?

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Virgin Mobile puts two new Kyocera handsets up for sale

By on March 12, 2009 at 3:10 PM.

Virgin Mobile puts two new Kyocera handsets up for sale

While there has yet to be a formal announcement of any new handsets, some eagle-eyed observers noticed two new handsets from Kyocera for sale on Virgin Mobile’s website. Being Virgin Mobile phones, they’re not much to write home about but given the current economic climate we’re in, it’s a given that these phones will garner more interest than they would during prosperous times. Starting off with what is nothing more than a Virgin-branded S1300 Melo, the JAX is a plain Jane candybar that features… a color screen. Moving on to the more promising of the two, the X-tc sports a full-QWERTY slider, QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth and comes pre-loaded with a Facebook and MySpace application. Not bad at all for a $100 phone.

[Via Phone Scoop]

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MySpace for BlackBerry updated to v1.5

By on March 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM.

MySpace for BlackBerry updated to v1.5

This one’s for all of the BlackBerry-toting MySpace users out there. RIM hit us up last night to let us know MySpace for BlackBerry has been upgraded to v1.5, featuring three major enhancements. Just like the upcoming Facebook 1.5 we showed the world, we can’t help but think that these “enhancements” should have been there in the first place. Oh well, here’s what’s new:

  • Friend Updates: Users can now view their MySpace Friend Updates from within the application and click on a thumbnail of a photo in the Friend Updates to be taken to a full screen version.
  • Enhanced updates and messaging: Instantaneous mobile notifications and messaging (no lag time between receiving a message online and on mobile). Users can also save a composed message/bulletin as a draft, delete and open a saved draft message to edit/send the message, and view or hide sent items.
  • Enhanced band profiles: Bands can add tour dates and more profile bits to their profiles, like Upcoming Shows (displays more details on the show such as venue, date, address and cost)
  • Support for French, German, Italian and Spanish languages.

MySpace for BlackBerry 1.5 can be grabbed either OTA or via PC at blackberry.com/myspace.

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MySpace for BlackBerry launches

By on November 13, 2008 at 12:10 AM.

MySpace for BlackBerry launches

If you’re one of the many who’ve been eagerly awaiting a MySpace app for your BlackBerry, then this one’s for you. Officially launched as of midnight and sporting a look nearly identical to the native Facebook app, MySpace for BlackBerry allows you to do pretty much everything you can do from your computer like send and receive messages, share your mood, and view and upload photos from the evening of drunken debauchery that was last night. To install the app hit up http://www.blackberry.com/myspace on your BlackBerry, then let us know what you think.

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First look at RIM’s MySpace for BlackBerry application

By on November 4, 2008 at 4:55 AM.

First look at RIM’s MySpace for BlackBerry application

We had wondered where this thing went, and while we still don’t have a release date for you, we’ve got an exclusive first look at the application. It’s got a pretty familiar feel to it (read: Facebook app), and even though we haven’t actually played with the software itself, it does seem to be a pretty well-executed application. You’ve got access to all the usual MySpace nonsense like your messages, friend requests, comment, photos, mood updates, and so forth. The MySpace app is also OTA-capable letting you upgrade wirelessly when there’s an updated version available, directly from the application. In true BlackBerry fashion, the app provides background push-notifications, something the Sidekick platform was the first to build with MySpace. This will, for better or worse, notify you immediately when someone shoots you a message, posts a comment, or sends whatever else you waste your time with on MySpace. One request? We’ve never used the damn thing, but integrated MySpace IM would have been nice here. Then again, we’d take a native Skype application any day over MySpace IM. So Waterloo… what do you say you get crackin’ on that? If you constantly thumb your nose at Facebook and have been slowly counting down the days until this application is released, head on over to our gallery. We’ve got a bunch of screen shots of the application for you!

Click on over to our BlackBerry MySpace application gallery!

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Verizon Wireless consolidates social networking sites with SocialLife

By on September 26, 2008 at 6:43 AM.

Verizon Wireless consolidates social networking sites with SocialLife

If you’re so social (or lonely, for that matter) that you are registered on several social networking sites, Verizon has the app for you: SocialLife. The name is almost an oxymoron, really. Anyway, we digress… SocialLife is like the Trillian or Adium of social networking apps where several of your favorite, or less popular sites are consolidated onto one app. It makes it a lot easier for you to check messages, notes,  photos, comments, and all that jazz when you can do it on one program instead of several. If not just for MySpace, you also get AsianAve, BlackPlanet, FaithBase, GLEE, LiveJournal, MiGente, Photobucket, Rabble and MTV Tr3s (what, no Facebook?). Anyone actually use those sites? LiveJournal? Really?! That’s sooooo 2005. For just $1.49 a month, you can get access to this application and that’s not so bad – if most of your social life is spent on networking sites.

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MySpace to offer millions of songs “free”

By on September 25, 2008 at 1:39 PM.

MySpace to offer millions of songs “free”

Taking a step in the right direction, sorta, MySpace is going to be offering loads of free music starting September 25. Technically, it isn’t really going to be free since it will likely be plastered with ads from the likes of McDonald’s, Sony, Toyota and so on. Still, it’s a pretty cool idea: You get to select all the tracks you want to slap onto your playlist and listen to them all for free with maybe a banner or two here and there to remind you who’s responsible for the luxury. There are already several programs and sites that allow you to do this but none so far that have garnered the approval of the big music companies. Looks like Sony BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music, and EMI (owner of The Beatles catalog and the cause for delay in their appearance on iTunes) are on board and totally supporting this venture. This is really good news for music lovers and for the music industry in general since it’s cool to be able to listen to the tracks you want to without jumping over hurdles or sneaking behind back doors. The only catch is you can listen to the music online only and aren’t able to download them onto your MP3 players. However if you hear it and like it, there will be direct links to Amazon.com’s music store. With Android having an Amazon music store app and now this feature on MySpace, iTunes is going to have a little competition.

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What do You do on the Mobile Web?

By on May 22, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

What do You do on the Mobile Web?

As more and more devices become equipped with capable web browsers, it becomes increasingly interesting to learn where mobile mobile web users are spending their time. Companies spend massive amounts of time and money mobilizing websites and ensuring that their content is accessible from any device. So who’s getting a solid return? According to a recent study conducted by M:Metrics, smartphone web browsers spend the majority of time each month browsing through the pages of cragslist.org. You dirty, dirty heathens. We’d like to think that the jobs, community and other such sections are well traveled but we know better. Of the 4 hours and 38 minutes smartphone users spend each month browsing the web on average, craigslist.org sees an average of 1 hour and 39 minutes. The second most popular mobile web destination is eBay.com with an average of 1 hour and 29 minutes. Basically, smartphone users like looking at old junk – in more ways than one. Behind the two leaders are popular social networks MySpace and Facebook with 1:25 and 1:24 respectively. What all this says to us: Smartphone owners use the mobile web to check out local transvestites, buy tattered old couches and hand-sewn tea cozies, and then tell all of their friends on MySpace and Facebook about it. Are we oversimplifying?

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