Motorola DROID / DROID Eris now available in stores, online

By on November 6, 2009 at 9:15 AM.

Motorola DROID / DROID Eris now available in stores, online

DROID-day

Alright, fellas. It has been one heck of a journey, but today, the Motorola DROID and HTC DROID Eris are finally on sale to the general public. From what we’re hearing, stock levels are insanely high so it doesn’t look like many people that want one will miss the opportunity to take one home. If you’re in line, or at the store, or already snatched one and have made the trip home, shoot us in some photos in the comments and let us know how you’re liking the new Android lineup on Verizon, ok?

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Sprint closing early on June 5th to gear up for Pre launch; open early on the 6th?

By on May 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM.

Sprint closing early on June 5th to gear up for Pre launch; open early on the 6th?

We all know the launch of the Palm Pre will be unlike any other at Sprint. It will launch on a Saturday instead of the typical Sprint Sunday launch, giving the carrier one full weekend to move units before Apple’s big announcement the following Monday. Thanks to one of our ninjas, we now know the carrier is apparently making some nationwide changes to Sprint Store operating hours as well. Firstly, our ninja says stores will be closing early at 4:00pm on Friday, June 5th. Employees will likely have to stick around for a while to set up Pre displays and whatever else Sprint plans to deck out retail locations with. Then on Saturday, Pre launch day, stores should be open bright and early at 8:00am and employees will be ready and waiting to trade you a shiny new Pre in exchange for $299.99 plus taxes ($100 comes back via MIR). So — anyone planning to line up early or do you think Pre hype is just that, and buyers can take their time getting over to local shops?

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Windows Marketplace for Mobile now open for developers

By on May 2, 2009 at 4:23 PM.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile now open for developers

Microsoft has officially opened the doors of its Windows Marketplace for Mobile to developers. Windows Mobile code monkeys with a Windows Live ID, valid taxpayer ID, bank account and $99 to spare can sign their life away up for a vendor account with Microsoft. Once approved, developers may begin submitting their Windows Mobile 6.5 applications for inclusion within the Marketplace. Similar to Apple’s App Store, each application will be reviewed and approved according to Microsoft’s application submission guidelines. With new Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets on the horizon and the Marketplace now open for applications,  things in the world of Windows Mobile are starting to get interesting. Umm, right?

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iTunes variable pricing goes live

By on April 7, 2009 at 9:40 AM.

iTunes variable pricing goes live

Things like this happen in three stages: 1) You find out it’s going to happen. 2) You curse Apple. 3) You accept the fact that Apple is king when it comes to making money and cough up the extra cash. Masked as part of a trade off with major labels to facilitate DRM-free iTunes tracks, Apple announced back in January that it would introduce a new variable pricing structure where tracks would be $0.69, $0.99 or $1.29 depending on popularity. Today, the new tiered pricing has gone live. As you can see above, it apparently doesn’t take much for some tracks to hit the $1.29 price point — track two has its popularity indicator just over half full and it’s already there. For some however, the new pricing model could be a good thing. The super cool loners among you who are into niche genres like uber-unsing-emo-screamo-core, may find your monthly iTunes bills dropping thanks to the new $0.69 tier for less popular music. Good luck though; even the most obscure bands and tracks we dug up in a few minutes of searching were listed at $0.99 despite having no bars in the popularity column. Anyone find a $0.69 track? Let us know in the comments section.

Thanks, James!

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Verizon to launch “Mobile Web Games and Application Store”

By on March 19, 2009 at 3:59 PM.

Verizon to launch “Mobile Web Games and Application Store”

According to an internal correspondence, Verizon Wireless may be launching a new wireless application store sooner than we thought — tomorrow in fact. The store, branded as “Mobile Web Games and Application Store”, is positioned to be an extension of the current Media center/Get It Now application catalog and will be accessible to Mobile Web capable, Get it Now phones. Improvements include a graphic-based browsing environment and keyword-based search of the application catalog. We have heard rumblings of Verizon looking to develop an application and games store, especially one that targets the gaming and multimedia features of the LG Versa, but no launch date has been mentioned until now. With the Versa’s new gaming module rumored to be launching on April 1st, a gaming store launch just prior would make perfect sense so let’s hope this one pans out. Hit the jump for the full internal note.

Thanks, VZW Ninja!

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