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The iPhone Gridiron Throwdown: EA’s Madden NFL 2010 vs. Gameloft’s NFL 2010
by Gagan Biyani on September 10, 2009

EA v GameloftHoly Mother of Football Heaven. Talk about a head-to-head matchup. Gaming heavyweight Electronic Arts against mobile superstar Gameloft. We’ve seen this before, folks, on various mobile devices. But never on a stage like this. And never with the stakes so high. The iPhone is the ultimate arena for this blockbuster duel, and we’re going to judge this match play-by-play for you. We’ll go through each of the major aspects of a quality simulation football game and tell you how each game scored. But first, a little background on the contestants:

EA is the owner and developer for the best (and only) football franchise in the world, Madden NFL Football. They’ve also kicked ass on the iPhone platform with titles such as The Sims 3, Need for Speed, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and more. Gameloft, despite having far less success with their football franchise, has managed to dominate the iPhone platform. Gameloft has racked up more than 6 million sales with titles such as Gangstar, Rise of Lost Empires, Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles, and others. This will be a truly epic battle, but nobody can deny that EA, what with more than a decade of experience with the Madden franchise, is favored in the bout of a lifetime: EA’s Madden NFL 2010 head-to-head with Gameloft’s NFL 2010.

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CrunchDeals: T-Mobile myTouch 3G for $99
by Doug Aamoth on September 10, 2009


Oprah! Oprah! Oprah!

Thanks to the queen of daytime television, you can get the Android-powered T-Mobile myTouch 3G for just $99 when you sign up for a two-year contract. This deal is good “for a very limited time,” so pull the trigger if you’ve got the itch.

Promo code is KICKOFF24. You go girl.

Save $100 on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile via Engadget]

Video: Motorola’s new UI for Android, Moto BLUR
by Greg Kumparak on September 10, 2009

The first footage of Moto Blur, Motorola’s just announced social-network-centric homescreen overhaul for Android, has just gone live. This is the very same footage we saw during the announcement, so you know what we know at this point.

The Motorola Cliq: An Android smartphone powered by the social media star, MOTOBLUR
by Matt Burns on September 10, 2009


The Cliq might be the first Motorola device with Android, but with a 350-person team, it better be good. At least it looks solid on the surface with a custom Android GUI called MOTOBLUR, slide-down keyboard, 5MP camera, 24 FPS video cam, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack and a screen that better be able to handle a massive amount of info.

The phone’s interface is built around what Motorola is calling “MOTOBLUR.” Think of this as a social media aggregator kind of like Palm’s Synergy. It syncs Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Picasa and others onto a customizable homescreen that displays info users want from any of the services. Plus, this allows users to interact with their contacts through any of the networks seamlessly. Blur has other tricks too like remote wipe and phone tracking via the Internet along with all the other standard Android goodies like HTML web browser, Gmail, Google Maps, and all the rest.

T-Mobile should have the device sometime in the forth quarter and it will be available in white and titanium. We just don’t know the price yet.

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Live From Motorola’s Android Announcement
by Greg Kumparak on September 10, 2009

We’re live from Motorola’s Android announcement at the Mobilize conference, where the company is expected to announce at least two new handsets running Google’s mobile operating system.

This is a big day for Motorola – nearly one year ago, the flailing company switched up their game by dedicating a 350-person team to this new endeavor. Have their efforts been worthwhile? Find out in our minute-to-minute coverage.
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Verizon to launch Nokia 7705 Twist early next week
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by Jeremy Kessel on September 10, 2009

Nokia7705Twist-3Thanks to an earlier leaked slide regarding Verizon’s upcoming lineup, we had a good idea that Nokia’s boxy little number, the 7705 Twist, would be joining Big Red’s network sooner than later. Fast forward two weeks and Nokia has officially announced the launch of its 7705 Twist.

Besides its unusual shape, the Twist features a, you guessed it, twist-out full QWERTY keyboard and “a customizable Contact Light Ring (yes, that jumbo button sat on the bottom right), letting you assign colours to identify calls and messages from folk in your contacts book.”

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Verizon beats everyone at the HTC Touch Pro 2 game
by Greg Kumparak on September 10, 2009

Slow and steady wins the race, right? Verizon’s certainly not the first off the gate with the Touch Pro 2, but they definitely just took the lead in our books. Both Sprint and T-Mobile are charging a dang-near-absurd $350 bucks for theirs, with the latter adding insult to injury by not even including a 3.5mm jack. (BOOOOOO!)

As we’d heard last week, Verizon’s Touch Pro 2 is not only coming in at a huge discount – $200 bucks after a $100 mail-in rebate – but it’s also packing the 3.5mm jack we love so dearly. Beyond that, expect all the same specs you’ve seen elsewhere, like the 3.6″ touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, and that oh, oh, OH-so-gorgeous keyboard. Look for it in stores tomorrow.

by Robin Wauters on September 10, 2009

Mobile applications targeting enterprise customers most certainly have their place in platform-agnostic app stores like GetJar, device-agnostic stores like Android Market and vendor-specific ones such as the iPhone App Store and Palm’s App Catalog.

But finding enterprise-grade apps on these stores in between the plethora of games, music apps and general-purpose software programs for consumers that are crowding the platforms isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

Enter AppCentral, a venture of San Francisco-based Ondeego, which is in essence an enterprise mobile app only store that will be launching today at GigaOM’s Mobilize09 event. The goal of the new app store? To address the needs of enterprise workers and their IT departments while at the same time attempting to create a vivid ecosystem of enterprise-focused mobile developers.

by Matt Burns on September 10, 2009

Let’s just say it: Sprint is back. First the carrier nabs the hottest handhelds with the Palm Pre, BlackBerry Tour and soon the HTC Hero and Palm Pixi. But that’s just the start.

Now, it’s offering up the $69 Any Mobile, Anytime plan which includes – get this – unlimited calls to any mobile phone, unlimited web surfing, Blackberry access, unlimited Direct Connect, unlimited text, picture, and video, and unlimited weekend minutes start at 7pm. Plus, the plan includes all the little extras like GPS Navigation, Music Premier, TV Premier, NFL Mobile Live, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile. Wowsers.

Recap: iPhone OS 3.1 goodies
by Gagan Biyani on September 9, 2009

iPhone 30As if it wasn’t enough to introduce the sickest mini MP3 player/Video camera/Radio ever and a gorgeous new version of iTunes, Steve Jobs had to throw in an iPhone OS update for good measure. For those of you who missed our live feed, here’s an overview of what the iPhone OS 3.1 update contained:

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iPhone OS 3.1 brings improved App organization via iTunes 9
by Jeremy Kessel on September 9, 2009


Way back in February, when iPhone OS 3.1 was but a distant “dream,” we posted 8 Little Things We Still Can’t Stand About the iPhone. More than half a year has passed and we can finally knock #7, “Arranging applications sucks something terrible,” off the list with the release of iPhone OS 3.1.

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Apple Strikes Back: iTunes 9 does NOT sync with the Pre
by Jeremy Kessel on September 9, 2009


Looks like the never-ending “sync war” between Apple and Palm continues to rage on. According to numerous PreCentral forum contributors, iTunes 9 does NOT sync with their beloved Pres. What now, Palm?

Review: Bomb Commander for the iPhone
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by Peter Ha on September 9, 2009

The quality of iPhone games have been improving over the last couple years and Anima’s Bomb Commander is clearly one of the latest wonders to hit the iPhone (and iPod Touch). It’s a simple game, really.
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Verizon Wireless raises the price of the enV Touch and enV3
by Matt Burns on September 9, 2009

env touchThis is strange, even for a wireless carrier. Both the enV Touch and enV3 launched in May at $179 and $129, but then dropped down to $149 and $99, which is about right. After all, non-smartphones generally only stay at their original price for a few months. But now both of these phones are back up to their starting price. Why?

We hit up a couple of our Verizon tipsters and they indicated that these two phones are some of their best sellers, which leads us to believe that VZW is just trying to milk it. The carrier has been heavily pushing both of them on TV spots recently. Or maybe the phones just dropped in price for a back-to-school sale. Who knows.

by Peter Ha on September 9, 2009

Welcome to 2006, AT&T.

That’s right, folks. AT&T has finally joined the fray and they’re calling it the A-List with Rollover. AT&T prisoners can now call up to five domestic “VIPs” without putting a dent into their pre-existing plan. As an added bonus, the Rollover feature has been bundled in and starts with the individual Nation plans higher than $59.99. A-List with Rollover launches on September 20. Oh, and don’t forget to read the fine print.