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Facebook Mobile harvests entire address books, leaves soiled contact lists in its wake

While it's by no means a new feature, people are starting to notice what Facebook Mobile's Contact Sync actually does, and it's not pretty. At the very least, it will trash your phone's address book by overwriting it with Facebook contact info and profile pictures. More disturbingly, while it's doing that it sends your phone's entire address book to Facebook, to be hashed and badly matched up...

Russian firm successfully unlocks encrypted BlackBerry backups

256-bit encryption certainly sounds like it's secure. But depending on how a company implements that encryption, it may not provide quite the level of protection you'd think. That appears to be the case with BlackBerry backup files, if reports from Russian security firm Elcomsoft turn out to be true. Using systems running an Intel Core i7 CPU, they were able to break the 7-character unlock...

Mozilla bringing Firefox Home to BlackBerry, Symbian, and Facebook and Twitter access

Mozilla has just pushed out an epic blog post that details the future of Firefox Home, mainly stating that it's heading to both the BlackBerry and Symbian mobile phone platforms in the coming months. If you've not heard of Firefox Home, watch the video after the break for a short intro. Other than two new platforms, the blog post mentions that Facebook and Twitter integration, Panorama...

Multi-network IM app Meebo now available for Blackberry

Popular IM client Meebo has finally arrived on Blackberry. The app supports both touchscreen devices (like the Storm and Storm 2) and trackball models (like the Curve and Tour). The app ties in to your Meebo account, giving you in-app access to your buddy list, chat history, and even chats you had open before you stepped away from your desktop and signed in via your mobile. As CNet points out,...

Songbird 1.8 update brings broader device support, OS X syncing

The Songbird team has released a significant update to their feature-packed media player today. Among the new additions: sync support for several HTC and Nokia handsets (as well as the Blackberry Storm) and sync support on OS X (Mac users will need to download the MSC add-on). While Songbird is no longer providing official builds for Linux users, contributed builds of Songbird for Linux are...

BlackBerry App World gets a much-needed overhaul

Unlike iPhone and iPod touch users I know, BlackBerry owners tend to be plenty happy with the built-in array of apps RIM ships on their smartphones. That's probably a good thing, because BlackBerry App World had some fairly big shortcomings when compared to the App Store. RIM hopes the release of App World 2.0 brings the experience more in line with competitors -- and at first glance, I'd say...

5 must-have back-to-school apps for your computer and smartphone

Chances are good that you use more than one gadget to help with schoolwork. If you have a laptop or desktop computer and do-it-all smartphone at your disposal there are some great applications which can be a huge help at school regardless of which device you've got your hands on. From taking notes in class to accessing files at home to staving off forgetfulness, these five highly-useful apps...

Dropbox app for Blackberry goes beta

Dropbox has quickly become a favorite tool for people on the go, but Blackberry users haven't been feeling much app-love. Yesterday, Dropbox announced on their forums that they had begun Dropbox for Blackberry Beta -- but only for the first 500 users to hit the site and request it. It only took a few hours for the 500 slots to fill, so the Dropbox team upped the limit to 1,000 later in the...

BlackBerry 6 features revealed in new RIM video

BlackBerry 6, the upcoming OS for Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices, blows away the notion of the BlackBerry as the ugly, businesslike device you use to check your work email. It was announced in April, but RIM has released a new sneak peek video that shows off the browser, media player interface, and social features of the upcoming BlackBerry OS. BlackBerry 6 is getting a WebKit...

Microsoft working on Office Mobile for Nokia and "other leading smartphone platforms"

Based on a very interesting job posting at Microsoft, Neowin is speculating that Office 2010 might become part of the mobile experience for more than just WIndows Phone users. The job (which has since been filled) called for a developer to help "bring Office Mobile to hundreds of millions of Nokia smartphone owners, followed by other leading smartphone platforms." Wait, other smartphone...

Unlocking your hotel room with your smartphone? OpenWays is an app for that.

Holiday Inn locations in two cities are experimenting with a system that lets guests unlock their rooms using a smartphone. When you check in online, the system (called OpenWays) sends you an encrypted audio code that unlocks your door, and then texts you your room number. That means no more checking in at the desk, and no more worries about losing a key or a keycard. OpenWays is available...

Mobile app helps Americans find prescriptions and free health clinics

In a down economy, with health care reform passed but not yet in effect, a lot of Americans need prescription assistance and cheap or free medical help. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance has released a mobile app for iPhone and Blackberry that makes help easier to find. It lets you see which medicines PPA might be able to help you pay for, as well as pointing you to the closest of 10,000...

Twitter Tuesday - this week's Twitter news, apps and more

Oh my, is it Twitter Tuesday already? With all the Facebook news this week, you might have missed what was going on with Twitter. Don't worry about it, though, because I'm here to fill you in. We've got some breaking app news on multiple platforms this week, with your first look at BlackBerry's official Twitter app, as well as an early iPad Twitter client. There's also a resolution to one of...

Spotify music service gets a US release date and a Blackberry app

Spotify, the streaming music service that made a big splash in Europe last year, has always been slated for a 2010 launch in the US. Unfortunately, there was a long period at the beginning of this year when Spotify's executives wouldn't say much of anything about when they'd finally bring the service to North America. The hype around the service cooled off a bit, but you can prepare to hear...

Skype lands on Verizon's BlackBerry and Android handsets this Thursday

Skype and mobile devices go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why make VoIP calls on a computer when you can make them on a device that's designed for phone calls ... your phone? Until this week, the answer was "because my phone doesn't have a mobile version of Skype!" That's about to change for a lot of people, though, as Verizon customers get a mobile version of Skype for BlackBerry and...