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Prey for Android is an open-source anti-theft service

There are two ways of looking at geolocation and other tracking technologies. There are those that decry the Information Dynasty, that abhor the idea of sharing your location with the godless monstrosities of Facebook and Google -- and then you have the diametric opposite: sharing is good, information is knowledge, knowledge is wisdom, Google is God. But both schools are missing the point: data...

Mozilla Labs Seabird: what an 'Open Web' mobile phone of the future could look like (video)

We're a week late on this one, but considering the delicious awesomeness of this tidbit, I hope you'll forgive us. As part of Mozilla Lab's 'Concept Series', which has produced fantastic proofs-of-concept for the future of Mozilla and the Web, Billy May has produced what he thinks an Open Web mobile phone might look like: the Seabird (video after the break). A few commenters on the Mozilla...

San Francisco becomes first US city to pass radiation warning law for cell phones

Yes, seriously. The city has been busy in recent weeks, pushing for this in the name of "the consumer's right to know." The law will require visible warnings to be posted right next to phones in stores so that shoppers can read -- in mandated 11-point or higher type -- each unit's specific absorption rate. The specific absorption rate, or SAR (a soon-to-be buzzword) [it's only one letter away...

Google and Android: The messy truth of open-source

Speaking on Cranky Geeks, a ZDNet-owned online television show, Google bigwig Chris DiBona quite plainly admits that Android open-source development isn't plain sailing for its developers. "We could do better," he says, but he isn't apologizing. And rightly so: he would be apologizing for moving too fast. It would be like a pussy-whipped man apologizing after cleaning the house, but forgetting...

Browsing on Android isn't as dangerous as some may believe

I don't want to sound like a grizzled old Lou Grant smoking a cigar and tossing back belts of the scotch I keep in my desk for the days the news doesn't go so good (which is, incidentally, every day.) but there are some stories you just toss in the wait and watch pile. Earlier today the word on the street was that if you even opened your browser on the Android mobile phone in your pocket, you had...

Download unlimited music to your phone via MusicStation Max handsets

The UK's Omnifone will be the "first" company to offer unlimited, free music to all mobile handsets branded with the "MusicStation" name. LG will be the first to release a MusicStation Max phone, which will become available in the first half of 2008 to European and Asian-Pacific regions. The new phone, announced at the World Mobile Congress, will likely include a touchscreen plus a pull-out...

5 things missing from your mobile life in 2008: Google Mobile and more

Life's getting mobile, and it seems that's the way it's always going to be. Humans don't come off as the traveling type, yet we do. From horse carriages to cell phones, we're always looking for ways to do more on the move, so what's missing from your mobile life in 2008 and how can you fix it? The following list may help. 1. Full access to YouTube in Windows Mobile: Everyone's got a solution...

RSS SMS for your cell phone: annoying or useful?

At first, it sounds like a texting nightmare from hell, but RSS via SMS has a place in our world through Web-Alerts, a small web experiment that may get lost in the vast internet desert that is web 2.0 failures. The service sends you a text message for every update to a chosen site's RSS feed. The service is simple and easy to use. When you first visit the site, it'll ask your to enter a web...

Sprint and Microsoft team up to bring customers enhanced Mobile Search

Sprint and Microsoft have teamed up to bring users what they call "the industry's first fully integrated GPS location-aware mobile search service." The service which launches today is available on Sprint phones and allows users to use one search box to search the web, local listings, and maps at the same time as well as use their cell phones GPS to quickly find local businesses without having to...

EA releases Scrabble for cellphones

Scrabble is without a doubt one of the most addictive games you can play on a mobile device. Handmark's Scrabble for Palm OS and Windows Mobile has been around for a couple of years. But if you have a mobile phone with a simpler operating system you'd been out of luck. Until now. Electronic Arts has released a version of Scrabble that plays on any cellphone with Java support. It's a bit trickier...

Get the game while you're on the go

It's been a cruel, cruel summer without our beloved NFL football, and pre-season games don't really cut it. Fortunately, kickoff is tomorrow (not a moment too soon for the rabid fans around here) and we'll able to get our fill of long punt returns, bone-crunching tackles, and (hopefully) more hilarious MasterCard commercials. If despite your best intentions to stay on the couch and catch all the...

Effective, explosive stress relief on your mobile phone

In the annals of video game history, there is no finer an opportunity for endless explosive glee than the vertical shooter. Most vertical shooter games involve a little two-dimensional spaceship that flies only in one direction (up) and shoot lots of interesting projectiles at an abundant cache of enemies. These seemingly endless enemy spaceships apparently have figured out how to fly in many...

Gates : Google not a threat in phone software

Think Google has a shot at creating popular software for mobile phones? Bill Gates doesn't. Gates does his best to politely trash Google's business prowess in this Reuters article. Gates is quotes as saying, "They've introduced about 30 different products; they have one profit-making product. So you're now making a prediction without ever seeing the software that they're going to have the world's...

Nokia buys media-sharing site Twango

Cellphone maker Nokia has purchased Twango, a site that lets users upload and share photos, videos, and audio. Nokia plans to use the company to make it easier for users to share multimedia content whether they're using a computer or a mobile phone. Twango was founded in 2004, and like other social media sites allows users to share files through a central website or embed audio, video, and images...

Upload videos to YouTube with a Verizon phone

Verizon Wireless customers can now shoot and record videos on a cellphone and then upload them to YouTube by dialing 98823, which happens to spell YTUBE. You'll need to add your cellphone number to your YouTube account by visiting www.youtube.com/mobile. You don't need Verizon's V CAST service to upload movies, but the $3/day or $15/month service will let you watch videos. Or you can just eat...