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Aww!! No unveiling of revamped iPhone this year?

We hate to disappoint the Apple lovers but are forced to inform that the “much expected” redesigned iPhone is a “No-No” this year.

Google plans to woo all with Street View in mobile web app

Google, it seems, plans to woo the iPhone users with its latest Street view addition to its Google web maps app.

Woman's cellphone swallowed by crocodile ringing

Here's something strange that shows how sturdy some Nokia phones can be. There can be crocodile resistant!

New York man posts personals at payphones

New York -- A 40-year-old New York man is posting his own personal ad, which specifically requests a blond with a sizeable chest, at city payphones.

Malik Turner, who lives with his mother in Harlem, said he posted the ad at "four or five" payphones around the city after friends at work warned him about the dangers of Internet dating, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The ad insists all respondents be long-haired blonds as well as "big-chested, curvy, leggy, voluptuous (NOT FAT)" and "willing to take turns paying on date (NO GOLDDIGGERS!!!!!)."

The ad says "hookers, she-males, transsexuals (and) transvestites" need not apply.

Verizon Wireless to pay out millions

Basking Ridge, N.J. -- Verizon Wireless said Sunday it will pay out tens of millions of dollars to 15 million cellphone customers the U.S. communications company overcharged.

Verizon, based in Basking Ridge, N.J., said it would apply credits to current customers and mail refund checks to former customers this month and next for "mistaken past data charges" because "we always want to do the right thing for our customers."

"In most cases, these credits are in the $2 to $6 range; some will receive larger credits or refunds," Verizon said in a statement on its Web site.

Rev. plans cellphone blessing

Halifax, Nova Scotia -- A Canadian Anglican reverend is asking parishioners to bring in their cellphones and other technological gadgets to receive a special blessing.

Rev. Lisa Vaughn of the Anglican parish of St. Timothy, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the gadget blessing is a means of attracting more people to church amid a nationwide decline in attendance, the Globe and Mail reported Thursday.

"It's not just about please don't let my cellphone drop calls today," Vaughn said of the blessing. "It's about, you know, help me to be the best Christian, the best person I can be in my conversations, in my communication."

Vaughn said her approach to leading the church can be summarized as: "Don't be boring."

Police call 'ma' on suspect's phone

Athens, Ga. -- Police in Georgia said they used a cellphone left behind at the scene of an elementary school burglary to call the suspect's mother.

Athens-Clarke police said officers responding to an 11:25 p.m. burglar alarm at Howard B. Stroud Elementary School in Athens saw a man drop his cellphone while fleeing the building, the Athens Banner-Herald reported Thursday.

Investigators said they called a number in the phone labeled "ma," and the suspect's mother told them she had kicked her son out of her home because of his stealing habit.

Police said the woman told them the man stays with his grandfather in Colbert, Ga., and failed to show up for a Monday court appearance on a burglary charge.

Africa cellphone benefits need support

Dallas -- The explosive growth of cellphone use in Africa isn't enough to drive the continent's economic growth without accompanying infrastructure, economic experts say.

Researchers at Southern Methodist University say that while there is evidence of positive short-term impacts, so far there's limited evidence mobile phones have led to large-scale improvements in African countries, a university release says.

Cellphones can do only so much, the researchers say, as long as many Africans still struggle in poverty and still lack reliable electricity, clean drinking water, education or access to roads.

Nude photo sent to girlfriend's mom

Brookfield, Wis. -- Wisconsin police said an 18-year-old man was cited for disorderly conduct when a nude photo intended for his girlfriend instead wound up on her mom's cellphone.

Police said the 18-year-old Glendale man, whose name was not released, sent the nude picture of himself to his 17-year-old Brookfield girlfriend's cellphone, apparently unaware that she shares the phone with her mother, reported Wednesday.

The mother was the first to see the picture and reported it to police, who issued the man a citation for disorderly conduct.

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Polar bears in July delight Alaskans

Anchorage, Alaska -- Mid-summer sightings of polar bears have folks in remote areas of Alaska buzzing and snapping cellphone pictures, residents said.

Reports of the white bears sniffing around river banks in western Alaska have drawn crowds of the curious, many of whom use cellphones to send pictures of the animals far and wide in nearly real time.

"Basically, everybody looking at the bear and the bear looking at the people," Nick Tucker told the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, while recalling the appearance of a bear along the Yukon River near Emmonak, about 3 miles from the Bering Sea.