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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • AT&T announces the Samsung Jack, available on May 19th

    Just announced by AT&T and Samsung, the Jack will be available on May 19th for $99 with a new contract and after rebate. If the device looks familiar it’s no coincidence. The Jack is basically the BlackJack III. The Windows Mobile 6.1 device comes equipped with a 3.2-megapixel camera, aGPS, 3G and Wi-Fi. Hit the jump for the full release and a video unboxing by the AT&T goons. Read More

  • eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Now Available On Android

    The Netherlands-based eBuddy, which markets a comprehensive application that lets users handle multiple instant messaging accounts from the web or their mobile phones, is today releasing an application for the Android platform a couple months after Meebo made its similar product available on there (November 2008). The eBuddy application for Google’s open mobile OS is now available for… Read More

  • Review: Verizon MiFi 2200 – We love everything but the bill

    Short version: We’ve loved the MiFi mobile router since we first laid eyes on it back at CES. After a few days of playing with the Verizon MiFi 2200, we still love it just as much – but with one hangup: the nasty monthly bill. After a trivial hiccup with the activation, we had 4 computers up and running in minutes. Speeds in our area are about average for the local EVDO Rev-A… Read More

  • Video Review: Movaic iZel Smartphone Stand

    Short Version: It does everything we’d expect of a cell phone stand, and it does it well. It snaps into two different positions for holding your smartphone in landscape or portrait mode, grips the desk well, and the viewing angle can be adjusted quite easily. Plus it could totally double for a Batarang in a pinch. $25 bucks seems a bit pricey to us, though. Read More

  • Can't wait for iHulu? NBC mobile has got you (partially) covered

    I don’t know about you, but the novelty of watching random YouTube crap videos on my iDevice wore off pretty quickly. And with iHulu (a.k.a. an official Hulu app) nowhere to be found, there aren’t too many other quality alternatives for viewing free content on your iPhone or iPod touch…until now. CNET points out that NBC’s mobile site – m.nbc.com –… Read More

  • Sprint releases the MiFi portable mobile hotspot


    We at CrunchGear love us some MiFi. From its first appearance at CES this year to the Verizon launch, we’ve been all like “I love you MiFi.” Now you can love the MiFi even more because it’s available on Sprint. Here’s the important stuff: Sprint plans to launch the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot device for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate… Read More

  • ViewSonic to use Taiwanese/Chinese OEMs, launch handsets in Q3?

    It was only yesterday that Viewsonic announced that they’d be dabbling in handset sales, and the rumors have already started. Cell phone gossip is becoming like celebrity gossip sans the sex tapes. According to Digitimes’ always vague “industry sources” (whether that means someone close to the matter or some dude who bought a cellphone once, we’ll likely never… Read More

  • iLike launches custom iPhone apps, syndication platform to help artists connect with fans

    iLike, the popular music discovery site with a huge presence on social networks, is launching a set of new syndication services for musicians. Beginning tonight, iLike now offers extensive integration with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, allowing artists to distribute content to each of their online presences from a single control panel. In addition to these, the company is also… Read More

  • Microsoft links to wrong Twitter account, account owner makes fake announcement

    Late last night, someone going by “officethemovie” on Twitter indirectly announced a Zune phone, suggesting a release date of June 2009. By this morning, a ton of blogs had ran with it. It seemed legit enough at first glance – even Microsoft’s own Office 2010: The Movie site linked to it. Still, something seemed a bit off to us. I mean, sure – HTC might use… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone 3 specs leaked

    We’d love it if there was some glaring omission in this screenshot that flagged the whole thing as fake, but we’re not seeing it if it’s there. Some lucky tipster on a chinese forum claims to have obtained a production model of the next iPhone and has already rattled out all the specs, backing up his claims with the screenshot to the right. According to AppleInsider, the… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint to get social network crazy with the Samsung M550 Exclaim!

    Ex•claim (verb): To cry out suddenly or vehemently, as from surprise or emotion: god, I love social networking!. Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but if Sprint has its way with this rumored Samsung M550 Exclaim device, that’s exactly what all the kids will be shouting. Based on these supposed leaked images found in a Sprint Gurus forum, the Exclaim (so exciting!) is to feature… Read More

  • Follow MobileCrunch on Twitter!

    We want you to follow us. Well, not in real life. That would be a bit creepy – plus, it’d be boring as all hell for you. You’d be sitting behind us as we sat in front of a monitor all day. You could count the number of protein bars we eat in a day. That’d be fun, right? At long last, @MobileCrunch has been fired up and is ready to be your e-BFF. All our headlines will… Read More

  • ViewSonic moves from monitors to mobiles

    So, lets say you’re one of the top display makers in the world. Congratulations! Except you’ve grown bored of making all these monitors – you want to mix it up a little. What do you make? Toaster ovens? Nah. Hello Kitty kitchenware? Hell no. You make cell phones. The jump is oh-so obvious, isn’t it? Well, not really – but James Chu, CEO of ViewSonic, thinks it… Read More

  • Samsung reveals their sorcery

    Weeks back, Samsung released the first Samsung Omnia HD/i8910 video quality sample with a bit of an illusion involved, challenging users to guess what was going on. Some claimed greenscreening, others swore the spotted hidden cameras. We just figured it was sorcery and went on with out day. Actually, we assumed it was a false mirror a la Duck Soup, and we were right. If you want to see the… Read More

  • Review: Nokia XPressMusic 5800


    When I first saw the Nokia XPressMusic 5800 I was disappointed. We saw it last October, at a time when everyone and their dog was releasing a touchscreen phone to “beat” the iPhone. The version I saw initially was quite wonky with a touchscreen interface essentially bolted onto Symbian resulting in weird behavior. But I’m sorry that I doubted Nokia. The 5800 is one of the… Read More

  • G1v2 spoilers: it's a Moto! Wait, no, it's not


    Remember that picture of the G1v2 we saw last week? We were puzzled at the bottom row buttons, and a commenter at BGR figured out the riddle. It turns out those are Motorola-style buttons (see them here and here?), not HTC. I thought the keyboard looked HTC-ish, but hey, we all make mistakes right? In any case, the phone pictured appears to be a Motorola phone running Android, although… Read More

  • Show Magazine now has an iPhone App, we have had five codes to give you

    One look at the Top 25 Paid App list in the App Store reveals two things about iPhone users – we’re bunch of gaming nerds and pervs. Not that there’s anything wrong with either. The numbers speak for themselves, though. Viva Vision’s The Sexy Ladies of SHOW app is currently ranked #16 and it makes sense considering the content that’s available for only $0.99… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile shares spike with news of Q1 earnings

    Virgin Mobile USA’s shares jumped 57 cents (20%) to $3.47 in midday trading on news of its better than expected (i.e. positive) first quarter earnings. The wireless carrier reported $13.4 million (19 cents/share) in net income for Q1 2009, almost triple (2.85 times, to be more precise) that of 2008 Q1’s $4.7 million (7 cents/share) earnings. Overall revenue increased 2.2% to… Read More

  • The Motorola W7 Active Edition is good for you, because gestures burn calories or something

    Gesture controls for phones (or any other gadgets) sound like a great idea on paper. “Wow,” you think, “I can shake my phone to change the song! That’s so convenient!” So you get your phone, you load your songs, and you shake. Shake. New song! Shake. New song! A day or two goes by, and it hits you like a breakdancer’s foot to the face: you can shake your… Read More

  • Center for Disease Control releases report on "wireless families:" One in five fams are cellphone only

    The CDC’s report on wireless substitution – aka canceling your land line for a cellphone – is out and we discover that one in five U.S. households have cut the cable, an increase of 2.7 percent over six months ago. Another tidbit: one in every seven American homes (14.5%) took all their calls on cellphones despite having a landline. The report polled 12,597 families for… Read More