The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Quake 3 on a Droid, controlled by a Zeemote

    You guys remember a couple weeks back, I’m sure, when Zeemote announced an Android SDK for their Bluetooth controller. Well, they said it was fairly simple to implement, and here it is playing Quake III. Not bad! I don’t think you’ll be able to do any of those sweet tricks using this thing, but I could probably beat Zelda with it. [via Phandroid] Read More

  • Skype says "no" to Windows Phone 7

    A wee bit of a Windows Phone 7 bombshell dropped today: Dan Neary, Asia pacific Vice President for Skype, told Sydney-siders today that Skype won’t be developing a client for Microsoft’s much-overdue successor to Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7. Read More

  • Kin Media Sync for Mac now available… for free!

    Now I know that all you gen-Y’ers out there are all like “Windows? WTF! Mac FTW!” while you text on your Kins. Yes, that’s right: you love Mac, so you bought a Kin. And no doubt you agree that the only universally-liked feature one of the best features on the Kin was the included syncing software, “The Studio”. So, when you got home and plugged your Kin… Read More

  • Android 2.2 to feature USB + WiFi tethering as standard

    Our motherblog, TechCrunch, found out today that the Froyo-flavoured (and bloody fast) Android 2.2 will feature USB and WiFi tethering as standard. This will give users the ability to access their phone’s 3G connection by either physically connecting the phone to their laptop external-USB-modem-stylee, or over a temporary WiFi access point beaming out from within the phone’s… Read More

  • A quick hands-on with the LG Ally

    Phone Arena have landed themselves a not-yet-released LG Ally, and have documented their first encounter with the device for all you fine folk in Interwebland. I think it’s safe to say that the stand-out feature of this phone is that it has a QWERTY keyboard, so if the keyboard is a dud, the phone would be significantly less compelling. Well, I’m happy to say that Phone Arena give… Read More

  • Land lines becoming extinct? 25% of Americans think so

    File this one under “well, duh!”. Researchers working for the NCHS “discovered” something that has been covered for years: more and more people are canceling their land lines, and just using cell phones. Read More

  • Sprint HTC EVO 4G coming June 4th; new plans detailed

    We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know when until now. Sprint just let us know that the HTC EVO 4G is arriving on June 4th. I gotta have one. Pricing is set at $199.99 with new contract (after you get that $100 rebate, anyway), no doubt significantly more without one. The plan they’re pushing for it will be $69.99 plus $10 for “premium data,” making a total of $80… Read More

  • ScanBizCards: use your iPhone 3GS to organize your collection of business cards

    Business cards are an anachronism. We all have them, we all pass them out to people we meet, but how many of you actually own a rolodex, or file the business cards you receive in any meaningful way? For the people you actually care to connect with — as opposed to the people from whom you dutifully accept a proffered business card with no intention of ever contacting — you might… Read More

  • Super fake HTC Hero runs Android

    When you get a Shanzhai phone you usually have to put up with a garbage OS. However, this fake HTC Hero is actually running Android and you get a 3.2-inch touchscreen and you get a 400MHz processor and a fake Sense UI, all for about $150. What will those mountain bandits think of next? Read More

  • Hey UK folks: Marks and Spencer now has a mobile website

    While the iPad may be too confusing for the British, that’s not stopping UK retailer Marks and Spencer from rolling out a mobile version of their website. I guess if you’re the kind of person who shops at Marks and Spencer this might be good news for you. And while is not a particularly mobile-friendly URL to key in, the site does helpfully explain upon your… Read More

  • The Mobile Web continues to expand, according to Taptu

    The proliferation of mobile content has caught Taptu (and a lot of other people) by surprise. Perhaps unsurprisingly the number of mobile applications has also increased rather dramatically. There’s an interesting balance to be struck for content producers between device-specific applications and app stores, and the general availability, but reduced functionality, of a mobile web site. Read More

  • People like mobile ads, says JiWire

    JiWire has been watching mobile and in-app advertising, and says that “Advertisements in mobile applications are especially effective.” Their new report, released today, “examines device use, consumer adoption of Wi-Fi and consumer preferences for mobile content and advertising delivery.” Interesting take-aways from the report include the fact that iPhone has surpassed… Read More

  • One more time, or the next installment in the Hero upgrade saga

    Ok. I’m very nearly at the point where I don’t want to keep posting on this, but I’m eternally optimistic, so here goes: An internal Best Buy Document has leaked all over Android Central’s best shirt, claiming that the Android 2.1 upgrade date for the eternally neglected Sprint Hero will be the 21st of May. Read More

  • Android 2.2 sets Android 2.1 on fire. From the friction. Because it's so fast.

    Man oh man. While it may just be benchmark scores at this point, this kind of speed increase is nothing to snuff at. Ian Douglas has run some benchmarks on his Froyo-powered Nexus One, and it’s scoring almost 5 times better. To be a bit more specific, an Eclair-powered Nexus One usually scores around 6-7 MFLOPS in Linpack benchmarks, but this shiny new Froyo build delivers a blistering… Read More

  • Video: Samsung I5801 mid-range Android phone

    It must be Spring, because it looks like the little Androids are multiplying. Today sees another mid-range Android device previewed before being set upon the masses. This time it’s from Samsung. Specs are a bit scarce at the moment, but as it stands, the device appears to run Android 2.1, 802.11n, 3G, a (possible) 240×400 display, 3.5mm headphone jack, and MicroSD slot. Read More

  • Yet another prototype iPhone slips from Apple's clutches

    Well, well, would you looky here? Seems like that super-exclusive iPhone leak that Gizmodo and Engadget were involved in has repeated itself in Vietnam. Engadget reported earlier this morning about the leak, and noticed that the phone is slightly different from the one seen during Gizgate, in that the screws on the bottom of the phone are no longer present. Aside from that, there are few… Read More

  • WinPho 7 screenshots – almost final?

    Microsoft has been throwing their latest builds into the Windows Phone developer tools, so they haven’t exactly been secretive about exactly what WinPho is going to look like. Luckily, there’s a developer who’s shared the latest shots with us, from what looks to be close to the final ROM. Read More

  • Verizon: Android 2.1 rollout for Droid Eris begins today, done within 2 weeks

    We called it yesterday, and sure enough, Verizon has just confirmed it: the Droid Eris’ migration to Android 2.1 begins today. Read More

  • Google Maps for Android gets Bike directions, Location Sharing, Navigation Shortcut

    If you’re running Android 1.6 or later, go pop into the Market and update Google Maps. You’ve got some new toys waiting for you. Read More

  • Early adopters, rejoice: AT&T begins rolling back upgrade eligibility dates for the next iPhone

    Okay, I’ve got big news. Really – you’re going to want to sit down for this one. Ready? Apple.. is going to release a new iPhone this year. Probably next month. Why is your jaw not dropping? Sure, Apple releases a new iPhone every year in June — and sure, the next iPhone has already played a pivotal part in a massive scandal that resulted in a police raid on a… Read More