Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Motorola Tundra tortured for your viewing pleasure

    Just how rugged is the military-spec Motorola Tundra? Our buddies over at Phonescoop put it to the test during their full review – and by “put it to the test”, we mean throwing it across a driveway, kicking it into a wall, jamming it in the snow, running it over with a car, dropping a wrench on it, and blasting it with a blowtorch. Sure, it would’ve been great to see… Read More

  • Acer smartphone to be announced on February 16th

    Acer smartphone to be announced on February 16th


    Acer wants everyone to know that it is launching a smartphone at the Mobile World Congress cellphone extravaganza in Barcelona. The February 16th press event is also nearly one year after Acer scooped up the experienced smartphone maker, E-Ten. M’kay, now that we know Acer has a smartphone coming in a couple weeks, get ready for some *air quotes* leaked product shots to keep our attention. Read More

  • Video/Photos: A look at the Most Recent Android "Cupcake" Development Build

    As 2008 came to a close, we saw the first hints of a new developmental branch of Android called “Cupcake”. Promising video recording, copy and paste, stereo bluetooth and more, an endless clamor has rang from the userbase ever since. There’s still no word as to when we can expect it to drop onto devices, nor are they making promises that any specific feature will make it on… Read More

  • iPhone software bumped up to version 2.2.1

    iPhone software bumped up to version 2.2.1

    There I was, attempting to load my iPhone with the latest Fergie/Lady GaGa/Cyndi Lauper mashup, when word came down the pipes that the mighty makers from Cupertino had passed down a morsel of mending, a reliquary of repair. In other words, new iPhone software update yo. This latest revision is a minor one, only bumping the version number up a single digit – but that doesn’t… Read More

  • AT&T launches the LG CF360, even they don't care

    AT&T launches the LG CF360, even they don't care

    Practicing a controversial new “Lets not tell anybody” marketing method, AT&T has quietly slipped the LG CF360 onto store shelves. The demand was overwhelming – at one AT&T spot in Galesburg, Illinois, one whole person waited through the night for the doors to open. Upon questioning, the anxious would-be CF360 owner responded, “Crap, I thought it was a new… Read More

  • Oops! LG voluntarily recalling 45K LG 150 mobiles for lack of "certification"

    Oops! LG voluntarily recalling 45K LG 150 mobiles for lack of "certification"

    Do you live or work in Canada? Do you enjoy LG cell phones? Are you a proud owner of the dead-simple LG 150? Then here’s lookin’ at you kid! Your trusty mobile device is the lucky winner of a 45,000 unit (voluntary – i.e. LG is doing you a “favor”) recall! Apparently the LG 150 is “no longer certified as meeting the Radio Standards Specifications 102 (RSS… Read More

  • Fring Integrates Last.fm Into Its Mobile VoIP Client

    Fring Integrates Last.fm Into Its Mobile VoIP Client

    Mobile VoIP and IM service fring, one of the more popular mobile communication services around, is experimenting with porting a bunch of third-party apps to the fring client and will be announcing a number of those in the course of this year. Today, fring is launching a custom mobile-optimized Last.fm music radio add-on that brings a lot of the music recommendation service to the fring client… Read More

  • General Mobile to announce Dual-Sim touchscreen phone at MWC, supposedly running Android

    General Mobile to announce Dual-Sim touchscreen phone at MWC, supposedly running Android

    After a surprising lack of Android at CES, it looks like everyone’s pulling out their best Android garb for Mobile World Congress next month. Latest on the list of companies purportedly planning an Android announcement is General Mobile who, we’ll admit, we’ve never actually heard of. That’s okay, though – if they actually manage to get the DSTL1 onto the shelves… Read More

  • iPhone App review: iShoot

    iPhone App review: iShoot

    Among the millions of apps being released hourly in the App store, there truly are apps worth buying, and those that not worth wasting a glance at. iShoot ($2.99) is one of the best and brightest among its craptastic peers. One of many turn based tank fighting games, iShoot has proved its worthiness by sky rocketing into the #1 spot almost overnight, with his iShoot lite following close… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro now for sale at Best Buy for a whopping $699

    Palm Treo Pro now for sale at Best Buy for a whopping $699

    Best Buy is ready to take orders for the Palm Treo Pro for those not willing to wait for the Sprint-subsidized model. It’s going to take a special (read: loaded) gadget freak to plop down seven large on a WinMob phone that’s backordered until the middle of February which is when the phone is rumored to launch on Sprint anyway. Granted, that person might be purchasing the phone… Read More

  • US considering law to require audible shutter noise for camera phones

    US considering law to require audible shutter noise for camera phones

    Any frequent user of public transportation has probably seen it: Cute girl gets on the train/subway in a skirt that’s just a little bit too short. Within minutes, some creepy guy starts pretending to “play a game” on his cell phone, oblivious to the fact that his narrow squint and carefully positioned arms flag his voyeuristic image snapping intentions immediately. A new bill… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile releases Susan G. Komen Pink Flare because cancer sucks

    Virgin Mobile releases Susan G. Komen Pink Flare because cancer sucks

    Though you may not have noticed, we’ve been trying to avoid writing about pink phones around here. Not because we have anything against them (and we know you love them, ladies), but there are just so damn many of them as of late. “X company is releasing Y phone again.. but in pink!” Now, figure out how to make that into 2 paragraphs – then do it 10 more times in a month. Read More

  • British Airways to allow cell phone service on flights

    British Airways to allow cell phone service on flights

    Tis’ true, sir. Starting in the fall, BA will allow passengers on business-only flights from the Square Mile to JFK to use data services on their mobile. Passengers will not be allowed to make phone calls, initially, but BA will assess the successfulness of allowing passengers to send and receive text messages and e-mails first. They’re actually going to let the passengers… Read More

  • AT&T gets into the femtocell game with 3G MicroCell

    AT&T gets into the femtocell game with 3G MicroCell

    Following on the heels of Sprint and Verizon, AT&T is set to launch its own femtocell –  3G MicroCell – giving its customers (who pay for a 3G MicroCell plan) unlimited minutes while connected to any MicroCell at home, business, or otherwise. MicroCell is essentially a personal miniature cell tower that connects to AT&T’s network via your existing broadband connection… Read More

  • LG's ultra modular VX9600 Versa coming next month

    LG's ultra modular VX9600 Versa coming next month

    Well, consider me surprised. Even with pics of the hardware making their way out last week, my brain had haphazardly decided that the Versa was still a good number of moons away. Not so, according to BoyGenius‘ Best Buy spies. If the date in the inventory system is more than a best guess by a random blue polo jockey, we can expect the Versa to hit the shelves in all of its detachable… Read More

  • Warning: Android app MemoryUp appears to be malware

    Warning: Android app MemoryUp appears to be malware

    Word on the Interstreets today is that Android Market app – MemoryUp – is giving users much more than they bargained for.  Instead of optimizing users’ G1 memory (as advertised), the now suspected malware app is doing the exact opposite – causing lots of Android headaches in the form of memory wipes, contact disappearances, OS crashes, adware, and spam galore. In… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson C903 shows its backside

    Sony Ericsson C903 shows its backside

    We caught the Sony Ericsson C903 (previously known as “Frances”) showing off its frontside last week, and now we’re getting a sneak peak of this not-yet-announced Cybershot’s rear. As you can tell by the side-by-side above, Sony Ericsson’s taking the “Camera” part of “Cameraphone” pretty seriously, with the backside designed to fit… Read More

  • Cell Phone Shipments No Longer Growing

    Cell Phone Shipments No Longer Growing

    Are cell phones no longer a growth business? At least in the fourth quarter, cell phone shipments actually declined. According to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff, shipments from the top five cell phone manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola) dropped 13 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2008. Unit shipments decelerated from 14 percent growth in the… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 alpha screenshots develop

    The next incarnation of WinMob might be Microsoft’s last gasp as Apple, Blackberry, and now Palm reach for an even bigger market share with killer platforms. Microsoft does have the stuff to make a killer OS – look at the Zune – but those folks might be on their way out due to jobs cuts leaving the old farts that designed WinMob user interface a half a decade ago. These… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Network Extender now shipping to dead spots

    Verizon Wireless Network Extender now shipping to dead spots


    Verizon’s solution for improving your wireless coverage indoors is this network extender. The $250 device works like a mini cell phone tower with a 5,000 feet range. It seems all you need to do is plug the device into a high speed connection and place it by the window for GPS reasons. That’s it. Three Verizon phones can utilize the device for a better connection voice calls… Read More