The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • T-Mobile toys with our emotions, says HTC HD2 announcement coming next week

    Suspense and anticipation are sometimes far more satisfying than the actual reward, but I’m hoping that’s not the case for T-Mobile. From its official Twitter account, T-Mobile USA taunts us and pokes at what little we apparently know about the HTC HD2. Then it makes us wait a whole week before we find out what the hype is all about. Read More

  • Microsoft gearing up to announce Windows Mobile 7 on February 15, project Pink moves forward

    It’s finally happening. Maybe. According to sources close to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is going to make a pretty big announcement at Mobile World Congress on February 15. After acknowledging that Windows Mobile isn’t exactly where it should be in terms of development and progression, Microsoft appears to be ready to announce and unveil Windows Mobile 7. But what happened… Read More

  • HTC Sense UI for Android may be getting sweet, sweet multitouch

    Who could have guessed that simple gestures like pinch-to-zoom would make or break a phone experience for some people? With Android 2.1 slowly rolling out to most Android handsets out there, HTC decided to step up its game and bring that multitouch action into its own UI. But before you start getting uppity about when it’s coming, do not that this video is coming from Japan on a unit… Read More

  • Sagem Orga outs SIMFi, a SIM card/WiFi router hybrid

    Sagem’s SIMFi is one of those ideas that you wish you had come up with yourself. The concept is pretty straightforward: they’ve created a SIM card with an embedded WiFi radio, so provided you have a suitable data plan, the card itself puts out a WiFi signal instead of relying on the phone. For anyone who’s ever needed internet access on a laptop, with no other tools besides… Read More

  • Google gives Nexus Ones to everyone at TED

    Some folks love it. Some folks don’t. Others… take naps. However you feel about the TED conference, you’re probably going to be a little bit more jealous that you’re not there after reading this. According to tweets coming out of the conference, Google just had an Oprah moment mid-show and gave everyone in attendance a free Nexus One. At $6,000 a pop for tickets… Read More

  • PositionApp Helps Developers Track App Store Performance On The Go

    Today, UK design firm ustwo has launched PositionApp, an iPhone application that provides data regarding the top 300 apps in the App Store from the last 6 months. The price of the app would have been $7, but AdMob (well, Google technically) is sponsoring the app so that it is free for the next two months. Coupled with its launch, ustwo also provided MobileCrunch with some exclusive graphs… Read More

  • Nexus One still plagued with 3G issues after OTA software patch

    Nexus One owners have been griping about the device’s 3G connectivity issue since its release, and Google felt your pain and came to the rescue (even though they did sorta blame T-Mobile’s small 3G footprint for this). Or so we thought. After releasing an over-the-air update which was intended to resolve this problem, users are still reporting bugs. Read More

  • HTC Legend made more or less official, but not by HTC

    I’d be willing to wager that HTC would have been just fine keeping the not-so-secret secret that is the HTC Legend under wraps until Mobile World Congress next week, but, well, that just didn’t happen. Read More

  • Don't Panic! Palm isn't halting production of anything

    Everybody panic! Actually, don’t. A number of blogs are reporting on a story by OTR Global claiming that Palm has suddenly told Foxconn (the Taiwanese manufacturer building all of Palm’s handsets) to halt production of the Pre, Pre Plus, and Pixi Plus. This claim, it seems, is greatly exaggerated. We just got off the horn with our own sources on that side of the ocean –… Read More

  • Booyah! MyTown hits 1 million users before Foursquare or Gowalla

    Booyah, the Kleiner Perkins iFund company, just announced that its hit location-based social game, MyTown, has passed 1 million registered users. MyTown is an extremely successful free iPhone game that enables users to buy and sell real world locations. Users then get points by “checking in” to locations through their iPhone. Competitors Foursquare and Gowalla (and recently Yelp)… Read More

  • Want RIM's new BlackBerry Twitter client before anyone else? We've got codes

    Early this morning, RIM made a pre-release version of their upcoming Twitter for BlackBerry client available to select members of the media. Our own Leena Rao isn’t too fond of it — but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be, right? RIM was nice enough to slip us some extra codes, so a few of our readers are going to get to try it themselves. Want to give the new… Read More

  • RIM's Twitter For BlackBerry App Is Average At Best

    As one of the few BlackBerry users at TechCrunch, I’ve been insanely jealous of my colleagues as they test and use the plethora of nifty apps for iPhone and Android. So when RIM announced that it would be launching a native Twitter app for the mobile device, I was ecstatic. I was expecting Tweetie for the BlackBerry. This morning, I started testing out the beta version of the app, and… Read More

  • Motorola takes two steps back, says DROID update isn't coming this week

    Earlier this week we reported that Motorola would be gearing up for an Android 2.1 update for the DROID. Oops! It turns out that it might not be coming that soon after all. And here we were etching notches into the wall as we counted down the days. Read More

  • Garmin-Asus' nuvifone M10 is their second offering for the Windows Mobile crowd

    While we can’t be sure how well Garmin-Asus’ first Windows Mobile phone, the nuvifone M20, did in stores, it apparently did well enough to warrant a sequel. In addition to this morning’s announcement of the Android-powered nuvifone A50, Garmin has just announced that they’re also cracking away at a second WinMo phone. Going against the grain, Garmin has decided to take… Read More

  • Garmin-Asus announces Android-powered nuvifone A50

    After building their own operating system for the Garmin nuvifone G60 caused the handset to take roughly a decade (in smart phone years, that is) to come out, it’s no surprise that Garmin-Asus is steering clear of that route. They announced back in June of last year that they’d be bring Android into the mix, and this latest handset reflects that. Read More

  • Skyfire acquires Kolbysoft, developers of the popular Steel browser for Android

    Considering how many times I’ve written about it, it probably goes without saying that I’m a fan of Skyfire. By way of server-side magic (read: proxied data compression), it’s still the only smartphone browser that can reliably play both Flash and Silverlight content. Its only fault? It’s only available for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60. The company has plans to expand… Read More

  • iPhone 3.1.3 firmware unlock coming soon

    Been waiting to upgrade your iPhone? Can’t because it’s unlocked? Well, wait no longer. Sherif Hashim, an iPhone hacker, has discovered an exploit that seems to unlock the latest baseband. Not a lot of other information other than now the exploit is in the Dev Team’s hands and they will, like some creaky Soviet politburo, release the unlock to the masses. Read More

  • Verizon spent $1.3 million dollars each day to improve 3G in California last year

    This is Verizon’s 3G coverage map. See those little white spots amongst the green? More specifically, the ones in California? Those are the spots where Verizon’s 3G coverage is completely absent or mostly lacking. And, well, Verizon hates them – so much, in fact, that they’ve been spending millions of dollars every day to get rid of them. Read More

  • webOS 1.4 rollout date revealed?

    Good news, Palm fans! We knew that the Pre and Pixi would be getting the webOS 1.4 update with its much-desired video recording capabilities sometime in February – but now we’ve got an exact date. Read More

  • Sprint applies pressure, but still bled quite a bit in fourth quarter

    Over the past few years, Sprint has definitely given itself a facelift and now has excellent pricing plans and some decent handsets. Sadly, things aren’t turning around as quickly as Sprint would like since it has been showing some tremendous losses the past few quarters. The fourth quarter, however, shows that Sprint is slowly but surely easing its way to where it wants to be. Read More