The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • The sad tale of Nokia's sinking market cap, where I come over all nostalgic

    Bloomberg today pumped out a chart that shows the erosion of Nokia’s market cap over the last 10 years. Moreso, it also shows how Apple has seemingly switched places with the Finnish phone maker. 10 years ago (back when screens were greyscale, ringtones were beepy, batteries lasted over a week, and I rocked a Nokia 8210), Nokia’s market cap was somewhere around a staggering… Read More

  • Flash 10.1 now available for mobile partners (read: not you… yet)

    Hot off the press release… press… comes news that Adobe have now released the next iteration of the (near) ubiquitous web plugin out to their mobile partners. Read More

  • Surprise! Some pre-ordered iPhones will arrive on June 23rd

    Back on Saturday, we did a quick post letting iPhone 4 pre-orderers know to check their inbox, as their iPhones had likely just hit the delivery truck. We warned, however, that just because they were on their way didn’t mean that they’d be getting them early, citing Apple’s tendency “to have tricks up their sleeves to keep these things locked down until the big… Read More

  • SlingPlayer for Android now available for $30

    Got a Slingbox? Got an Android phone? Time to put’em together and have some good ol’ fashion place-shifting, remote-television-viewing fun! After a good solid year’s worth of work and a few months of private beta, the Slingbox application for Android just went live in the Market for their standard price of $30 a pop. Like all Slingbox apps that come before it, this… Read More

  • Verizon posts DroidX teaser, complete with all sorts of hidden details

    Oh, you thought Verizon was done dumping mad money into advertising their Droid line after the launch of the first one? Yeah, nope. They’ve just posted a crazy flashy teaser video for the Droid X — a handset that isn’t even officially announced yet — complete with hidden easter eggs for the detail obsessed. Join us after the break for the frame-by-frame. Read More

  • Microsoft gets around to launching a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone

    Two years. Thats how long the iPhone App Store has been around. That’s also how long it’s taken for Microsoft to launch their Windows Live Messenger application for the iPhone, available today. In those same two years, dozens upon dozens of all-in-one IM service aggregation apps (Some of which, like Meebo, are free while others, like BeeJive, are not) have launched with Live… Read More

  • Oh, by the way: iOS 4 is now available.

    In the off chance that you’re not already running the leaked iOS 4 gold master and haven’t been pounding the iTunes update button all morning, we figured you’d probably like to know: iOS 4 is now available for iPhones and iPod Touches. I could blather on about the new features, like multi-tasking, folders, wallpapers, digital zoom in the camera, and more — but… Read More

  • AppMakr now supports GeoRSS tagging

    AppMakr is a service that allows you to make simple, Internet-fed apps for the iPhone, Touch, or iPad. Historically, AppMakr has been called a glorified RSS reader but, with the addition of push notifications, a native image viewer, and GeoRSS support, they’re trying to shake that image. GeoRSS is the latest addition to the product and allows content providers to stick a little XML code… Read More

  • GoMobi tries to make it easy for SMBs to jump on the mobile web

    Small businesses often have trouble developing and maintaining traditional websites, so it should be no surprise that adding a mobile-friendly website is a cost that many SMBs simply won’t be able to justify. The folks behind the .mobi domain are trying to remedy that with their new GoMobi initiative. They’re rolling out a setup assistant and hosting deals with a few select… Read More

  • U.S. Open Golf Site Draws 518 Percent Increase In Mobile Visitors

    Mobile Web usage continues to grow by leaps and bounds as smartphones with large touch screens become the new normal. One quick data point comes from the United States Golf Association and IBM, which runs its Websites. During the 2010 U.S. Open golf tournament last week, 1.7 million people visited the U.S. Open’s mobile site, a 518 percent increase from last year. In contrast, the… Read More

  • Five things to know about iOS 4.0

    Welcome to the future, or at least like the first five minutes of it. iOS 4.0 should be available now for iPhone 3GS and newer (post 2009) iPod Touches. Do you have an iPhone 3G or (shudder) the first iPhone? You’re SOL, my Luddite friend. Go back to the commune, you hippie. I kid, I kid. Why spend the money if you don’t need to and besides, we’ve been playing with iOS 4.0 for… Read More

  • Best Buy iPhone inventory details leak

    Looks like Best Buy’s inventory details for the iPhone 4 launch have leaked out, and — if you were one of the many unlucky iPhone luvahs that were unable to place a pre-order last week — you may want to plan your June 24th around the details. The skinny of it is that most stores are receiving anywhere between 20 and 70 phones. Read More

  • 4G Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs surface, HTC cries a little

    The title of “hottest Android handset right now” has been passed around a fair bit of late, from the Nexus One, to the Desire, to the Incredible, to the Evo, to the Galaxy S, and beyond. The last 6-12 months has been like a game of digital hot potato. Next in line for this starchy title? The Galaxy S Pro. Read More

  • Video: Hands-on with the Motorola Droid 2

    You love Motorola, don’t you? You’ve been rockin’ each of their models before even the RAZR was cool. So you’ve no doubt been excited by the upcoming sequel to the brought-moto-back-from-fiery-doom Droid: the Droid 2. Yes, the Droid 2, not X. I know it’s getting a litle confusing remembering which Droid is which, but let me remind you: the Droid 2 has a… Read More

  • Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away PCs

    Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away PCs

    Editor’s note: Guest author Steve Cheney is an entrepreneur and formerly an engineer & programmer specializing in web and mobile technologies. On the heels of the latest Android phone, the Sprint HTC EVO, and as we approach iPhone 4, it seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers. Rapid advancement in mobile is often… Read More

  • iPhone 4 pre-orders begin shipping

    EVERYBODY PANIC! Wait. No. What’s that other thing we use to open posts sometimes? Good news, everyone! Yeah. That’s the one. Good news, everyone! According to roughly 67 billion tips in our inbox, Pre-ordered iPhone 4s have just started hitting delivery trucks around the country! Read More

  • Sale time: Palm slashes all apps by 50%

    Palm and AT&T held a webinar for developers on Thursday, and at said webinar they anounced a pretty sweet deal for WebOS users: a half price sale on the entire WebOS catalog. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7's bus tracker app looks incredibly useful

    From time to time, I find myself traveling on the Metro here in Seattle. You see, I’m lazy, and poor, so I don’t drive and I don’t want to bike more than a couple miles. So it’s the bus for me. I use Android’s SeattleBusFinder, which works, but isn’t exactly a UI revelation. If I could use this slick, gorgeous, and practical bus tracker app instead, I’d… Read More

  • AT&T begins rolling out coverage improvement to the areas you people reported

    If you were so obliging as to use the “Mark the Spot” app on your iPhone to tell AT&T where coverage was poor, you may find things improving in the spots you marked. In 60-90 days, anyway. Apparently they’ve crunched their six months’ worth of data and determined a few areas that could use a little boost. Thanks, AT&T. Now if it’s not too much to ask… Read More

  • AT&T will count Micro-Cell usage towards your data cap – UPDATE

    Just when you thought it was safe to love AT&T again, we have another interesting tidbit about their famous 3G Micro-Cell, AKA the “rip-off box.” As you recall, AT&T’s MicroCell is being marketed as a way to repair bad connectivity in areas with little or no AT&T reception including, but not limited to, basements, attics, Manhattan, and San Francisco. It… Read More