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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Sprint: On the wrong SERO plan? Give us our phone back.

    Sprint: On the wrong SERO plan? Give us our phone back.

    When word got out that the Sprint would require customers to carry a $70-per-month plan if they wanted to rock an Instinct, folks were a bit worried about whether or not their SERO plans would keep them from activating. (For those who don’t lurk phone forums, SERO is intended as a discounted plan set for those with friends/family that work for Sprint. In practice, it’s a discounted… Read More

  • Mike Rowehl Joins the Ranks of Skyfire Labs

    Mike Rowehl Joins the Ranks of Skyfire Labs

    Skyfire Labs, the mobile Web browsing company, has added Mike Rowehl to its ranks. Rowehl is to become the Scalability Architect, and oversee all scalability projects. Rowehl is a programmer, entrepreneur and blogger, and has nearly a decade of experience developing mobility systems. Recently, he founded and acted as CEO of Mowser, the Web “mobilize” that turns Web pages into mobile… Read More

  • Nokia Adds Warner Music Group to its Playlist

    Nokia Adds Warner Music Group to its Playlist

    Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, announced today that it would add Warner Music Group’s catalogue of music to its soon to be launched Nokia Comes With Music service. In recent months, Nokia has been aggressive in signing up major labels to its music server. Warner joins Universal Music Group and Sony BMG. “Warner Music Group has been a pioneer in… Read More

  • Alltel adds unlimited texting for My Circle friends

    Alltel adds unlimited texting for My Circle friends

    While I text way more than I probably should, the dominat chunk of the messages sent are to a small handful of people. For the sake of saving folks like me a few ducats, Alltel has made a change to their My Circle plans which adds unlimited texting to/from anybody within your circle. It’s not a free texting pass, however; you still have to be subscribed to a messaging pack costing at least… Read More

  • 13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    There has been much talk of Twitter users moving over to FriendFeed since Twitter replies were down for the majority of last week. Twitter announced that they were back on Saturday in their blog, but seeing as the outage may have inspired some users to flock to FriendFeed, I decided to take a look at the 3rd-party applications and scripts that enhance the FriendFeed functionality. For those of you… Read More

  • New California Laws Take Effect Tomorrow

    New California Laws Take Effect Tomorrow

    There have been a lot of new local and state laws passed lately that restrict a driver’s use of a cell phone. Starting tomorrow, 16 and 17 year-old drivers cannot text or talk on a cell phone in California. A similar law restricts adults to using only hands-free devices while motoring about. Texting isn’t covered in the law for those 18 and older, but other statutes that are aimed at… Read More

  • Samsung Soul goes pink

    Samsung Soul goes pink

    Samsung seems to have found a winner with the Soul – first, they spun it off into the Soulb. Now, they’re taking the original Soul and painting it pink. Word is that next week they’ll be announcing the SoulL: it’s pretty much the Soul, but it smells of lavender. As far as I can tell, the specs in the pink model are the same as the Steel/Grey/Silver Soul models already… Read More

  • Rhapsody Music Available to Verizon Subscribers

    Rhapsody Music Available to Verizon Subscribers

    Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers can have access to Rhapsody’s subscription music service. For a fee of $15 a month, subscribers can download as much music they want to their mobile phone. Verizon has seven handsets that can utilize Rhapsody’s catalogue of music, and plans three more in the near future, including a third version of the music-oriented LG Chocolate. Rhapsody… Read More

  • Motorola Blaze, a wonky flip-cover touch screen thing for Verizon

    Motorola Blaze, a wonky flip-cover touch screen thing for Verizon

    At this point, writing a post bagging on Motorola is like writing a post about why punching babies is a bad thing. It’s just too easy, and no one really needs to be convinced. That said, all I see when I look at this phone is an odd attempt to strap a bunch of extraneous plastic onto a touchscreen and pretend the design is useful. Boy Genius has dug up some details on Motorola’s newest… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 coming July 15th

    Opera Mobile 9.5 coming July 15th

    Following a series of delays after its announcement at February’s Mobile World Congress, it looks like Opera Mobile 9.5 is finally ready to make its public beta debut. According to the official Opera Mobile blog , it will be available for download on Opera.com starting on July 15th. For just about every Opera Mobile fan, the 15th can’t come soon enough. Powered by the same rendering… Read More

 
  • Helio posts Virgin Mobile acquisition Q&A

    Helio posts Virgin Mobile acquisition Q&A

    Oh, how I shall miss Helio. In light of this morning’s long expected announcement that Virgin Mobile had purchased Helio, a Q&A has gone up to answer some of the more pressing questions. It’s all pretty straightforward: there will be no service interruption, new members are welcome, contracts are still valid, and they expect the Helio brand will eventually be dissolved. Read More

  • LiPS and LiMo become Kissing Cousins

    LiPS and LiMo become Kissing Cousins

    The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced yesterday it will meld its activates and membership list into the Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo) with the hope of creating a strong base for promoting a mobile Linux operating system. Entities like Symbian and Android are competing with Linux to create a worldwide standard for an open mobile phone operating system. “LiPS Forum is proud of our… Read More

  • China Mobile Resumes iPhone Talks with Apple

    China Mobile Resumes iPhone Talks with Apple

    Over the past year, China Mobile and Apple have been dancing about in a bid to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest mobile market. The main hang-up has centered on revenue sharing demands from Apple. China Mobile announced today that Apple has dropped this demand and negotiations are underway. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said earlier this week he would like to see the… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile acquires Helio for $39 million

    Virgin Mobile acquires Helio for $39 million

    Here’s the press release for now. There will be a conference call at 11am EDT that I will broadcast on CrunchGear live. More as we get it. WARREN, N.J., June 27, 2008 – Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of wireless communications services, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and… Read More

  • Nearly half of all Chinese embrace Mobile Phones

    Nearly half of all Chinese embrace Mobile Phones

    China, the world’s most populous country, is a nation of 1.3 billion. Nearly half, 592 million, use mobile phones according to Ministry of Information Industry figures. As mobile subscriptions have risen, land-line use has dropped. Mobile subscriptions in China are up 9% over last year’s numbers. According to the Xinhua news agency, the main factor behind growth was a trend for mobile… Read More

  • Call of Duty: World at War coming from Glu Mobile

    Call of Duty: World at War coming from Glu Mobile

    The mobile game publishing company Glu will extend its exclusive, worldwide partnership with Activision to bring Call of Duty: World at War to mobile platforms. It shouldn’t be long before thumb thumpers around the globe enlist to fight Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. “We’re excited to extend our partnership with Activision and bring Call of Duty: World at War to mobile gamers… Read More

  • Moto ROKR M8 comes to T-Mobile

    Moto ROKR M8 comes to T-Mobile

    The cellphone companies (other than Apple; it’s perfect in every way imaginable) are still trying their hardest to make a decent MP3-playing cellphone. T-Mobile latest attempt is the Motorola Rokr E8, which will be available on July 7, the same date that Real Madrid want to announce the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. The phone, which debuted at January’s CES, appears to be more… Read More

  • The State of Open Mobile OSes

    The State of Open Mobile OSes

    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting most… Read More

  • iSuppli Estimates new iPhone costs $173 to Manufacture

    iSuppli Estimates new iPhone costs $173 to Manufacture

    Research firm iSuppli Corp. estimates that the 8 gigabyte version of the upcoming iPhone costs Apple around $173 to manufacture. The handset goes on sale in twenty-two worldwide markets on July 11, with the cheapest model selling for $199 in the United States. But Apple will make more money than the $26 difference between the sale price and manufacturing costs. The retail price of the iPhone is… Read More

  • The State of Mobile OS Openness

    The State of Mobile OS Openness

    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting most… Read More