Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • IRS moves to collect taxes on your work-provided cellphone

    Another potshot aimed at the working man, friends. The IRS is looking to collecting more taxes on your work-provided cellphone, something the wireless industry—think CTIA, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, etc.—will fight tooth and nail. The industry thinks that if companies and/or employees have to pay more for their phones, they may cancel the service altogether. Read More

  • Yup, Doom runs fine on the Palm Pre

    If you were wondering the age ol’ question of “Will it run Doom?” about the Palm Pre, the answer is yes. We’re kind of thinking though that more would be surprised if the Pre wouldn’t run Doom. But anyway, one dude took it upon himself to reprogram an open-source version of the game to use WebOS’s DirectFB graphics library. So what we have here is a… Read More

  • Bigfoot Spotting: Photo of T-Mobile's upcoming Android-powered Samsung leaked

    Okay, seriously. We love us some Android, but we have to wonder: Do these manufacturers have some secret pact that requires them to make every Android phone ugly as hell? BoyGenius managed to dig up this shot of Samsung’s upcoming Android release, currently known only as “Bigfoot”. According to their source, Bigfoot will tote a 3 megapixel camera alongside a 3.0″… Read More

  • Samsung announces the solar-powered Crest Solar E1107

    By common definition, the new Samsung Crest Solar is about as far from a smartphone as you can get – but if you’re going somewhere where electric outlets are scarce, it’s probably a smart idea to carry one. Available later this month in India, Europe, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, and Latin America, the Crest Solar will be Samsung’s first solar-powered cell phone to… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile launches the Samsung Mantra, wins "Most Average Phone of the Year" award

    Virgin Mobile’s service plans have their merits, so we’ll forgive’m for the fact that their pre-paid phone line-up is a bit.. underwhelming. Most people who pre-pay don’t give a damn about whether or not their phone triples as a fart machine and a laser level, so we promise: we won’t hate on the Mantra. The Mantra has just about everything you’d expect out of… Read More

  • Another Move towards Mobile TV: Flo TV goes national

    TV on the go has been a reality for awhile. What with Verizon and Sprint offering their users streaming TV on their cell phones for more than a year. Today, though, a large third party player enters the fray: a Qualcomm subsidiary, FLO TV, has just announced that they are expanding their service nationwide. The launch date is slated to follow the DTV transition this Friday, June 12. (If… Read More

  • iPhone 3.0 handles hotspot log-ins gracefully, with aplomb

    Reader Andrew noticed an interesting happenstance when he stopped by his local coffee shop with his 3.0 enabled iPhone. He writes: When at work my phone picks up the wifi of the coffee shop next door. That network is open but you have to accept a web certificate and put in a password on a login re-direct page every time you connect to the network. This can be annoying when your phone… Read More

  • Rubinstein ascends the CEO throne at Palm


    It’s the changing of the guard. In an continuation of Palm’s reinvention of itself, pioneering ex-Apple exec and Pre torch-bearer Jon Rubinstein will be sitting in the CEO chair at Palm come Friday (the 12th). Ed Cooligan, the current CEO, will be moving behind the curtain to work with Elevation Partners, a major investor in Palm. Whether they bet the job on the success of the Pre… Read More

  • iPhone 3G S available through AT&T Premier?

    Word on the web is that Apple’s latest and greatest, the iPhone 3G S has been sporadically popping up on AT&T’s Premier business customer site. A few folks on the MacRumors forums have reported spotting it on the Premier customer site as early as yesterday afternoon, and a few users got very close to putting a preorder in, before being rejected right at the very end. Read More

  • Palm's Pixie flitters into view past Castle

    Hacksters at PreCentral have found some shell script that points to future Palm phones called “castle” and “pixie.” We well know that the Pixie will be the EOS and the Castle is the codename for the Pre. Read More

  • What is this iPhone 3G S/AT&T upgrade pricing brouhaha really about?

    There has been plenty of ink spilled over the 3G S upgrade (“Now faster with oleoresistant skin!”) and it’s abundantly clear what folks are trying to do here. Early adopters have always chafed at having to pay outrageous fees for upgrades inside of a contract period. Be it the latest RAZR a few years ago or the latest iPhone today, the same obsessives who are ranting about… Read More

  • Ready for the Pre's SDK? Not unless you know the Konami Code.

    If you have a Palm Pre, try this: at the home screen, type “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart“. Yep, it’s true – punching in the Konami code allows you access to the Pre’s Development Mode. Once it’s activated on the Pre, connecting it to a PC that has the Mojo SDK installed and running would allow you test work-in-progress apps on live hardware. Read More

  • BillShrink: iPhone 3G S vs Palm Pre vs T-Mobile G1

    As always, BillShrink breaks it all down for us. Anyone want to guess how much cheaper the Pre is compared to the upcoming 3G S? Hit the jump to find out. Read More

  • Verizon's EXILIM hits stores, but it'll cost you.

    It’s been spotted a few times before, but Verizon has chosen today to officially push their new EXILIM phone out the door. Technically dubbed the C721, Casio has managed to pack quite a bit into their latest swiveller: the 5.1 megapixel camera is prime among them, and hopefully it lives up to the EXILIM pedigree. We’re talking flash, auto focus, 3x optical zoom and video… Read More

  • The Motorola Rival A455 is now available – that is, if anyone wants it


    Looking for a basic QWERTY slider? Well, there are about a million and a half candidates, but Verizon now has the latest: the Motorola Rival A455. We got a sneak peak at this guy a while ago in a spy shot, and it doesn’t seem anything has changed. Read More

  • Palm Pre coming to Verizon in January?

    According to the WSJ, Verizon Wireless will begin stocking store shelves with the Palm Pre in January of 2010. That is all. Read More

  • Video: David Fincher's iPhone 3G S TV commercial

    Apple has hired David Fincher, director of movies such as Fight Club, Zodiac or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, to direct a TV commercial for the iPhone 3G S. The 30-second spot is supposed to push the phone’s video recording feature. Fight Club cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth took over the camera work for the commercial, which was released today. Commercial after the jump. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA offers Broadband2Go service with no contract

    Using Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network, Virgin Mobile USA announced today the launch of their wireless broadband service, Broadband2Go. When the service goes live later this month you’ll be able to purchase a Novatel Ovation MC760 USB dongle for $150 sans contract. Pay-as-you-go VM Top-Up cards can be purchased in the following increments: 100MB, 250MB, 500MB and 1GB. Here’s where… Read More

  • Pre root image leaks with recovery tool

    It was bound to happen eventually: the recovery tool used by, presumably, Palm and Sprint employees to breathe life into dead Pres has leaked onto the internets — I’m thinking maybe some techno-Robin Hood did it and jacked a copy of Snow Leopard on the way. Included with the tool is a full root copy of webOS. Inconceivable! While this doesn’t mean anything for the lay Pre-user… Read More

  • When It Comes To Getting Local Content On Your Phone, The Mobile Browser Is Still King

    Despite the avalanche of mobile apps that let people access local information, the mobile browser is still the king when it comes to finding out what’s going on in your city or neighborhood. People across the board are using their mobile phones to look up local info. ComScore reported today that the number of people in the U.S. who sought local content on mobile devices grew 51… Read More