Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Dell officially confirms its Mini 3 Android smartphones

    Wow. Nice work, Dell. Way to drag the Mini 3 launch out for what feels like an eternity. First, the early ’09 rumors (here and here). Then, the August 2009 leak. Next, China Mobile unofficially outed the smartie. And now, finally, an official confirmation straight from the horse’s Dell’s mouth. Dude China / Brazil, you’re gettin a Dell! Read More

  • Five stars: Wrestling Observer Newsletter/Figure 4 Weekly now has an iPhone App

    It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of mixed martial arts, also “known” as UFC. It’s less well-known that, back in my youth, I was a very big pro wrestling fan. (Pro wrestling today is largely unwatchable.) When I was 15 I subscribed to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, written by the hardest-working journalist in America, Dave Meltzer (the man doesn’t sleep)… Read More

  • Despite appearances, the PinPhone is not an iPhone

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, yadda yadda yadda. Here we have the latest — and perhaps greatest — imitation iPhone from China. This thing really, really looks like an iPhone. Similar form factor. Similar physical button placement. Astonishingly similar user interface. Heck, even a similar name: the PinPhone 3GS! Clearly you’re not going to have access to… Read More

  • iPhone + Lab Coats + Ghostriding = SCIENCE

    This is by no means the first time we’ve seen someone drive a car with an iPhone – but it is the first time we’ve seen it done by a bunch of dudes (and one cute chick) in lab coats using wrenches as robotic feet. Plus, they surf on the car and crash through boxes all whilst steering with the iPhone – that’s worth at least one post’s worth of attention, right? Read More

  • Walmart bumps the Palm Pixi down to $30 right off the bat

    Considering that Walmart’s already slinging the Palm Pre at $99 bucks, it might have been a bit tough for them to justify peddling the Pre’s new baby brother, the Pixi, at the MSRP of $99. So they’re not. Read More

  • Leaked: BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Samsung Behold 2 pricing for T-Mobile

    There you were, just this morning, sitting over your latté. “When the hell is the pricing for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and/or Samsung Behold 2 going to leak?”, you thought. Both handsets are coming within roughly a week or so, yet there was still no word on how much you needed to set aside? Pardon my french, friends, but that is shenanigans. Fortunately, its been dealt with. Read More

  • Video Unboxing: Palm Pixi

    Full review coming soon. Enjoy! Read More

  • Carrier Billing coming to BlackBerry in 2010

    Good news, everyone! RIM has used the keynote of their BlackBerry Developer Conference to drop the good word on a fairly important topic: Carrier billing is coming to the BlackBerry App World in 2010. Carrier billing is quite certainly one of the most important — yet mostly unmentioned — aspect of any App Store’s success. Read More

  • Who needs the Droid? T-Mobile G1 hacked to run Google Nav

    I like to imagine that a special place exists somewhere on the Web where a bunch of unassuming “ordinary” folks get together to solve world technology issues. A brotherhood (that allows women too, of course) of sorts that uniformly scream, “HACK3RS UNITE!,” and then figure out how to stick it to the man. I’m not entirely sure anything that amazing exists, but there… Read More

  • Motorola DROID causes a disturbance in Android-based web traffic

    According to Web analytics company, Clicky, Motorola’s flagship DROID handset has already caused a major disturbance in the Force Android-based web traffic. The new hotness purportedly already accounts for more than 23 percent of all Android web traffic here in the States. Read More

  • Vimeo begins to play nice with iPhone, Android devices

    The lack of Flash support on the iThings (i.e. phone, touch) and all but one Android device has made it rather difficult for Flash-based video sites to penetrate the ever-expanding smartphone video-consuming market. While YouTube has implemented a workaround for this problem (by encoding each uploaded video in both Flash AND as .mp4 files), other sites (arguably with less resources) have been… Read More

  • iPhone malware kinda-sorta dangerous

    A new worm, called the iPhone/Privacy.A worm, connects to jailbroken iPhones running SSH with the default password and takes a “treasure trove” of data including email, SMS messages, photos, music files, and everything else on your phone. It then kills your dog. Read More

  • Antares: Friend of misleading singers, enemy of misleading apps

    Here’s a bit of App Store drama for you: Antares Audio Tech, the company that built the underlying technology licensed for the popular “I am T-Pain” iPhone App, has unleashed their lawyers on Steamboat Mountain Designs, an indie developer and maker of the now-removed iPhone app, “AutoTuner.” Why? Well, it turns out that the term “Auto-Tune” —… Read More

  • Clearwire raises an additional $1.5B to continue building its nationwide WiMAX network

    Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks (to name a few) continue to bet big on Clearwire’s WiMAX nationwide wireless network. The foursome have just pumped an additional $1.494 billion into Clearwire’s coffer, with another $50 million coming from Intel and $20 million from Eagle River Holdings. CHA-CHING. Read More

  • Samsung announces its own 'open' mobile platform – bada

    As Sesame Street is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary now seems like as good a time as any for us to practice our counting…of mobile operating systems/platforms. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Darn, my hand ran out of fingers! Well, no matter, Samsung thinks there is plenty of room for more and has taken the wraps off its own, new open mobile platform, bada. Read More

  • Taptu + OneRiot = realtime mobile search

    Taptu, the mobile search engine, is announcing today that they’re using the OneRiot search API to provide realtime search results to mobile devices at their touch-friendly mobile web page. The realtime search results will eventually make their way into the Taptu iPhone app. Full press release inside! Read More

  • NTT Docomo announces 19 new cell phones (photo gallery)

    Following KDDI’s announcement three weeks ago, Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier NTT Docomo today unveiled [JP] its winter-line up of cell phones (SoftBank, the No.3, did the same). And here are all the new models announced by Docomo for the Japanese market today. Update:
    Head over to NTT Docomo’s English web site for another overview of their new phones. Read More

  • SoftBank's complete 17 cell phone winter line-up (photo gallery)

    KDDI did it as early as last month, and today it was NTT Docomo’s and SoftBank’s turn to unveil their line-ups of new cell phones for the Japanese market. Here are all of SoftBank’s 17 future models [JP], which will be sold in Japan from this fall through spring 2010. Read More

  • Qik Bumps Up The Recording Resolution For The Droid

    As the number of Android-powered handsets on the market continues to expand, so do the technical capabilities of the applications that run on the platform. The Droid, for example, is the first handset to introduce video recording at a resolution 720×480 (more than double that of the 320×240 recording found on most other handsets), and app makers are already swooping in to take… Read More

  • Apparently, this is the Droid you are looking for

    Update: Sounds like Verizon probably sold about 100,000 Droids over the weekend. Good news for Motorola and Verizon, it looks like the Droid is a hit. The new phone is certainly living up to the hype, and seems to be the breakaway hit of this holiday season. Reports from retailers so far have been positive, with the initial stock of 200,000 phones selling rather quickly, however not selling out. Read More