The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Video: Droid Incredible does multi-touch better than the Nexus One

    Nexus One owners, you might want to take a seat for this one. You know the HTC Incredible? That phone that popped up out of no where, matched or surpassed all of the Nexus’ specs, and then killed off any chance of a Nexus One for Verizon? Now, you recall that unfixable issue that the Nexus One has with handling multi-touch input properly? Yeah.. erm.. the Incredible doesn’t have… Read More

  • Sharp, Panasonic, Fujitsu, NEC jointly develop new mobile OS

    Just last week, we asked the question if the world needs yet another mobile operating system (Samsung’s Bada). Now it turns out Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier, NTT DoCoMo, apparently thinks the answer is yes. The telecom behemoth (55 million customers in Japan) today announced [press release in English] the development of a brand new “application platform for mobile… Read More

  • Novatel MiFi 2372 rises from the ocean, stomps its way to Japan

    I sort of love the MiFi. (What’s a Mifi? It’s a portable, battery-powered WiFi router that pulls data over a 3G connection.) If I had a box of candy for every time the MiFi got me out of a jam, I’d be.. well, I’d probably be crazy fat. Good news, people of Japan! Now you have the opportunity to get crazy fat, too! Read More

  • Nokia N8 running Symbian^3 is the suck

    Sigh. Nokia may be selling phones like hotcakes to the developing world and my father-in-law in Poland, but they can’t make a popular phone to save their life. The new N8, leaked and reviewed on Electronista is little more than a rehash of Symbian circa 2000. Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin goes so far as to jokingly accuse Nokia employees of sabotaging the company’s brand… Read More

  • Nexus One not coming to Verizon after all?

    Many were questioning the Nexus One’s fate on Verzion when the HTC Incredible was announced a few weeks back. After all it’s nearly the same phone, instead skinned with HTC’s Sense UI. Well the question might be answered as Google’s Nexus One’s page now tells shoppers to buy the Incredible instead. Previously the same line indicated that the Nexus One was… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G hit the web a bit early [update: now official]

    Oh well. Even though The Street announced RIM’s two upcoming phones a bit early this morning, it still doesn’t take away from their appeal. Suits, corporate types and anyone that takes mobile email seriously should take notice. These two are nice. Read More

  • San Mateo County police now looking into the lost iPhone prototype

    About eighteen seconds after word got out that a prototype of Apple’s next iPhone had been lost, found, and then subsequently sold to Gizmodo (for somewhere around $5,000), commenters and pundits everywhere started asking: is all this legal? There are a bunch of complicated laws involving the ownership and selling of lost goods — not to mention lost top-secret intellectual… Read More

  • Palm Shake-Up Imminent, Rubinstein May Be Out

    Palm right now is a disaster. Its sales are going nowhere, its market share is plummeting, and try as it might, it can’t even find a buyer. Industry sources tell us that a major restructuring and management shakeup is imminent and CEO Jon Rubinstein may be replaced. This is still a rumor at this point, but it makes sense. Palm is suffering from a ton of unsold inventory, and it… Read More

  • Samsung's Bada-powered Wave coming in June, Not April

    Is the world ready for yet another smartphone platform? Probably not – but it’s got until June to get prepped. According to Samsung, that’s when they’ll be launching the Wave, their first phone to be powered by Bada. The good word comes after a handful of UK retailers started promising that Wave pre-orders would be filled in the next few weeks, implying that the… Read More

  • LOL! Some1s stealing ur car!: Viper SmartStart for iPhone gets push notifications

    We’ve written about the Viper SmartStart system before. It’s the $30-per-year iPhone/BlackBerry app that, when paired with a $500 component in your car, ensures that you never have to worry about strenuous nonsense like turning a key to start your car or unlock your doors ever again. Up until this point, its been a one way deal. You can tell your car to turn on and fire up the AC… Read More

  • HTC tells Palm "It's not me, it's you", backs away from acquisition

    NOOOOOOOOOOO. There I was, letting myself get excited about possibility of HTC acquiring Palm. I mean, can you imagine webOS on HTC-made hardware? I’d buy one for each hand. Alas, those hopes and dreams have been dashed. Read More

  • SIRIUS XM Radio to hit Android in May

    Finally, SIRIUS XM says it will soon release a free Android app that will enable DROID and Nexus One owners – among others – to enjoy access to over 120 channels of sports, talk, entertainment, news, comedy and commercial-free music. For now, you can only download apps for iPhone, iPod touch and BlackBerry smartphones. The satellite radio broadcaster says it will release the… Read More

  • New market study shows iPhone continues to be big in Japan

    A lot has been written on how the iPhone performs in Japan, the world’s most advanced mobile nation, but the general consensus in this country now is that it sells very well (even though both Apple and provider SoftBank Mobile refuse to break down Japan-specific sales numbers). It’s rumored that the number of iPhones sold in Japan has passed 3 million. There are reasons for… Read More

  • New cell phone study to follow 250,000 users for 30 years

    And here we go again. Every few months (it seems) there’s another study telling us that either cell phones are safe, or they are evil. It just goes to show, there’s a study to prove anything. This particular study however is going to take a bit more time then the other ones have. Plus, it’ll involve quite a few more people. Read More

  • Automatic app updates coming to Android 2.2?

    Some screenshots purporting to show (or, perhaps, some purported screenshots definitely showing) an automatic update toggle on Android apps have shown up over at Phandroid, via 4chan. I see no reason why they shouldn’t be real, and it certainly would be a boon to all users — as long as some basic issues are accounted for. How many of you guys have been suckered into updating an… Read More

  • Google no longer investigating shoddy 3G on the Nexus One

    What’s that you say? Your Nexus One can’t hold a 3G signal worth a damn? Bummer, dude! In a response to the angry masses demanding a OTA fix to rid them of their woes, Google employee Ry Guy has disclosed that they’re no longer “investigating further engineering improvements”. Read More

  • Legal Exploit Enables Tracking and Spying via Cellular Networks

    Activate the cone of silence.
    Don your tinfoil hat.
    Pull the bedsheets up. Now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions, I have to tell you some bad news: two researchers have found a way to exploit the mobile phone system in order to locate pretty much anyone they want. That means you, Carmen. All those years of hiding have been for naught. They’ll be here any moment now. This… Read More

  • Brightkite Group Text on a roll in the United States, now available in Canada

    A mere month and a half after launching, Brightkite says its new Group Text feature is a big hit with users in the United States. According to the startup, which boasts more than 2 million registered users, the average Group Text user sends a whopping 17 messages per day. Already, its total usage is growing 19 percent on average per day. Brightkite is now sending more than 20 million messages… Read More

  • Super PreKernel Wants to Make Your Palm Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

    Hey kids! Do you have a Palm Pre or Pre Plus? Do you long for a little extra oomph? Some extra glide in it stride, spring in its step, and dip in its hip? Are you aware that overclocking hacks exist, but are fearful of how difficult they are to implement? Are you still listening? Good, because I have some fantastic news! Some of Pre Central’s finest have created what they call the… Read More

  • Skype Offers Free WiFi to Ease the Airport Pain

    Airports are wonderful places, aren’t they? Everyone is friendly, the seats are comfortable, the prices reasonable, and the food delicious. I love hanging around airports. I relish the time between connecting flights, and I have been known to pack my bags and drive to the nearest international airport just to hang out and pretend I’m waiting for a flight. However, I realise that… Read More