The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • LG's first Android handset spotted: Meet the Etna (Again)

    Earlier this year, LG began offering a strange little QWERTY slider called the “Etna”. We didn’t hear much about the handset before or after launch (primarily because it was only available in the UK), but we don’t often forget a name. As such, we were quite surprised to find out that there is another device going by the Etna name – but this ones got a little… Read More

  • Nokia starts offering VERTU mobile phone services in Japan

    Japan is a tough market to crack for many non-Japanese cell phone makers, and even the world’s leading cell phone maker, Nokia, had to give up its Japan operations after having failed to gain a foothold in this country (in November last year). But they’re trying again, this time with their luxury brand Vertu. Read More

  • This isn't going to end well: NTT Docomo to enter the US cell phone market next year

    Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, the country’s biggest mobile phone subscriber with over 50 million subscribers, is considering fully entering the American cell phone market – as early as next year. Various Japanese media are reporting that the company plans to offer phones featuring DoCoMo’s proprietary mobile web service “i-mode” in the USA (the picture shows phones… Read More

  • A guide to Japan's 32 best iPhone apps (all available in English)

    It’s not really a secret that Japan is absolutely crazy about cell phones. And even though domestic makers churn out more than 100 different handsets every year (some of which are simply amazing), the iPhone is selling over here. SoftBank Mobile, the country’s exclusive iPhone provider, doesn’t release official data, but estimates put sales in Japan at well over one million… Read More

  • Multivid for iPhone: wi-fi synchronized video playback
    This handy-looking little app is straightforward, but could be very useful for some. Using a wi-fi access point, it transfers video files to several iPhones or iPod Touches, then lets you control playback of the video using your Mac… Read More

  • Wow, people sure don't believe AT&T's Seth the Blogger Guy

    So what do you guys think of Seth the Blogger Guy? He’s AT&T, well, blogger guy, talking to people like Greg, Biggs, MG, and myself whenever AT&T deems it necessary, usually to put out some sort of fire. (See: The initial confusion surrounding the price of the iPhone 3G S.) He’s a nice man, of course, even though I so rarely reply to his e-mails (but that’s just because… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro 2 heads to Verizon Wireless on September 11 for $199 (after rebates, contracts, etc.)

    T-Mobile, Sprint, and now Verizon Wireless. Yup, the HTC Touch Pro 2 should be ready and waiting for you at your local VZW store on September 11. In what may be the first example of VZW customers getting a deal (compared to the other carriers), the phone is only $199 after $100 rebate and two-year contract. Read More

  • A couple WinMo 7 features blabbed by Moto employee

    Ono Moto. Better be careful what you put on the internet. Just as a salacious Facebook profile picture will always be found by your boss, salacious unreleased-OS details in your accomplishments will always be found by intrepid bloggers. Some Motorola developers inexplicably included some features of Windows Mobile 7 in their LinkedIn profiles — nothing too juicy, but it does give us a… Read More

  • New Palm Pre firmware gets leaked – by Palm!

    When PreCentral user go4craig went to go wipe his Pre with Palm’s end-all-be-all restoration application, he got a little surprise: v1.2 of the Pre firmware, which hasn’t been released yet. Whoops! Thats why you keep this type of stuff on completely separate servers with safety checks in place. Read More

  • LG Chocolate BL20 is a bit less crazy than that other one

    Our collective jaw just about hit the floor when we first saw the first leaks of the LG BL40. Not because it had a touchscreen, and not because it could double as a yardstick, but because it looked nothing like any Chocolate-branded device we’d seen before. All of the Chocolate handsets that came before were wonky little sliders with an occasional flip phone thrown in for good measure… Read More

  • Concept: Bluetooth rings that turn your hand into a phone

    Oh, you thought Bluetooth accessories made you look crazy before? Oh-hoh-hoh. You just wait, friend. You just wait. If Bluetooth earpieces are a 4 on the “How crazy do I look?” scale, this new concept from design studio bck will rank in at somewhere around a 13. Heres the gist of it: you wear two little Bluetooth-powered rings. You put the earpiece-ring on your thumb, and the… Read More

  • New Yorkers can now buy the dead trees version of The Economist from their mobile phone

    The Economist, the famous British weekly, has a new way to order hard copies: your phone. Yup, starting this week New Yorkers can use the weekly text messages that the Economist sends to order the dead trees version of the newspaper, then have it sent to their door by 6 a.m. The future! Read More

  • Sprint's HTC Hero to be $180 out the door at Best Buy – no mail-in rebate

    Best Buy has our backs. No one likes mail-in rebates and so the retailer is going to sell the Sprint HTC Hero for $180 out the door with a two-year blood oath. Sprint Stores however will sell it too you for $280 and hand you a $100 MIR. But just like with the Palm Pre, you’re not going to have to deal with those shenanigans at Best Buy Mobile who is also the exclusive retailer to have… Read More

  • Goin' green: the Solar Surge iPhone battery pack

    Everyone is trying to be more environmentally responsible these days. Cars, houses, now even phone chargers. Many people are not aware of the fact that the wall chargers that comes with many devices these days consume the same amount of power whether a device is plugged into them or not. The Solar Surge aims to at least help the iPhone/iPod Touch user be a little greener. Read More

  • TomTom iPhone GPS kit delayed

    So we knew it was coming; the TomTom GPS car kit was going through the FCC, the software was released on the App store. It was just a question of when. The bad news is, the when has changed. Read More

  • Get Ready For The Next Big App: Smule and T-Pain Bring That Auto-Tune Sound To The iPhone

    Name any hip hop song played on the radio in the past year or so. Did any of the lyrics sound sort of warbly – as if sung by a robot? Chances are, the answer is “Yes.” That’s called Auto-Tune. And now there’s an app for that. Smule, the masterminds behind the smash-hit apps Ocarina and Leaf Trombone, have teamed up with hip hop artist T-Pain (known for calling… Read More

  • Nokia N900 hits T-Mo USA for pre-order — $649

    Just as we suspected would happen, the N900 has hit T-Mobile USA’s interwubs and is up for pre-sale. $649 is a little less than the dollar equivalent of its price in Euros, but you know how those things go. I know, it seems like a lot of money. And it is. But you have to admit that the N900 really is a hunka chunka burning phone. [via Cell Phone Signal and Engadget] Read More

  • Google provides peek at Android marketplace, doesn't spill release date

    Google trickled out some screenshots from the upcoming refresh to the Android marketplace today. They are responding to complaints that the experience is unwieldy to users, and adding subcategories and regional options. While we know that this will be version 1.6 of the marketplace, there’s no word on exactly when it’s going to be released. See the video after the jump. Read More

  • T-Mobile makes Facebook and Twitter apps available for older 'kicks

    Earlier today, T-Mobile announced the availability of Facebook and Twitter apps (already available on the Sidekick LX 2009) for its older Sidekicks – the Sidekick LX (including Tony Hawk Sidekick LX), Sidekick (2008), and Sidekick Slide. While the Facebook app remains free for any ‘kick, the Twitter app is gonna run you $1.99 PER month on the older models. So, you can either dish… Read More

  • Hero vs Hero: To chin, or not to chin – which is better?

    When Sprint announced plans to carry the HTC Hero this morning, they had a bit of a surprise (albeit one that had already been rumored) in store: it looked totally different than the Hero we’d come to know and love. The once square edges have been rounded out, and the jutting chin that has been a signature across HTC’s Android lineup thus far has been dropped entirely. Some loved… Read More