The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • $2.2 billion liabilities: Japan's wireless carrier Willcom files for bankruptcy

    Wikipedia has a pretty useful list of countries by number of mobile phones in use, which shows that Japan (with around 100 million users) is the No. 7 in the world. The market is largely controlled by mobile carriers NTT Docomo, KDDI au and SoftBank Mobile but seemed big enough to offer enough room for a number of smaller competitors, too. Yesterday, however, a company called Willcom (one of… Read More

  • Wobble iBoobs jiggles its way out of the Apple app store

    It’s no surprise that Apple’s approval and rejection process for iPhone apps can be completely arbitrary and often asinine. Take Wobble iBoobs, for instance: the application has been on the market for several months and has even earned about $300,000 in sales, but after Apple “recently received numerous complaints” from customers, the app was pulled. The best part? This… Read More

  • LG Arena coming to Best Buy, extremely late to the party

    How excited can you get over a phone that was announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress and whose successor, the LG Arena Max, has already been spotted in the wild? Perhaps a $149.99 price point, a slick 3D UI, 5-megapixel camera and HSDPA 7.2Mbps? Yeah, I didn’t think so, either. Read More

  • Motorola wants mobile phones and TV to share a stronger bond

    You know what I was thinking the other day? “It would be so rad if I could get MOTOBLUR to work on my TV.” And now, Motorola is doing exactly that by working on a platform to get its cell phones to play nice with TV set-top boxes. Read More

  • T-Mobile getting some Palm webOS lovin'?

    Palm’s webOS is certainly one of the more polished operating systems out there; the others being the iPhone OS and Android. It’s clean, simple to use and attractive. However, it was available only on Sprint’s network for the longest time until recently when it arrived at Verizon on the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. Now it looks like another carrier will be picking up the… Read More

  • Apple and global carriers raise OTA iPhone app download limit to 20MB

    One thing I really love about the iPhone is discovering a new app while I’m out on the town, ignoring friends and family for my phone. I’ll check out reviews, look at some screen shots and take the plunge. Then the unexpected happens: the app won’t download because the file size is too big. Read More

  • Motorola Devour going for $150 at Best Buy

    It’s the handset that Megan Fox used to make men crumble everywhere, and now it looks like the Motorola DEVOUR can be had at Best Buy pretty soon. At $149.99, it’s $50 less than the DROID, but of course, there are the bells and whistles. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson turned down the Nexus One

    A Swedish interview with Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg found the jolly head of SE’s floundering handset business reporting that he turned down making the Nexus One for Google because it would dilute the majestic Sony Ericsson brand. Read More

  • Shout for Android offers one-tap texting

    Shout could save your life. It’s a voice-activated texting program for Android that listens to your message and recipient (“Text Joe ‘It’s herpes, it’s not transmittable right now'”) and shout repeats the message and, after you press the big “Yes” button, sends the text message. I could definitely imagine using this in a car or on a high-wire… Read More

  • Motorola BACKFLIP first Android phone for AT&T, coming March 7

    AT&T and Motorola this morning confirmed earlier rumors that the BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR will be available in online and in AT&T stores across the nation, beginning March 7. This is the first Android handset for the carrier.
    The device will go for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. More information, pictures etc. are available here. Also check out our hands-on review of the phone. Read More

  • Video: Opera Mobile running on the Nexus One

    We had a brief chat with Opera Software product analyst Phillip Grønvold here at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday. We had a conversation about the company’s plans to submit an Opera Mini iPhone app up for App Store approval, of which we posted the video interview yesterday. Another thing we touched upon was the recently announced plans to provide handset manufacturers… Read More

  • Out with the old, in with the new: Windows Mobile 6.5 gets a name change

    If you thought that Windows Mobile 6 would fade into oblivion because Windows Phone 7 is coming soon, think again. Not only will the OS stick around for a while longer, but it’s getting a name change, too: Windows Phone Classic. Of course, we all knew this was going to happen, so no surprises here, right? Read More

  • Cellphones will be able play intense 3D games and 1080p video.. at the same time.

    Much of what is coming out of the MWC is still in the concept stage and not available yet, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Take for example the latest Armada chipset from Marvell; it’s an ARM based graphic processing package that has enough power to handle hi-res 3D gaming, and 1080p video at the same time. Read More

  • Puma Phone by Sagem given some hands-on treatment

    When I first saw shots of the new Puma phone, I was a little skeptical. It looked decent enough, but the whole solar charging thing made it seem a little gimmicky. After seeing the following video from Mobile World Congress, however, it’s beginning to look more like a smartphone I’d actually use. Read More

  • Android has been graced with a new eBay application

    There’s nothing like finding and getting rid of junk on eBay, especially if you’re a gadget hound looking to offload last month’s toys for the latest and greatest. While it’s entirely possible to manage your eBay account on your phone’s browser, a dedicated application would make life so much easier. Screenshots and such inside. Read More

  • Afilias buys ".mobi" domain, but will it help?

    Alright kids, it’s time for a little game. Raise your hand if you’ve visited a website with a .com TLD today. Alright, good! Now raise your hand if you’ve been to a .net site today. Great! Here’s the last one: raise your hand if you’ve been to a .mobi site. That’s what we thought. And that might change. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 clears for landing at AT&T

    When the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 was announced in November, my major concern was whether it was coming to the U.S., when it was coming and if it would be subsidized by a carrier. The good news is that it looks like the X10 will be hitting AT&T’s shores this Spring. Read More

  • Opera says Opera Mini for iPhone "100% compliant" with App Store policies (video)

    We had a brief chat with Opera Software product analyst Phillip Grønvold here at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. We inquired about the company’s plans to submit an Opera Mini application for the iPhone / iPod touch in the near future, and also got a hands-on demo of the app in action. Unfortunately, Grønvold was unwilling to demo the app on video, but take our word… Read More

  • SK Telecom stuffs Android, CPU, and memory into a SIM card

    Think about the size of an SD card. What things could you design in that amount of space? I think I might be able to build a stick figure out of tooth picks in a space that size. It probably wouldn’t even be very good. Perhaps just to show that they can (or perhaps because they just have extra money to throw around after getting rid of Helio) SK Telecom has gone and stuffed Android and… Read More

  • Firefox Mobile for Android launching "late this year"

    Are you an Android user? Are you jealous of all nine people who have Nokia N900s and thus can already use Firefox Mobile? Good news! While we’ve known for some time that Firefox Mobile (otherwise known by its code name, “Fennec”) was coming to Android, but we didn’t have the slightest idea when. As you could probably assume from the headline of this post, that has… Read More