Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 2012: Year of the Universal Mobile Charger?!

    Earlier today, the GSMA announced that it has successfully brokered a deal with leading handset manufacturers and network operators to standardize mobile chargers by 2012 (for most, but not all cellular phones). The primary goal of this new agreement is to cut down on the environmental impact created by trashing old chargers. According to the AP: The GSMA calculates a reduction in… Read More

  • Sidekick 2009 spotted in the wild

    There she be, folks. We still don’t really know anything about the Sidekick 2009 aka Blade other than what showed up in an online survey, but we do know that that’s new hardware. The image is too small to glean any tid bits, but at least we know they’re out there. It’s just a matter of time before T-Mobile makes it official. Do we have any Sidekick 2009 users in the… Read More

  • InThrMa takes your (Proliphix) thermostat to the "next level"

    Is there anything worse (ok, maybe our current economy) than having to get out of your glorious warm bed to turn up the thermostat? Clearly, the answer is a resounding NO. Well, if you have a Proliphix (who?) thermostat, hate installing software, and have a connected web browser then you are in luck my lazy friends! InThrMa (Intelligent Thermal Management) is a web-based (aka nothing to… Read More

  • Yahoo Mobile Also Wants to Claim The “My Phone” Moniker.

    What would you rather have, an iPhone or a My Phone? Both Microsoft and Yahoo think you want a My Phone. On the iPhone section of its Website detailing the revamped Yahoo Mobile service, due to launch publicly in March, Yahoo marketers try to drum up interest in the new offering by using this headline in its marketing campaign: From iPhone™ to “my” phone. The iPhone trademark… Read More

  • Hands on: Samsung OmniaHD

    Oh Samsung OmniaHD, how lovely your 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen is. Really – it’s friggin’ gorgeous. Be it the 8 megapixel camera, the 720p video recording, or the deafeningly loud stereo speakers, we love just about everything about it from a hardware standpoint – but we’re not too sure about the software. We got to put our mitts all up on the Samsung OmniaHD… Read More

  • AT&T's CEO outs Dell's smartphone ambitions

    According to the rumors, Dell is suppose to unveil an Android smartphone at MWC09. So far the hardware hasn’t shown up but the AT&T CEO seemed to confirm the upcoming smartphone while speaking on a MWC panel. Now, it could be that he read our coverage and simply assumed it was general knowledge or Dell really is prepping a smartphone. Read More

  • Vodafone and HTC announce the Android-powered Magic

    We were just starting to worry that Mobile World Congress 2009 would go without pass by without an Android press announcement, but Vodafone and HTC have swooped in to save they day. They just announced the HTC Magic, a full touchscreen Android device which bears quite the resemblance to the HTC G1 – except with a bit more polish, and without a keyboard. It’s also a perfect match… Read More

  • Live Blog: Vodafone press conference, HTC Magic announced

    We’re live at the relatively low key Vodafone press conference at Mobile World Congress, where they’re apparently announcing the Android-powered HTC G2 – otherwise known as the HTC Magic (Update: They specifically said that this is not being referred to as the G2. Looks like the G-numbering is a T-mo-only thing.) Read More

  • Hands-on: Novatel MiFi 2352 Hotspot for Telefónica

    We first saw the MiFi 2352 Mobile Hotspot’s CDMA brother back at CES; we loved it then, and we love it just as much in its GSM form. Novatel announced yesterday that Telefónica would be the first carrier to launch the MiFi sometime during this quarter, so we figured we’d stop by their suite to give it a spin. Read More

  • Nokia to preload Skype onto handsets beginning in Q3

    In a fairly huge win for VoIP fans everywhere, Skype and Nokia have just announced a partnership to preload Skype onto handsets beginning later this year. But they’re not just throwing the app onto the devices and calling it a day – the integration will run at least contact list deep. Once you’ve tied Skype contacts to their relative contacts in your address book, their… Read More

  • MySpace Mobile to get a new look, Palm Pre and S60 support

    Design standards on the Web are constantly evolving, and the Mobile Web is no exception. We’re currently smack-dab in the middle of the Web App age, with users expecting their mobile browser-based services to provide a rich visual experience closer to that of a native application than the ultra lightweight (and generally ugly), text-centric pages of yesteryear. Looking to embrace… Read More

  • Review: iShoot for iPhone


    Among the millions of apps being released hourly in the App store, there truly are apps worth buying, and those that not worth wasting a glance at. iShoot ($2.99) is one of the best and brightest among its craptastic peers. One of many turn based tank fighting games, iShoot has proved its worthiness by sky rocketing into the #1 spot almost overnight, with his iShoot lite following close… Read More

  • Acer busts out its whole new "Tempo" smartphone line


    Last week we saw a couple phones drop from Acer, namely the DX650 (which is weird) and the X960 (which is generic). Well, they’ve expanded the lineup and now they’ve got a few more phones ready to hit the market. They all run WinMo 6.1 and with a little luck and legwork we’ll have hands-on with all of them soon. Read More

  • Nvidia Plans To Power $99 Mobile Internet Devices

    Nvidia has announced that it plans to power $99 mobile internet devices with its Tegra 600 series chips, perhaps as early as this summer. What’s a mobile internet device (MID)? Well, it’s a gadget that fits somewhere in between a smartphone and a netbook. It’s compact and internet-enabled, but it can’t quite fit in your pocket or make phone calls. It’s… Read More

  • Flash officially coming to Palm's webOS

    Woohoo. This MWC is turning out to be pretty darn good. Adobe announced today that Palm is joining the Open Screen Project, which makes Flash on the Palm Pre officially official. The OSP is a “broad industry initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and full web browsing across televisions, desktops and mobile devices taking advantage of Adobe Flash Platform… Read More

  • LG Arena gets official at MWC

    As if we didn’t already know. LG officially took the wraps off the Arena today at MWC. It’s being touted as a multimedia device with an “exhilarating audio and video experience” coupled with LG’s ‘intuitive’ 3D S-Class UI. The Arena features a 3-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8GB of internal storage (expandable to 40GB), a 5-megapixel (AF/MF), a 1000mAh… Read More

  • Palm releases official webOS programming resource

    Itchin’ to develop for Palm’s webOS? Well, you’re in luck, friend. Today at MWC, Palm and O’Reilly Media announced that the first chapter in “Palm webOS: Developing Applications in JavaScript Using the Palm Mojo(TM) Framework” is available for all and it’s free. It includes info on the app model, framework and how to use the Mojo SDK. Palm’s VP… Read More

  • Nokia's 8 megapixel N86 gets caught on camera

    BAM! We had just hit the publish button detailing the N86’s early debut in some press materials when this little gem hit our tips line. Apparently, the 8-megapixel N86 did debut today – just not at Mobile World Congress, and with barely any fanfare. Read More

  • Oops! Nokia leaks their own phone in their own press materials

    We hear about loose-lipped employees leaking stuff all the time around these parts. Less frequently, but still pretty often, companies that have partnered together on a project will unintentionally leak the related products prior to announcement. Least common of all, however, is the treasured occasion in which a company leaks their own product. Such is the case with the 8-megapixel Nokia… Read More

  • iPhone card counting app comes under Las Vegas scrutiny

    So apparently card counting isn’t illegal per se in Nevada. The use of card counting machines, however, is (and is a felony at that), which is why this iPhone app named Card Counter is now in the news. Las Vegas casino owners, and their well wishers, have been tipped off to the app’s existence, which makes winning blackjack easier. Read More