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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Hitachi tones down the Casio W63CA, announces it as W63H

    Just yesterday I was babbling about how impressed I was that they’d managed to squeeze WVGA (480×800) into a 3.1″ screen on the 8.1 megapixel Casio W63CA. Apparently, its got a (somewhat less sightly) twin. This morning, Hitachi announced the W63H which, as you could probably guess from the model number, is pretty dang similar. Well, as long as you ignore that the Hitachi… Read More

  • Wal-Mart shopping list: Steak seasoning, crappy garden hose, T-Mobile G1

    Got a grudge against your local T-Mobile spot keeping you from picking up your new G1? Come Wednesday, you’ll be able to get your Android fix at 550 Wal-Mart locations around the country. Not surprisingly, the company known for pulling discounts out of thin air has managed to lop some change off of the G1. While getting the handset direct from Big Magenta would cost you $179.99, Wal-Mart… Read More

  • Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones in the land of poutine

    This morning, Canadian carrier giant Rogers announced that they’d managed to sell roughly 255,000 iPhones between its launch in July and the end of September. While 255,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the 6.9 iPhones pushed worldwide in the same window, it’s pretty significant in the battle for carrier supreme going on north of the border. With the two other big players… Read More

  • 8.1 megapixel Casio W63CA Exilim headed for Japan


    Taking the 8-megapixel handset battle and kicking it up 1/10th of a notch, Casio has announced the 8.1-megapixel W63CA. Sure, the name needs work – but man, this thing looks gorgeous. Besides taking shots at an impressive resolution of 3288×2464, the W63CA’s camera rocks a wide angle lens, face detection, anti-shake and a 9-point auto focus. And because the camera… Read More

  • SmartFlicks brings NetFlix to Blackberry by way of the new API

    Got a bit of time between your big business emails and your big business texts? Why not manage your NetFlix queue? Utilizing the NetFlix API made available to developers just last month, Pyxis Mobile has released SmartFlicks, a NetFlix app for your BlackBerry. The application was built partly as a demonstration of Pyxis Mobile’s Application Studio, and was “designed and delivered… Read More

  • Ralph Lauren launches an iPhone application. Anyone care?

    Proving that not everything needs to be made into a mobile application, Ralph Lauren has released a free iPhone application. No matter where you are, you can look at Ralph Lauren clothes. Can you buy them via the application? Er, no. Does it allow you to read those QR codes Ralph Lauren started putting in ads a few months back? Nope. What it does do:
    • Video highlights from the Fall… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Canada introduces "myPair" plan for unlimited cellular sweet nothings

    We’ve all been there: There’s still a week left in your month, and you and your snuggle buddy are already 300 “Oh, I just wanted to hear your voice” calls deep. Your minutes are now almost completely gobbled up. Suddenly, you’re wracking your brain with each incoming call, trying to figure out if it’s worth your now precious time. I mean, come on, you… Read More

  • Hop-on hopping on the Google Android bandwagon

    Hop-on is planning to release a new open Android phone at CES early next year. It will reportedly sell for less than $200. “Hop-on is committed in bringing the latest technology to the market, the Android open platform makes Hop-on competitive in the high end mobile phone market. This will create market value for our share holders,” said Peter Michaels, Hop-on’s… Read More

  • Samsung adding 3x optical zoom to 8MP cameraphones in '09, then on to 12MP

    With Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and LG battling all pushing 8 megapixel handsets to the market, the feature is slightly less brag-worthy than it was just a few months ago. Looking to make their 8MP handsets stand-out amongst the ever-growing crowd, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a South Korean Samsung subsidiary, has announced that they’ve developed an 8MP camera module with 3x optical zoom. Read More

  • Sprint officially releasing HTC Touch Pro next week

    Here comes the HTC Touch Pro. It’ll be available on the Sprint network with availability starting next week at “select national retailers” followed by availability in Sprint stores and on Sprint’s website starting November 2nd. So if you’re looking for one, better check places like Best Buy and Radio Shack next week because it appears that they’ll have… Read More

  • Android getting support for touchscreen keyboards by April of next year

    After the T-Mobile G1 reviews made their way out last week, it seemed that a complaint common across the majority of them was the lack of an onscreen keyboard. Yeah, yeah – it has a fully functional physical keyboard, but when you’re just trying to blast out a quick “lol” response, sliding the screen open seems a bit extraneous. When a member of the xda-developers… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson releases Beta SDK for Windows Mobile v1.0.4

    Looking to develop your big idea for the mobile world, but just not vibing with the iPhone or the Android platform? Sony Ericsson wants you to come hang out in their camp for a bit. Along with adding an XPERIA category to the 2008 Sony Ericsson Content Awards, they’ve released a new Windows Mobile SDK to the public. Amongst other things, the new SDK adds drastically improved support for… Read More

  • Google Fixes Gmail For The Blackberry And Java Phones

    Google finally got around to fixing Gmail on the Blackberry and J2ME phones like the Nokia N95 or Sony Ericsson W910i. Now you can compose emails while offline. When you hit “send, they sit in the outbox until your handset finds a network again. Gmail is also being updated with the ability to compose and save more than one draft at the same time, toggle between different email… Read More

  • Pantech Duo gets the Windows Mobile 6.1 treatment

    Right after Helio worked with Pantech on the Ocean, Pantech cranked out the strikingly similar (albeit with less spring-loaded-slider goodness) Duo. This morning, Pantech announced that not only had all the Duos currently sitting on AT&T’s shelves been bumped up to Windows Mobile 6.1, but that the folks back at home could get in on the fun too. If you’ve got a Helio Ocean… Read More

  • Samsung confirms TouchWiz UI is headed for the US

    I’m not sure if there was ever any doubt that the TouchWiz UI would show up on US handsets eventually, but Samsung’s gone and confirmed it via press release anyways. TouchWiz is a Samsung-made user interface specifically tailored for touchscreens. Its best known feature is likely its widget system, which allows users to drag and drop widgets onto their homescreen from a drawer… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia torn apart on video, piece.. by piece.. by piece

    Anybody who’s still aching for the Xperia X1 to slide its way to their region might want to look away, else see the guts of their beloved handset splayed out like some sort of science project. A gent going by Cyk1 has slapped on a pair of white gloves (classy), grabbed the closest guitar pick (hey, it’s good for unlocking latches without marring the plastic), and torn the X1 down… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 getting its first Over the Air update tomorrow

    Jeez! Less than 24 hours after the G1 made its official debut, T-Mobile has let it be known that an OTA update is already on its way to knock out a few issues that have popped up since the handsets left the factory. According to a post on the T-Mobile forums, it’ll make its way to handsets as early as tomorrow: There is already an OTA update scheduled for this phone, which will be sent… Read More

  • Google announces Android App Market paid application details, revenue share model

    With the first 21 days of October behind us, the G1’s “Official” launch day is finally upon us. With the first Android-powered handset now in the hands of giddy customers around the country, Google has provided long-awaited details about the Android App Market. As made apparent by those G1 pre-order handsets which arrived a day or two early, the Market is live at launch. Read More

  • Motorola Aura cell phone has a circular display

    A few years ago on April Fool’s day, Geeks.com put up a product page for a 15-inch circular LCD monitor for $199.99 (if memory serves). The monitor looked pretty cool and everyone had a good chuckle at the thought of being able to somehow manufacture a display in anything but the shape of a square or rectangle. Fast forward to the present day and we now see that the upcoming Motorola… Read More

  • Screenshots of Walmart's New MP3-Only Store

    It looks like Walmart has soft-launched it’s DRM-free MP3 store. The company decided to ditch its DRM approach, but then got into hot water with consumers once they figured out that Walmart was going to be taking down the servers they used to manage all the DRM rights. No servers, meant that they wouldn’t be able to listen to the songs they had legally purchased. So Walmart had… Read More