The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Android hacked onto the Samsung Omnia

    With a nice big 3.2″ touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, and 624mhz CPU, the Samsung Omnia wasn’t a bad piece of hardware when it was released last year. Hell, it still outspecs most phones released today. Hardware-wise, it’s set – but on the software front, it’s luke-warm garbage. The TouchWiz interface helps a little, but deep down inside it’s still… Read More

  • AT&T confirms the MicroCell is still coming eventually

    If you live in one of those houses where making a call on your AT&T phone requires standing in a specific corner, knocking three times, and saying a short prayer, you were probably pretty jazzed to hear about MicroCell, AT&T’s broadband-powered cell tower for your living room. When we discovered mentions of the MicroCell in an iPhone update, you probably got outright excited. Read More

  • HTC Sense interface to become available on other HTC phones

    According to pocket-lint, HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed that the HTC Sense interface will be available as an optional addition to “other existing [HTC] devices.” Though he did not detail which phones would receive the addition and when, it isn’t hard to extrapolate. There are only a few other HTC phones running on Android, though each has a few variants: the HTC Dream… Read More

  • Hottest Girls iPhone app features topless women (causing America to freak out)

    Wait, what? There’s pornography on the Internet? When did this happen? It must be, like, a new thing, otherwise I cannot understand the curiosity over a newly updated iPhone app called “Hottest Girls”. It’s $1.99, and includes pictures of women, some of whom are topless. It’s almost like living in Europe, where topless women can be found on magazine covers and… Read More

  • The HTC Ozone brings Winmo, GPS, Wi-Fi, and teathering to VZW on the cheap

    The HTC Ozone might just be one of the best deals at Verizon Wireless. Check out everything you get for only $49.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate: QWERTY, Winmo 6.1, global roaming, Wi-Fi, and teathering. I don’t think you could ask for a better value out of a brand new Verizon phone. Read More

  • Review: Gokivo flops as first turn-by-turn app for iPhone

    Ugh. Don’t you hate when you get yourself all psyched about a new product and then you use it and realize it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to? That was kind of my experience with Gokivo, the first turn-by-turn GPS app for the iPhone, released on the heels of the iPhone OS 3.0 launch. Unfortunately, despite having some cool features, Gokivo just didn’t work as a… Read More

  • Rumor: Nokia orders its first batch of netbooks

    Way back when 2009 was still somewhat fresh, Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo dropped the news that the world’s favorite Finnish handset maker was getting into the laptop biz. With a bit of algebra, logic, and other voodoo, we figured that what he actually meant was netbooks. Some commenters called us crazy, citing a weak economy and low-margins. Turns out, we were right. Read More

  • With Flash Now Supported On Android, When Will Apple Play Catch-Up?

    So we just got word that HTC will be the first manufacturer to bring Adobe Flash to the Android platform with the release of its new Hero / Sense device. If you needed more proof that Android is here to stay and will not sit on the sidelines in the mobile operating systems game, this is it. If you think about it, the iPhone is now the only platform with substantial weight on the market… Read More

  • RealPlayer SP makes it easy to transfer videos to your mobile device

    Assuming you’re a Windows PC user, RealNetworks RealPlayer SP app makes transferring any video to your mobile device a piece of cake. It’s currently in Beta for Windows users with support for Macs coming by the end of the year. For $40 you can upgrade to the RealPlayer Plus SP, which supports h.264 video conversion, DVD playback and DVD burning. Grab the Beta here and test it out… Read More

  • Sprint: iPhone what? We still be selling out of Pres, shorty

    Sprint’s CFO got crunk all over an investor conference, informing them (between WHAT!s) that Pre sales don’t seem to have been affected by the launch of the iPhone 3G S. WHAT! Yes, they’re still selling out, but hopefully will be catching up with demand soon. That’s all there is to the report, really, other than an uptick in both Palm and Sprint’s stock prices. Read More

  • Sirius XM iPhone app downloaded 500,000 times

    The “Howard who?” jab is unnecessarily provocative, but it helps illustrate a point. According to a leaked internal memo, courtesy of Alley Insider, the Sirius XM iPhone app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since its release last Thursday. All the assumptions that “no one” would download the app because of <its lack of Howard Stern (and MLB and NFL), it… Read More

  • Ericsson preps Dynamic Discounts for developing markets, cheapskates

    Your cell phone company probably gives you free nights and weekends as part of your plan, to give you an incentive for calling when the strain on their network is low. It’s a great concept, but Ericsson’s looking to take it to the next level: instead of just giving you a break when you make an off-peak call, they’ll give you bigger discounts if the network load form where… Read More

  • Qik For Android Alpha leaks, Immediately Hits The Market

    Uh-oh. Looks like the race for live video streaming on Android is on. When we got footage of Kyte running on Android last week after hearing next to nothing on the matter from the competitors, we guessed that it might be the first mobile streaming app to go live on the platform. Turns out, Qik has had something up their sleeve – and it just slipped right out. We’re not quite clear… Read More

  • Motorola prepping to launch Android handsets for T-Mobile and Verizon by year's end

    At this point, it’s by absolutely no means a secret that Motorola is cracking away at some Android phones. Hell, Android is kind of a big deal for them now. While early details have come in abundance, the finer things — such as a release date for any of the Moto/Android handsets — have been evasive. We still don’t have anything specific, but if these latest rumors pan… Read More

  • Do women need special cell phones? Deutsche Telekom says yes

    Do cell phone producers really need to think of female customers as a specific market segment? So far, most of them think if they make the devices pink, cute or small enough, women will just take the bait. But quite unsurprisingly, a German design researcher from Deutsche Telekom says this isn’t enough [GER]. Read More

  • Howard Stern not on the Sirius XM iPhone app because of ‘contractual rights thing’

    So how’s the Sirius XM iPhone app treating you? I hear good things! (Remember: I don’t have an iPhone, and I never will.) But here’s something that probably should be brought up: the lack of Howard Stern. He’s not my cup of tea, and my loyalties lie elsewhere, as you know, but to deny his show’s importance to Sirius XM is silly. Anyway, Mr. Stern explained… Read More

  • Motorola Karma QA1 coming to AT&T, social networkers take notice

    Announced today by AT&T is the full QWERTY slider from Motorola, Karma. Starting June 28, the Karma QA1 will act as your social networking hub with one-touch access to Facebook and MySpace. Didn’t MySpace just lay off 2/3 of their workforce? With a 2-megapixel camera and full QWERTY keyboard I’m sure people will want to purchase this instead of paying the extra $20 to get an… Read More

  • Bad start: Toshiba fails to properly launch the TG01 in Japan

    I haven’t had the chance yet to try it out but those who did say the Toshiba TG01 seems to be a pretty good cell phone. Needless to say, the TG01 (1 Ghz CPU, 9.9mm body and a 4.1-inch touchscreen) was due out in Japan first. But most customers over here are still waiting for the “iPhone killer”. Read More

  • Pageonce's updated iPhone app brilliantly combines all your online accounts into one app

    Step aside, Mint. Pageonce just launched a major update to its iPhone application, and it blows you out of the water. Pageonce’s v3 update is absolutely fantastic, and Mint’s app pales in comparison. Pageonce’s premium app, A Personal Assistant Premium, allows you to connect all of your online accounts to one login (and one application). What do we mean by all accounts? We… Read More