The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Man threatens to shoot his iPhone in the middle of the Apple Store

    Okay, everyone. Time for a pop quiz! Lets say your iPhone is totally ruining your day. Maybe the battery is flaking out; maybe you dumped a gallon of soda on it just to see what would happen. Regardless, you pop into the Apple Store to try and get things worked out. Now, what would you do next? Do you:
    A) Calmly ask for assistance, spend some time at the Genius Bar, and most likely walk away… Read More

  • ProCamera takes the iPhone camera that much closer to the real thing

    iPhone OS 3.0 finally brought video functionality to everyone’s favorite Apple phone. It also enabled developers to add graphic overlays to the iPhone’s camera views thereby opening the door to new features such as augmented reality and other camera “tricks.” Thus, it’s come as no surprise that many new camera-focused apps have emerged, such as ProCamera, that… Read More

  • T-Mobile UK Pulse: Pay Now or Pay Later

    Announced almost exactly one month ago, the world’s first “affordable” Android phone, the Pulse, is now available via T-Mobile UK. Read More

  • Verizon HTC Imagio gets caught on video

    If you’re anything like us, you’ve got two things going through your mind right now: 1) Why the hell is HBO waiting until June of 2010 to air season 3 of True Blood? and 2) What’s the HTC Imagio like in action? Actually, we’re lying about that second one. We got a chance to play with the Imagio a few weeks ago – we just weren’t allowed to film it, shoot… Read More

  • The GeeksPhone One comes out of left field but still impresses

    Another day, another Android handset. The One comes to us from Spanish start-up called GeeksPhone. No word on available, planned market, or price, but so far the specs are looking good for the quadband GSM and 2100MHz UMTS HSPA phone. Read More

  • TXTBlocker allows parents to block kids from texting while driving

    Texting while driving is incredibly unsafe (and making calls, for that matter). Even more so than drinking and driving, which YOU SHOULD NEVER DO, EVER. California knows it. The Obama Administration knows it. And apparently, the folks responsible for TXTBlocker know it. What is TXTBlocker, you ask? It is a new service that “lets parents and employers customize cell phones to… Read More

  • Smule sells 300k copies of I Am T-Pain, celebrates with a new song and a huge contest

    The second we laid eyes on Smule’s autotuning, pitch-changing iPhone app, I Am T-Pain, we knew it was going to be a huge hit – and it has been. We just got some details from Smule’s CEO, Jeff Smith, on how things are going so far. In the first 3 weeks alone, the application has seen 300,000 downloads. The average user spends around 66 minutes within the application —… Read More

  • iPhone calculator app takes steps to save the children

    Oh, TLA Systems, you clever, clever bastards. As we all learned from that one awkwardly-mature kid in our first grade class, there is a glaring fault in nearly every calculator ever made: they double as a means of smuggling smut into the classroom. In an otherwise sterile and pure environment, these tools allow for children (CHILDREN!) to be corrupted (and to subsequently corrupt each other)… Read More

  • Leaked LG 2010 Q1 roadmap reveals 7 new phones

    Hello. What do we have here? Apparently, it’s a leaked image of LG’s 2010 Q1 roadmap! Yippee! Unfortunately, other than the diverse collection of LG handset names – Wine2, Wine Jr., Goya, Stage, Mini, Sweet, and Cookie2 – there really isn’t much more to talk about at the moment…other than LG’s obsession interest with food-related names (think LG… Read More

  • Motorola is indeed holding an event next week – but it's probably not for Tao

    Here’s the good news: Motorola is throwing an event next week, right as one of the biggest mobile shows of the year, CTIA San Diego, kicks off. And the bad news: it may not be the announcement everyone is hoping for. Read More

  • T-Mobile confirms that Android v1.6 (Donut) rollout is underway

    Rumors were abound last night that T-Mobile would begin sending out the Android v1.6 update (known amongst the geekdom as “Donut”) today, and sure enough: they’ve just confirmed it. The big changes here include a fix for a bug that would reset your phone after dialing 911 (Oops!), the new (and much prettier) market, improved voice search, a new camera interface, and… Read More

  • Verizon to announce Moto Tao next week? Phone to drop Dec. 1?

    First came the rumors. Then came the leaked images. And now, 3 all-knowing (conveniently unnamed) analysts have predicted that Verizon’s long awaited foray into Android will happen some time next week with the announcement of Motorola’s Sholes/Tao smartphone. The timing seems feasible, especially considering that Motorola is holding a MOTODEV Android-related press event next… Read More

  • Mobile Internet sees 34 percent jump this year: Thanks, women, teens & seniors

    Embattled ratings company Nielsen has published some Internet findings that may interest you. (If not, go make a sandwich or something.) The big finding is that mobile access to the Internet has jumped 34 percent compared to last year, and it looks like women, teens and, yes, seniors make up the bulk of that increase. The mobile Internet: not just a place for 20-something men anymore. Darn. Read More

  • Verizon announces the Razzle, endless puns ensue

    When we first got word that Verizon would be announcing the Razzle today, a handful of potential posts popped into our brain almost instantly. Thing is, when it comes that easy for us, it came that easy for everyone else, too. For instance, we could fall back on the fact that “Razzle” rhymes with “dazzle”, making some joke about how, with a 2.2″ screen and 1.3… Read More

  • Verizon debuts the HTC Imagio, their first smartphone with V CAST TV

    Aaaand the rumor mill nails it again. Confirming rumors from a few weeks back, Verizon has just announced that their big, beautiful Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, the HTC Imagio, will be launching on the same day as 6.5 itself: October 6th. Read More

  • Verizon announces Nokia 2705 Shade flip phone

    Think what you will, but we’re big believers in “keeping it real” ’round these parts. While we swoon whenever a new smart phone hits the scene, the vast majority are still stuck in the flip phone zone – and you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. Have no fear, flip fans, Verizon is here to fulfill all your flipping needs with the new Nokia 2705 Shade. Read More

  • Bad news: That Sprint Touch Pro 2 price cut? Not happening.

    Earlier today, we passed on word of a rumor that the Sprint Touch Pro 2 would be seeing a price cut from the oh-so-absurd price of $349 (after a $100 mail-in rebate, mind you) down to the much more reasonable $149. It sounded great! With Verizon’s Touch Pro 2 already at that price, it certainly didn’t sound too good to be true – but it was, for the most part. Turns out… Read More

  • More Motorola Tao (Sholes) Android shots leaked

    Lots and lots of Big Red’s customers (not to mention potential defectors from other carriers) are getting really excited about the purported launch of an Android-powered, Motorola-made mobile for Verizon. New images of what was originally known as the Motorola Sholes, and more recently rumored to be named the Motorola Tao, have surfaced on the Interwebs. Read More

  • SNES on the Nokia N900? Yes, please.

    You know what? Your phone could play Crysis at a high resolution with the settings cranked way up, and I wouldn’t really care all that much. But coax it into playing SNES ROMs? I’ll take three. With a bucketful of elbow grease and more tech know-how than anyone should be allowed to have, Konttori (One of the Maemo project managers) and the DRNokSNES team have managed to squeeze… Read More

  • AT&T desucks the 3G in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs: Home to 415,000 people, scary-ass gravity-defying boulders, and, as of this morning, AT&T’s 850 Mhz 3G Network. As we saw in San Francisco and New York last month, Colorado Spring’s towers have now been tweaked to dedicate the 850 Mhz spectrum to 3G data rather than TDMA, which theoretically ups the number of simultaneous users the data network can handle. Read More