The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Once upon a time, the NHSA wanted to ban the use of cellphones while driving

    Seven years ago the National Highway Safety Administration called for a complete and total ban on the use of cellphones while driving. That includes hands-free kits, too. Now, a lot has changed in the seven years since this draft proposal was made—for one, the number of cellphones in the U.S. has gone from 170 million to 270 million. Read More

  • Is this the HTC Leo aka Firestone?

    Here’s a rendering of the purported Snapdragon powered HTC Leo aka Firestone. According to WMPowerUser’s sources, the Firestone will be a media-centric device with hot-swappable microSD card and rather large speakers on the front and back. Aside from the 1GHz Qualcomm processor, the WinMo device will include a 5-megapixel AF camera with dual-LED flash, Wi-Fi, BT and a 4.3-inch… Read More

  • Palm Pre now available online – everyone, please don't rush

    Long after the Palm Pre hype machine has been turned off, Sprint is just now making the Pre available for purchase via There really isn’t advantage of ordering the phone online besides you don’t actually have to leave the comforts of your basement. Purchasers will still need to mail in a $100 rebate to bring the cost down to $199. But if avoiding the general public is… Read More

  • Tinkerers tack third-party motion sensor onto the Toshiba TG01

    All accelerometers are not created equal. Some are more sensitive than others, while some are capable of working alongside other hardware. When Usuda Research Institute and Systems Corp started dabbling with the accelerometer in the TG01, it just wasn’t enough for their needs. What were they to do? Yell at Toshiba? Tuck tail and give up? Nonsense. Rather than bothering with the built… Read More

  • Prankster tracks down Verizon CEO, yells at his house

    When John Hargrave of (otherwise known as “that one site that allegedly pranked the SuperBowl“) found out that the wireless carriers were doing a whole lot of nothing to keep the data store in cellular customer accounts safe, he decided to do what any good angry person does: grab a bullhorn. Rather than camping out on a soapbox and spitting his spite to random passersby… Read More

  • HTC going 50% Android in 2010?

    Its taken a bit longer than we all might have hoped, but it seems that Android is really starting to pick up the steam it deserves. Be it Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson.. if they’re a big gun in the mobile manufacturing world (Well, outside of certain obvious exclusions), they’re probably working on an Android handset or two. The first off the bat and the most dedicated so far has been… Read More

  • Unboxing: Samsung T559 Comeback for T-Mobile

    The FedEx guy just stopped by MobileCrunch HQ with a box full o’ Samsung Comeback, so we figured we’d go ahead and give it the ceremonial undressing. It’ll be a day or two before we’re ready to really talk about this thing, but our first impressions aren’t the best. While the handset feels absolutely outstanding when held in the flipped out, QWERTY-exposed… Read More

  • Review: BlackBerry Tour 9630 (Verizon)

    Short Version: As it stands, the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is the best smartphone available for Verizon Wireless customers. It’s a mash-up of the AT&T BlackBerry Bold and T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900. One would think that this would lead to the perfect BlackBerry, but it has one glaring flaw and it isn’t one that you can get over quickly, if ever. Read More

  • BlackBerry Thunder appears in VZW's system

    Everyone, even your mom probably, knows that there is a new BlackBerry Storm coming soon from Verizon. It’s only a matter of time before RIM or VZW announces the updated 9550. CrackBerry just got a screenshot showing a curiously unannounced BlackBerry Thunder. Could this be the next Storm? Read More

  • Samsung one ups LG, announces the world's thinnest watchphone, S9110

    As much as Samsung loves to claim a “world’s first” every single day of the week, I know they love to beat LG more than anything. Today is no different, folks. Samsung has unveiled an 11.98mm watchphone by the name of S9110. That snazzy looking Dick Tracy watch features a 1.76-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, e-mail (Outlook!), speakerphone and a music player. Read More

  • T-Mobile and Samsung announce the Comeback, Gravity 2

    As if you didn’t already know T-Mobile would be announcing the Samsung Comeback after numerous leaks in the past week. Look here, here and here. Regardless, here are the facts straight from Samsung. The Comeback features a full QWERTY keyboard, 2-megapixel camera and little else. At least it’s 3G. And, yes, it will be $130. Next up is the Gravity 2, also a 3G device, with a… Read More