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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Fring brings Skype and other VoIP services to iPhone

    After 6 months of not-quite-official availability for those of us with jailbroken iPhones, Fring, a free mobile Voice-over-IP service (VoIP), has made its way to the App Store. With that, a day that some said would never come has arrived: Skype calls can now be made on the iPhone, no hacks required. Beyond the Skype functionality (which I imagine would be its most popular use), Fring also lets… Read More

  • HP has a new WinMo 6.1 Touchscreen handset in the works – return of the Oak?

    Back in January, word got out of a new WinMo 6.1 touchscreen handset floating around the Hewlett Packard labs. Called the Oak and tentatively set for a September launch on Vodafone, it had a number pad on its face and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard packed away underneath. Unfortunately, all’s been mum on the matter since the initial leak. September came and went, and the Oak didn’t… Read More

  • Sprint finds potential buyers for Nextel

    As Nextel continues to hemorrhage customers, Sprint is still trying to push it (and the accumulated debts) on someone else. According to the WSJ, they’ve received a handful of inquiries as of late. Amongst those said to be interested are Latin American iDEN carrier NII, and private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. Just three years ago, Sprint snapped up Nextel for $35 billion. Now… Read More

  • Samsung i7110 promo shot and specs leaked

    Samsung’s got a new candybar in the works, and, if the promo shots leaked today are representative of the final goods, it looks to be borrowing a whole lot from the Soulb. Dubbed the i7110, it’s got a QVGA OLED display, GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSDPA radio, FM tuning, a 5 megapixel autofocus shooter with LED flash, 80mb internal memory with support for microSDHC. We know it’ll… Read More

  • HTC releases Touch HD demo video, complete with Enya

    I got to spend about 5 glorious minutes with the HTC Touch HD behind closed doors not too long ago, and I’ve been having withdrawals since. We’ve still got a few months before this guy even hits European shores, so it’ll be a while before I can get my Yank hands on it again. In the mean time, I’ll just watch HTC’s newly released Touch HD demo on repeat – with… Read More

  • LG releases Renoir, sans nude ladies

    Not to be outdone by Samsung, Lucky Goldstar just launched the LG Renoir, a touchscreen phone running a custom OS. The phone has an 8-megapixel camera with video recording.
    The phone, called the Renoir, is Asia-only right now and uses HSDPA and Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity. Incidentally, Renoir was considered a failure before his death. Read More

  • Nokia 5800 is actually quite slim

    The new 5800 doesn’t look much like a tube but it is quite svelte. It’s smaller than the iPhone and even most touchscreen phones we’ve seen in a while. It’s most like the Palm Treo Pro in terms of size but it’s quite light. Read More

  • Nokia's Comes With Music on the 5800: Nokia's attempt to out-iTunes iTunes

    Nokia announced their Comes With Music program last month, a media download offering with backing from Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, EMI, and Universal Music Group. The system, along with the Nokia Music Store, has about 5 million tracks currently available and Nokia has announced the Music PC client for easy downloads. You can drag CDs into the application for immediate ripping. Comes With… Read More

  • Nokia officially unveils the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen media phone

    Just as expected, Nokia today finally pulled back the curtains on the 5800 XpressMusic device. After nearly six months of rumors, leaks, and Dark Knight cameos, the pretty little touchscreen device once known only as the “Tube” has been made official. Coming sometime in Q4 2008, the 5800 will be the first handset to rock Nokia’s much anticipated S60 5th Edition platform and… Read More

  • Moto Rapture VU30 and Samsung Sway U650 get dated for VZW


    Couple new just-over-budget phones comin’ down the line to Verizon Wireless. I can’t say I’m too excited about that Rapture, but the Sway looks pretty svelte. Cheaper, too. Neither one is very flashy, but it looks like the nicer sliding form factors from Samsung are starting to trickle down a little more. I remember drooling over some of the Korea-only handsets a year ago… Read More

  • SE C905 release date found


    Great news for those Brits looking forward to the Sony Ericsson C905 cell phone and all the photo-centric features like GPS geo-tagging, Xenon flash, and face recognition as it should breach the UK’s shores sometime early this October. Still no word on pricing or other regions availability, but if the Internet tends to be a leaky place so that info should drip sometime soon. Read More

  • Treo Pro, Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile G1 show up in Best Buy's inventory system

    Thanks to an especially sneaky Best Buy employee with access to the company’s retail stock system and a liking for the Boy Genius Report, we now know when to expect a few new handsets to arrive in the land of the blue polo. The only new non-smartphone making an appearance is the 5 megapixel Sony Ericsson C902, which actually managed to sneak in sans fanfare over the weekend. On the… Read More

  • Adobe working on Flash for iPhone, but the ball is in Apple's court

    After a nearly endless stream of hearsay and rumors on the matter, Adobe has now gone on the record about Flash on the iPhone. During a presentation at the Flash on the Beach expo today in the UK, Adobe’s Senior Director of Engineering Paul Betlem mentioned that the Flash development team was actively working on a release for the iPhone, but due to the closed nature of the handset, the… Read More

  • Samsung and Verizon announce the SCH-u430

    If it feels like you’ve seen the u430 before, it’s because you probably have. You’ve seen them at parties, on co-workers desks at work, and in the hands of the soccer mom in front of you in line at the store. Well, not this exact model, but ones just like it. The u430 is yet another flip-and-forget-it phone. Seeing as it wont cost you a cent out the door, you… Read More

  • Nokia Pilot product testing program goes live, registration opens

    If you’re a regular reader of MobileCrunch, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve got a bit of a thing for mobile. Maybe hardware leaks make your heart pitter-patter – or perhaps its the services that swoon you? Either way, Nokia wants to hear from you. Right as the sun cracked over the Western hills this morning, Nokia opened registration to their new Nokia Pilots… Read More

  • AT&T planning BlackBerry Bold launch parties, complete with ultra cheesy videos

    For the sake of making sure employees are up to speed on the coming-any-day-now BlackBerry Bold (and likely as an excuse to booze and schmooze), AT&T is throwing a series of parties for employees in a few major cities around the country. The invite doesn’t shed any information we’re not already well aware of, but worthy of some note is the date of the final party: October 30th. Read More

  • LG KP500 aims to make touchscreens pocket-friendly

    LG announced the KP500 this morning, which they’re touting for it’s “affordable introduction price”. They’re not actually, you know, telling anybody what it’ll cost – just that it’ll be “attractively-priced”. For a supposedly budget-friendly phone, the specs they’ve disclosed so far aren’t too shabby. It’ll have… Read More

  • Facebook for iPhone clicks over to version 2.0

    After Facebook rolled out v1.1 of their iPhone application, they promised that a bigger, badder v2.0 was in the works for September. They cut it pretty close, but they’ve kept their word. Just a few hours ago, the second major release of the Facebook application hit the App Store, bearing a whole new user interface and a slew of fresh features. With this latest release, they’ve… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's eco-friendly GreenHeart handset photographed

    Just last week, Sony Ericsson announced that they would be doing their part to save the planet by launching two new projects. The first, which they’re calling an “environmental warranty”, allows cell phone owners to drop off any old handsets or accessories at any of 500 collection points already in operation, from which they will be recycled in an eco-friendly… Read More

  • LG KC780 promo shots make their way out

    Believe it or not, that LG KC780 we saw last week isn’t just a really blurry looking handset. GSM Arena managed to scrounge up the above promo shot, offering a much sharper look at the KC780 in all of its 8 megapixel glory. While their source wasn’t able to share any new specs, they did mention that LG is internally acclaiming the handset as the slimmest of the 8-megapixel bunch. Read More