The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Carrier Billing coming to BlackBerry in 2010

    Good news, everyone! RIM has used the keynote of their BlackBerry Developer Conference to drop the good word on a fairly important topic: Carrier billing is coming to the BlackBerry App World in 2010. Carrier billing is quite certainly one of the most important — yet mostly unmentioned — aspect of any App Store’s success. Read More

  • Who needs the Droid? T-Mobile G1 hacked to run Google Nav

    I like to imagine that a special place exists somewhere on the Web where a bunch of unassuming “ordinary” folks get together to solve world technology issues. A brotherhood (that allows women too, of course) of sorts that uniformly scream, “HACK3RS UNITE!,” and then figure out how to stick it to the man. I’m not entirely sure anything that amazing exists, but there… Read More

  • Motorola DROID causes a disturbance in Android-based web traffic

    According to Web analytics company, Clicky, Motorola’s flagship DROID handset has already caused a major disturbance in the Force Android-based web traffic. The new hotness purportedly already accounts for more than 23 percent of all Android web traffic here in the States. Read More

  • Vimeo begins to play nice with iPhone, Android devices

    The lack of Flash support on the iThings (i.e. phone, touch) and all but one Android device has made it rather difficult for Flash-based video sites to penetrate the ever-expanding smartphone video-consuming market. While YouTube has implemented a workaround for this problem (by encoding each uploaded video in both Flash AND as .mp4 files), other sites (arguably with less resources) have been… Read More

  • iPhone malware kinda-sorta dangerous

    A new worm, called the iPhone/Privacy.A worm, connects to jailbroken iPhones running SSH with the default password and takes a “treasure trove” of data including email, SMS messages, photos, music files, and everything else on your phone. It then kills your dog. Read More

  • Antares: Friend of misleading singers, enemy of misleading apps

    Here’s a bit of App Store drama for you: Antares Audio Tech, the company that built the underlying technology licensed for the popular “I am T-Pain” iPhone App, has unleashed their lawyers on Steamboat Mountain Designs, an indie developer and maker of the now-removed iPhone app, “AutoTuner.” Why? Well, it turns out that the term “Auto-Tune” —… Read More

  • Clearwire raises an additional $1.5B to continue building its nationwide WiMAX network

    Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks (to name a few) continue to bet big on Clearwire’s WiMAX nationwide wireless network. The foursome have just pumped an additional $1.494 billion into Clearwire’s coffer, with another $50 million coming from Intel and $20 million from Eagle River Holdings. CHA-CHING. Read More

  • Samsung announces its own 'open' mobile platform – bada

    As Sesame Street is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary now seems like as good a time as any for us to practice our counting…of mobile operating systems/platforms. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Darn, my hand ran out of fingers! Well, no matter, Samsung thinks there is plenty of room for more and has taken the wraps off its own, new open mobile platform, bada. Read More

  • Taptu + OneRiot = realtime mobile search

    Taptu, the mobile search engine, is announcing today that they’re using the OneRiot search API to provide realtime search results to mobile devices at their touch-friendly mobile web page. The realtime search results will eventually make their way into the Taptu iPhone app. Full press release inside! Read More

  • NTT Docomo announces 19 new cell phones (photo gallery)

    Following KDDI’s announcement three weeks ago, Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier NTT Docomo today unveiled [JP] its winter-line up of cell phones (SoftBank, the No.3, did the same). And here are all the new models announced by Docomo for the Japanese market today. Update:
    Head over to NTT Docomo’s English web site for another overview of their new phones. Read More

  • SoftBank's complete 17 cell phone winter line-up (photo gallery)

    KDDI did it as early as last month, and today it was NTT Docomo’s and SoftBank’s turn to unveil their line-ups of new cell phones for the Japanese market. Here are all of SoftBank’s 17 future models [JP], which will be sold in Japan from this fall through spring 2010. Read More

  • Qik Bumps Up The Recording Resolution For The Droid

    As the number of Android-powered handsets on the market continues to expand, so do the technical capabilities of the applications that run on the platform. The Droid, for example, is the first handset to introduce video recording at a resolution 720×480 (more than double that of the 320×240 recording found on most other handsets), and app makers are already swooping in to take… Read More

  • Apparently, this is the Droid you are looking for

    Update: Sounds like Verizon probably sold about 100,000 Droids over the weekend. Good news for Motorola and Verizon, it looks like the Droid is a hit. The new phone is certainly living up to the hype, and seems to be the breakaway hit of this holiday season. Reports from retailers so far have been positive, with the initial stock of 200,000 phones selling rather quickly, however not selling out. Read More

  • Ten Apps All New Android Users Should Check Out

    While the tech-loving world continues to debate the merits of the Droid following its launch on Friday, it’s pretty safe to say that the Android platform has seen a pretty hefty influx of users as of late. In the past two weeks alone, we’ve seen the aforementioned Droid, it’s cheaper, younger sibling, the Droid Eris, and the Sprint Moment all hit the shelves; if any of them… Read More

  • Video: Chinese iPhone clone looks like Apple, smells like Android

    You’re stuck in quite the conundrum. You want the chic elegance of the iPhone – but you want unbridled flexibility that comes with the Android platform. Whatever are you supposed to do? Read More

  • New DROID ads released, actually show off a bit of Android

    It took them a while to get past all the “iDon’t” nonsense, then they followed up with that mysterious space-phone campaign, but it looks like Verizon’s finally using their commercials to actually tell people what the Droid is. Three new ad spots hit the interwebs today. The first shows off Google Navigation. The second walks you through the browsing experience. The… Read More

  • Google Acquires AdMob For $750 Million

    Google has just announced that it has acquired AdMob, the mobile ad platform that has been especially popular on the iPhone, for $750 million. This is a big win for the company’s early investors, which include Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners (this is a huge day for Accel — they were also investors in Playfish, which was just acquired by EA). More recent investors include DFJ… Read More

  • Nokia recalls several mobile phone chargers over shock hazard

    Nokia has recalled several mobile phone chargers, manufactured by third-parties for the company, because of the chance of electrical shock. There’s been no reports of any injuries, so consider this a precaution. Read More

  • Cellufun takes on Zynga and Playdom by providing social games on "non-smart" mobile devices

    In case you didn’t notice, social gaming is taking off. And despite mounting criticism, the market is continuing to grow and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop. But so far, most of the major players are either on the major social networks (i.e., Facebook, MySpace) or on the major smartphone platforms (i.e., iPhone, Android). But here’s an interesting thought: millions… Read More

  • The island of misfit phones

    So AT&T has a problem: even after early and vociferous defections by bloggers, they’ve been getting creamed for sub-par service everywhere, especially left and right coast cities that rhyme with Blue Pork and Fan Fanfisco. Verizon is stepping into that breech by releasing these clever commercials touting its network over AT&Ts. But, as Mr. Fireball notes, Verizon is talking about… Read More