Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • T-Mobile Dash goes black, turns to the Dark Side

    It’s been over two years since HTC first launched the Excalibur, better known as the T-Mobile Dash here in the States. Originally released with a metal-like finish (perhaps paying homage to its Arthurian roots), this affordable smartphone (currently $99 after MIR) is finally receiving a makeover, albeit a minor one, just in time for the new year. The Dash is now available in Darth… Read More

  • How to unlock your iPhone 3G


    YellowSn0w is out and it’s ready to rock. Here’s how to become SIM-independent. 1. First, download quickpwn and jailbreak your phone. Use the latest firmware to pwn your phone (download it from Apple here). This will allow you to install Cydia or Installer. Read more… Read More

  • Don't eat the yellow snow: No iP3G unlock yet


    Here’s the current YellowSn0w status. I’m going back to bed. Update 4: (a) The yellowsn0w Cydia package will be available as soon as our devteam member in charge of the repo wakes up to fix a file permission error. (b) Once it’s out, those users with SIMs that have apps and other menus on them will need to do that extra step we’ve been talking about. They’ll… Read More

  • Interview: Pytey of the iPhone Dev Team

    Have you ever jailbroken an iPhone? Ever used a software solution to “unlock” the iPhone’s SIM slot, freeing it from the shackles of its original carrier? Chances are, the iPhone Dev Team had something to do with it. This group, made up of some of the iPhone development scene’s finest minds, spends countless hours tearing apart the iPhone to make it do all of the… Read More

  • Survey says: U.S. consumers don't trust mobile banking security

    A new report entitled “2008 Mobile Banking Security Standards” by Javelin Strategy & Research finds that less than 10% of U.S. consumers use mobile banking tools.  47% of those surveyed do not use mobile banking due to security concerns and 73% are afraid that hackers will remotely compromise their handsets. Consumers are also worried about losing private banking information… Read More

  • Phenom GSM watch phones drop, give Dick Tracy a lot more options

    Watch out LG, looks like you’re not the only touch screen watch phone maker with an announcement this week.  Phenom Communications has released an entire line of timepieces-turned-mobiles, (creatively named) the Phenom Watch Phone(s). These unlocked GSM, MP3/MP4 playin’ watch phones sport a 1.3 TFT touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, speakerphone, digital still/video… Read More

  • iPhone Dev Team posts cryptic message – what are they up to?

    Update: The Dev Team has released an image with further confirms our original suspicion. Check it out after the jump. On the eve of the iPhone 3G software unlock, the following text just went up on the iPhone Dev Team blog: 01110110 01110100 01100001 01100010 01100101 01110010 00100000 00110110 00110001 00110000 00110110 00110000 00110001 00110111 00110100 00100000 Now, any self-respecting… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm: The netbook redefined?

    Research In Motion’s founder and co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, has cleared up some non-existent confusion about his company’s first touch screen device, the Storm — it’s a netbook. Wait, what? Sorry, can you repeat that? I must have misheard you Mr. co-CEO. In a recent interview, when asked “Would you consider Netbooks as your competitors?,” Mr. Lazaridis… Read More

  • RIM doing well at #2


    In a wide-ranging interview, Research in Motion talked today about all things Blackberry. Trailing only Nokia in terms of sales volume, RIM has a lot reasons to feel good. According to Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO “[t]he cell phone market in the US declined by 5 percent compounded per annum in the past five years, but the smart phone market grew 58 percent.” Mike Lazaridis, President… Read More

  • Stereoscopic 3D Graphics on the iPhone

    SpatialView has announced the Wazabee 3DeeShell, a protective casing that includes a removable lens to displays 3D stereoscopic images on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch without those dorky glasses. SpatialView also offers software to create your own 3D images using the iPod camera! Read More

  • Nokia 6208c phone features pen-based input

    Nokia, the world’s most ubiquitous cell phone company, is showing off the new 6208c phone in China, which sports a pen for easy input of Chinese characters. Read More

  • Got any questions for the iPhone Dev Team?

    With the iPhone 3G software unlock being set loose tomorrow, we were hoping to sit down and have a chat with the ones behind the handy work. We got into contact with the Dev Team and, sure enough, they were down to spare a bit of time on the eve of their big release. We’ve only got a few hours before we’ve gotta finalize our questions, but we figured our readers might have a… Read More

  • What's the big deal about touch screens anyway?

    It’s been 1.5 years since the iPhone began to take over hit the market, causing major tremors throughout the mobile world.  The promise/combination of a worthwhile touch screen and accompanying UI have proven to be an incredible success, with iPhones quickly reaching the top of the smartphone charts. It follows then, that most other mobile manufacturers (and now computer makers have… Read More

  • One day until iPhone 3G unlock day

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=713763707060529304&hl=en&fs=true The folks behind the iPhone 3G unlock – which will be hitting the Internets tomorrow night at midnight – gave a presentation on their project at CCC in Berlin last week. Rather than sound like a bunch mewling nerds, they have excellent speaking voices and seem very intelligent and sassy. The… Read More

  • Cameraphones and magnets and lenses! Oh, my!

    Got yourself a shiny new iPhone or (matte) G1? Wish it had a better camera lens? Like magnets and DIY? Well then you are in luck, my friend! USBfever is selling magnetic, detachable lenses for both of these devices (as well as any gadget with a crappy camera in need of some third-party lens lovin’). Available in wide angle and telephoto (2x zoom) for $16.99 each, and fish-eye for… Read More

  • Leaked: T-Mobile's release schedule for January and February

    If you’re the type of person that likes to be surprised by mobile handset releases, you might want to look away. Also, you might want to stop reading mobile blogs. Also, you’re weird. One of BG’s super sneaks managed to snap a shot of a blurp at the bottom of one of T-Mobile’s employee-only Daily News pages, detailing the next two months of handset releases. What’s… Read More

  • SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Beta goes live

    As we mentioned a few days ago, the BlackBerry version of Sling Media’s SlingPlayer mobile has entered public beta. If past products are any indication, it’ll go for $30 bucks after a 30-day trial once they’ve worked out all the kinks. In the meantime, however, it’s free – so if you’ve got a Slingbox at home and a BlackBerry in your pocket, go grab it quick. Read More

  • Fennec shaping up to be the mobile browser to beat in '09


    We’ve seen Fennec in an early form before, but apparently the new beta alpha is much more featured, and the promises being made for Mozilla’s mobile browser are going to really shake up the scene if they follow through. Read More

  • Spy shots: Android on OpenMoko hardware


    I swear to god, if you have a real lens (as I can see in the 2nd pic), use manual focus for things like this. I guess beggars can’t be choosers, since this guy is the only one with pics of Android running on the OpenMoko hardware, but jesus! Click on for the rest of the shots — such as they are. Read More

  • Innov8 with AT&T-friendly innards passes through the FCC

    Even without any sort of US Carrier availability, the Samsung Innov8 managed to crack at least one of our Top Picks of 2008 lists. As usual, however, the fact that it’s superb doesn’t equate to it being easy to buy. Fortunately, it looks like that might be changing. Amazon just started peddling the International Version this morning, but with an oh-so-hefty $799 price tag. If… Read More