The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • BlackBerry Messenger update in the wild

    It’s not available yet, but BGR got his hands on the latest build of RIM’s upcoming update to BlackBerry Messenger. The following are new features to the PIN-based messeging system: Avatar support, GPS location integration, Proximity sensor, Set conversation subjects, and Homescreen support. Hit the jump for details. Read More

  • T-Mobile Dash 3G spotted by Mr. Blurry Cam

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming T-Mobile Dash 3G and earlier today TmoNews posted a shot of the device that’s expected to launch on July 1. Read More

  • VZW CEO confirms Palm devices, multiple BlackBerrys, and others coming in six months

    It hasn’t been a secret for months, but Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam has confirmed that a multitude of devices from RIM, Palm and Android-based devices are coming to the nation’s largest network in the next six months. Read More

  • iPhone App Roundup: Week 3

    That’s right folks – it’s iPhone App Roundup time again. During past weeks, we’ve only showcased 3 iPhone apps during each Friday Roundup. But this week was special. What with the iPhone 3G S being announced and all, we decided to throw in a few more. Contain your excitement, please. Read More

  • Reminder: How to take screenshots on the Palm Pre

    Nearly two months before the Pre hit the shelves, one of our Pre-toting compadres gave us the run down on how to take screenshots on the device. Now, that wasn’t all that useful two months ago. Outside of the hundred or so people running around with a pre-release Pre, no one would be taking screenshots for quite some time. With the device now on the shelves, however, we’ve been… Read More

  • Review: StarDefense supplants Fieldrunners as iPhone's best tower defense game

    It has been said time and time again, but really: the iPhone is a damn good gaming device. It’s the perfect platform for tower defense games. Never played one? In tower defense games, players build towers that fire an endless barrage of artillery at an onslaught of enemies. The goal is to kill the enemies before they reach a given target. The classic iPhone tower defense game is… Read More

  • Best Buy to offer Geek Squad's Black Tie Protection on the iPhone 3G S

    AI is reporting that Best Buy will be offering insurance on the iPhone 3G S when it goes on sale next week. Current Black Tie Protection plans range between $7 and $10, but protection for the iPhone 3G S will be significantly more. You’ll have to shell out $15 per month or $180 a year to protect your precious against drops, spills and whatever else you can throw at it. So who’s… Read More

  • Apple patent reveals plans for Emergency Mode

    Consider this: you’re stranded on a mountain in the middle of a blizzard, and you find yourself hopelessly loss amidst a sea of white. You glance down at your iPhone, to see you only have about a few minutes of battery life left. Looks like a pretty grim situation, right? Well, thanks to a recently revealed patent filed by Apple, you may just be alright after all. Apple’s… Read More

  • IRS moves to collect taxes on your work-provided cellphone

    Another potshot aimed at the working man, friends. The IRS is looking to collecting more taxes on your work-provided cellphone, something the wireless industry—think CTIA, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, etc.—will fight tooth and nail. The industry thinks that if companies and/or employees have to pay more for their phones, they may cancel the service altogether. Read More

  • Yup, Doom runs fine on the Palm Pre

    If you were wondering the age ol’ question of “Will it run Doom?” about the Palm Pre, the answer is yes. We’re kind of thinking though that more would be surprised if the Pre wouldn’t run Doom. But anyway, one dude took it upon himself to reprogram an open-source version of the game to use WebOS’s DirectFB graphics library. So what we have here is a… Read More

  • Bigfoot Spotting: Photo of T-Mobile's upcoming Android-powered Samsung leaked

    Okay, seriously. We love us some Android, but we have to wonder: Do these manufacturers have some secret pact that requires them to make every Android phone ugly as hell? BoyGenius managed to dig up this shot of Samsung’s upcoming Android release, currently known only as “Bigfoot”. According to their source, Bigfoot will tote a 3 megapixel camera alongside a 3.0″… Read More

  • Samsung announces the solar-powered Crest Solar E1107

    By common definition, the new Samsung Crest Solar is about as far from a smartphone as you can get – but if you’re going somewhere where electric outlets are scarce, it’s probably a smart idea to carry one. Available later this month in India, Europe, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, and Latin America, the Crest Solar will be Samsung’s first solar-powered cell phone to… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile launches the Samsung Mantra, wins "Most Average Phone of the Year" award

    Virgin Mobile’s service plans have their merits, so we’ll forgive’m for the fact that their pre-paid phone line-up is a bit.. underwhelming. Most people who pre-pay don’t give a damn about whether or not their phone triples as a fart machine and a laser level, so we promise: we won’t hate on the Mantra. The Mantra has just about everything you’d expect out of… Read More

  • Another Move towards Mobile TV: Flo TV goes national

    TV on the go has been a reality for awhile. What with Verizon and Sprint offering their users streaming TV on their cell phones for more than a year. Today, though, a large third party player enters the fray: a Qualcomm subsidiary, FLO TV, has just announced that they are expanding their service nationwide. The launch date is slated to follow the DTV transition this Friday, June 12. (If… Read More

  • iPhone 3.0 handles hotspot log-ins gracefully, with aplomb

    Reader Andrew noticed an interesting happenstance when he stopped by his local coffee shop with his 3.0 enabled iPhone. He writes: When at work my phone picks up the wifi of the coffee shop next door. That network is open but you have to accept a web certificate and put in a password on a login re-direct page every time you connect to the network. This can be annoying when your phone… Read More

  • Rubinstein ascends the CEO throne at Palm

    It’s the changing of the guard. In an continuation of Palm’s reinvention of itself, pioneering ex-Apple exec and Pre torch-bearer Jon Rubinstein will be sitting in the CEO chair at Palm come Friday (the 12th). Ed Cooligan, the current CEO, will be moving behind the curtain to work with Elevation Partners, a major investor in Palm. Whether they bet the job on the success of the Pre… Read More

  • iPhone 3G S available through AT&T Premier?

    Word on the web is that Apple’s latest and greatest, the iPhone 3G S has been sporadically popping up on AT&T’s Premier business customer site. A few folks on the MacRumors forums have reported spotting it on the Premier customer site as early as yesterday afternoon, and a few users got very close to putting a preorder in, before being rejected right at the very end. Read More

  • Palm's Pixie flitters into view past Castle

    Hacksters at PreCentral have found some shell script that points to future Palm phones called “castle” and “pixie.” We well know that the Pixie will be the EOS and the Castle is the codename for the Pre. Read More

  • What is this iPhone 3G S/AT&T upgrade pricing brouhaha really about?

    There has been plenty of ink spilled over the 3G S upgrade (“Now faster with oleoresistant skin!”) and it’s abundantly clear what folks are trying to do here. Early adopters have always chafed at having to pay outrageous fees for upgrades inside of a contract period. Be it the latest RAZR a few years ago or the latest iPhone today, the same obsessives who are ranting about… Read More

  • Ready for the Pre's SDK? Not unless you know the Konami Code.

    If you have a Palm Pre, try this: at the home screen, type “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart“. Yep, it’s true – punching in the Konami code allows you access to the Pre’s Development Mode. Once it’s activated on the Pre, connecting it to a PC that has the Mojo SDK installed and running would allow you test work-in-progress apps on live hardware. Read More