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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Nano-fibers may Power Handsets in the Future

    Nano-fibers may Power Handsets in the Future

    One day your clothing could power or help to power your handset. Researchers have created a nano-fiber that catches energy from movement making it possible to route that energy for practical uses. The fibers use the same mechanical principle as a self-winding watch but on a scale measured in billionths of a meter. Nano-generators are able to use energy from sound waves, vibrations and even… Read More

  • Open Source may Create Security Risks for Mobile Phones

    Open Source may Create Security Risks for Mobile Phones

    To date, mobile phones have been relatively safe from cyber attacks when compared to PCs. Security systems have been able to block most viruses on cell phones, but the mobile industry foresees risks coming from the open software platforms that are looming in the near future. Google is backing the Android open source software which is in competition with LiMo Foundation’s Linux… Read More

  • T-Mobile to Drop Google and use Yahoo in Europe

    T-Mobile to Drop Google and use Yahoo in Europe

    T-Mobile announced that it will be dropping Google and picking up Yahoo as its preferred mobile search provider in Europe. This is a minor victory for Yahoo, which is in direct competition with Google and Microsoft to put its search engine on mobile phones that can access the Internet. When T-Mobile partnered with Google, it was heralded as one of the first partnerships between a mobile… Read More

  • Rare Mobile Phone Viruses Feared by Public

    Rare Mobile Phone Viruses Feared by Public

    A survey released at the Mobile World Congress today reports that 72% of those surveyed feared a virus may infect their handset. The poll was conducted by IT security specialist McAfee, and based on 2,000 people in Britain, the United States and Japan. Only 2% of respondents actually had a virus in their mobile phone. Nearly 12% said they knew someone who had a virus, while 86% of people said… Read More

  • Remote smartphone support: Crazy good idea

    Remote smartphone support: Crazy good idea

    I popped by the LogMeIn booth today take a look at their RescueMobile package for smartphones. Essentially, the service lets technicians take control of a smartphone remotely, accessing all of its functions and repairing it over the air. LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile simulates a remote smartphone on a support technician’s local computer, who can then manipulate the screen, use its keypad… Read More

  • Dr. Martin Cooper on the future of "handsets"

    Dr. Martin Cooper on the future of "handsets"


    Engineer and all-round-nice-guy Marty Cooper told some gathered reporters and industry folks that he likes the iPhone… and Samsung and Motorola phones, but for different reasons. He did, however agree that it’s not as good as everyone says but he does enjoy using it. He was talking about the future of mobile and his point was fairly simple: have faith. Things can and will get better… Read More

  • Google to be Integrated on Nokia Handsets

    Google to be Integrated on Nokia Handsets

    The world’s largest handset maker, Nokia, announced today that it will integrate the Google search engine with the Nokia Search application. This plan was released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Google search will be available in more than 100 countries on a variety of handsets. The first Nokia products to be loaded with Google will be the Nokia N96, N78, 6210… Read More

  • VoiceOnTheGo: Do everything over your phone

    VoiceOnTheGo: Do everything over your phone

    I’ll have to try this out when I get home but it seems like a fairly compelling solution. Basically it’s a text-to-voice system that translates all of your emails and some RSS feeds to voice. You call a number and it will start reading you your messages while you drive or are otherwise occupied and it supports most enterprise systems like Outlook and Domino. You can also reply… Read More

  • GoHello: A Mobile Switchboard

    GoHello: A Mobile Switchboard


    Setting up office PBX systems is hard. GoHello is easy. It’s basically a virtual telephone system with a dedicated receptionist’s application for taking notes, sending SMSes, forwarding calls, and taking voicemail. You can try it free for 30 days and you get a dedicated number — gold numbers (aesthetically pleasing numbers like 5551212 or 5556666) are also available &mdash… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!

    TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!


    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. [Map] Read More

  • Starbucks to offer Wi-Fi with AT&T

    Starbucks to offer Wi-Fi with AT&T

    This spring Starbucks will brew up a mix of free and paid wireless Internet service in more than 7,000 of its U.S. coffee shops this spring. The new service will be done in tandem with AT&T, which ends a six-year partnership Starbucks had with T-Mobile. Customers that use the Starbucks purchase card will get two hours of free wireless access per day. After that, access will cost $3.99 for… Read More

  • Greystripe sees Success with In-Game Mobile Advertising

    Greystripe sees Success with In-Game Mobile Advertising

    Greystripe, a distributor of ad-supported mobile games, announced the results of its two-month U.S. ad campaign for Yahoo!’s oneSearch mobile web portal. The ad campaign was run in tandem with a ten question WAP survey administered by Grail Research to determine campaign effectiveness, specifically focused on brand lift and ad recall. The ad campaign started on May 19th and ran through… Read More

  • On the ground at MWC 2008

    Just got onto the Mobile World Congress grounds and will be posting here — on the service side — and on CrunchGear [RSS] for gadgets and phones. I’ll try do lots of cross-posting but expect some juicy Mobile 2.0 news soon. If you need to contact me, SMS me at +972543563127 or email john@crunchgear dot com. The meet-up is still on Wednesday at 6pm, location TBD. Merci! Read More

  • MAXRoam: Easy international roaming with a SIM card

    MAXRoam: Easy international roaming with a SIM card

    Just a quick note to mention that MAXRoam.com is a really great service. Essentially it’s a reduced rate pre-paid SIM card that lets you add multiple numbers to the same SIM. For example, I now have a SIM card with four international numbers in Spain, Poland, Germany, and the US and they all work seamlessly in almost any phone. It basically lets locals call you at local rates and you… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Mobile Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. If you are able to break away from your mobile games long enough to see the news from time to time, you may be aware that there is a presidential election in the United States this year. Political junkies like me have known about this upcoming event for a few months now. Following a national election is a… Read More

  • China’s Handset Shipment Growth to slow this Year

    China’s Handset Shipment Growth to slow this Year

    Handset shipments from manufacturers based in China grew greatly in 2007, moving 229 million units for the year. This growth is 76% over the 2006 numbers of 130 million handsets shipped. According to iSuppli Corp this growth rate will slow down dramatically in 2008. It is predicted that around 274 million units will reach the market from China, which means a growth of nearly 20%. These… Read More

  • Android Prototype may land in Barcelona Next Week

    Android Prototype may land in Barcelona Next Week

    ARM, a British chip designer, may reveal a prototype of a mobile phone based on Google’s open-source Android next week at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona. The showing could come as early as Monday. Google and ARM have declined to comment on this, so don’t book a flight to Spain unless you’re willing to gamble on this rumor. Taiwan’s High Tech… Read More

  • Tiny Phone Module from Modu

    Tiny Phone Module from Modu

    Modu, an Israeli startup company, has contracted with three mobile phone carriers to sell the tiny mobile module called Modu. The Modu is a micro cell phone that pops into interchangeable jackets or into other devices that want to connect to the Internet. The Modu will be launched on October 1 of this year with the help of Telecom Italia Spa in Italy, OAA Vimpel Communications in Russia… Read More

  • Americans Recycled less than 10% of Mobile Phones

    Americans Recycled less than 10% of Mobile Phones

    Only 9.4% of Americans who bought new mobile phones last quarter recycled their old handsets, a survey from iSuppli Corp’s consumerTrak service says. This is double the number of phones recycled in the third quarter of 2007 but well below the numbers hoped for. “iSuppli’s fourth-quarter survey indicated that while U.S. consumers increasingly are recycling their old… Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network goes Mobile

    The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network goes Mobile

    The Wall Street Journal Digital Network announced today a free, downloadable application for Windows Mobile phones that provides users access to WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com and Barrons.com. The service was developed with help from Action Engine Corporation, a mobile application platform provider. While on-the-go, users will be able to read financial news, mange their personal stock portfolio… Read More