The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • The iPhone is coming to The Shack

    There were rumors out there that the iPhone would be coming to authorized resellers soon, and we’re finally starting to see it showing up. Surprisingly, The Shack will be the first one out the gate. The story dropped this morning, via an announcement from the executive vice president of store operations. The letter said that the phone will be sold initially from company owned stores in… Read More

  • Chinese Michael Jackson phone is no Thriller

    ♪It’s close to midnight and something cheesy’s lurking in the dark
    Under the moonlight, you see a phone that almost makes you barf♪ Man. Just last weekend, I was looking at my boring ol’ phone and thinking to myself: if only this were covered in faux-gold and diamonds and molded to look vaguely like Michael Jackson’s torso! Some of the main features, according to… Read More

  • Android Developer Challenge 2 Finalists Posted, Final Judging Begins

    Early this morning, 200 Android developers woke up to one hell of an e-mail: they’d made it into the final round of the second Android Developer Challenge, and were thus one giant step closer to as much as $250,000. Android Developer Challenge 2 officially began way back in May, though the actual voting didn’t begin until some time in September. The votes were split amongst… Read More

  • Smartphone Showdown: iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid Round 2

    My inbox is in pain. Almost immediately after I hit the publish button on last week’s iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid Smartphone Showdown, a torrential blast of comments and questions has been barraging just about every communication inlet I’ve got. Phone calls. Twitter DMs. Lots, and lots, and lots of emails. Across the board, it all seems to indicate one thing: people want more. We… Read More

  • There is another: The third Droid phone hits FCC

    Not sure what to make of this Droid-alike but it seems Verizon has another Droid on its way, this time called the Saygus VPhone V1. It looks very much like the standard droid but a bit smaller and with a 624MHz Marvell processor. Read More

  • Samsung to launch the Mythic and Flight for AT&T on Nov. 8th

    Another week, another truckload of Samsung devices dumped onto the shelves. This week’s Samsung shipment brings two new TouchWiz-based touchscreen handsets: the Mythic, and the Flight. Before we dive into the specs, we gotta give Samsung some grief for the names. Not because they’re bad – in fact, I really, really like both of these names. So much that I wonder why the… Read More

  • Silly study looks at iPhone users' dating habits. Yeah.

    There’s a silly study, conducted by Retrevo, making the rounds that purports to analyze how iPhone users fare in the dating world. I know, right? One stat to whet your beak: one in three iPhone owners have admitted to breaking up with their significant other via text message. Amazing. Read More

  • Verizon DROID ERIS officially announced for $99 after $100 rebate and contract

    The HTC-built DROID ERIS will go on sale tomorrow at Verizon stores for $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year contract agreement. Equipped with HTC’s “Sense” user interface, the ERIS “offers customers the opportunity to customize a seven-panel wide home screen with a wide variety of widgets designed to bring the most important information to the surface.”… Read More

  • Leaked AT&T Memo: If Anyone Asks About The Verizon Lawsuit, Just Tell Them We're Awesome

    Needless to say, AT&T’s none too happy about Verizon’s “Theres a Map for That” campaign. AT&T first complained about the ads back in October, saying they were misleading. Verizon responded by adding a few extra words and an itsy bitsy disclaimer – but that wasn’t enough for AT&T. Early this morning, AT&T filed a false advertising suit against… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade for the Samsung Jack now available

    Look – we’re certainly not the world’s biggest fans of Windows Mobile 6.5, but we still absolutely feel that anyone who has the opportunity to upgrade from 6.1 to 6.5 should certainly do so. If you’ve got a Samsung Jack, we’ve got good news: that “anyone” group now includes you. Samsung just hit us up to let us know that the Windows Mobile 6.5… Read More

  • Verizon to sell the Droid to New Yorkers extra, extra early

    So you’ve lurked the blogs, watched the unboxing, and read the coverage, and you just know: you want your Droid. You already know that most Verizon Stores are opening the doors a bit early at 7 AM to get your your fix – but what if you want it even earlier? We just got word that a very, very limited number of Verizon stores will start peddling the Droid as soon as the clock ticks… Read More

  • T-Mobile shares some Android statistics, will soon support carrier billing

    While other carriers might finally be dipping their toes in the Android water this month, T-Mobile has been in this game for a long time. They got their first Android phone (the G1) out last October, and managed to launch two more (the myTouch and the CLIQ) within the year. It makes sense, then, that they’re the first to pipe up with some usage details. T-Mobile today shared a few… Read More

  • The Nokia X3 passes the FCC exam

    The Nokia X3, not to be confused with the Android-powered SE X3, just made it through the bowels of the FCC, which is somewhat of a surprise. The phone launched back in September and we didn’t really expect to see it stateside like many of Nokia’s fun and unique handsets. But here it is, in all of its GSM glory. The phone isn’t 3G so it’s up in the air whether… Read More

  • Verizon to raise ETF to $350 on "advanced devices"

    Don’t expect to scam Verizon on BOGO deals anymore, folks. The carrier is raising early termination fees on Novermber 15 to $350 for “advance devices” only. Clearly VZW is targeting users who were abusing the buy one get one free BlackBerry deals and those that figured out that it was cheaper cancel their current contract and pay the $175 ETF than to pay full retail for the… Read More

  • HTC launches the HD2 in Europe and Asia, reconfirms stateside availability in early 2010

    Seeing as HTC’s CEO Peter Chou sorta slipped up and mentioned this back in October, it’s not exactly, you know, news news – but just in case you were a little bit shaky on the dates, HTC has gone ahead and confirmed that the 1 Ghz, WinMo 6.5-powered HTC HD2 will be coming to the United States “with a major US carrier in early 2010. ” Note that they specifically say… Read More

  • New Motorola Droid commercial drops

    If this latest commercial is any indication, the Motorola Droid is going to be air dropped from stealth fighter planes into random locations where people have no idea what it is. Read More

  • T-Mobile goes down around the country

    Ack! Talk about bad timing. T-Mobile is just barely off the grill for their guilt-by-association connection with the Great Danger/Sidekick outage of 2009, and now they’re right back in the network-outage spotlight. This time around, it appears that it’s their entire network – or at least, a big ol’ chunk of it – that has gone down. Voice and data are both coming… Read More

  • Tutorial: How to Tether on an iPhone 3G or 3GS running OS 3.1.2

    When the iPhone OS 3.1 update rolled through town, it brought with it a handful of new features – but it also killed off one, not-so-official feature: unauthorized data tethering on AT&T. Early this morning, the endlessly ingenious iPhone hacking community released Blacksn0w, a carrier unlock for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Even if you have no need to plug in a different SIM card than… Read More