Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Samsung and AT&T have a summer Krush


    Samsung and AT&T kicked off their exclusive music tour last night with a free Mariah Carey performance in Hollywood. The Summer Krush tour presents seven one-night only private music events, with tickets only available from radio promotions, street teams and online registration. This summer’s acts include: Gavin Rossdale in Seattle, on August 7; LeAnn Rimes in Dallas, on August… Read More

  • Carmack on iPhone: "More powerful than Nintendo DS, PSP combined"

    During QuakeCon 2008, Game development icon and id co-founder John Carmack shared some insight on working with the iPhone SDK. A complete turnaround from his stance with previous iPods, Carmack’s got nothing but good to say about game development for the iPhone. While he states that he doesn’t believe it’s the definitive answer for mobile gaming, he mentions that the handset… Read More

  • US lawmakers permaban cell phones in-flight

    US Lawmakers are sick of people sitting on airplanes, talking about all sorts of private matters while waiting for the plane to taxi. After a round of story-telling on conversations they’ve overheard in the past, the House of Representatives has voted to upgrade the FAA’s ban on in-flight cell phone usage to “Permanent” status. On one hand, I’ve felt their pain: a… Read More

  • Nokia N96 droppin in the UK on October 1st?

    Just a few months after the N95’s first birthday, Nokia’s prepping to launch it’s big bad brother, the N96. According to rumors floating around the intertubes, this little puppy might be in the hands of Nokia fans as early as October 1st – at least, in the UK. No word yet on US pricing or availability, though past reports have pinned it around $800-$1000 US ducats. Read More

  • Apple seeds background app tools to select iPhone developers

    Oh background push, how I yearn for you. You bring tidings of fun and communication, whether the application is in the foreground or not. Imagine: the ability to receive instant message notifications, even when the application is off screen. This is the future, people. Our jet packs arrive next week. As of last night, select developers have begun receiving the tools required to create… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile 2.2 brings transit directions to WinMo and S60

    When Google announced that they’d added transit information to the Google Maps for Blackberry application, I was beyond pumped. A lingering artifact of a time when pen-and-paper was the only option, transit maps make me angry. Now Google’s gone and freed S60 and Windows Mobile users from ever having to deal with transit maps either. With the release of version 2.2, both platforms… Read More

  • Samsung Soulb (U800) gets pink'd up

    When the Samsung Soul went pink back in June, we were a bit surprised that it’s younger brother, the Soulb, wasn’t getting the same treatment. Turns out, it was – it’s just a few months late to the party. The UK’s Phones4u has announced that they will be exclusively offering a pink Soulb starting in October. It’s all the same inside (HSDPA, 3 megapixel… Read More

  • T-Mobile lets your parents control your phone


    T-Mobile announced its new ‘Family Allowances’ service, to promote ‘responsible’ use of cell phones by children, or whoever’s phone you are paying for. Available starting in August, the new service allows parents to easily control and how their family members use their T-Mobile phones and service. Using the online tool, parents can set and change limits for… Read More

  • Sprint offers femtocells nationwide


    Sprint is expanding its femtocell offering nationwide, including cheaper unlimited voice plans. The Airave by Samsung hooks up to your home broadband connection to improve indoor wireless coverage for any Sprint phone (Nextel handsets are not compatible yet). Customers can also opt in for the unlimited in-home calling plan starting at $10 per month. Sprint says the Airave creates a… Read More

  • iPhone 3G has a crack problem

    Wuh oh – It’s the G4 Cube all over again. Less than a month after launch, attentive iPhone 3G users have begun to notice nasty little cracks showing up along the edges of the plastic rear casing. It doesn’t seem to be a matter of user-damage, either – even amongst the handsets that have been pampered from day one, cracks have been spotted. While white iPhones seem to be… Read More

  • T-Mobile 3G launching in 27 markets on October 1st

    From TmoNews: “This poster, taped (poorly we might add) on the wall outside a meeting is our glass slipper, our unwavering proof of a date that will live in T-mobile infamy. Mark your calenders folks, October 1. Wake up, walk outside and breathe that 3G air.” “Hey Bob – we’ve finally set the date for when we’ll be launching 3G services in 27 launch markets. Read More

  • Samsung Instinct gets its first firmware update, second coming soon

    Earlier this morning, Sprint rolled out the first firmware/software update for the Samsung Instinct. What got fixed, you ask? No one’s exactly sure, just yet. As the update lacks patch notes, finding the fixes has become a bit of an Easter egg hunt for Instinct users. Noted so far are perceived performance enhancements, and a battery meter fix – Let us know if you find anything… Read More

  • Sidekick 2008 goes for $1,000 on eBay just one day before it's $149 in stores

    Between 2 thousand dollar PS3s and 30,000 thousand dollar hoverboard props, eBay is no stranger to things selling for absurd prices. However, most things that have any value on eBay are those that are .. you know, hard to find. Someone probably should have mentioned that to the winner of this Sidekick 2008 auction. Just a day before the new Sidekick was readily available at T-Mobile spots… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson K330 and W890 gettin' new hues

    Looking to pick up Sony Ericsson’s new K330, but not feelin’ the color selection? According to a tipster over at the Unofficial SE Blog, you’ll soon have at least one more option. Joining gold/black and green/black is a gold/white variant (Pictured above). Also getting a color revamp is the 5-month old W890, with the addition of a silver/gold model. Tons of pictures of both… Read More

  • AT&T introduces TAP for disabled iPhone users

    While most people wouldn’t ever notice that you can’t buy an iPhone without a calling plan, that fact inadvertently shafts a huge group of potential subscribers: the deaf, hearing impaired, and those with difficulties speaking. If you don’t use the voice features to communicate, you don’t really need hundreds of minutes. With this in mind, AT&T yesterday unveiled… Read More

  • MobileMe syncing issues fixed, mail restored for the unlucky 1%

    If you’re been part of the 1% of MobileMe subscribers unable to actually use their MobileMe accounts, the MobileMe Status blog has good news for you. From a post made yesterday morning: “We have completed restoring Mail service, including historical messages, to all of the 1% of affected members.” If your MobileMe set-up is still all kinds of broken, they’ve set up… Read More

  • mSpot breaks the 4 mill subscriber mark


    Mobile entertainment company mSpot announced that it has more than four million subscribers. That’s a lot of people downloading media to their mobile phones. mSpot CEO Daren Tsui, says: “These numbers are a clear and overwhelming sign that consumers want to do more with their phones than just make calls and send text messages – they want entertainment too. mSpot’s… Read More

  • Cricket to deliver Fox mobile content


    No contract carrier Cricket Wireless has signed a mobile content deal with News Corp division Fox Interactive Media. Now Cricket customers can access Fox’s portfolio of mobile sites including: MySpace, Photobucket, IGN, FOXSports, RottenTomatoes, AskMen and more. Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Cricket’s parent company Leap said: “This is a significant milestone in… Read More

  • Nuvifone delayed


    As part of its quarterly earnings report, Garmin announced delays for its first mobile phone, while they had previously announced the Nuvifone would be available sometime during the fourth quarter, now don’t expect to see one until the first half of next year. See CrunchGear for the full scoop. Read More

  • LG, now with surround sound


    LG announced plans to launch mobile phones that include Dolby’s Mobile audio platform, which according to the release, is built on “Dolby’s extensive portfolio of technologies,” and has been “optimized for mobile applications.” LG is the first handset maker to include Dolby Mobile in handsets designed for the worldwide market. Some Dolby Mobile features you… Read More