The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Sprint Drops Call Forwarding Fees With Google Voice In Mind

    As the endless brouhaha ringing from all corners of the Internet has proven, AT&T (or Apple, or whoever takes the blame in the end) really dropped the ball on this Google Voice thing. Whether it was rejected outright or shelved indefinitely, competing parties have been quick to play on their delays. First, Palm essentially put third-party Google Voice dialer gDialPro on its shoulders… Read More

  • In case you forgot: tomorrow is Droid Day

    I don’t know how you could forget, considering we’ve been posting Droid updates just about every day, but according to our calculations, tomorrow is October 28th: the day Droid drops. Now, we don’t expect the Droid to set the mobile world on its head exactly, but we’re pretty sure that it’s going to be the premier Android device — until the next premier… Read More

  • Flixster crosses 8 million mobile users, celebrates with app updates for Android and BlackBerry

    Flixster, a social networking site for movie fans, is doing pretty well for itself in the mobile space. Name any smartphone platform, and there’s a good chance that the Flixster app has spent some time on it’s top download charts. iPhone? Yep. BlackBerry? Yep. Android and Palm webOS? Double yeps. Earlier today, the company shared with us the news that they’d crossed over a… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile kills off all sign of Helio – and gets rid of the Ocean 2? [Updated]

    As any member of the Greg Kumparak Fan Club (Hey! It exists. They have T-shirts. And buttons.) should know, I was a bit of a Helio geek prior to jumping on board with the Crunch family. My interest weened pretty quickly once Helio got snatched up by Virgin Mobile, as it seemed like their efforts with the property would be few and far between. I wouldn’t have wagered, however, that… Read More

  • Google opens up Android 2.0 SDK to all developers

    There we were ranting about Google selectively sharing Android 2.0 without making it available to developers en masse, and then they went ahead and did just that. Beginning immediately, Android 2.0 support is available in the Android SDK. Don’t expect it to be available (at least not through any official means) on any device until the Motorola Droid launches, which all signs indicate… Read More

  • Smule creates its own "evil twin" company, Smort. They've got Zombies in Bikinis. From space.

    Pretend, for a moment, that you’re one of the creative minds at Smule; you and your team have had a series of back-to-back successes, and your audience has come to expect a certain things of you. They expect the utmost highest design quality, for it to be music-related, and — perhaps worst of all — some level of maturity. When expectations are high and narrow in focus, how… Read More

  • T-Mobile goes unlimited + no contract with ‘Even More Plus’ plans

    T-Mobile jumps feet first into the no-contract, unlimited everything arena with its new “Even More Plus” plans, ranging from $30 per month for 500 voice minutes to $80 per month for unlimited voice minutes, text messages, and internet access. Family plans are also available for between $50 and $140 per month. Read More

  • Mobile web usage sees another upswing (Opera)

    Browser maker Opera has released its latest ‘State of the Mobile Web’ report this morning, claiming that there was a huge surge in mobile web usage past September. Last month, more than 35.6 million people used Opera Mini (which is now serving over 500 million pageviews per day on average on a wide range of mobile devices), up 11.5% compared to August 2009 and more than 150%… Read More

  • Google's Being Picky About Who Gets To See Android 2.0

    Well, this is a bit of a strange twist. For the first few months after launch, the development mentality surrounding Android was a developer’s dream. Huge chunks of the operating system were made open source, the development team was pleasantly transparent, and the roadmap clearly sketched out the trails ahead. Then they released Donut, and all went more-or-less mum. It was no secret… Read More

  • Rumor: Is this the Android-powered HTC Passion for Verizon?

    Ah – another day, another Android rumor. As Android fleshes itself out into the torrential go-to OS for smartphone manufacturers that we’ve all hoped it would, we can expect to see more and more Android rumors rambling about. In other words, According to TheUnlockr, the phone you’re looking at above is none other than HTC’s first Snapdragon-powered Android phone… Read More

  • T-Mobile to launch the Sony Ericsson Equinox on Oct. 28th

    Earlier today, Sony Ericsson announced the launch of its newest flip phone, the Equinox. The new clamshell that “encourage[s] individualism through unique pulsating night effects that enable users to never miss a call or text message” will be available exclusively from T-Mobile. Among other things, the “unique” flipper features 3G and quad-band GSM/Edge radios… Read More

  • iDriver: Drive your car with your iPhone

    There is cool and then there is cool. Alright, I guess this isn’t that cool — it seems sort of dangerous, after all — but it’s still neat. Neat is a good way to describe iDriver, an iPhone app that turns regular automobiles into full size remote control cars. Yup. Full. Size. Remote. Control. Cars. Read More

  • iPhone props go into mass production

    In just about every other movie or TV show we watch, at least one of the characters (if not half the cast) is rocking the iPhone. For example: Have you seen Chuck? If not, you definitely should — it’s a great show — but it has more Apples than Granny Smith. Sooner or later, one of these shows is going to have a reason to destroy an iPhone on camera. Up until now, the prop… Read More

  • ITU approves standard for universal phone charger

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), aka the telecomm branch of the United Nations, has recently approved a standard for a universal phone charger. The standard is based on the GSM Association’s earlier suggestion for a Micro-USB-based universal mobile phone charger. This is really good news for anyone who has been following the ‘universal phone charger‘ story. Read More

  • Alice in Chains launches its new album, yes, via an iPhone App

    Last week, Volkswagen “launched” the new 2010 GTI via an iPhone App. This week, famous rock band Alice in Chains launches its new album via an iPhone App. It comes out tomorrow, and includes the album itself, along with photos, news, videos, etc. Think of it as a bonus DVD, back in the early days of when the record labels were trying to figure out how to get people to buy CDs. Read More

  • Hands-on video: The BlackBerry OS 5.0 update turns the Storm into an iPhone clone

    Verizon released the BlackBerry OS 5.0 update alongside the Storm2 launch date this morning. I just had to try it out as I had ranked the BlackBerry Storm as the worst phone ever made. I’ve only had the update loaded for about an hour so far, but everything seems slightly better including the reception, responsiveness, and the iPhone-like effects. I still don’t like the phone but… Read More

  • InPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry: All the BlackBerry you could want in a wristwatch, coming next February

    Real, and available to pre-order. I refer to that BlackBerry wristwatch that was rumored for so, so long till it was “made official” several days ago. Created by Allerta (and not RIM), the watch, officially named the inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry, will set you back $150 when it’s released in February, 2010. Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm2 to be out on October 28th if anyone cares

    Thank the cell phone gods. Verizon finally announced that the heavily leaked and previewed BlackBerry Storm2 will be available on October 28th for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Let’s move on. Read More

  • Here are the HTC commercials 95% of YOU will see in the next 6 months anyway

    mocoNews ran an interesting article this morning about the massive marketing campaign HTC is plotting. Apparently, the Taiwanese mobile handset maker is about to launch a multi-million dollar advertising campaign over the next 6 months with the aim of becoming a household name in the United States. The company’s Executive Director of Marketing, Steven Seto, formerly head of… Read More

  • From The 3G Industry Summit In Kunshan, China: 16 Demos From Chinese Mobile Startups

    Earlier this week, I was in Kunshan, China, to attend the 3G Industry Summit [CN], a four-day event that has attracted a few dozen speakers and an audience of over 200 people, making it one of the biggest of its kind in this country. The annual event is organized by the Kunshan government and Mobile 2.0 Forum, a communication platform with more than 1,500 members, almost single-handedly run… Read More