The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Google's Eric Schmidt On Magical Potential Of Mobile + Cloud

    I was sorting through my notes and video footage of the Google press event around the launch of Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 and saw this gem. It’s a minute or so of footage of Google CEO Eric Schmidt talking about the potential of today’s mobile platforms when combined with the cloud. Read More

  • Unboxing: The Verizon Droid by Motorola

    Our own John Biggs already gave the Verizon Droid a quick hands-on earlier today – but in the endless rush of things, he didn’t get a chance to walk it through a proper unboxing ceremony. Somewhat magically (albeit a bit later than we would have hoped), a Droid also happened to show up on my doorstep this morning, so I went ahead and captured the whole undressing for all to see. Enjoy! Read More

  • Two More iPhone Overhaul Concepts: Multitasking And Dashboard Widgets. Would You Use These?

    A few weeks back, we shared a video by Swedish Design agency Ocean Observations which demonstrated a rather clever (but arguably useless) concept: Exposé for the iPhone homescreen. We shared that video on a whim, and the resulting conversation and comments were outstanding. As a result, the same design firm has since churned out two more iPhone-related concept videos: Coverflow Multitasking… Read More

  • bCode, Screenvision and Sprint bring mobile couponing into movie theaters

    You know the words, folks – sing it with me: ♫ Lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby, and get ourselves a discount on concession stand goods via our cellular telephones. ♫ Sure, those aren’t the words to the jingle as we know it – but they might take over, eventually. This morning, turn-key mobile coupon service bCode announced a… Read More

  • Has Tapjoy solved monetization of free apps on the iPhone and Android?

    Tapjoy, the small development shop that brought us the incredible TapDefense for the iPhone [iTunes link], has quietly built out an extremely strong toolset to provide monetization options for app developers. Through two strong offerings, they claim to increase ad revenue for free apps by more than 250%. I first met them at the TechCrunch50 DemoPit, and was thoroughly impressed by the… Read More

  • Oh, BTW: The Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 launched today

    When we heard the news that the BlackBerry Storm2 would be launching on Verizon on the same day as their much heralded Droid, we got a gut feeling that the Storm2 would fly pretty much under the radar all day. And sure enough, it has. So, let this serve as a reminder for anyone who’s itchin’ for Waterloo’s latest who wasn’t camped out this morning: the BlackBerry Storm2… Read More

  • Got $600 bucks? The Sony Ericsson Aino is now available in the US

    Hurray! Not only is today “Droid Day”, but it also just so happens to be “New Sony Ericsson phone with a name no one can pronounce” day! Happy NSEPWNNCP Day, everyone! Sony Ericsson’s present for today is the Aino, an 8.1-megapixel’d, WiFi’d, tri-band HSPA’d (so it should work with certain US GSM carriers – that is, AT&T), with a… Read More

  • More pics and facts about the new DROID by Motorola

    Today is the International Day of the DROID. Well, not really, but Verizon did follow through and officially announced its new flagship Motorola Android device – DROID. Along with the official presser, Motorola was also kind enough to provide some glistening press shots of the DROID, “A no-compromise supergenius” as they like to call it, along with an official DROID by… Read More

  • Google Redefines GPS Navigation Landscape: Google Maps Navigation For Android 2.0

    If you weren’t sure about switching to an Android phone in the near future, this might put you over the edge. Google Maps Navigation is an absolutely killer app. And it is only available for Android 2.0 phones. Today is Droid day, and for the most part Google is taking a backseat and letting their partners get most of the attention. But Droid is the first Android phone to run Android… Read More

  • App Store gets 100,000 approved apps

    Keep in mind, 100,000 approved apps doesn’t mean 100,000 GOOD apps, but according to the App Shopper, a major milestone has been hit. There are a few technicalities though. Read More

  • 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