The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • This just in: Free ringtone spam might be a scam.

    If I’ve learned one thing from the internet, it’s that unsolicited offers of free stuff are, more often than not, bad news. Believe it or not, Nigerian princes do not actually want to give you 12 million dollars. Nor do any of those obnoxious advertisers actually want to give you a bunch of free stuff for your cell phone. Sure, you may get a free Flo-Rida ringtone, but chances are… Read More

  • Video coming to Sidekick LX/Slide?

    In the above screenshot of this help page, T-mobile is kindly helping visitors figure out how to navigate through their Sidekick LX’s menus to determine how much memory is available for pictures and videos. Thing is, the Sidekick LX doesn’t support videos at this point. Nor does the Sidekick Slide, which now has a similar mention of video on its help page. While it could well be… Read More

  • A look at TwitterFone's accuracy (and we're giving away beta keys!)

    With TwitterFone rolling out local numbers for a bunch of countries yesterday, the service seems to be quickly moving toward the end of its private beta phase. I figured it was about time to put TwitterFone’s voice-to-text tweet abilities to the test. To test it out, I put TwitterFone through a handful of situations it might be used in regularly and compared what I said to what… Read More

  • AT&T Lifts one iPhone per Customer Limit

    On Wednesday of this week, AT&T issued a sales restriction of one iPhone per customer. By Thursday the restriction was lifted. The carrier has gone back to its old policy of selling up to three iPhones per customers. Yesterday, AT&T made a statement explaining the reversal: “Our No. 1 concern is to make sure that every customer who wants an iPhone gets one,” an… Read More

  • Orange to sell iPhone in over 10 new Markets

    The French wireless company Orange announced today that it has struck a deal with Apple to sell the popular iPhone in the Middle East, Africa, Central America and several European countries. In a short statement the company said it will sell the iPhone in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and African markets. Sales will… Read More

  • Android vs. LiMo: What's the difference?

    With LiMo’s recent announcement that Verizon had hopped onto their Board of Directors, things are starting to heat up between the LiMo platform and Google’s competing product, Android. Both are open-source Linux-based platforms, and both are aiming to rock the handset market sometime in the next year or so. LiMo is Linux-based. Android is Linux-based. But they’re far from… Read More

  • deviantART launches iPhone/iPod Touch Web App

    Launched in 2000, deviantART is an online artist community with over 7 million members. Anyone can sign up and upload (and potentially sell) whatever they deem as “Art”. Some of it is awesome. Some of it, er, isn’t. If you don’t mind filtering out a bit of poorly drawn anime and a few suggestively posed video game characters, it’s not hard to find some really… Read More

  • Microsoft adds features to Live Search for Windows Mobile

    Back in April at CTIA, Microsoft was showing off a few new features on the way for their search application, Live Search for Windows Mobile. They announced this morning that these features would be available to users starting today. The new features: Map your friends: Grabs addresses from your contact list, puts them on the map, and provides directions. View Virtual Earth collections: Lets… Read More

  • Samsung and LG enter Mobile TV Competition

    As you know, after Feb. 17, 2009, all analog television broadcasts will end and the U.S. will go digital. Companies are competing with one another to set the standard for mobile TV, which will allow mobile phones to receive and display digital signals from local broadcast stations. Samsung Electronics and LG are joining the arena where only one standard comes out the winner. Video… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Selling Well in Germany

    Since its German launch last November, the iPhone has sold more than 100,000 units. T-Mobile, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom, has the exclusive contract to sell the popular device in Germany. Chief executive Rene Obermann, while speaking at an annual general meeting, said the iPhone is the most popular multimedia device sold by Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile cell phone… Read More

  • FlyTunes adds new channels, video and podcast support

    FlyTunes, a free radio streaming application for the iPhone/iPod touch, just got some upgrade love. They’ve added over 200 new channels to the list, bringing the number of available streams up to around 350. Not bad for free, when you consider that subscription satellite services like XM and Sirius only manage to offer about 70 channels each. They’ve also added support for video… Read More

  • New Jawbone headset released, simply called "new Jawbone"

    Apparently, Aliph isn’t a big fan of model numbers or extraneous branding. They’ve already managed to re-associate the word “Jawbone” with “really friggin’ good headsets”, so there isn’t really any reason for them to call a new one “Ultra Jawbone Facerocket Plus” or something. As such, Aliph’s newest Jawbone is simply going… Read More

  • Android vs. LiMo: What’s the difference?

    With LiMo’s recent announcement that Verizon had hopped onto their Board of Directors, things are starting to heat up between the LiMo platform and Google’s competing product, Android. Both are open-source Linux-based platforms, and both are aiming to rock the handset market sometime in the next year or so. LiMo is Linux-based. Android is Linux-based. But they’re far from… Read More

  • Exclusive: New international features coming to Twitterfone beta today

    TechCrunch recently took a look at Twitterfone, Pat Phelan’s new voice to text transcription service for Twitter, mentioning that it should be available in more countries soon. We just got word that local support has been added for 13 more countries, bringing the list up to 17. Any Twitterfone user can dial into any of the numbers, making it perfect for firing off tweets while… Read More

  • LiMo Foundation member count grows, Verizon joins Board of Directors

    Filling the last available seat on the Board of Directors, Verizon has become the first American carrier to join with the LiMo foundation. LiMo is the main competitor of Google’s Android in the area of Linux-based software development platforms. However, Verizon will not be dropping their intentions to support Android; by supporting both, Verizon is more or less guaranteeing themselves… Read More

  • Philips X800 all-touchscreen WinMo phone confirmed

    The Philips X800 that Peter told us about last week has been confirmed according to GSM Arena. It’s a tri-band GSM/GPRS device running Windows Mobile with a 2.9-inch display that covers most of the face. It’ll also have a 2-megapixel autofocus camera, Bluetooth, and memory will be expandable via microSD. Battery life looks okay, too, at 850 hours of standby time and 8 hours of… Read More

  • Juniper Research: Mobile Web 2.0 to be worth 22.4 billion in 5 years.

    The UK’s Juniper Research published a report this morning which predicts massive growth in Mobile Web 2.0 revenues. According to the report, they expect social networking, user generated content, mobile search and instant messaging to more than triple the Mobile Web’s current estimated worth of $5.5 billion up to $22.4 billion by 2013. I will have to check the accuracy of this from… Read More

  • Rogers Wireless becomes first in North America to use Yahoo's oneSearch

    Nothing points out the flaws in a mobile browser like attempting to quickly open it up and run a search for something. If you’re using the carrier’s default WAP homepage, the built in search often doesn’t search past things that will make the carrier money. If you’re trying to use a standard search engine, the results take forever to load and any elements of the page… Read More

  • ACCESS' NetFront browser now embedded on Blackfin processors

    ACCESS announced today that their NetFront mobile browser has been ported over for embedded use on Analog Device’s Blackfin processor, allowing for on-the-go internet meandering without as much strain on the battery. The NetFin browser has already made its way onto over 500 million devices, including Samsung’s recently launched Glyde. The browser can be pretty featured pack… Read More

  • Are You Hyperconnected

    A survey conducted by research firm IDC and sponsored by Nortel Networks asked 2,367 people what item would they choose to take with them if they had to be absent from their homes for 24 hours. More than 38% chose their mobile phone over things like keys, a laptop or music player. Less than 30% thought their wallet was the most important item. It looks as though many of us have bought into… Read More