The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Glu Brings HipSoft’s Build-a-lot to Mobile Phones

    Mobile game company Glu announced today that it has partnered with HipSoft to bring Build-a-lot to the small screen. If you have ever dreamed of buying old houses and renovating them for resale but can’t hit a nail with a hammer, this is the game for you. Put all those hours of watching This Old House and get rich quick real estate infomercials to good use with Build-a-lot. In the game… Read More

  • 3 phone commercials which screw up the intended message

    Cell phone commercials are boring as hell. A phone pops up, a bit of hip hop or techno plays while the phone spins around, and then it all fades to the company logo. If the budget is big enough, some dude might talk over the whole thing to tell you how awesome it is. Whether its because formulaic commercials don’t work or because they’re just bored of making the same crap over… Read More

  • iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    Hurray! Now more people around the globe get to experience the excitement of hearing “Sorry, we don’t have any left!” During the quarterly conference call with COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would be makin’ its way to 20 more countries by August 22nd. Which countries? Nobody knows – it wasn’t mentioned in the call. Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry now available

    Back in May, Microsoft and RIM announced a partnership to bring Windows Live services to the BlackBerry platform “sometime this summer”. The first goods from that partnership are on the table, with the release of Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry. All of back-and-forth communication works through BlackBerry’s push technology, so chat lag should be minimal. The client has… Read More

  • AT&T Posts Good 2Q Numbers

    AT&T’s second quarter numbers are in today, and the company has meet Wall Street’s expectations. The company saw its profits increase 30%, despite a slowing down of the U.S. economy. In the past few months AT&T’s stock has been driven down because of a feared recession, but today’s news sent the company’s shares up $1.08, to sell at $32.90 in morning… Read More

  • NewTek to Produce and Web Stream AFL’s ArenaBowl XXII Coverage

    The Arena Football League (AFL) has chosen NewTek’s TriCaster technology to produce and web stream this year’s Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII coverage. The event takes place in New Orleans on July 24-27. If you are an AFL fan but don’t like jazz or already have a closet full of beads, you can experience 11 events from seven locations via and Read More

  • WordPress application for iPhone launches

    As someone who blogs for a living, I am beyond pumped about this application. Being able to blog on the go is a must. A huge chunk of the time, news breaks at the most inopportune moment. News never breaks while you’re sitting around idly at the computer. It breaks while you’re on the train, or at the grocery store. By the time you’re online, you’re the 53rd blog to… Read More

  • Three more Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones heading your way

    The Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones turn 3-years-old this year, so SE is releasing three more such phones, the W902, W595 and W302. They’re all, let’s face it, essentially the same music phone we’ve seen for God knows how long, but there are a few new features that you might enjoy. There’s TrackID, which attempts to recognize the name of a song “listening”… Read More

  • Qik goes into public beta

    As you may have noticed, the TechCrunch Network kinda has a thing for Qik. Sure, its gone a bit awry on us in the past – and sure, its certainly got some competition. Challengers and occasional quirks aside, however, Qik rocks faces. When it works, it works damn well. Not to mention, it’s almost stupidly easy to use. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself. Now in public… Read More

  • 728 Newspapers join AP Mobile News Network

    The Associated Press (AP) announced today that 728 AP newspapers have joined its Mobile News Network. The service was first launched in May of this year, and the additions account for a 580% jump in media participation. If you want to be a well informed citizen of the world on-the-go, AP Mobile News Network is a must. This application will give you breaking news, sports, entertainment… Read More

  • CATCH 21 from Cellufun

    The Game Show Network (GSN) and Cellufun have partnered to bring you the game CATCH 21 to your mobile phone. CATCH 21 is a game that blends brain teasing pop culture trivia with the strategy of the card game 21. To do well, you must be a master of both. Like other Cellufun games, CATCH 21 is free. GSN is promoting its game show through the Web and on mobile devices. The online version of CATCH… Read More

  • MTS’s Annual Review Available Online

    Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, published its 2007 Annual Review online today. Together with its subsidiaries, MTS has nearly 87 million subscribers. It provides service in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, giving MTS a population base of more than 230 million. The Annual Review describes the operational… Read More

  • Sales of Nokia’s low-cost Phones Increasing

    With developed countries reaching the saturation point, mobile phone manufactures have to look to developing countries for increased sales. Nokia is selling more and more single-chip mobile phones in these nations. Sales numbers should reach into the tens of millions. Single-chip phones are inexpensive to manufacture and are highly desired in developing nations, which often have a poor… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Offers Mobile Banking for some BlackBerry Models

    Verizon Wireless customers who have a BlackBerry Curve 8330, Pearl 8130 or 8830 World Edition can now access their financial information with Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Banking application. Users get the following services: account balance information and transaction history; the ability to transfer funds between accounts at the same financial institution; the convenience of viewing and… Read More

  • Zumobi Widgets Application Available on BlackBerrys

    Zumobi’s mobile widgets application launches on BlackBerry devices today. As the profile of Smartphone users expands to include more than just business users, Zumobi has developed its BlackBerry product to enhance the user experience by providing easy access to small “bites” of customized Web content via mobile device. Zumobi has a large library of widgets. Users can access… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Talking with SK Telecom about Partnership

    Sprint Nextel is talking with South Korean company SK Telecom about forming a partnership. The two companies would share information about mobile phones and other technology. Sprint and SK Telecom are also discussing the possibility of SK Telecom becoming a minority investor in Sprint. Last year, Sprint turned down a $5 billion offer from SK Telecom and Providence Equity Partners, which… Read More

  • Gameloft Brings Chuck Norris to the Small Screen

    Gameloft and Chuck Norris have partnered to produce Chuck Norris: Bring on the Pain to your mobile phone. The August launch should bring some thumb-thumping, round-house kicking action that will drain your phone’s battery faster than Chuck Norris can take down a pizza delivery man. In the game, Norris is fighting the forces of Communist dictators Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-iL. You can… Read More

  • First to Unlock new iPhone?

    Last summer the news was full of stories about people who unlocked their iPhones. So with the new iPhone not out even a week yet, the news cycle is repeating itself. The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo is reporting that the firm DesbloqueioBR has won the race to be the first to unlock Apple’s latest version of the iPhone. By altering the handset’s firmware and installing… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 delayed for a few more days

    A few weeks ago, I said that Opera Mobile 9.5 would roll out on July 15th. Well, Opera’s gone and made a liar out of me, but not by all that much – the release date has been pushed back 2 days to July 17th. As anyone who has rotted away the last night before a release date knows well, setting concrete release dates on beta software tends to mean face palms and angry yelling once… Read More

  • Adam Sexton Hired as Skyfire Lab’s CMO

    Skyfire Labs, the developers of the mobile Web browser Skyfire, has hired Adam Sexton to be the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Skyfire Labs has been recruiting some solid players lately as it prepares to make Skyfire generally available later this year. (See: Mike Rowehl Joins the Ranks of Skyfire Labs). Adam Sexton has over 16 years of experience marketing and managing in… Read More