Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • NBA 2 Go: Get Charged For What's Already On The Web

    NBA 2 Go: Get Charged For What's Already On The Web

    The NBA has released a new subscription based mobile downloadable application, NBA 2 Go, for tracking teams and games right on your phone. The application is powered by Hands On Mobile. While the NBA already has a mobile site that provides live scoring, stats, and photos. However, the new application gives you a bit more content and customization that you get from their mobile site. But all… Read More

  • China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile announced today that it is no longer negotiating with Apple to provide the world’s most populous nation with the popular iPhone. This opens the door for China’s number two mobile service provider, China Unicom, to talk with Apple. “We can only say that negotiations have ended for now. We have no other news to report,” said Li Honghui, a spokeswoman for… Read More

  • Start-Up Company SoonR Receives Cisco Money

    Start-Up Company SoonR Receives Cisco Money

    SoonR, a 2-year-old company that provides mobile computer files access and management services, received $9.5 million in series B funding led by Cisco. Total SoonR investment has reached $15.5 million. This new infusion of money is intended to help SoonR expand its mobile platform and advance its partner-driven distribution strategy. Intel Capital and Clearstone Venture Partners also… Read More

  • Color Document Scanning from scanR

    Color Document Scanning from scanR

    If you have used the scanR application to turn your mobile phone camera into a digital scanner, now you can do so in color. In the past all document pages sent to scanR were converted into black and white. Now if you send photos of magazines, newspapers, books or other color pages to scanR, it will convert the images into digital full-color copies. You can try the new scanR feature for free… Read More

  • Mobile Computing catching Wind with Open Source Sails

    Mobile Computing catching Wind with Open Source Sails

    Companies like Wake3 and Funambol are starting to use open-source in the development of software for mobile computing devices. Open-source seems to be the perfect conduit to bring iPhone type browsing and e-mail to handheld devices. During a meeting of the Mobile Monday Silicon Valley group associates of Wake3, Funambol and Wind River noted the rise of open-source software on handsets. Wake3… Read More

  • Fake Upgrade may Infect iPhone

    Fake Upgrade may Infect iPhone

    A fake software upgrade may have infected an iPhone near you with the first known Trojan that targets the popular mobile phone. The Trojan appears to be timed to rumors that claim new features in an upcoming iPhone firmware upgrade. A number of news sites and blogs cited a report published by CNET France that claimed an imminent iPhone update would feature a disk mode, which would allow the… Read More

  • Take a Break(.com) on VCAST

    Take a Break(.com) on VCAST

    Break.com, following in the footsteps of YouTube, is coming to Verizon’s V-Cast. Break.com is social video site targeted at men who like funny videos, games, and apparently inane banter in long comment threads. Although web standards are making a push onto your mobile phone (i.e. Safari, Android), V Cast, MobiTV, and SlingBox remain the few reliable ways to get video on your mobile phone. Read More

  • E.P.A. Promotes Cellphone Recycling

    E.P.A. Promotes Cellphone Recycling

    The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) launched a $175,000 campaign today to remind people to recycle their old handsets. The initiative, entitled “Recycle Your Cellphone. It’s an Easy Call.”, will relay on public service announcements that target 18-to-34-year-olds, the population that trade up to new cellphones the most often. The announcements will explain why… Read More

  • Yahoo to Offer its Mobile Services to many Mobile Phones

    Yahoo to Offer its Mobile Services to many Mobile Phones

    Yahoo’s mobile Internet services will be crafted to run on various phone platforms, potentially including Google’s phone software and the Apple iPhone. Yahoo is committed to compete with rivals in a new and more open strategy, mobile chief Marco Boerries told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. By offering Internet services that work on existing phones, Yahoo hopes… Read More

  • Napster to Embrace Unprotected MP3 Sales

    Napster to Embrace Unprotected MP3 Sales

    Napster announced that it will start selling music downloads as unprotected MP3 files in the spring. This is seen as a move to stay competitive with other online music retailers. The change will only apply to single tracks and album purchases. Track’s downloaded as part of Napster’s music subscription service will continue to have copyright restrictions. MP3 files are compatible… Read More

  • Motorola to buy Soundbuzz

    Motorola to buy Soundbuzz

    Motorola announced today that it will buy privately held online music store Soundbuzz. Motorola is hoping the acquisition will help it expand its mobile music offerings in Asia.
    Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Soundbuzz will become part of the Motorola entertainment family,” said Ian Chapman-Banks, vice president of marketing at Motorola Asia-Pacific’s mobile… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Zeetoo has gathered $6.9 million of venture capital to launch the Zeemote as a consumer product. The Zeemote is a small handheld controller that communicates with your mobile phone via Bluetooth and has the look of the Nunchuks that are used with Nintendo’s Wii console. You won’t be able to… Read More

  • Iqua SUN comes to U.S. Shores

    Iqua SUN comes to U.S. Shores

    A solar-powered Bluethooth wireless headset by Iqua will be showcased at next week’s Consumers Electronics Show (CES). The Iqua SUN (BHS-603) was launched last year in Europe and is due to hit U.S. stores and online retail sites in January. The device measures less than two inches and weighs under an ounce. It incorporates a photovoltaic cell that uses any available light –… Read More

  • Meraki Networks to Build Free Wireless Web in San Francisco

    Meraki Networks to Build Free Wireless Web in San Francisco

    Startup company Meraki Networks is planning to blanket San Francisco with free wireless Internet service by next year. The plan includes persuading thousands of San Francisco residents to set up free radio repeaters on their rooftops and in their homes. Two larger companies, Google and EarthLink, planed a similar project but scraped the idea because of cost. Their system would have… Read More

  • Is Cellphone use Harmful to Children

    Is Cellphone use Harmful to Children

    The French Health Ministry issued a health warning claiming that excessive cellphone use may be a health risk. The Ministry is especially concerned about children who use mobile phones but the warning admits there is no recognized science that proves cellular technology is dangerous. Mobile phones marketed for children have raised concerns with the Ministry of Health, Youth and Sports. It… Read More

  • Nokia Siemens to buy Apertio

    Nokia Siemens Networks will buy British network management firm Apertio for 140 million euros ($205 million) the companies announced today. The buyout is expected to take place in May of this year. Apertio is a company that specializes in network management applications for telecommunications operators. Software allows operators to authenticate and deliver applications to users, shut off… Read More

  • Compliant Qualcomm Chips Ready

    Qualcomm, a wireless chipmaker, announced today that new chipsets designed to comply with a state court’s patent infringement ruling well be in handsets before the end of March. A California court ruled last year that Qualcomm infringed on three Broadcom patents. A federal district court in California ruled on Monday that Qualcomm must stop selling third-generation (3G) WCDMA cellular… Read More

  • Verizon Expects over 300 Million Messages Today and Tonight

    Verizon customers are expected to send over 300 million text, picture and video messages this New Year’s Eve between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4a.m. ET New Year’s Day. During the third quarter of 2007, customers exchanged more than 721 million picture and video messages over Verizon Wireless’ nationwide network and sent or received nearly 36.5 billion text messages. … Read More

  • Vonage Settles with Nortel

    Internet calling company Vonage announced today that is has settled three patent disputes with telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Nortel. The settlement involves a limited cross license to three Nortel and three Vonage patents and will not call for any monetary payments by any party. Vonage has settled other patent disputes in the last few months with AT&T, Sprint Nextel and… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Research from Frank N. Magid associates has found that a majority of cell phone users don’t play mobile games. I know how ridiculous that sounds but the evidence is in. Over 80% of Internet users, ages 12 to 64, own a cell phone or PDA but only a little over 10% of this population played a mobile game… Read More