The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • Blackline looks out for mobile workers with LonerMobile

    It took me a few passes to realize that the “Mobile” part of LonerMobile should be read like it would in “mobile phone”, not “Batmobile”. I thought they had announced the Lonermobile, the ultimate car for people with no friends. Having a down day? Lonermobile thinks you look amazing. Stuck alone in traffic, and the carpool lane is wide-open? Activate the… Read More

  • Schmap launches city guide web app for iPhone and iPod Touch

    Schmap, publisher of over 200 free online travel guides, has opened access to their guides for iPhone and iPod Touch users by way of a remarkably nifty web application. The guides cover cities throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, and provide information on everything from the city’s historical background to the best places to get your drink on. As portrayed in… Read More

  • SK Telecom denies Virgin/Helio merger rumor, calls it "groundless"

    Last week, CrunchGear reported on a rumor that Helio and Virgin Mobile had gone to the table to discuss the possibility of a merger. SK Telecom, one of Helio’s two parent companies (the other being Earthlink), is calling shenanigans. According to a spokesperson for SK Telecom, there had not been “any sort of talks” between Helio and Virgin, saying all rumors as such were… Read More

  • Human Hearing Basis for Audience’s Voice Processor

    Whether you believe in evolution or creationism, it is hard for technology to beat the natural world when it comes to design and function. Often it is best to study nature and try to emulate its wonders. That’s what Audience has been doing for its voice processor that can be found in NTT DoCoMo’s new mobile phone, Sharp SH705iII. Audience created the A1010 Voice Processor and based… Read More

  • iPCS Inc. Sues to Stop Clearwire WiMax Network

    Last week Sprint Nextel announced that it was partnered with Clearwire to build a high-speed WiMax network in major U.S. markets. Investors like Intel, Google, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have agreed to invest $3.2 billion in the Sprint and Clearwater partnership. The new company, called Clearwire, is slated to have over $15 billion in assets. But lawsuits filed in Illinois by iPCS… Read More

  • Car vs. iPhone: Who shall win?

    Umm… looks like the car won. Reader Meir ran over his iPhone with a Mercedes — if you’re going to destroy your phone, do it in style, people — and quickly hopped out to retrieve the device, now artfully crazed like a 18th century glazed ceramic chamber pot. His story: A couple of days ago, due to a series of very unfortunate events my iPhone
    found itself being driven… Read More

  • Blackberry Bold coming this summer: Next-gen RIM device

    RIM has finally made the Blackberry Bold official. No exact release date yet, but the press release does mention that the Bold should be available “around the world beginning this summer. “

    Key points from the announcement: 624MHz CPU 802.11 a/b/g and GPS Half-VGA screen (480 x 320) Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support microSDHC support up to 16 GB Quad-band EDGE, Tri-band… Read More

  • Microsoft and RIM bringing Windows Live Hotmail/Messenger to Blackberry

    Did I miss something? When did Microsoft and RIM become all buddy-buddy? While there were empty rumors that Microsoft was looking to purchase RIM back in September of ’07, I don’t think we’ve seen the two companies in a headline together since. Putting aside the whole matter of being competitors and all, the two have announced that they are collaborating to bring Windows… Read More

  • Eye-Fi adds two new wireless memory cards to their product line-up

    Eye-Fi announced two new wireless memory cards today, and they’ve dubbed their original card with a new name. The new line-up: Eye-Fi Explore: The Explore card can automatically locate nearby WiFi networks and geotag your photos using Skyhook’s global Wi-Fi positioning system. It can also automatically connect to any of Wayport’s 10,000+ hotspots (in other words, pretty… Read More

  • Apple halts online iPhone sales, stores out of stock

    In a move which seems totally out of character for them, Apple has stopped selling iPhones through their online store. No “Out of Stock” message or anything to indicate why – they’ve simply removed the “Buy” button. While this doesn’t absolutely indicate that the 3G iPhone is dropping soon, it .. what am I saying? It definitely indicates that a 3G… Read More

  • NYU Med Student links doctors in Ghana through cell phone network

    If you’ve ever had to rely on multiple doctors tag teaming an ailment, chances are it wasn’t the smoothest process. Between the Doctor-Patient privacy laws and the half dozen middle men involved, the process almost assuredly hit a snag or two along the way. Now, take away the widespread internet access that allows for instant communication – the process would grind to a… Read More

  • John Gruber on Blackberry vs iPhone

    With just around a month to go before the iPhone 2.0 software hits, does RIM have reason to sweat? Apple pundit extraordinaire and co-creator of the Markdown syntax, John Gruber, thinks they might. He brings up a pretty big point: once the iPhone gains its enterprise wings, won’t it do just about everything Blackberry users call for? Push email? Check. Remote wipe? Check. Calendar… Read More

  • O-FONE offers SIP VoIP client for Symbian S60, claims to be the first

    Switzerland-based O-FONE (not to be confused with Microsoft’s oPhone) has released a SIP VoIP client for Symbian’s S60 platform. Perhaps more interesting than the client itself is their claim that they’re the first to bring SIP support to S60 devices. From this page: “Download the first Symbian mobile SIP client in world” [sic] Unless they mean the first… Read More

  • The iFund Has Competition: $150 Million Blackberry Fund To Be Announced Soon

    The platform wars are going mobile. Whether it’s the iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows Mobile, the mobile platform that will win in the end will be the one with the best and broadest collection of applications. To give developers a little extra financial motivation, funds are being set up to invest in them. Google announced a $10 million Android challenge back in November… Read More

  • Stream WFMU Radio to your iPhone via web app

    New Jersey’s WFMU (arguably one of the best radio stations in the country) is now streaming to iPhones and iPod Touches via a web app. As it’s a web app and not a full blown application, it’s available to everyone – including all twelve people who still haven’t jailbroken their iPhones. The stream comes in two flavors: 128k for streaming over a WiFi connection… Read More