The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Once upon a time, the NHSA wanted to ban the use of cellphones while driving

    Seven years ago the National Highway Safety Administration called for a complete and total ban on the use of cellphones while driving. That includes hands-free kits, too. Now, a lot has changed in the seven years since this draft proposal was made—for one, the number of cellphones in the U.S. has gone from 170 million to 270 million. Read More

  • Is this the HTC Leo aka Firestone?

    Here’s a rendering of the purported Snapdragon powered HTC Leo aka Firestone. According to WMPowerUser’s sources, the Firestone will be a media-centric device with hot-swappable microSD card and rather large speakers on the front and back. Aside from the 1GHz Qualcomm processor, the WinMo device will include a 5-megapixel AF camera with dual-LED flash, Wi-Fi, BT and a 4.3-inch… Read More

  • Palm Pre now available online – everyone, please don't rush

    Long after the Palm Pre hype machine has been turned off, Sprint is just now making the Pre available for purchase via There really isn’t advantage of ordering the phone online besides you don’t actually have to leave the comforts of your basement. Purchasers will still need to mail in a $100 rebate to bring the cost down to $199. But if avoiding the general public is… Read More

  • Tinkerers tack third-party motion sensor onto the Toshiba TG01

    All accelerometers are not created equal. Some are more sensitive than others, while some are capable of working alongside other hardware. When Usuda Research Institute and Systems Corp started dabbling with the accelerometer in the TG01, it just wasn’t enough for their needs. What were they to do? Yell at Toshiba? Tuck tail and give up? Nonsense. Rather than bothering with the built… Read More

  • Prankster tracks down Verizon CEO, yells at his house

    When John Hargrave of (otherwise known as “that one site that allegedly pranked the SuperBowl“) found out that the wireless carriers were doing a whole lot of nothing to keep the data store in cellular customer accounts safe, he decided to do what any good angry person does: grab a bullhorn. Rather than camping out on a soapbox and spitting his spite to random passersby… Read More

  • HTC going 50% Android in 2010?

    Its taken a bit longer than we all might have hoped, but it seems that Android is really starting to pick up the steam it deserves. Be it Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson.. if they’re a big gun in the mobile manufacturing world (Well, outside of certain obvious exclusions), they’re probably working on an Android handset or two. The first off the bat and the most dedicated so far has been… Read More

  • Unboxing: Samsung T559 Comeback for T-Mobile

    The FedEx guy just stopped by MobileCrunch HQ with a box full o’ Samsung Comeback, so we figured we’d go ahead and give it the ceremonial undressing. It’ll be a day or two before we’re ready to really talk about this thing, but our first impressions aren’t the best. While the handset feels absolutely outstanding when held in the flipped out, QWERTY-exposed… Read More

  • Review: BlackBerry Tour 9630 (Verizon)

    Short Version: As it stands, the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is the best smartphone available for Verizon Wireless customers. It’s a mash-up of the AT&T BlackBerry Bold and T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900. One would think that this would lead to the perfect BlackBerry, but it has one glaring flaw and it isn’t one that you can get over quickly, if ever. Read More

  • BlackBerry Thunder appears in VZW's system

    Everyone, even your mom probably, knows that there is a new BlackBerry Storm coming soon from Verizon. It’s only a matter of time before RIM or VZW announces the updated 9550. CrackBerry just got a screenshot showing a curiously unannounced BlackBerry Thunder. Could this be the next Storm? Read More

  • Samsung one ups LG, announces the world's thinnest watchphone, S9110

    As much as Samsung loves to claim a “world’s first” every single day of the week, I know they love to beat LG more than anything. Today is no different, folks. Samsung has unveiled an 11.98mm watchphone by the name of S9110. That snazzy looking Dick Tracy watch features a 1.76-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, e-mail (Outlook!), speakerphone and a music player. Read More

  • T-Mobile and Samsung announce the Comeback, Gravity 2

    As if you didn’t already know T-Mobile would be announcing the Samsung Comeback after numerous leaks in the past week. Look here, here and here. Regardless, here are the facts straight from Samsung. The Comeback features a full QWERTY keyboard, 2-megapixel camera and little else. At least it’s 3G. And, yes, it will be $130. Next up is the Gravity 2, also a 3G device, with a… Read More

  • A new HTC Android phone surfaces on the rumornets

    We know that there are going to be dozens of Android handsets out there within a year, so why shouldn’t they start popping up all over the place? Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that many of these phones will be as exciting as the Hero or Rachel, as this rumored HTC handset shows. It was natural with the G1, myTouch, and others that Android should start in the high end and work its… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm 2, now with less suck

    Crackberry has some hot video of the Storm 2, RIM’s follow-up to the abysmal Storm. This new model has a less clicky screen with better keyboard and it’s slightly thinner. It also has dedicated call buttons. No word on Wi-Fi, though. via Giz Read More

  • Apple sold 5.2 million iPhones last quarter

    Haters be damned: like it or not, the iPhone just won’t stop selling. This quarter’s results, boosted by the release of the iPhone 3GS, absolutely demolished results of quarter’s past (well, except for Q4 of last year). Fresh off today’s Apple’s earnings call for the third fiscal quarter of 2009: Apple pushed 5.2 million iPhones between April 1st and June 30th, 2009. Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8520 set to launch on August 5th

    Dying to get your hands on some optical-trackpad BlackBerry goodness? Looks like you won’t be waiting too much longer. After 3 long months of having the Blackberry Curve 8520 dangled in front of our face leak after leak, a release date has finally slipped out. According to the slide above, obtained by BlackBerryRocks, this thing ought to hit the shelves at all of the regular T-Mobile… Read More

  • Namco jumps into the crowded sea of iPhone game developers

    How many different ways can the iPhone pie be split? Namco just joined the leagues of gaming developers with iPhone-exclusive gaming shops. Touch Arcade reports that Namco is creating an “Apple Games” division, and will kick off the venture with a new version of the classic arcade franchise, Pac-Man, with Pac-Man Remix. The new division’s General Manager will be former… Read More

  • Rural Cellular Association agrees: Verizon's new exclusivity deal sucks

    Just a few days ago, Verizon announced a change to the way they’d handle exclusive handset deals: rather than holding on to all of their exclusive handsets for years and years, they’d let any small carrier (defined as any carrier with under 500,000 customers) offer the same phones after a 6-month absolute exclusivity period. It was a move in the right direction, but it was still… Read More

  • Motorola Morrison gets pictured, Android and all

    While this is by no means the first time Motorola’s up-and-coming QWERTY-slidin’ Morrison handset has been caught on camera, it is the first time it’s been caught with Android on the screen. All past rumors had indicated that this one was headed for T-Mobile and was rockin’ the Droid – both of which are more or less completely confirmed at this point. The black… Read More

  • Review: Worms for the iPhone will disappoint even the series' biggest fans

    Team17 completely blew it with Worms for the iPhone (iTunes link). I was running around the house screaming my head off like my team had just won the Super Bowl when I found out Worms was coming to this handset. When I finally got to playing it, it was as though the clock was reset to 0:10 left and the opposing team just hit a last-minute field goal, crushing my hopes and dreams. That’s… Read More

  • Phone Slipper protects your phone and holds your money

    Something like this may have been done before in some capacity or another, but the basic idea of the Phone Slipper is a pocket on the back of a silicone phone case that holds your cash and credit cards in lieu of having to carry your wallet around. That’s actually not a bad idea. Read More