The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • RIM working on full Flash and Silverlight for BlackBerry?

    According to the Boy Genius Report, RIM is crackin’ away at integrating full Flash and Silverlight support into their browser. Yeah, we’re going to go ahead and file this one under “Don’t hold your breath”, with plans to dust it off and start getting excited in a year or so. We’re not saying we doubt BG’s sources; when it comes to BlackBerry, Boy… Read More

  • Pink HTC Hero finally appears in the flesh

    If you’re a longtime reader of MobileCrunch, you probably know that we’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with pink phones. We hate them because they’re generally gimmicky garbage, often just a means of selling a few more feature phones to tweens. We love them because, well, they’re pink phones. We’ve been seeing the HTC Hero pop up in pink since as early as… Read More

  • TomTom coming to Android

    Not to be outdone by TeleNav, pocket-lint is reporting that TomTom will be coming to Android in the near future. “We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.” “I do not question the opportunity that RIM might offer but we know that a satnav device needs to have a large… Read More

  • The Shack now carrying the T-Mobile myTouch 3G

    Just a quick heads up that over 4000 Shacks aka Radio Shack locations in the US and Puerto Rico are now carrying the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google. That is all. Good day. Read More

  • Video: New HTC Hero ROM gets demoed, appears lag free

    We love the HTC Hero to pieces around these parts. Really. Even after spending a few days tearing it apart for our review, the only bad thing we could find to say about it was that the sporadic lag on the homescreen harshed our buzz. Well, now HTC has gone and fixed that. Paul of MoDaCo managed to get his hands on a pre-release copy of an upcoming Hero ROM update, and sure enough: the lag is gone. Read More

  • Another Maemo 5 screenshot leaked

    If yesterday’s leak random Maemo 5 settings screenshot didn’t have you feeling all funny inside, this one probably won’t do too much for you either. For the rest of us, however, feel free to swoon. Russian mobile maven Eldar Murtazin has come through yet again, leaking the above screenshot of Maemo 5’s onscreen QWERTY keyboard. There’s nothing too surprising to… Read More

  • T-Mobile lights up more 3G in Connecticut, Tennessee

    Connecticut and Tennessee have a few things in common. For one, they’re both interestingly shaped states. One looks like an anvil, while the other has a funky little section we can only describe as an “appendage” hanging off the bottom left side. Now Connecticut and Tennessee can take comfort in another commonality: T-Mobile 3G. Another day, another T-Mobile 3G market fired up. Read More

  • T-Mobile Gravity 2 launched, right on time

    All of the signs (that is, all of the leaks) told us to expect the T-Mobile Gravity 2 to launch on August 19th. We’re just a few hours into August 19th, and sure enough: we just got word that the Gravity 2 is now available. Coming in at $29.99 (after a $50 mail in rebate and a 2 year contract) and being pitched as an “affordable messaging phone”, don’t expect much… Read More

  • Instinct Q leaks: The "Q" stands for QWERTY.

    If the “S” in “iPhone 3G S” stands for speed, we’re going to wager that the “Q” in “Instinct Q” stands for QWERTY. And if it doesn’t? We don’t really care, because BAM! QWERTY KEYBOARD! After the release of the touch-only myTouch and Hero, we were starting to wonder when we’d see another Android handset with a QWERTY… Read More

  • Maemo 5 screenshot leaks, we gush

    Way back in May, we got our hands on the world’s first concept image of Maemo Harmattan, a distant (as in late 2010) version of the operating system Nokia tucks onto their internet tablet devices. Maemo Harmattan is otherwise known as Maemo 6, with the latest publicly available release being Maemo 4.1. That leaves one whole big bad version of Maemo out of the picture. Well, here it… Read More

  • Rumor: No Palm Eos in 2009?

    Shortly after we broke the news that Palm was had at work on device to follow the Pre, the details came pouring in: first we got the codename (Pixie), then we got the tentative marketing name (Eos). A few days later, we had a launch window: according to a leaked AT&T slide, the Eos would launch in the second half of 2009. Alas, things get a bit crazy when you’ve just launched a… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand movies coming to a Motorola near you

    Blockbuster – the once dominant, now prehistoric video rental company where you used to rack up incredible late fees (and anger towards their employees) – is not only still kicking, but seems to be positioning itself for a 21st century “comeback” of sorts via a new partnership with Motorola. Talk about two companies who could use some new-found success (read… Read More

  • Palm now reviewing paid applications for the App Catalog, sales begin in mid-september

    The Palm Pre has taken a lot of heat for its limited App Catalog, which, months after the launch of the device and its respective SDK, still only contains roughly 30 applications. It’s easy to look at the numbers and forget the backstories; the iPhone went a whole year and entire model before they even had an App Store. BlackBerries have long had access to third party apps, but only as… Read More

  • BlackBerry App World hits the browser

    Browsing your device’s app store is great when you’re on the bus, on the can, or on the run – but it’s a whole lot easier to take it all in when you’re at a full-fledged, big boy computer. Apple’s been leading the pack on this front, with iTunes providing a computer-side storefront for casual perusal. Google’s got a very limited selection of featured… Read More

  • Review: Comics by comiXology iPhone app

    Short Version: Comic lovers looking for a quick fix while on-the-go will want to check out ComiXology’s recently released Comics app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Comics range from $0.99 to $1.99 and free comics are released on a weekly basis to satiate the cheapskates. Despite the lack of content from major publishers, like DC and Marvel, you can still get the best superhero comic… Read More

  • Be careful what you write: iPhone OS 3.0 doesn't fully delete e-mails

    Maybe you’re trying to erase any lingering virtual sweet nothings of an ancient romance, or maybe you’re trying to wipe all sign of your top secret government job; whatever the case may be, you’d probably expect a deleted e-mail to stay deleted. That’s just not the case with the current iPhone OS. Read More

  • Got a great TouchWiz Widget idea? Samsung wants to give you $20,000

    If you’ve got a knack for competition and an idea for Samsung’s freshly opened TouchWiz widget platform, this might be just the thing to bring it all together. Looking to coax some developers into taking a look at TouchWiz, Samsung has just announced a 3-day Widget Developer Camp in San Francisco, running from September 11th to September 13th. After 3 days of schmoozing, boozing… Read More

  • iPhone app review: Applipedia

    Does it seem to you, like it seems to me, that iPhone apps are the new way to drive traffic to various websites? With the always-on Internet connection of an iPhone, why bother building all the content into your app when it can simply phone home to fetch what it needs? In principle I have no problem with this: avoid duplicating data, and focus on providing a great product. In reality… Read More

  • iPhone App Review: Navigon Mobile Navigator for iPhone

    It is time to ask the age-old question: Are our cellphones ready to replace standalone GPS units. Sure we’ve all done a little work with cellphone mapping services and we’ve all mucked about with Google Maps while driving (which is very dangerous). But are cellphones and iPhones in particular ready to knock the old GPS box off of the dashboard? To paraphrase Molly Bloom in… Read More

  • Huawei 8220 heading to T-Mobile as the Pulse

    Details are still a bit sketchy on this one, but the powers of the Internets have uncovered yet another Android phone headed for T-Mobile. While its been known for some time that Huawei was crackin’ away at a couple of Android-powered pieces of kit, not a whole lot has been said thus far. Late last week, the Wi-Fi Alliance gave the greenlight to a previously unannounced Huawei phone… Read More