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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • HTC TyTN II gets Windows Mobile 6.1 and performance update

    HTC rolled out an update this morning for European TyTN II devices, bumping them up to WinMo 6.1 and making some tweaks for the sake of display performance. No word yet when the update will come stateside for AT&T Tilt owners, but European TyTN owners can grab the update over at HTC’s download site. It’s not the supposed hardware acceleration enabling driver many users are… Read More

  • Zinio allowing iPhone users free access to Playboy, PC Mag, and other popular magazines

    Zinio partners up with a number of popular real world magazines to offer online, paperless versions for a few bucks a pop. They’ve got a fairly hefty selection, offering everything from Organic Gardening magazine to the slightly less work friendly Penthouse. They just started rolling out an iPhone optimized version of their service, currently covering 20 different magazines. The best part? Read More

  • Bits of Sidekick Gekko manual leaked, confirms customizable shells, video recording

    The guys over at Hiptop3 managed to score some manual shots from the (Sidekick iD replacing?) Sidekick Gekko. Nothing too surprising, pretty much just serving to confirm rumors: Replaceable shells will allow for color customization similar to the iD’s replaceable bumpers, 2.0 megapixel camera, and it’ll be the first Sidekick to offer video recording abilities. Unless… Read More

  • Nokia locks N-Gage games to one handset, fans get angry, Nokia changes position

    On Wednesday, AllAboutNgage broke a story about the downfalls of the anti-piracy methods implemented on Nokia N-Gage handsets. The method, in short: When you purchase a game, you get an activation code. Upon use, this activation code is locked to the device’s unique IMEI code. If you bust your handset under warranty, Nokia can transfer the games to your new one. Upgrade to a new… Read More

  • Apple makes Goldman Sachs Buy List

    Apple was added to Goldman Sachs conviction buy list today. Company analysts believe Apple will do well when it launches its third-generation iPhone later this year. Sales of the popular phone are expected to sell better than Apple sale projections. The company has set its sales goal of iPhones at 10 million units this year. Analyst David Bailey raised his target on the stock from $185 a share… Read More

  • Rogers bringing HTC Shift to Canada, GPS support coming

    Rogers Wireless announced today that they will be selling the HTC Shift in Canada, starting immediately. At $1,599 with a three year contract, it doesn’t come cheap, but this thing is a beast. You can check out a review of the GSM version’s CDMA brother over at Crunchgear. In an additional announcement that was oddly obscured within the availability announcement, HTC and Rogers… Read More

  • CityMint launches with mobile food ordering for SF residents

    While I love having food delivered, I can’t stand the ordering process. If I somehow have the number handy, chances are I threw away misplaced the menu at some point. Even if I have the menu and ordering seems to go smoothly, I always wonder if the person on the other end actually wrote down my request to hold the mushrooms. (Mushrooms make me die, and no – they usually… Read More

  • When exactly will mobile IM take over SMS?

    Some people out there are under the impression that they’re the only ones using text messages in the US. Turns out it’s become more popular than you might think, with 301 billion texts forecasted total for 2008. But the SMS’s time in the sun might be over before the zenith, as mobile IM is set to overtake it, or so the analysts say. I don’t think that’s going… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct launch date confirmed

    We just got official word that Samsung’s Instinct will hit the shelves at Sprint’s retail stores on June 20th. Be sure to check out all of the Instinct coverage over at CrunchGear. Read More

  • Apple looking for WiMax, UWB engineer


    After the banners were unfurled at January’s Macworld with their “There’s something in the air” teaser, many hoped Apple would be announcing the addition of WiMax to their laptop line up. When it turned out that the “air” bit was referring to Apple’s Macbook Air, the Apple/WiMax rumor mill grinded to a halt, presumably because everyone was busy… Read More

  • American Idol sets Text Messaging Record for TV Show

    AT&T announced today that it has beat it text messaging record of 64.5 million by generating more than 78 million messages dedicated to this year’s season of American Idol. By texting their votes this season, AT&T’s wireless customers helped crown the new American Idol winner, David Cook. AT&T introduced text message voting in season 2 of Fox’s hit television show. Read More

  • Bluetooth Brand highly Recognized

    According to the research firm Millward Brown, global awareness of Bluetooth technology is at an all time high. Of those surveyed, 85% recognized that Bluetooth sells wireless items. 65% of consumers in China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, the U.S and U.K. were aware of the Bluetooth logo and products that use Bluetooth technology. The items recognized were: Mobile phones (79%); headsets (61%)… Read More

  • Verizon pitches standardized early termination fee proposal to FCC

    Good news for those of us who change carriers on a weekly basis: Verizon Wireless (with consultation from other major carriers) and the FCC are negotiating a proposal to standardize early termination fees across the wireless industry, limiting the damage the fees might do to your pocket. The proposal would allow consumers to cancel service within 30 days of the contract (which most of the… Read More

  • Have way too much money? Buy a Dior phone!

    If you’re on the market for a phone that costs more than a down payment on a Honda and does nothing other phones can’t, luxury clothing retailer Christian Dior has the phone for you! Jumping on the mobile bandwagon with rival luxury lines Prada, TAG Heuer, and Dolce & Gabana , Dior has announced their own cellular offering. With the base price of the phone set at around… Read More

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell for Mobile Phones

    Researchers in France today announced they had invented a hydrogen fuel cell that can be used as a backup power source for mobile phones. It is hoped this will increase the usage time between battery recharges.

    Different groups have been working on miniature hydrogen fuel cells for a few years now. This version, which is being developed by Bic, the company that makes pens, lighters and razors… Read More

  • Microsoft: Live Anywhere is not abandoned

    Microsoft first mentioned their Xbox Live mobile tie-in application Live Anywhere nearly 2 years ago at E3 2006, after which it pretty much disappeared. While theres been a private demo or two, no real solid news (like a release date) has come of it since. At the Electronic Gaming Summit yesterday, Microsoft exec Jeff Bell touched on the topic for all of two seconds, saying “Live anywhere… Read More

  • Soon US Citizens allowed to send cell phones to Cuba

    Since the 1960’s, the United States has had various types of trade sanctions aimed at Cuba. The hope has been that these sanctions would spur democratic reforms on the island nation. President Bush announced today that Americans will soon be allowed to send cell phones to Cubans, a policy change that is meant to increase the freedom of expression for Cuban citizens. MobileCrunch reported… Read More

  • Nokia Aeon is (slightly) more than just a concept image


    About a year and a half ago, concept shots for the Aeon showed up on Nokia’s Research and Development pages, and heads around the gadget loving world proceeded to explode. With its two-part full-face touch screen and incredibly sleek design, many clamored for more. Unfortunately, as with many concept images, thats where news of development ended. Looks like development at least went… Read More

  • T-Mobile getting the Nokia XpressMusic 5310 next week

    Check one off the list of 16 devices rumored to be coming to T-Mobile by August. Today, T-Mobile announced the availability of Nokia’s new music playin’ candy bar, the XpressMusic 5310. The specs: 2 inch screen, QVGA resolution (240×320) 2.0 megapixel camera FM Radio Comes with 1GB MicroSD, supports up to 4GB Real 3.5 mm headphone jack – none of that dongle adapter… Read More

  • Garmin offers Blackberry owners a lifetime of navigation for a one-time fee

    After Garmin Mobile found its way onto one of my phones, my standalone GPS unit quickly found itself gathering dust. I’m not one of those guys who likes to wear a utility belt and a bag of chargers just to carry a bunch of separate devices; just pack’em all into one, and I’m good to go. Unfortunately, the 10 dollar monthly fee associated with the service can really start to… Read More