The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • VoIP via your Cellphone for Cheap International Calls with MobileTalk

    If you have ever made an international call on your cellphone you know that charges can be really high. It doesn’t take long to rack up a big bill when you are calling friends in China or Britain. Now VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider 8×8, also known as Packet8, has an application that allows you to call international over the Internet on your mobile phone. There is no… Read More

  • You Will Control 25% of Entertainment by 2012

    Nokia’s latest study, ‘A Glimpse of the Next Episode’, predicts that within five years a quarter of all entertainment will be created, edited and shared within peer groups rather than coming out of traditional media groups. Trend-setting consumers from 17 countries were asked about their digital behaviors and lifestyles. Nokia also used information gathered from its 900… Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. I-Play announced this week that it has sealed the deal with Pandemic Studios to publish Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for mobile gamers. The soldiers of fortune return to stop a power-hungry tyrant from taking over Venezuela’s oil supply. This power play turns the South American country into a war… Read More

  • Phone Unlikely to be Cause of Death in South Korea

    MobileCrunch reported earlier today that a cellphone may have caused the death of a quarry worker in South Korea. According to new reports this afternoon, the man may have died of other causes. The worker was found with a melted cellphone in his pocket yesterday but he also had a broken spine, broken ribs, and heart and lung injuries. According to the Yonhap news agency, the National Institute… Read More

  • Helio Mysto unveiled

    Peter Ha grabbed the first images of the Helio Mysto, the successor to the Drift. It’s essentially a CDMA version of the Samsung U600. No specs yet but the U600 has: * 3.2 Megapixel Camera
    * (Half Shutter, Auto Focus, Flash)
    * 262144 Color TFT Screen (2.22”)
    * 103.2×49.3×10.9 mm
    * 60 MB + microSD
    * Video Recording (MPEG4, H.263)
    * Music… Read More

  • Cellfish Movie: Har Har Har We talked about Cellfish this morning but did we supply you with a funny video to illustrate how it works? Didn’t think so. Read More

  • A Website Delicacy: Cellfish Media’s New Add-to-Phone

    Cellfish Media, a mobile content provider, released “Add-to-Phone” yesterday. This free application is embedded in websites and allows users to download content from the web to their phones with one click of the mouse. Content can be sent to mobile phones as a download or as a stream. Add-to-Phone works on any carrier in 100 countries and can be used on any WAP-enabled phone. Read More

  • Killer Mobile Phone?

    South Korean police revealed today that a 33 year-old quarry worker was found dead with a mobile phone stuck to his chest. It is believed that the device may have caused the death. The man had burns on his chest, fractured ribs and internal bleeding, a doctor said. “When he was admitted into the emergency room, the melted mobile phone was stuck to he left side of his shirt,” said… Read More

  • The iPhone Lands in France

    Following European launches in Britain and Germany, the iPhone has landed in French markets. Orange, the mobile phone and Internet branch of France Telecom, has the exclusive rights to sell the Apple handset in the country that gave us Paris. Twelve outlets in France are offering the device for 749 euros today, before the full launch scheduled for tomorrow. Over 50,000 people have already… Read More

  • Japan Offers University Course via Cellphone

    Japan’s Cyber University, the nation’s only university to offer all classes on the Internet, began offering a class today that is taught over mobile phones. Students will be able to learn about the mysteries of the pyramids while on the go. Cyber University, which opened in April with government approval to give bachelor’s degrees, has 1,850 students. Softbank owns 71 percent… Read More

  • Orange boasts of "below 999 euro" unlocked iPhones

    French iPhone fans can breathe easy: Orange will be selling the iPhone, unlocked, for considerably less than 999 euro but more than 500 euro. The price will be about 500 euros, but “well below 1000 Euro”, said CEO Didier Lombard to the radio station Europe 1 In Deutschland bietet die Deutsche Telekom das Hype-Handy derzeit ohne Vertragsbindung für 999 Euro an. In Germany… Read More

  • Verizon to Open Network Next Year

    CrunchGear reports: By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Verizon “will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.” This could be seen as a reaction to upcoming Android… Read More

  • Wireless Cutting into European Landlines

    A report by the EU statistical office Eurostat reported today that almost one in five EU households have gone fully wireless, cutting off landline subscriptions that dominated the telecommunications market for over one hundred years. In 2005, out of every 100 habitants, 95 had a mobile phone. In 1996 only 8 out of 100 could go mobile. New comers to the European Union tend to have more… Read More

  • Strong Cellphone Sales Predicted in Fourth Quarter

    Research firm Gartner announced today that this year’s fourth quarter will see an increase in cellphone sales worldwide. In the third quarter vendors combined to sell over 289 million handsets, with strong demand in Asia and Africa lifting sales 15% from a year ago. These numbers are predicted to continue, with holiday sales in Europe and North America helping to boost… Read More

  • Silver Shine Rings in the Holidays

    AT&T (Ma Bell) and LG Electronics MobileComm (LG Mobile Phones) announced the availability of the new Shine by LG today. The Shine is a sliding form-factor device that features a silver exterior and comes with video, music and camera features. The phone is sold exclusively through AT&T and comes with a 2.2-inch mirror LCD screen. The phone is packed with some of AT&T’s… Read More

  • Qualcomm Seeks Injunction against Nokia in British Court

    Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone manufacturer, is being sued by Qualcomm, a U.S. chipmaker, over two technology patents held by Qualcomm. The lawsuit is scheduled to begin today in the British High Court. Qualcomm is asking the court for an injunction that will stop Nokia from selling products in Britain that use the patents in dispute. Nokia is denying that any of its products… Read More

  • Partners Valimo and Gemalto Provide Safe Mobile Signature

    Gemalto, a digital security company, has partnered with Valimo, a mobile signature company, to create a secure mobile signature application for the mass market. Valimo’s Mobile Authentication Client (VMAC) will be put on Gemalto’s SIM (subscriber identity module) to provide customers with a safe way to sign documents electronically. “We have seen a significant increase… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Unlocked in Europe

    Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit T-Mobile announced today that it would sell the Apple iPhone without a contract. This was done in order to comply with a court injunction awarded to rival Vodafone by a German court. (See yesterdays post.) In Europe, when a mobile phone is sold that has a lengthy service contract attached to it, the hand set is sold at a discounted price. T-Mobile will sell… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Lock has Troubles in Europe

    Yesterday the British telecom group Vodafone sued Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit T-Mobile for the exclusive right to sell Apple’s iPhone in Germany. A German court granted Vodafone its request for a preliminary injunction designed to stop the sales of the iPhone linked to an exclusive 24 month T-Mobile contract. The injunction doesn’t keep T-Mobile from selling the handset… Read More

  • AT&T to Buy Ingenio

    AT&T is in negotiations with Ingenio to buy the online advertising company. Ingenio’s technology traces the effectiveness of advertisements by tracking phone calls made to businesses based on phone numbers used in ads. The ads tracked can be online, on mobile phone Web sites, or print. Ingenio’s technology provisions the phone numbers and tallies the calls. Rates paid by… Read More