The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung has announced the Soulb, which they say contains “all the merits of Soul DNA” in a candy bar form factor. The names an interesting one — though I’m unable to replicate it here without using an image, the trailing b in Soulb is actually written as if it were a superscript, like so: . How would that be pronounced? Soul to the power of b? Soul-bee? Soul… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Paris demo spot hits the Internets

    Someone managed to get their hands on the ad spot for Sony Ericsson’s P5 Paris, and the folks over at JustAMP pushed it to YouTube. Details about this QWERTY/NumPad combo slider have been leaking out for the past month. Word is it’ll be made official at Sony Ericsson’s press conference on June 17th. It’s a pretty lookin’ thing for sure, but if it doesn’t let… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Well, this one is just about as speculatory as it gets: Infineon, who might be supplying the chips for the 3G iPhone, announced this morning that they are seeing less demand for HSDPA chips than they expected from an unnamed project. Analysts are guessing this means the next iPhone has either been delayed, or will launch with lower volumes. Nothing to worry about, iPhone fans. If Steve planned… Read More

  • MTS dropping $1.6 billion on 3G for Russia

    Mobile TeleSystems, Russia’s largest carrier, is planning to spend up to 1.6 billion dollars (or roughly 37 billion rubles, which is far more fun to say) to roll out a national 3G network which they’re aiming to complete by 2012 — right around when some countries might be starting to implement 4G networks. A bit late, perhaps – but hey, faster speeds are never a bad… Read More

  • Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW

    Qualcomm and Adobe have announced a partnership to integrate Adobe Flash directly into the BREW Mobile Platform, further solidifying Flash as a tenable platform for mobile development. BREW is Qualcomm’s mobile application development platform, while “BREW Mobile Platform” is the name of the next generation of BREW. While there is already a Flash Lite for BREW extension… Read More

  • New white papers reveal more XPERIA X1 specs

    Sony Ericsson recently pushed a new white paper, shining some more light on the drop dead gorgeous QWERTY/Touchscreen slider. While much of the spec sheet just outlines known or otherwise humdrum details (Yes! Emoticon support in e-mail!!), there are a few notable points: 256 MB of SDRAM 512MB of NAND flash 10 Hour talk time on GSM, 6.5 hour talk time on UMTS 3.1 Hour video call time 1500… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs analyst predicts 30 million iPhone users by the end of 2010

    Oh, Apple. I originally brushed off your iPhone for its lack of (legitimately) addable applications, and now you’re the only ones with the right idea in mind. Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey expects Apple’s iPhone App Store, which should be coming sometime near the end of June on the back of the iPhone 2.0 software, to play a huge part in tripling the iPhone userbase to 30… Read More

  • RIM to meet with Indian Officials over Security Issues

    Research In Motion (RIM), the company that brought us the BlackBerry, will be meeting with Indian official tomorrow over security issues raised by government agencies. India fears that e-mails sent by the BlackBerry can’t be traced or intercepted. This creates security risks for the government. For years, India has been a target for terrorists over issues like the ownership of… Read More

  • H&R Block’s Emerald MasterCard Adds Text Mobile Banking Service

    H&R Block, the tax preparation company, has teamed up with Metavante and Monitise Americas to provide Emerald Prepaid MasterCard cardholders access to mobile phone text messaging to check their balances and receive account reload mobile alerts. “While the Emerald Card has proven to be a safe, lower cost and convenient way for customers to receive their tax refunds, we are continuing… Read More

  • Skyfire Raises $13 million in Series B Funding

    Skyfire Labs Inc., makers of the “game-changing” Skyfire mobile browser, announced today that they have raised $13 million in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and includes previous investors Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. This brings the total funding up to $17.8 million, following a $4.8 million Series A round in June of last year. Read More

  • Skyfire scores $13 million in funding

    Skyfire Labs Inc., makers of the “game-changing” Skyfire mobile browser, announced today that they have raised $13 million in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and includes previous investors Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. This brings the total funding up to $17.8 million, following a $4.8 million Series A round in June of last year. Read More

  • Sprint's QChat PTT going national in June

    Click image for larger version QChat is a CDMA upgrade to Nextel’s iDEN Push-to-talk network, which increases connection performance while allowing interoperability with the legacy iDEN network. The service was originally rumored to be set to roll out nationally back in April, but hit a few delays with unknown causes. It looks like whatever issues were causing the delays have been… Read More

  • T-Mobile: Our contracts ban class action suits. Supreme court: Too bad.

    Nobody likes to be sued – including T-Mobile. Getting sued by lots of people who are all mad for the same reason is even worse. To avoid this, T-mobile plugged arbitration clauses into their service agreements to keep customers from filing class action lawsuits, instead requiring that legal matters are settled out of court. It’s a common thing; most contracts having something… Read More

  • Verizon launches Motorola W755

    On the market for a blasé upgrade from your RAZR V3? Verizon’s new Motorola W755 is just for you. As it’s yet another Moto clamshell, there’s nothing too exciting about it. Touch sensitive external buttons for controlling music, V Cast, and support for a handful of music formats (AAC, AMR NB, MIDI, MP3 and WMA V9) — all of which are made useless by the… Read More

  • Mobile Security Market Wide Open

    When most people think of computer hacking and viruses, they worry about an attack on their PC. But with the advent of mobile phones that can connect to the internet, these types of troubles may be coming to a handset near you. The market for protection programs that battle this is still quite small, despite the growth of 3G devices. Symantec Corp Chief Operating Officer Enrique Salem thinks… Read More

  • AT&T rolls out Pantech Breeze, the simple cell phone

    Not too long ago, I found myself stuck in a ridiculously long queue at a Verizon store. With nothing better to do, I started trying to listen to the reasons people had for being there. It was mainly “Oh man, the screen on my phone cracked all by itself, thats gotta be under warranty right?” type stuff, but one conversation, between a customer that looked like a lumberjack and a… Read More

  • Japanese Government Worried about Children’s Cellphone Use

    The Japanese government is so concerned that children are spending too much time with Internet-linking cell phones that it is warning parents and schools to limit their use. Most mobile phones in Japan are 3G, which allows high-speed Internet access. Masaharu Kuba, a government official overseeing the new initiative, said elementary and junior high school students spend long hours… Read More

  • Monsoon Multimedia to announce HAVA player for S60 tomorrow

    Tomorrow at the S60 Summit in Barcelona, Monsoon Multimedia will be announcing and demonstrating an application that will allow S60 users to connect to HAVA units back home to view and control their home TVs from their mobile handsets. Like the perhaps more commonly known Slingbox, a HAVA allows you to “place-shift” your TV. By connecting to your unit back home, you can watch all… Read More

  • Sprint responds to 5GB Bandwidth cap woes

    Following our story on Sprint’s decision to cap their mobile broadband packages at 5GB of bandwidth per month, Sprint sent over an email in hopes of clarifying things a bit. Straight from the email: The vast majority of current users (about 99.5%) shouldn’t be affected. Whether it’s the 300 MB roaming limit or the 5GB limit on total data usage, that’s enough data to… Read More

  • 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