The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Verizon loosens up their exclusive deals – sort of

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon has announced a change to their policies on exclusive handset deals. Under the terms of the new policy, Verizon will allow handset manufacturers to sell otherwise VZW-exclusive models to small wireless carriers (those with less than 500,000 subscribers) after a 6-month period. Now, we’re all for getting rid of (or at least shortening)… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro 2 for Telus gets the 3.5mm treatment

    When we’d heard that HTC was making the jump to good ol’ 3.5mm headphone jacks, we were beyond excited. That said, HTC made it pretty clear that devices they’ve already announced probably wouldn’t get a last minute change – which we took to mean, amongst other things, that the HTC Touch Pro 2 wasn’t in on the change. Nope! WMExperts got their hands on the… Read More

  • Android and LG's GW620 "Eve" a match made in heaven

    Apparently, the guys over at NieuweMobiel like to get their kicks by poking around in random XML files on LG’s website. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting pastime in the world (mostly because it isn’t), but it looks like our Dutch phone junkie comrades have struck the proverbial gold: they’ve managed to unearth a listing for the LG GW620 (A.K.A the Eve), one of… Read More

  • Lucky Germans: You can watch every single Bundesliga game live on your T-Mobile cellphone this season

    Good news for German football fans who use T-Mobile. The company’s Bundesliga Total service is coming to cellphones. That means you’ll be able to watch every single game played in the first and second division from the comfort of your iPhone, G1 and G2. This is all live, by the way, not cheap-o highlights sent to your phone hours after the game has ended. Read More

  • Android Donut dropping later this summer?

    We did say that T-Mobile would be dropping one more major update this year for Android devices and it looks like The Weather Channel is quasi confirming that. In an interview with the Android Guys, TWC revealed that they’ve been working with Donut (2.0) and that their next update is slated for late summer. The TWC dev team chimed in that 2.0 is much more stable and that the OS has… Read More

  • Nokia N86 coming to America, but does anyone care?

    Remember this guy? Me either. Nokia just announced that the 8-megapixel N86 will be hitting stateside with a $558 price tag. No thanks, Nokia. The award winning Nokia N86 8MP, the most advanced Nokia imaging device, is coming to the United States. With its eight megapixel camera, dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss Optics, the Nokia N86 8MP will allow US consumers to carry a true replacement for… Read More

  • Absolut wants to get you crunk with Drinkspiration

    This could be the most ridiculous or ingenious app of all time. It’s silly, really, but I thought I’d share it with you guys. Now you can show your friends on Twitter and Facebook just how big of a lush you are. Just watch the demo video. Drinkspiration is available now for the iPhone (iTunes). An Android app is in the works and will be available soon. Read More

  • Android gets a torrent-monitoring app, but it still has a long way to go

    One of the abilities of smartphones I’ve always coveted is the ability to peek in at your torrents and see how they’re doing. Is that movie finished? Is anyone downloading that pack of videos I put up? These are questions that demand answers while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop three minutes from your house. Well, Android has a promising young app called… Read More

  • Verizon to open up GPS on the Omnia

    We just got word from Verizon that they’re planning on opening up the GPS on the Omnia to third parties soon. How soon? Really soon. As in within the hour. No longer bound to VZ Navigator, you should be able to use just about any WinMo 6.1-friendly navigation app you can dig up. Freedom! Verizon’s word: “…new software for the Samsung Omnia will be available within… Read More

  • G1 Rumors: Visual Voicemail? Check. Exchange email? Ehhh.

    For some, these latest rumors are a reason to celebrate. For others, it’s time for sorrow. That’s why I used the “Happy face/sad face” theater clown masks. It’s symbolic. The usually accurate TmoNews says they’ve got it on good word that G1 owners have a new toy to get excited about: T-Mobile Visual Voicemail. According to their tipster, visual voicemail… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson posts fourth quarterly loss

    Let’s pour a little out for Sony Ericsson because if they’re not dead now they’re dying rapidly. The phone maker posted a loss of $300 million for Q2, it’s fourth consecutive quarter of lagging earnings. What’s the problem? They’re not releasing anything anyone wants. The X1 was a dud and the rest of their new line hasn’t been announced yet. Read More

  • The LG BL40 is real, is long

    If there were any doubts in your mind that the LG BL40 (otherwise known as “the longest phone in the entire world”) video that got out a few days ago was anything but real, let them be cast away. Pictures of the BL40, which may or may not be the new Chocolate (and might also be called the LG Oh-God-where-the-hell-do-I-store-this-thing), have made their way onto a German phone… Read More

  • Blizzard's World of Warcraft Armory App for iPhone looks darn good

    This is the only World of Warcraft iPhone App you’ll ever need. Blizzard has just released World of Warcraft Mobile Armory, which gives players of the game full access to the Armory. (The Armory tracks player and item stats and the like. It’s essential for “real” players of the game.) So add this App with a few trips to WoW Wiki and Thottbot, and you’re a mobile… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Find temporarily free iPhone apps with Twitter

    Twitter and the iPhone. They’re both pretty love-it-or-hate-it subjects — but put them together in the right way, and they’re wonderful. Because everyone loves getting stuff for free that they’d normally have to pay for, 148Apps has thrown together a Twitterbot that monitors for premium apps that have dropped down to the gratis zone. Sure, they’re not always the… Read More

  • Verzion to push Slacker Radio onto all BlackBerry Storms

    Quick note for all you BlackBerry Storm users out there: Starting today Verizon is pushing Slacker Radio out to all the Storms network wide. Why? Well, Verzion worked out a deal with Slacker to integrate V Cast into the app. So when a song is playing on Slacker, there will be a button which will allow you to purchase the song via V CAST Music with Rhapsody catalog. Neat, I guess. Read More

  • Capcom confirms Resident Evil 4 for the iPhone

    After it was accidentally leaked in Japan, Capcom has officially announced that Resident Evil 4 would be hitting the App Store at the end of July in Japan. The rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer to kill zombies on their iPhone. News from Capcom Mobile: RE4 will be coming to iPhone end of July beginning with Japan, rest of world to follow shortly thereafter. Read More

  • D.C. police chief doesn't want you to use iPhone Apps to detect traffic cameras

    This is a few days old, so apologies in advance for that. Anyway, the Washington D.C. police chief, Cathy Lanier, has chided people who use radar-detecting technology, including iPhone applications, for their “cowardly tactic.” With apps such as EyeWiki, people are able to flag known locations of traffic cameras using GPS. Then, as you approach a flagged camera, the app rings… Read More

  • Tabbed browsing to be included in BlackBerry OS 5.0 – maybe

    BlackBerry users rejoice! Tabbed browsing is probably coming with the next major OS release. We say probably ’cause it’s currently included in the beta release, but that doesn’t for sure mean it will make the cut. Anyway, we would love to see tabbed browsing or something that will efficiently allow us to run multiple browser windows. The current build requires users to bring up… Read More

  • Comcast rolls out iPhone app for phone and e-mail features, TV listings, and movie trailers

    Comcast has just jumped on the iPhone bandwagon with the “Comcast Mobile App” — now available for free download from the iTunes App Store. Read More

  • EA announces micro-studio 8lb. Gorilla with iPhone game, 'Zombies & Me.' Doesn't live up to EA standards.

    8lb. Gorilla? More like 5lb. Chimpanzee. The 800lb. Gorilla in the gaming development world, Electronic Arts, recently announced on Touch Arcade that it has opened a new “micro-studio” to create iPhone games. It’s name? 8lb. Gorilla. Whereas EA usually focuses on higher price point games such as The Sims 3 or Tiger Woods PGA Tour 3, this new gaming studio will develop… Read More