The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • T-mobile not looking to share iPhone distribution in Germany

    At the Reuters Technology, Media and Telecoms summit today, T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan stated they expected their exclusive iPhone distribution in Germany “to remain as such.” As the 3G iPhone tip toes closer each day, more European carries are fightin’ to add it to their line-up. Just last week, T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom lost exclusivity in Austria… Read More

  • T-Mobile to launch 16 new devices by August?

    According to TmoNews, T-Mobile is working to crank out an impressive 16 new devices by August 1st. As the information comes from an internal memo, the date is completely tentative – in fact, it’s more than likely to change. While they were able to conjure up a list of 13 possible devices, 3 are still unknown. The list: Motorola Rokr E8 Motorola W450 Blackberry Bold Blackberry… Read More

  • Rural Cellular Association Files Petition with FCC

    The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) filed a petition today with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate and adopt rules to prohibit exclusivity arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufactures. The RCA is claiming that exclusive agreements between carriers and mobile phone manufactures restrict consumer choice, decreases completion and violates the… Read More

  • Korea and Japan to get some iPhone love?

    Cell phones have always been one of those things that people remain convinced are just omg-so-much-better in Japan. They never know exactly what is better about them, of course – just that they’re in Japan, and as such do a bunch of ridiculous stuff US cell phones won’t be doing for years. While this held true throughout the 90s (and perhaps even the early 2000s), it’s… Read More

  • Sprint to hop on the 5GB cap bandwagon

    With Verizon and AT&T restricting their wireless broadband packages to 5GB of bandwidth per month, it seems that Sprint feels they’re being a little too giving with their “Unlimited” plans. Starting in July, Sprint will be adding a matching limit to their Terms of Service. From a memo leaked on Sprintusers: “Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or… Read More

  • N-Gage to offer KONAMI Games

    Nokia and KONAMI announced today that the two companies have partnered to offer KONAMI mobile games on Nokia’s N-Gage mobile games platform. Metal Gear Solid Mobile will be the first game offered from KONAMI. The mobile version of Metal Gear has received two awards at the 2007 International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA), winning both the Grand Prix and Operator’s Choice awards. … Read More

  • Chinese citizens turn to mobile blogging following Monday's earthquake, go uncensored

    With what is quite likely the largest Internet censoring setup in the word, China isn’t exactly known for letting their citizens roam free online. It is by no means uncommon to hear reports of statements critiquing the Chinese government being pulled from forums and blogs. After facing global criticism following the intense online censorship of the Tibetan protests, it seems Chinese… Read More

  • AT&T to offer insurance on all devices – except iPhone

    Good news for those of you that get angry and smash lose your PDA on a regular basis: AT&T is planning to expand their nsurance options to include PDAs come June 2nd, 2008. Insurance will cost $4.99 per month, with two different pricing tiers for deductibles: Tier I: Most standard phones, $50 dollar deductible. Tier II: High end phones and PDAs, $125 dollar deductible. Contrary to… Read More

  • Apple looking to add AnswerTone support, 3G music downloads, more ringtones for iPhone

    Looks like Apple is looking to expand your options when it comes to which of the songs you already own can be made into ringtones for an extra 99 cents. According to Bits, negotiations between Apple and the major music labels are already underway. The tentative goal is reportedly sometime in June, though they may not have anything set in stone in time for WWDC. Apple is also reportedly working… Read More

  • Is this the shape of the 3G iPhone?

    Case manufacturer XSKN just pushed a rainbow of iPhone cases they’re saying are for the (hopefully) soon to be released iPhone 3G. While these could easily be based around dimensions found around the internets, the page says “now shipping”; seems like a bad idea to ship a case without any official insight on how the device will be shaped. If these shots do indeed reflect… Read More

  • Sequans announces tiny WiMax chip that brings it all together.

    Sequans Communications just announced their new sixth WiMax chip, the SQN1170. It packs baseband, RF, and memory into one tight package, squeezing in at about the size of a penny. The chip comes in at .47x.47 inchesĀ² and uses less than 600 mW at its peak, making it perfect for WiMax on mobile handsets. It will make its first appearance in Matsumi’s new SDIO module, which they’ll… Read More