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  • Blackline looks out for mobile workers with LonerMobile

    It took me a few passes to realize that the “Mobile” part of LonerMobile should be read like it would in “mobile phone”, not “Batmobile”. I thought they had announced the Lonermobile, the ultimate car for people with no friends. Having a down day? Lonermobile thinks you look amazing. Stuck alone in traffic, and the carpool lane is wide-open? Activate the… Read More

  • Schmap launches city guide web app for iPhone and iPod Touch

    Schmap, publisher of over 200 free online travel guides, has opened access to their guides for iPhone and iPod Touch users by way of a remarkably nifty web application. The guides cover cities throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, and provide information on everything from the city’s historical background to the best places to get your drink on. As portrayed in… Read More

  • SK Telecom denies Virgin/Helio merger rumor, calls it "groundless"

    Last week, CrunchGear reported on a rumor that Helio and Virgin Mobile had gone to the table to discuss the possibility of a merger. SK Telecom, one of Helio’s two parent companies (the other being Earthlink), is calling shenanigans. According to a spokesperson for SK Telecom, there had not been “any sort of talks” between Helio and Virgin, saying all rumors as such were… Read More

  • Human Hearing Basis for Audience’s Voice Processor

    Whether you believe in evolution or creationism, it is hard for technology to beat the natural world when it comes to design and function. Often it is best to study nature and try to emulate its wonders. That’s what Audience has been doing for its voice processor that can be found in NTT DoCoMo’s new mobile phone, Sharp SH705iII. Audience created the A1010 Voice Processor and based… Read More

  • iPCS Inc. Sues to Stop Clearwire WiMax Network

    Last week Sprint Nextel announced that it was partnered with Clearwire to build a high-speed WiMax network in major U.S. markets. Investors like Intel, Google, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have agreed to invest $3.2 billion in the Sprint and Clearwater partnership. The new company, called Clearwire, is slated to have over $15 billion in assets. But lawsuits filed in Illinois by iPCS… Read More

  • Car vs. iPhone: Who shall win?

    Umm… looks like the car won. Reader Meir ran over his iPhone with a Mercedes — if you’re going to destroy your phone, do it in style, people — and quickly hopped out to retrieve the device, now artfully crazed like a 18th century glazed ceramic chamber pot. His story: A couple of days ago, due to a series of very unfortunate events my iPhone
    found itself being driven… Read More

  • Blackberry Bold coming this summer: Next-gen RIM device

    RIM has finally made the Blackberry Bold official. No exact release date yet, but the press release does mention that the Bold should be available “around the world beginning this summer. “

    Key points from the announcement: 624MHz CPU 802.11 a/b/g and GPS Half-VGA screen (480 x 320) Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support microSDHC support up to 16 GB Quad-band EDGE, Tri-band… Read More

  • Microsoft and RIM bringing Windows Live Hotmail/Messenger to Blackberry

    Did I miss something? When did Microsoft and RIM become all buddy-buddy? While there were empty rumors that Microsoft was looking to purchase RIM back in September of ’07, I don’t think we’ve seen the two companies in a headline together since. Putting aside the whole matter of being competitors and all, the two have announced that they are collaborating to bring Windows… Read More

  • Eye-Fi adds two new wireless memory cards to their product line-up

    Eye-Fi announced two new wireless memory cards today, and they’ve dubbed their original card with a new name. The new line-up: Eye-Fi Explore: The Explore card can automatically locate nearby WiFi networks and geotag your photos using Skyhook’s global Wi-Fi positioning system. It can also automatically connect to any of Wayport’s 10,000+ hotspots (in other words, pretty… Read More

  • Apple halts online iPhone sales, stores out of stock

    In a move which seems totally out of character for them, Apple has stopped selling iPhones through their online store. No “Out of Stock” message or anything to indicate why – they’ve simply removed the “Buy” button. While this doesn’t absolutely indicate that the 3G iPhone is dropping soon, it .. what am I saying? It definitely indicates that a 3G… Read More

  • NYU Med Student links doctors in Ghana through cell phone network

    If you’ve ever had to rely on multiple doctors tag teaming an ailment, chances are it wasn’t the smoothest process. Between the Doctor-Patient privacy laws and the half dozen middle men involved, the process almost assuredly hit a snag or two along the way. Now, take away the widespread internet access that allows for instant communication – the process would grind to a… Read More

  • John Gruber on Blackberry vs iPhone

    With just around a month to go before the iPhone 2.0 software hits, does RIM have reason to sweat? Apple pundit extraordinaire and co-creator of the Markdown syntax, John Gruber, thinks they might. He brings up a pretty big point: once the iPhone gains its enterprise wings, won’t it do just about everything Blackberry users call for? Push email? Check. Remote wipe? Check. Calendar… Read More

  • O-FONE offers SIP VoIP client for Symbian S60, claims to be the first

    Switzerland-based O-FONE (not to be confused with Microsoft’s oPhone) has released a SIP VoIP client for Symbian’s S60 platform. Perhaps more interesting than the client itself is their claim that they’re the first to bring SIP support to S60 devices. From this page: “Download the first Symbian mobile SIP client in world” [sic] Unless they mean the first… Read More

  • The iFund Has Competition: $150 Million Blackberry Fund To Be Announced Soon

    The platform wars are going mobile. Whether it’s the iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows Mobile, the mobile platform that will win in the end will be the one with the best and broadest collection of applications. To give developers a little extra financial motivation, funds are being set up to invest in them. Google announced a $10 million Android challenge back in November… Read More

  • Stream WFMU Radio to your iPhone via web app

    New Jersey’s WFMU (arguably one of the best radio stations in the country) is now streaming to iPhones and iPod Touches via a web app. As it’s a web app and not a full blown application, it’s available to everyone – including all twelve people who still haven’t jailbroken their iPhones. The stream comes in two flavors: 128k for streaming over a WiFi connection… Read More

  • South Koreans Save on Paper with their Cell Phones

    With all the talk of going green this year, South Koreans are using their cell phones to save on the use of small slips of paper that can mount up. Retailers are sending coupons, gift certificates, movie tickets and other such things to a customer’s mobile phone. The message sent to a customer has a picture of a barcode that can be scanned by the retailer.

    “People can actually… Read More

  • Talk about the world around you with GeoGraffiti

    Now in public beta, GeoGraffiti is a free “Verbal Bulletin Board” that allows you to record and share location-specific voice notes, or “Voice Marks”, whether you’re on the go or in front of your computer. Find a new coffee shop that you love? Call up GeoGraffiti, and leave a Voice Mark to let the world know. Want to warn people where the crack houses are? Read More

  • Tag the World With GeoGraffiti

    Now in public beta, GeoGraffiti is a free “Verbal Bulletin Board” that allows you to record and share location-specific voice notes, or “Voice Marks”, whether you’re on the go or in front of your computer. Find a new coffee shop that you love? Call up GeoGraffiti, and leave a Voice Mark to let the world know. The uses are pretty interesting: traffic cam warnings… Read More

  • Meet Greg Kumparak, the New MobileCrunch Editor

    Introducing yourself is always kind of awkward, isn’t it? It’s tough to try to explain who you are without coming off as cocky or arrogant. I usually tend to go straight from my name to how incredible I am at skee-ball, which for some reason turns people away. My name is Greg Kumparak, and I’m the new editor for MobileCrunch. I hail from San Luis Obispo, land of tri-tip… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go 3.0 now available for Windows Mobile

    While Yahoo! Go 3.0 has been available for most popular smartphone platforms for a few months now, Windows Mobile support has been sorely lacking. Fear not, WinMo users – your days of Yahoo! Go 3.0 fun time are here. Windows Mobile phones have been added to Yahoo! Go’s big ol’ list of supported devices. If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out. It comes with… Read More