The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Samsung announces the AT&T SGH-A657, safe from dust, shock, and ladies

    Alright, fellas – lets get this one out of the way: the Samsung SGH-A657 isn’t going to score you any points from the ladyfolk. These military spec phones never do. That said, if you’ve actually got a reason to be carrying a phone like this, you’re probably too busy rappelling out of helicopters to care what people think about your mobile. Or, you know, you work… Read More

  • Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's G9 and the KDDI iida mini projector

    I had the opportunity to test Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile phone, the G9, in Tokyo today. The device is the first KDDI au is selling in Japan under the so-called iida brand. It’s not officially on sale yet, but I could lay my hands on finished versions for a few minutes in a KDDI showroom. The G9 will be available in Japan next week. Read More

  • RIM picks up ex-Apple and Microsoft design guru

    Don Lindsey has been a busy man the last decade and a half. Going from Apple where he might have had a major role in early iPhone developments, to Microsft where he worked in Live Labs, he’s been around the block a time or two. Now it’s RIMs turn who made the man VP of User Experience, which confirms that the companies commitment to developing stellar OSs. Research in Motion needs… Read More

  • Sprint employees begin Pre training

    Whether it means the Pre is weeks or months away is anyone’s guess, but Sprint employees have now started gettin’ comfy with the devices. There’s not much more to it than that, really – here’s how its all gone down so far: Read More

  • Photo report: Japan's KDDI au presents new designer brand for cell phones (iida)

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier, currently showcases a number of cell phone design prototypes (and a working one) in their five-floor Design Studio [JP] in central Tokyo (where I went today). The cell phones (and peripheral devices) are part of the so-called iida brand [JP], which is supposed to be focused on the development of unusual handsets only. Read More

  • Battle Of The Google Voice iPhone Apps: VoiceCentral vs. GV Mobile

    For those of us that rely on being but a series of digits away at all times, Google Voice is a godsend. Regardless of which phone I’m closest to, be it the home line, my iPhone, or any of the phones we’ve got out on review, I’m reachable. As helpful as it may be, it’s not perfect – at least, not right out of the box. Google provides a fantastic backbone, but some… Read More

  • T-Mobile announcing something in NYC on April 21st

    The details are all kinds of sparse, but T-Mobile is sending ’round e-mails to let everyone know to keep the 21st free. They’re going to be announcing something in NYC in just under 2 weeks – but what could it be? All sorts of things! It could be the grand unveiling long-awaited acknowledgment of the Sidekick 2009 – or might they be making the HTC Magic’s… Read More

  • Rumor(ish): LG Viewty II coming to UK's Orange in June

    Our first glimpse of the heretofore rumored LG Viewty II came last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Fast forward to today, and the folks over at Electricpig say they have reason to believe that LG is planning to launch its 8MP camphone Viewty II on UK’s Orange network sometime this June. To recap, the photo-centric LG device is expected to include an 8MP camera with… Read More

  • Get fired? Virgin Mobile will eat your phone bill for 3 months

    It started with the car companies. “Get fired, and we’ll take on your car payments for a while.” they said. It’s the shining light in the darkness that is a slumping economy: when the wallets get lighter, the promotions get crazier. Looking to capture some of this crazy in a bottle and turn it into new customers, Virgin Mobile has adapted the concept for the mobile… Read More

  • Amazon App for BlackBerry goes live

    The rate at which RIM updates BAW is horrendous. I get countless e-mails every day about new apps launching for the BlackBerry and they’re nowhere to be seen in the store. So it comes as no surprise that I had to go directly to Amazon to download their new app. God forbid it actually be available in BAW. Like the iPhone app before it, the BlackBerry version also does its voodoo magic… Read More

  • Verizon to begin selling HTC Touch Diamond tomorrow

    It’s not like we didn’t expect this to happen, but it sure took long enough. Starting tomorrow, Verizon will begin offering the HTC Touch Diamond in all black for a whopping $300 after a $70 MIR. · Brilliant 2.76-inch touch screen display for navigating Web pages on the built-in Opera browser · 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera · microSD™ card slot that… Read More

  • FCC confirms that a 3G Sidekick is on the way

    At this point, it’s not really a secret that a new Sidekick is on the way. The rumors have long indicated that the next ‘Kick would be 3G-enabled, and no one really doubted it – but the FCC has gone ahead and confirmed it anyway. Smack dab in the middle of their approval lays mention of 1700 Mhz AWS support, perfectly suited for T-Mobile’s budding 3G… Read More

  • The Samsung Formally Known as OmniaHD gets thumbs up from FCC

    Just yesterday we learned that Samsung had dropped the Omnia moniker from its upcoming HD-capable smartphone. Despite this last minute name change, the Samsung currently known as i8910 has just received approval from the phone-reviewing folks down at the FCC. According to its official Certificate of Compliance, the US-bound i8910 will include the following radios: 850/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE… Read More

  • T-Mobile Customer Survey hints at alternative HTC Magic names

    With T-Mobile-branded Dreams making accidental appearances and FCC filings abound, it’s pretty much inarguable that the HTC Magic is coming to ol’ Magenta. Seeing as it’s the second T-Mo Android phone and borrows much of its aesthetics from the G1, you might assume that T-Mobile would be branding it the G2; call the HTC Magic the “G2” around an HTC rep, however… Read More

  • Rumor Redux: Storm 2 has Wi-Fi, better text input

    So now some Dutch guy who seems to represent RIM in some vague sense now says that the Storm 2 will have an improved text input system, which seems to suggest a slide-out keyboard. Read More

  • Samsung OmniaHD loses its name

    What’s in a name? That which we call a Samsung OmniaHD, by any other name would look just as sweet. That’s a good thing for Samsung, because the OmniaHD is gettin’ a name change. Well, we should say, a name drop. It has always been alternatively known by its model number, the i8910 – but now they’re dropping the OmniaHD moniker all together. From here on out… Read More

  • Gmail for Mobile Gets a New Web Interface for iPhone and Android

    Until iPhone OS 3.0 hits our handsets this summer, the built-in Mail application is disappointingly inadequate for those that live within their Gmail inbox. There are just too many places where it fails to meet the functionality granted by the web version (search and batch management, to name a few). Even with a bit more functionality on its side, however, Web Apps tend to feel a bit… Read More

  • Rumor: Sony Ericsson Idou coming in October. Or November. Maybe.

    Since the day it was announced, Sony Ericsson has been saying the 12.1 megapixel beast that is the Idou would be launching in the second half of 2009. Sweden’s thinks they’ve managed to narrow down the window a bit. According to the Sony Ericsson rep they spoke to, the Idou is lookin’ at launch sometime in October or November. Read More

  • Samsung Impression hits the shelves at AT&T

    Samsung promised that the Impression would hit on April 7th – and sure enough, they’re just starting to trickle onto the shelves. Besides havin’ a nice, roomy QWERTY keyboard, the main sell here is the 3.2″ AMOLED Touchscreen. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s the first AMOLED screen in the US. Not sure what AMOLED is? It’s yet another acronym… Read More

  • iPhone Video Recording Screen Found

    If there were any lingering doubts that Apple would soon bring video recording to the iPhone in one way or another, let them be cast away. By tweaking a configuration file tucked away in the depths of the iPhone 3.0 SDK, a MacRumors user was able to coax the Camera app to load a slightly different interface. See that slider in the bottom right? I’m pretty sure it’s safe to… Read More