The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Two Companies to sell iPhone in Italy

    Telecommunications companies Vodafone and Telecom Italia will sell the Apple iPhone in Italy. Previously, Apple only allowed one company to sell its popular device in any national market. Exclusive franchise deals that lets Apple share service provider profits were struck with AT&T in the United States, O2 in Britain, Orange in France and Deutsche Telekom in Germany. Vodafone and… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s 3G Hits New York City

    T-Mobile USA has launched its 3G wireless network in New York City today. Other major markets will get 3G coverage later in the year. The service is currently restricted to four models, Nokia’s 3555 and 6263, and Samsung’s t819 and t639. These phones allow Web browsing and downloading at speeds twice that of non-3G T-Mobile phones. Later this year T-Mobile will launch handsets that… Read More

  • T-Mobile and Nokia Partner-up in Europe

    T-Mobile and Nokia are forming a partnership in Europe to provide new Internet services and social communities to handsets throughout Europe. All of their European customers will have access to T-Mobile’s web’n’walk and Nokia’s Ovi Internet services. Mobile social networks will be upgraded by offering T-Mobile’s MyFaves application. The partnership will also… Read More

  • AP’s Mobile News Network Available for iPhone and Others

    The Associated Press, along with more than 100 member newspapers, launched the Mobile News Network today. The service was geared to run on the iPhone but will also work on other mobile phones. Mobile News Network will deliver local news based on the user’s ZIP code from local participating news organizations. National and international news will come from the Associated Press. The… Read More

  • 10 TV Channels from AT&T

    This Sunday, AT&T will launch a new video service that will allow select handsets carry 10 television channels for a fee of $15 a month. The service, called AT&T Mobile TV, is an attempt by the company to compete with Verizon Wireless’ V Cast Mobile TV. AT&T has a mobile video service, CV, which works on a different principle than AT&T Mobile TV. Mobile TV, which uses… Read More

  • Bluepluse named as one of FierceWireless’s Fierce 15

    Bluepulse, a free mobile social messenger, was named to the annual FierceWireless “Fierce 15” list, designating Bluepulse as one of the top wireless companies of the year. FierceWireless editors looked at hundreds of organizations and determined that Bluepulse was among the “fiercest,” based on their creativity and innovations. FierceWireless is a daily email… Read More

  • Alcatel-Lucent Posts First-Quarter Loss

    Alcatel-Lucent, a telecommunications equipment maker, announced today that it posted its fifth straight quarterly loss. The company lost 181 million euros ($282 million) compared to a loss of 8 million euros a year earlier, when profits were boosted by the sale of businesses to Thales SA. Revenues were down 3.86 billion euros ($6.02 billion) compared with 3.88 billion euros from last… Read More

  • Marchex Enters Mobile Advertising Market

    Marchex, a company that delivers local online advertising and local content, announced today that it has extended its advertising strategy to the mobile market. Marchex has entered into agreements with mobile advertising providers AdMob, Ringleader Digital and 4INFO. Marchex’s VoiceStar subsidiary will deliver call tracking services to all three companies. VoiceStar will enable the… Read More

  • Glu Launches Speed Racer mobile Game

    The Movie Speed Racer, which is based on a cartoon series from the 1970’s, hits theaters on May 9. In tandem with the movie’s release, Glu Mobile launched a game based on the movie today. Speed Racer is the first title Glu has developed and published through its strategic partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “The team at Glu has done a remarkable job of… Read More

  • Order CinemaNow Movies with your Cell Phone

    The digital movie provider CinemaNow announced today that customers can use their cell phones to view movie trailers and order full-length titles to watch on their home television or computer through its mobile website. The new service allows customers to buy or rent a movie while they are out and about with friends or family. “It definitely makes discovery a little more social when you… Read More

  • There’s Gold in them there Phones

    Recycling mobile phones has been in the news lately. You may not realize it, but there are a host of precious metals in that little handset that keeps you connected on-the-go. Gold and silver are just two elements that manufactures put into that magic box you talk into. Recovering these metals is called “urban mining”, and it’s becoming more profitable as the prices of… Read More

  • Nokia Reveals Three New Handset Models

    Nokia, the world’s biggest cell phone manufacturer, revealed three new handset models today. The new models were designed to compete in the very active market of mid-priced phones. This market is highly competitive. Nokia will start shipping the new models in the third-quarter of this year. The new mid-priced phones include the Nokia 6600 Fold, the Nokia 6600 Slide and the Nokia 3600 Slide. Read More

  • Motorola First-Quarter Sales down 21%

    Motorola, the company that manufactured the first commercially available cell phone, saw its overall sales drop 21% in this year’s first-quarter. Sales dropped to $7.45 billion from last year’s first-quarter sales number of $9.43 billion. Motorola’s cellphone division dropped 39% compared to the sales numbers from first-quarter 2007. The mobile phone division lost $418… Read More

  • Samsung Electronics Posts First-Quarter Profits of 37%

    Samsung Electronics announced today that its net profit was up 37% in the first-quarter of this year. Much of the increase came from sales of cell phones in emerging markets. Samsung earned 2.19 trillion won ($2.2 billion) in the three months that ended on March 31. Sales rose 19% to 17.11 trillion won ($17.19 billion). Samsung said that mobile sales “achieved similar volume” to… Read More

  • NextWave to Sell Spectrum Holdings

    NextWave Wireless is planning to sell its holdings of U.S. airwaves. It is estimated that the licenses held by NextWave are worth billions of dollars. The money raised from the sales will be used by NextWave to pay off debt and invest in the company’s products. NextWave makes telecommunications equipment. Among other things, it makes chips for WiMax, a next-generation wireless standard… Read More

  • Buzzd Secures Series A Funding

    Buzzd, a location-based city guide and social network for mobile phones, announced that it has completed Series A funding, led by Greycroft Partners and Monitor Ventures. The money will be used for product development and distribution. Monitor’s Fern Mandelbaum will join Buzzd’s Board of Directors, along with company Co-Founders Nihal Mehta and Deepen Shah. “Monitor and… Read More

  • MobileHook API Available for Web 2.0 Developers

    Hook Mobile’s MobileHook API is now available for Web 2.0 application developers. Developers will be able to build multimedia from social networking sites, and include photos, video, audio and slideshows. This API provides open access into Hook Mobile’s MAX 2.0 platform that provides Multimedia Messaging (MMS) delivery into wireless carrier networks. “We are embracing… Read More

  • Voice Activated Directory for BlackBerry from Microsoft

    Microsoft’s Tellme subsidiary launched a voice activated directory for the BlackBerry yesterday. Users can talk into the device and say the name of a business, type of business, or keywords like “weather”, “movies”, “traffic”, “map” or “driving directions.” The application then uses GPS to locate the BlackBerry and give out… Read More

  • Sprint Customers get Voice-Enabled FreeMobile411

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service, announced today that Sprint customers can get the full-featured downloadable version of FreeMobile411. Users only have to speak what they are looking for into their phone and the results will be displayed on-screen within seconds. FreeMobile411 gives access to 140 million residential and 14 million business locations. Users… Read More

  • One Year of Free Sony BMG Music from Nokia

    The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is offering a free one year subscription to the world’s second largest music label to buyers of certain music phones. Sony BMG hosts musicians such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion, just to name a few. Nokia’s offer differs from other similar deals in that users can keep all the music they download during the 12… Read More