The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • KLM and Air France begin rolling out electronic boarding pass service in Europe

    KLM and Air France announced yesterday that they’ve begun rolling out an electronic boarding pass service throughout Europe. A six-month beta test occurred on the Paris-Amsterdam-Paris route and it was launched a month ago on the ‘La Navette’ flights. It’s currently available on flights from Paris to Amsterdam and other European destinations except the UK. Read More

  • Rumor: AT&T to drop Samsung A877 on March 29?

    Fire up the r-mill. An anonymous tipster has it that AT&T will launch the (dragon-scale green) Samsung A877 on March 29, 2009. According to PhoneDog, said A877 (possibly codenamed “Jackfrost”) is quite the non-smartphone (like the Samsung Memoir, it runs the smartphone-esque TouchWiz OS), and could be a solid replacement for the recently deadpooled Quickfire. Read More

  • Nokia announces 3 new XpressMusic phones: 5730, 5030, 5330

    Nokia hasn’t had the best luck with the XpressMusic line so far; the 5610 XpressMusic had bad screens, and the 5800 XpressMusic had no shortage of problems at launch. Ignoring the fact that the XpressMusic name is apparently cursed, Nokia has announced 3 more “Comes With Music“-focused handsets. From left to right, above: Read More

  • Radar for iPhone finds Flickr support

    Heres an idea: If you’re looking to build up your social site’s user base, add support for a popular, similarly focused (but not directly competitive) social site to your network’s iPhone application. It may sound crazy (who wants to promote someone else’s brand?), but that’s exactly what Radar, a social network for sharing cameraphone images and videos, is doing. Read More

  • Qik announces support for Nokia's Share on Ovi, will be featured in the Ovi Store

    Qik’s video streaming software began its life on the Nokia S60 platform, so it makes sense that a number of its recent big wins involve Finland’s finest. This morning, Qik is announcing that their application is now compatible with Nokia’s Share on Ovi media sharing service, and that it will be prominently featured in Nokia’s Ovi Store when it launches in a few months. Read More

  • Convincing Computer Animation Recreates Hudson Plane Landing

    The computer animation in this video recreates the flight path and Hudson river landing of US Airways Flight 1549. Although the details of the story are by now familiar to nearly everyone—the plane hit a couple of geese, which took out the engines, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the Hudson, saving the lives of everyone on board—the animation captures the sequence… Read More

  • LG Cookie gets upgraded with S-Class interface, 3G, mispelled name

    Just around 6 months after the launch of the LG Cookie (KP500) , LG has announced details of a followup. Because the name “Cookie II” just made too much sense, LG has instead opted to name this second handset “Cooky”, which is not a word. We had joked that LG had chosen the name “Cookie” because there were no good words left in the phone-naming pool. Now… Read More

  • iPhone Nano Rumor #5,838,321: Screen stays the same, Home button moved to the side

    According to Le Journal du Geek, the much-fabled iPhone Nano is coming in June, and will be debuted by none other than Jobs himself. The new, meaty bit: to make it smaller (for the sake of the whole “Nano” bit), they say the home button has been moved to the side – but that 3G, GPS, and WiFi get to stay! Okay, look. The whole iPhone Nano thing is bananas. I’m pretty… Read More

  • Android Dev Phone 1.1 released, fixing numerous issues

    If you’re an Android dev freak, it’s time to update that sucker “1.0” nonsense you’re rolling with. Girls flip when they see you rock the 1.1, I’m telling you. It’s got the voice search support, fixes a bunch of bugs, and now you can even see paid apps in the Marketplace! Player! That is off the hook for rook! Seriously though, it’s an… Read More

  • Samsung's latest touchscreen phones to hit Europe this Spring

    Is it coming to this? Are touchscreen phones going to be the new default, the way clamshells have been for years and candybars were before that? If the specs and pricing get much lower, it’ll be easier to get Grandma some low-end Touchmaster than a basic Moto flip phone. In any case, Samsung’s newest touchscreen offerings are pretty much what you’d expect. Read More

  • Early iPhone prototype up for auction

    A fella in Illinois has himself an iPhone protoype with an early beta OS and it’s up for sale on eBay if you’re into that sort of thing. In fact, he has two prototype iPhones for sale, but only one works and it has a matte plastic screen. The dud has a glass screen and doesn’t seem to offer much of anything save for spare parts at best. The working prototype appears to be able… Read More

  • LG Viewty II gets stuck behind dirty glass, caught on camera

    Apparently the LG Viewty II was on display at Mobile World Congress and nobody noticed. Unfortunately absent from the convention was any sort of cloth that could be used for cleaning the glass in front of the phone. Read More

  • Venezuela to get a $14 cell phone

    Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, has announced that the Venezuelan government has teamed up with a firm to create a $14 phone complete with MP3 playback, FM Radio, and a camera. Called El Vergatario, the handset should launch in May. We dug around a bit, but we’re having a hard time figuring out exactly what El Vergatario means in this context. It seems that Vergatario is everything… Read More

  • This kre-8 cellphone concept is only for music buffs

    This is one of the better concepts I’ve seen ’round these parts, and I see plenty of them. It’s called the kre-8 (the name could use some work, yes), and it’s a cellphone designed, as it were, for those who fancy themselves as DJs, music creators, etc. Read More

  • Nokia E75 photo quality samples trickle out – what do you think?

    We’re not sure whether the big-wigs over in Finland gave this one the greenlight, but a series of photos taken by a prototype E75 have escaped their owner’s cubicle and landed on the internets. We certainly hope he got this approved, seeing as how one of the photo samples is his badge. Read More

  • TetherBerry: The extremely easy BlackBerry tethering app

    Tethering a mobile phone to a laptop was once was a laborious adventure into the depths of forums and hack sites. Eventually though, the task become a bit easier with just a few settings on both the phone and the notebook, but TetherBerry makes it even easier. Like stupid easy. Read More

  • Latest OS updates for BlackBerry Bold and 8900 leak out

    Attention BlackBerry users- Just wanted to let the Bold users know that the latest official OS, v4.6.0.414, has been released in Austria, but works with all carrier models. According to one BlackBerry Forum user this update seems to improve the browser and adds a bit of extra memory among other things. You can grab 414 here, but if you’re not sure what you’re doing then follow… Read More

  • Jailbreakers Junction: Cydia Store and others to sell apps outside of the App Store

    Long before the launch of Apple’s official App Store, Jay Freeman (otherwise known as Saurik) unleashed Cydia, an open repository of third-party applications for jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches. If you knew the right server addresses (or “Sources”), you could get just about anything. Sure, some folks use it for getting around that whole “paying for stuff”… Read More

  • Carnival Hammer for the iPhone – this won't end well.

    Step right up, ladies and gentleman! Test your strength and potentially break the hell out of your iPhone! Carnival Hammer is a new game for the iPhone that simulates.. well, a carnival hammer. You know, that game where you smash a little pad with an awkwardly weighted hammer to try and impress your lady friend with your smash-a-little-pad-with-an-awkwardly-weighted-hammer skills? Read More

  • Myspace for BlackBerry gets updated to v1.5

    Not looking the soon-to-be-released Facebook for BlackBerry v1.5 get all the glory, Myspace has gone and loosed v1.5 of their own application. Our BlackBerry handset is giving us all sorts of trouble right now, so we’re not having any luck testing it out for ourselves – so let us know in the comments how it is. Read More