The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Location-based mobile social network Centrl integrates web version into its mobile apps

    “Location” has been one of the most frequently used buzzwords in the web industry recently, with i.e. Twitter, Facebook and Google having substantially stepped up efforts in that area in the last few months. TechCrunch has always been particularly bullish about location-based mobile social networks, with Loopt, Brightkite or, most recently, Foursquare among the big names. But there… Read More

  • AT&T begins rolling out MMS for the iPhone

    A few hours ago, we got a tip from one of our readers that they’d popped into their iPhone messaging app this morning, only to find that they’d suddenly gained the ability to send MMS. We chalked it up as a fluke – AT&T promised it would launch on September 25th, after all, and they haven’t exactly been punctual about this whole thing thus far. Two whole weeks early? Read More

  • Study: mobile, iPhone users half as likely to click ads than non-mobile users

    New research performed by online search advertising company Chitika suggests mobile users are far less likely to click on ads than non-mobile Internet users. In fact, they’re about half as likely, the study shows based on a sample of 92 million impressions. Could that be true? Wasn’t it the other way around? First, we should note right off the bat that Chitika is an Internet… Read More

  • Sprint CEO dishes on 4G, Palm, what's next, and more

    Charlie Rose interviews Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse and they get all kinds of crazy talking about the mobile phone industry. Well, not that crazy, but he does make Dan compare the iPhone to Michael Jordan and complain about the actual cost of smartphones. Engadget’s got the highlights (some poor intern must have scrubbed through the transcript) but feel free to watch or read the… Read More

  • Glam Media Goes Mobile

    What do you do when you’re sitting on a nearly endless torrent of finely-focused content and a few million bucks in venture capital? You go mobile. That’s exactly what Glam Media, the distributed media network behind the womens lifestyle site and its male-oriented counterpart, is about to do. As one of the fastest growing sites on the web, its taken a bit longer… Read More

  • Palm Pre gets a Google Voice App

    Sure, we’ll admit it: there might not be a whole lot of apps available right now for webOS on the Palm Pre, especially when compared to the iPhone App Store’s 70,000. That said, there’s at least one application that the Pre has that you won’t find on the iPhone – well, at least not anymore: Google Voice. It’s not Google-made, but homebrew-developer… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC Hero update tomorrow to improve performance, improve camera

    It’s looking like the latest version HTC Hero firmware will be coming out tomorrow for user in the US. How do we know? Well, the company has released an update specific to the nordic countries today, and has warned users in other countries not to use that version, as it’s missing some bits that will be needed. Read More

  • First Look: Motorola's new Android-powered CLIQ + MOTOBLUR

    The highly anticipated Motorola announcement has come and gone. After all the dust cleared, the world of Android handsets had grown by one – Motorola’s first Android-powered smartphone, CLIQ. Read More

  • The iPhone Gridiron Throwdown: EA's Madden NFL 2010 vs. Gameloft's NFL 2010

    Holy Mother of Football Heaven. Talk about a head-to-head matchup. Gaming heavyweight Electronic Arts against mobile superstar Gameloft. We’ve seen this before, folks, on various mobile devices. But never on a stage like this. And never with the stakes so high. The iPhone is the ultimate arena for this blockbuster duel, and we’re going to judge this match play-by-play for you. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: T-Mobile myTouch 3G for $99

    Oprah! Oprah! Oprah! Thanks to the queen of daytime television, you can get the Android-powered T-Mobile myTouch 3G for just $99 when you sign up for a two-year contract. This deal is good “for a very limited time,” so pull the trigger if you’ve got the itch. Promo code is KICKOFF24. You go girl. Save $100 on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile via Engadget] Read More

  • Video: Motorola's new UI for Android, Moto BLUR

    The first footage of Moto Blur, Motorola’s just announced social-network-centric homescreen overhaul for Android, has just gone live. This is the very same footage we saw during the announcement, so you know what we know at this point. Read More

  • The Motorola Cliq: An Android smartphone powered by the social media star, MOTOBLUR

    The Cliq might be the first Motorola device with Android, but with a 350-person team, it better be good. At least it looks solid on the surface with a custom Android GUI called MOTOBLUR, slide-down keyboard, 5MP camera, 24 FPS video cam, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack and a screen that better be able to handle a massive amount of info. The phone’s interface is built around what Motorola is… Read More

  • Live From Motorola's Android Announcement

    We’re live from Motorola’s Android announcement at the Mobilize conference, where the company is expected to announce at least two new handsets running Google’s mobile operating system. This is a big day for Motorola – nearly one year ago, the flailing company switched up their game by dedicating a 350-person team to this new endeavor. Have their efforts been worthwhile? Read More

  • Verizon to launch Nokia 7705 Twist early next week

    Thanks to an earlier leaked slide regarding Verizon’s upcoming lineup, we had a good idea that Nokia’s boxy little number, the 7705 Twist, would be joining Big Red’s network sooner than later. Fast forward two weeks and Nokia has officially announced the launch of its 7705 Twist. Besides its unusual shape, the Twist features a, you guessed it, twist-out full QWERTY keyboard… Read More

  • Verizon beats everyone at the HTC Touch Pro 2 game

    Slow and steady wins the race, right? Verizon’s certainly not the first off the gate with the Touch Pro 2, but they definitely just took the lead in our books. Both Sprint and T-Mobile are charging a dang-near-absurd $350 bucks for theirs, with the latter adding insult to injury by not even including a 3.5mm jack. (BOOOOOO!) As we’d heard last week, Verizon’s Touch Pro 2 is… Read More

  • Meet AppCentral, the enterprise mobile app store

    Mobile applications targeting enterprise customers most certainly have their place in platform-agnostic app stores like GetJar, device-agnostic stores like Android Market and vendor-specific ones such as the iPhone App Store and Palm’s App Catalog. But finding enterprise-grade apps on these stores in between the plethora of games, music apps and general-purpose software programs for… Read More

  • Sprint changes the game, offers up unlimited everything for $69 per month

    Let’s just say it: Sprint is back. First the carrier nabs the hottest handhelds with the Palm Pre, BlackBerry Tour and soon the HTC Hero and Palm Pixi. But that’s just the start. Now, it’s offering up the $69 Any Mobile, Anytime plan which includes – get this – unlimited calls to any mobile phone, unlimited web surfing, Blackberry access, unlimited Direct… Read More

  • Recap: iPhone OS 3.1 goodies

    As if it wasn’t enough to introduce the sickest mini MP3 player/Video camera/Radio ever and a gorgeous new version of iTunes, Steve Jobs had to throw in an iPhone OS update for good measure. For those of you who missed our live feed, here’s an overview of what the iPhone OS 3.1 update contained: Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.1 brings improved App organization via iTunes 9

    Way back in February, when iPhone OS 3.1 was but a distant “dream,” we posted 8 Little Things We Still Can’t Stand About the iPhone. More than half a year has passed and we can finally knock #7, “Arranging applications sucks something terrible,” off the list with the release of iPhone OS 3.1. Read More

  • Apple Strikes Back: iTunes 9 does NOT sync with the Pre

    Looks like the never-ending “sync war” between Apple and Palm continues to rage on. According to numerous PreCentral forum contributors, iTunes 9 does NOT sync with their beloved Pres. What now, Palm? Read More