The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • AdMob Reports on Smartphone Market Share

    AdMob released a report today that tracks traffic percentages for Smartphones, trend data for the top five country markets and manufacturer market share trends. For every advertising request AdMob received in the month of February, AdMob analyzed information available in the user’s mobile browser. AdMob’s report includes percentages of Smartphone traffic worldwide. The… Read More

  • MySI Mobile Launches in Time for March Madness

    Sports Illustrated (SI) Digital and Action Engine Corporation launched MySI Mobile, the beta version of a subscription-free, downloadable mobile application that delivers personalized sports content from MySI Mobile allows users to select and track sports scores, find schedules and standings of favorite teams, view SI photos, read the latest sports news and set calendar alerts for… Read More

  • New Adobe License for Mobile Phones

    Microsoft announced today that it has licensed Adobe’s software for viewing online videos and other files on cell phones. Microsoft will distribute Flash Lite and Reader programs from Adobe Systems to cell phone makers who use its Windows Mobile software. Flash allows users to interact with more Web sites. Many shopping sites use flash so users can view an item in different colors or try… Read More

  • $18 Million Raised by Thumbplay

    Thumbplay, a mobile entertainment company, announced today that it has raised $18 million in new capital. Thumbplay will use the seed money to expand its direct-to- consumer product offerings, in addition to further developing the tools it provides content owners, creators, publishers and brand marketers. The company plans to accelerate its strategic growth plans and to expand internationally… Read More

  • Sharp to sell Phones in China Starting Around June

    Sharp Corp. will start selling cell phones in China before the Beijing Olympics are scheduled to start. Sharp will target the high-end buyers in China’s vast market. Kyocera Corp. withdrew from the Chinese market this month, so Sharp will be the only Japanese company selling handsets in China. Chief strategist of the equity management department at Daiwa SB Investments, Soichiro Monji… Read More

  • India will not Ban BlackBerry at this Time

    Rumors that India will ban Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry service were quashed by the top official in the telecoms ministry today. Security agencies are concerned the service poses a risk because emails sent using the device cannot be traced or intercepted. “There is no question of banning at this point,” Telecoms Secretary Siddhartha Behura told reporters on the… Read More

  • Nokia Claims Qualcomm Patents Paid in Full

    Court papers filed by Nokia claim Nokia has paid Qualcomm around $1 billion over 15 years to gain access to the chip maker’s early mobile technology patents. The papers, filed in a Delaware court, say the patents are now paid up and royalty-free, according to the terms of 1992 and 2001 agreements with Qualcomm. A technology license pact expired on April 9, 2007, and the two companies… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone SDK Downloaded 100,000 Times

    Software developers have downloaded the iPhone software development kit (SDK) 100,000 times since it was made available last week. “Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible,” said Philp Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. Schiller said a million people watched the video of last week’s SDK launch, which demonstrates… Read More

  • VoIP for Small Business from BT

    BT and partner RingCentral will offer an Internet-based phone system in Great Britain that’s easy for small and medium sized business to configure and maintain. U.K. businesses will get a 0844 or 0844 main phone number, and calls can be routed to up to 50 extensions. RingCentral’s software will allow businesses set up their own phone system with a professional feel without needing… Read More

  • Faster Network Technology from Nortel

    Nortel Networks will soon launch new technology that allows telecom companies to quadruple the capacity of their networks. This will help with the data intensive requirements that Internet video, high-definition programming and mobile video phones demand. Nortel is North America’s largest maker of telephone equipment. It will launch optical technology that delivers speeds of 40 gigabits… Read More

  • Grace Digital’s New XLink Cellular Gateway

    Grace Digital, a manufacturer of audio and telephony electronics, is now shipping its new line of XLink Cellular Gateway. This device allows consumers to integrate their cellular phone service with their home phones via a cell phone’s built in Bluetooth connection. Integrating your cell phone and home phone together will help you never miss a cell call while relaxing at home. If the… Read More

  • Bell Labs Device to help Analyze Cell Data Traffic

    The way wireless carriers handle data traffic in the future may change with a device Alcatel-Lucent announced yesterday. (Bell labs is owned by the French company). The 9900 Wireless Network Guardian measures how different kinds of traffic tax a wireless network. This may lead to new price structures for the various types of data that travel over networks in the future, or how that traffic… Read More

  • Cell Carriers Fight FCC over Backup Power

    Past disasters like Hurricane Katrina knocked out wireless communications and impacted emergency crews and victims when they needed to talk. To avoid similar losses of communications in the future, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants most cell phone transmitter sites in the U.S. to have at least eight hours of backup power in the event main power fails. Regulators claim this… Read More

  • Sprint Offers Phone with Faster Download Speed

    Sprint Nextel will offer a cell phone models that can connect to a faster data network. Download speeds will double and upload speeds will increase up to eight times. Sprint and Verizon Wireless operate EV-DO Rev. A networks, but use them only for laptop communication cards. Their fastest phones have used the older and slower EV-DO Rev. 0 network. Sprint announced today that it was releasing… Read More

  • Monema's TamTam: Virtual PBX

    I’d been meaning to post about these guys a few weeks ago but my schedule didn’t allow it. However, this is an interested hosted PBX company that offers a drag and drop phone interface for larger companies. The entire system uses a web front end for building your office. You add numbers, message boxes, and response trees by clicking a few buttons and the entire system is… Read More

  • Coaches Samsung/Adidas take on Apple/Nike

    Samsung and Adidas are competing against Apple and Nike to offer people a device that plays music and keeps track of users’ workouts. Samsung’s miCoach is a music playing mobile phone that encourages people as they workout. The device tells users to “speed up” if they aren’t keeping pace, and gives them updates on their heart rate, time left in their run, and… Read More

  • Live Blogging of Apple iPhone SDK Event Begins Soon

    Head on over to CrunchGear to follow our live coverage of the Apple iPhone SDK event, which is being held at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino and will begin at 10am PT. Read More

  • RIM Offers’s Dipdive on BlackBerry

    Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, is partnering with singer to help merge social networking and multimedia. This is seen as a move by RIM to gain more market share in the consumer retail market.’s Dipdive online community and content will become wirelessly available on the BlackBerry, said RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie. “Probably the two hottest… Read More

  • Bangladesh Sees Large Growth in Mobile Subscriptions

    In January of this year, Bangladesh added over 2 million new mobile phone subscribers. This poor nation of 140 million now has 34.4 million subscribers. The Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission said 2007 saw growth of 58% due mainly to price cuts made by the country’s six competing cell phone carriers. A number of market surveys predict that the number of mobile phone users will… Read More

  • Dick Tracy Never Cheated on an Exam

    The age of Dick Tracy may be here, but instead of fighting crime, a student in Thailand was caught cheating on university entrance exams with a mobile phone that is worn as a wrist watch. Education Ministry officials are banning exam takers from wearing watch phones and other wristwatches. Photographs of the phone watch will be sent to exam centers around the country and students will have to… Read More