The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Leaked Verizon docs: Whatever, iPhone sucks anyways

    You know things are goin’ awry when your employees interpret “Confidential and proprietary material for authorized Verizon Wireless personnel and Agents only” to mean “Send this to the Boy Genius immediately.” The document pretty much rounds up every nit pick the blogosphere has had with the iPhone 3G since day one — faux price drops, whonky data plans… Read More

  • Nokia announces N79 and N85

    Nokia announced two new handsets this morning, both revamped replacements of models yore. First up is the Nokia N79, which will be replacing the N78 that hit the shelves only months ago. You ever meet a pair of twins, but its blatantly apparent which one got the good genes? The N79 got the good genes here. It’s got the 5 megapixel camera (up from 3.2), dual LED flash, 3G, GPS, and… Read More

  • iPhone's 3G antenna put to the test in a $110,000 metal box

    SCIENCE. When murmurs of the new iPhone’s purported subpar 3G performance made its way around to Sweden, a company called Bluetest decided to try and determine once and for all if we all just had a case of the crazies. They stuck an iPhone 3G into a $110,000 noise-free chamber along with a simulated base station, and tested communications in both directions. Then they did the same tests… Read More

  • Verizon announces the LG Voyager in Titanium and the Blitz

    LG’s Voyager Titanium is Verizon’s latest touch-screen handset, and pretty much the same Voyager previously available in black but with a “lustrous titanium finish” and support for V CAST Music with Rhapsody and Visual Voice Mail. The Voyager in Titanium is available for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The V CAST Music… Read More

  • iRecord Pro now compatible with 3G iPhone and iPod Touch

    Streaming Networks has announced enhancements to its iRecord Pro, including support for direct recording to the 3G iPhone and iPod Touch. iRecord Pro now supports high quality, full D1, H.264 video encoding, lossless audio compression, timed recording, live streaming, direct recording to Windows PC or Macintosh computer hard disks and transcoding of existing digital contents to portable… Read More

  • New photos of Moto's VU30 and ZN4

    Phonearena has posted more recent photos of Motorola’s Rapture VU30. The handset is predicted to launch from Verizon on September 9th, and specs for the flip phone were leaked late last week.

    More photos of the Motorola Blaze ZN4 have also surfaced, which we also expect to launch this fall. While no solid info on specs, it appears to have a transparent flip up cover and touch… Read More

  • O1 laser keyboard phone: A big load of fake

    Cellular-news did a bit of sleuthing on some sort of O1 virtual keyboard phone that projects a laser keyboard on the surface in front of it and was said to have 32 gigabytes of storage. It turns out the magazine that broke the story, T3 – your basic boobs and gadgets lad mag from Europe – owns the O1 website and could essentially be in marketing bed with the scammers who are trying… Read More

  • No VoIP for Nokia's N78?

    While Nokia has typically included VoIP functions in many of its smart phones—much to the chagrin of carriers—it looks like the top handset maker may be changing its stance, and removing VoIP on some of its new N-series handsets. Gigaom reported that the N78 is not VoIP compatible and when they asked Nokia why, the company replied: “Nokia Nseries is committed VoIP services… Read More

  • Details for Motorola VU30 Rapture leaked

    PhoneArena managed to get their hands on the manual for a new Motorola flip phone heading toward Verizon. Previously only known as the VU30, the handset has now been dubbed “Rapture”. Apparently someone at Motorola or Verizon thinks this phone is in line with the second coming of Jesus Christ. Of course, they could be using one of the other definitions – either way, probably… Read More

  • MTV backing new digital-only show about Memphis music scene

    In digital content news, MTV New Media has teamed up with “Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer for real-life music drama about the Memphis music scene. Called $5 Cover, the 15 webisode show will feature working Memphis musicians, their music and the drama of their lives. $5 Cover will be available online at, and on mobile devices. Along with… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro made by HTC

    First the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, and now the Treo Pro – it’s starting to look like if you’re aiming to make up for a few years of stale design, you call in HTC to make your handset for you. Digitimes is reporting that sources at handset vendors have pegged Taiwan’s good ol’ High Tech Computer as the manufacturer of Palm’s pretty little newcomer that… Read More

  • [Updated] Soulja Boy gets a sort of special Xbox 360 themed Sidekick LX

    YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! Besides being a master lyricist with such classic lines as “Gurl B Double O-T-Y-M-E A T You Know It Dats Dat Bootymeat”, Soulja Boy also happens to be a cell phone aficionado and a super amazing gamer. Knowing this, Danger apparently sent him an otherwise unreleased Xbox 360 themed Sidekick LX, which he in turn filmed and put online. Update: And by that, of course… Read More

  • AIM for Windows Mobile comes out of beta

    Pic via With a notable chunk of the mobile market being made up of IM-addicted hooligans, a solid AIM application is pretty much an absolute must for any platform. It’s somewhere that Windows Mobile has been lagging behind for years – while there are plenty of AIM offerings for the devices, the vast majority look and run like they were designed for Windows 3.1x… Read More

  • LG KC910, the 8-megapixel Viewty II

    PhoneArena‘s got the scoop on LG’s newest all-in-one multimedia endeavor, which will be known as the LG KC910 until someone gets around to rebranding it. Skipping the obvious aesthetic comparison to that other touchscreen handset, we’ll go ahead and get to the marrow of the story: this one’s a friggin’ beast. Check out these specs: 8 mp shooter w/ Xenon flash… Read More

  • Skyfire beta open to all until August 30th

    Aching to try out the Skyfire browser, but just can’t seem to find a way into the beta? In order to get the word out there about the recently added Silverlight support , Skyfire has decided to open up the doors to everyone for the next 8 days. On the eve of the Olympics, we added Silverlight support to Skyfire, meaning that Skyfire users can watch any ofthe 2200+ hours of Olympics… Read More

  • FCC spills the beans on Nokia 2680 for AT&T

    Sometimes, the FCC can be an outlet for the most interesting of goods. Other times, the only things they have to share are things like the Nokia 2680 slider phone. There’s nothing wrong with the Nokia 2680 – baseline handsets are a key product for the huge chunk of the market that isn’t completely obsessed with their phone. Hell, we wouldn’t even make fun of you if… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel price slashes tethering plans.. sort of.

    (Sort of) Good news, everyone! Sprint has decided to cut prices on their phone-as-modem tethering plans, taking it from $50 dollars per month down to $15. Of course, there’s a bit of a catch. With the change, tethering has become an add-on rather than a stand-alone option. First you’ve gotta rock a separate data plan, which will set you back somewhere between 30 to 70 bucks a… Read More

  • New QuickPwn released, iPhone firmware 2.0.2 jailbroken

    Bam! Just 3 days after its release, the 2.0.2 firmware update has been made safe for jailbreak lovers by the always prompt iPhone dev team. It’s a Quickpwn, meaning they’ve taken a lot of the cludge out of the process to speed things up. However, it also means that it won’t update (or unlock) your iPhone/iTouch – just jailbreak it. It’s up to you to update… Read More

  • Disney planning new mobile offerings

    Even after shuttering its MVNO business last year, Disney hasn’t given up on its pursuit of the mobile world. Forbes reported that the kid-focused giant plans to plans roll out a mobile storefront, IM system and virtual world widgets for the 9 to 14 year old tween market. Larry Shapiro, executive VP of business development and operations for Disney’s Internet Group, estimated… Read More

  • iPhone 3G gets blinged out with 475 fine cut diamonds

    Hah! Just when we were starting to think today might be a slow news day, word came in on this little gem: bedazller jeweler Knalihs Anthem has studded out 50 iPhone 3G handsets with 475 diamonds each, and wants to sell you one. How much, you ask? If you manage to nab one of the first 10, you’ll walk away with it for a paltry $10,000. Jeez! That’s less than I pay my butlers per… Read More