The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Android market going to the light side?

    While we could debate for hours on end on the merits of the Android Marketplace, there’s one thing that is simply unarguable: the color scheme is a bit depressing. White text on a black background might look sharp, but ultimately it’s still primarily one big black screen. It gets old fast. Seems that someone agrees – though we’re not quite sure who. Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 phones launching October 6th

    Which phones, specifically? We don’t have the slightest idea. But come October 6th, ol’ Redmond is saying we’ll have a “bunch” of new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones (known as “Windows phones” from here on out) to choose from. In just a bit over a month, now, WinMo-devouts will be kickin’ around a brand new UI, a new application marketplace, and… Read More

  • Apple rejects BitTorrent monitoring App, claims it'll be used to infringe copyright

    It’s not even a story any more that Apple loves to reject Apps from the App Store. Today’s entry in the Big Book of App Rejections is µMonitor, an App that monitors µTorrent that you have running on your PC. Apple rejected it because “his category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights.” Read More

  • It works! Find My iPhone leads fuzz to phone-snatchers

    Although I’m always skeptical of security measures like Find My iPhone, it’s always nice to hear when they work. In this case, a fairly ordinary phonejacking in Pittsburg was foiled when the fools forgot to remove the SIM from their recently acquired booty. After the perps took off, the victim went home, booted up his Mac, and tracked them to a local Wal-Mart, then to a restaurant. Read More

  • Is that FriendFeed in your pocket, or – oh, it is?

    Are you addicted to FriendFeed? Can’t get enough of Robert Scoble‘s incessant posts? Want to keep up with them even when you’re on the go? Are you praying to the heavens that Facebook doesn’t screw up FriendFeed post-acquisition? Then Stir (iTunes link) might just be for you. Created by StructLab Stir is an iPhone app that allows you to get your fill of FriendFeed… Read More

  • Sprint makes their Touch Pro 2 official, shipping September 8th

    Rumors had the launch of the Sprint-branded Touch Pro 2 pinned all over the calendar, but all signs as of late have pointed at a September 8th release. Sure enough, Sprint just sealed the deal: the Sprint Touch Pro 2 will be shipping in just over a week. And just as we’d predicted, Sprint’s price matching T-Mobile here penny-for-penny: after contracts and rebates are said and… Read More

  • Nokia N900 camera quality samples uncovered

    Want to see everything the Nokia N900 camera has to offer, months before release? Check Flickr. No, really. After an officially sanctioned Nokia N900 sample picture made its way to TwitPic, TheNokiaBlog got to sleuthing. Deep down in the photo’s signature data (known as EXIF data) the N900 prototype was identifying itself with a specific, if abstract, model number: 007 001. Flickr makes… Read More

  • Dear Lord: GTA: Chinatown Wars coming to the iPhone this fall Coming to an iPhone/iPod Touch near you this fall from the creators of the greatest game in history (Editors Note: Well, at least the greatest game in history involving hookers and drugs), Grand Theft Auto, is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. I guess it’s going to be an exact port of the DS title. Are… Read More

  • PSA: SoCal wildfires spread dangerously close to communications towers

    Obvious disclaimer: All of us here on the Crunch team are at all times primarily concerned with the well-being of all our friends, family members, and the millions of unrelated noobs who call Southern California home. However, as a site dedicated to bringing you, our favorite people, as much relevant news re: the mobile world as possible, we think it’s also important to provide these… Read More

  • Dell Mini 3i gets shot up exhaustively

    Man – Chinese infotainment portal Sina has really had things locked down lately when it comes to getting crystal clear shots of unreleased devices. They got a full hands on gallery with the LB40 Chocolate two days before it was announced, and now they’re following up with an exhaustive (as in 39 blur-free snaps) gallery of Dell’s Android-powered Mini 3i. It looks like… Read More

  • A Pair of Mystery Palms show up in Sprint's inventory

    Wuh oh – things just got real. Just last week, two mysterious Palm devices showed up in Verizon’s inventory: the P101, and the P121. The P100 is the Palm Pre, so it’s a pretty safe bet that the P101 is a VZW-branded version of the same handset. But the P121? It may well be the Palm Eos, but no one knows for sure. Making things that much more complex, a Sprint version of… Read More

  • FlyScreen lands on Android (1,000 invites)

    Israeli startup Cellogic, makers of the fine FlyScreen software, have spent the last 8 months or so developing a custom version for the Android platform to complement their currently Symbian-exclusive version. Today, the company is debuting the private alpha version of the Android-compatible program, and we have 1,000 invites to offer for those carrying around HTC phones running Android 1.5… Read More

  • Verizon cuts the BlackBerry Storm down to $50

    The BlackBerry Storm may finally have found its pricing sweet spot. The phone definitely was overpriced at $200 last year and even the $100 price cut a few months ago didn’t seem right, but $50?!? Yeah, I wanna throw mine into a wall and piss on the remains daily, but VZW isn’t going to have any trouble at all clearing out the inventory. You know why it’s only $50 right? Read More

  • IM+ 3.4 to support Speech Recognition for Twitter and IM (for a price)

    Unlike some people around these parts, I loves me some Twitter (psst, follow me.) Thing is, just about every time I get a chance to tweet, I can’t. Maybe my hands are covered in grease as I’m stuffing my face with a delicious burger; maybe I just don’t want to come home from a long day of blogging and have to squeeze my thoughts into 140 characters with my iPhone’s… Read More

  • Rising to the Top: 5 ways indie developers succeed on the App Store

    It’s no secret: there’s some Benjamins to be made on the App Store. In fact, the App Store is now a $2.4 billion dollar per year business, according to AdMob’s monthly mobile metrics report. Here’s another fun fact you probably already know: most app developers fade into the App Store abyss long before they ever find fame and fortune. Even if you ignore the junk apps… Read More

  • FCC expands wireless industry inquiries

    Here, in this glorious land of the free and home of the brave, there is generally one thing that most all Americans can agree on: the major mobile wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint) suck leave much to be desired. As more and more people come to depend solely on their cell phones and the related services (voice, data, multimedia), it becomes that much more important for… Read More

  • TomTom's iPhone Car Kit guides itself through the FCC

    It has been a good two months or so since TomTom announced that they were making a GPS-boostin’, speaker-totin’ car cradle for the iPhone, and we’ve heard a whole lot of nothing since. Aside from a UK retailer preorders indicating that the cradle might cost £99.00 (roughly $161), TomTom has been pretty quiet on the matter. It looks like we might be hearing more soon, though. Read More

  • Storm 2, Touch Pro 2, Omnia II, Samsung Convoy, and two mystery Palms show up in Verizon's inventory

    We’ve got good news, and we’ve got not-so-good news. The good news: PhoneArena just got their hands on 6 screen shots showing off a handful of devices making their first appearances in Verizon’s inventory system. The not-so-good news: They don’t really answer any questions. In fact, they raise more questions than they answer – but we still love us a good… Read More

  • Second place in the App Store brings in $6,300 a day

    There are few things more coveted in the iPhone developer world than the top spots on the App Store sales chart. Sure, there’s only one way to go once you’ve hit the top; but while you’re there, you’re riding high. You get to sit back, relax, and watch as Cupertino’s little talkbox prints out money. But how much are those spots worth, exactly? How much do these… Read More

  • Major shake-up in Japan's mobile world: NEC, Hitachi and Casio to merge cell phone businesses

    Big news from Japan’s mobile phone industry today (Friday afternoon Japanese time). Various Japanese media are reporting that NEC, Hitachi and Casio are in talks to merge their cell phone operations to become Japan’s second biggest manufacturer, following Sharp. Reportedly, NEC plans to integrate its cell phone business into a tie-up that already exists between Hitachi and Casio. Read More