The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Recycling of Mobile Devices Remains an Issue

    Here is a number we didn’t want to see… In Australia only three percent of discarded mobile phones ended up being recycled last year. And with 8.7 million phones being shipped to the land down under that’s a lot of handsets that could be ending up in landfills, as the average user is upgrading their phones every 18 months to two years. According to recently released figures from… Read More

  • Expands Mobile Dating Service will soon let you keep track of your dates from your mobile handsets with MatchMobile, which will be available to users in the United States, the U.K. and Canada later this summer, and then to nine additional countries by the end of the year. The service will provide subscribers with text messages to their phones when they receive an e-mail from other users. For an extra… Read More

  • Customize Your Streaming Content With Buzzwire

    Today Buzzwire, Inc. (formerly 4th Media) announced that its streaming mobile media service is available as a public beta. This upcoming service will let users create their own customized program lineup and access it on their mobile phones. A formal launch with select carriers is scheduled for the fall of 2007. “Consumers are living mobile lifestyles and should have their media… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile to Lose Mobile TV Offerings

    As we reported last week Virgin Mobile was pulling the plug on Movio, the under-performing Mobile TV branch that was launched through a partnership with BT using the DAB TV standard. Now with the partnership dissolved it seems that Virgin Mobile will likely discontinue sales and production of the Lobster 700TV mobile handset, which had been the carrier’s flagship mobile TV device. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Goes Rural

    Today Verizon Wireless announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Rural Cellular Corporation to further enhance the Verizon Wireless’ network coverage in markets adjacent to its existing service areas, and increase coverage by 4.7 million, and customer base by more than 700,000. The terms of the deal would have Verizon Wireless acquire Rural Cellular for approximately… Read More

  • Next Gen Mobile Tech To Boost European Growth

    A new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that next generation mobile networks, customized multimedia content and user-generated content could drive growth in Europe’s saturated mobile communications market. According to the study’s findings mobile operators investing strongly in next generation mobile networks and deploying HSDPA networks across Europe. Read More

  • Dadnab Launches Free Service for Tri-State Transit Riders

    If you commute by mass transportation in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state region you can use the Dadnab service to help plan your trips. Users can send a text message with an origin and destination to ‘’, and just seconds later get a text message back detailing optimal routes and travel times, and includes which buses, trains and even ferries to take. Read More

  • AOL Survey: Mobile Lets Users Check E-Mail at All Times

    Do you feel the need to stay in constant touch with colleagues and friends? Do you check your e-mail at all times of the day? Well, you’re not alone. According to a new AOL service, the average e-mail user checks his or her mail and estimated five times per day, and 59 percent of mobile users check every time a new message arrives. Washington, DC according to the survey is the most… Read More

  • CDMA Gains Share

    CDMA2000 dominates the North American 3G wireless telecommunications market. That’s the official word form the CDMA Development Group (CDG), which announced that there are more than 135 million 3G subscribers in North America, and more than 22 percent of those use EV-DO mobile broadband devices. “CDMA2000’s strong growth in North America validates the technology’s… Read More

  • State of Mobile Solutions for Enterprise: MobileAware’s Brian Kinane Offers Insight

    Even before there were mobile devices a portion of the workforce was mobile, meaning they traveled frequently and relied on a variety of tools to stay in touch with home base. And today’s mobile workforce is relying on mobile applications more than road warriors of just a few years ago. So what do the mobile applications of today (and tomorrow) mean for those who are mobilizing their… Read More

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told… On Mobile

    Most text messages max out at 160 characters, and can you imagine wanting to type much beyond that length? A man in Italy used the T9 predictive-text input on his Nokia 6630 to type “Compagni di Viaggo,” or “Fellow Travelers” for the English version. The sci-fi novel clocks in at 384 pages when in the form of a bound book. Author Robert Bernocco typed his novel in… Read More

  • Comic-Con Preview: Heroes Coming to Mobile

    Save the handset, save the world. IGN is reporting that Heroes: The Mobile Game will make its debut at Comic-Com in San Diego this week. Based on the hit series from NBC, the mobile title will be published by Gameloft and players will get to experience the thrill of having superhuman abilities. Or at least experience what it is like to have superhuman abilities on a small mobile screen. The… Read More

  • Your Phone Is NOT Killing You Says Study

    Using that mobile handset is not an early ticket to the grave! Whew! That’s good news for power talkers like me. A new report from the University of Essex suggests that mobile phone transmissions cause no immediate health problems. Wait… no “immediate.” So should I worry? Well, for every study that says this stuff is bad, there is going to be a study that says it… Read More

  • Oasys Mobile Unveils MVP

    This week Oasys Mobile announced the launch of AROD MVP Baseball Challenge, a mobile baseball title that features Yankee Alex Rodriguez, for Verizon Wireless. The arcade style game focuses on hitting a series of targets, including various stadium characters. This quick style of gameplay is based on batting and pitching and features music, crowd noises and even umpire calls and the crack of… Read More

  • Ringtone Maker From Phone Sherpa

    While the service won’t carry your phone up a mountain, but Phone Sherpa has a load of new mobile apps, which the company shared with us. Phone Sherpa Ringtone Maker is a service that will let you create your own user-generated content, including ringtones, while the Phone Sherpa Mobile Store enables the deployment of secure, dynamic and localized mobile content stores integrated with… Read More

  • No iPhone Until Q4 for Europe

    If you’re in Europe you can get out of line for the iPhone. Get in line for the Louve instead (not that the line there moves very fast some days). As our sister site CrunchGear is reporting, the iPhone won’t be released until the fourth quarter of this year. Not to worry, the third quarter of 2007 (that would be now) is flying by. We’re hearing that Steve Jobs thinks Apple… Read More

  • CTIA Responds to U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary

    Today the CTIA – The Wireless Association issued a statement in response to testimony from U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications Information Administration John Kneuer. This testimony was given today during the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing “Preparing Consumer for the… Read More

  • scanR to Release Version for Facebook

    Who needs to take notes when you can take a picture? The guys over at scanR have made note taking a thing of the past. With this nifty little service you can take a photo with your mobile handset and then send it to scanR, where it will then be e-mailed to you. Now the company has given us the word that they’re going to release a version for Facebook too. With the service students can… Read More

  • Sprint and Google… Together at Last

    It is official: Sprint Nextel and Google will be working together on a Web portal that includes search and social networking for Sprint’s WiMax Internet customers. Last week we reported that Sprint and Clearwire are working to rollout a nationwide WiMax network, and now it looks like Google wants to get in on the ‘max. “Google and Sprint will optimize the Internet experience… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Switches Off Mobile TV

    Less than 10 months after launching its mobile broadcast video service in Europe, Virgin has pulled the plug, and will switch off the service early next year. BT Movio, the bandwidth provider, is canceling its contract with frequency owner GCap Media. A number of setbacks plagued the efforts, including that fact that only one handset – the Lobster 700TV – was equipped to receive… Read More