The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • INgrooves Music Screensavers available this November

    Emdigo has partnered with INgrooves to launch the INgrooves Music Screensaver this November. The screensavers will be available on Verizon and Alltel Wireless for $2.99 per download. The application animates artists in 3D with the artists’ music when the phone is flipped open. Top artists Tila Tequila, Too Short and B Legit are part of the initial offering. “By combining our… Read More

  • Donate to Red Cross with Text 2Help Program

    As fires blaze across southern California forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, the Wireless foundation and American Red Cross announced that most American wireless subscribers can make a charitable donation to the Red Cross Disaster relief Fund through a program called Text 2Help. Subscribers of participating wireless carriers can donate $5 to relief efforts simply by text messaging… Read More

  • Celebrate Halloween on your Mobile Phone

    Cellufun announced today its Hellofun celebration. During Hellofun, users can decorate their homepages, dress up their avatars in costumes and pass out virtual tricks and treats. By visiting other homepages, users collect virtual treats or tricks while watching their own homepage to give as good as they take. If someone is stingy in giving out treats, the word will get out to the rest of… Read More

  • Japanese Women Fight Groping with Mobile Application

    For years Japanese women have endured being groped while in large crowds. Packed commuter trains are notorious prowling areas for men who feel the need to sexually assault random women. According to Tokyo police, 1853 men were arrested for groping passengers on Tokyo trains in 2005. But the harassment on trains is thought to be much higher because many women are too embarrassed to report… Read More

  • Hisense to buy Qualcomm’s Innovative MEMS Mobile Phone Displays

    Hisense, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, and Qualcomm, a wireless products developer, announced today that Qualcomm MEMS displays will be put into Hisense phones in 2008. The Qualcomm MEMS displays are being touted as superior in viewing quality and lower in power consumption. Qualcomm has developed the first direct view MEMS display for mobile devices, an innovation that offers… Read More

  • Real-Time Videoconferencing for Today’s Mobile Phone

    KT-Tech, a small start-up company, has revealed its mobile phone videoconferencing application, KTvid. KTvid allows person-to-person videoconferencing in real-time over today’s mainstream cellular networks. The application doesn’t require the high-bandwidth of a 3G cellular network for quality two-way video and audio connectivity so its potential can be realized today. I… Read More

  • AdMob Releases Free Report

    AdMob, a mobile advertising company, announced today that it is releasing its first periodic report on data and trends in the mobile market free for download. The report covers the 1.5 billion ads served in the month of September and includes manufacturer, device and country-specific data on AdMob’s top four markets by impressions served. The United States, United Kingdom, India and… Read More

  • AT&T Partners with Napster

    AT&T announced today that Napster’s entire music catalog of over five million songs will be available to AT&T’s mobile phone customers early next month. The service will expand the company’s offerings beyond the independent music offers through eMusic. This will allow AT&T to compete with Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel in the music download arena. AT&T… Read More

  • United Nations Approves WiMax

    The United Nations telecommunications agency voted to approve WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) technology, and make it part of the third-generation (3G) of mobile standards. This endorsement should open up global frequencies to make WiMax a worldwide player in the lucrative 3G market. WiMax has inherent advantages over Wi-Fi and landline data delivery systems. WiMax is… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Electronic Arts will launch Need for Speed: ProStreet for the mobile phone community later this month. This high octane game will be available in Europe on October 26 and in North America on October 30. Players race 16 high performance cars at 11 famous street racing locations. Winners earn cash to… Read More

  • iPhone Unlocked to Outside Developers

    Apple announced that in February it will make a developer’s kit available to independent software makers. This will make it easier for developers not associated with Apple or AT&T to create games, navigation systems, screen-shot capture programs and other tools for the iPhone. A few weeks ago, the iPhone was updated over-the-air and independently developed software was erased in… Read More

  • Ericsson’s 3rd Quarter Profits down 36%

    Ericsson, a company which has 45% of the $35 billion market for mobile network equipment and software, announced that its third-quarter profits fell 36%. Ericsson said the lower profits were driven by weaker-than-expected demand in the United States and Europe. Operators in those markets are cutting costs by pooling and renting networks instead of building their own… Read More

  • MetaCafe Goes Mobile

    MetaCafe has announced it will begin offering video download and streaming to mobile handsets. The offering which will debut next month in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands will also allow users to upload video directly from the handsets themselves. The new service is offered by way of a partnership with Peerbox whose solution goes beyond video download/upload to include social… Read More

  • Stay Connected while Waiting for Your Train

    T-Mobile’s HotSpot Wi-Fi service is now available at five Amtrak stations in the Northeast Corridor. Sitting in a train station may not be as posh a visiting a coffee house or book store but at least now commuters can enjoy the Internet while waiting for a connecting ride. The five stations include Washington Union Station, Baltimore Penn Station, Wilmington Station, Philadelphia 30th… Read More

  • Boost Mobile Partners with Mobile Complete to Create Boost Mobile VDL

    Mobile Complete, a company that provides mobile application testing, monitoring and support services, launched the Boost Mobile Virtual Developer Lab (VDL) today. Boost Mobile VDL is a remote testing service that utilizes Mobile Complete’s DeviceAnywhere service. DeviceAnywhere enables users to remotely press device buttons, view displays, listen to ringers and speakers, connect and… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Partners with Firethorn to provide Mobile Banking Services

    Verizon Wireless announced today that it will partner up with Firethorn Holdings so that Verizon customers can use Firethorn’s mobile financial services application. Verizon customers will be able to view and interact with their accounts while on-the-go in a secure environment. Verizon senior vice president of consumer products Jim Straight said, “After carefully researching… Read More

  • Nokia’s N95 8GB Device Ships Today

    Nokia’s N95 series got a memory boost with today’s shipping of the N95 8GB, which is being touted as a handheld multimedia computer. The 8 GBs of memory allows the user to save 20 hours of video or up to 6000 songs. The handset includes a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and a two-way slide. The N95 8GB also has a luminous 2.8” (230 x… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. This week saw the first ever national mobile gaming championship that took place at the AT&T Plaza in Dallas, Texas. 48 thumb calloused competitors pounded their mobile keys while they played The Fast & The Furious: Fugitive. Ian Estes sped seamlessly through each level to take first place and… Read More

  • Attend Mobile Ad Degree Educational Series

    It was announced today that Ad Infuse and M:Metrics will be hosting an educational series called Mobile Ad Degree. The purpose of the series is to explain how the rapidly growing mobile advertising ecosystem operates. The first event in the series will be held October 18, from 11 a.m. to 2p.m., in New York City at the W Union Square.
    Scheduled panelists, including Maria Mandel, partner and… Read More

  • Lawyer Sues Apple Over iPhone Restrictions

    The controversy over Apple’s locking the iPhone has moved from the realm of hackers and pirates to the courtroom. It has been said that one lawyer with a briefcase can take more money than ten thugs armed with guns. Apple’s treasure chest may lose some pierces-of-eight if the suit is successful.

    Lawyer Max Folkenflik filed a class action federal suit in Northern California… Read More