The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Gameloft Launches NFL 2009 Today

    Gameloft’s NFL 2009 launches today. Gameloft has a mobile licensing agreement with the National Football League (NFL) that allows the company to create an authentic NFL experience by featuring all 32 NFL teams, NFL players, NFL stadiums and detailed stats. “We are proud that the NFL recognized Gameloft’s signature titles and granted us the license to develop NFL 2009,”… Read More

  • European Mobile Market Predicted to Grow 2.35% over next four Years

    Industry researcher RNCOS predicts in its report, “European Mobile Market Scenario 2012”, that the mobile subscriber base in Europe will grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of nearly 2.35% from 2008 to 2012. Young people and city dwellers make up the largest mobile phone demographic. Mobile penetration among European consumers aged between 12 and 24 reached 84% in 2006. Read More

  • DeviceAnywhere rolls out remote Nokia application testing

    If you’ve done much developing for mobile handsets, you’ve probably come across DeviceAnywhere. Through a top-secret combination of pixie dust, unicorn hair, and good old fashion hardware hackery, DeviceAnywhere acts as a remote lab for mobile handsets. After signing up, you can pull up virtual versions of a variety of phones right on your screen, all tied to actual handsets in… Read More

  • CTIA Hires Lobbying Company Madison Group

    CTIA, the Wireless Association, has hired the Madison Group to represent them before the U.S. Congress and Executive Agencies. The Madison Group is a bi-partisan, minority-owned lobbying and consulting firm that specializes in tax, tech, telecommunications, trade and transportation issues. Madison Group represents its clients and attempts to solve complex public policy issues while working to… Read More

  • Olympic Team USA Soundtrack from AT&T

    Every workout enthusiast knows that a good soundtrack can make a sweat session go better. Endorphins flood the body to the beat of the music as fat melts away and muscle stretches to new lengths. To inspire and support the U.S. Olympic Team at this year’s summer games, AT&T will record a soundtrack with some of today’s top talent. Team USA Soundtrack will include music from 3… Read More

  • BlackBerry 9500 Thunder media player shots leaked

    Thanks to the bar-raising done by that-other-touchscreen-device, any touchscreen box wishin’ to take a big chunk of the market is going to need a rockin’ media player — the BlackBerry 9500 Thunder included. BlackberrySync managed to get their hands on what are purported to be shots of the 9500’s media player running on OS 4.7. Doesn’t look too shabby at all, albeit… Read More

  • Paragon Lake Raises $5.8 Million To Help You Make Custom Jewelry

    Paragon Lake, a startup that aims to make the custom jewelry design process more efficient, has raised $5.8 million in a Series A funding round led by Highland Capital Partners and Canaan Partners. The company, which was founded in 2006, has been developing a web-based jewelry design tool for independent jewelers that it hopes to release in the next few months. The online software aims to… Read More

  • Google rolling out Voice Search for Google Maps Mobile

    Further cementing Google Maps Mobile as one of the most useful free mobile applications ever, Google has added Voice search to its repertoire. It’s an experimental feature at this point, so it’s only on select handsets; if you’re using a Blackberry Pearl 8110, 8120, or 8130 – go update! The new feature seems pretty easy to use: hold the left soft key, say your… Read More

  • Telus bringing HTC Touch Diamond to Canada

    As if Canada doesn’t already have enough good stuff goin’ for it already, Canadian wireless carrier Telus has announced that they will be carrying the HTC Touch Diamond in its CDMA form “later this summer” (presumably by the end of September.) This’ll make Telus the first North American operator to carry the handset. Both hardware and software-wise, the Touch… Read More

  • Openmoko Neo Freerunner to launch July 4th

    Man, I loves me some Openmoko Neo Freerunner. Sure, it’s not the prettiest thing on the planet. Sure, a completely open source mobile device may be a bit ahead of the times for all but the most dedicated gadget geeks amongst us. But man oh man, have I been drooling about this for a while. For the uninitiated, Openmoko is a project aimed at creating a series of open source mobile phones. Read More

  • UTStarcom offloads its handset division

    We don’t really hear much about Audiovox UTStarcom these days. In all the time I’ve spent staring at other peoples phones, I’ve come across but a handful of UTStarcom handsets. Am I in the minority here? Regardless – someone out there thinks UTStarcom’s phones are worth a chunk of change. A group of private investors from AIG Investments has snatched up… Read More

  • Cellufun Recruits Keith Katz and Tom Burgess

    The mobile game and entertainment company Cellufun adds two new executives to its management team. Tom Burgess will sit on the advisory board and Keith Katz will become VP of Marketing. Both new hires are mobile industry veterans and have experience in the entertainment and advertising businesses. Tom Burgess is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Battery Ventures. He was the Founder and CEO of… Read More

  • Mobile Phones Banned in Cyprus Schools

    Legislators in Cyprus are poised to pass a tough law that bans students from bringing mobile phones to school. Jamming handset reception in schools has also been contemplated. The new law would reprimand students caught carrying a mobile phone on campus. Those caught with a handset turned on could be suspended and anyone filming with a mobile phone would face expulsion. According to Dr. Read More

  • AT&T iPhone 3G pricing released

    AT&T retail stores will be open at 8AM local time on July 11th, so be “iReady!” Existing customers who don’t qualify for an upgrade will have to shell out $399 and $499 for the corresponding iP3G model. Customers who don’t want to extend their current contract will pay $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB model. Current AT&T customers who want to upgrade to… Read More

  • Sprint: On the wrong SERO plan? Give us our phone back.

    When word got out that the Sprint would require customers to carry a $70-per-month plan if they wanted to rock an Instinct, folks were a bit worried about whether or not their SERO plans would keep them from activating. (For those who don’t lurk phone forums, SERO is intended as a discounted plan set for those with friends/family that work for Sprint. In practice, it’s a… Read More

  • Mike Rowehl Joins the Ranks of Skyfire Labs

    Skyfire Labs, the mobile Web browsing company, has added Mike Rowehl to its ranks. Rowehl is to become the Scalability Architect, and oversee all scalability projects. Rowehl is a programmer, entrepreneur and blogger, and has nearly a decade of experience developing mobility systems. Recently, he founded and acted as CEO of Mowser, the Web “mobilize” that turns Web pages into… Read More

  • Nokia Adds Warner Music Group to its Playlist

    Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, announced today that it would add Warner Music Group’s catalogue of music to its soon to be launched Nokia Comes With Music service. In recent months, Nokia has been aggressive in signing up major labels to its music server. Warner joins Universal Music Group and Sony BMG. “Warner Music Group has been a pioneer in… Read More

  • Alltel adds unlimited texting for My Circle friends

    While I text way more than I probably should, the dominat chunk of the messages sent are to a small handful of people. For the sake of saving folks like me a few ducats, Alltel has made a change to their My Circle plans which adds unlimited texting to/from anybody within your circle. It’s not a free texting pass, however; you still have to be subscribed to a messaging pack costing at… Read More

  • 13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    There has been much talk of Twitter users moving over to FriendFeed since Twitter replies were down for the majority of last week. Twitter announced that they were back on Saturday in their blog, but seeing as the outage may have inspired some users to flock to FriendFeed, I decided to take a look at the 3rd-party applications and scripts that enhance the FriendFeed functionality. For those… Read More

  • New California Laws Take Effect Tomorrow

    There have been a lot of new local and state laws passed lately that restrict a driver’s use of a cell phone. Starting tomorrow, 16 and 17 year-old drivers cannot text or talk on a cell phone in California. A similar law restricts adults to using only hands-free devices while motoring about. Texting isn’t covered in the law for those 18 and older, but other statutes that are aimed… Read More