ocean

  • Robotic ocean exploration to extend to space

    Robotic ocean exploration to extend to space

    Chris German, Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution here in Massachusetts, has been busy finding undersea volcanoes with the help of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). With more than half the planet’s water exceeding depths of two miles, mapping the sea floor is no easy task. What’s more, technology… Read More

  • Pantech launches the Matrix for AT&T, looks like an updated Ocean

    Pantech launches the Matrix for AT&T, looks like an updated Ocean

    Available starting today is the Pantech Matrix for AT&T. It features the same dual sliding keyboard from their Helio Ocean design in a much better looking form factor. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the pill design, but this new QWERTY keyboard looks a lot easier to use. It features a 1.3-megapixel camera, XM radio, Bluetooth and an MP3 player. Get it now in blue, green and red for $80. Read More

  • No Ocean 2 until 2009 — too little too late?

    No Ocean 2 until 2009 — too little too late?

    Already blue-faced from holding your breath for Oz 2? You might just go purple before you’ve got one in your hands. According to Jayne Wallace, spokeswoman for Virgin Mobile, we won’t be seeing it on the shelves until 2009. Why? Because it’s not yet “the best it can be.” Read More

  • Virgin Mobile grows up

    Virgin Mobile grows up

    Virgin Mobile, which recently announced plans to acquire Helio, continues to mature while mostly avoiding growing pains. With 5.1 million customers and well over a billion dollars in revenue last year, the MVNO seems well situated to expand. VM has consistently stood apart from the pack by continuing to offer no-contract plans and in the process attracted a lot of younger, no credit or bad credit… Read More

  • Helio's Ocean 2 surfaces?

    Helio's Ocean 2 surfaces?

    Those of us here at CrunchGear who use Helio’s excellent Ocean (which is most of us) are thrilled up at the prospect of the rumored Ocean 2, or OZ2, which is purportedly set to drop on or around June 20. We know the phone has significant upgrades to the OS making it much faster and more responsive that the first-gen version, and we also hear there’s a better camera and in-browser… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Helio Ocean, $99 after MIR

    CrunchDeals: Helio Ocean, $99 after MIR

    If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Helio Ocean — we know you’re out there — have we got a CrunchDeal for you. Helio’s got a special offer right now. A $199 Ocean with a $100 mail-in rebate with any qualifying plan. That’s the best deal we’ev ever seen on the Ocean, one of the CrunchGear staff’s favorite phones. We’ve blogged the shit… Read More

  • Helio's Ocean gets update for YouTube client, and it's good

    Helio's Ocean gets update for YouTube client, and it's good

    Helio today updated the YouTube client for its popular flagship phone, the Ocean. The update uses the same general interface, which is pretty good, and is rumored to be based on the new overall interface. The new client is faster, noticeably so, and it’s not just the interface; loading and buffering times are zippy indeed. It’s a free download for all Ocean users, and it the bandwidth… Read More

  • They caught the dudes that cut the undersea cables

    They caught the dudes that cut the undersea cables

    Actually, let’s be fair — there could be some dudettes involved too. At any rate, two of the recently-severed undersea cables have been accounted for, as authorities in Dubai have impounded two ships that were caught by satellite photos taken directly over the cables at the time they were cut. According to PC Pro, “The MV Hounslow and MT Ann have both been detained by the Dubai… Read More

  • Helio updates YouTube client, and it's good

    Helio updates YouTube client, and it's good

    Helio today updated the YouTube client for its popular flagship phone, the Ocean. The update uses the same general interface, which is pretty good, and is rumored to be based on the new overall interface. The new client is faster, noticeably so, and it’s not just the interface; loading and buffering times are zippy indeed. It’s a free download for all Ocean users, and it the bandwidth… Read More

  • Ocean 2 image leaked by FCC

    [photopress:pantech_oz2_fcc_id.jpg,full,left]Regular readers know that we at CrunchGear love the Helio Ocean. At least three of us carry one with us at all times. The integrated GPS is the best I’ve ever used in a handset and the third-party software’s just fantastic. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the Ocean 2 and its rumored navigation technique that some say will rival the iPhone… Read More

 
  • Opera Mini gets way officialized for the Helio Ocean

    Opera Mini gets way officialized for the Helio Ocean

    I love the Helio Ocean, and I love Opera Mini. When some shadow devs used their fancy footwork to make the two work together, I was a very happy boy. Helio was impressed too, and today announced that the alternative browser would be officially supported on the Helio flagship handset. This is notable for a few reasons. This is a user-driven initiative; the vibrant Ocean community more or less said… Read More

  • Helio drops price of unlimited plan, again

    Helio drops price of unlimited plan, again

    Helio has once again dropped the price of their unlimited plan down to $99 from $145. You know the drill. Now drop on by your nearest store and take advantage while you can. The Ocean and Mysto are great choices in case you needed some advice on a handset. Helio Read More

  • Pantech Duo Review

    Pantech Duo Review

    What would a week of “Smartphones Now” be without a review of a smartphone? A terrible one, I’m sure. So what are we going to look at today? The Duo from Pantech for AT&T. Not exactly the hottest smartphone on the market, but it does have a few qualities that are quite endearing. I’m also jaded and hate all phones to begin with. Heh. That’s not entirely true. I… Read More

  • Mother Ocean to juice our Xboxes, TVs, etc.

    Mother Ocean to juice our Xboxes, TVs, etc.

    That’s Mavericks, a world class big wave spot in Half Moon Bay. Oil prices are getting out of hand. Wind and solar power are somewhat unpredictable and apparently they ‘cost too much’. A few weeks back I saw Southland Tales and the movie was about the end of the world and all this other crazy stuff. What was intriguing about the film other than Sarah Michelle Geller being a porn… Read More

  • Helio's Ocean granted hot new native YouTube app; Downloads and Uploads now both totally mobile

    Helio's Ocean granted hot new native YouTube app; Downloads and Uploads now both totally mobile

    I love YouTube. I mean I love it. I like unhinged videos of Mexican UFOs, crazy Japanese gameshows, and Lohan falling down. It’s unlimited entertainment, because there are more hours of content uploaded per day that there are hours in the day, meaning you could never possibly watch it all. And it’s all free. Sadly, the world of online video is restricted to, for the most part, unwieldy… Read More

  • Hands on with the Pantech Duo

    Hands on with the Pantech Duo

    After a dreadful day of sitting on the couch, sleeping on the couch and playing Assassin’s Creed from the couch since I was under the weather yesterday, I return to the CrunchGear/TechCrunch office to find a UPS box waiting for me. What could it be?! Yeah, I know you already know since it’s blatantly obvious in the headlines but bear with me. So what I have here is the Duo, which is… Read More

  • Helio adds TV Guide app, my laziness gets worse

    Helio adds TV Guide app, my laziness gets worse

    As if I need another reason to not leave the couch this winter other than it being cold. Helio has gone and added a TV Guide app and I feel myself getting squishier. A 30-day rental is $2.99 and you can even forward TV listings to a friend in case you think they’re interested in watching ___________ (Some dumb show only you like. Heh.). A few more screen shots after the jump. Thanks, Helio. Read More

  • Helio File Viewer loosed

    Helio File Viewer loosed

    I told you about File Viewer a few months ago. I’ve been patiently waiting and it was worth it. It’s now here and it’s free, but only for the Ocean. File Viewer works in conjunction with MME and allows you to view all Microsoft Office documents as well as HTML, PDF, TXT and an array of images. You can even check files from your microSD card. I haven’t tested it all out, but… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Helio slashes $50 off all handsets

    CrunchDeals: Helio slashes $50 off all handsets

    As if the refreshed Oceans and $99 all-in-one plan weren’t enough, the MVNO of choice has slashed $50 off all handsets for new members. That means a brand new Ocean is $199, the thinnest flip on the market, Fin, is $79 and the Heat is FREE. Need I say more? Helio Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Helio Ocean now $99, so is unlimited everything

    CrunchDeals: Helio Ocean now $99, so is unlimited everything

    I love my Ocean. Matt lives and dies by the Ocean. It’s a great phone and does everything one needs. Well, not everything. It doesn’t get Matt laid or anything, but I think you know where I’m going. Maybe you’re already with Helio and you want some friends to migrate over because you’re a greedy bastard and want the free months of service. I wouldn’t blame you. Read More