Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Samsung Teases For IFA, Glowing Handsets And Beautiful People

    Samsung Teases For IFA, Glowing Handsets And Beautiful People

    Samsung has something big in store for IFA 2011 — but don’t they always. The company just unveiled two videos for its latest marketing campaign that, per the rules of Viral 101, do not show anything of interest. Still, IFA is Europe’s CES and they company is bound to have something newsworthy like a Galaxy II successor or a Galaxy Tab of the 7-inch variety. The second… Read More

  • SoftBank 007SH KT: Hello Kitty-Branded Clamshell Android Phone

    SoftBank 007SH KT: Hello Kitty-Branded Clamshell Android Phone

    The Yahoo Phone isn’t the only unusual handset Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank rolled out yesterday. SoftBank subscribers can soon lay their hands on another one, the 007SH KT [JP], which has two selling points: it’s designed like a clamshell feature phone (even though it runs on Android), and it has Hello Kitty written all over it. Read More

  • HP To Apple: You Win.

    HP To Apple: You Win.

    As I write this, I’m sitting in a cafe. Around me, there are five people on laptops — four of them are MacBooks. Four other people are using tablets — all four are iPads. Welcome to the Post-PC world. That phrase was one of the first things that jumped to my mind today when I heard the news that HP was not only killing off their TouchPad and Pre webOS-based products, but… Read More

  • Okay HP, Let’s Make Some Lemonade

    Okay HP, Let’s Make Some Lemonade

    This morning, HP admitted failure. After spending $1.2 billion to acquire Palm, they announced that they were killing off the development of all smartphones and tablets running Palm’s webOS platform — including the just launched TouchPad. Having survived for just 49 days before its death, it’s tragic that TouchPad lived just one day longer than the oft-mocked Microsoft… Read More

  • Mobiado’s Grand Touch Phones: Android For The Stupidly Rich

    Mobiado’s Grand Touch Phones: Android For The Stupidly Rich

    The Canadian luxury buffs over at Mobiado have been churning out obscenely expensive (not to mention obscenely designed) phones since 2004, and if you were to look at their line-up, one thing would become immediately clear: none of them are worth the price. Dumbphones swathed in gold and pearl inlays are still dumbphones, after all. That said, Mobiado is trying something new with their Grand… Read More

  • It’s Official: HP Kills Off webOS Phones And The TouchPad

    It’s Official: HP Kills Off webOS Phones And The TouchPad

    Brace yourselves, webOS fans. In the hours leading up to their Q3 conference call later today, HP has just confirmed that they will be discontinuing operations surrounding the TouchPad and all webOS phones. Read More

  • Android Phone Owners Use Their Devices For An Hour A Day

    Android Phone Owners Use Their Devices For An Hour A Day

    Nielsen has found that Android users tend to spend over an hour a day on their phones. Sixty-seven percent of their time is spent “working” with apps while the rest is spent on the mobile web. Forty-three percent of those apps are top 10 Market apps while the top 50 apps are used 61 percent of the time. The rest of the apps – all 250,000 of them – are used the rest of… Read More

  • My Old Friend, AT&T, Still Bringing The Scumbaggery After All These Years

    My Old Friend, AT&T, Still Bringing The Scumbaggery After All These Years

    January 19, 2011. It’s a day I’ll always remember. It’s the day I finally got to destroy a Horcrux that had been bringing misery into my life: AT&T. That’s the day I finally cancelled my AT&T service after years of dropped calls, non-existant service, gross over-charges, and all around frustration. I even did it before I knew for sure that Verizon was getting… Read More

  • My Virtual Boyfriend Is Awkward, Funny, And STD-Free

    My Virtual Boyfriend Is Awkward, Funny, And STD-Free

    Dating sucks. Nine out of ten times, your suitor is a jerk. The other ten percent of the time, they pretend not to be a jerk only to show their true jerk-like colors a few weeks later. This is the world we live in, and there’s really nothing we can do about it. Oh wait… That’s right. There’s an app for that. Straight ladies and gay gentlemen: Wet Productions… Read More

  • Bing’s “We’re In” Windows Phone App is Foursquare’s Other Half

    Bing’s “We’re In” Windows Phone App is Foursquare’s Other Half

    On the rare occasions that I’m not sitting in a chat room and writing about phones, I usually play the role of “hang-out coordinator” among my friends. You probably have too: messaging people to see who’s available, finding out who wants to eat what, getting ETAs from prospective partiers, the works. It’s a bit draining to say the least, but if you’re… Read More

  • Appia-Powered App Stores Now Seeing 1 Million Downloads Per Day

    Appia-Powered App Stores Now Seeing 1 Million Downloads Per Day

    Appia, a startup that powers a white-label content and commerce platform for everyone and anyone who needs a mobile app store, has passed an important milestone—the company is now seeing 1 million downloads per day (that’s up from 500,000 a few months ago) across all of its app stores. For background, the company powers mobile app storefronts for more than 40 partners, including… Read More

  • Apple, China Mobile In Talks To Bring The iPhone To Its 600m Users

    Apple, China Mobile In Talks To Bring The iPhone To Its 600m Users

    The world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, does not currently support or sell the iPhone. That might be changing, though. Reuters is reporting that the carrier has held meetings with Steve Jobs himself in regards to launching the iPhone on China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier. There’s clearly a demand. Apparently China Mobile, despite not selling the… Read More

  • Nokia’s Anna Update For Symbian^3 Devices Is Ready To Roll

    Nokia’s Anna Update For Symbian^3 Devices Is Ready To Roll

    Despite the fact that the company has a newly adopted OS in the works with Windows Phone 7, Nokia has always promised to continue supporting Symbian, its first born OS. That said, owners of the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 will get to download the Symbian Anna software update starting today. The update includes improvements to the browser and maps, along with new icons. Read More

  • Citi and Best Buy Launch Mobile Rewards App

    Citi and Best Buy Launch Mobile Rewards App

    Citi and Best Buy have teamed up to launch a mobile rewards application for iPhone and Android devices. The “Citi ThankYou Rewards” app ties together Best Buy’s inventory systems with Citi’s “ThankYou” Rewards program, a service which allows Citi customers to earn points by using their Citi credit card or performing other banking-related activities. Now… Read More

  • Japan To Get Android-Based “Yahoo Phone” Next Month

    Japan To Get Android-Based “Yahoo Phone” Next Month

    Japan gets an Android-based “Yahoo Phone” [JP]: what may sound weird at first is actually not that surprising a news item, given that Yahoo is the country’s biggest website. Add to the fact that the country’s third biggest mobile carrier SoftBank, the provider of the phone, is Yahoo Japan’s biggest shareholder, and the emergence of such a handset makes even… Read More

  • Apple, It’s Time To Block iOS 5 Beta Users From Reviewing Apps

    Apple, It’s Time To Block iOS 5 Beta Users From Reviewing Apps

    “Yeah, each new iOS announcement is very‚Ķ bittersweet. We love it because it means new APIs for us to build on, bug fixes for things we’ve had to work around, and, ideally, more people buying the platform we build for. But then we spend months getting slammed by bad reviews, all written by people who just don’t understand: until the release goes gold, beta-specific bugs are… Read More

  • The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The U.S. government is no stranger the to app game: they’ve developed over 50 smartphone apps and mobile sites for everyday use, ranging from apps that find local alternative fueling stations to ones that can identify leaves you’ve photographed. The federal app arsenal runs the gamut for sure, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. The USA.gov blog has announced that until… Read More

  • Motorola Droid HD Smiles For The Camera, Droid Bionic Tags Along

    Motorola Droid HD Smiles For The Camera, Droid Bionic Tags Along

    Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Droid HD. The previously unseen handset was known to be floating around, thanks to its EXIF data making a quick appearance on Flickr, but the Droid HD is ready for a bit of spotlight. The Droid Bionic has been enjoying its share of attention for months now, even as its release date keeps getting pushed further and further back. Now that we have a good handle on… Read More

  • T-Mobile Lands The BlackBerry Bold 9900, Its First 4G BlackBerry

    T-Mobile Lands The BlackBerry Bold 9900, Its First 4G BlackBerry

    The BlackBerry Bold 9900 just hit T-Mobile shelves, but wait just a second before you bolt to run and grab one. The handset from RIM is launching for business customers only until August 31, at which point the rest of us can get our BBM on. Of course, BlackBerries are built with the enterprise in mind, so it kind of makes sense that suits would get first dibs. Then again, RIM isn’t… Read More

  • Korean Lawsuit Seeks $25 Million From Apple For Location Tracking

    Korean Lawsuit Seeks $25 Million From Apple For Location Tracking

    Kim Hyung-Suk has been busy these past few months. An attorney based out of Seoul, he gained a bit of notoriety for being the first person to receive a cash settlement from Apple for the iPhone’s location-tracking tendencies. He also announced that he and his law firm, Mirae Law, would be looking into the possibility of filing a class-action suit against Apple. According to a report… Read More