The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Sprint Opens Up Kyocera Echo Reservations For The Extra-Crazy Early Adopters

    Even if you never heed any other word of gadget advice I give, heed this: Sprint has just opened up the reservation queue for their crazy new multi-screen Android phone, the Kyocera Echo. Don’t do it.. Don’t stand in line for it, either. Wait a few weeks. Read More

  • Mobile Firefox Skips Flash In Favor Of HTML5

    A week after launching the official release of Firefox 4, Mozilla is following up today with Mobile Firefox for Android and Maemo phones (for all twelve of you Maemo fans out there). For Android, the browser is now available on the Android Market,. One thing Firefox mobile doesn’t have is support for Flash, even though Android has a big partnership with Adobe to make Flash work on mobile. Read More

  • Best Buy Adds 4G To Its Mobile Internet Service

    Best Buy is now in the the 4G business. The company has announced that its Best Buy Connect service, which first launched last July, will now support 4G, courtesy of a deal worked out with Clearwire. Access to the 4G network will set you back $45 per month, with Best Buy willing to waive the $35 activation fee if you agree to a two-year contract. Read More

  • iOS Game Review: Forget-Me-Not

    After seeing this interesting-looking game on Indie Games, I thought I’d give it a shot. The colorful, 80s-arcade graphics, minimal controls, and randomly generated gameplay suggested a retro-themed good time. And I wasn’t disappointed — it’s a lo-fi retro delight. Read More

  • It's Official: Ev Became "Less Involved" At Twitter Months Ago

    Today’s return of Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey to the company he created to once again head up its product efforts raises the question of what will co-founder Evan Williams be doing now. When he handed over the CEO reigns to Dick Costolo last October, the company said he was going to focus more on the product side of things. Dorsey is now the head of product and the two co-founders have… Read More

  • Tethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 Now Available (But Probably Not A Good Idea)

    Just a few days ago, Apple released iOS 4.3.1 — and already, the endlessly ingenious jailbreaking crowd has found their way in. However, let it be known: these early hacks tend to have a caveat or two, and this one’s certainly not the exception. Read More

  • Rumor: No new iPhone at WWDC this year?

    When you do things the same way each and every year, people start to expect it. Take the iPhone, for example; after the first iPhone was announced at the now mostly perished MacWorld conference, every subsequent iPhone announcement (3G, 3GS, 4) came at Apple’s own WWDC. After 3 years of back-to-back-to-back WWDC iPhone releases, people have started to look at WWDC as the iPhone… Read More

  • AmEx Gets Into Mobile Payments And Takes On PayPal With Serve

    Uh oh, Paypal; looks like you’ve got a new challenger in the person-to-person payments space. American Express has just announced the launch of their new money spendin’ service, Serve. At its foundation, it’s just a fancied up PayPal, allowing users to send one another money via e-mail address (as long as both users have Serve accounts.) Past that point, however, it’s got… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Takes Over Product Again At Twitter As Executive Chairman

    Jack Dorsey Takes Over Product Again At Twitter As Executive Chairman

    Jack Dorsey is back at Twitter in a big way. He just tweeted that he is now taking on the lead product role at Twitter, the company he co-founded and where he’s remained as chairman. To reflect his new operating role, his title will now be executive chairman. Dorsey will remain CEO of Square. News that Dorsey was negotiating with Twitter for an expanded role came out last week. There… Read More

  • Zapd Creates Themed Websites Right From Your Phone

    Zapd Creates Themed Websites Right From Your Phone

    Tumblr and Posterous showed the world that making blogging simpler makes it more accessible. Both make also make it really easy to publish from your phone. Now Zapd, a new service from Seattle startup Pressplane, wants to take it one step further and let you create websites right from your phone. Zapd is an iPhone app that lets you create a themed, well-designed, mobile-friendly website in… Read More

  • Lauren Leto on the Beginning of Texts From Last Night

    (Founder Stories) Lauren Leto: Texts From Last Night Was A Million Dollar Idea, Bnter Is Next

    As a law student, Lauren Leto and her friends started Texts From Last Night, a site where they could anonymously posts real text messages about their exploits going out at night. It turns out a lot of people could relate, and when they opened up the site to anyone to contribute, it became a Web sensation. Today, the site attracts 4 million people a month, 5,000 to 15,000 submissions a day… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging March Madness

    On Thursday, I used Yobongo all day, which helped me find a new lunch spot, run into an old friend, and meet a Yobongo co-founder. That afternoon, I thought it would be a good time to write about the new group and mobile messaging wars for TechCrunch. A few hours later, Color Labs launched, to put it mildly. And, as I was editing this post on Friday night, Disco appeared, the new… Read More

  • A Trip Into The Network: A Look Inside A Verizon Superswitch

    Ever wonder how all those data bits, naughty sexting messages, and angry voice calls get from point A to point B? Most folks are perfectly content with chalking it up to magical fairies and space dust, but it’s really a bit more complicated than that. The signal hops from your phone to the nearest cell tower, which then forwards everything on to the local “switch”. The… Read More

  • Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1 For AT&T iPhones, Verizon iPhones still on 4.2.6

    If you’ve got an iPhone (well, an AT&T iPhone) and a burning desire to upgrade something today, you’re in luck: Apple has just pushed out iOS 4.3.1 for iPod Touches, iPads, and GSM iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4s. As for all those shiny new Verizon iPhone 4s out there? No update for you, just yet. But don’t fret, Verizoners — you’re not missin’ too much here. Read More

  • Sprint ditches Mail-In Rebates, goes with Instant Rebates indefinitely

    Hurrah! Back in January, word got out that Verizon was ditching mail-in rebates in favor of instant rebates on their more expensive handsets. We hoped, from the very geekiest depths of our heart (we’ve been burned by the mail-in rebate that never arrives just one too many times), that this would be a trend that other carriers would follow. Sure enough: Sprint has just confirmed to… Read More

  • Hackers Give Bada The Boot, Finagle Android 2.2 Onto The Samsung Wave

    You know, it really doesn’t matter how many dozens of devices there are built to run Android — the modding community is still going to see if they can get it up and running on other devices. It’s pretty much a hacker pastime at this point, along the lines of forcing a microwave to run DOOM. The latest non-Android device to succumb to the bot? The Samsung Wave, originally… Read More

  • Droid X To Get Android 2.3 This Sunday?

    Attention, Droid X owners and lovers. Word is that your handset of choice is getting some tasty Gingerbread as soon as next week. Business phones will get the update first starting on Sunday, but a general roll-out seems imminent. Droid Life states via a friend in the business that 2.3 is done and it’s just up to Verizon/Moto to roll it out. The new version will bring 2.3 and a… Read More

  • Samsung App Store Hits 100 Million Download Mark

    Ten months after Samsung launched their own App Store for Bada devices, the company reached the 100 million download milestone, a notable result for what we can only termed as a Quixotic quest. The rush to app download nirvana began with the Samsung Wave last year. Read More

  • Pah! The iPhone game you play with your mouth.

    Have you ever been sittin’ there, playin’ an iPhone game, thinking to yourself, “Man! This is a cool game and all, but I really wish I didn’t have to use my hands so much. If only I could play using nothing but my mouth!” No? Yeah, me neither. But hey, go with it. Pah! is a classic sidescroller for iOS, with one big ol’ twist: it’s played entirely… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey's Golden Gate Speech

    Jack Dorsey & The Golden Gate Bridge (Exclusive Video)

    A recent Vanity Fair profile of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ends with an anecdote about an inspiring speech he gave to the assembled staff at his new mobile payments startup, Square. The internal “TownSquare” meeting took place on his 34th birthday last November, and it is a remarkable statement by a young CEO who is finding his voice and trying to impart it onto his company. … Read More