Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Mystery Android Vulnerability Not Detailed By Prudent Hackers

    Mystery Android Vulnerability Not Detailed By Prudent Hackers

    Riley Hassell and Shane Macaulay were all set to go on stage at Black Hat and describe a few methods of hacking Android devices. But they never appeared: at the last minute, they decided not to reveal the vulnerabilities they had discovered. Why? “To prevent an unacceptable window of risk to consumers worldwide and to guarantee credit where it was due.” Read More

  • HTC’s 1st NFC Phone HTC Stunning is Actually Incredible S

    HTC’s 1st NFC Phone HTC Stunning is Actually Incredible S

    Earlier this week, smartphone maker HTC revealed its first NFC-based device, reportedly called the “HTC Stunning.” The phone is being released in China and will include support for mobile payments through a partnership with China UnionPay, a Chinese bankcard network. What we didn’t know, however, was what kind of phone the Stunning is. Now we do: it’s just the HTC… Read More

  • TSMC Beginning Production Of Apple’s New A6 Processor

    TSMC Beginning Production Of Apple’s New A6 Processor

    We reported a few weeks ago that Apple was potentially looking at TSMC (otherwise known as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) to start work on their next-generation A6 processor. Apple seems to have made up their mind in the interim, as the partnership was confirmed on Friday by the Chinese Economic News Service. Read More

  • W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    Monetization and distribution network for app developers, W3i, is today announcing a program specifically for iOS Game Developers. The new service, now in beta, is simply being called “Games Platform,” the company says. And its goal will be to solve the challenges facing game developers such as server set-up, maintenance, security, storefronts and analytics. Read More

  • Samsung To Finally Debut The Galaxy S II In The U.S On August 29th

    Samsung To Finally Debut The Galaxy S II In The U.S On August 29th

    It’s coming! It’s finally, finally coming! After nearly four months of traveling around just about everywhere but the US, the Galaxy S II is finally set to make its stateside debut. Samsung will be holding a press event on August 29th to spill all the details. Read More

  • The Battle Continues: Samsung To Appeal Apple’s European Injunction

    The Battle Continues: Samsung To Appeal Apple’s European Injunction

    As expected, Samsung has decided to fight back against Apple’s preliminary injunction to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the European Union (excluding the Netherlands). On August 25, the rumble continues, as Samsung will go to court in Dusseldorf, Germany to appeal the court’s decision, reports the Wall Street Journal. Read More

  • Google Videos Brings Movie Rentals to Android Phones

    Google Videos Brings Movie Rentals to Android Phones

    Google’s Videos app, the official video player for Android Market movie rentals, has been updated to work on Android smartphones. Previously, the app was only supported on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the Android tablet operating system. The latest update is not compatible with all Android phones, however, only those running the two latest versions of Android for smartphones: Android 2.2… Read More

  • Windows Phone VP Debunks Mango’s Sept. 1 Release, We’re Still Not Convinced

    Windows Phone VP Debunks Mango’s Sept. 1 Release, We’re Still Not Convinced

    If you’re keeping up with Windows Phone Mango (which you totally should be because it looks pretty awesome), you’ll remember that we reported on a possible September 1 release for the update. Trusted, yet unnamed, Pocket-Lint sources had confirmed the rumor. Well, here’s the thing. We were totally right. We’re just not sure which part we were right about yet &mdash… Read More

  • Is This What Android 4: Ice Cream Sandwich Looks Like?

    Is This What Android 4: Ice Cream Sandwich Looks Like?

    Google has been awfully protective of their latest version of Android, but thanks to the folks over at RootzWiki and Android Police, we may have our first ever glimpse at Ice Cream Sandwich. As always, keep those grains of salt handy — they claim their source is solid, but there’s no guarantee this isn’t just a smartly skinned Nexus S. Read More

  • Next Generation 911 Will Support Text, Photos, Video, And Data

    Next Generation 911 Will Support Text, Photos, Video, And Data

    Nobody ever wants to be in a situation that requires emergency services, but when you are, that whole “dial 911” thing really helps. Sort of. In truth, our emergency response system is pretty outdated when we consider all the various forms of communication that have basically become mainstream. But luckily, FCC Charmain Julius Genachowski recently announced that a five step plan is… Read More

  • Leaked Samsung Road Map Reveals Big Screens And Bada Phones

    Leaked Samsung Road Map Reveals Big Screens And Bada Phones

    It had to be translated from two different languages, but a road map from Lithuanian retailer Mobili linija has surfaced that appears to outline some big new devices that Samsung has waiting in the wings. Read More

  • OKCupid Integrates Location Based Dating Into iOS And Android Apps

    OKCupid Integrates Location Based Dating Into iOS And Android Apps

    Online dating site OkCupid is making a big move today in the mobile space—the service is adding location-based functionality to its Android and iOS mobile apps. For background, OkCupid singles tend to be younger, which is one of the reasons why IAC’s Match.com decided to buy the dating startup for $50 million earlier this year. The use of mobile apps for dating and even… Read More

  • Mobile Q&A App Opinionaided Raises $4.3 Million From SoftBank And Others

    Mobile Q&A App Opinionaided Raises $4.3 Million From SoftBank And Others

    Mobile Q&A service Opinionaided has raised $4.3 million in funding led by SoftBank Capital and BlueRun Ventures with General Catalyst, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mark Wachen, Jonah Goodhart, Karl Jacob, ENIAC Ventures and Vince Monical participating. This brings the company’s total funding to $5.3 million. Opinionaided’s free iOS app allows users to get advice and opinions on… Read More

  • Rumor: Windows Phone 7 Mango To Launch On September 1st?

    Rumor: Windows Phone 7 Mango To Launch On September 1st?

    If recent reports hold true, Microsoft may be preparing to release their long-awaited Windows Phone Mango update sooner than expected. Based on information from “trusted sources,” Pocket-lint reports that Mango’s official rollout will begin on September 1, ahead of the generic “Fall” launch window Microsoft had previously announced. Read More

  • Leaked Sprint Flyer Reveals BlackBerry Bold 9930, Torch 9850 Pricing

    Leaked Sprint Flyer Reveals BlackBerry Bold 9930, Torch 9850 Pricing

    Ready to get “back to cool”? Apparently $250 will get you a brand new BlackBerry Bold 9930 from Sprint, according to a leaked flyer obtained by BGR. Although, as per usual, a two-year agreement is required. Along with Bold 9930 pricing, the flyer also points to pricing details for the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9850. Read More

  • Android Patent Trouble Worsens: Motorola Considers Collecting IP Royalties

    Android Patent Trouble Worsens: Motorola Considers Collecting IP Royalties

    No doubt you’ve heard about Google’s ever-increasing struggle with patents, namely that it can’t protect Android. If it’s not Apple going after Samsung and HTC directly, it’s Oracle, Microsoft and Apple stealing away Nortel/Novell patents. It’s gotten so bad that Microsoft and Google entered into a rather public spat over Twitter and Google’s own… Read More

  • Snapette Wants To Be The Foodspotting For Fashion

    Snapette Wants To Be The Foodspotting For Fashion

    Foodspotting has emerged as a popular way to to share photos of your favorite foods and dishes with your friends. Today, Snapette is trying to take Foodspotting’s model and apply this to fashion. The startup, which is part of the 500 Startups accelerator program, is launching is a free iOS app that allows women to discover and share photos in-store products by location and recommendations. Read More

  • Apple Patent Filing Could Put Plan and Carrier Changes In Your Pocket

    Apple Patent Filing Could Put Plan and Carrier Changes In Your Pocket

    According to a patent filing unearthed by AppleInsider, Apple may be looking to give their customers with a new kind of control: control over their current carrier. Titled “Method and Apparatus for Using a Wireless Communication Device with Multiple Service Providers”, it (longwindedly) describes how a phone could locally store several different carrier configurations profiles… Read More

  • Live Blog: HTC’s “Major Announcement”

    Live Blog: HTC’s “Major Announcement”

    Late last night, HTC announced that they had a “Major News Announcement” to share this morning. With HTC having made some of the finest smartphones we’ve ever seen (like the Thunderbolt, the 7 Pro, and the world’s original Android device, the G1), anything they consider “major news” is probably worth tuning in to. So, what might they announce? Thanks to… Read More

  • Gartner: Android OS Sales Top iOS, RIM and Nokia

    Gartner: Android OS Sales Top iOS, RIM and Nokia

    Gartner just released its new mobile device sales for Q2 2011, and reports that Google and Apple are the “obvious winners” in the smartphone ecosystem. The combined share of iOS and Android doubled nearly 62% in the second quarter of this year, up from just over 31% in same quarter last year. Read More