The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Don't Believe The FUD: Square Is Only As Insecure As You Let It Be

    Early this morning, VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron wrote an “open letter” to the financial industry. In it, he decries Square and their little smartphone-credit-card-reader-that-could, calling for its recall. His reasoning? The Square dongle is easily available and it handles data passed between the dongle and whatever device it’s plugged into without encryption (though… Read More

  • iOS 4.3 Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

    Got your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch by your side? Ready for some new features, like WiFi Personal Hotspot, AirPlay support in third party apps, and lil’ graphical improvements throughout the OS? Best get to updating then, friend. It’s a bit earlier than the March 11th date that Apple promised last week — but when most manufacturers (COUGHSAMSUNGCOUGH) are delaying all of… Read More

  • GroupMe Squeezes Out A "2.1 More Thing" Release Before SXSW

    GroupMe Squeezes Out A "2.1 More Thing" Release Before SXSW

    Startups gearing up for the SXSW are shining up their apps and hoping to Wow the crowds of iPhone-toting hipsters by releasing major upgrades in advance of the Austin conference. Among group texting apps alone, in the past week we’ve seen new releases from GroupMe, Fast Society, Beluga, and others. Everyone’s put their best face forward and now the race is on to see which one… Read More

  • Foursquare's Extra Special: A Revamped, Fully Automated Merchant Platform

    Foursquare's Extra Special: A Revamped, Fully Automated Merchant Platform

    Over the past few days, Foursquare has made headlines for a partnership with American Express, and for a completely revamped version of their mobile experience on the iPhone and Android phones. And they’re not done yet. The latest bit of what co-found Dennis Crowley calls Foursquare’s “shock and awe” campaign (leading up to SXSW later this week), may be the most important. Read More

  • Adobe's Wallaby Can't Jump Very High

    Earlier today, Adobe Labs released Wallaby, a way to convert simple Flash games and animations into HTML so that it is readable on “devices that do not support the Flash runtimes.” Those would be iPhones and iPads. In other words, Wallaby is Adobe’s way of bowing down to HTML5 and, by extension, to Steve Jobs who has always insisted that there is no need for Flash because… Read More

  • Immersion's Haptic SDK For Android Now Available

    Just a bit shy of a month ago, we told you all about Immersion’s MOTIV platform. For those who skipped class that day, MOTIV is intended to add all sorts of new feedback sensations to applications and operating systems by really making use of a handset’s vibration motor. Touch the button on screen? Vibrate! Listening to super heavy techno? Vibrate to the beat! Firing a machine gun? Read More

  • InMobi Adds More Evidence That Android Is #Winning (With 37 Percent Mobile Ad Share)

    The evidence is mounting that Android phones are surging past the iPhone in terms of subscribers and now mobile ad impressions, at least in the U.S. A new report put out this morning by mobile ad network InMobi shows that mobile ad impressions on Android devices eclipsed Apple’s iOS devices in January, representing 37 percent of all U.S. mobile ad impressions on its network versus… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Network Chalkboard Helps Stores Increase Walk-In Traffic

    Mobile advertising continues to be a hot topic, with new startups cropping up everywhere lately. And now we have South East Asia- and US-based Chalkboard throwing its hat into the ring, a hyper-local mobile ad network for brick-and-mortar stores that want to increase their walk-in traffic. Chalkboard’s goal is to boost the relevance of mobile ads, by bringing promotions to potential… Read More

  • Fast Society Is Ready To Party At SXSW (Exclusive Demo Video)

    Fast Society Is Ready To Party At SXSW (Exclusive Demo Video)

    If you are a group texting startup worth your salt, you’ve got to have a new app ready for the upcoming SXSW conference in Austin. GroupMe, Beluga (which was just bought by Facebook), Kik, TextPlus, and offshoots like Yobongo will all be strutting their stuff. Not to be outdone, Fast Society just pushed out a completely revamped iPhone app and an Android app is coming out today as… Read More

  • Prototype 64GB And White iPhones Surface In Hong Kong

    It looks like although Apple couldn’t make these special iPhones a market reality for a number of reasons, they did make at least a few, for testing purposes and the like, and they (or devilish good imitations) have turned up in Hong Kong. A 64GB version of the iPhone would have simply been too expensive: flash memory hasn’t really gone down enough in price, though that may change… Read More

  • Handset Hackers Get Google's Music Syncing Service For Android To Work A Bit Early

    Sometimes you just gotta do things because you can, you know? It’s the sign of being a true gadget geek. Lets say you stumble across the Music application that comes built into the Motorola Xoom and other Honeycomb Android tablets — you’ve just gotta install that on an Android phone to see what happens, right? Turns out, it does some pretty cool stuff. Read More

  • T-Mobile To Sell Optimus 2X As "G2x"?

    It appears that T-Mobile may be bringing LG’s powerhouse Optimus 2X handset to the states as part of the “G” series of flagship Android devices. The G2x, as the Optimus 2X would be called, would join the G2 and LG G-Slate as part of the “Google experience” device line started by the G1. No word on pricing or availability. We’ll keep an eye out, though. Read More

  • Microsoft Seeding Windows Phone 7 On Nokia With A Billion Dollars Up Front

    The strategic partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, announced in February, was regarded as auspicious by some and desperate by others, yet some specifics of the agreement were largely a mystery until today. Most notably, Microsoft was rumored to have led the partnership with hundreds of millions of dollars, outbidding Google (!) to woo the once-magnificent Finnish giant. Considering… Read More

  • Leaked RIM Roadmap Mentions BlackBerry OS 7

    Scanning from left to right on this leaked roadmap, things may seem a bit… unexciting, at first. The Flickr product is reaching the end of its life? Meh. TicketMaster 2.0? Mega meh. But then you get down to the end of the right side, and it’s just chillin’ there all by its lonesome: “BB 7 SN Core Integration (OS 7.0)” Read More

  • Google Maps For Android Now Redirects You Around Traffic Automatically

    Google Maps for Android is almost certainly one of the greatest applications released in the past few years. It was already a pretty decent application — then Google went and added the free turn-by-turn Navigation feature, and it entered a whole new plane. Pretty much overnight, it went from being a nice little addition on Android handsets to be a market disrupting must-have. Neither… Read More

  • This Year, Do Your Taxes On The iPad With TurboTax

    Last night, after much procrastination, I started my taxes—on my couch with a movie playing on the TV, using only my iPad. I was testing out an early build of TurboTax, which is now available for the iPad (in addition to the online and desktop versions). I got through the bulk of my taxes by the time the movie was over. Taxes are never fun, even on the iPad. But the new TurboTax iPad… Read More

  • Rumor: New iPhone To Have Aluminum Back

    A long chain of rumor and innuendo point us to this mock-up of a potential iPhone 5 design with a metal back. Why a metal back? Maybe because the original glass was scratching too easily? Who knows, but that’s basically what this rumor is suggesting. It also seems to suggest that the antenna will no longer be external, thereby improving or preventing the Death Grip. Read More

  • Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google

    Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google

    Editor’s note: Guest author Ohad Samet is an expert in managing fraud and other risks in payments systems. He was previously a senior manager at PayPal and blogs at As Risky At It Gets. We hear a lot of chatter about new payment services, and who’s competing in the space, and obviously who’ll win the space or own a big piece of it. Lately we’ve seen some movement when… Read More

  • iBoobs Reborn: Undaunted, The Famous Chest App Comes To Android

    When Apple kicked iBoobs out of the App Store in 2008, they struck a blow against freedom what was heard around the world. Some historians believe that the Great iBoobs Reaping of 2008 is the cause of our current economic and societal malaise, and who are we to question their findings? But friends: the times they are a changin’. iBoobs, an app that allows you to shake the mammaries… Read More

  • Foursquare Dennis Crowley Rapid Fire Questions

    (Founder Stories) Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: "Stop Sketching, Start Building"

    All this week, we’ve been running segments of our Founder Stories interview with Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley (see links at bottom for past episodes, or watch the whole 45 minute interview below). In this final episode (video above), Crowley answers some rapid fire questions from host Chris Dixon. What was his best business decision ever? What does he like least about being a CEO? … Read More