Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti

    Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti

    Back in early April, Kent Walker, Google’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel, wrote a post on the Google blog titled “Patents and innovation“. The reason behind the post was clear: Google was feeling the pressure in the patent space after multiple attacks against them and their partners. And now they were going to do something about it. In his post, Walker noted… Read More

  • Boot To Gecko: Mozilla’s Open-Source, Mobile Answer To ChromeOS

    Boot To Gecko: Mozilla’s Open-Source, Mobile Answer To ChromeOS

    Straight from the heart of the Mozilla’s developer newsgroup comes news of an ambitious new project: a standalone, web-based operating system. If that concept sounds familiar, I’ve also just described the core of Google’s Chrome OS which we’re beginning to see pop up on netbooks. The big twist? It’s currently being developed for mobile devices. And it’s… Read More

  • Apple Releases Another Security Update With iOS 4.3.5

    Apple Releases Another Security Update With iOS 4.3.5

    Apple’s none too fond of nasty security flaws lurking about in iOS, and they’re not above cracking out rapid-fire updates to prove it. Just 10 days after the release of iOS 4.3.4 (which existed almost solely to kill off a potentially nasty PDF exploit), they’re back with another one: iOS 4.3.5. Read More

  • Hello! I’m Chris Velazco, and I’m TechCrunch’s New Mobile Writer

    Hello! I’m Chris Velazco, and I’m TechCrunch’s New Mobile Writer

    Man, this place looks different. Before I get too lost poking around the new digs, I’d like to introduce myself — my name is Chris Velazco, and I’m joining the TechCrunch staff as your new mobile writer. Longtime readers may remember me as a hapless MobileCrunch intern from the days of yore, a position I only really landed because Greg happened to see me on television right… Read More

  • Sprint Intros First Phones With New CDMA Push-To-Talk Support

    Sprint Intros First Phones With New CDMA Push-To-Talk Support

    For Sprint, maintaining their aging iDEN network is proving to be more of a headache than it’s worth. Even though their Nextel Direct Connect service still has footholds in certain markets (construction immediately comes to mind), their financial statements report a loss of 367,000 iDEN subscribers this past quarter. In spite of otherwise strong figures, it seems clear that iDEN is… Read More

  • All AT&T Android Phones Released In 2011 Will Get Gingerbread

    All AT&T Android Phones Released In 2011 Will Get Gingerbread

    The HTC Status might be a sort-of-weird, kind-of-gimmicky (with its dedicated Facebook button and all) little piece of kit, but it’s got at least one thing going for it: it’s the only phone on AT&T running on the latest (phone-friendly) version of Android: v2.3, or “Gingerbread”. Not for long, though. AT&T has just confirmed that all of the Android phones… Read More

  • SamsungDive: Apple’s “Find My iPhone” Just Got A Rival

    SamsungDive: Apple’s “Find My iPhone” Just Got A Rival

    Back in the day, the worst part of losing a phone was re-inputting contact information and coughing up the dough for another handset. With today’s smartphones, losing your phone is like losing everything. Not only is your very expensive piece of hardware gone, but your banking and credit card info, contacts, passwords, and social networking accounts are all up for grabs out in the world. Read More

  • The Astroclip Is An iPhone 4 Clip For Astrophotography

    The Astroclip Is An iPhone 4 Clip For Astrophotography

    Amateur stargazers and peeping toms, this one is for you. The AstroClip promises to mount an iPhone 4 to any telescope with a 1.25-inch eyepiece for easy astrophotography. An iPhone 4 simply snaps into the injection molded case and then three set screws secures the case to most telescope eyepieces. This opens up all sorts of fun photography projects: shooting the moon and stars, the lady in… Read More

  • Intuit Launches QuickBooks Mobile App For Android

    Intuit Launches QuickBooks Mobile App For Android

    Intuit, the same company that brought you QuickBooks accounting software, has today announced the QuickBooks Mobile app for Android. Now, small businesses that use QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks Online will have access to their data from their Android phone. The app has already been made available to iOS users, but Android fans will now be able to get in on the amateur… Read More

  • The HTC Status/Salsa Facebook Phone Lands In China As The HTC Weike Sina Weibo Phone

    The HTC Status/Salsa Facebook Phone Lands In China As The HTC Weike Sina Weibo Phone

    Facebook is the largest social networking site in, well, the world. But not in China. Facebook and Twitter are blocked by China’s Great Firewall. The micro-blogging service Sina Weibo is the whip in China. HTC knows its market and therefore slightly retooled the Status/Salsa for the China market. Gone is the Facebook logo and a Weibo burning eye logo is on the dedicated button instead. Read More

  • Samsung May Trounce Nokia Once And For All… Is Apple Next?

    Samsung May Trounce Nokia Once And For All… Is Apple Next?

    We’ve been saying for a while now that Samsung is primed and ready to dethrone Nokia from its nearly 15 year reign as the top smartphone maker in the world, and it would seem the moment is upon us. We can’t say for sure, as Samsung hasn’t released official numbers, but research firm Strategy Analytics told Bloomberg that Samsung’s official sales numbers should fall… Read More

  • Breaking: RIM “Streamlining” Operations, Lays Off 2,000

    Breaking: RIM “Streamlining” Operations, Lays Off 2,000

    In line with RIM’s planned “cost optimization program,” the company is moving a number of executives into positions of greater power and will lay off 2,000 of its estimated 19,000 person workforce. In an effort to consolidate product efforts, the company is also moving former COO of Product Engineering, Thorsten Heins, into a position that makes him also COO of Product… Read More

  • Facebook’s Secret iPad App Exposed [Pictures]

    Facebook’s Secret iPad App Exposed [Pictures]

    So, we just exposed the awesome secret that Facebook’s iPad app is actually already out there, hidden inside of the iPhone app. Now it’s time to show it to you. I’ve been playing with the app for much of the night, and it seems solid. Of course, there’s no guarantee that this is what Facebook will launch when the iPad app does officially hit, but this looks and… Read More

  • Facebook’s iPad App Is Hidden Inside Of Their iPhone App

    Facebook’s iPad App Is Hidden Inside Of Their iPhone App

    There are things out there all around us that we often miss because we’re just not looking. This is perhaps most true in the tech world, where thousands of secrets are out there in the wild, hidden in code. If you know where to look, or if you can read the code, you can find those secrets. It’s how so many features of iOS get revealed early by sites like 9to5 Mac, who are great… Read More

  • iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    At the beginning of the year, Apple said it wanted 30% of everything sold through the iPad platform. You could sell almost anything – books, downloadable content, magazines, pictures of kittens – but, according to their subscription rules, everything had to go through Apple itself and you could not, in short, go out to a web page to complete the transaction. That promise –… Read More

  • Closing The Redemption Loop In Local Commerce

    Closing The Redemption Loop In Local Commerce

    When it comes to local commerce, the ultimate prize everyone is going after right now is how to close the redemption loop. The redemption loop starts when a consumer sees an ad or an offer for a local merchant, and is completed when the consumer makes a purchase and that purchase can be tracked back to the offer. If you know who is actually redeeming offers and how much they are spending… Read More

  • Leaked LG Roadmap Points To Five Android Smartphones And One Mango Fantasy

    Leaked LG Roadmap Points To Five Android Smartphones And One Mango Fantasy

    The only thing better than a leak is six leaks, which is exactly what we have for you today. Bundled nicely in the form of a 2011 LG Roadmap (discovered by PocketNow), five Android smartphones and one Mango-powered handset have found their way to the web. Along with the recently announced Optimus Pro and Optimus Net, LG has quite a bit more in store for the rest of the year. However, we… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 5 Beta 4 Update Now Available, First To Be Released Over-The-Air

    Apple’s iOS 5 Beta 4 Update Now Available, First To Be Released Over-The-Air

    It’s been just 11 days since Apple released Beta 3 of iOS 5 to developers, but a new Beta is already up in the air — literally. iOS 5 Beta 4 has just gone live, and it appears to be the first update to support installation via iOS 5’s new over-the-air update system. We can’t actually get the update to work over the air right now, but the patch notes specifically define… Read More

  • Mi-Look: Cell Phone For The Elderly, Pedometer And Mobile Alarm System In One

    Mi-Look: Cell Phone For The Elderly, Pedometer And Mobile Alarm System In One

    Kyocera did what a clever cell phone manufacturer whose home market has the oldest society in the world (over 20% of the Japanese people are 65 or older) has to do: it manufactured a cell phone specifically designed for the elderly. While the basic concept isn’t new, the way the so-called Mi-Look [JP] works certainly is. Read More

  • Carl Icahn In Talks With Motorola About Its Massive Patent Portfolio

    Carl Icahn In Talks With Motorola About Its Massive Patent Portfolio

    In the land of mobile, patents have never been more crucial. He with the most patents has the most power. Period. In the last few months alone we’ve seen Apple and Samsung duke it out, Apple and HTC take it to the mat, Google chat it up with InterDigital, and I won’t even start on Nortel. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn — notorious for pumping money into companies and… Read More