Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • Where Is My Magical NFC Phone Wallet?

    Where Is My Magical NFC Phone Wallet?

    According to Gartner Group report, there are 141.1 million mobile payment-ready devices in circulation and that the vast portion of the world’s population (mostly in Asia) is actively using NFC and other techniques to pay for items via mobile. However, the US is lagging wildly in this regard, with nearly no activity in the space at present even though two-thirds of young people would… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s Motorola Defy Gets An AT&T-Bound Successor?

    T-Mobile’s Motorola Defy Gets An AT&T-Bound Successor?

    I’ve never really been a fan of anything “rugged” — all that heft and rubber tends to push me in another direction. However, the Motorola Defy for T-Mobile did spark my interest with its bright, sharp screen, nice size and shape, and the ability to swim. This was a strong seller for T-Mobile priced at just $100 on-contract (and $50 elsewhere). But according to TIMN… Read More

  • Android vs. iOS: The Heated Battle Over Mobile Advertising [Infographic]

    Android vs. iOS: The Heated Battle Over Mobile Advertising [Infographic]

    With U.S. mobile ad revenues expected to hit $2.8 billion by 2015, according to BIA/Kelsey, it’s becoming pretty clear that mobile advertising is growing like gangbusters. This is largely thanks to the rising ubiquity of smartphones, as comScore showed in its May report, which included the eye-grabbing fact that 76.8 million Americans now own a smartphone. Of course, the big players… Read More

  • T-Mobile Employee Perk: Gingerbread G2Xs That Don’t Have Narcolepsy

    T-Mobile Employee Perk: Gingerbread G2Xs That Don’t Have Narcolepsy

    Remember that one time that you bought the T-Mobile G2x and it randomly restarted? And you were like, “Whoa, that’s weird,” and then it did it again! And again. And again. For three months. Yeah, we’re done with that. Read More

  • With 1 Billion Calls Under Their Belt, YouMail Surpasses 2 Million Users

    With 1 Billion Calls Under Their Belt, YouMail Surpasses 2 Million Users

    Voicemail is terrible. And yet, even with far superior options at their fingertips (read: text messages. Hell, carrier pigeons are better. I’ve never heard of a shady news outlet hacking a celebrity’s carrier pigeon, have you? QED), some folks just won’t give it up. Fortunately, there are a few third party services out there to make voicemail less terrible, bringing features… Read More