The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Verizon releases a 3G network extender

    Are you plagued by poor Verizon reception at your place? Maybe you can’t stand the other operators? Perhaps you were tempted by a DROID phone? Whatever the reason you’ve stuck with ’em, you’ll be pleased to know that Big Red have just squeezed out an updated 3G version of their network extender. A whosaywhatsit? You know, the little boxes that — once plugged into… Read More

  • Verizon to launch plethora of phones Nov 11, including the Pre 2

    Whether you’re excited about the upcoming Pre 2, or an Android fan at heart, November 11 is a day you should mark on your calendar. Why? Well, that’s the day slated for Verizon’s release of the Pre 2, the Moto DROID 2 Global, DROID Pro, and CITRUS. The rumour comes courtesy of Droid Life, and they say that their sources are usually correct, but you might want to just pencil… Read More

  • TerreStar files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    It was one month ago today that TerreStar launched their first handset, the Genus, through AT&T, and in what seems to be some form of bizarre celebration, they are today filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to Chief Executive Jeffrey Epstein, TerreStar amassed $1.6 billion worth of liabilities, so is filing for chapter 11 in order to strengthen the company. Read More

  • Verizon to roll out Tiered Data in time for the Holidays

    Data aficionados (perhaps deservedly) worked their panties into a bunch when AT&T removed unlimited data as an option for their myriad smartphones. Instead, as the story goes, AT&T opted for a tiered model where $15 allowed you to view 200 MB of funny cat .GIFs and $25 netted you 2 GB. Perhaps due to an early dose of holiday spirit, Verizon has decided to follow suit, but with a… Read More

  • The Storm Might Not Be Over Yet: BlackBerry Storm3 spotted in VZW's inventory

    Oh Rumor Mill; what a fickle beast you are. Just weeks ago, you told us that the BlackBerry Storm 3 for Verizon was dead before it even arrived — and now, here you are sitting in Verizon’s inventory system. Read More

  • Hackers give the T-Mobile G2 a monstrous speed boost

    Though on paper it might not seem like the fastest phone around, the T-Mobile G2’s 800 Mhz CPU is actually pretty friggin’ speedy. Of course, that hasn’t kept the hacking community from trying to get things moving even faster — and they’ve done it. Oh, have they done it. Read More

  • Bug Labs and AT&T partner for 3G-friendly home-built devices

    Hey, Professor Szalinski! Aren’t you tired of not being able to make shrink rays that connect to AT&T’s 3G network? I know, tell me about it! Fortunately, the era wherein GSM 3G functionality was accessible only to those with silly things like a knowledge of GSM 3G functionality is coming to an end. Read More

  • Stealth Android Enterprise Startup 3LM's $1.5 Million Seed Round And 3 Laws Of Mobility

    Stealth Android Enterprise Startup 3LM's $1.5 Million Seed Round And 3 Laws Of Mobility

    Most of the apps being developed for Android phones are consumer apps. Yet enterprise apps could be much more lucrative. One startup focusing on enterprise apps for Android is 3LM, a company so stealth that it’s Website is nothing more than a Google Sites landing page with nothing on it but the words “Coming Soon.” The top search result for 3LM links to this question on… Read More

  • Atlas Mobile Offers Up Plug-And-Play Implementation for Turn-By-Turn Navigation

    Making a turn-by-turn voice navigation app is hard. First you’ve gotta figure out how to get all those maps — which, unless you plan on wrangling up some cartographers and sending them around the world on your dime, means licensing fees. Then you’ve gotta record audio for a few hundred thousand street names, figure out how to determine and draw all of the routes, and then… Read More

  • Forceful Prediction: Apple Sunlight-Friendly Displays Would Scare The Daylights Out Of Competition

    With nary a peep on the possibility of Apple baking a seeable-in-sunlight transflective display into the rumored 11.6” MacBook Air that’s expected to come floating up from the Pulpit of Jobs at Apple’s “Back to the Mac” tomorrow, I’d like to make a pretty safe prediction (read: offer unasked-for advice): An Apple-anything with such a display would make… Read More

  • Palm Pre 2 Arriving In France This Week, Available From Verizon In "Coming Months"

    The second paragraph of HP Palm’s announcement of the Palm Pre 2 offers a bit of interesting news: this the “first device to run webOS 2.0” will be available in France from SFR and then in the next few months from Verizon and in Canada. SFR, a well-known French carrier, is also one of the first carriers in Europe to sell Windows Phone 7 handsets. Read More

  • Just What Kids Need: Scholastic Pocket Texting Devices

    A company called Scholastic, presumably not the book company, has released these odd texting devices that work wirelessly within 600 feet of each other. You can create a network of 24 of them and messages are truncated at 40 characters. Read More

  • Verizon-branded Motorola DROID X SE image leaks

    If you thought the Moto Droid 2 Global was all the minor model refresh you could handle, then you clearly under-estimated Moto’s love for a spec bump. Images of the never-before-seen device arrived over at Phone Arena today, and it looks like the “SE” may just stand for “Silver Edition”, as — like the Droid 2 Global — there is no external difference… Read More

  • myTouch 4G ROM leaked, contains promo video

    While the myTouch 3G is just now receiving Froyo, a ROM for the yet-to-be-announced myTouch 4G leaked out today, and the diligent folks over at Android Central have been pulling it apart in search of any nuggets of joy. And what nugget could spread joy further than a promo video? The promo video, embedded after the jump, shows off the Genius button, HD video recording, Video Chat, and… Read More

  • T-mobile myTouch 3G Froyo update now rollin' out

    If you’re rockin’ an old skool myTouch 3G — you know, from the days before 3.5mm headphone jacks — then your week just got a little better: T-mobile are now rollin’ out an update to Froyo, just for you. Froyo was pretty much the best thing to happen to my HTC Hero (that, and the replacement of HTC Sense with Launcher Pro), and as the myTouch 3G is pretty much an… Read More

  • Steve Jobs: "Open Systems Don't Always Win"

    Steve Jobs: "Open Systems Don't Always Win"

    Apple is often criticized for building products which aren’t as open as they could be, and competitors like Google make a point about how much more open Android phones are than iPhones. But Steve Jobs is unapologetic about Apple’s approach, which is to tightly control how everything integrates from the chips to the software to the industrial design. During Apple’s earnings… Read More

  • Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones last quarter, over 70 million since launch

    For all of those keeping track of how many millions of iPhones are floating around, Apple has just pushed a fresh set of numbers out the door: in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010, they managed to push a fairly ridiculous 14.1 million handsets. That’s a 91% growth over the same quarter last year and a big ol’ jump from the 8.4 million they pushed in Q3. At the end of the last… Read More

  • Bose launches a Bluetooth headset called, erm, the Bose Bluetooth headset

    I tend to avoid writing about Bose for two reasons: 1) My main beat is mobile, and that’s not a turf that Bose often enters.
    2) Bose posts tend to draw out the fury of what I can only assume is a top-secret, ultra-angry Anti-Bose club. Really — it’s like a strike force. Write a few words on Bose, and BAM! Instant flame war. Today, Bose is entering the mobile space with… Read More

  • Slap A QR Code On That Product So That People Can Like It

    Slap A QR Code On That Product So That People Can Like It

    Facebook like buttons are now everywhere on the Web—on products, status messages, and blog posts like this one. It’ so easy to like things—just one click—that people do it all the time. But what about when you are walking along the street and you see something in a window that you really like, or in a magazine, or a product you are holding in your hands? Up until… Read More

  • RIM Releases 9670 Flip Phone On Sprint

    RIM has just made the 9670 flip phone official and it’s a doozy. The device, as we knew, has an external screen for reviewing call and messages and you have a full keyboard when you flip it over. It runs Blackberry OS 6.0. The device is available now for pre-order at Sprint for $99 with new activation. It comes in purple and silver. The BlackBerry Style features a full QWERTY… Read More