Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • AT&T finally gets a MiFi to call their own, launching Nov 21st (with nasty monthy plans)

    Good news, MiFi fans! If Verizon, Sprint, or Virgin Mobile’s MiFi offerings aren’t fitting your portable 3G-fueled-WiFi-Router needs, you’ve now got a fourth option: AT&T. Looks like someone at AT&T got tired of Verizon stealin’ a bit of their iPad thunder with their iPad/MiFi combo packages. Read More

  • Sharp And Panasonic Finally Ready To Sell Smartphones Worldwide

    To say Japanese cell phone manufacturers are late in jumping on the smartphone bandwagon would be an understatement. In Japan, the iPhone eats their lunch, and internationally, things look even worse. In fact, Sharp, Panasonic, Kyocera, Hitachi and other makers have basically stopped selling phones of any kind outside Japan years ago. But now two of the biggest players in Japan, namely Sharp… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available from T-mobile


    Ok crackheads, that BlackBerry Bold 9780 you’ve been eyeing off since July is now finally available in the US from T-mobile. Available in Black or White, and running BBOS 6.0, the device will cost you $129.99 on a two-year contract, or $449.99 contract-free. Man, so many choices! Once you’ve made your decision, head on over to the T-mobile online store to scoop it up. [via CrackBerry] Read More

  • Twitter for iOS now (officially) supports push notifications, coming soon to Android and WP7

    Back in those lazy hazy crazy days of September, we wrote that the iOS Twitter app would support push notifications soon. Well, guess what, guys?! It’s here! Now you can use Twitter as a form of instant messaging, as the very moment someone you follow @mentions or messages you, you’ll receive the notification on your iPhone/iPad. What? You don’t have an iPhone or iPad (I hear… Read More

  • HTC Knight/Speedy is now HTC EVO Shift 4G

    If you’re a fan of succinct model names, then shield your eyes because that HTC Knight (Speedy) we heard about last month has — according to Engadget — been given its final moniker, and it’s a doosy. Ready? The HTC EVO Shift 4G. Yup, this thing has more names than a certain German immigrant. Read More

  • AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Working Together On ISIS NFC Mobile Wallet System

    Sensing perhaps that working by themselves on such an important matter might be inadvisable, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have announced a joint effort, called ISIS, intended to be a virtual wallet and mobile payment system. There are very few details, but the stated goal of replacing “cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes” is certainly… Read More

  • RIM CEO Jim Balsillie To Steve Jobs: "You Don’t Need An App For The Web"

    Research in Motion CEO Jim Balsillie may still be smarting from the fact that Apple passed it in smartphone market share last quarter. Steve Jobs made a point to rub it in during Apple’s most recent earnings conference call: ““We’ve now past RIM, and I don’t see them catching up to us in the near future.” Asked what he would say to Jobs if he were present… Read More

  • Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Every year at the Web 2.0 Summit, Mary Meeker gives a ten-minute slideshow packed with great data showing the monetum and direction of different Internet trends. This year, a big focus of her presentation was on mobile. Specifically, she put up the slide above showing a Morgan Stanley estimate that global smartphone shipments will eclipse PC shipments in 2012, with more than 400 million… Read More

  • LG's Android-powered Optimus One breaks 1 million sales in 40 days

    Who’da guessed it: the world likes cheap stuff. Oh, we already knew that? Okay — then it should come as no surprise that LG has already managed to sell one million of their intentionally-easy-on-the-wallet Android phone, the Optimus One, just 40 days after launch. LG has done one helluva job with this handset; between getting it out the door with Android 2.2 and launching it in… Read More

  • Verizon! Stop This Autoplaying Nonsense!

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    What the hell is this? An autoplaying advertisement for Verizon’s shitty media software pack when I plug in my Droid X? Who? Why? I’m ready to cancel. I’m not entirely sure when this started, but it was within the last week. But now whenever I plug my Droid X into my computer, a… Read More

  • LG's secret 4-inch Android phone is a bit of a monster

    LG’s had their fair share of Android handsets, but they’ve yet to launch any that really rule the roost — at least, not in terms of specs. Looks like that might be about to change. Say hello to the Star, LG’s 4-inch superphone planned for early next year. Read More

  • Sacramento, California gets Sprint 4G

    It was either this or a picture of Sacramento. Sorry, Sac-Town, but Laser Cat will pretty much always win. Do you call California’s capitol home? Have an HTC EVO or Epic 4G? Got that “Welcome to Sacramento, Sprint 4G!” banner ready to go? Fantastic. This morning, Sprint threw in the last bit required before the 4G-celebration-parties (which totally happen all time time)… Read More

  • Stickybits Turns Product Barcode Scans Into Rewards

    Foursquare and Facebook Places are popularizing the location check-in. Instagram and PicPlz are perfecting the photo check-in. Is the product check-in next? Billy Chasen, the founder of barcode-scanning app Stickybits, thinks so. He’s spent the past few months pivoting his startup to focus more on brands and turn product check-ins into rewards. A major update of Stickybits is in the… Read More

  • Video: Sharp's Naked-Eye 3D Smartphone Up And Close


    About ten days ago, we reported about Sharp’s 003SH, the company’s new 3D smartphone, which will go on sale in Japan next month. And now, thanks to our friends over at Diginfonews, we can see the device captured on video. Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, NTT Docomo, will brand the device as “Sharp LYNX 3D SH-03C” (that’s how the device is being referred to… Read More

  • Dual-core Samsung Galaxy 2 confirmed by Eldar Murtazin, Sony Ericsson Anzu not that great

    Mobile phone blogging god Eldar Murtazin has a long history of getting his hands on devices well before anyone else, so when he tweets out some info, we tend to listen. Today, he tweeted that he was playing with both the recently spotted Sony Ericsson Anzu, as well as a previously unknown dual-core Samsung Galaxy 2 GT-i9100. Read More

  • Path Takes Photo Sharing The Wrong Way

    Path Takes Photo Sharing The Wrong Way

    Buzzy stealthy startup Path, which was founded by ex-Facebooker Dave Morin and Shawn Fanning, finally launched its mobile app tonight. It is a private photo sharing iPhone app similar to Instagram or PicPlz, except that it makes sharing photos more difficult than it needs to be. Path is designed to share photos with only your closest 50 friends, primarily through the app itself. You… Read More

  • Netflix coming to "select Android handsets" early 2011

    If you’re an Android user that’s been a bit miffed by the lack of Netflix availability on the platform, then I have some good news for you: it should be coming in early 2011. However, I also have some bad news for you: it’s only coming to “select” handsets. Read More

  • Dell Streak to get Froyo by month's end

    All you giant-handed Dell Streak owners rejoice! Dell have confirmed (via Facebook) that everyone’s favourite phone-that-thought-it-was-a-tablet will receive the update to (the soon to be deprecated) Froyo by the end of this month. The update will roll out in the UK initially, with other regions (including the US) following shortly after. Read More

  • LG Vortex coming soon (and free) to Verizon

    There’s something wonderful about cheap Android phones, and there ain’t nothing cheaper than free. Using that logic, the LG Vortex that is soon making its way to Verizon is about as wonderful as phones get. OK, so my logic is flawed, but you can’t be upset at getting a smartphone that would have cost about $200 only 2 years ago for nuttin’ (after $100 mail-in rebate… Read More

  • Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    It’s a bad month to be Foursquare or Gowalla. Ten days ago, 900-pound gorilla Facebook announced Facebook Deals for Facebook Places (i,e., location-based coupons) and check-ins for third-party apps. A day later, Pew Research reported that, despite all the hype, the use of location-based services is actually declining in America, from 5% of the online population in May to 4% last month. Read More