The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • What Can $10 Buy You? A Universal Remote for your iPhone

    $10. That’s how much it costs these days to turn your iPhone into a universal remote, thanks to Zeev Braude, co-founder of Ryz Media. Universal remotes traditional cost between $150 to $1000+, so $10 is a freakin’ steal. The app is called My TV Remote (iTunes link) and it’s free. You can then pay $9.99 via in-app purchase (inclusive of Shipping and Handling) and get a… Read More

  • iPhone 4 officially jailbroken and unlocked

    Before we continue, a quick recap of the terms: Jailbroken: Modified to be able to install third-party applications not approved by Apple, generally via an alternative App Store. Unlocked: Able to run on GSM networks other than the one it was originally sold for. In the case of US iPhones, that means an unlocked AT&T iPhone could run on T-Mobile (sans 3G) or any of the GSM carriers in… Read More

  • Light Pool: Japan gets a new designer cell phone

    Japan’s second biggest cell phone carrier KDDI (over 30 million subscribers) rolls out quite unique handsets from time to time, mostly under their iida sub-brand. The company today in Japan introduced [JP] another “lifestyle” cell phone, the so-called Light Pool. Technically, the device isn’t anything special – but it’s rather pretty. Read More

  • Blackberry Tablet information leaked, no release date

    We heard a few months back that RIM was looking at building a Blackberry tablet, and it’s looking like the rumors may be true. On Friday the rumors got a whole new life due to analyst comments, and today it was more or less confirmed by “a source close to RIM”. The source, who preferred to remain anonymous (as they do), leaked to Betanews that the tablet will most likely… Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon Droid Eris to get a software update on July 16th?

    Man, its been a long time since we’ve had an episode of Good news, Bad news around these parts. You know what that means?

    The Good News: After a few months of radio silence, Droid Eris owners might have an update to look forward to! The Bad News: …. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 developer tools go beta

    Just a quick PSA for the development-minded folks in the audience: following up on the “tech preview” release of the Windows Phone 7 development tools back in March, Microsoft has just pushed things into Beta mode. So, what does that mean? To most people, not a whole lot. To developers, it means it’s time to start developing WP7 games and apps without having to worry quite… Read More

  • RIM releases another BlackBerry OS 6.0 video — what do you think?

    With just about everyone else in the smartphone world churning out handset after handset, RIM has been relatively quiet lately. They’re not trying to hide the reason, though: they’re working hard on BlackBerry OS 6.0, and they want people to know it. They’ve just released a second preview video of their brand new operating system, and this one is just oh, oh so much better… Read More

  • The Internet trolls have forced Geohot to quit jailbreak research

    As you probably remember, Geohot – George Hotz to his parents – is the kid who unlocked the original iPhone and, over time, became one of the foremost experts on iPhone unlocking and jailbreaking. A few days ago he announced an iPhone 4 jailbreak but, in an addition to the post, he states he’s probably not going to release it and may quit the scene. Another good man dead… Read More

  • RIM announces BlackBerry Protect, free remote backup, restore, and locate service

    RIM today announced the beta availability of their upcoming remote backup, restore, and locate service, BlackBerry Protect. Best feature? It’s free. Read More

  • HTC Aria sorta kinda supports sideloading of apps

    We previously lamented AT&T’s inability to grasp one of the greatest features of Android — being able to load any app you want on it — when they stripped their new HTC Aria of the ability. So we were a little surprised to find out that a weekend update to HTC’s Sync software enabled just that. Read More

  • HTC is cramping Sprint's style: EVO 4G now suffering shortages

    Uh-oh. It seems that HTC have gotten a little carried away with creating lustable phones, with another of their flagship phones suffering from shortages. Demand for Sprint’s larger-than-life EVO 4G has outstripped supply, with the phone now being listed as delayed without a shipping date. The shortage is being blamed on Samsung’s inability to produce enough touch-screens —… Read More

  • HTC 1 concept dreams of finer days/phones

    Is there anything more awe-inspiring than a top-o-the-line concept phone? I can’t think of anything. Even rainbows ain’t got nothin’ on Andrew Kim’s HTC 1. It’s minimalist design is inspiring, and — as the mandatory wacky bit seen on concept phones — the in-built filth-zapping UV screen cleaner will make sure to put the “clean” in… Read More

  • iPhone 4 jailbroken, but not for you

    A bit of bittersweet news for all you crazy cats and kittens. GeoHot has jailbroken the iPhone 4 but, as he says in his comments, don’t ask him for it. He won’t give it to you. What does this mean? It means you’ll eventually be able to pop homebrew software on the phone but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to unlock it – yet. That’s next. As Tom Petty… Read More

  • T-Mobile Vibrant coming a bit early: July 15th

    Just a quick note: the Vibrant, T-Mobile’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S Android big-phone, will be getting here a little early — July 15th to be precise. Maybe it’s to head off the Droid X menace (not to mention the other Galaxy models), or maybe they just got things done a little quicker than expected and want to push it out the door. We’ll never know. I mean… Read More

  • T-Mobile drops price of GarminFone to $129

    Quickly now, quickly. T-Mobile has reduced the price of the new Garmin phone to $129 (that’s including rebate). This isn’t exactly surprising given that the phone is trying to survive in an iPhone and Froyo world. So if you were ever on the fence for the little guy, well, no time like the present. Read More

  • Fact: iPhone 4 takes 23 percent longer to charge via USB than via electrical outlet

    Well look at this. The iPhone 4 takes an average of 23 percent longer to charge while charging via USB than it does while charging via a standard electrical outlet. Read More

  • Real men drop-test the iPhone bumper case

    Are you a manly man? Do you wish to test your iPhone case or at least understand the potential damage it can survive? No. You are not. That’s why this video exists. Read More

  • How to install Android on most Windows Mobile phones

    There’s an active community of devs steadily porting Android over to different families of Windows Mobile devices. There’s a port for nearly every series now. However, installation isn’t that easy and you might not want to do it on your work-issued HTC Touch HD. But if you happen to have an unused handset chilling in a drawer someplace that you’re not worried about… Read More

  • Travel Photo Guides: an app to help you take great photos in our national parks

    I’m a pretty terrible photographer. My DSLR camera is definitely smarter than me, and the photos it takes on full-auto are almost always better than those I get when I fiddle around in manual mode. Still, I can’t help but feel envious when I look at professional photos and realize that I could take photos that good if only I had a little nudge in the right direction. If… Read More

  • Report: Fujitsu develops its first Android phone

    And we have yet another cell phone maker joining the Android bandwagon. Various Japanese media, for example Sankei Digital [JP], are reporting that Fujitsu is currently working on an Android-based smartphone. Read More