The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Bartab lets you buy booze for your bar-hopping buddies… From your iPhone

    Ever wanted to buy a friend a drink, but couldn’t because it was 2 in the afternoon and you were at work? Or because they’re half-way across the USA? Or because you’re so slammed you lost your wallet 3 bars ago? Well, now you can Bartab them a drink coupon. Bartab is a new iPhone, Web and Android app that lets you buy friends/girls/randoms-you’ve-never-met a… Read More

  • Stream All Your Music, Photos, and Videos From Your Laptop To Your iPhone With Libox

    The more computers you have (mobile, laptop, desktop), the bigger hassle it becomes to get your media when you want it, on the device you want it. Apple deals with this by making you constantly sync your iPhone with your laptop. It involves cables and transferring files. Microsoft’s answer to effortless sync is Mesh, but that is still in beta after two years and is Windows-only. … Read More

  • Google Finance Now Looks Better In Your Mobile Browser

    If you go to Google Finance on your iPhone or Android via the mobile browser, it looks a lot like an app. You can enter a ticker symbol or company name in the search box at the top to generate a current price and stock chart. Three buttons on top let you switch from a market view to your saved portfolio to news. The new mobile-friendly design just launched yesterday. (It is still catching up… Read More

  • HTC T8788 packs Windows Phone 7 and a hidden speaker

    Contrary to what thoughts the name may invoke, the T8788 is not a Terminator. That is, unless Skynet ever made a Windows Phone 7-powered Terminator whose sole purpose was to pump tunes out of a hidden slide-out speaker — which, while cool, doesn’t really seem like a good fit for them. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile shifts up their MiFi plan: $40. Unlimited. Contract-free. Glorious.

    Man, these pre-paid carriers are really learning to pull on a geek’s heartstrings. Just months ago, Boost launched the US’ first Android-powered prepaid phone, the Moto i1. Now, Virgin Mobile is offering up what may very well be the best mobile broadband plan around. Read More

  • Dell Aero Shipping On AT&T

    When your main advertising point is that the Aero is “one of the lightest Android smartphones,” you might have a problem but here it is: the Dell Aero on AT&T, finally shipping for $299.99 ($100 with contract). If you’ll recall, the Aero is a smaller Dell Streak with a fairly unique UI focused on social media and usability. We’ve been excited about this for quite… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 LG Panther clears the FCC, bound for AT&T

    Looks like LG’s first Windows Phone 7 handset, the LG Panther (or GW910, if you don’t like the whole “memorable names” movement), has cleared the FCC, bound for AT&T frequencies. This means that the currently developers-only handset is, indeed, bound for retail. Read More

  • Video: Windows Phone 7 web browser vs iPhone 4 and Nexus One

    I know you love a good fight: two or more opponents duking it out to determine the ultimate champion has engaged the human race since their very beginnings*. Well, like the gladiators of old, I have a video of just such a tourney. PocketMobile have pitched the browsing experience on the only WinPho 7 handset to date — the LG Panther — against the iPhone 4 and a Froyo-powered Nexus One. Read More

  • Yahoo's Chief Mobile Engineer, Sandeep Gupta, Lands At Next Jump

    On Friday, I caught wind that the engineering director in charge of Yahoo’s mobile app development, Sandeep Gupta, had resigned. Now I know where he landed: Next Jump. Gupta formerly worked at Apple on the iPod, and put out a slew of iPhone and Blackberry apps for Yahoo, including the Flickr iPhone app, Yahoo Messenger, and the Yahoo Entertainment iPad app. His hire by Next Jump… Read More

  • World Record texting speed broken — and once again, it's with Swype

    Back in March of this year, Guiness opened up their big book o’ World Records to anyone willing to claim that they were the fastest touchscreen texter on the block. The first contender to step up to the plate was a gent named Franklin Page, who used Swype’s slide-to-type tech to blast out Guiness’ headache-inducing pre-set sentence in just 35.54 seconds. Surely by no… Read More

  • Purportedly legitimate Nokia N9 specs trickle out

    Nokia’s recently leaked, oh-so-MacBook-Pro-esque N9 may not have the most original look ever… but these days, what does? We’ll give this thing a free pass through the Valley of Snark for the fact that it’s probably going to be one of this first handsets to hit the shelves rockin’ Nokia/Intel’s new operating system, MeeGo — something which… Read More

  • Details of the Motorola MB520 "Kobe" leak

    Soon there’ll be a new Android phone in AT&T Town. A phone goin’ by the name of Kobe. Moto Kobe. Details have leaked of the device from both the UPnP Forum, and the Wi-Fi Alliance, but today, Engadget got some insider knowledge on the matter, including a couple of benchmark screenshots, and a run down of the specs. The device will be a slate form-factor running a Droid 2/X… Read More

  • Motorola releases Android upgrade schedule

    If you’re a peachy-keen Android/Motorola user, then you’re no doubt jonesing for some upgrade action. Well, I have some good news and some not-so-good news on the matter. Good news: Over the weekend, Motorola released their upgrade schedule, outlining which models will get which version of Android, and when. Not-so-good news: I really wish I could tell you that you’re all… Read More

  • Your Facebook Friends Are Watching You—Did We Just Move Closer to 1984?

    Your Facebook Friends Are Watching You—Did We Just Move Closer to 1984?

    George Orwell’s novel 1984 begins with Winston Smith, the main character, seeing posters saying BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. In 2010, that could be replaced with FACEBOOK IS WATCHING YOU. Or rather, YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK ARE WATCHING YOU. You and your friends can now post where you are and share this information, if you so chose. Facebook showed off the power of this new… Read More

  • Palm working on a high-res device called the "RoadRunner HD"?

    This is just the most micro-sized of clues we’re going on here, but some analytics have logged a device running webOS 2.0 on a 960×640 screen. What does it mean?! Read More

  • Dubious Study: Android users are dirty, dirty cheaters

    Remember that “study” from a few weeks back indicating that iPhone users are having more sexy-time than the rest of their smartphone carrying counterparts? Well, it turns out that they may just be having more of the sort of sexy-times that one would generally admit. In an equally-quoted-for-sarcasm “study” from (the entire purpose of which is to… Read More

  • T-Mobile G2, LG C900, and Samsung Cetus all make their early photographic debuts

    Man, oh man — just when we were starting to think that it was a slow week in terms of handset leaks, it seems a venerable geyser has been struck. Not one, not two, but three handsets have just made their way in front of the good ol’ spy cam. Two of ’em are WinPho 7 handsets, one is rockin’ the Android. Read More

  • Install Android 2.2 Froyo On Your Droid X Right Now

    How nice. It seems like an early OTA Froyo release leaked onto the interwebs early this morning. The install process isn’t nearly as cut and dry as, say, the Droid’s 2.1 installation, but it’s still doable as long as you don’t mind spending a few minutes (or hours) following dozens of steps spread out over various forum threads. It’s even more work if… Read More

  • Stalkers. Creeps. Weirdos. Terror. Welcome To Location, Facebook

    Stalkers. Creeps. Weirdos. Terror. Welcome To Location, Facebook

    The countdown is officially on for the big Facebook location backlash. How long will it be? One week? Two weeks? We all know it’s coming, it’s just a matter of when. And that’s too bad because I think Places is actually pretty great — potentially. The ACLU wasted little time yesterday trying to start such a backlash (their post on the matter came what, a whole 30… Read More

  • Amazon Offering The T-Mobile Vibrant For A Penny

    Wow, those of you who picked up the Vibrant yesterday for $99 are probably kicking yourselves. Amazon is now offering it for a thousandth of that — a single penny. That’s one fifth of a nickel. It’s a strange world where a flagship phone is being given away free with a contract. I mean, we all know the “total cost of ownership” is way more than a penny, but… Read More