The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Nokia's Ovi Store Now Seeing 5 Million Downloads Per Day

    In the great battle between the iPhone App Store and the Android Market (with occasional surprise appearances from RIM’s App World, Windows Phone’s Marketplace, or webOS’ Catalog), there’s one app repository that tends to go unmentioned: Nokia’s Ovi Store. Back in November of last year, the Ovi Store was seeing around 3 million downloads per day. Today, Nokia… Read More

  • AT&T Gets Their First Prepaid Smartphone: The LG Thrive

    Hey, whatd’ya know! Remember that shot of the Android-powered LG Optimus One all gussied up in AT&T colors that leaked out last week? AT&T has just made it official. In fact, they made it official twice: once as a standard postpaid contract phone (as the LG Phoenix), and once as their first ever prepaid smartphone (as the LG Thrive). Same phone, same specs, just different names… Read More

  • HTC Unveils HTC Watch Video Streaming Service

    After buying Saffron Digital two months ago, we didn’t hear much about HTC’s streaming video plans until today. The new Sensation on T-Mobile will be the first phone with HTC’s Watch application, a video streaming service that will send new movies down the line over 3G and Wi-Fi. Read More

  • The HTC Sensation 4G Is Officially Official

    HTC has just announced the availability of the HTC Sensation 4G, a T-Mobile-bound cellphone with full 4G speed and an updated version of Sense. I played with the device and found it fun, peppy, and thin. Full PR after the jump. KEY FEATURES
    • Dual core 1.2GHz processor • HTC WatchTM delivers movies with no wait • Sleek, strong aluminum unibody design • 4.3” qHD (540×960)… Read More

  • TxtEagle Raises $8.5 Million To Give 2.1 Billion A Voice

    TxtEagle Raises $8.5 Million To Give 2.1 Billion A Voice

    Never mind tablets, smartphones, and mobile-social-location-photo-sharing apps. Heck, never mind computers. The single most important technology of the last half-century, the one that has drastically changed the day-to-day existence of very nearly everyone on Earth, remains the plain old GSM phone; unloved and half-forgotten in NYC and Silicon Valley, but still used by the billion in the rest… Read More

  • Is Fujitsu Prepping A Symbian/Windows 7 Dual Boot Cell Phone?

    Take this with a grain of salt: Japanese tech blog Juggly is reporting [JP] that Fujitsu is working on a cell phone with both the Symbian and Windows 7 OS (not Windows Phone) on board. According to the article, the handset will be released by Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo as part of its summer line up. Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold Touch Caught On Video

    Are those leaked still shots just not sating your hunger for the still-unannounced BlackBerry Bold Touch? How about some video? The gents over at N4BB just received this video of the Bold Touch in action — and man, does it seem smooth. The video’s pretty short, but it’s enough to have definitely piqued my interest. Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro 2 Gets A Surprise Update (But Sadly, Not To Windows Phone 7)

    On the off chance that anyone out there is still rockin’ the two-year old Touch Pro 2, we’ve got some good news for’em: you’ve got an update waiting! Yay! Hurray! The catch: we’re.. not really sure what it does. Read More

  • Chart: Apple's Tablet OS Share Will Shrink To 47 Percent By 2015

    Chart: Apple's Tablet OS Share Will Shrink To 47 Percent By 2015

    How long can Apple hold onto its dominance of the tablet market with the iPad? There no question that the iPad is leaps and bounds ahead of all other tablets, including the latest Android tablets running Honeycomb, in terms of market share, apps, design and overall experience. With the recently released iPad 2, it is maintaining its lead. But how long can that last? After all, Android… Read More

  • Two New Unnamed Samsung Bada Handsets Get Spec'd, Will Run Bada 2.0

    If you live in the states, chances are good that you’ve never even seen a Bada-powered phone. That’s no reason for you to not be excited about two new ones on the way though, right? Especially when Bada phones are seeing some traction elsewhere in the world, and when these upcoming handsets are purportedly rockin’ NFC support. The more handsets there are out there with NFC… Read More

  • HTC Thunderbolt and EVO 4G To Get Gingerbread By End Of June?

    As of April 6th, Android v2.3/v2.3.3 (Gingerbread) — the latest version available for phones — has been available for 4 whole months. Care to take a guess at what percentage of the Android phones out there are running it? 20%? 10%? Maybe just 5%? The answer: just 2.5%. Fortunately, that number should be going up soon, with two more handsets getting the upgrade treatment before… Read More

  • Study: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year On Unnecessary Contracts

    A new study says that smartphone users are overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars each and every year. The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes that people are overspending primarily because they’re on contracts that wildly overshoot their needs. People have a habit of signing up for contracts with far more voice minutes than they use, and it’s primarily for… Read More

  • Video: The Evolution Of Mobile, As Told Through A Fancy 3D Projection Setup

    What happens when you take a couple of talented dudes, a bunch of projectors, and a handful of phones spray-painted white to act as a canvas? This video. Sure, it’s an advert — but it’s a pretty dang cool one. Seriously: a cameo from a Zach Morris phone and some insane 3D Snake effects flying out of an oldschool Nokia? I don’t even know what Vodafone’s selling… Read More

  • U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On AT&T's Acquisition of T-Mobile

    AT&T has a bit of a mountain to climb before their acquisition of T-Mobile can go through. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse doesn’t want it to happen. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is dubious of the deal. Even an FCC Commissioner has issues with the whole thing. AT&T is still pretty confident that they’ll have no trouble pushin’ the deal through — but the… Read More

  • TerreStar's Genus Satellite Phone Goes On Sale To The (Rich) General Public

    Do you find yourself stranded on deserted islands or in post-apocalyptic situations often? Are you a secret spy (don’t answer that)? Don’t mind using a 2 year old operating system that was already antiquated by the time it launched? Have $900 sitting around to throw at a phone? Non-existent-friend, do I have a deal for you! As part of AmazonWireless’ beta program, TerreStar… Read More

  • BlackBerry Torch 2 Gets A Pre-Announcement Hands-On, As Well

    Line’em up, and shoot’em down. Following up on his hands-ons with the full touchscreen BlackBerry Monaco, and the half touchscreen half keyboard BlackBerry Bold Touch, Boy Genius is back with yet another installment of “bursting RIM’s bubble”. This time, it’s the BlackBerry Torch 2. Read More

  • Kno Bails On Hardware, Takes Another $30 Million.  Is An Android App Next?

    Kno Bails On Hardware, Takes Another $30 Million. Is An Android App Next?

    Take a good look at the Kno textbook tablet at left because you might not ever see it again. Kno is getting out of the hardware business and, as reported earlier, taking another $30 million from Intel Capital, Advance Publications (owner of Conde Nast), and its previous investors (Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, First Round, and SV Angel). The company is now confirming the reports. CEO… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless To Stop Offering One-Year Contracts On April 17th

    Don’t mind making a commitment, but don’t want to commit to two whole years with the same carrier? Verizon’s gonna have one less option for you, soon. Come April 17th, the ol’ VeeZeeDub will be nixing the one-year contract option. Their comment: “Keep in mind, a majority of our customers select a two-year contract when buying our devices, so we are responding to… Read More

  • Jetsetter's New iPad App Is Even Dreamier

    Fair warning: This is where I get all MG on you guys. As someone who just spent forty weeks traveling around the world, there is no category of consumer Web sites that makes me angrier than online travel sites. More than any other category on the Web, the early incumbents– online travel agents like Expedia and Travelocity– rafted on an early tidal wave of massive convenience and… Read More

  • A Colorful Weekend

    A Colorful Weekend

    This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico with a group of friends for a bachelor party. It was a lot like The Hangover — if you replace tigers, Mike Tyson, and Zac Galifianakis with Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Clearly, we’re all in the tech scene. I bring this up because sometimes it can be telling to see what applications people actually use when they’re away from the… Read More