The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Apple drops restocking fee for returned iPhone 4s

    Just a friendly PSA: after facing a tidal wave of customer complaints and bad PR, Apple has opted to waive the 10% restocking fee incurred on customers returning their iPhone 4s. I doubt this is any sort of admission of faultiness from Apple — they’re addressing the reception problem partially by making the bars bigger — it seems more like a tactful placation of their… Read More

  • How popular is iOS 4 and where?

    JiWire has been watching their 30K hotspots throughout the U.S. to see how popular iOS 4 is. The results are interesting, if not entirely predictable. As you can see from the slide above, iOS 4 accounted for just over 22% of all iOS WiFi traffic on JiWire hotspots. That’s a pretty respectable number for a brand new operating system’s first week of existence. I think it’s also… Read More

  • Droid Incredible getting 720p recording and 3G hotspot?

    The Droid Incredible might just become a little more incredible if this find pans out. A user over on AndroidForums spotted an Incredible with both 720p video recording and an HTC — not Froyo — 3G hotspot app. Yup, those two functions would bring Verizon’s Incredible to the same level as Sprint’s EVO 4G. Seeing as the HTC-made Incredible is nearly an HTC EVO 4G with… Read More

  • The Sidekick, she is dead

    None more black Friends, I freaking loved the Sidekick. Seriously. I would have married it. I carried it from about 2004 until 2007, almost all versions. It was literally the best messaging phone I ever used. Well, all that’s gone, my friends, because as of July, T-Mo is pulling the plug on the device. They write: Read More

  • Texting while driving in Michigan will now earn you a $100 fine

    Michigan has joined 14 other states including the District of Columbia in making texting and emailing while driving illegal. The new ordinance goes into effect statewide today, July 1, 2010. First time offenders will be subject to a $100 fine and getting caught a second time worthy of a $200 ticket. Under the new law, it doesn’t matter if you’re texting while at a stop light or… Read More

  • ProOnGo adds QuickBooks Pro integration

    Shortly after covering ProOnGo Expense, the app that lets you take pictures of your receipts for effortless filing expense reports, we’ve received word that two new features have been added. First, users can email receipts to the ProOnGo OCR service, freeing them from using the ProOnGo app to transmit the image of their receipts. Second, ProOnGo is beta testing integration with… Read More

  • Video: This is what happens when you talk on your phone at the game

    Yankee Stadium and technology simply don’t mix well together. We already know that the stadium had banned the iPad as part of its “no laptops allowed” policy, and now we have a slightly more hilarious situation. Yes, this man was just smashed in the face by a baseball because he was too busy yapping away on his phone. Read More

  • turns its back on Nokia

    Uh-oh, Nokia, when your biggest fans start jumping ship, it’s definitely time to re-think your smartphone strategy. Today, The Guru at Symbian Guru chucked in his Nokia-branded towel (and blog) and purchased a Nexus One. Read More

  • Best Buy turns off the music at the Droid X pre-order party

    If you’re sitting on the bus reading this article on your 2-year-old beat up LG Voyager, while making your way to Best Buy to pre-order that hot new Droid X, then I hope you’ve got a seat, because you’ll want to be sitting down for this: Best Buy have ceased taking pre-orders for it. Read More

  • Firefox Home, the browser that isn't, is now awaiting App Store approval

    Banking on the previous success of Opera getting its Mini browser into the App Store, Mozilla today submitted their almost-a-browser to the Secret Police in Cupertino for approval — and they seem quite confident that it’ll get through. So, what is Firefox Home, anyway, and why is it not quite a browser? Well, rather than just being a Safari replacement, Firefox Home acts as a… Read More

  • Yahoo! moves to Android: Mail, Messenger, and Search now available

    Arguably a little late to the party, Yahoo! today announced the release of their very first Android apps for Messenger and Mail, a Yahoo! search widget for your home screen and some HTML5-optimized sites for the iPhone. The Messenger app does pretty much what you’d expect: it allows you to chat with your Yahoo!/MSN friends, and can run in the background (with push notifications) for… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile GarminFone

    Short version: A competent and useful, but ultimately limited handset. Recommended for GPS lovers, but not for Android lovers. Read More

  • First real details about Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" emerge

    Buried deep in the frozen tundras of a Russian podcast, Google’s plans for the next step in Android have been uncovered. I have to say, it cuts down on my excitement somewhat that with Android, you’re constantly aware of the improvements you’re unlikely to get. In this case, even the few 2.2 users out there are left behind. Here’s what we know. Read More

  • Microsoft puts down the Kin

    We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones. These words from… Read More

  • Microsoft emphasizes Xbox Live Arcade compatibility in Windows Phone 7

    Back around when Windows Phone 7 was announced, Microsoft was eager to demonstrate the 3D gaming prowess of the OS and its intended hardware. We were disappointed at the time that these games wouldn’t be coming to the totally-capable Zune HD, but we also saw a glimmer of hope that there would be some overlap between XBLA and these Live-enabled handsets. Fast forward a few months, and… Read More

  • Motorola indefinitely delays the Android 2.1 update for T-Mobile Cliq and Cliq XT

    There’s a good reason why handset makers try to stay quiet about specific launch dates for software updates — and it’s not because they want each update to be a special little surprise. The reasoning, as we hear it from just about everyone in the industry: if they fail to meet their self-imposed deadlines, they look like jerks, and customers start raging. Such is the case… Read More

  • Netflix wants to build an Android app, but needs some help

    Netflix Instant Queue streaming? For Android? Yes please. While Netflix seems to be dumping about 100% of their mobile efforts into their iPad and upcoming iPhone apps right now, that can’t last forever. With every major manufacturer putting Android on just about every other device, it’s finding its user base simply by being on everything. Netflix wants in on that. Read More

  • AdMob's Final Mobile Metrics Report: Android Rising, But Apple Still Dominates Worldwide

    AdMob's Final Mobile Metrics Report: Android Rising, But Apple Still Dominates Worldwide

    Mobile ad network AdMob (now part of Google) released its final Mobile Metrics report today (embedded below), at least for a while. AdMob gathers data from millions of phones and mobile devices which serve up its ad impressions, including almost 44 million iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads). The decision to stop disclosing the data may have something to do with its new owner… Read More

  • Sony releases Xperia X10 software update: no Eclair just yet

    While it isn’t the update you’ve all been waiting for (ie Android 2.1), Sony have just released (over the air) the first upgrade to their premium Xperia X10 device. Read More

  • Gresso injects some elitism into the iPhone 4, offers a 200-year old finish

    Ah, the luxury phone market. A market I’ll never really relate to; while I get my thrills from finding things at the cheapest possible price, there are people out there that yearn to pay as much as they can for their goods. Are you of that type? Are you craving something that exudes class, status, and elitism? Do you want something more than a normal iPhone 4 can give? Read More