The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • MEETMOI: Helping The Lonely Hook Up

    Internet dating services are pretty much everywhere these days, but they can be somewhat inconvenient from a geographic standpoint. Now there’s MeetMoi NOW, an Android application designed to help you find people based on location, rather then just pictures and compatibility surveys. After downloading the app, you simply enter some basic information about your hobbies and interests, and… Read More

  • Blackberry Aims For the KIN Generation, But Is It Too Late?

    Want to know why Blackberry launches are so exciting to so many? Because it means those chained to RIM because of their IT departments dependence on Blackberry mail services will get new phones. So what is this inexplicable Blackberry Torch and what does it mean for the brave folks in RIMs Canadian mountain fortress? First off, office drones, don’t expect to get the Torch with all… Read More

  • Blackberry OS 6 To Come To The Bold 9700, Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G

    RIM just announced OS 6, a new version of the OS that includes social media management, RSS feed incorporation, and a new Universal Search tool. It also includes a new WebKit browser and revamped UI. The OS will appear on the new Blackberry Torch and then be available for newer Blackberry phones. Click through for the full press release. Read More

  • The BlackBerry Torch: A Slider Touchscreen Running BlackBerry 6 OS

    RIM’s latest BlackBerry handset combines the firms two product lines into one device. The Torch has a 3.2-inch 480×360 touchscreen previously found only on the Storm handsets up front with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out the bottom. Inside is a quad-band GSM radio along with 4GB of internal storage backed-up by a 4GB microSD card. But that’s only half the fun. Read More

  • The Blackberry 9800 Slider Coming Today To AT&T

    An event in New York will mark the launch of the upcoming Blackberry 9800 slider, a new phone from RIM that promises a large touchscreen, RIM OS6, and a slide-down keyboard. In short, it looks like a fatter Palm Pre and promises AT&T 3G connectivity. Read More

  • The BlackBerry 9800 Slider Slips Through The FCC Ahead Of Today's Announcement

    The upcoming 9800’s existence isn’t that much of a secret even though its announcement isn’t slated until later today. The FCC are the first people to play with the phone and recently gave it their stamp of approval. While we can’t get a good look at the phone’s front, the FCC filing did reveal the slider will support a 480×320 touchscreen with a physical… Read More

  • More leaks for you BlackBerry freaks

    BlackBerry OS 6 has been pretty thoroughly leaked/previewed already, but I know a few of you out there are super-excited about the upcoming release and will enjoy any new info you can get. The latest leak from the northern lands contains a whole bunch of developer slides, plus an accompanying (huuuuge) icon archive. Read More

  • There, I fixed it

    The dastardly geek’s favorite new pastime: jailbreaking Apple Store iPhone 4s with the help of comex’s new one-click, in-browser Jailbreak solution. Jailbreaking your own iPhone? Totally legal. Apple’s display units? Probably not so much. [Hat tip to reddit’s blindingdawn for having balls of steel] Read More

  • Data Showing Android Pushing Past Apple Does Not Include iPhone 4

    There is no question that Android’s share of the smartphone market is growing by lleaps and bounds. Earlier today, Nielsen came out with some more evidence that Android keeps rising. It published some very provocative numbers today suggesting that Android’s share of new smartphone subscribers surged past new iPhone subscribers in the U.S. during the second quarter, commanding… Read More

  • Motorola Droid won't be getting WiFi Hotspot/Tethering with Android 2.2

    The Verizon Droid will be getting all sorts of new toys when it gets upgraded to Android 2.2 next week: Flash! Improved performance! A shiny, faster new camera! One thing it won’t be getting, however, is support for Android’s WiFi Hotspot feature — you know, the one that lets a handful of devices connect to the web through your phone? Read More

  • Under "Xi" Brand: Docomo To Invest $3.4 Billion In Japanese LTE Infrastructure

    With 55 million customers, the 800-pound gorilla in the world’s most advanced mobile society, Japan, is NTT Docomo. And over the weekend, the company made clear it wants to retain its position in an LTE future: Docomo is ready to invest $3.4 billion in the next three years to build base stations and will start an LTE service in December this year (as the first of Japan’s three… Read More

  • My3G Allows for Facetime Over 3G

    Wondered what jailbreaking was good for? If you’re using an iPhone 4 you can download My3G, a program that convinces iOS that it is using WiFi when it is really using 3G. This, in turn, lets you run Facetime over 3G. The app costs $3.99 and is available in the Rock app depository. Read More

  • Froyo Ported To the HD2

    If you picked up the HD2 and realized that you basically bought a WinMo lemon, never fear. Some charming Italian men have ported Android 2.2 Froyo to the HD2 and it seems to run everything perfectly. Basically if you run their hack, which is available here, you turn your WinMo 6.5 phone into the a Droid X or EVO 4G. Great, right? Read More

  • Defcon Researcher Creates $1,500 GSM Interceptor

    Defcon, the hacker conference, wrapped up yesterday, and while I spent all day knee-deep in Forumula 1 coverage word got out about a $1,500 cellphone interceptor. The device—it’s more of a mishmash of devices kinda of clunked together than a singular device—exploits weaknesses in the GSM phone standard, and could be used to intercept and record the conversations you have on… Read More

  • JailbreakMe 2.0 website: easiest way to set your iPhone 4 free

    You kids n’ your iPhones… you got it so easy these days. Why, I remember in my day to jailbreak your phone you needed the blood from 3 albino chickens, the pickled fingers of a giant panda, and ground eunuch horn… Now all you have to do to jailbreak your iPhone 4 is go visit from the device itself, then follow the instructions that appear on-screen. Of… Read More

  • AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile want to make your phone a credit card

    You loved Visa and DeviceFidelity’s attempts at turning your iPhone into a credit card. You were dazzled by the possibility of leaving behind that 1mm of inconvenience next time you go out for burritos. However, you lamented the possibility that such a dream may never come true. Lament no more, friends, for today, Bloomberg reported that AT&T, Verizon, and T-mobile are plotting… Read More

  • Random App Plug: Typography Manual

    If you spend a lot of time in a web publishing environment, it pays to be aware of all the little things that make writing and layouts work — and not work. The wrong line height or kerning/font combination can be disastrous to readability. You can, of course, read books on the subject, but a ready reference tool can be had in this Typography Manual app, which looks about as to-the-point… Read More

  • Don't Want To Wait For Next Week? Download Android 2.2 For Your EVO Now

    Disclaimer: You brick your phone doing this, don’t blame me. I’m just letting you know you can do this, not telling you that you should. That being said, if you’re feeling saucy and want to download the latest version of Android for the EVO now instead of waiting until it rolls out naturally, you can do it. You just have to download the update directly from HTC, and do some… Read More

  • Android 2.2 to hit the Motorola Droid next week?

    Get your funny hats and noise makers ready, Droid owners: it’s party time! As long as the note that Verizon just sent over to our buddies over at Engadget holds true, the Droid should be seeing Android 2.2 grace its screen as early as next week. It won’t be the first Android handset getting the update treatment, but you’ve gotta commend Verizon for staying on top of these… Read More

  • Samsung Cetus To Bring Video Calling To Windows Phone 7, headed for AT&T?

    In greek mythology, Cetus was a term for massive, serpentine sea monsters. In Samsung rumor-ology, Cetus is a term for an unannounced Windows Phone 7 handset. Thanks to the good ol’ Bluetooth SIG, we’ve got a few details on what exactly will make up the Samsung Cetus’ not-so-mythical innards (including a bit of a surprise. A front-facing surprise.) Read More