The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • MetroPCS brings its LTE hoodoo to Boston, New York City, and Sacramento Metro Areas

    If, the other week, when MetroPCS announced that they’d brought their 4G LTE goodness (and single compatible featurephone) to San Francisco, you were a little jealous of your West-coast brethren, then you can now relax… as today those bringers of unlimited plans announced that they are expanding into Boston, New York City, and Sacramento Metro Areas. Unfortunately, they still… Read More

  • Video: Google gets the Nexus S a little closer to a Galaxy. Literally.

    In order to better judge the hardware requirements for some ready-made satellites that Skynet Google may or may not be making in the future, Google decided it would be a pretty cool idea to strap a few of its brand-spankin’ new Nexus S phones to some weather balloons, and send them skyward and out into the edges of our atmosphere. There, the phones met with tiny little aliens, and… Read More

  • Dell Streak drops to $100 at Best Buy

    For those with a love of jumbo phones, or 80% off sales, Best Buy have just dropped the price of the recently froyo-nated Dell Streak from $499.99 to a mere $99.99 (plus two years with AT&T). No matter which way you look at it, that’s a bargain*. It’s available in both the black and the white versions at this price, so no matter what your gadget-colour affiliation… Read More

  • Major software and hardware overhauls coming to Symbian/Nokia devices in 2011

    It’s not really news to anyone reading this blog that Nokia have kinda fallen behind in the smartphone race. That isn’t to say that they won’t catch up again, but as far as ranking devices on compelling user experiences goes, Nokia aren’t leading the pack. Well, it’s good to know that they’re trying to change all that, with Nokia senior manager Gunther… Read More

  • Gingerbread coming soon to AOSP, geek hearts all aflutter

    The Android Open Source Project (known to the geekerati simply as AOSP), is where all the real Android action occurs. It’s the place where all the hard-at-work modders and ROM builders go to grab the Android source code, so that they can compile all those wonderful custom ROMs that you know and love so well. So, it’s not hard to imagine, then, that the period between the… Read More

  • Google Voice Search For Android Can Now Be "Trained" To Your Voice

    Obvious accents or impediments aside, everyone’s speech is a little bit different. I, for example, tend to not pronounce the “t” in “exactly”; as a result, Google Voice Search will occasionally assume I’m instead saying the incredibly common phrase, “eggs acting”. Eggs, act no more! This morning, Google is announcing an optional… Read More

  • Anticitizen One: PatriotApp Turns iOS Users Into Walking, Talking Eyes & Ears Of Various Government Agencies

    This App just makes me laugh. It’s called the Patriot App, and it’s designed to “[empower] citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology.” That sounds suspiciously like the App intends to create a network of informants, but whatever. This is the world we live in now: if you… Read More

  • The iBottleOpener Is A… Yeah, You Guessed It

    Oh, third-party accessory makers; is there anything you won’t make for the iPhone? You’ve made it into a wallet; you’ve made it into meat thermometer. You also made this… thing. And now, for just $19.99, you can turn your $500 phone into a 50 cent bar tool! Read More

  • Nokia to lay off around 800 people in Finland

    Sad news out of Finland this morning, folks: according to a company statement sent to Reuters, Nokia will be laying off somewhere around 800 employees at their Finnish home base. Affected employees will get the heads up sometime in the next few days, with the layoffs going into effect come January. On the upside, it looks like the severance packages will cover anywhere from 6 to 15 months at… Read More

  • Amazon MP3 App Hits BlackBerry App World

    It’s now a little bit easier to use Amazon MP3 with your BlackBerry. A new app, Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry, has gone into public beta and gives users access to Amazon’s entire library of 14+ million MP3s. Read More

  • The iGrill Turns Your iPhone Into The World's Flashiest Meat Thermometer

    People are coming over, and it’s finally time to prove that you’re a better cook than big-mouthed Bob in accounting. But the game is on — and for some reason, you put the TV about as far from the oven as physically possible. Fortunately, friend, you live in the future. A future where there’s an iPhone app for absolutely everything — and if it’s something… Read More

  • Google Bought Stealthy Mobile Payments Startup Zetawire

    Lately, Google has been showing off Android phones with NFC chips in them that can power mobile payments. The newest Android, the Nexus S, is the first to ship with an NFC (near field communications) chip, and the technology could be the key to getting into mobile payments. These are the same chips in some credit cards today. It turns out that Google got some of its NFC expertise from a… Read More

  • With Earpiece Failures Abound, The Motorola DEFY Might Not Be As Rugged As Once Thought

    The Motorola Defy is one tough cookie — at least, it managed to make it through a week of us tossing it around, plopping it into glasses of water, and using it for a round or two of cell-phone soccer. Alas, it appears it may have a bit of an Achilles’ heel — or, more accurately, an Achilles’ ear. Read More

  • Appsfire For Android Offers Alternative App Browsing Method

    Parallel app markets are beginning to spring up all over the Android platform, what with special app packs and stores for carriers and manufacturers, and devices like the Nook Color coming out that specifically limit functionality. But if you’re on a plain ol’ Android phone, you’re generally going to be going to the plain ol’ Android Market for your apps. And although… Read More

  • Throw Out Your Business Cards, Hashable's iPhone App Is Now Live

    If you’ve been waiting for an #intro to Hashable—the only way up until now that you could get into the semi-private business networking service that keeps tracks of your connections through Twitter and email—you can now invite yourself by downloading Hashable’s iPhone app (iTunes link). It just went live on iTunes this weekend. Hashable makes it super-easy to introduce… Read More

  • DreamForce Kinect

    Sometimes it gets so hard to begin a post. This is not one of those times. Marc Benioff tells the story of how Bill Clinton was delayed coming out here for his session at Dreamforce 2010, was going to be an hour late, 15,000 people ready for POTUS 42, now what? Then Marc noticed Stevie Wonder walking down the hall toward him, taking Benioff up on his invitation to see Clinton speak and then… Read More

  • The 5 Myths Of Building A Great Mobile Team

    The 5 Myths Of Building A Great Mobile Team

    Editor’s note: As the Web goes mobile, every Web company needs to build mobile products. Author Elad Gil, director of Geo at Twitter, has a lot of experience in that area. Way before selling his company Mixer Labs to Twitter last year, he kickstarted Google’s mobile efforts back in 2004, when Google’s mobile team “consisted of 1/4 of an engineer dedicated to maintaining… Read More

  • Video: Google shows off updated Google maps with 3D buildings

    Do you remember the other day when Andy Rubin himself showed off the new, 3D Google Maps app? Well, if you do remember it, and are as keen as I am to see more, Google have now released a video showing off all the new features as run on a shiny new Nexus S. Best of all, we’ve gone and embedded it for you after the jump! Read More

  • Google updates the Android Market UI, reduces refund window to 15 minutes

    Google announced today on their Android Developer’s Blog that over the next two weeks they’ll be rolling out an update to the Android Market for all Android devices running v1.6 and above. The update is a fairly major one, with a major overhaul to the UI, including a new “carousel” showing off the featured apps on the front page, and a rework of the app page so that all… Read More

  • Google, Why Are You Not Selling These Android Christmas Ornaments?

    I’ve been on the Internet a really, really long time. In that time, I’ve learned that people love to throw money at three types of things: things that are cute, things that are cool, and things that are geeky. When you manage to pull off something that is all three, something that sits comfortably at that center of that venn diagram, you’re but a short hop and a bit of… Read More