The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Nick Bilton Lives In A Future Where There Are No iBooks (Video)

    Nick Bilton Lives In A Future Where There Are No iBooks (Video)

    The future, as William Gibson once said, is already here. It is just unevenly distributed. You can find the future in new technologies and the people who wade into them early on—people like Nick Bilton, the chief blogger for the New York Times. (His official title is lead technology writer because the New York Times doesn’t like to admit it employs bloggers, I guess). Bilton… Read More

  • Froyo for Samsung Galaxy S leaked

    Samsung’s Galaxy S isn’t due for an upgrade to Froyo until September, but the pre-release builds have already begun to leak onto the ‘net. Now, this isn’t the final build, so don’t expect this to be bug-free, but if you like to live dangerously, then you can get it here. Usual disclaimer applies: it aint my fault if you brick your device. Not much else to say… Read More

  • iOS 4.1 Beta 2 now available to developers

    Beta 2 of iOS 4.1 has just hit the e-shelves of Apple’s developer center. You know the drill: developers, go get your download on. Everyone else, look on with a pinch of jealousy, and a heaping cup of gladness over the fact that you’ve got a few hundred thousand anxious developers beta testing the software so you don’t have to. We’re not hearing much in terms of new… Read More

  • Requiem for the G1

    Today saw T-Mobile finally retiring the venerable G1, forerunner to the ongoing Android revolution. I’ve been using a G1 since launch, so this is an emotional moment for me. Let’s just take a quick trip down memory lane out of respect for a solid phone. Read More

  • Dell Aero coming August 9th for $99.99, Dell Streak pre-orders begin today

    Its been over three months since we first heard AT&T and Dell piping up about their Android phone, the Aero — and, unfortunately, three months in the mobile world is a really, really long time. 90 days later, this once nearly-top-shelf handset has devolved into something a little more mediocre in comparison to the freakishly powerful monster-phones that lead the way… Read More

  • Orange gets creepy, limits iPhone 4 launch events at some stores to just the ladies

    It’s like the lifeboat policy put in place while the Titanic was sinking, except creepier: if you’re looking to pick up an iPhone 4 on launch day at any Orange At Globus store in Switzerland, you best be a lady — or at least, you better know one you can hide behind. Read More

  • Dell Streak to get Froyo later this year, T-Mobile wants none of it

    Two pieces of news for all you Streak Freaks out there: First up, you can breathe a sigh of relief as, according to Android Central, Dell have now confirmed that the 5 inches of hotness will, indeed, get an over-the-aether upgrade to Android 2.2 later this year. It’ll still launch with Android 1.6, but you can feel safe in the knowledge that your device won’t be abandoned in… Read More

  • Video: S-LCD vs AMOLED vs S-AMOLED vs LCD

    No doubt after yesterday’s news that HTC is making the switch from AMOLED displays to the much more readily available S-LCD panels, you — like me — have been itching for a hands-on comparison between the two technologies. Well, I’m not about to tell you that you’ve been personally selected to do a hands-on comparison for yourself, but I am about to give you the… Read More

  • HTC to sell HTC-branded Android, Windows Mobile smartphones in China

    Taiwan-based phone manufacturer HTC has been selling smartphones in China under the name Dopod for many years, but this morning the company announced that it will soon start selling TD-SCDMA-based phones with the HTC brand actually attached to them. In a press release issued moments ago, the company said it has teamed up with carrier China Mobile to bring future HTC phones to market and formed… Read More

  • "Antennagate" bumpers starting to ship

    Good news iPhone 4 users; despite being being told that the free bumper (or case) wouldn’t be shipping for 3-5 weeks, word on the internet is that many people are starting to receive shipping notifications. So heads up if you’ve already ordered your free case or bumper, and a gentle reminder to go and do so if you haven’t already. Apparently this isn’t an isolated… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S (AKA AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Verizon Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G)

    Short version: A powerful and attractive handset held back by a few interface quirks and matters of taste. The Galaxy S series still is probably the best large (as opposed to medium, or extra-large) Android handset on the market as of this review. Read More

  • Android 3.0 and beyond start making surprise appearances

    While most of the Android-carrying world still waits on the edge of their seat for Android 2.2 (Froyo) to grace their handsets, a handful of engineers over in Mountain View are already hard at work on their next big thing: Android 3.0 (Gingerbread). Gingerbread, it seems, is getting far enough along in its development cycle that at least one or two engineers have it up and running on their kits. Read More

  • Rumour: Samsung Galaxy Q specs leaked

    Good morning everyone. I have a leak for you. Today’s leak surrounds the supposed specs for the next Samsung handset in line to receive the Galaxy moniker: the Galaxy Q. So, what are we looking at? Pretty much a smaller, slightly improved, QWERTY-enabled Galaxy S. Read More

  • 17 more countries get the iPhone 4 on Friday

    Like a swart rider thundering across the forests of Saskatoon, the green plains of Europe and the misty steppes of Asia, the black iPhone 4 is entering Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland on Friday, adding to those country’s already high happiness… Read More

  • Carrier billing coming soon to Android

    If you’re the kind of Android user that doesn’t like lots of teeny micro payments cloggin’ up their credit card statement, or simply the type of person that often finds themselves penniless and needing an app right now, then you’ll be pleased to know that soon you’ll be able to shift all of your frivolous app purchases over to your phone bill. Read More

  • HTC gives up waiting on AMOLEDs, switches to SLCD on Desire and Nexus One

    HTC confirmed via press release today that newer versions of their Desire and Nexus One phones will ship with Sony-built “Super LCDs” rather than Samsung’s AMOLED screens. Shortages for the Droid Incredible have been blamed on Samsung’s inability to keep up with demand, so it’s peculiar that HTC didn’t call the phone out directly in their press release… Read More

  • HTC phone pictured running Windows Phone 7, said to be final hardware

    Some pictures showed up in Engadget’s tip box of a mysterious and nameless HTC phone running Windows 7. The pics aren’t that good but they look legit, and the source is quoted as saying that the hardware is “ready,” though “final” may be a slight exaggeration, since these things always get little flourishes put on ’em before release. It’s got… Read More

  • AT&T fixes throttle problem on 3G network

    AT&T found a defect in their Alcatel-Lucent equipment about a month ago that, under certain conditions, throttles upload speeds to 100kbps. This of course is not a good thing, so they’ve been working on the problem and identified a software defect that was causing the problem. Good news is, the patch has been released and is currently being pushed out to everyone using the… Read More

  • Camera+ 1.2 lets you select both focus and exposure points by touch

    Normally, we don’t write about iPhone apps getting new features — we’d be overloaded if we tried to cover even half. With that said, the new version of Camera+ has a feature that’s just too cool not to mention. The feature we’re talking about is called “Touch Exposure”. While Apple’s camera app lets you touch-to-focus on a point, it bases… Read More

  • "You gotta see this!" panorama app for iPhone looks jankily delicious

    Making panoramas — good panoramas, you understand — is a pretty difficult process. You can slap one together pretty quickly but you’ll have stitches showing, exposure issues, and so on — you have to get a program like Hugin configured correctly and tweak it a lot before you can get something worth printing. But what if you don’t care, and the stitches are part of… Read More