The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Microsoft gets around to launching a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone

    Two years. Thats how long the iPhone App Store has been around. That’s also how long it’s taken for Microsoft to launch their Windows Live Messenger application for the iPhone, available today. In those same two years, dozens upon dozens of all-in-one IM service aggregation apps (Some of which, like Meebo, are free while others, like BeeJive, are not) have launched with Live… Read More

  • Oh, by the way: iOS 4 is now available.

    In the off chance that you’re not already running the leaked iOS 4 gold master and haven’t been pounding the iTunes update button all morning, we figured you’d probably like to know: iOS 4 is now available for iPhones and iPod Touches. I could blather on about the new features, like multi-tasking, folders, wallpapers, digital zoom in the camera, and more — but… Read More

  • AppMakr now supports GeoRSS tagging

    AppMakr is a service that allows you to make simple, Internet-fed apps for the iPhone, Touch, or iPad. Historically, AppMakr has been called a glorified RSS reader but, with the addition of push notifications, a native image viewer, and GeoRSS support, they’re trying to shake that image. GeoRSS is the latest addition to the product and allows content providers to stick a little XML code… Read More

  • GoMobi tries to make it easy for SMBs to jump on the mobile web

    Small businesses often have trouble developing and maintaining traditional websites, so it should be no surprise that adding a mobile-friendly website is a cost that many SMBs simply won’t be able to justify. The folks behind the .mobi domain are trying to remedy that with their new GoMobi initiative. They’re rolling out a setup assistant and hosting deals with a few select… Read More

  • U.S. Open Golf Site Draws 518 Percent Increase In Mobile Visitors

    Mobile Web usage continues to grow by leaps and bounds as smartphones with large touch screens become the new normal. One quick data point comes from the United States Golf Association and IBM, which runs its Websites. During the 2010 U.S. Open golf tournament last week, 1.7 million people visited the U.S. Open’s mobile site, a 518 percent increase from last year. In contrast, the… Read More

  • Five things to know about iOS 4.0

    Welcome to the future, or at least like the first five minutes of it. iOS 4.0 should be available now for iPhone 3GS and newer (post 2009) iPod Touches. Do you have an iPhone 3G or (shudder) the first iPhone? You’re SOL, my Luddite friend. Go back to the commune, you hippie. I kid, I kid. Why spend the money if you don’t need to and besides, we’ve been playing with iOS 4.0 for… Read More

  • Best Buy iPhone inventory details leak

    Looks like Best Buy’s inventory details for the iPhone 4 launch have leaked out, and — if you were one of the many unlucky iPhone luvahs that were unable to place a pre-order last week — you may want to plan your June 24th around the details. The skinny of it is that most stores are receiving anywhere between 20 and 70 phones. Read More

  • 4G Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs surface, HTC cries a little

    The title of “hottest Android handset right now” has been passed around a fair bit of late, from the Nexus One, to the Desire, to the Incredible, to the Evo, to the Galaxy S, and beyond. The last 6-12 months has been like a game of digital hot potato. Next in line for this starchy title? The Galaxy S Pro. Read More

  • Video: Hands-on with the Motorola Droid 2

    You love Motorola, don’t you? You’ve been rockin’ each of their models before even the RAZR was cool. So you’ve no doubt been excited by the upcoming sequel to the brought-moto-back-from-fiery-doom Droid: the Droid 2. Yes, the Droid 2, not X. I know it’s getting a litle confusing remembering which Droid is which, but let me remind you: the Droid 2 has a… Read More

  • Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away PCs

    Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away PCs

    Editor’s note: Guest author Steve Cheney is an entrepreneur and formerly an engineer & programmer specializing in web and mobile technologies. On the heels of the latest Android phone, the Sprint HTC EVO, and as we approach iPhone 4, it seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers. Rapid advancement in mobile is often… Read More

  • iPhone 4 pre-orders begin shipping

    EVERYBODY PANIC! Wait. No. What’s that other thing we use to open posts sometimes? Good news, everyone! Yeah. That’s the one. Good news, everyone! According to roughly 67 billion tips in our inbox, Pre-ordered iPhone 4s have just started hitting delivery trucks around the country! Read More

  • Sale time: Palm slashes all apps by 50%

    Palm and AT&T held a webinar for developers on Thursday, and at said webinar they anounced a pretty sweet deal for WebOS users: a half price sale on the entire WebOS catalog. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7's bus tracker app looks incredibly useful

    From time to time, I find myself traveling on the Metro here in Seattle. You see, I’m lazy, and poor, so I don’t drive and I don’t want to bike more than a couple miles. So it’s the bus for me. I use Android’s SeattleBusFinder, which works, but isn’t exactly a UI revelation. If I could use this slick, gorgeous, and practical bus tracker app instead, I’d… Read More

  • AT&T begins rolling out coverage improvement to the areas you people reported

    If you were so obliging as to use the “Mark the Spot” app on your iPhone to tell AT&T where coverage was poor, you may find things improving in the spots you marked. In 60-90 days, anyway. Apparently they’ve crunched their six months’ worth of data and determined a few areas that could use a little boost. Thanks, AT&T. Now if it’s not too much to ask… Read More

  • AT&T will count Micro-Cell usage towards your data cap – UPDATE

    Just when you thought it was safe to love AT&T again, we have another interesting tidbit about their famous 3G Micro-Cell, AKA the “rip-off box.” As you recall, AT&T’s MicroCell is being marketed as a way to repair bad connectivity in areas with little or no AT&T reception including, but not limited to, basements, attics, Manhattan, and San Francisco. It… Read More

  • CLIQ and Backflip users to get 2.1 this year (but where's 2.2?)

    This little chart indicates pretty clearly that the CLIQ and CLIQ XT will be getting the 2.1 update in Q2 2010, which is to say pretty soon. The Backflip and DEXT variant of the CLIQ will be getting it in Q3. Man, people can talk all they want about the definition of fragmentation and all that, but the fact is it’s hard as hell to keep track of this stuff. I’m resigned to the… Read More

  • iPhone 4 doubles your RAM (doubling of fun not confirmed)

    Some time during WWDC, it was mentioned at a meeting that the new iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM, twice what’s in the iPad or 3GS. This magical number isn’t mentioned on the “tech specs” page, or else somebody probably would have noticed it by now. Anyway, it’s just getting out that the 512 megs are there, and it explains a fair amount. iMovie being iPhone 4-exclusive… Read More

  • HTC threatens handset hackers with legal action for distributing ROMs

    Leaks happen — especially in the mobile world. There are just too many people involved in the process of creating a mobile device to keep things under wraps. Take any given new phone’s OS installation package (known as its “ROM”), for example; when something is as easily copied and distributed as any other piece of software, it’s bound to find its way out… Read More

  • Like this wouldn't happen: AT&T canceling orders made "in error"

    Reader Matthew just confirmed our worst fears: not only was the pre-order experience at Apple and AT&T a big pile of poopfail, they’ve started cancelling “orders made in error.” Why in error? Well, presumably because things have gotten so fouled with eligibility in their systems that folks are getting knocked out of the pre-order queue. Here’s the email Matthew… Read More

  • Oops! HTC Droid Incredible takes snapshots of sites you visit, hangs on to them after a hard reset

    Thinking of selling your Droid Incredible? If you’re a mob-boss, peruser of the freaky-deaky, or someone who visits websites with sensitive data on their handset, you might want to hold off. Turns out, the Droid Incredible is snapping shots of the sites you visit for use with the built-in Bookmarks widget. That, in itself, isn’t a big deal; there are a dozen traces of every website… Read More