The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google

    Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google

    Editor’s note: Guest author Ohad Samet is an expert in managing fraud and other risks in payments systems. He was previously a senior manager at PayPal and blogs at As Risky At It Gets. We hear a lot of chatter about new payment services, and who’s competing in the space, and obviously who’ll win the space or own a big piece of it. Lately we’ve seen some movement when… Read More

  • iBoobs Reborn: Undaunted, The Famous Chest App Comes To Android

    When Apple kicked iBoobs out of the App Store in 2008, they struck a blow against freedom what was heard around the world. Some historians believe that the Great iBoobs Reaping of 2008 is the cause of our current economic and societal malaise, and who are we to question their findings? But friends: the times they are a changin’. iBoobs, an app that allows you to shake the mammaries… Read More

  • Foursquare Dennis Crowley Rapid Fire Questions

    (Founder Stories) Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: "Stop Sketching, Start Building"

    All this week, we’ve been running segments of our Founder Stories interview with Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley (see links at bottom for past episodes, or watch the whole 45 minute interview below). In this final episode (video above), Crowley answers some rapid fire questions from host Chris Dixon. What was his best business decision ever? What does he like least about being a CEO? … Read More

  • RIM Finally Sees The Light. Unfortunately, It’s An Onrushing Train – Or Is It?

    RIM Finally Sees The Light. Unfortunately, It’s An Onrushing Train – Or Is It?

    Strange things are afoot in my hometown of Waterloo, Canada, which doubles as Research In Motion’s headquarters. ShopSavvy says that someone there has been running their Android app — on BlackBerry devices. Separately, Bloomberg has reported that RIM’s forthcoming PlayBook tablet will run Android apps. A video from the Mobile World Congress allegedly shows a BlackBerry… Read More

  • A Day In The Life Of A Liveblogger

    I hate liveblogging major events. It’s hard. It’s painfully frustrating, and lifespan-limitingly stressful. I also absolutely love it, and it’s one of my favorite parts of this job. It’s something that, from a technical stand point, was next to impossible to accomplish just years ago. It lets us transport our readers from their offices and living rooms to a spot… Read More

  • Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers

    Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers

    When Twitter bought Mixer Labs in December, 2009, it inherited the startup’s then-recently launched GeoAPI, which offered a platform for building geo apps. The GeoAPI combined a places database of 16 million businesses with a reverse-geo-coder and support for geo-coded Tweets, Flickr photos, and even an iPhone SDK. Twitter kept the GeoAPI going after the acquisition—but that ends… Read More

  • PSA: iOS 4.3's Personal Hotspot Feature Supports 3 Simultaneous Devices, Not 5

    Oh hoh hohhhh — this one went over just about everyone’s collective head. Ever since Apple announced that iOS 4.3 would pack the MiFi-esque Personal Hotspot feature (essentially turning your iPhone into an on-the-go WiFi router for your laptops and other gadgets), we’ve been under the impression that it would support up to 5 devices at once. That’s not quite the case. Read More

  • Nostalgia Goes Portable: Android Gets A Nintendo 64 Emulator

    Though they technically exist in sort of a legally-grey area, emulators are nothing new to Android. Just about everything from the NES to the original Playstation have almost fully-functional emulators floating around in the Android Market — and interestingly enough, they’re pretty much all made by the same dude: yongzh. Well, Yongzh is back with another one. His target this… Read More

  • T-Mobile Rolling Out New WebConnect Plans

    According to TMoNews, T-Mo will soon be offering discounted WebConnect mobile broadband plans with discounts of up to 20% for current voice subscribers. Read More

  • It's A Good Day To Be An iPad Competitor . . . Oh Wait, It's Not

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday introduced the iPad 2 at a special event in San Francisco, taking even more momentum away from its competitors. I’ve had a lot of people in the last 24 hours tell me that the iPad 2 isn’t as revolutionary as the first generation device. Yes, that’s true. But not every device a company releases has to be or can be revolutionary. Apple has… Read More

  • Trends Show Android Gaining Among The Young And Vivacious

    This little study by Nielson doesn’t actually say “vivacious,” but it’s implied — right there in the headline. The study is just an exercise in statistics and a look at the smartphone market, but it’s always worth taking a look and speculating based on the big bottom-line numbers like total market share. These two attractive charts detail the distribution… Read More

  • Apple Releases The iOS 4.3 Gold Master To Developers

    After just shy of two months of Beta testing, Apple has just released the iOS 4.3 “Gold Master” to the Developer Center. Never heard the term “Gold Master”? Gold Master (besides sounding like the name of the boss in a poorly translated fighting game) simply means “the version we plan on shipping.” Unless there are any last minute mission critical bugs… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7's Pre-Update Update Starts Hitting Samsung Handsets Again

    A bit over a week ago, Microsoft sent out an itty-bitty software update to Windows Phone 7 handsets. Intended as sort of a “Pre-Update” update, it was intentionally light on the features. In fact, it really only had two: It patched up a few bugs in the update system to make way for the impending Copy-And-Paste update would go smoothly. It randomly turned select Samsung WP7… Read More

  • PayPal Launches Their Third Developer Challenge, $50k Up For Grabs To Android Devs

    Like money? Like helping other people spend money? Like writing line after line of code and battling semi-colons in an attempt to win money? Then listen up! Just about once a year, PayPal launches a Developer Challenge program aimed at getting developers to develop their craziest PayPal-friendly idea in exchange for cold hard cash. They’ve had two of’em so far, both of which… Read More

  • SkyFire 3.0 Comes To iOS, Brings Over Features From The Android Port

    Back in November of last year, SkyFire (the company behind the Flash-video-friendly smartphone browser of the same name) launched version 3.0 of their app to the Android Market. The big new features? It was all social stuff, like instant Facebook wall access, a one-click Facebook “Like” button that constantly lived on the nav bar, a “Popular” feature that scans social… Read More

  • iOS 4.3 Coming March 11th With Photobooth, Airplay Improvements, And More

    At the iPad 2 announcement today, Scott Forstall announced a few updates to iOS that will be rolling out on March 11th, some to do with the iPad 2, some more general improvements. First, they’ve added Photo Booth as a free app, with special tweaks to make it more touchable. For instance, you can adjust the swirl with your finger when you do that effect. Fun for fifth-graders, sure, but… Read More

  • Liveblog: We're Live at Apple's iPad 2 Press Event!

    Are you ready for the next iPad? Because Apple is. At least, that’s what we’re all assuming, given that the invite for the press event has a big ol’ iPad on it (with an even bigger number 2 right on top of that.) What’s new in the iPad 2? What else does Apple have up their sleeves? We’ll be bringing back all the details with our up-to-the-second liveblog, which… Read More

  • Verizon Slated To Cancel Unlimited iPhone Data

    According to Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference, Verizon’s current unlimited data plan is untenable and cannot remain in place forever, a bit of news that is disconcerting at worst and obvious at best. The operator currently offers a $30/month “unlimited” (but potentially throttled) data plan. Read More

  • What The iPad 2 Announcement Needs In Order To Be Bi-Winning

    What The iPad 2 Announcement Needs In Order To Be Bi-Winning

    We’re now just hours away from the unveiling of Apple’s next big thing at an event in San Francisco. And while Apple hasn’t officially stated what they’d be showing off tomorrow, a picture has been worth a thousand words. Right on the invite to the event is the tease of an iPad covered by the date, which probably not coincidentally prominently displays a big… Read More

  • Disney Opens Cute Cell Phone Store In Tokyo

    Disney exited the cell phone business in the US back in 2007, but the MVNO Disney operates in Japan seems to be doing well: last month, Disney Mobile Japan started offering a special Android phone, which is currently being advertised on national TV. And yesterday, Disney Mobile even opened [JP, PDF] a physical store in central Tokyo. Read More