The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Hacker Takes The iPhone's Voice Control System And Kicks It Up 10 Notches (Video)

    Long before Apple came along and released iOS 4 and its slide out multitasking/app switching, a lovely lad going by the name of chpwn had already hacked together an (arguably better) solution, which he dubbed ProSwitcher. Essentially a clone of webOS’ cards system, it enabled jailbroken iPhones to quickly switch between and close applications that were running in the… Read More

  • TechCrunch Review: The Name’s iPhone. Verizon iPhone.

    Yesterday, I made a 45-minute phone call from my office. This seemingly unremarkable statement is remarkable for two reasons. First, I was able to place a call from my office — something which was impossible for me to do a week prior. Second, I made it through the entire 45-minutes without the call being dropped once. Again, this was impossible a week prior. So what changed? Well, my… Read More

  • Verizon Readies Contact Transfer App For iPhone

    In anticipation for the iPhone launch day, Verizon has released their VZ Transfer App, only for Verizon iPhones, to the iTunes store. It transfers contacts from older VZ phones via Verizon’s Backup Assistant, a service that lets users backup their data to the cloud. The transfer service will authorize the cloud download via a code sent through SMS to a Verizon mobile number. Thanks ahead… Read More

  • Vague Palm Video Appears To Tease A New Handset

    What do you see? I know we’re all waiting on the new Palm tablets, but unless said tablets have buttons poking out a full half an inch, this seems more like a phone to me. But… an actual new phone from Palm? Can they.. can they still do that? Its been so long! Read More

  • For InMobi, Apple And Android Are Eating Up Global Mobile Ad Share

    Global mobile ad network InMobi is making a big push to gain smartphone ad share. Back in June, it announced a $2 million promotion to get Apple and Android mobile app developers to serve up its mobile ads. By October, 2010, it was serving up 5.8 billion ad impressions on smartphones, according to a report it just put out (embedded below). That represents 24 percent of the global ad… Read More

  • Kevin Systrom on the Launch of Instagram

    (Founder Stories) Kevin Systrom On Instagram's Launch, "I Have Never Felt So Sick Ever"

    So far in it’s brief existence, Instagram has had a wild ride. It started out as a location app called Burbn, then pivoted before it even launched to just photos. Within a week, the photo sharing app was up to 100,000 users, and then 1 million. Today, the company announced that it just raised $7 million from Benchmark and others. But what was it like that first day Instagram hit the… Read More

  • AT&T Gives The Gift Of Gigs With 2GB Add-On To Tethering Plans

    As we pointed out a while back, you’d have to be pretty nuts to want to sign up for AT&T’s iPhone tethering plan. The main issue was simply that you were paying $20 to enable the feature, and you didn’t even get any extra bandwidth, so you’d have to be mighty careful if you used that tethering ability for anything other than accessing BBSes over Telnet. AT&T… Read More

  • Bubblegum Fills A Niche, Brings Instagram-esque Photo Sharing To Windows Phone 7

    iOS and Android users get to have all the fun. With just about any popular mobile application you could name, chances are pretty solid that it began its life on one of those two platforms. How many renowned applications can you name that debuted on webOS? How about Symbian^3? Months later — if they’re lucky — users of these not-quite-as-popular platforms might get a port… Read More

  • Best Buy: Yes, We'll Be Selling The Verizon iPhone 4 On Launch Day

    As a proud denizen of the Internet and a prouder mobile phone geek, perhaps you’d already heard the rumor floating around the Internet involving Best Buy and Verizon’s iPhone 4 — that is, that they wouldn’t be selling it. As of a few days ago, that very well may have been the case — today, however, Best Buy’s promising that they’ll have inventory on… Read More

  • Google Unveils Android Market Webstore. It's Already Live!

    Today at their Mountain View headquarters, Google held an event to show off Honeycomb, the latest version of the Android operating system. After some demos of the OS itself, Chris Yerga took the stage to show off a big new feature: the Android Market Webstore. Yep, the Market just hit the web. Finally. And it’s already live. Read More

  • Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million. Path Said No.

    Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million. Path Said No.

    Yesterday we reported on Path’s new $8.5 million venture round, led by Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures. I was curious about the valuation and pulled on a couple of threads. What unraveled was a stunning story about a startup that almost ran out of cash, a rebuffed $100+ million buyout offer from Google, and, finally, a new round of financing. Path is still very small, with just… Read More