The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • BlackBerry OS 6.0 leaks out for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

    Alright, BlackBerry Bold 9700 owners. Take a deep breath. Sit down for a minute. You’ve got a bit of a big decision to make. You see, a super early build of BlackBerry OS 6.0 for the Bold 9700 just leaked out. Are you going to risk sacrificing your handset, damning it to a future as little more than a paperweight, or will you… Oh, you’re ready to go? Figured. Read More

  • T-Mobile allows Opera Mini onto a handful of feature phones

    According to most of the polling we’ve done, the vast majority of MobileCrunch readers are total smartphone junkies, so it’s probably not too likely any of you guys will be heading in to buy yourself a feature-phone any time soon. If you do, however, we’ve got good news: these things just got ever so slightly better. At least, some of T-Mobile’s did. Somewhat out of… Read More

  • SkyFire for iPhone gets Apple's stamp of approval

    Good news, everyone! If you’ve been keeping track of SkyFire’s voyage onto the iPhone, you’ll be happy to know: they just got the thumbs up from Apple. For those counting, it took just over two months for this Flash-friendly-ish browser to go from submitted to approved. Expect it to hit the App Store within the next two days. In the mean time, go dig through our hands-on… Read More

  • Brightcove 5 Becomes Even More Apple-Friendly

    Once a year around this time, Brightcove rolls out a bunch of new features to its online video platform and calls it a new release. With Brightcove 5, this year the service is becoming even more Apple-friendly than ever before. Not only is there more HTML5 goodness baked in, but it now supports Apple’s HTTP streaming for video apps and also offers a template for creating video apps on… Read More

  • Solid Deals On Solid Phones At Walmart: LG Optimus T For A Buck

    Some heavy-duty savings on a couple solid phones over at Walmart: the LG Optimus T, which we handled a variant of and pronounced sweet, is going for under a buck, and the rugged Motorola Defy is only $50. Of course, you’ll need a new two-year contract and data plan to get those prices, but if you’re in the market, you could do a lot worse than either of these phones. The Optimus T… Read More

  • Apple's Next Big Strategic Opportunity Could Be Mobile Payments

    Apple's Next Big Strategic Opportunity Could Be Mobile Payments

    When an analyst asked Steve Jobs during Apple’s last earnings call what he plans to do with Apple’s $50 billion in cash, he replied that he wants to keep Apple’s “powder dry” in case “one or more strategic opportunities . . . come along.” Speculation started immediately about who Apple could buy with all that cash: Facebook, Sony, Adobe? But Apple… Read More

  • Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU

    Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU about a potential acquisition or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least, we’ve heard from people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing. BOKU President and CEO Mark Britto and co-founder Ron Hirson have held multiple meetings with executives at the helm of Apple’s iPhone business in… Read More

  • After A Four Day Freeze, Apple's US App Store Rankings Begin To Thaw

    The past few days haven’t been too great for anyone who decided to launch an iPhone app right before Halloween. Why? Because no matter how many thousands of downloads their fresh-faced app might have received, it wasn’t going anywhere near the oh-so-coveted US Top 10 list. For reasons unclear right now, the rankings system for the US App Store has been locked in stone for the past… Read More

  • Would you use the 8Pen touchscreen keyboard?

    The 8pen keyboard for Android is a bit of a trick to describe succinctly — and as they say, video is worth 24,000 words per second. Tear through that video above real quick, won’t you? The real meat starts at about 1:08. According to 3qubits (the folks behind all of this keyboard sorcery), this thing ought to be launching for Android 2.2 handsets as early as tomorrow. Now, for… Read More

  • T-Mobile's Huawei Comet lowers the Android entry fee to $10

    Just last week, T-Mobile announced the Android-powered Optimus T would be hitting their shelves on November 3rd. At just $30 bucks, it’s mighty cheap — so cheap, in fact, that we figured it was the cheapest Android handset on the market. T-Mobile just lowered the bar a bit further with another handset scheduled for a Nov. 3rd launch: the Huawei Comet. After all rebates and… Read More

  • Reports: Nearly Twice As Many Androids Shipped Last Quarter As iPhones

    In a report that is raising eyebrows this morning, UK-based market research firm Canalys estimates that total shipments of Android phones in the U.S. during the third quarter were nearly twice as large as iPhone shipments. Out of 20.9 million smartphones shipped in the U.S., about 44 percent, or 9.1 million, are running the Android OS. Apple, shipped an estimated 5.5 million phones, or… Read More

  • Sprint fires up 4G in NYC, 5 other cities

    A collective “Yay!” can today be heard from all the eager data hounds in NYC today, as Sprint/Clearwire have officially fired up 4G WiMAX coverage in New York City, Hartford, New Haven, New Brunswick, Trenton and Tampa, brining the total of 4G-enabled cities to 61. The 4G goodness will work on any 4G capable handsets from Sprint, as well as any 4G Clearwire USB modems you may… Read More

  • Rumour: Sprint taking pre-orders for CDMA WinPho HTC 7 Pro from Dec 8

    If you’ve been keen for the QWERTY goodness of the HTC 7 Pro since Greg’s quick hands-on in early October, then you should listen closely to this latest tasty rumour: according to MS Nerd, Sprint will begin taking pre-orders for the handset come December 8th. WP Central point out that this is exactly 30 days after AT&T and T-mobile start selling their stock, which alludes to… Read More

  • T-mobile HSPA+ network rolling out across the US, branded as 4G

    Despite the technical arguments that T-mobile’s 4G-like HSPA+ network is technically 3G, T-mobile have decided to run with the 4G moniker, marketing it as “America’s Largest 4G Network” as they roll it out across many cities in the US. To back up this news, T-Mo News have received a photo of pamphlet holder that shows off the new slogan (shown after the jump). Despite… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 handsets exceeding expectations, selling out in Germany

    It looks like Windows Phone 7 is off to a good start — at least in Germany — with German operator O2 reporting that they have sold out of the first batch of HTC HD7 handsets amidst higher-than-expected demand, with sales in the 5-figure range. Vodafone Germany are also reporting that pre-orders are higher than expected, and are ordering more stock, while German Telekom are… Read More

  • VLC for iPad/iPhone to be removed from the App Store?

    It was with much celebration that every geek’s favourite video player — VLC — made its way onto both the iPad and the iPhone, so it is with a heavy heart that I write this post. Over the weekend, iLounge received word that Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of the VLC Media Player, sent a copyright infringement notice to Apple. “Whaaaa!?” I hear… Read More

  • Verizon to launch Moto Citrus, Samsung Continuum and Zeal on Nov 11

    Over the Halloween weekend, Phone Arena received word that Verizon will launch the totally lust-worthy Samsung Continuum — as well as the entry-level Android-powered Motorola Citrus, and the utterly forgettable Samsung Zeal — on November 11. You can be forgiven for not instantly knowing what these phones are, so let me take a moment to remind you. Just follow me through the jump… Read More

  • The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

    The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

    During the Back to the Mac event, Steve Jobs made a particularly witty remark that made the audience giddy with laughter: “We asked ourselves, what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? Well, this is the result, we think it’s the future of notebooks.” There is always a deep strategic intent with the things that Apple does, especially when it comes from Steve Jobs. Read More

  • The Future of Local Commerce = Facebook + Foursquare + Yelp + Groupon

    The Future of Local Commerce = Facebook + Foursquare + Yelp + Groupon

    There’s been much hype, crazy valuations, and overall market excitement about businesses that promise to unleash the power of the social graph, location, recommendations and group buying. Facebook’s latest valuation according to SecondMarket is now about $30 billion, Foursquare raised $20 million at a post-money valuation of $115 million while still at a pre-revenue stage… Read More

  • Top 30 Android Apps Of All Time

    Top 30 Android Apps Of All Time

    With the ubiquitous media coverage surrounding the iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) app market, it’s important to remember that Android also is making huge headway. More than 100,000 apps are now available in the Android Market. Within the last six months, Android devices have reigned supreme, comprising 32 percent of all new smartphone purchases. There is finally a larger selection… Read More