The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Supposed HTC Thunderbolt Specs Leaked: 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 5 Megapixel Front Camera, And More!

    At this point, Verizon’s upcoming 4G-friendly Android phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is about as secret as my undying love for oxygen. While its gone by different names over time (from the Incredible HD, to “Mecha”, to the current Thunderbolt moniker), we’ve seen leak, after leak, after leak with this thing. One thing, however, has managed to remain elusive: the spec sheet. Read More

  • Proof That We're Living In The Future: The iPhone Heart Monitor

    We’re living in the future, folks. Really, look around you: we have the biggest collection of knowledge in history available for free, at our fingertips — and we can access it in a car, at 70 miles per hour, without any wires. Planes can transport us across the country, or across the world, in hours (or, as Louis CK so wonderfully puts it, “You’re sitting in a chair.. Read More

  • Clear iSpot gets discontinued

    Fire up the funeral march, folks. This morning, another device has joined the Microsoft Kin on the ultra exclusive list of devices that were both born and killed off in 2010: the Clear iSpot. Total lifespan: 147 days. The device had a simple enough (if a bit wonky) premise: it would act as a 4G-fueled WiFi hotspot… but only for Apple’s iOS devices, like the iPod Touch, iPhone… Read More

  • Android Malware Being Distributed On Chinese Markets

    There’s a new threat in town. And by town, I mean China. Malware authors have created a bit of code called Geinimi that hitchhikes on existing apps when they are redistributed on third-party markets. At the moment it doesn’t do much but lurk, but its capabilities resemble that of a botnet server, according to Lookout, a company that makes antivirus software for Android. Read More

  • Ford's Sync Destinations App Plans Your Route Before You Get In The Car

    Smartphone integration with car-bound OSes is going to be a hot thing next year, and of course Ford’s Sync system is among the major players. Just a week ago they showed off AppLink, which allows a driver to control certain apps (Pandora, a news stream app, and a Twitter app) from the in-car touchscreen. And now you’ve got stuff going the other way: the Sync Destinations app lets… Read More

  • This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES: iPad 2 And Verizon iPhone

    This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES: iPad 2 And Verizon iPhone

    Every year, it seems the buzz starts building around now for CES, the giant consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas. And every year at CES, much of the buzz seems to be around the one company that isn’t there — perhaps the most important consumer electronics company these days: Apple. And this year will be no different. Except that this year, the CES buzz-kill may be more intensified… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Followup To The X10 Mini Caught On Camera?

    See that thing over there? It may be itty-bitty, but it seems to pack a pretty gnarly bite. According to a leaker on the Chinese forum IT168, we’re lookin’ at Sony Ericsson’s followup to the X10 Mini. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Hack Demonstrated On Video

    For the developers of any digital distribution store (be it Steam, or the iOS App Store, or what have you), there’s not much worse than waking up to find out that your system’s piracy protection mechanisms have big ol’ gaping security holes. There’s one thing, though, that can take a bit of the sting off: having the bad news broken to you by a white hat (read… Read More

  • In Russia, Linux-based GLONASS GPS "iPhone" Follows You Oh, those Russians. Sistema, a mobile operator over in Putin Country, just released the first GLONASS/GPS phone in the country. GLONASS is Russia’s GPS solution that doesn’t depend on America’s capitalist satellites. Read More

  • Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update delayed indefinitely

    In what has now become common place in the Android update game, Sprint have delayed their Froyo update to the Epic 4G. The update was recently rumoured to start rolling out the day after Christmas, but, alas, it wasn’t so. Now, a leaked internal message to Sprint employees is saying that there is “no firm delivery date for the Froyo 2.2 software update, but it will be available in… Read More

  • Motorola Cliq 2 Shown In Leaked Shots

    One of the last items on that leaked T-Mobile roadmap from way back in July has leaked. “Begonia” has made its debut, and is as expected the Cliq 2. The original Cliq was perhaps a little before its time; the Blur interface was sluggish and many useful services and shortcuts weren’t yet employed by Android. This time around things might be different. Read More

  • Tons of HTC Thunderbolt Product Shots Leaked

    Boom! With HTC and Verizon teasin’ up a storm around their upcoming 4G Android handset, the Thunderbolt (previously known round the ol’ rumor mill as the Incredible HD, or “Mecha”), it was only a matter of time before this thing got a proper, exhaustive photo leak. And so it goes. Read More

  • iPhone Serial Cables Go Into Production. For Serial.

    Well, here’s one we can file away in the “Things I never would’ve guessed would exist” bin. A company called Redpark Product Development has just announced plans to manufacture serial cables compatible with the iPhone, “Made for iPhone” certification and all. Yep, serial cables. Remember those? Read More

  • Reminder: Sprint 4G Goes Live In The Bay Area Today

    Remember a few days ago, when Sprint announced that they’d be firing up their 4G towers around the Bay Area come December 28th? Check those calendars, folks; it’s go time. If you’re in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, make sure you’ve got a 4G-enabled handset (like the Evo, or the Epic 4G), check to ensure that the 4G radio is toggled on, and give it a quick reboot… Read More

  • Report: Playstation Phone Is Based On the PSPgo, Will Go On Sale This Spring

    We’ve spent quite a few posts on Sony’s Playstation Phone in the last few months, and today the Asahi Shimbun (one of Japan’s biggest newspapers) is reporting [JP] that the device will be released in spring next year. Not a big surprise, but what’s interesting is that it will hit Europe and the US first, if the report is to be believed. Read More

  • HTC's Mystery Verizon 4G Phone To Be Called "Thunderbolt"?

    While they’ve tried to be pretty hush-hush about the specifics, HTC and Verizon have made it pretty dang clear that they plan to launch a 4G phone at CES — and unless the rumor mill is way, way off, it’ll be the handset thus far known by its rumored codenames: the Incredible HD, or “Mecha”. Neither of those names really captures the 4G spirit, though. Incredible… Read More

  • Palm's webOS finally reaches 5,000 apps

    Remember back in September, when webOS “sort of” clicked past the 5,000 app mark? The “sort of” was because that number included unofficial and off market apps, like the stuff in the Beta catalogs or available via homebrew repositories. In other words, it was flubbing the numbers a bit. Just shy of three months later, webOS has now passed 5,000 apps, no flubbing… Read More

  • Apple, Please Hurry Up And Ship Those iPhones To Verizon Already

    Like many people, I’ve been holding out for the iPhone to arrive on Verizon before upgrading. It’s been a long wait, and now that my wife has an iPhone 4 she got for Christmas (on AT&T), my iPhone 3GS is really starting to look dated. Fortunately, it looks like Apple’s component suppliers in Taiwan are gearing up to ship 5 million to 6 million CDMA iPhones to Verizon in… Read More

  • Xi: NTT Docomo Rolls Out Japan's First LTE service

    In August, we reported that NTT Docomo, Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, is ready to invest a whopping $3.4 billion through 2012 in an LTE service the company has named “Xi” (which is read Crossy). And over the weekend (and as announced previously), the company finally rolled out said service [press release in English]. Read More

  • Japanese iPhone Gets E-Wallet Functionality (Kind Of)

    As we reported multiple times over the past months, the iPhone is a hit in Japan. When compared to other Japanese phones, however, it lacks a few key features such as digital TV tuners or an e-wallet function. Provider SoftBank introduced a hardware solution for the former problem in 2008, and now there’s one for the latter, too. Read More