The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Nokia Music Store becomes Ovi Music, still not open to the US

    Oh, man! Its been a long time since we’ve done a good news, bad news post. Fortunately, this post is perfect for that. The Good news: The Nokia Music Store has been officially renamed to Ovi Music, and has more than doubled the number of countries Nokia offers the all-you-can-eat music service in. The Bad News: The US still isn’t one of the support countries. Read More

  • CEATEC 2010: Panasonic's New Lumix Cell Phone Up And Close

    Panasonic was all mysterious when it announced a “Lumix Phone” last week, teasing it with a special website (now updated, but still in Japanese) that contained neither pictures nor solid information about their newest cell phone. But the company today unveiled the handset at CEATEC 2010, Asia’s biggest technology and electronics exhibition, which takes place yearly in Chiba… Read More

  • Skype for Android is here and works over WiFi and 3G (exceptions: US, China, Japan)

    It took a while, but Skype has now released an application for Android smartphones, enabling users to make free calls to other Skype users and send and receive IMs, one-to-one or with a group. The Android app works over WiFi, 3G, EDGE and GPRS, and comes at a cost that’s hard to beat – gratis. Big caveats: you can only make calls over WiFi in the United States, and the app is… Read More

  • Netflix for iPhone updated to support video out

    We all knew that the iPad version of Netflix’s app supported TV out, allowing you to… you know… hook up your iPad to your TV, but it was a bit disappointing that the feature was missing on the iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4G. You can probably guess where I’m going with this, but… an update to the Netflix app came out today that allows you to output all your favourite… Read More

  • Ruggedized Android Motorola DEFY coming soon to T-mobile

    Motorola continue to blast your eyes with all uppercase names with their latest Android handset, the ruggedised DEFY (henceforth known as the Defy). The product page is now live on T-mobile’s website, but is only listed as “coming soon”. The specs page is noticeably light on actual specs, but I can glean from the page that it runs Motorola’s revised MOTOBLUR on top… Read More

  • Codename "Mansion" Handset From Palm Sports 800×480 Screen But No Keyboard

    A “reliable tipster” has informed Pre Central that Palm is planning a new handset for an unknown release window, about which little seems to be known except that it’s got an 800×480 screen and no physical keyboard. This seems a little odd considering how webOS was originally optimized for a handset with a keyboard (interface clearances, layouts, etc), but it also… Read More

  • After Its 12 Seconds Of Fame, Fizzles Out

    Video micro-messaging is hard. Remember when Seesmic was supposed to be the Twitter of video before it mothballed that idea and morphed into a family of realtime streaming apps instead? Now, which launched in 2008 with the simple idea of leaving short, public, 12-second video messages for people on the Web, is calling it quits. The team tried to pivot, introducing an early… Read More

  • Bugaboo for iPhone Aims To Make Web App Debugging A Bit Less Painful

    Whenever I’m hanging around any new people who seem even slightly tech-minded, I try to avoid mentioning who I work for. Now, I don’t mean that in a shady way — it’s not because I’m scheming away, waiting for them to slip-up and say something I can turn into a story. It’s because it pretty much always takes the conversation down the exact same… Read More

  • Yap Transcribes Voicemails On Your iPhone For Free

    Listening to voicemails is a huge waste of time. That’s why apps that transcribe your voicemail to text are a godsend. The new Yap Voicemail app is now available for the iPhone. You route your voicemails through Yap. It transcribes them for you using only speech-to-text technology (no humans), which allows it to offer the service for free (with ads at the bottom). The transcriptions… Read More