The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Nokia on Ovi: 200k daily sign-ups, 2.3m app downloads per day, 140 million users

    Nokia has declared its Ovi suite of service and the Ovi Store a roaring success. The Finnish mobile giant says 200,000 people are now signing up to its services per day, and that the total number of active Nokia service users across the globe has reached 140 million (Ovi is available in more than 190 countries). Nokia further claims its application store (Ovi Store) is a hit on its own, with… Read More

  • Panasonic Makes Mysterious "Lumix Phone" Pre-Announcement

    There will be a large IT and electronics exhibition in Japan happening next week (CEATEC), and Panasonic Japan just announced [JP] it will use the show to announce a new cell phone. The company has set up a dedicated site [JP] for the new device but is being pretty mysterious about it (no pictures). Read More

  • Tonchidot Raises $12 Million Round B, Expands Mobile Gaming Platform SoLAR Globally

    Tokyo-based augmented reality startup Tonchidot has raised $12 million in Series B funding from various Japanese companies, including the country’s second biggest telco KDDI, major media conglomerate Recruit, ad agency SPiRE and venture capital firms DCM, Itochu Technology Ventures (ITV), and JAFCO. Tonchidot closed a $4 million series A funding round led by DCM and with ITV… Read More

  • Sprint Samsung Epic 4G update "on hold"

    If you own a Samsung Epic 4G, then you were probably aware that there was meant to be an update released today that solved the terrible 3G upload speeds that you were experiencing. Well, you may have noticed that the update didn’t actually come… but why? Sprint have posted an explanation in their community forums, and blame it on administration issues on Google’s end. Follow… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 launches Oct 11, handsets on sale Nov 8

    Last week I told you how Windows Phone 7 handsets will probably begin shipping on November 8. Well, Microsoft aren’t about to start trying to sell handsets without at least a little hype before release. And now it’s seeming more and more likely that the hype will begin on October 11. The Wall Street Journal today reported that Microsoft will “formally unveil a lineup of… Read More

  • Android Market now paying developers in 20 more countries, open for business in a further 18

    Good news for you non-us Android developers today, as Google now supports paid apps in 20 more countries, bringing the total up to 29 countries where developers can accept payments in the Android Market. According to the Android Developers Blog, developers in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal… Read More

  • Dual-display Samsung Continuum detailed in pics

    Hot on the heels of the bulk Verizon leak today, comes a bucketload of images of the Samsung Continuum. You remember the Continuum, don’t you? The one that grabbed your attention as being “a dual-screened Android-powered monster”. I know that sparked my curiosity, so I’m rather happy that BGR now have a bunch of (quality) images showing the device and it’s handy… Read More

  • WinPho7 HTC Spark images appear, looks like a Mondrian

    Yesterday, we reported on the leaked press images of the HTC Mondrian, but today, Engadget are reporting that some hands-on images of the very same WinPho7 device have leaked, and it’s clearly labelled as the HTC Spark, aka the HTC Trophy. The most notable feature is the inclusion of HTC’s Hub, which is HTC’s attempt at differentiating themselves from a crowd of very… Read More

  • Verizon Data Dump: Storm3 Cancelled, Tons of New Android phones on the way?

    Our buddies (brothers?) over at Engadget just had a massive pile of info land in their inbox. There’s lots of good news in here for Android fans — but if you were looking forward to the Storm3, you might want to take a deep breath before diving behind the jump. Read More

  • PSA: Today's the last day to get your free iPhone 4 case

    Back when Apple announced that they’d be giving all iPhone 4 owners a free case as penance for the handset’s antenna woes, they also noted that the freebies were only guaranteed until September 30th. A few weeks of evaluation later, Apple announced that the 30th would indeed be the hard stop for the case program. Know what today is? As you may have guessed from the context of this… Read More

  • Beerby: Find Beers Near You

    Ah, beer. You’re my solace and my comfort in these trying times and I love you. But how do I find you, especially the odd and unique members of your extended family? Thankfully, there now exists BeerBy. Read More

  • iPhone 3GS Supports HDR

    Don’t go rioting in the streets or anything but apparently there are some small icons in the iOS SDK that show the HDR On and HDR Off logos in standard and “retina” resolution. This could mean that the 3GS could feasibly support HDR photo shoots although it probably actually means that Apple simply created a high-def version of all its icons and this one slipped past the censors. Read More

  • First Look at the Qwiki IPad App

    A Super Sneak Peak At Qwiki On The iPad

    Yesterday, at Disrupt it took a long time for the judges to decide to award the top prize to Qwiki, the visual information consumption service that presents information in a fluid assemblage of photos, videos, and spoken words. It’s the kind of service that would demo really great on an iPad, where you want to just sit back and watch as information is presented to you. Although the… Read More

  • Nokia N8 starts shipping worldwide

    Nokia’s first Symbian^3 powered device, the Nokia N8, has now started shipping to all those proud Nokia fans that pre-ordered it. The N8 will be Nokia’s last N-series device to run Symbian (they’re switching their high-end devices to Meego), and comes with a 3.5″ display, HDMI out, and a simply stunning 12MP camera. I miss having a good camera in my phone. Previous… Read More

  • Droid R2-D2 site now live and selling

    If you’ve been itching for the R2-D2 edition of Motorola’s Droid 2, then you should probably head on over to Verizon’s site right now, as the world’s favourite unintelligible Droid is now up for sale. It’ll cost you $249 (after an instant $100 online discount) with a two-year contract, or $599 without, and comes bundled with the special edition multimedia dock, a… Read More

  • WinPho 7 HTC Mondrian strikes a pose for the press

    The Windows Phone 7 leaks keep on coming thick n fast, with yet another device showing off its bad self on the web. This time around it’s HTC’s high-end Mondrian (which is a code name for one of the many WinPho7 devices that HTC plan to release at or near launch). Read More

  • Image of Samsung Omnia 7 with Windows Phone 7 leaks

    We’ve seen Samsung’s GT-i8700 in both photo and video form, but this is the first we’ve seen of the next in their Omnia line. Taking a page from HTC’s playbook, Samsung have decided to honour Microsoft’s latest mobile OS by skipping digits 3 through 6, and naming the follow-up to the Omnia 2 the Omnia 7. Read More

  • Google launches an online database of Android phones

    If you’re in the market for an Android phone, but find the sheer number of devices, carriers, and plans overwhelming, then you’re not alone. Android has exploded, and there are more smartphones available now than ever before. So, what can you do? Google have heard your cries, and have now launched their Google Phone Gallery, which offers a near-complete list of all the Android… Read More

  • webOS (sort of) clicks past 5,000 applications

    When it comes to third-party applications, quantity has never been webOS’ strong suit. While BlackBerry OS is hovering at around 10,000 apps and Android and iOS are well past 80,000 and 250,000 respectively, webOS has yet to move beyond 5,000. Until now. Sort of. Read More

  • Killing Bad Android Apps: A Primer

    Lifehacker has a great primer on killing bad Android apps and uninstalling them before they cause damage. While it may feel great to kill apps and see your phone work faster, in reality you could be doing more harm than good. Read More