The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Are third-party cell phone battery manufacturers deceiving their customers?

    1400mAh. 2500mAh! 10 million mAh! Ah-ah-ah! The vast majority of consumers don’t have a clue as to what those little numbers on their cell phones battery mean. Like with processor clock speeds and television refresh rates, we all tend to just assume that bigger numbers = better product. So when Joe Consumer sees some third-party manufacturer touting their batteries with ratings double… Read More

  • Picture: Why Customer Service chat sucks

    Can’t log in? Don’t worry. Just go ahead and log in. [Via Reddit] Read More

  • Nuance's Dragon Dictation for E-Mail now available for BlackBerry

    Typing is hard. I hardly ever type unless I have to. In fact, roughly 80% of MobileCrunch’s operating bills go towards paying a full staff of invisible underlings to write what I say and censor my vulgarity. Unfortunately for the livelihood of the aforementioned underlings, they’re now replaceable by a BlackBerry. Read More

  • Droid Incredible Arrives Early For A Lucky Few

    Despite the Droid Incredible’s release date still being a long week away, some unnaturally lucky types received have their new toys early. There seems to have been a glitch in the Matrix that caused the phones to travel back in time 9 days. By “Matrix” I mean “Verizon’s phone ordering system” and by “travel back in time 9 days” I mean “get… Read More

  • BlackBerry Clamshell Spied Wearing OS 6.0

    Following hot on the sexy heels of the BlackBerry OS 6.0 leak, comes word of some interesting BlackBerry firsts. The first first (so to speak) is that BlackBerry 6.0 has now been spotted running on a device. The second first (*ahem*) is that said device is also the (almost) first clamshell blackberry device! It shall be known, affectionately, as the 9670. Read More

  • Adobe Drops Future Support For iPhone Development in Flash

    I’m sure by now that you’ve all heard the arguments both for and against the new Terms of Service that accompany iPhone v4.0 SDK, so I won’t get into those arguments here. However, I will let you know of the announcement today that Adobe have now dropped future support for iPhones as a development target for Flash CS5. While users will still be able to set the iPhone as a… Read More

  • Amazon's releases BlackBerry app on App World company Audible this morning announced that its BlackBerry app is now available on BlackBerry App World (apart from only on its own website). If that’s not enough to make you rush over there, the company is also including, for a limited time, a free download of David Baldacci’s bestselling thriller Divine Justice. With the Audible app, BlackBerry users in the U.S. and… Read More

  • Next iPhone teardown reveals very little

    Gizmodo has continued its coverage of the controversial stolen iPhone, breaking it down and looking at all the little bits inside. The thing is, they can’t really tell much: the logic board is smaller, the battery is bigger… but other than that, there isn’t much to conclude. The implementation of the camera will be mostly software, and the screen is likely 960×640 as… Read More

  • Apple sold 8.75 million iPhones last quarter, 51.15 million since launch

    Aaaand the iPhone continues to print money. Fresh out of their earnings report, Apple has just announced that they managed to push roughly 8.75 million iPhones out the door in the second fiscal quarter of 2010 (January to March). In fewer words, it was the iPhone’s best quarter ever. Read More

  • iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 released to developers, packs a few new tricks

    After Apple formally announces a new version of iPhone OS and gotten it into the hands of developers, they tend to follow up with minor releases every 2 weeks or so. With iPhone OS 4 having been announced 12 days ago, it seemed like a new Beta couldn’t be far off — and sure enough, iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 just shipped. So what’s new? Read More

  • Leaked: BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots and details

    Man – has it been a good week for leaks, or what? It’s only Tuesday, and we’re already on to our second major info dump. This one might not be quite as big as yesterday’s leak seen around the world – but it’s still a doozy, especially if you’re a BlackBerry fan. After a few months of radio silence and not a whole lot to go off of beyond concept… Read More

  • SFR picks up the Palm Pixi Plus and Palm Pre Plus in France

    Down, but not out. Continuing their European vacation that began on Germany on Vodafone and O2, the Palm Pixi and Pre Plus are on their way to le Gai Paree. This morning, French carrier SFR is announcing that they’ll be launching both handsets within the next month. Read More

  • WebOS vulnerability found, patched by Palm in latest release

    What to make of this WebOS exploit? It was discovered by the Intrepidus Group security firm, and it has to do with the way the operating system handles SMS messages. Basically, WebOS doesn’t perform a common security check on incoming SMS messages, meaning that any craftily formed SMS can essentially take out the entire phone. Read More

  • Pew Internet report reveals what everyone already knows: Teens like to text

    If you’ve seen a teenager in the last two years, then you’ve seen a teenager texting. Seriously, I can’t think of a situation in the last couple of years where I saw a teenager without a cell phone. The teenagers in my extended family send text messages seemingly all day long, every day. Now the Pew Internet and American Life project has released a pretty comprehensive… Read More

  • Microsoft Germany goes live with Kin 1 and Kin 2 specs

    We got our first good look at Microsoft’s upcoming smart feature phones — the Kin 1 and Kin 2 — a week back. While the company let us man-handle the phones, Microsoft was quiet about the actual specs. But Microsoft Germany apparently thought that was silly and just released all the technical info on the two phones via its Facebook Fan Page. How nice. Read More

  • Sprint's EVO 4G Plans a Party For May 12

    Sprint’s so-hot-it-burns EVO 4G is coming of age, and has decided to invite its besties out for a little party in New York City on May 12. Just like it’s jealous WinMo-powered older brother, HD2, EVO 4G has decided to go with a movie theme for its party: the peeps are invited to come watch the fun-loving Prince of Persia play in the Sands of Time ahead of the Prince’s… Read More

  • Why 960×640 Makes Sense For the iPhone HD

    We alluded yesterday that the higher resolution screen on the Phantom iPhone of Redwood City would more-than-likely have double the horizontal and vertical pixels of the current iPhone screen (therefore quadrupling the pixel count), and now the ever-reliable John Gruber has weighed in on the likelihood of a new-and-improved double-PPI resolution. The main take-away here is that while the… Read More

  • You expect me to talk? No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to wear this horrible watch phone

    There’s some Canadian company called Neutrano making something called a WristFone inside a steel case. It’s similar to the Kempler & Strauss W Phone and, if history is any guide,it will suck. Read More

  • Microsoft planning low-cost Windows Phone 7 devices for developing markets

    Suppose that in addition to excluding a decade of apps and development, leaving out certain features, and starting out from scratch with a whole new visual theme, your phone is just plain expensive. So expensive, in fact, due to the restrictions you’ve placed on its hardware in order that it might run well, that you’ve priced yourself right out of huge markets like China and India. Read More

  • Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development

    It’s no secret: Palm’s webOS needs apps. The iPhone has over 180,000. Android has over 68,000. webOS has, as of right this second, 1,812. Quantity by no means equals quality — but when the difference we’re talking about is that huge, it gets harder and harder to pitch that angle with a straight face. Looking to capture the hearts and minds of developers everywhere who… Read More