The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • iOS 4.1 finally implements AVRCP stereo Bluetooth controls

    If you’ve ever used your iPhone to listen to music wirelessly, you’ve probably been pretty peeved that the controls on your bluetooth headphones/car stereo didn’t work. Sure, you could play/pause tracks, but what about skipping them? Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief, friends, for Apple has finally implemented the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) into iOS 4.1… Read More

  • Vlingo's SuperDialer For Android

    Vlingo's SuperDialer For Android

    Voice search on mobile phones is increasingly becoming a viable alternative to pecking away on your tiny, touchscreen keyboard. Google has great voice search in both its iPhone and Android apps. Apple just bought Siri, which is a voice-powered personal search assistant. And then there is Vlingo, a Cambridge, Mass.-based voice search company backed by Charles River Ventures and… Read More

  • Droid X actually self-destructs if you try to mod it

    Well, I might have recommended a Droid X for big-phone-lovin’ fandroids out there… but now that I’ve read about Motorola’s insane eFuse tampering-countermeasure system, I’m going to have to give this one a big fat DON’T BUY on principle. I won’t restate all my reasons for supporting the modding, hacking, jailbreaking, and so on of your… Read More

  • iOS 4.1 brings a whole new look to Apple's Game Center

    Just a quick note for anyone keeping track of the changes in Apple’s iOS 4.1: Game Center, Apple’s unreleased (outside of the developer network) Xbox Live-esque gaming hub, just got a massive visual overhaul. Read More

  • Foursquare Founders Pull Out $4.6 Million For Themselves From Last $20 Million Round

    Updated with Foursquare statement Dennis Crowley didn’t get the big personal payday he would have if he had sold Foursquare to Facebook, which he almost did. But Crowley and co-founder Naveen Selvadurai did okay with the $20 million Series B funding they raised from Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square, and O’Reilly AlphaTech. According to an SEC filing (first spotted by Dan Frommer… Read More

  • Nope, iOS 4.1 doesn't fix the iPhone 4's death grip antenna issue.

    And now, to answer the question that’s on everyone’s mind: Does the just released iOS 4.1 update fix the iPhone 4’s death grip issue — or at least appear to? Read More

  • iOS 4.1 Beta and SDK now available to developers

    3 weeks after launch, the first major update to iOS 4 has arrived — but as is par for the course, it’s for developers only at the time being. We’re downloading it right this second, and will let you know what we find. Update: Nothing too major so far. No iPad support. The achievements system for the developer preview of Game Center seems to have been disabled, presumably… Read More

  • LogMeIn Ignition lands on Android

    When it comes to remotely controlling your computer from your Android phone, there’s no shortage of solutions. Heck, many of’em are even free. The downside? They generally require a bit of technical know-how to get up and running, with little obstacles like dynamic IPs and router firewalls gunking things up. Back in 2008, LogMeIn launched an iPhone app called LogMeIn Ignition… Read More

  • Verizon to prep activation systems for 4G devices

    Verizon’s already gone on record saying that their LTE network will go live by the end of this year, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people would – y’know – want to use 4G handsets by then. Thanks to a tipster over at BGR, it looks like Verizon is finally getting ready to upgrade their activations systems to accept and provision 4G devices. So what does… Read More

  • Virgin's Red Glove Service program makes us yearn for Canada

    Breaking a phone is a pretty tragic experience, and breaking a smartphone doubly so. Adam Morrison knows exactly what I mean: a Virgin Mobile Canada customer, he recently sent his trusty BlackBerry to the Great Cell Phone Drawer in the Sky. Not one to miss an opportunity to show off, Virgin Mobile made sure that someone (a very, very rich someone) would be on hand to deliver a replacement phone… Read More

  • AndroLib gets a makeover, estimates over 1 billion Android apps downloaded so far

    AndroLib, the website that enables you to browse and discover apps for your Android phone far better than the Android Market site does, has gotten a makeover and a bunch of new features today. Sure, it’s still not going to win any web design contests any time soon, but the revamp makes the site a ton more useful as far as I’m concerned. AndroLib has also updated and expanded… Read More

  • AndroLib Gets A Makeover, Estimates Over 1 Billion Android Apps Downloaded So Far

    AndroLib, the website that enables you to browse and discover apps for your Android phone far better than the Android Market site does, has gotten a makeover and a bunch of new features today. Sure, it’s still not going to win any web design contests any time soon, but the revamp makes the site a ton more useful as far as I’m concerned. AndroLib has also updated and expanded… Read More

  • Paddy Power: Odds are that Apple will recall the iPhone 4 because of antenna problem

    Are you the gambling type? Paddy Power, the famous, Ireland-based bookmaker, now has it at 4/6 that Apple will recall the iPhone 4. (The opposite, that Apple won’t recall the iPhone 4, is at 11/10.) That’s as of 8:00am ET, at least. Read More

  • Video: Crazy-small Modu 1 phone coming to the UK

    Do you like teeny-tiny things? Do you feel an affinity for novelty? Live in the UK? Great. The “world’s lightest phone”, the Modu 1, will soon be available in the UK exclusively through Purely Gadgets. Neither the weight, nor even the size, are the biggest novelty in this handset, however: that award goes to its modular “jackets”. That tiny thing in front of you is… Read More

  • Verizon determined to not pull an Incredible with the Droid X: plenty of stock on-hand

    Despite recent fears that demand for the Droid X may outstrip supply, and news that HTC can’t produce enough Incredibles or EVOs as they’d like, Verizon want to assure y’all that they’ll have plenty of stock available for the July 15th launch. Read More

  • Motorola sez: No mod for you

    You know what I love about Android? Freedom to mod. I love that, if I’m unhappy with what I’ve been dealt by The Man, I can do something about it. I can’t even imagine using my Hero with the stock ROM+apps. Freedom, baby. That’s what it’s all about. Motorola clearly think otherwise. The new Droid X and Droid 2, like the Milestone (but not Droid) before it, will have… Read More

  • Battle of the 'boards: Swiftkey Keyboard enters the Android Market

    Yet another high-speed keyboard enters the Android Market today, with Swiftkey releasing a free beta version of their Android keyboard. Just like Swype and Shapewriter before it, Swiftkey promises a faster, more accurate, and generally happier typing experience on your Android handset. Unlike Swype or Shapewriter, however, it doesn’t hope to change the way you type. Read More

  • Opera Mini For Android Drops The Beta Tags, Gets Bumped To Version 5.1

    These days, just about everything makes its public debut in Beta form. Google launched Gmail into an immediate state of notability with its Beta strategy, and chose to hang on to the tag for years for good measure. Online games have more players in their Beta period than the games of yesteryear ever had. There’s a joke to be made here about Apple managing to sell a few million iPhone… Read More

  • Android 2.1 and 2.2 (Froyo) hacked onto the HTC HD2

    Four months ago, T-Mobile released the Windows Mobile 6.5-powered HTC HD2 in the US — and four months ago, the battle to jam Android onto the HD2 began. The endeavour has sort of chugged along so far — but it just took a massive leap forward. In the past few nights alone, the never-sleeping hacking community over at XDA-Dev managed to get not one, but two builds of Android working… Read More

  • Droid 2 shows up in Verizon Summer catalog

    A catalog from Verizon, detailing their Summer lineup of handsets and services, has been leaked and scanned. What’s in it? A number of things. The most exciting of which has to be the Kin One and Two listed right there under smartphones. From these we can deduce that this catalog is slightly out of date. Seriously, though, the big find is the Droid 2, which we have already seen around… Read More