The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Working Together On ISIS NFC Mobile Wallet System

    Sensing perhaps that working by themselves on such an important matter might be inadvisable, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have announced a joint effort, called ISIS, intended to be a virtual wallet and mobile payment system. There are very few details, but the stated goal of replacing “cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes” is certainly… Read More

  • RIM CEO Jim Balsillie To Steve Jobs: "You Don’t Need An App For The Web"

    Research in Motion CEO Jim Balsillie may still be smarting from the fact that Apple passed it in smartphone market share last quarter. Steve Jobs made a point to rub it in during Apple’s most recent earnings conference call: ““We’ve now past RIM, and I don’t see them catching up to us in the near future.” Asked what he would say to Jobs if he were present… Read More

  • Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Every year at the Web 2.0 Summit, Mary Meeker gives a ten-minute slideshow packed with great data showing the monetum and direction of different Internet trends. This year, a big focus of her presentation was on mobile. Specifically, she put up the slide above showing a Morgan Stanley estimate that global smartphone shipments will eclipse PC shipments in 2012, with more than 400 million… Read More

  • LG's Android-powered Optimus One breaks 1 million sales in 40 days

    Who’da guessed it: the world likes cheap stuff. Oh, we already knew that? Okay — then it should come as no surprise that LG has already managed to sell one million of their intentionally-easy-on-the-wallet Android phone, the Optimus One, just 40 days after launch. LG has done one helluva job with this handset; between getting it out the door with Android 2.2 and launching it in… Read More

  • Verizon! Stop This Autoplaying Nonsense!
    What the hell is this? An autoplaying advertisement for Verizon’s shitty media software pack when I plug in my Droid X? Who? Why? I’m ready to cancel. I’m not entirely sure when this started, but it was within the last week. But now whenever I plug my Droid X into my computer, a… Read More

  • LG's secret 4-inch Android phone is a bit of a monster

    LG’s had their fair share of Android handsets, but they’ve yet to launch any that really rule the roost — at least, not in terms of specs. Looks like that might be about to change. Say hello to the Star, LG’s 4-inch superphone planned for early next year. Read More

  • Sacramento, California gets Sprint 4G

    It was either this or a picture of Sacramento. Sorry, Sac-Town, but Laser Cat will pretty much always win. Do you call California’s capitol home? Have an HTC EVO or Epic 4G? Got that “Welcome to Sacramento, Sprint 4G!” banner ready to go? Fantastic. This morning, Sprint threw in the last bit required before the 4G-celebration-parties (which totally happen all time time)… Read More

  • Stickybits Turns Product Barcode Scans Into Rewards

    Foursquare and Facebook Places are popularizing the location check-in. Instagram and PicPlz are perfecting the photo check-in. Is the product check-in next? Billy Chasen, the founder of barcode-scanning app Stickybits, thinks so. He’s spent the past few months pivoting his startup to focus more on brands and turn product check-ins into rewards. A major update of Stickybits is in the… Read More

  • Video: Sharp's Naked-Eye 3D Smartphone Up And Close

    About ten days ago, we reported about Sharp’s 003SH, the company’s new 3D smartphone, which will go on sale in Japan next month. And now, thanks to our friends over at Diginfonews, we can see the device captured on video. Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, NTT Docomo, will brand the device as “Sharp LYNX 3D SH-03C” (that’s how the device is being referred to… Read More

  • Dual-core Samsung Galaxy 2 confirmed by Eldar Murtazin, Sony Ericsson Anzu not that great

    Mobile phone blogging god Eldar Murtazin has a long history of getting his hands on devices well before anyone else, so when he tweets out some info, we tend to listen. Today, he tweeted that he was playing with both the recently spotted Sony Ericsson Anzu, as well as a previously unknown dual-core Samsung Galaxy 2 GT-i9100. Read More

  • Path Takes Photo Sharing The Wrong Way

    Path Takes Photo Sharing The Wrong Way

    Buzzy stealthy startup Path, which was founded by ex-Facebooker Dave Morin and Shawn Fanning, finally launched its mobile app tonight. It is a private photo sharing iPhone app similar to Instagram or PicPlz, except that it makes sharing photos more difficult than it needs to be. Path is designed to share photos with only your closest 50 friends, primarily through the app itself. You… Read More

  • Netflix coming to "select Android handsets" early 2011

    If you’re an Android user that’s been a bit miffed by the lack of Netflix availability on the platform, then I have some good news for you: it should be coming in early 2011. However, I also have some bad news for you: it’s only coming to “select” handsets. Read More

  • Dell Streak to get Froyo by month's end

    All you giant-handed Dell Streak owners rejoice! Dell have confirmed (via Facebook) that everyone’s favourite phone-that-thought-it-was-a-tablet will receive the update to (the soon to be deprecated) Froyo by the end of this month. The update will roll out in the UK initially, with other regions (including the US) following shortly after. Read More

  • LG Vortex coming soon (and free) to Verizon

    There’s something wonderful about cheap Android phones, and there ain’t nothing cheaper than free. Using that logic, the LG Vortex that is soon making its way to Verizon is about as wonderful as phones get. OK, so my logic is flawed, but you can’t be upset at getting a smartphone that would have cost about $200 only 2 years ago for nuttin’ (after $100 mail-in rebate… Read More

  • Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    It’s a bad month to be Foursquare or Gowalla. Ten days ago, 900-pound gorilla Facebook announced Facebook Deals for Facebook Places (i,e., location-based coupons) and check-ins for third-party apps. A day later, Pew Research reported that, despite all the hype, the use of location-based services is actually declining in America, from 5% of the online population in May to 4% last month. Read More

  • Review: Motorola Defy On T-Mobile

    Short version: Waterproof and attractive, the Defy is a solid smartphone with relatively rare selling points. It’s missing Froyo at the moment and MOTOBLUR isn’t for everyone, but I consider this thing a great value. Read More

  • iOS 4.2 gets a new Gold Master release at the last minute

    According to whispers around ye ol’ Rumor Mill, today was to be the big day for iOS 4.2 to start hitting iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads everywhere. As the daylight burned, however, a new rumor popped up: due to WiFi issues on the iPad build, the launch was being pushed back a few days. Aaaand sure enough, we’re told an ever-so-slightly modified version of iOS 4.2 for iPad has… Read More

  • Limili Identifies That Song That's Playing, Adds It To Your Grooveshark Collection

    Between Soundhound and Shazam, I wouldn’t have thought the world was really begging for another service that could identify that song playing on the radio. Sometimes, though, something comes along that solves that problem we didn’t know we had and makes the whole thing worthwhile. You see, Soundhound and Shazam do a great job of identifying tracks.. but then what? You can buy the… Read More

  • Good bye, GOOG-411

    Pour one out tonight, folks. It’s November 12th — the day Google is flipping the switches and shuttering the windows on their free 411 service, 1-800-GOOG411. We’ll never forget you, GOOG411. You came at the perfect time; mobile was blowing up enough that everyone was constantly in need of phone numbers, but smartphones hadn’t yet become an everyman tool. It was always… Read More

  • Root Access Found For Windows Phone 7, Jailbreak Not Far Off

    WinPho7 retail units have only been out for a few days, but a proper jailbreak isn’t that far off now that some devs gained root access to the system. It’s not like anyone really thought Windows Phone 7 would be locked up forever, right? It was only a matter of time. Developers swarm high-profile platforms with fun and profit in mind. Microsoft can’t be that upset. A good… Read More