The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 57% of workers use their smartphones in the bathroom. Also, 57% of workers are nasty.

    Are you mysophobic? Oh, you don’t know what “mysophobic” is? It’s a fancy way of saying “germaphobe”, which, according to scientists or linguists or some other group of academics, isn’t actually a word. Go figure. Now, I ask again: Are you mysophobic? No? Well, you might be after reading this. Because it’s naaasty. CareerBuilders did a survey… Read More

  • iPhone OS 4.0 Looms, But When Will We See It?

    Apple has set the standard that once every year they will release a new version of the iPhone. It stands to reason that this year will be no different, with a new model likely coming sometime this summer. But arguably just as important as Apple’s hardware refresh is the accompanying software refresh that comes with it as well. And that’s why it shouldn’t be surprising at all… Read More

  • Leaked: HTC Incredible caught in its Verizon colors, specs confirmed

    HTC Incredible shown above with battery cover removed. Verizon’s not going to be too happy about this one. From everyone we’ve spoken to, they really wanted to keep details surrounding the Android-powered HTC Incredible underwraps for a while longer. That’s understandable, given that the Incredible blows their current flagship Android device, the Motorola Droid, to smithereens… Read More

  • Video: Android hacked in place of Windows Mobile on a Touch Pro2

    While a lot of people are pretty pumped about Windows Phone 7, there’s are some people who definitely are not: everyone stuck on a now antiquated Windows Mobile 6.5 handset. Microsoft has already confirmed that if your phones running 6.5, it’s not going to be running 7 any time soon. If you can’t join’em, beat’em, right? There’s a new project in the works… Read More

  • Totally Unreal: Palm and Epic Games bring Unreal Engine 3 to webOS

    Only yesterday we were drooling over the idea that Epic Games had managed to port their draw-droppingly beautiful game engine, Unreal Engine 3, to the iPhone. As it turns out, the iPhone isn’t alone – it’s heading to webOS, too! Details are still a bit slim at the moment, but Palm just announced the deal with Epic Games at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Read More

  • App Store who? Android Market what? Qualcomm's BREW Platform has Transacted over $3 Billion in App Sales

    It’s been around for 9 years, is on over 1,200 handset models, used by over 65 OEM’s, available in 25 countries, and has over 250M potential users. Yet you may never have heard of it. It is BREW, a mobile operating system developed by Qualcomm that powers anything from feature phones to low-cost smartphones. For feature phones, BREW is the OS of choice for AT&T and Verizon, the… Read More

  • Motorola to replace Google with Bing on Chinese Android phones

    Imagine this with Bing inside. It’s easy if you try. If I were a spit takin’ man, I’d do a spit take right now. Motorola, stalwart of freedom, will work with Chinese carriers to add Bing to Chinese Android-based phones, ousting Google Search and Maps from the scene. Now this isn’t meanness on Motorola’s part although Reuters notes that this move could have… Read More

  • Verizon officially launches the rugged, text-friendly Casio G'zOne Brigade

    Just yesterday we were saying that Casio’s built-to-be-beaten G’zOne Brigade would be launching today — and sure enough, it just went live on Verizon’s web site. Read More

  • Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Android

    Sure, Opera Mini may (or may not) already be the most popular mobile browser in the world — but why stop there? Following up on the Android release of Opera Mobile 4 just over a year ago, Opera has just launched Opera Mini 5 for Android into public beta. The jump from version 4 to version 5 is pretty huge, introducing a handful of features that Opera says “makes your mobile… Read More

  • Your smartphone: future air-quality data point

    You know the good feeling you get when you think about how your computer is running Folding@home all the time, or that you’ve been careful to clip six-pack rings all your life? Well, soon you might have one more warm fuzzy feeling, if this project underway at Intel Labs Berkeley comes through. They’re designing portable air-quality sensors that monitor and sample the air around… Read More

  • Aw, iPhone app fridge magnets

    Take a break from reading our hard-hitting news coverage and take a look at these cute little things. Perfect stocking stuffer (I know, a little early) for your favorite app developer and/or iPhone fanatic. What with these things, those Android pillows, and all the other tech knickknacks I’ve been seeing, it seems that pretty soon they’re going to need a whole online store just… Read More