The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Skyfire acquires Kolbysoft, developers of the popular Steel browser for Android

    Considering how many times I’ve written about it, it probably goes without saying that I’m a fan of Skyfire. By way of server-side magic (read: proxied data compression), it’s still the only smartphone browser that can reliably play both Flash and Silverlight content. Its only fault? It’s only available for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60. The company has plans to expand… Read More

  • iPhone 3.1.3 firmware unlock coming soon

    Been waiting to upgrade your iPhone? Can’t because it’s unlocked? Well, wait no longer. Sherif Hashim, an iPhone hacker, has discovered an exploit that seems to unlock the latest baseband. Not a lot of other information other than now the exploit is in the Dev Team’s hands and they will, like some creaky Soviet politburo, release the unlock to the masses. Read More

  • Verizon spent $1.3 million dollars each day to improve 3G in California last year

    This is Verizon’s 3G coverage map. See those little white spots amongst the green? More specifically, the ones in California? Those are the spots where Verizon’s 3G coverage is completely absent or mostly lacking. And, well, Verizon hates them – so much, in fact, that they’ve been spending millions of dollars every day to get rid of them. Read More

  • webOS 1.4 rollout date revealed?

    Good news, Palm fans! We knew that the Pre and Pixi would be getting the webOS 1.4 update with its much-desired video recording capabilities sometime in February – but now we’ve got an exact date. Read More

  • Sprint applies pressure, but still bled quite a bit in fourth quarter

    Over the past few years, Sprint has definitely given itself a facelift and now has excellent pricing plans and some decent handsets. Sadly, things aren’t turning around as quickly as Sprint would like since it has been showing some tremendous losses the past few quarters. The fourth quarter, however, shows that Sprint is slowly but surely easing its way to where it wants to be. Read More

  • AT&T starts LTE field trials later this year, commercial deployment in 2011

    Are you as excited as I am about LTE and the blazing fast data speeds it promises? Sure you are. And while you’re undoubtedly holding your breath waiting for 4G service and handsets, AT&T is moving forward with field trials after announcing that Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson will be providing its equipment. What’s in store for AT&T in the near future? Read More

  • Puma Phone caught on camera

    Boom! Within minutes of uncovering details about the upcoming Puma Phone tucked away within a teaser page, one of our lovely readers has sent in a picture of it. According to the tips-bringer, this shot was snatched from a video of the Puma Phone that was very briefly available on Youtube. This is obviously the rear half of the handset, showing off the big ol’ solar charging cell… Read More

  • PUMA to announce a sports-centric, solar powered cell phone next week

    Update: We’ve now got a picture of it. We’ve known since around October of last year that PUMA was working on a branded phone with Sagem (the same folks who make the Porsche-branded phones) – but outside of the fact that it was in the works, there wasn’t much else known about it. PUMA just put up a teaser site for the phone, but it’s just that: a teaser site. Its… Read More

  • AT&T Navigator update shakes things up

    The AT&T Navigator app for iPhone got an update recently, and adds an interesting new feature. From any menu screen, simply shake the iPhone to make the app route you to a predefined “home” address. No need to work through the menus: simply shake your phone. That sounds like a convenient feature. More inside. Read More

  • MADS teams up with Netbiscuits for integrated mobile marketing solution

    Mobile marketing solutions provider MADS has partnered with Netbiscuits, which offers a B2B web software platform for the creation, publication, and monetization of mobile websites. In essence, MADS’ mobile marketing platform will be integrated with Netbiscuits mobile website publishing platform, which enables the latter’s publishers to monetize their sites utilizing mobile ad… Read More

  • Android updates fly off the shelves; Motorola CLIQ up next in March?

    Android updates appear to be getting thrown left and right recently, so it doesn’t surprise me that the Motorola CLIQ may be due for a tune-up. According to Boy Genius Report, the CLIQ will be getting Android 2.1 OS sometime in March. Perhaps it’s not soon enough for those CLIQ owners who are turning a little green watching as DROID and Nexus One owners enjoy the latest and greatest. Read More

  • Opera to preview Mini browser for iPhone: will Apple give it the green light?

    Opera is set to unveil Opera Mini for iPhone in a press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, the Norwegian browser software company said in a statement released earlier today. In addition, the company will be introducing a slew of other Opera-powered devices at its exhibit at MWC. Small caveat: Opera has yet to submit the iPhone app for approval in… Read More

  • T-Mobile myTouch 1.2 launching tomorrow with Swype keyboard

    We thought we knew just about everything there was to know about T-Mobile’s oh-so-subtle hardware upgrade to the myTouch, known around the Internets as the “myTouch 1.2”. Truth be told, there wasn’t really that much to know: they’d bumped the headset jack up to a standard 3.5mm jack (Hurray!), and upped the amount of RAM inside from 192 megabytes to 256. Turns… Read More

  • The world is all a buzz over Google's new social networking service

    Over-sharing the minutiae of your life is already difficult, so why complicate things with Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare when you only need one service to rule them all? That’s where Google Buzz comes in and makes annoying your friends with news about your snacking habits that much easier. Read More

  • The HTC Scorpion may pack 1.5Ghz processor, Android v2.2, and WiMax – if it exists

    HTC cranks out Android handsets like candy corn – and we love that. The only downside to this, however, is that each new leak has us drooling before the last leak even has time to become a real product. Our salivary glands were just warming up for the HTC Incredible and the HTC Legend, but now we’ve got the HTC Scorpion (possibly codenamed “Olympian”) to dream about. Read More

  • Wish your Nokia N900 could run Windows 95? Sure, why not. [Video]

    Man! Just this morning, we were looking at the Nokia N900 and thinking to ourselves, “Damn! If only this could run a 15 year old operating system, it would be perfect!” And just like that, our calls were answered. Read More

  • Android update after next likely to be codenamed "Gingerbread"

    As any good Android-obsessed geek should know by now, Google’s made a tradition out of alphabetically naming their firmware builds after sweets. Android 1.5 was “Cupcake”, v1.6 was “Donut”, v2.0 is “Eclair”, while the next release will be lovingly dubbed “Froyo”. “But what comes after that?!” you say from the edge of your seat. Read More

  • Texas Instruments goes for broke, packs 4 radios into WiLink 7 chip

    Why the hell not, right? In an effort to ensure that your future mobile devices are as small as possible, Texas Instruments has developed a new chip that somehow manages to contain 4 individual radios for WiFi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and FM receive/transmit. Not only that, it’s (according to the press release, anyway) even smaller and more energy efficient than before. Sure… Read More

  • Google dials down early termination fee for the Nexus One

    No one likes early termination fees, but for one reason or another they can become a necessary evil. When Google introduced a new channel for buying the Nexus One, I was excited at the thought of grabbing a phone without being hassled by a retail sales rep. The only downside was that if I bought it at the subsidized price and wanted to cancel within 120 days, Google would charge a $350… Read More

  • Locus OS: hybrid concept mobile OS with bits of Zune, TouchFLO
    This isn’t official or anything, just a concept that happens to use some Microsoft assets, but what it Windows Mobile 7 looked like this? I think we all know it will not, but until the hammer actually falls at MWC, hope… Read More