The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Droid X has fallen to the rooters

    Despite the possibility that the Droid X will blow itself up if you try and load any custom bootloaders onto it, at least a few modders must have scooped up Motorola’s latest last week, as it has just joined the ever-growing list of Android handsets with root access. Read More

  • Every Microsoft employee gets a free Windows Phone 7 handset

    Microsoft is in a giving mood. Just last month they gave out hundreds of Xbox 360s to E3 attendees — even sent one to the TechCrunch office for no particular reason. Now they’re going to be giving away Windows Phone 7 handsets to every Microsoft employee, if we are to believe what we read on Twitter. We recently got our hands on a WP7 unit and put up our in-depth impressions of… Read More

  • iPhone coming to T-Mobile in Q3?

    Whenever the rumor mill gets to chatting about the iPhone heading to another carrier beyond AT&T, it’s almost always focused around Verizon. On the off chance it’s about someone else, it’s generally Sprint. Oddly, the one most oft forgotten is the one that, from a technical standpoint, would be the easiest transition: T-Mobile. AT&T rocks SIM cards — so does… Read More

  • Skype with multitasking support now available for iPhone 4 and 3GS, 3G calls to stay free

    Skype has always sort of served as one of the poster children for why iOS just had to allow applications to run in the background. I mean, come on: being able to avoid gobbling up my precious minutes without having to keep the application open all the time just so I don’t miss calls? Yes. Yes please. Its been a few weeks since iOS launched to the multitasking masses — and today… Read More

  • A few more BlackBerry OS 6 images for y'all

    RIM are clearly trying to keep your focus on their upcoming BlackBerry OS 6. We’ve seen two different videos already, as well as a bunch of phone leaks and screen shots. And now, just for you guys, they’ve posted a whole heap more to their Inside BlackBerry blog. Read More

  • Video: Blind Type allows you to type without looking at your screen

    There are a few competing keyboards on Android and the iPhone at the moment: Swype, Shapewriter, Swiftwkey — and that’s just the ones beginning with S. But here’s one that’s tackling a problem I never thought software could tackle: Blind Type makes it possible to type on your touch screen phone without looking at the screen. You can do this because the Blind Type… Read More

  • T-Mobile fires up "4G Speed" HSPA+ network in another 25 cities, expands coverage around LA and NY

    It seems like just about every other week, T-mobile adds a few more cities to the big list of those supporting their “4G Speed” (they can’t outright call it 4G, because it’s technically still 3G) HSPA+ network. Last month alone brought 15 — and this month? 25 more. Is yours one? Read More

  • Tethering included as "easter egg" in flashlight app for iPhone

    Very sneaky. A convenient five-color flashlight that doubles as a… SOCKS proxy tethering tool. And it’s only 99ยข! Whoever approved this app is going to get a rap on the knuckles for sure. Instructions for making this deceitful little app work are over at AppShopper; I’d move quickly, as Apple will probably hit the kill switch literally any minute. Update: Kill switch hit. Read More

  • iSkoot scoots into a partnership with T-Mobile, Kalaida now on over 100 handsets

    In our tech-obsessed bubble, wherein we obsess over how many millions of iPhones have been sold or how many tens of thousands of apps are in the Android Market, it’s easy to forget something: not everyone carries a smartphone. A massive number of people, from soccer moms to Arrington, still carry their good ol’ trusty feature phone. For the past few years, iSkoot has been ensuring… Read More

  • Apple sold 8.4 million iPhones in Q3 2010, smashed through revenue records

    At Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference last week, they were kind enough to spill the beans on how many iPhone 4s had sold since launch: roughly 3 million. What they didn’t share, however, was how many total iPhones they’d sold lately — that number, said Apple COO Tim Cook would be coming in their upcoming financial reports. The report for fiscal quarter three (which runs… Read More

  • Droid 2 spotted running Android 2.2

    It may not even be officially announced yet, but all of the leaked details surrounding the Motorola Droid 2 ought to be enough to get any Android fan all antsy in the pantsies. A much improved version of the Droid 1’s keyboard? Great. A 1 Ghz CPU? Killer. Lets go ahead and add one more thing to the list: Android 2.2 Read More

  • LightSquared, wholesale 4G-LTE + satellite network coming soon

    A new data network arrived on the scene today. LightSquared will be a wholesale only, net-neutral 4G-LTE network that combines with satellite to provide nation-wide broadband wireless access. The aim is to have LTE cover 90% of the population by 2015, with the remainder being covered by satellite. Read More

  • VZW kinda confirms Froyo for Incredible and Droid coming early August

    On an unofficial Twitter account today, a VZW Tech Support employee stated that the much-anticipated, much-improved Froyo update will be available for both the Motorola Droid and the HTC Incredible by late July/early August. Read More

  • Video: Samsung's new unbreakable AMOLED screen vs hammer.

    It doesn’t take much to break a phone screen. I know plenty of people — and I’m sure you do, too — with the tell-tale mark of a dropped phone dividing their screens into so many pieces of shame. Samsung feel your pain, fear, and shame, and want to do something to help you out. Samsung have created an “unbreakable” AMOLED (the source suggests that it… Read More

  • Some Droid X displays having issues (updated)

    It seems like launch hiccups are going to be part of the bargain with all these new superphone launches. With all that cutting-edge technology packed in there, you can expect a few issues — like faulty USB controllers or wet glue — and in the Droid X’s case, some display problems. Read More

  • TechCrunch TV: Inside Windows Phone 7

    This morning, MobileCrunch’s Greg Kumparak delivered his pre-review preview of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. The soon to be released mobile operating system is far from finalized, as Kumparak explains, but it is a grand departure from 6.5 and represents Microsoft’s best mobile effort to date. In this video, we explore the operating system’s key highlights, including… Read More

  • 1 part Palm Pre, 1 part Droid: What is this weird Droid-branded portrait slider?

    When a momma Droid and a daddy Pre love each other very, very much, they get trashed and make sweet, sweet handset love like the sun won’t rise tomorrow. Nine months later, the awkward Pre-esque Droid Mini love child is born — and if we’re really lucky, someone will be there on the scene with a camera slathered in butter, waiting to take the blurriest photos in the history… Read More

  • Fancy a game of badminton on your iPhone?

    Although it’s not the world’s best mobile gaming platform, there are lots of games available for the iPhone. There are lots of iterations and variations of the same games. Would you like to try something new? How about a game of badminton? It’ll give you an excuse to say “shuttlecock” without feeling silly. And, interestingly, there is only one badminton game on… Read More

  • Nokia Siemens buys Motorola's switching business for $1.2 billion

    Motorola’s slow decline was halted, briefly, by the launch of the Droid line of phones. Now, however, it looks like the company’s money-making switching subsidiary is no longer going to be making money as it’s just been sold to Nokia Siemens for $1.2 billion. While the company still owns its own handset and set-top box operation, the switching side was Motorola’s bread… Read More

  • Sprint announces the Motorola i1's launch details

    Sprint has announced that the Motorola i1 will be available for purchase on July 25 through direct ship sales channels, and will hit retail outlets in early August. As you may recall, the i1 is the first Android smartphone to include Nextel Direct Connect technology and sports a hardened body that meets military specs for shock, dust, and rain. $149 (after $50 rebate) for new customers and… Read More