The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • iPhone leapfrogs WinMo market share

    Oh my. This can’t be what Redmond had planned. But I guess they should have spent more time revising their platform during the years and years they dominated the smartphone field. Now, with the triple threat of consumer-accessible Blackberry devices, cheap iPhones, and legions of Android handsets, it seems that even WinMo 7 may be too little, too late. iPhone users now outnumber WinMo… Read More

  • App Store Champ Smule Raises Another $8 Million

    When you’re running on a hot streak of smash hits, it’s not too tough to find investors. Such is the case for Smule, the developers behind I Am T-Pain, Ocarina, Leaf Trombone, and a handful of other App Store success stories. Today, Smule is announcing that they’ve secured an $8 million dollar round of Series C funding. That’s an absolutely massive pot for a… Read More

  • Nuance Updates Dragon Dictation App To Let You Keep Your Contacts Secret

    Just a few days ago, the voice recognition connoisseurs over at Nuance released Dragon Dictation, an iPhone app which would automatically transcribe your voice into text messages and emails. All was well and good at first; the response to the app was generally quite positive, and the app itself seemed to work pretty dang well. Soon after release, however, controversy was abound; someone… Read More

  • Cash Cab cruises onto the iPhone

    Nothing kills the productivity amongst myself and my roommates like accidentally stumbling across an episode of the Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, the premise is pretty simple: a snarky bald dude drives around New York in a cab, surprising passengers with the opportunity to win some cash by answering trivia questions. There’s just… Read More

  • Beejive for BlackBerry 2.0 Released

    If you’re a BlackBerry owner who’s looking for something small to get themselves this holiday season, this might help. Earlier this morning, Beejive released version 2.0 of their BlackBerry IM application – and just in time for the season of getting.. awkward family dinners.. giving, they’ve lopped 50% off the price tag. Read More

  • Bar-code Scanning RedLaser iPhone App reaches 750K downloads, over $1M in revenue

    Yep, it’s still happening. You can still become a millionaire on the iPhone without a marketing budget and a brand name. Occipital, the company behind RedLaser [iTunes Link], has struck gold with its barcode-scanning iPhone app. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s much harder to be an indie developer on the iPhone these days. The App Store is riddled with brands and much of the… Read More

  • Behold: The Nexus One Boots Up

    The leaks continue to hit the web about the Nexus One, aka “The Google Phone.” Here’s the latest: The booting up of the device on video. Enjoy. Also, here’s apparently the official logo. Read More

  • PSA: iTunes Connect will be down December 23-28

    Well, if you were planning on spending Christmas Eve monitoring the sales of your iPhone app, better make new plans. Apple’s shutting down iTunes Connect, which developers use to manage and track their apps, starting December 23rd. It’ll be back up on the 29th. Chances are you already know this if you’re a dev, but hey. Doesn’t seem a very nice thing to do, but maybe… Read More

  • The iPhone And The Droid Face Off.. In Song

    You know whats nerdier than contrasting the merits of the iPhone versus those of the Motorola Droid (twice)? Pitting the two phones against each other in a sound effect remix battle. You know what’s even nerdier than that? Absolutely nothing. The folks over at Indaba Music have challenged their users to strive for that pinnacle of nerddom in an all out remix competition they’re… Read More

  • Exclusive Video: Hands-on With Swype For Android

    I’ve been pretty pumped about Swype’s ultra-speedy alternative typing solution for touchscreen devices ever since it first debuted at TechCrunch50 2008. My excitement only grew when it finally made its way to a handset, the Omnia II, just last month – but as I’m not the biggest fan of the OS that powers that device, my thumbs were left twiddling until an Android port… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 slips back to 2010

    When the rumor mill was still churning in full force over the Xperia X2, one thing seemed to be popping up fairly consistently: a January 2010 launch date. It seemed pretty solid. When Sony Ericsson made the handset official, however, they proclaimed that it wouldn’t ship in 2010, but sometime in the fourth quarter of 2009. Fingers were crossed, and breaths were held – alas… Read More