The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • iPhone 4 unlock now available

    If you’ve already jailbroken your iPhone 4 (and it’s so simple these days…), you’ll be pleased to know that the next step toward freedom — the carrier unlock — is now ready and waiting for you in the magical lands of Cydia. The latest version of Ultrasn0w (1.0-1) will unlock iPhone 4s with baseband 01.59 and iPhone 3G/3GSs with basebands 04.26.08… Read More

  • Praise be! Facebook finally updates their Android app

    If you’re an Android user, I’m pretty sure you’ve tried to use the official Facebook app. And then given up. The functionality is lame, the notifications don’t work, and — most annoying of all — most of the actions within the app require being bumped out onto the mobile site anyway. In short: it stinks. But today, all that changes. Today sees version 1.3 hit… Read More

  • Knocking Off The HTC Evo 4G

    Sure, it looks like a HTC Evo 4G. They got the buttons right, the camera on the back, and a 4.3 inch screen, which translates out to 800×480. And that’s where things start to go wrong. The guts are what really matters, and this is where things get foggy. No idea on the CPU, and that camera on the back isn’t 8 megapixels. There also isn’t a secondary camera on the front… Read More

  • iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Now Available To Developers

    The title says it all: Developers, get on over to the iOS Dev Center and get yourself a taste of some fresh-baked iOS 4.1 Beta 3. Non-developers, be excited in knowing that 4.1 is one big ol’ step closer to gracing your handset in a non-Beta, non-crashy form. Like all versions of 4.1 that came before it, this one seems to be heavily focused on GameKit and Game Center. We’ll let… Read More

  • Is Verizon lying about the Droid's capabilities?

    Yesterday, Verizon made it clear that while the original Droid would be getting Android 2.2, it would not be getting one of Android 2.2’s most coveted features: WiFi HotSpot. In other words, you wouldn’t be able to flip a switch and turn your Droid into a little 3G-powered router for all of your friends to leach off on the commute home. The reason for this feature’s absence… Read More

  • Mobile Video Revenues Estimated At $548 Million In 2010

    With screens on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets becoming larger and higher-resolution, watching video on your iPad or Android phone is only limited by your bandwidth, not by the screen. And as long as you are on WiFi, these tablets and touchscreen phones are perfectly serviceable video viewing devices.  Revenues from mobile video in the U.S. are estimated to grow from $548… Read More

  • MEETMOI: Helping The Lonely Hook Up

    Internet dating services are pretty much everywhere these days, but they can be somewhat inconvenient from a geographic standpoint. Now there’s MeetMoi NOW, an Android application designed to help you find people based on location, rather then just pictures and compatibility surveys. After downloading the app, you simply enter some basic information about your hobbies and interests, and… Read More

  • Blackberry Aims For the KIN Generation, But Is It Too Late?

    Want to know why Blackberry launches are so exciting to so many? Because it means those chained to RIM because of their IT departments dependence on Blackberry mail services will get new phones. So what is this inexplicable Blackberry Torch and what does it mean for the brave folks in RIMs Canadian mountain fortress? First off, office drones, don’t expect to get the Torch with all… Read More

  • Blackberry OS 6 To Come To The Bold 9700, Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G

    RIM just announced OS 6, a new version of the OS that includes social media management, RSS feed incorporation, and a new Universal Search tool. It also includes a new WebKit browser and revamped UI. The OS will appear on the new Blackberry Torch and then be available for newer Blackberry phones. Click through for the full press release. Read More

  • The BlackBerry Torch: A Slider Touchscreen Running BlackBerry 6 OS

    RIM’s latest BlackBerry handset combines the firms two product lines into one device. The Torch has a 3.2-inch 480×360 touchscreen previously found only on the Storm handsets up front with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out the bottom. Inside is a quad-band GSM radio along with 4GB of internal storage backed-up by a 4GB microSD card. But that’s only half the fun. Read More

  • The Blackberry 9800 Slider Coming Today To AT&T

    An event in New York will mark the launch of the upcoming Blackberry 9800 slider, a new phone from RIM that promises a large touchscreen, RIM OS6, and a slide-down keyboard. In short, it looks like a fatter Palm Pre and promises AT&T 3G connectivity. Read More

  • The BlackBerry 9800 Slider Slips Through The FCC Ahead Of Today's Announcement

    The upcoming 9800’s existence isn’t that much of a secret even though its announcement isn’t slated until later today. The FCC are the first people to play with the phone and recently gave it their stamp of approval. While we can’t get a good look at the phone’s front, the FCC filing did reveal the slider will support a 480×320 touchscreen with a physical… Read More

  • More leaks for you BlackBerry freaks

    BlackBerry OS 6 has been pretty thoroughly leaked/previewed already, but I know a few of you out there are super-excited about the upcoming release and will enjoy any new info you can get. The latest leak from the northern lands contains a whole bunch of developer slides, plus an accompanying (huuuuge) icon archive. Read More

  • There, I fixed it

    The dastardly geek’s favorite new pastime: jailbreaking Apple Store iPhone 4s with the help of comex’s new one-click, in-browser Jailbreak solution. Jailbreaking your own iPhone? Totally legal. Apple’s display units? Probably not so much. [Hat tip to reddit’s blindingdawn for having balls of steel] Read More

  • Data Showing Android Pushing Past Apple Does Not Include iPhone 4

    There is no question that Android’s share of the smartphone market is growing by lleaps and bounds. Earlier today, Nielsen came out with some more evidence that Android keeps rising. It published some very provocative numbers today suggesting that Android’s share of new smartphone subscribers surged past new iPhone subscribers in the U.S. during the second quarter, commanding… Read More

  • Motorola Droid won't be getting WiFi Hotspot/Tethering with Android 2.2

    The Verizon Droid will be getting all sorts of new toys when it gets upgraded to Android 2.2 next week: Flash! Improved performance! A shiny, faster new camera! One thing it won’t be getting, however, is support for Android’s WiFi Hotspot feature — you know, the one that lets a handful of devices connect to the web through your phone? Read More

  • Under "Xi" Brand: Docomo To Invest $3.4 Billion In Japanese LTE Infrastructure

    With 55 million customers, the 800-pound gorilla in the world’s most advanced mobile society, Japan, is NTT Docomo. And over the weekend, the company made clear it wants to retain its position in an LTE future: Docomo is ready to invest $3.4 billion in the next three years to build base stations and will start an LTE service in December this year (as the first of Japan’s three… Read More

  • My3G Allows for Facetime Over 3G

    Wondered what jailbreaking was good for? If you’re using an iPhone 4 you can download My3G, a program that convinces iOS that it is using WiFi when it is really using 3G. This, in turn, lets you run Facetime over 3G. The app costs $3.99 and is available in the Rock app depository. Read More

  • Froyo Ported To the HD2

    If you picked up the HD2 and realized that you basically bought a WinMo lemon, never fear. Some charming Italian men have ported Android 2.2 Froyo to the HD2 and it seems to run everything perfectly. Basically if you run their hack, which is available here, you turn your WinMo 6.5 phone into the a Droid X or EVO 4G. Great, right? Read More

  • Defcon Researcher Creates $1,500 GSM Interceptor

    Defcon, the hacker conference, wrapped up yesterday, and while I spent all day knee-deep in Forumula 1 coverage word got out about a $1,500 cellphone interceptor. The device—it’s more of a mishmash of devices kinda of clunked together than a singular device—exploits weaknesses in the GSM phone standard, and could be used to intercept and record the conversations you have on… Read More