The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Droid Eris doc leaks, shows WiFi and 5 megapixel Camera

    The first phone in what will eventually become a line of Droid phones only became a reality yesterday morning, and its sibling is already in tow. We already know a bit about the HTC-made Droid Eris, such as its $99 price tag and that it’s likely to be spec’d almost identically to the Hero. We’re suckers for the minute details though, and PhoneArena just uncovered a doc… Read More

  • Mobile And Social Platforms Want To Be The King Of Local Search

    We’ve been saying for a while that ‘local’ is going to be one of those ‘next big things’, and the win by Red Beacon at TechCrunch 50 has been something of a clarion call for this. Now a new study from TMP Directional Marketing has come out with some interesting data to back this up. The study shows that the web generally, but in particular mobile and social… Read More

  • Google's Eric Schmidt On Magical Potential Of Mobile + Cloud

    I was sorting through my notes and video footage of the Google press event around the launch of Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 and saw this gem. It’s a minute or so of footage of Google CEO Eric Schmidt talking about the potential of today’s mobile platforms when combined with the cloud. Read More

  • Unboxing: The Verizon Droid by Motorola

    Our own John Biggs already gave the Verizon Droid a quick hands-on earlier today – but in the endless rush of things, he didn’t get a chance to walk it through a proper unboxing ceremony. Somewhat magically (albeit a bit later than we would have hoped), a Droid also happened to show up on my doorstep this morning, so I went ahead and captured the whole undressing for all to see. Enjoy! Read More

  • Two More iPhone Overhaul Concepts: Multitasking And Dashboard Widgets. Would You Use These?

    A few weeks back, we shared a video by Swedish Design agency Ocean Observations which demonstrated a rather clever (but arguably useless) concept: Exposé for the iPhone homescreen. We shared that video on a whim, and the resulting conversation and comments were outstanding. As a result, the same design firm has since churned out two more iPhone-related concept videos: Coverflow Multitasking… Read More

  • bCode, Screenvision and Sprint bring mobile couponing into movie theaters

    You know the words, folks – sing it with me: ♫ Lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby, and get ourselves a discount on concession stand goods via our cellular telephones. ♫ Sure, those aren’t the words to the jingle as we know it – but they might take over, eventually. This morning, turn-key mobile coupon service bCode announced a… Read More

  • Has Tapjoy solved monetization of free apps on the iPhone and Android?

    Tapjoy, the small development shop that brought us the incredible TapDefense for the iPhone [iTunes link], has quietly built out an extremely strong toolset to provide monetization options for app developers. Through two strong offerings, they claim to increase ad revenue for free apps by more than 250%. I first met them at the TechCrunch50 DemoPit, and was thoroughly impressed by the… Read More

  • Oh, BTW: The Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 launched today

    When we heard the news that the BlackBerry Storm2 would be launching on Verizon on the same day as their much heralded Droid, we got a gut feeling that the Storm2 would fly pretty much under the radar all day. And sure enough, it has. So, let this serve as a reminder for anyone who’s itchin’ for Waterloo’s latest who wasn’t camped out this morning: the BlackBerry Storm2… Read More

  • Got $600 bucks? The Sony Ericsson Aino is now available in the US

    Hurray! Not only is today “Droid Day”, but it also just so happens to be “New Sony Ericsson phone with a name no one can pronounce” day! Happy NSEPWNNCP Day, everyone! Sony Ericsson’s present for today is the Aino, an 8.1-megapixel’d, WiFi’d, tri-band HSPA’d (so it should work with certain US GSM carriers – that is, AT&T), with a… Read More

  • More pics and facts about the new DROID by Motorola

    Today is the International Day of the DROID. Well, not really, but Verizon did follow through and officially announced its new flagship Motorola Android device – DROID. Along with the official presser, Motorola was also kind enough to provide some glistening press shots of the DROID, “A no-compromise supergenius” as they like to call it, along with an official DROID by… Read More

  • Google Redefines GPS Navigation Landscape: Google Maps Navigation For Android 2.0

    If you weren’t sure about switching to an Android phone in the near future, this might put you over the edge. Google Maps Navigation is an absolutely killer app. And it is only available for Android 2.0 phones. Today is Droid day, and for the most part Google is taking a backseat and letting their partners get most of the attention. But Droid is the first Android phone to run Android… Read More

  • App Store gets 100,000 approved apps

    Keep in mind, 100,000 approved apps doesn’t mean 100,000 GOOD apps, but according to the App Shopper, a major milestone has been hit. There are a few technicalities though. Read More

  • Sprint Drops Call Forwarding Fees With Google Voice In Mind

    As the endless brouhaha ringing from all corners of the Internet has proven, AT&T (or Apple, or whoever takes the blame in the end) really dropped the ball on this Google Voice thing. Whether it was rejected outright or shelved indefinitely, competing parties have been quick to play on their delays. First, Palm essentially put third-party Google Voice dialer gDialPro on its shoulders… Read More

  • In case you forgot: tomorrow is Droid Day

    I don’t know how you could forget, considering we’ve been posting Droid updates just about every day, but according to our calculations, tomorrow is October 28th: the day Droid drops. Now, we don’t expect the Droid to set the mobile world on its head exactly, but we’re pretty sure that it’s going to be the premier Android device — until the next premier… Read More

  • Flixster crosses 8 million mobile users, celebrates with app updates for Android and BlackBerry

    Flixster, a social networking site for movie fans, is doing pretty well for itself in the mobile space. Name any smartphone platform, and there’s a good chance that the Flixster app has spent some time on it’s top download charts. iPhone? Yep. BlackBerry? Yep. Android and Palm webOS? Double yeps. Earlier today, the company shared with us the news that they’d crossed over a… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile kills off all sign of Helio – and gets rid of the Ocean 2? [Updated]

    As any member of the Greg Kumparak Fan Club (Hey! It exists. They have T-shirts. And buttons.) should know, I was a bit of a Helio geek prior to jumping on board with the Crunch family. My interest weened pretty quickly once Helio got snatched up by Virgin Mobile, as it seemed like their efforts with the property would be few and far between. I wouldn’t have wagered, however, that… Read More

  • Google opens up Android 2.0 SDK to all developers

    There we were ranting about Google selectively sharing Android 2.0 without making it available to developers en masse, and then they went ahead and did just that. Beginning immediately, Android 2.0 support is available in the Android SDK. Don’t expect it to be available (at least not through any official means) on any device until the Motorola Droid launches, which all signs indicate… Read More

  • Smule creates its own "evil twin" company, Smort. They've got Zombies in Bikinis. From space.

    Pretend, for a moment, that you’re one of the creative minds at Smule; you and your team have had a series of back-to-back successes, and your audience has come to expect a certain things of you. They expect the utmost highest design quality, for it to be music-related, and — perhaps worst of all — some level of maturity. When expectations are high and narrow in focus, how… Read More

  • T-Mobile goes unlimited + no contract with ‘Even More Plus’ plans

    T-Mobile jumps feet first into the no-contract, unlimited everything arena with its new “Even More Plus” plans, ranging from $30 per month for 500 voice minutes to $80 per month for unlimited voice minutes, text messages, and internet access. Family plans are also available for between $50 and $140 per month. Read More

  • Mobile web usage sees another upswing (Opera)

    Browser maker Opera has released its latest ‘State of the Mobile Web’ report this morning, claiming that there was a huge surge in mobile web usage past September. Last month, more than 35.6 million people used Opera Mini (which is now serving over 500 million pageviews per day on average on a wide range of mobile devices), up 11.5% compared to August 2009 and more than 150%… Read More