The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • HomeAway Woos Hotel Haters, Debuts iPhone App

    HomeAway, the Austin based provider of short-term rental property listings, services for vacation rentals by owner, and search and review tools for travelers debuted its first mobile app today. An iPhone app, it was developed by Mobiata, the Ann Arbor based creators of FlightTrack and TripDeck (popular travel apps for iPhone, also available on iPad, RIM, Android and Palm devices). HomeAway… Read More

  • AT&T Launches U-verse Mobile So You Never Have To Miss Desperate Housewives Again

    Ugh. It’s 5 o’clock, you’re still at work, and you’ve got that dinner with your in-laws at 6:00. Between finishing up and getting through traffic, you’ll never get home in time to shower — OH GOD WAIT FORGET SHOWERING!!11 You forgot to set the DVR to record Desperate Housewives, and now it’s over. Enter AT&T’s U-verse Mobile. Read More

  • Verizon's Upcoming Phones Leaked, Droid Pro Coming Soon?

    Verizon just had its entire roadmap leaked to BGR. Some standouts? The DROID Pro with a 1.3GHZ, a 4-inch screen, and global roaming with GSM support. Motorola will also release a phone with the style of a Q with keyboard but rocking Android 2.2. Samsung will also be dropping a 7-inch tablet this year (actually probably in the next two months) on the Verizon network. The Samsung tablet has… Read More

  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia 10: $130 at AT&T on August 15th

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 has seemingly been in pre-retail status for, like, years. But it will finally be available on the AT&T network on August 15th for $130. The official specs are pretty commonplace these days with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 4-inch display, 8.1MP cam, and 8GB of on-board memory. The only thing not announced so far is the Android version with the screenshots on Sony… Read More

  • Blackberry Curve 3G, Now With More 3G

    The Blackberry Curve, late of T-Mobile, is getting a 3G upgrade courtesy of our friends to the north. The new model, also coming to T-Mo, will have Wi-Fi support and may have OS 6 support pending “carrier certification,” which kind of sucks. Oddly enough, the phone doesn’t support UMA which lets you make calls over Wi-Fi, something that I loved in the original Curve. Read More

  • NSFW: I Chose Not To Choose iPhone… or Android. I Chose Something Else.

    I promised myself I wouldn’t get drawn into this nonsense. The ridiculous “my mobile operating system is better than your operating system” back-and-forth that seems to comprise 80-85% of TechCrunch’s journalistic output (and – just before you get too smart-assy about it – a similar percentage of comments and page impressions). There are, after all… Read More

  • Why The Verizon iPhone Rumors are True—CDMA iPhone Due in January

    We’ve been hearing Verizon iPhone rumors for years now. It’s to the point that no one really believes the rumors anymore, since analysts and pundits have cried wolf so many times.  But this time looks to be different due to some key dynamics in the semiconductor value chain, and I am going to go on record to say Verizon will be selling an iPhone this coming January. Here’s why: Read More

  • The 30 Best iPhone Apps So Far This Year

    The 30 Best iPhone Apps So Far This Year

    Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Alex Ahlund, the former CEO and founder of AppVee and AndroidApps, which were acquired by mobile application directory Appolicious. I’ve been involved in the iPhone app industry since it first began in 2008 and I have to say that it has come a long way. I’ve seen it grow from a meager launch of 500 applications in the App Store… Read More

  • Yep, the Samsung Cetus is headed for AT&T

    When the Windows Phone 7-powered Samsung Cetus first poked its head out just a few days ago, we used our wild powers of deduction psychic-ness to determine that it was en route to AT&T. Sure enough: it’s en route to AT&T. Read More

  • Mysterious ASUS Windows Phone 7 handset shows up in sibling spy shots

    What do you do when your brother comes in for a trip home to Pakistan with an unreleased, previously unseen Windows Phone 7 handset? You take pictures and put them on the Internet, of course. Read More

  • A GearBox That Moves The Ball With Your Phone

    Atoms and bits are coming together in interesting ways. A slew of geo apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt let you leave digital markings in the real world whenever you check into a location. Stickybits lets you put barcodes on physical objects which invokes a message, photo, or video which can be passed around with the object. And now we are beginning to see startups figuring out ways… Read More

  • "Try Before You Buy" Section Added To App Store

    Just a little FYI. You may notice a new section in the App Store next time you get on there: Try Before You Buy. This is where you’ll find pay apps that have “lite” or timed demo versions. Of course, you could just buy the app and then return it if you don’t like it, but hey. This is good too.

    It’s funny, the App Store reminds me more and more of the old… Read More

  • Indonesia Joins Blackberry Ban

    The international controversy around RIM’s security measures continues to grow in size. According to the Economic Times, Indonesia is the latest country (along with the UAE and Saudi Arabia) to demand a change to RIM’s policy of encrypting and routing emails through its own servers. The countries deem this a threat to their sovereignty, and want RIM to install local servers rather… Read More

  • Sprint Epic 4G launching one day before Verizon's Droid 2?

    Though I disapprove of any use of the word “Epic” outside of those which involve dudes with massive beards, dudes on wooden ships battling sea monsters, or dudes carrying massive stone hammers, I do not disapprove of the Sprint Epic 4G. Samsung’s 4.0″ Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz CPU, dual cameras, WiMax, and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard? I’ll take one for… Read More

  • PayPal Brings Their Android App Up To Speed With Their iPhone App

    No matter how big your company is, maintaining platform parity — that is, keeping all of your apps functionally identical across multiple smartphone platforms — is tough work. Even Facebook can’t seem to get their Android app quite up to par with their iPhone app. Later today, PayPal will be introducing version 2.0 of their Android App, which seems to be aimed at bringing it… Read More

  • Google Offering "Dev Phone" Nexus One Running 2.2 For $529

    The official “Google Phone,” the kinda dead Nexus One, is still Google’s official “dev phone.” The phone, available unlocked for $529, is running the latest Android version and includes the “Google Experience” suite for Android development. The Nexus One combines an up-to-the-minute platform (Android 2.2), modern hardware, and the pure Google… Read More

  • Video: BlackBerry OS 6 web browser speed-tested against iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate

    It’s no secret that the current generation of BlackBerrys have a terrible browser. So, the news that BB OS 6 would run a webkit browser (the same code behind iOS’s Safari and the Android Browser), was pretty huge for all the BB users in the house. But not all Webkit browsers are created equal, right? So how does the new browser hold up against the competition, especially with… Read More

  • Verizon's Galaxy S (Fascinate) and Samsung Gem pictured

    Pretty much every major US carrier decided to pick up, modify, and show-off Samsung’s Android-powered wunderphōn, the Galaxy S. Yet, despite announcing it back in June, there’s still one variant that hasn’t been revealed: Verizon’s Fascinate. Well until today, that is… Clearly, either Verizon or Samsing have a mole in their midst, as another Verizon-bound… Read More

  • Nokia Executive Vice President To Field Questions On Twitter Tomorrow

    Do you have any burning questions for Nokia? (For example: “How many N900s did you guys sell?”, or “Is it really worth it to shell countless resources into building your own platforms at this point?”, or “What’s a Nokia?”) Well, get’em ready — and make sure you’ve got a Twitter account. Tomorrow, Nokia’s Executive Vice President… Read More

  • WinPho 7 Probably Won't Support HTML 5

    Bad news for anyone expecting to use HTML 5 on a Windows Phone 7 OS device. At a recent press conference, Microsoft’s Frank Prengel stated that there are currently no “concrete” plans for HTML 5 support in the OS. There are plans for Flash support from Adobe, but that won’t happen until about 6 months after WinPho 7 has been released. This came up during a demonstration… Read More