The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Layar Launches Store for Augmented Reality Layers

    Augmented reality is being touted as the new hotness. I’m sure most of you have heard of the augmented reality browser, Layar. Basically, Layar offers a window through which to view the world, where handy hints and information are displayed over the top in real-time. The Amsterdam-based company released Layar last year for both Android and iPhone, and a number of interesting… Read More

  • iPhone HD to Tout 5MP Camera?

    Despite the recent revelation and tear-down of the next-gen iPhone, there are still many questions surrounding the device (just less than there were before…). One of those questions concerns the camera in the upcoming device. We know that there is a flash on it, but what of the resolution? Well, according to The Chosun, LG Innotek have ramped up production of a high-quality 5MP sensor… Read More

  • Google Updates Its Image Search for Android 2.1 and iPhone 3.0+

    Google today announced on its blog that they have upgraded the mobile Image Search on Android 2.1 and iPhone OS 3.0+ devices. It’s a typically Google update, in that the revamp will provide more speed and less clutter — two things that are always welcome. Read More

  • Android 2.1 comes to G1 and MyTouch via CyanogenMod

    Nice. The latest version of Cyanogen’s modded ROM (version 5.0.7) brings Android 2.1 support all the way back to the G1 and MyTouch. Being a G1 owner I can say I’m pretty pumped about this: check out the video above, it seems to work perfectly well. The only thing we’re waiting on is to get the package size down to G1 size — if he can’t trim it, we’ll… Read More

  • HP To Buy Palm for $1.2 Billion

    Breaking news, fresh off of the wire: HP just finalized agreements to buy Palm for $1.2 billion dollars. HP’s $1.2 billion dollar purchase breaks down to roughly $5.70 per share of common stock. While this is spot on with the $1.2-$1.3 billion pricetag Palm was rumored to be shopping around as of late, it’s still a mammoth difference from what Palm was trading at just months ago. Read More

  • Palm plays on their new-found ability to make good ads with two new ones

    Semi-transparent smartphone screens floating in front of the user Minority Report style are all the rage right now. Palm started it back in May with their first “Life moves fast. Dont Miss A Thing.” commercial. Microsoft had the unfortunate timing of launching a strikingly similar ad just 3 days later — and then RIM showed up with their crazy impromptu dance club remix of… Read More

  • Diminutive Vodafone 845 Android Phone Set to Confound Big-fingered UK Residents From May 2010 [With Video]

    The itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot, Vodafone 845 has just become official in the UK. The device, manufactured by Huawei and running Android 2.1, measures the merest of 100 x 55 x 13 mm. Read More

  • Sagem's Solar-powered Puma Phone Says Hello to the FCC

    You’re an outdoorsy type, aren’t you? You only read mobile-phone blogs on your down-time between hiking and BASE jumping. I can tell. Being that you are that wonderful blend of outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman) and phone aficionado, I bet you’re often peeved about the whole lack of power outlets in the wild (I know I am). Well, well, looky here, someone out there has heard… Read More

  • Apple Buys Chipmaker, Intrinsity (and all their voodoo)

    On Tuesday, Apple announced that late last month, they closed a deal to acquire Intrinsity — the Texas-based chip maker responsible for the A4 chip used in the iPad. Word has it that Intirinsity cast the voodoo that allowed the A4 chip in the iPad to clock up to 1Ghz without destroying battery life. Read More

  • Nokia: Trust us, the N8 has a really nice camera Nokia N8 first HD video sample from Nokia Conversations on Vimeo. After a heady excoriation of the N8 based on pre-release hardware surfaced this week, it looks like Nokia is trying hard to convince us that the N8 is still the phone to beat. Read More

  • US Cellular Tease HTC Desire Details And Release Window

    On their Facebook page today, US Cellular today teased an “around July” release for the HTC Desire (previously known as the Bravo). The device, in case you didn’t know, is basically a Nexus One in Sheep’s (or HTC’s) Clothing (which includes Sense UI), but with a few differences. Read More

  • Garmin-Asus Echoes the Nuvifone A50 With Their Second Android Phone, The A10

    Garmin-Asus today announced their second Android-powered phone, the A10 (for reasons unknown, they’re seemingly not calling it a nuvifone). Just like the nuvifone A50, the device aims to be a pedestrian navigation device (as in, for pedestrians, not a boring navigation device), and will come with Garmin’s navigation software and maps pre-loaded. Read More

  • Looks like Microsoft's Kins might be heading to AT&T, T-Mobile, and many more

    Looks like the Verizon/Vodafone exclusivity on the Kin 1 and Kin 2 might be short-lived — or at least, someone at Microsoft is already prepping for the day when it’s over. Days before the Kin 1 and 2 were made official, a ROM hacker known only to the internets as Conflipper published screenshots pulled from an early copy of the Kin OS. After a bit more digging, Conflipper just… Read More

  • Mystery HTC Android phone hits FCC

    Here’s a lovely little tidbit that’s leaked out of the FCC, looks like HTC has a new phone coming out in the AT&T 3G bands. Along with the boring technical details, the FCC also was kind enough to share some pictures! Could this be the new HTC Wildfire? HTC currently calls it the “PC70110”, but it’s typical to see this type of code name used during pre-production. Read More

  • New Android app helps you if you've fallen and can't get up

    Android phones save lives. Or they could, if they had this application installed. Let’s say grandma is walking around the house with her Droid in the pocket of her house coat, and she falls down. Luckily, you installed the iFall application. It uses the accelerometer in her phone to tell you that she fell down, allowing you to come to the rescue. Read More

  • It's Official: Adobe Flash support will be built into Android 2.2

    10 months. That’s how long its been since Adobe first demonstrated Flash on Android — and that’s pretty much a lifetime in the mobile world. And yet, official Flash support for Android is still nowhere to be seen*. Do these people not understand that I have virtual fish to feed and e-crops to tend? While we still don’t have an exact date, we do know which version of… Read More

  • The BlackBerry OS 6.0 sneak preview pays tribute to… the iPhone?

    The first time the world ever saw the original iPhone, they saw a pair of clownfish, emerging from a tangle of anemone, set as the lockscreen wallpaper. Pulled straight from OS X’s wallpaper collection, this image would go on to be used in countless first-gen iPhone marketing materials; wherever the iPhone 2G went, so did the clownfish. Now, take a closer look at that BlackBerry OS 6.0… Read More

  • Zeemote Bluetooth controller gets some Android love

    It’s only taken about a billion years, but the Zeemote, your friendly neighborhood analog Bluetooth controller, has finally started supporting Android. Their new SDK for 1.6 and higher will allow developers to enable Zeemote input in “a matter of hours,” though the real question is whether there are enough games worth playing with the thing on Android? Read More

  • Video: BlackBerry OS 6.0 shown off by very enthusiastic people

    Pro Tip: If you mute your speakers, these people look absolutely insane. Read More

  • Nokia asks for their prototype N8 back, jabs at Apple's security policies

    Nokia’s not very happy right now. Just days before they officially announced their new flagship phone, the N8, someone managed to get their hands on an early prototype. Sound familiar? Unlike Apple’s prototype iPhone, Nokia’s leaked N8 actually booted up, bearing its early software — and all of its early faults — for judgement. Read More