Microsoft confirms app store plans

Software giant Microsoft was banging the app store drum at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, confirming plans to launch a mobile content marketplace of its own in the wake of similar moves by Apple and Nokia. Details of the app shop were thin on the ground however, with the Redmond Giant only revealing […]

Android, iPhone boost T-Mo numbers

Exclusive availability of the first Android-based handset and the ever popular Apple iPhone helped propel T-Mobile’s wireless subscribers upward during 2008. T-Mo’s mobile customers at the end of 2008, topped out at 128.3 million, up 6.3 per cent year on year. The firm’s US mobile subsidiary was the first operator to launch the T-Mobile G1, […]

Touchscreen competition getting tough

Competition is fast heating up in the handset space as touchscreens become all the rage. Apple this week came close to declaring all out legal war on the gadget maker community after it was awarded a patent for the game changing touch screen interface found on the iPhone. During its recent investors call, Apple chief […]

Apple shipments fall during holiday period

Californian kit vendor Apple is the latest vendor to see handset sales hit by the credit crunch. On Wednesday the company announced that it shifted 4.3 million iPhone 3Gs in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 88 per cent year on year but down from 6.9 million in the previous quarter. Apple is the latest […]

Apple’s Jobs to stand down for six months

Apple frontman Steve Jobs has taken a six month leave of absence over health related issues, sparking the usual concerns over the future of the company. Last week, the chief executive addressed the Apple community, revealing that a hormone imbalance was to blame for his health issues, in the wake of his battle with pancreatic […]

Nokia Tube to hit shelves this month

Finnish handset vendor Nokia is gearing up to go head to head against Apple, revealing this week that its touch screen 5800 ‘Tube’ handset will be available from the end of the month. The Tube handset will be available from Nokia stores and high street retailers including Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U at the end of […]

Apple tweaks iTunes for iPhone 3G users

Californian kit vendor Apple upped its game in the mobile space Tuesday evening, tweaking its iTunes marketplace to allow iPhone users to download music on the fly. During its last ever keynote at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco this week, Apple said that iPhone 3G users would now be able to preview and purchase […]

Watchdog cancels deal between Orange and Apple

French mobile operator Orange admitted Wednesday that it has been struck a serious blow as the local Competition Council ordered the carrier to dissolve its exclusive iPhone contract with Apple. Although legal challenges to Apple’s exclusivity contracts with mobile operators have been raised in the past, most notably in Germany, the French watchdog’s decision is […]

Google revises ad model for iPhone, Android

Internet giant Google has tweaked its mobile advertising options to better support the newest breed of mobile phone operating systems – Android and Apple’s iPhone platform. A new campaign level option allows AdWords advertisers to show desktop text and image ads on the iPhone, the G1 and other mobile devices with full internet browsers. Google […]

iPhone coming to Walmart?

Rumours abound on the web this week, that Californian gadget vendor Apple is negotiating to bring the iPhone 3G to the shelves of US retailer Walmart. The deal seems likely, with reports coming in of Walmart staff being trained up to sell the devices. Although it looks like the retailer won’t be distributing the gadget […]

Nokia unveils heavyweight touchscreen gadget

Finnish handset vendor Nokia took the fight to Apple on Tuesday, with the unveiling of its latest flagship touchscreen device, the N97. Packing a 3.5″ full touchscreen display and a slide out QWERTY keyboard, Nokia’s latest offering seeks to outdo the iPhone with an arsenal of hardware. The N97 features 32GB of on board memory, […]

Hackers get Linux to run on iPhone

One of the hackers responsible for creating tools to unlock the iPhone from its exclusive partner carriers has gone one step further and managed to load a full fledged version of Linux on the Apple device. A software developer going by the name of ‘planetbeing’, who is also a member of the infamous iPhone Dev […]

Apple in trouble over iPhone speed ad

Californian gadget vendor Apple has fallen foul of the UK’s advertising watchdog yet again, this time for over exaggerating the web speed of the iPhone 3G. Apple’s latest UK TV ad for the device was peppered with the term “really fast,” whenever it made reference to the internet connectivity. But a total of 17 viewers […]

Apple overtakes BlackBerry in smartphone market

Californian gadget shop Apple steamed into second place in the smartphone market during the third quarter, knocking RIM off its perch, and creeping up on Nokia. During the three month period to the end of September, global shipments of smart phones hit a new peak of just under 40 million units, representing around 13 per […]

Apple claims to be beating BlackBerry

Californian kit maker Apple laid into BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) late Tuesday, with head honcho Steve Jobs bragging to analysts that he had sold more handsets than the Canadian firm. As Apple’s financial results were posted, Jobs said that in the quarter to the end of September – the first period in which […]

BlackBerry to get app store

Keen to get in on the application distribution action that Apple and Google have brought to the industry’s attention, BlackBerry maker RIM (Research In Motion) on Tuesday revealed its own plans. In March 2009, RIM will launch the BlackBerry Applications Storefront, a marketplace which will put developers apps in front of the millions of BlackBerry […]

Apple removes secrecy oath from iPhone SDK

Californian gadget maker Apple has removed the requirement that developers pledge an oath of secrecy on the contents of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK). Apple said it had decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software on Wednesday, just days after Google championed the ‘openness’ of its own Android platform with […]

Flash for iPhone may exist, but it’s not there yet

The iPhone community is foaming at the mouth yet again, in the wake of reports that software developer Adobe has confirmed the existence of a Flash player for the Apple device. At the Flash on the Beach developers conference, which is taking place in Brighton, UK this week, Adobe’s senior director of engineering, Paul Betlem, […]

Apple targets mass market with unlocked iPhone

Californian gadget maker Apple has made an unlocked version of the iPhone 3G available, direct from its own stores. Unfortunately, the unlocked unit is only available to consumers in Hong Kong, where the iconic device began selling this week. A 16GB version is retailing for HK$6,200 (Eur545), while the 8GB option is HK$5,400, which is […]

Mixed response to latest iPhone 3G update

On Friday, Apple released the latest major update for its flagship iPhone 3G device, promising to fix the numerous connectivity glitches which have dogged the device since launch. There’s not really any accurate way of gauging the effects of the 2.1 firmware update on the iPhone population, but the discussions on the official Apple support […]

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