One morning in April, Wichro, a San Francisco-based start-up that develops software for mobile networking, noticed that people had started to use its service in the thousands. There was confusion at the office. Zkout had just been released as a first beta with no marketing efforts whatsoever.
"We got no warning," founder and CEO Christian Wiklund said in a recent interview with CNET News.com.
While the seven employees at the year-old company worked around the clock to make sure servers could cope with the traffic, the reason for the jump became clear: the folks at Apple had … Read more
AT&T and Vodafone could be eyeing Huawei's handset division, according to a story published Monday in the South China Morning Post.
The newspaper cited unnamed sources who said that phone companies AT&T and Vodafone had expressed interest in acquiring 50 percent of Huawei's handset division. Private equity firms Blackstone, TPG, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts are also supposedly interested.
Huawei, based in China, is looking to spin off its mobile phone, laptop, wireless data-card, and home router businesses. Meanwhile, it will keep a 100 percent ownership in its network infrastructure business. The company doesn't … Read more
The latest third-party iPhone app to draw blogosphere buzz this morning is most definitely not Apple-approved.
The object of hilarity and defamation is VistaPerfection 2.0, a theme by developer Spec-Works that plops the Windows Vista GUI onto the iPhone. To run it, you'll need a jailbroken iPhone (see video), the SummerBoard app, and a wicked sense of humor.
Spec-Works reports that the application took "a couple days" to create and includes more than 90 icons, wallpaper, and sounds, including the Vista log-in and log-off chime and a revamped taskbar.
Quite a few tech bloggers have been … Read more
After hiding out on Virgin Mobile's Web site for more than two weeks, the new Samsung Slash officially joined the carrier's lineup today. The Slash is the first Samsung handset for Virgin Mobile, which has long concentrated on Kyocera and UTStarcom models.
Offered at $79, the Slash has a thin slider design. The functional feature set includes Bluetooth, voice dialing, a speakerphone, messaging, a VGA camera, MP3 ringtones, and a wireless Web browser. We'll have a review model later in the week, so stay tuned for a full report.
A bunch of blogs were reporting last week that Christian Dior would unveil its first mobile phone last Friday. Didn't happen. Now there are rumors supposedly coming out of the phone industry that it will make its maiden appearance in two weeks instead. Whatever.
All we know is that it supposedly is festooned with Swarovski crystals (ugh) and, according to the ad pictured here, has some kind of built-in remote control. The latter feature could add an interesting twist, at least technologically, to the growing trend of phones emanating from the Europe's leading fashion houses, such as those … Read more
An ancient Zen koan reads, "Who is the more jacktastic? The jackass, or the jackass who quotes him?"
Which brings us to this Information Week piece by Eric Zeman: Analyst: Don't Buy iPhone 2.0.
No guesses as to who the "analyst" is. Yep, it's Rob.
It's hard to argue with some of the advice given by Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, about iPhone 2.0.
Rob Enderle, in regards to anything Apple, is not an "analyst", Eric. He is a quote machine. And, thus, the horny one will … Read more
You've got to wonder how things get "leaked' sometimes, but we aren't complaining. Take this video of some new drool-worthy Sony Ericsson handsets, for example, that's been floating around the Interwebs over the weekend. From what we can see, it looks very much like an official advert, and bloggers are going nuts over the newfangled handsets on display.
Both phones look very similar to the Sony Xperia X1 we reported on earlier this year, but as you'll notice they're touch-screen phones without slide-out keypads. The focus is definitely on media and video, with a … Read more
I'm probably old enough (and dating myself) to remember a time when we used those black bakelite telephones with rotary dial to make calls at home. Today these antiques are considered vintage, and some collectors even pay good money to get one. Too bad mum tossed ours when we embraced the digital age and modernized to the sterile cordless phones. So there's something nostalgic about seeing the EMC (Easy Mobile Calling) phone by designer Matthias Pinkert.
It's a groovy clamshell take on ye old telephone, but Pinkert keeps it too simple with only the bare necessities. Besides … Read more
For all the crap Palm gets about its lack of innovation, it's still got a pretty loyal fanbase so we imagine some of you will be interested in this tidbit. There are various stories around the blogosphere about a new Windows-based Treo, codenamed "Zeppelin" or otherwise known as the Palm Treo 800w. Among the various rumors, the CDMA smartphone is said to run Windows Mobile 6.1 with support for EV-DO Rev. A, GPS and/or Wi-Fi (varying reports on whether it has one or both radios), and a 320x320 touch screen. Some are saying the Treo … Read more