Archive for September, 2008
  • iTunes Store no more?
    by Mike
    Posted September 30th, 2008 at 10:03 pm
    Is it possible in this day and age, that Apple the digital download giant would close it's doors? If the royalty rate hike for music artist gets passed an iTunesless world could become a reality. Out of the current 99 cents the songs on ITMS go for, the artist gets 7 cents! The recording industry gets an astounding 70 cents! And Apple brings up the rear with the reminder. First of all, the sooner every single recording label closes it's doors the better! Artists would make far more money by s...
  • Sprints XOHM 4G service Live in Baltimore!
    by Mike
    Posted September 30th, 2008 at 12:46 am
    For all of you Sprint lovers *crickets chirping* ...jk, if you live in Baltimore and have been itching to get a XOHM compatible device start dancing in the streets.  You now can enjoy download speeds of 2-4 Mbs, (that is it?)  Currently, 3G or "3.5G" maxes out at 7.2 Mbs, you have to start somewhere I guess...right?  Starting today you 4G loving foe can pick up XOHM branded hardware and sign up for $25 per month for home internet service, $30 per month for mobile service, or $10 for one f...
  • Best Buy release date for Blackberry Bold
    by Mike
    Posted September 29th, 2008 at 11:21 am
    [caption id="attachment_170" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="(Click for a larger pic on BG site)"][/caption] Everyone in the Blackberry world has been drooling and shaking uncontrollably with every picture and subsequent delay announcement of the Bold.  When is it going to be released?  That date seems to have been slipping further and further back.  Well fret no more folks.  Boygenius and his super secret insiders have scored a snapshot of a Best Buy system screen showing a releas...
  • BeejiveIM now available for iPhone!!
    by Mike
    Posted September 29th, 2008 at 11:06 am
    [caption id="attachment_166" align="aligncenter" width="210" caption="BeejiveIM"][/caption] IM+ and Palringo..you can officially call it quits and bow to the supreme! BeejiveIM is officially out for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Coming from the Blackberry world, I used and loved Beejive (formerly Jivetalk) for everything...including sending text messages to keep my text message plan down. It was by far the best muli-IM client for Blackberry. And now the best has come to iPhone. So far every m...
  • Walmart pulling the plug on it’s DRM servers
    by Mike
    Posted September 29th, 2008 at 10:42 am
    In yet another move towards DRM-free society, Walmart recently announced that they are done with this DRM non-sense and are pulling the plug on their DRM servers on October 9th in which they are switching to a DRM free marketplace.  It is advised that all of the songs you purchased be burned to CD's in order to keep your songs in working order.  If you feel like living life on the edge and not burning them to CD's be prepared to receive a lot of errors when you try playing your Walmart tunes a...
  • iriver’s SPINN available Oct. 3rd, up for pre-sale…NOW!
    by Mike
    Posted September 29th, 2008 at 10:35 am
    [caption id="attachment_157" align="aligncenter" width="297" caption="iriver SPINN"][/caption] It may be hard to believe for most of the general public, but there are other mp3 player brands out there besides Apple and its iPod.  Iriver has been around for quite awhile, though never enjoying the same widespread uptake as the iPod.  The iriver SPINN is somewhat of a new design from iriver.  It's not your typical candybar style player.  It has a very unique "spin" control that is supposed t...
  • Apple’s NDA overly restrictive?
    by Mike
    Posted September 23rd, 2008 at 11:39 pm
    It's definitely not the first time this issue has come up, but apple is causing more uproar over its ever persistent and equally pain in the ass NDA. Angelo DiNardi, developer of MailWrangler wrote about his recent rejection. Apparently Apple is now adding a little phrase with each rejection letter saying, "the information contained in this message is under non-disclosure". It's bad enough they are crippling innovation and ideas by limiting developers' ways of communicating to each other, but...
  • T-Mobile restricting 3g data usage to 1GB a month!
    by Mike
    Posted September 23rd, 2008 at 11:13 pm
    Word is going around that T-Mobile is putting a soft cap on data usage at 1GB per billing cycle. For all of the hype T-Mobile and Google have been spewing out regarding android and all of TMO's new found 3g goodness this is truly a slap in the face. Power users will want to keep that Android device in their pockets a little more than out. To make the cap even worse, customers who go over the limit will have their bandwidth throttled down to 50kbs or less! So now it really becomes useless. I b...
  • Communists running App Store approval process.
    by Mike
    Posted September 21st, 2008 at 10:08 pm
    [caption id="attachment_140" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="MailWrangler"][/caption] Communism is making its way through America...starting with Apple.  Another highly useful app has been banned from the App Store. MailWrangler, a tool to greatly increase Gmail functionality on the iPhone by letting you log into multiple Gmail accounts, see threaded views and all of your Google contacts, archive (quickly), star, etc without the normal issues associated with apples own Gmail IMAP f...
  • “Ultra Compact” USB Power Adapter Recalled by Apple!!!
    by Mike
    Posted September 20th, 2008 at 8:31 pm
    Uh oh....if you have been electorcuted yet by your "Ultra Compact" USB power adapter, STOP using it!!.  Seems these little things have been discovered to have a nasty little defect.  The power prongs can snap off in the wall outlet potentially giving your heart a not to welcome jumpstart.  Most of the defective adapters came with the iPhone 3G. Follow the link to apples recall page to see if you're affected.  http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter/exchangeprogram/?sr=hotnews?sr=hotnews....
  • Seinfeld hits the road
    by Mike
    Posted September 18th, 2008 at 11:09 am
    It's over as soon as it started... Reports are all over the net this morning of Seinfeld being dumped and replaced in Microsoft's ads. It seems sort of odd seeing as how Microsoft spent weeks hyping about using him in commercials. Although, the person they are replacing him with is kind of funny. They are dressing someone up as a John Hodgeman look-a-like...the PC guy in the Mac ads. I wonder what image they are trying to portray here. His message is supposed to address the stereotypical ima...
  • “Office ribbon” to replace aging Windows menu structure?
    by Mike
    Posted September 17th, 2008 at 6:48 pm
    [caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="252" caption="While Windows 7 is supposedly heavily modified from Vista, the desktop, so far, remains pretty much unchanged."][/caption] According to Mary-Jo Foley, a veteran Microsoft focused Journalist, Windows 7 may bring a pretty big change to the menu system that has been around for years.  She was lucky enough to have a "hands-on" with a pre-beta Milestone 3 release of the up and coming OS.  Of interest is that the "Office Ribbo...
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