Archive for January, 2009
  • Best Buy: “Here to screw the customer”
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 11:35 pm
    Best Buy being the electronic giant that it is without any real competition has taken it upon themselves to screw their customers as much as possible.  Take for instance an article on The Consumerist which highlights Best Buy at their absolute finest.  The article is an account by a reader of the Consumerist, "Erin" who stumbled upon Best Buys dear love for their customers.  Erin was buying an Insignia Blue-Ray player that was at an awesome price of $169.  Next to the player apparently t...
  • Fisher price now selling computer viruses. (And the children yell yaaaaay!)
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 10:54 pm
    The Consumerist posted an article earlier this evening about a particular problem possibly affecting Fisher Price's Kid-Tough digital camera.  The person quoted in the article on the Consumerist went on saying that after his kid took a bunch of pictures, he plugged it into his computer only to have been greeted with a pop up from his virus software alerting him that he had just been protected form a virus.  To make matters even worse, phone calls were useless as apparently all 3 phon...
  • RIM losing their ducks?
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 4:56 pm
      Back a couple of months ago, when the Bold was released, it arrived with its own host of issues.  A few of those included dropped calls, crashes, and poor overall performance.  Because of these issues, Orange, a cellular provider in the UK, decided to yank the Bold from their line up until RIM got their ducks in a line.  RIM eventually did find their few straggling ducks, lined them up, and released the updated OS to carriers.  Orange again began selling the Bold.  Unfortunately for...
  • Android coming to a netbook near you…in 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 9:19 am
    Are you an Android user?  Do you love the versatility Android offers or the look of the next gen operating system?  Would you use that same OS if it crept onto bigger devices?  The last question will be easier to determine come 2010.  Venture Beat, through one of their sibling sites, Mobile-Facts, was able to compile Android to run on an Asus EeeePC 1000H netbook in just around 4 hours! (more...)...
  • Hidden settings menu for Google iPhone App.
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 9:00 am
      Google is known as one of the "hipper" companies, or one that tries to push a cool image.  For instance, look at their search page logo.  It is always changing.  They like to tinker with the small details to give an overall better package.  That philosophy is carrying over to their iPhone search app.  Venture beat discovered, *with the help of Google writing about it in their mobile blog* a secret settings tab in the Google search app.  How do you get there?  It is easy. (more...)...
  • Google begging users to kick IE 6 to the curb.
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    IE just can't get a break.  Besides losing market share to Firefox, the golden (debatable) oldie IE 6 is being given the cold shoulder by Google.  Instead of using IE 6, Google is telling users of their web apps to jump ship to either Firefox or Chrome.  Strangely, the "Google pack" that used to include Firefox as a download has since been replaced by Chrome.  Direct download links for Chrome have also been added to Google's home page and YouTube.  You can quickly see that Google is re...
  • IE drops below 70%
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm
    For the first time in over 8 years, IE has dropped below 70% market share!  In other news, Firefox has risen over 20% for the first time in their history.  Safari meanwhile is sitting at just over 7%.  Microsoft has dominated the web for a long time.  Before their slight dip 8 years ago they were also on top of the browser world.  Why is the world shifting from IE?  It's hard to pinpoint a single reason.  One interesting note is that Firefox users usually originate from more residenti...
  • Lighter wallets ahead…Paid Apps coming to Android!
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    Martin Drashkov, an Android developer received an email from the Android Market recently disclosing some very exciting if not already expected information.  The Android App Store will soon be open to paid apps.  What does this mean?  Not only will your wallets become lighter, but with the motivation of income the apps, as well as the quality of the apps should increase.  The developers will receive 70% of the earnings from app sales while the other 30% will go to "carriers and billing se...
  • Sony Xperia X1 + 1700MHz = Happy T-Mobile Customers?
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 5:53 pm
    It's been rumored for a couple months that T-Mobile would be the lucky carrier in the U.S. to get their hands on the Xperia X1.  Now a leaked photo shows even more proof.  One can clearly see in the picture that the 1700MHz band is listed as one of the 3G bands.  T-Mobile is the only carrier in the U.S. to use this frequency band so that makes it pretty easy to assume (or hope) that T-Mobile has some sort of deal going on behind closed doors with Sony to acquire this beast of a phone. �...
  • Android invading Touch Diamond!
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm
    Android is making a mad dash since release and taking many other devices with it!  Since release it has started to be ported to at least 3-4 devices.  Most recently the Touch HD and now Touch Diamond.  I'm not going to sugar coat anything or try to hide the fact that I like Apple, OS X, iPhones, etc.  However, I also really like Android.  It is a very promising OS that the iPhone and mobile OS X could learn from (I know I'm dreaming).  Back on subject, Windows Mobile is probably one of...
  • iPhone 3g software unlock now available!
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 10:08 am
    The iPhone Dev Team has official released yellowsn0w on cydia and will be available very soon if not already once they repository owner fixes a small permissions error.  One other nice tidbit is that previous reports from the Dev Team stated that ONLY OS's with older basebands would would (pre 2.2).  However, in a cryptic teaser post last night followed by another more earthly post they revealed that they have overcame the limitation in the new baseband of 2.2 and if fact, 2.2 is required ...
  • Happy New Year from Gadgetsteria!!!
    by Mike
    Posted January 1st, 2009 at 12:00 am
    Its that time here in the eastern time zone.  Happy New Year everyone.  Even though I've only been doing my blog a few short months, it is steadily coming along.  Thank you to those of you who take the time to read it.  I look forward to the new year and what it has to offer.  I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!!...
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