Archive for June, 2009
  • BlackBerry 8520 swoops through FCC
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    While BlackBerry world tends to be filled of tales featuring the latest Berries brimming to the top with gooey feature goodness, some people enjoy the slower pace of life. All of the increasing demands these new features place on the oh so taxed lithium battery within all of them isn't worth it to them. For those people, the BlackBerry 8520 is their Berry. Since it just passed through the FCC, a release is farely close, (read: by August is likely). Since AT&T; has focused more and more on 3...
  • Why I will *probably* never buy another iPhone
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    That's a pretty bold statement considering I have no idea what the future holds for Apple and their mobile devices. But it is one I can honestly make. However, the way they've handled themselves, the control over the various iterations of the iPhone, as well as other entities such as the app store signals to me that Apple is not here for the customer but merely to make money. (Shocker...I know). It is by no means a new revelation in my mind, but one that I hoped over time, as Apple became ...
  • Stacks comes to Windows 7 by way of “7Stacks”
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    While the dock is a love it or hate it feature in OS X, most people who enjoy the dock's company also in some form enjoy stacks. The expanding folders that reside on the dock make it easy and quick to see inside a particular folder. Until now, Windows users have had to suffice with....nothing (please correct if I'm wrong). However, your patience has paid off as Windows 7 will finally bring with it a nifty 3rd party app called "7Stacks". (more...)...
  • Sony provided backwards compatability coming back into focus?
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Chances are that most individuals with a PS3 have at least one PS2 game floating around their house. If they don't own one, they've at least played one on the next gen console before. While the Xbox 360 has more or less buried its predecesor, negating it to but a mere thought that crosses our minds every now and then, the PS3 has yet to decimate the PS2. Heck, the PS2 is having some of the best sales numbers of its life. Still, the push to next gen hardware won't go away. Sony knows this....
  • Verizon again takes top honors in call quality/speed tests
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 12:12 pm
    While AT&T; and their iPhone may claim to be the top dog in the cellular marketplace, they're nothing but an old dirty mutt gimping along on two and a half legs. Yes...it's that bad. But hey, lets start with the good. A test conducted in 13 cities by PC World shoed Verizon pulling ahead in the mobile speed race with download speeds averaging 951Kbps with an 89.8% "uptime" (read: uninterupted performance). Sprint wasn't that far behind passing the gates at a still brisk 808kbps and 90.5% rel...
  • The sad state of U.S. broadband speeds
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 10:34 am
    The next time you want to toot your own, Red, White, and Blue color horn in regards to broadband speeds here in the states, look at the chart above and remember one thing...we lag...greatly. It's a joke. A joke that isn't funny. Why we are so far behind is beyond me. Lets hope to god congress updates the "official" classification of broadband as something that is faster than the now grossly antiquated quote of 222kbps. Whether or not you're "giving it your all", 19th place sucks plain and...
  • Onkyo coming to Best Buy Magnolia
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 10:02 am
    While some may still be saddened at the downfall of Circuit City, many hailed its death as a death to shoddy policies and even shoddier CS. Still, losing the company meant losing several brands and products as those respective companies have so far declined to do business with any other brick and mortar electronics store. Thankfully, Best Buy Magnolia shoppers will soon be treated to Onkyo products once again as their manufacturer has voiced the new relationship. Onkyo: “We have wo...
  • China delays Green Dam rollout indefinitely
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 9:35 am
    Count this as a small victory for computer users everywhere, especially those residing in China. Announcing via Xinhua, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that a mere 1 day before the July 1st deadline was to go into effect, they have decided to hold off on any mandatory install deadline indefinitely as to give "computer producers more time to put the order into effect". Which...loosely translated and stripping out the PR BS means "there was so much public outrage ...
  • Pass on personal comfort for personal entertainment
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 9:13 am
    When the mercury starts rising, many people start heading for cooler pastures, particularly ones with nice soft carpet, comfy couches, and a nice ambient air temperature. That pretty much describes your typical living room. But for those unlucky souls who have to venture outside, a decrease in clothing is often warranted to keep them from melting. However, the true geek never worries about himself but about the life of his gadgets. When others are passing out left and right, you can proudl...
  • AT&T further proves that they hate you
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 9:00 am
    Employee wireless discounts are the herald of employment for some. Having the ability to carry around snazzy phone that comes with all the bells and whistles included in the service is great. Having your employer foot the bill is even better. AT&T; simply can't stand the whole niceness image apparently and would much rather have you hate them. The latest ding against America's favorite-to-hate carrier centers around their AT&T; Premier Sponsorship Program. This program will charge you $72 (...
  • BlackBerry 9630 (Tour) coming to Verizon in 2 flavors
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 8:48 am
    Yes folks, Verizon will be getting not one but two variations of the Tour 9630 on July 12th. Now before you pour gasoline all over the yard and light it in celebration, you may want to know that the variation is more business centric and really means absolutely nothing for you, the crack addicted end user. The difference between the two variations revolves around the camera -- one model will have it while one won't. Pretty basic and primative stuff. For a little while, once RIM dipped thei...
  • New crash worthy technologies coming to an airplane near you.
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 8:23 am
    Automobile safety has taken great strides over the years. Perhaps one of the greatest advancements, (next to seatbelts of course), was the airbag. Instead of worring about your face melting into the steering wheel, occupants could now walk away with much less painfull and severe injuries thanks to these little bagged wonders. Airplane safety to many seems pretty simple -- don't fall out of the sky. But it's really more than that. Even in minor crashes, many people still can and do die eit...
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