Archive for November, 2009
  • Snowman theme brings holiday cheer and animation to your BlackBerry
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    It used to be that BlackBerry themes of years and devices past were best in their static form. A few clever and crafty theme developers deviated from the standard BlackBerry theme and added bits of animation here and there. The only problem is that older BlackBerry devices were grossly underpowered with a meager 312MHz processor meaning any animation found in themes resulted in slow, stuttery navigation and an overall sub-par user experience. That was then, this is now: 600+ MHz BlackBerries ...
  • Droid passes 800,000 mark, sets 1,000,000 milestone in it’s sights?
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    Could the Droid really be nearing the 1,000,000 unit mark? If data collected by RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue is to believed, the answer to that question is a resounding yet subdued "yes". In the age of the multi-million selling iPhone, hitting the 7-digit sales mark doesn't quite hold the significance or weight that it used to. Mind you, it's still no small feat. While the latest iPhone 3GS sold over 1 million units in a weekend, you have to remember that it was available in multiple...
  • Phase shifting roofing tiles save money, look cool.
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    What would you say if I said your roof could be so much better? Why am i asking you about your roof on a tech blog? If you thought there was nothing cool about such things, think again. The roof above our head is a grossly outdated piece of human existence that has remained unchanged for decades. That's all about to change with the Thermeleon roofing tiles. What's so special? These futuristic phase-change polymer gel-filled tiles developed by MIT students for the MIT MADMEC (Making and Des...
  • The CrunchPad that almost was….(and hopefully still will be someday…)
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    If there were ever a gadget that the tech world was so eager to see, touch, and play with, the CrunchPad was perhaps one of the top contenders. Eschewing any Apple related gear, in recent memory I honestly can't think of a gadget that so frequently soaked up headlines. While the headlines were often negative in nature, detailing yet another delay or setback, geeks alike were still primed and ready, waiting for a date they could get their hands on this wonder device. After reading the final ac...
  • BlackBerry 9100 (Stratus) gets highly detailed on video.
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 10:50 am
    If the video that revealed itself a week or two back showcasing the upcoming SureType BlackBerry 9100 wasn't quite the greatest thing you'd ever seen (/sarcasm), this new video may come a tad bit closer. The above motion picture clip features a much more thorough tour around the 9100 (Stratus') hardware and software offerings. Going by what we see in the vid, it looks like a rock solid device to keep the SureType line of devices relevant and alive. Just in case you're short on time, you can...
  • Google Phone’s on again/off again relationship with our souls…
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 10:21 am
    For every site you find on the internet telling of a so called "Google Phone" -- the ultimate Android phone according to Google's own tastes -- one can find just as many if not more sites debunking such rumors with the most popular reasoning being that Google would hurt 3rd party partners. Because of this, we'll never see a Google Phone straight from Google. They don't make hardware. Or do they? Gizmodo received a hot tip that points even harder to Google releasing a slab of hardware on thei...
  • Chrome for Mac to come in a tad underweight…
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 8:24 am
    I can't wait for Google Chrome on Mac. Almost since day 1, it replaced Firefox as my main Windows browser and over the last couple of weeks each build release has inched closer and closer to perfection. Granted, I use perfection loosely, merely using it to describe a "finished", stable product. While we can expect a Chrome 4 for Mac of some sort in the next couple of weeks, it will be far from perfect, finished, or full featured. Features such as bookmark manager, mutli-touch gestures, gears...
  • New York gangs take to the digital streets via Twitter
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 6:50 am
    Twitter has reshaped communication in recent years in that it brought the extremely fast communication method of texting and opened it up to the world. Now faster than ever, ideas and thoughts can be shared with not just a few, but the whole world. What once was a small community of geeks and nerds trading 140 character or less messages back and forth has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon with people of all ages and lifestyles picking up Twitter as an effective means to communicate. All w...
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    by Mike
    Posted November 26th, 2009 at 8:00 am
    Gadgets and technology are my life. But we all need a break from time to time. Hopefully this Thanksgiving is a nice relaxing day to pig out, sleep, pig out, hang out with friends and family -- repeat. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!...
  • MPAA to FCC: Everyone loves Selectable Output Control. Critics = liars.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Selectable Output Control or "SOC" as it is abbreviated is nothing short of movie studios trying to nickel and dime consumers more by *digitally* breaking older TV equipment, limiting choice, and all around making our lives that more difficult. Against claims from various consumer groups, the MPAA has stepped forward claiming that everyone loves SOC and anyone who criticizes it is a liar. Hmmm. Can we see yet why this industry as a whole has such a negative image? Between repeatedly stepping...
  • Waze for Android and iPhone gets updated. “Road Goodies” brings Pac-Man like gaming and monetary rewards to driving.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Think what you will, but navigation apps are pretty much reaching the end of the "feature ladder". That is, there really isn't much else you can add to GPS/navigation apps or hardware that will make it any more beneficial. Sure you can find ways to connect the device to more aspects of our lives, but all in all, getting from point A to point B with some goodies in between is straightforward (figuratively). One part of navigation devices (especially software in mobile applications) that frustr...
  • Get that Android 2.0 look for BlackBerry: BeDroid [BlackBerry Theme]
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 11:46 am
    Though not everyone's personal favorite, Android 2.0 is an often replicated UI. Even though it hasn't really changed much from previous iterations of the OS, subtle differences in icons and other UI elements did receive a freshening up. BlackBerry users, especially those who love change are always looking for that next theme to get their fix on if only for a short while. If you fit the bill and are in fact looking for that "fix", you're definitely going to want to check out the "BeDroid" them...
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