Posts Tagged ‘mobile apps’
  • Motorola one-upping Android Market with their own app store: SHOP4APPS
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 7:21 am
    Oh how I hate word tricks and all caps when naming a product or service. Motorola however is a long time fan of all caps so it's nothing new I guess. Grammatical nitpicking aside, at first glance Motorola's attempt at their own app store seems as "too little too late" with many people thinking in their heads "why?". I myself asked that very same question until I read a little further into what SHOP4APPS would offer. Besides your now common library of apps and categories to run through, the b...
  • Wolfram Alpha temporarily lowers overpriced iPhone app [Follow up 2]
    by Mike
    Posted December 11th, 2009 at 8:38 am
    The Wolfram Alpha "intelligent search engine" that we mentioned here and here is back in the headlines today. The cause for concern, or in this case interest, is that Wolfram Alpha has decided to lower the price on their iPhone app for the holiday season. Starting today and running through the end of the year, Wolfram Alpha will now be on sale for $19.99 -- much more reasonable than the previous $49.99 dragging behind the app like a lead weight. Like many of you, I would assume that at $50 ...
  • Swipe keyboard ported to Touch Pro 2, Diamond 2, and other VGA+ devices.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
    Attempts to artificially limit customers in the digital age, especially when smartphones, OS's, and exclusive programs are involved only pushes hackers and developers harder in opening up the platform or program at hand. For today's "That didn't last long moment", we're looking at the new Samsung Omnia II and it's exclusive "Swipe" keyboard. This new keyboard is unique because it allows you to "swipe" across the board to spell out words instead of having to actually life, press, lift, press. ...
  • T-Mobile beginning roll out of carrier billing for Android smartphones. Completion date: December 30th.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    If using a credit/debit card to purchase Android apps on your T-Mobile branded handset was beginning to become a bit much for you, take comfort in knowing that help is on the way. Starting today, T-Mobile USA is rolling out the carrier billing feature for Android smartphones allowing users to bill Android Market purchases to your cellphone bill instead of a credit/debit card. Much like Verizon is doing for the Moto Droid and HTC Eris, the OTA update will be rolled out slowly -- much slower th...
  • Fennec (Firefox Mobile) to drop for N900 by end of ‘09. Windows Mobile and Android versions in 2010.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    If you were beginning to lose hope in Fennec, Mozilla's venture into the mobile browser world, have I got a juicy treat for you. Like many of you out there, I was beginning to feel as if Fennec was months upon months away from an actual release. Such long spans of time are torturous for us "gotta have it now" folks. At least one small niche group of users will soon be able to start rocking an official Mozilla Fennec web browser. Thanks can be sent to Jay Sullivan, Mozilla´s Vice President o...
  • Chevy Volt app coming to iPhone and BlackBerry
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    My #1 passion is by far gadgets. Hands down. But one of my more minor hobbies involves following the automotive sphere. I love reading the various car magazines containing the up and coming latest and greatest in the mechanical world of cars. But because this is a gadget/technology blog, cars rarely make it on these pages. Every once in a while however something comes along that just so happens to appease the car side of my interest while pinging the gadget side long and hard. Regardless o...
  • Skyfire upgraded. Mobile web one step closer to desktop parent.
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    Being on the mobile web just a few short years ago meant navigating extremely rudimentary WAP web pages and dealing with painfully slow load times. That is if you could even get a site to properly/completely load on your device. Thankfully technology doesn't sit still and in fact runs a breakneck speed. In today's world, we have browsers such as Mobile Safari, Mobile Chrome, SkyFire, and Opera mini to name a few. While all of the mobile browsers listed (and several unlisted) are all good in ...
  • Orange arrives to app store party late. Clean up crew already heading home.
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 10:43 am
    I love choices. Choices are brought on by competition. With that said, no one will deny that 2009 was the year of the app store. With the success Apple initially had with launching the first widely successful app store in 2008, tons of app stores (even the other 3 members of "the 4") have cropped up as "me too" options. In the mobile app marketplace, consumers have 4 top of the line options between Apple's App Store, Android's Android Market, RIM's BlackBerry App World, and Microsoft's Windo...
  • AT&T owns up, admits defeat, releases “Mark the Spot”: Self reporting network tool
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    The only people oblivious to AT&T;'s utter craptastic network is that of higher up execs and perhaps some other random bodies taking up AT&T; office space. Though as much as I rant about them, I can also appreciate them offering a small delicate hand of faith. If you are tired of continual network problems and calls to AT&T; go unanswered, perhaps taking matters into your own hands is the best solution. That's the goal of AT&T;'s new in-house app "Mark the Spot". The gist is simple: Venture wher...
  • Bolt Browser can finally take the reigns from the decrepit BlackBerry browser with 1.6 update.
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 11:22 am
    Some will be quick to point out that I don't use a BlackBerry anymore. So how could I possibly know as to the actual real world amazingness the Bolt BlackBerry browser provides? I have a wife who is a devout CrackBerry user. 'Nough said. One of the biggest complaints of BlackBerry users everywhere is the browser. With Bolt 1.6 comes the revelation that finally we can distance ourselves from the coding nightmare that is the BB Browser. Even though OS 4.3.2 5.0 promises a greatly improved br...
  • BeeJive multi-IM client for BlackBerry moves to 2.0
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 8:53 am
    Fancy the BlackBerry do you? If you have any number of friends or colleagues that you converse with on a regular basis, you've no doubt encountered the various IM services that are available. Talking to individuals on all of those separate accounts used to be a chore -- until multi-chat apps came along that is. BeeJive IM (formerly "JiveTalk") is by far the best looking and performing multi-chat app for BlackBerry. Back in my BlackBerry days, I used BeeJive. It was fast, easy to use, and a ...
  • BerryWeather 2.0 allows desktop weather background and more!
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 6:12 am
    Back in my BlackBerry days when I took a brief hiatus from my iPhone to rekindle the love fest that got me hooked on smartphones to begin with, I stumbled across a pretty good weather app called BerryWeather. It wasn't terribly deep or full of features but it looked pretty nice to most eyes -- something many BlackBerry apps simply can't claim. I have since strayed from my roots but do find it interesting to keep up with BlackBerry app news most days. If you're looking for a fairly robust and ...
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