Posts Tagged ‘mobile’
  • You don’t go to the store and buy a new computer with Windows 2000. Why do it with your smartphone? [Android fragmentation]
    by Mike
    Posted April 14th, 2010 at 7:31 am
    I could point this post in th direction of the Twist and how it in and of itself is a lower-end cellphone, but really, it's probably going to end up something like "Fragmentation is killing Android". Well, the truth shall set you free they say. So here goes nothin'... The Motorola Twist (rumored designed pictured below) is the latest Android handset to be pushed out by Moto. The supposed specs on the document above show that instead of wowing us with Another DROID-like device of awesomenes...
  • Would you want to see HTC pick up Palm?
    by Mike
    Posted April 13th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    With as promising as webOS looked early last year, it's truly disappointing to see something with so much potential languish due to poor managerial choices and outright disgusting hardware. HTC on the other hand is a master at beautifying the ugly. While webOS itself isn't ugly and in fact quite the head turner, would a company as successful as HTC benefit from picking up Palm -- a company, or more importantly mobile OS with plenty of potential with a simple lack of direction? There's ple...
  • The 24″ screened GameBoy
    by Mike
    Posted April 13th, 2010 at 7:30 am
    If there was ever one thing about the GameBoys of years past that I'd have to find fault with, it would be the tiny screen. Ya, larger LCD screens at that time were cost prohibitive. But come on. Is another inch or two too much to ask for? Oh well, we move on, learn, and adapt. Some adapt better than others as is evident by the video below. This crafty fellow didn't give up on his GameBoy after years of neglect, making it into a wholly better product overall by adding video out to the ...
  • Opera Mini approved, now available in App Store
    by Mike
    Posted April 13th, 2010 at 6:57 am
    For those who thought Apple lacked common sense and was destined to ruining the App Store one useless rejection at a time, good news. Apple has approved Opera Mini for the iPhone! Coming from the BlackBerry world, I used to live by Opera Mini. It saved my sanity many times. On the iPhone, Mobile Safari is actually an amazing browser to begin with, so the immediate benefits aren't as pronounced. Even still, Opera Mini iPhone Edition is a great addition to any iPhone. Personally, I think i...
  • El Jobso on blocking out Flash from iPhone platform: “We’ve been there before…sub-par results”
    by Mike
    Posted April 12th, 2010 at 9:34 am
    It's no secret that Steve Jobs hates Flash and isn't exactly drinking buddies with Adobe's finest developers. The once subtle, behind the scenes battle between Apple and Adobe has of late, erupted into an all out war with both sides. Name calling, finger pointing, and all out "he said she said" tactics have been resorted to. Jobs has gone on the record several times citing his distaste for Flash in general. But a new comment over the recent changes in the iPhone developers policy concerning...
  • Twitter buys Tweetie. Set to relaunch as “Twitter for iPhone”, become free! [Twitter]
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2010 at 10:04 pm
    Right about now I can honestly say it would be nice to be Loren Brichter. Why? Loren is the person behind Tweetie, a widly popular (and downright sexy) Twitter app for both OS X and iPhone. After countless favorable reviews and rewards, all that hard work is paying off. Earlier this evening, Twitter announced that they bought Tweetie, are going to rename it "Twitter for iPhone" -- the official Twitter app -- and knock the price down from $2.99, to free. That's quite a bit to take in, and be...
  • Apple shoots themselves in the foot again, rejects Dashboard iPad app as it would “confuse customers”…
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    Each and every time Apple wows me (as they did with the OS 4.0 preview yesterday), they come right back around and punch me in the face. What am I talking about? A rather nifty iPad app that mimicked the style of the OS X Dashboard was rejected for the bullshit reasoning that it "contradicted the iPad's user experience". I know there are some real "bright" people out there but come on Apple. If someone knowingly downloads an app, I'm pretty sure even the rockiest of the bunch could figure ou...
  • “Apple is killing our business” Adobe admits more or less…
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    It's no secret to the tech world that relations between Apple and Adobe are less than stellar. Adobe wants Flash to be the backbone of all rich media everywhere. Apple on the other hand thinks it's a waste of time, resource hog, and outdated. So which is it? I personally feel Flash still has it's place here and there. But for a fair chunk of more "mainstream media" (things such as general web browsing, images, online video, etc.) could be moved over to the much more efficient and universal ...
  • iPad App Store half broken across the pond.
    by Mike
    Posted April 7th, 2010 at 9:01 am
    UK iPad hopefuls and those who've already ordered and had a device shipped to your door have one slight issue to look forward to -- no mobile App Store. For the time being, iPad users who go to fire up the App Store app on the device will be greeted with a dialog box telling the horrendous tale of no support for their country. The issue is apparently because the App Store on the iPad requires a US-based email address and credit card number. VPN's can fake the first part fairly easy. The ...
  • Get Fennec for Android now! [Beta] [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted March 30th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    Love to live on the edge? Want only the best in mobile browsing? Generally speaking, Mobile Safari on the iPhone is bar none, the best mobile browser. Opera Mini and Chrome on Android are both close seconds with everything else falling in somewhere distantly behind. Fennec however is extremely promising though only currently available in "official" form for the Nokia N900. WinMo has it's little dev port as well but that is pretty much dead. Android -- we know it's coming but "late 2010/ear...
  • Opera Mini submitted to App Store for approval. Death march to soon follow?
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am
    iPhone/iPod Touch users who spend a pretty good minute on the web, today is a day to remember, for it is the day in which Opera submitted their iPhone version of Opera Mini to the App Store. The reason for the whole show is simply because, there's a fair chance that the ever so intelligent and common sense filled (/sarcasm) App Store approvers will reject the app. The reasoning if Apple does in fact do so isn't anything new. They'll simply label it as "duplicating functionality" of an app alr...
  • Fennec development for Windows Mobile/Phone canceled!
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 6:00 am
    WinMo and Windows Phone users hoping for a little mobile Firefox love thanks to the exceptionally good looking (and performing) "Fennec" will be utterly depressed to the point of no return this morning to learn that the mobile Firefox team has canceled any and all work on the mobile Microsoft build. They chalk it up to Microsoft's new development rules going into Windows Phone 7, namely the restriction on apps running in native code, instead requiring managed code through the likes of Silverlig...
  • “Retro” gaming on the go with the Portable, Flip Top GameCube
    by Mike
    Posted March 22nd, 2010 at 7:59 am
    When I think of "retro" gaming consoles, the GameCube isn't necessarily one that first comes to mind. Yet if you really think about it in technology years, the GameCube is pretty old. Just because it's old doesn't mean we can't still have some fun with it though. One of the most popular mods for gamers and tinkers alike is the "portable console mod". Taking a console such as a PS2, Dreamcast, or in this case, a GameCube, and transforming it into something small and lightweight means added en...
  • Copy&Paste on WinPhone 7 after all…?
    by Mike
    Posted March 18th, 2010 at 9:48 am
    Let it be known, the last few days have been a roller coaster ride for Windows Mobile/Windows Phone users (and hopefuls). The announcement that copy&paste; wasn't going to be available at launch has filled the interwebs the last couple of days. For good reason though. Regardless of how "smart" an OS is at determining types of data and what to do with them, good 'ol fashioned cut/copy/paste always has it's place. There may be hope however as Long Zheng, a long-time Windows blogger/aficionado h...
  • Blockbusters last stand: Movies for Android?
    by Mike
    Posted March 17th, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    Besides the epic failure of music labels' inability to find a working business model in the digital age, there is one other contestant in particular vying for "worst performance in the digital arena ever" award: Blockbuster. When I was a kid (not too long ago), I remember going to Blockbuster sometimes as often as a couple of times every week. It was great. The competition with other locals Hollywood Video (now deceased) and Family Video (greatly downsized) ensured the movie rental market was...
  • RIM promises great things for BBM this week. Get’s all pushy with 3rd party apps.
    by Mike
    Posted March 17th, 2010 at 9:30 am
    Not one, but two morsels of information for BlackBerry users today are ready for your consumption. First up, BlackBerry Messenger. According to RIM, within the next few days, "exciting new things" are coming to the Canadian based platform's "in-house" IM client. For BBM junkies, this is reason to celebrate as BBM isn't exactly the most often updated BlackBerry app, routinely going months upon months between updates. Good stuff. On a wider scale, RIM has also announced that push services a...
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