Posts Tagged ‘mobile’
  • 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...
  • Windows Phone 7 fail # *insert number here*: No copy & paste at launch.
    by Mike
    Posted March 16th, 2010 at 4:56 pm
    When people complain that Microsoft is trying too hard to mimic Apple, they're weren't kidding. In recent Q&A;'s with the WinPhone 7 team, it was made pretty darn clear that at least at launch, copy&paste; wouldn't be anywhere near the OS. Did Microsoft seriously live in a cave during the last 2 years Apple played this stupid game?! Geeze, I just gave M some praise earlier for the progess they seem to be making. And now they go and do something stupid stuff like this. There's no excuse -- not...
  • AirStash uses WiFi to spruce up the otherwise “common” flash drive.
    by Mike
    Posted March 16th, 2010 at 9:47 am
    Take any assortment of flash drives you see at your typical electronics store. Besides the storage capacity and drive design, there really isn't anything all too different about them. Sure, some will perform better (read: faster) than others. But overall, a flash drive is a flash drive. It's only when manufacturers get "creative" do we see anything and everything underneath the sun USB-ified. But every now and then, something truly unique comes along. The AirStash is one such drive, incorp...
  • WinPhone 7 and the disappearing background apps…
    by Mike
    Posted March 15th, 2010 at 8:49 pm
    So what do you think? Generally it's good practice to ask the mind bending, cortex tickling question at the end. You know, saving the best for last. But I figured I'd switch it up. WinPhone 7 is a dramatic departure from Windows Mobile in every way. It's appearance, functionality, features, and overall usability have all been given huge boosts. So much so that even I, a long time WinMo hater have seen the light at the end of Microsoft's tunnel. It's not all happy endings though. As the ti...
  • Destination unknown: Simplify discontinuing music streaming apps, changing direction.
    by Mike
    Posted March 15th, 2010 at 9:25 am
    Here's quite a shoker: Popular WiFi and 3G streaming app, Simplify, will be no more in its current form. Per a post on the Simplify company blog, Simplify as we have come to know it will be discontinued and the company as a whole changing direction. What direction are they going exactly? For that, we'll have to play the "wait and see" game with Simplify stopping short of describing any immediate goals on the linked post above. Support for their current apps will continue on for "at least 3 m...
  • iKat brings AR to the next level.
    by Mike
    Posted March 10th, 2010 at 10:58 am
    Last year, AR (augmented reality) was a huge splash in the tech world. The ability to lay over multiple layers of information on top of a real world video feed opened up countless doors for all kinds of services and applications. In the case of iKat (developed with Zentium’s D-Track software), the software overlays a cat on top of the video feed. It may seem pretty basic, but the number crunching required to actually pull it off and have it look decent is pretty involved. This use of AR is...
  • RIAA/labels wanted iTunes LP’s, not Apple.
    by Mike
    Posted March 9th, 2010 at 10:37 am
    Last year when Apple was all jubilant about iTunes LP's, a lot of tech people were left scratching their heads wondering wtf was going on. Over the last few years, Apple has been promoting, marketing, and pushing an entire generation towards all you can eat, cheap music via a-la-carte methods. Albums and "special edition" LP's are a complete 180 from their general philosophy. That confusion was for good reason though. New information via GigaOhm (link currently down) has several industry...
  • Verizon LTE averaging 12Mbps down/5Mbps up. Survey says: “Not too shaby”.
    by Dirk
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    Whether you want to get overly technical and explain how LTE isn't technically 4G or simply don't care, begging on hands and knees for something faster to come along, one thing is for certain: we all want LTE. Article after article has been written, telling of how LTE will save the planet and maybe even aid in solving world peace. But how does it actually fare in real world scenarios? I mean, the on paper maximums show speeds as high as 100Mbps/50Mbps up/down respectively. The debbie dow...
  • Poll: How long until iPad hacked to tether with iPhone?
    by Mike
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 8:52 am
    Within the last few days, from the mouth of tech god himself (Steve Jobs), it's come to light that the iPad will not be able to tether to the iPhone. Is that really that much of a surprise? I mean, if millions of people with iPhones all buy iPad's and then tether, AT&T; will lose out on considerable revenue. Then again, if they actually offered a tethering package for an extra fee, that argument would be moot. But I digress... The jailbreaking community is extremely diverse, talented, and ...
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