Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
From Lifehacker -
A useful tip from the Offical Gmail Blog for people who like to send subject-only messages: add (EOM) or
Saturday, October 25, 2008
From Yahoo! Finance -
Scott Bleier, president of CreateCapital.com, believes the Android phone is a game-changer and will force Aple to dramatically lower iPhone prices in order to keep its market share. Apple has recently accnounced blockbuster salesof the iPhone with its App store also surpassing 200 million downloads.
In addition, RIM will be launching its much-delayed Bold on Nov 4 via AT&T.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
T-Mobile Press Release -
BELLEVUE, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the national availability of the highly anticipated T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first Android™-powered mobile phone. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a rich mobile Web experience, dozens of Android Market applications, and popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others.
Beginning today, consumers can purchase the phone in select retail stores across the country and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com.
“During the past month, we’ve seen unbridled excitement for the T-Mobile G1 and the positive impact it will have on the mobile lives of our customers,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the phone, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset, illustrating the leap many consumers are taking to a rich, accessible mobile Web experience. Its design, functionality and value make the first-of-its-kind T-Mobile G1 a truly approachable device for the masses.”
With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications—from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping—to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users.
“With new, high-value applications constantly being added to Android Market for customers to discover, the T-Mobile G1 is the phone that grows with you,” said Post. “And as the Market continues to grow and evolve, the possibilities are virtually endless.”
Customers can purchase and carry away the T-Mobile G1 at T-Mobile retail stores and select third-party stores in major cities where T-Mobile’s 3G service is currently available. T-Mobile 3G service is currently available in 95 major cities across top population centers. For a list of cities where T-Mobile 3G service is available, please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com/3G.aspx or see T-Mobile’s Personal Coverage Check tool, available online at http://www.T-Mobile.com/Coverage. All T-Mobile stores across the country will have demonstration devices on-hand and can assist customers with ordering the device for delivery at a later date.
T-Mobile is working to ensure that customers have a great experience harnessing the power of their new T-Mobile G1. Specifically:
* T-Mobile has established a collaborative online forum dedicated to the T-Mobile G1 (http://forums.T-Mobile.com) where customers can ask questions, share tips and get helpful information.
* All T-Mobile retail stores will open early at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22 to give everyone the chance to experience and purchase or order the T-Mobile G1.
* T-Mobile G1 experts will be on-hand at retail stores to demonstrate the phone and answer any questions.
For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com.
Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G service may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply.
From Gizmodo -
Firefox has an experimental build (pre-beta 2), courtesy of Mozilla's Edward Lee. What makes it special is that it allows you to use some of MacBook's fancier touch gestures, like three-finger swipes, in Firefox. In fact, it uses all of the majors—swipe, twist and pinch—in awesomely intuitive ways. No word yet though on whether these will be implemented into the final build of 3.1.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Gizmodo visited the Thanko store in Tokyo's Akihabara district and came away with lots of photos of the unique USB products. Thanko is well known as source of USB devices, both common and weird, odd ones including heated mittens, the USB lock, the USB microscope, the USB neck tie cooler, to name a few.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Informationweek's Marin Perez is contesting reports claiming T-Mobile has sold 1.5 million preorder units of the G1. According to him, all these reports are based on a The Motley Fool article which states 1.5 million G1s were sold through preorder and another 2 million allocated for retail sales. And while it is true T-Mobile sold out its preorder alloment and re-upped, the 1.5 million figure was made up. In fact, neither T-Mobile, HTC (the OEM) nor Google has confirmed this, something which they would have loigcally done if the sales figure were true.
You can read Marin Perez's article here.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
From I Started Something -
Microsoft recently conducted a marketing survey on a hypothetical multi-touch computing device codenamed “Oahu." This, of course, has generated some interesting thoughts on the possibility of MS planning a consumer variation of the Surface computer.
Per the survey, Oahu is a flat screen that sits horizontally like a table top. You can interact with Oahu by touching the screen, with more than one person being able to interact with Oahu at the same time. You and others can move objects on the screen with your hands and touch icons to open up programs, games, or music. People using the device can also use their fingertips to expand and shrink objects on the screen. Oahu is on with no waiting time to start up. Oahu can come as a freestanding table, placed into a piece of furniture, or built into a countertop.
More details here.
Monday, October 13, 2008
According to The Motley Fool T-Mobile has pre-sold about 1.5 million G1 Android phones already and is readying another two million for retail sales.
The first batch was sold through pre-orders from existing T-Mobile subscribers, forcing T-MObile to another a bigger batch from HTC, which also sold out, for a total of 1.5 million.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Gizmodo has a neat comparison guide of operating systems for smartphones - namely, Android, Blackberry, iPhone OS X, Windows Mobile, Palm Garnet, and Symbian. If you are the type who buys mobile phones based on the software rather than features you probably won't use, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
From Boy Genius Report -
Photos of Amazon’s Kindle 2 have been leaked and the new model looks pretty good. As seen the photo above, the now smaller buttons are - On the right, from top to bottom: Home, Next Page, Menu, a joystick (instead of the scroll wheel), and Undo. On the left side, there’s Previous, Page, and Next Page. Next to the sliding sleep button, there’s a headphone jack, and on the right side edge, volume up/down buttons. The backside of the unit is mostly metal with the speakers at the bottom. Charging is now via a mini USB cable. Display size is approximately the same as the original. Overall the unit is thinner, a little wider, a little longer and has a slightly heavier feel, but it feels much sturdier. It still uses EV-DO for downloads.
Downside is the battery appears to be non user accesible. The SD card slot has also disappeared.
You can check out more photos and details here.
Friday, October 3, 2008
From Gizmodo -
Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
From CrunchGear -
The recent introduction of the iPhone 3G and the follow-up launch of the T-Mobile G1 appear to define an epic paradigm shift with mobile phones now accepted as small computers. The G1 is particular offers a platform for multiple amazing things, all arrayed to the user in a non-trivial way. It is the future smartphone. It is where Symbian should have been two years ago and it’s the wall Windows Mobile will slam into in the next year. If it becomes popular, Google will essentially connect all of us (and control all of our inputs and outputs). If it fails it will encourage a new group of geeks to build upon it, turning Android into something like BSD to Apple’s OS X. Either way, it’s a win win for everyone.
The caveat is now educating and convincing casual smartphone users that this and an Android phone (and what it offers) is what they want.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
From Engadget -
Judging from the photo above, Samsung's Haptic 2 seems to be quite an oversized unit although it looks similar to the i900 Omnia. The new Haptic 2 features DMB television, 4GB (SCH-W550 or SPH-W5500, about $600) or 16GB (SCH-W555, about $690) of storage, integrated mobile banking, and improved 3.2" touchscreen and an updated TouchWiz UI now sporting 50 widget applications and user defined vibration tones.