Archive for May, 2007

31
May
07

Sling for Windows Mobile 6 coming soon

 

I have been running WM6 on my Dash since the leaked ROM came out. The problem was that I could not run SlingPlayer on it without doing a workaround. But now there is good  news on the horizon.

Sling is actively working on a new version of the SlingPlayer Mobile that will add support for Windows Mobile 6 and are currently looking for people to participate in a private beta of the new Windows Mobile 6 compatible version of the SlingPlayer. If you would like to help us out and try out the new software, send us an email. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

The official release of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Smartphone and Pocket PC with support for Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Standard editions will be available in the first part of June.

You can sign up for the beta here

31
May
07

Apple opens online outlet

CrunchGear is reporting that Apple has opened an online outlet. This is great news if you want to get an Apple product and save a little cash.

You can buy refurbished iPods and Macs as well as clearence items. Also don’t forget to check out the big deals section.

You can check out the Apple Outlet here

Via CrunchGear

31
May
07

Zune firmware update v1.4 released

Big deal! It’s still not an iPod.

31
May
07

Palm Foleo – I hate it when I’m right :-)

On Wednesday, mobile device maker Palm introduced Foleo. Foleo is a Linux-powered, laptop-like device that serves as a companion to smartphones. So what do the industry analyst think?

According to a story on Yahoo news many industry observers are pointing out the Foleo’s shortcomings.

Tom Krazit, writing on CNET News, said that it uses “an underpowered processor that really isn’t suited for video,” wasn’t intended to be a standalone device apart from its smartphone companion, doesn’t synchronize calendar appointments, and doesn’t yet work with the BlackBerry or a variety of other devices.

While acknowledging that the Foleo had some interesting features, such as instant on and off, Wolfgang Gruener asked on TGDaily whether it was worth $500 “for a large screen and keyboard for your cell phone?”

It can’t do much by itself, he wrote, except browse the Web and send or receive e-mails via a Wi-Fi hotspot, and you have to bring it along on your business trips “in addition to your cell phone, your laptop, and your iPod.”

There have been a few observers willing to “give the Foleo a chance.” One, PC World’s Harry McCracken, said that many people could be missing a sea change in the way applications are used. “With more and more applications that once needed to live on a local computer morphing into Web services,” he wrote, “a computing device with a decent keyboard and screen, fast Internet access, and a Web browser” could be a new and profitable category.

He added that a “small, thin notebook-like device with good battery life,” especially with basic office suite capabilities for working offline on a plane, “would give me most of what I needed to be productive.”

Others have cited the use of Linux as a reason for enthusiasm because it provides another device platform for the large open-source community.

Gartner analyst Todd Kort said he “was pretty surprised” by the Foleo. “I was expecting something smaller, an all-in-one device, maybe a little larger than a Treo,” he said.

He said his surprise was coupled with disappointment. “I just don’t see much utility in carrying around a 2.5-pound, 10-inch device basically just to do e-mail,” he said. “If it had enough utility,” he noted, the price wouldn’t be a problem. “If you’re going to carry around this device, why not just carry a notebook?”

He added that, if the Foleo had been developed as part of a regular development team, the final release product might have been different. “Jeff is regarded almost as a god at Palm,” he said. “He is not questioned, and he had his own skunkworks group creating this product without even showing it to most of the people inside Palm.”

The Foleo, he said, “didn’t get the kind of reality check that would have happened if regular engineers had worked on it.”

I guess this device is not as sweet as some are saying.

You can read the full story here

30
May
07

iPhone to get third party app’s

Yes it is true! Engadget is reporting that Steve Jobs  said Apple will find a way to let 3rd parties write app’s and still preserve security on the iPhone. The question was asked today during Jobs sit down with Walt Mossberg. This is great news that Apple’s working  on allowing third party devs into the hallowed ground of the iPhone.

As I have stated before this device is not geared toward corporate America but this improvement will definatly widen its appeal. Either way this unit will do very well and will be a big hit.

I doubt that this will change the minds of the people who don’t like this device but then they think the Foleo is sweet.

30
May
07

Palm introduces Foleo

The Palm Foleo mobile companion.

Wireless email. Big time.

With its 10-inch screen and full-size keyboard, the Palm Foleo mobile companion connects wirelessly with your smartphone to help you do more on the go. Unfold it, press a button, and it’s on instantly—while just one touch brings your email to the big screen.1 Use your Foleo to view attachments, type longer emails, or to get a bigger look at web pages and photos you’d normally view on your smartphone.2 And with up to five hours of battery life packed into such a compact design, you’ll do big things wherever you go.

 

Email—use its big screen and keyboard to type longer emails and see more of attachments. Connect wirelessly with your smartphone and sync email with the touch of a button.1

Attachments—edit and create Word and Excel® compatible docs, view PDFs, and deliver PowerPoint® presentations, all on its stunning 10-inch wide color screen. Plus, open and view photos you receive from friends and family.

Web browsing—get a bigger look at the web pages you’d normally view on your smartphone.

It is a nice looking device but I am not sure that it will fly. It reminds me of the Compaq Areo. This was a Windows CE device that was the size of a small laptop. I don’t think this is going to be the killer product that the old man thinks it is.  

You can read all about the Folio here.

30
May
07

BlackBerry Curve Moves AT&T Customers Ahead of the Curve

Smallest and Lightest Full QWERTY BlackBerry Handset Features Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities With AT&T’s Industry-Leading Coverage for Wireless Data Services

 

AT&T Inc.  and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the introduction of the BlackBerry® Curve™, the smallest and lightest full QWERTY BlackBerry handset. AT&T will be the first wireless carrier in North America to offer the BlackBerry Curve in wireless retail and business channels beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 31.

Available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, the BlackBerry Curve can be used by AT&T customers within the broadest domestic and international coverage area for wireless data services of any U.S. carrier. The BlackBerry Curve measures just 4.2” x 2.4” x 0.6”, weighs approximately 3.9 oz. and builds on the proven and popular BlackBerry handset experience to offer innovative features and enhanced multimedia capabilities while maintaining exceptional battery life. The BlackBerry Curve is the first BlackBerry handset to offer a 2 megapixel camera and spell checker for e-mail. It gives AT&T customers the personal productivity and flexibility they want and keeps them connected to the important people and content in their lives with messaging, music and other capabilities.

Fashioned in a liquid silver finish with chrome highlights, smooth edges and soft curves, the BlackBerry Curve strikes a unique balance of features, usability and design. It combines the renowned BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities, premium phone features, comprehensive organizer and fast Internet browser with a new 2 megapixel camera with zoom, enhanced media player and new desktop media manager, microSD expandable memory slot and RIM’s intuitive trackball navigation system. The BlackBerry Curve from AT&T also includes AT&T Music™ subscription services, TeleNav® Maps™ to provide users with maps and driving directions and integrated Push to Talk (PTT) for enhanced communications.

You can read the full press release here