by John Moe // Posted: 09/10/10 12:14 PM
This is an under-the-radar story that seems to matter quite a bit. Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google says that the Android operating system as it currently stands is built more for phones than the robust needs of a tablet computer. Essentially, any tablet running Froyo (the latest Android version) would display and run like a huge phone. While newer versions of Android are in the works, there is also a slew of Android tablets being rushed to market to compete with the iPad. So when they get here will they all be as ugly as the director of mobile at Google says they will be?
by John Moe // Posted: 08/13/10 08:39 AM
If you can’t be bothered to push a button (or, let’s be honest, if you’re driving a car), Android phones can now work on Voice Action. Use a set number of vocal commands to tell your phone to make a call, send a text, or pull up a web page. As long as nothing goes wrong with voice recognition software, and nothing ever does, it should work great.
by John Moe // Posted: 08/11/10 09:21 AM
Motorola rolls out the Droid 2.
by John Moe // Posted: 08/03/10 11:35 AM
In a smart phone world where iPhone and Android are Lennon and McCartney, Blackberry is George Harrison, hanging in the background, the quiet one. (Obviously Palm is Ringo). But it’s been a big week for Blackberry and parent company RIM. First was the impending ban in the UAE, discussed yesterday.
Today, they unveiled the new touch screen Blackberry Torch that they hope will compete with John and Paul. They hope it’s the Blackberry Here Comes The Sun.
Blackberry is also in a curious position given new data released yesterday by Nielsen. Turns out more people are still carrying around Blackberries than either iPhones or Androids but about half of those customers want to move to John or Paul and leave George behind next chance they get.
The same report indicates that more new customers are getting Androids than iPhones.
Kin is Stuart Sutcliffe.
by John Moe // Posted: 07/30/10 12:14 PM
That’s not a typo. The LPad is a knockoff of the iPad made by the Chinese company TESO. Best of all, it can run on the “Andriod” operating system. Or it can work on “MeGoo” operating system (wonder if that’s anything like the MeeGo operating system). Now if I could just get it to run IToonz or NettFlicks, I’ll be all set.
Posted: 07/23/10 09:35 AM
If you don’t own a smart phone now, you probably will soon.
Here’s the picture from Wall Street: Nokia, which pretty much makes regular old cell phones, announced a 40 percent drop in revenues Thursday. On the same day, AT&T said they had a huge quarter with lots of new customers for the iPhone activated 3.2 million new iPhones last quarter. Meanwhile, research firm Strategy Analytics says smart phone shipments are up 43 percent worldwide.
Americans are ditching cell phones in favor of devices that can make calls AND check email AND update Facebook AND stream video AND you get the idea. In the process, we’re flooding the data networks these smart phones rely on. It’s lots of fun now, but is it sustainable? Can the networks do what we’re asking of them?
Also in this program, Foxconn says it will raise prices for the technology companies it works with. Foxconn builds popular products for Apple, HP, Dell, and others. We’ve been watching the situation with Foxconn for a while. Here are some links to past coverage:
Suicides in China (May 21)
More suicides at Foxconn (May 28)
by John Moe // Posted: 07/14/10 11:41 AM
Microsoft is getting ready to make a big push in mobile but it obviously isn’t going to have very many apps at the time of launch. Nowhere near Apple’s 225,000, nowhere near Android’s 65,000. So they’re paying people to play with them.
The company is providing financial incentives ranging from free tools and test handsets to funds for software development and marketing, said Todd Brix, a senior director at Microsoft who works with app developers. In some cases, Microsoft is providing revenue guarantees, and will make up the difference if apps don’t sell as well as expected, he said.
(via @jrothmanshore on Twitter)
by John Moe // Posted: 07/12/10 11:06 AM
Google rolls out a free software program called Google App Inventor for Android today that lets anyone create apps for the Android platform. It makes it so you don’t have to know code, there’s a graphic interface and you just put it all together. It’s a very interesting proposition because it can bring Android closer to being a universal platform that’s highly democratic as opposed to the more closed Apple store. But it might also mean a whole lot of crappy apps showing up in the Android app store. It’s worth noting, as Tech Crunch does, that we’ve been down this road before with web sites. Originally, you had to know HTML and how to code a site. Then platforms and programs were developed where you could build your own. Trouble was, those sites looked terrible and the popularity of those programs dimmed and now our creativity tends to be expressed within confines like Facebook fan pages.
by John Moe // Posted: 06/25/10 11:02 AM
Kill apps that is. The app store for the Android mobile platform identified two apps that it says violated the store’s terms of services. They were created by “a security researcher for research purposes” and misrepresented what the app was for, not delivering on what was promised. The apps did not pose a malware threat but still against store policy. So not only were the apps taken down from the store, they were remotely deleted on users’ phones. Android went on to peoples’ phones and removed them. Amazon caused some controversy last year when it removed illegal editions of (ironically) 1984 from Kindles. They later apologized but Android says this is just store policy. Make no mistake: we don’t own things any more, we just license them.
by John Moe // Posted: 05/24/10 11:03 AM
Zuckerberg announces impending changes at Facebook - Doesn’t apologize for making privacy settings so difficult. It’s really more of one of those, “I’m sorry you’re so sensitive” type of apologies.
Meanwhile there are alternatives (yes but are they Poke enabled?!)
Zynga Owns You. And Now Your Slurpee Too.
Android v. iPhone war - unlike a real Android War, this is good news for humans and we won’t be vaporized or forced to toil in silicon mines.
DARPA, like Santa but more proactive - Why do stories about crime prevention make me feel less secure?
iPad makes art - still incapable of smoking cigarettes
Genetic testing companies face investigation about whether their thing does anything.
Artificial Heart in a backpack! - powered by batteries!
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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- The Wikipedia entry on the Iraq War in 12 handy bound volumes
09/17/10 01:02 AM
- Free public domain classical music on the way
09/16/10 06:00 AM
- Microsoft and political repression in Russia
09/15/10 06:00 AM