News, Opinions and Analysis, and Tips on Mobile Life - XO, iPhone, and other Mobile Devices
Friday, July 31, 2009
Projecting Power: Future GPS Will Draw Less Power
But humans are natural problem-solvers. CNet News is reporting that a new GPS platform will draw less power than the one in use today, thereby, indirectly extending battery use. Of course, if you're like me, you simply turn off GPS, or anything else for that matter, when you're not using it.
For the new GPS scheme, it will draw power in the 50-500 microamps where today's GPS chip draws power in the milliamps. For a few hours of use, it adds up.
Is this enough? Well, we won't know if there is going to be an observable difference in a day-to-day use but I think with faster and more efficient chips, OLED screens, wireless chips (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, radio, 3G or LTE) that also draw less and less power, perhaps all of these factors working together can extend battery life in terms we can measure.
Given what Apple was able to achieve in their Macbook Pro line by extending battery life by about 30%, I am hoping more efficient components and creative layouts of battery and the circuitry in the mobile devices and smartphones will be able to achieve the same measurable increase as well.
Sources: CNet News
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Amazon Sued For Stealing Books, And High School Kid's Homework
Now, Justin Gawronski, a high school student, is suing Amazon after they deleted his copy of 1984 by George Orwell. When they did that, notes he took were also erased. Gone. Nada.
For all the apology, I don't think Bezos can explain this away with an apology. I hope more folks go after Amazon for this infraction. It's is just wholly unacceptable.
The suit is asking for damages and to prevent Amazon from ever doing something like this ever again.
I honestly believed situations can be handled correctly but with Apple screw over developers, Amazon stealing and breaching privacies, there really is no recourse for the average consumer. Had Amazon explained what happened, I'm sure Kindle owners will understand.
Source: Onxo, Engadget
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wi-Fi Blanket: Will It Ever Happen?
Right now, I can down into a mall, an office park, or restaurant, and there are usually three to five access points. Unfortunately, not always accessible because they're protected by wireless security measures like WEP or WPA.
This week, BN in conjunction with ATT will allow free Wi-Fi access at its bookstores. And now, the New York Public Library will have a dedicated room with Wi-Fi access. There's already Wi-Fi access at my local libraries and some local coffee shops. Still, with my iPod Touch, I'd have to go from spot to spot in order to access the Internet.
I'm fine with that. However, it is 2009 and if I'm walking through the busy streets of New York or downtown Seattle or San Francisco, I think it's time we mobile warriors expect to find open Wi-Fi AP's pretty much anywhere that has a lot of foot traffic don't you think?
Whether you're walking on the Vegas strip or the streets of Westwood in Los Angeles where you get big throng of people, it makes sense for wireless providers and the local governments to allow patrons to access the Internet through Wi-Fi access points rather than cell towers where overloading can take place. It takes the load off the towers.
Remember last week, we talked about the solar flowers Toyota displayed as part of their Prius campaign? Okay, I doubt cities will go that far but in true, it makes a lot of sense to create a blanket of Wi-Fi access points in the business parts of the city, if not to increase productivity and convenience, how about driving traffic to the sake of the local businesses?
Maybe they'll want to chip in the cost of creating such a localized network?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
RIM Sells Soul To Verizon To Compete
I can't believe this to be the case. RIM shouldn't be in bed with Verizon or any other wireless carrier this way. RIM has its own app store, Blackberry App World, and, somehow, it sold its users to the leading wireless gatekeeper and for what?
I am not sure this is good for mobile users in the long run. Verizon Wireless talks a nice talk but so far their actions don't jive with their words. In the past, they spoke about having an open network but actual practice says otherwise.
Just so you know, VCast App Store will be the default app store on all smartphones sold by VW. Users will have to add other app stores on their own if they don't wish to use Verizon's. What does that say about VW's definition of "open"?
Didn't the federal government as well as others around the world sued Microsoft for using its position to push IE on computer makers and, thus, users? What exactly is VW doing differently?
You can bet that when the iPhone finally makes it onto the VW's LTE network, Apple will be operating its own app store. Otherwise, there you won't see the iPhone there.
And right now, Blackberries are all that VW has that's holding the line against ATT. Other than the fact that people don't like ATT. So RIM should have been in a stronger bargaining position.
VW said its app store promises greater visibility and traffic. No, duh. It'll be the only store allowed when the phone is sold to the user. VW said it wants to differentiate itself from other app stores. What's the point? It's the only store allowed unless the users figure out how to add other stores.
Oh, RIM, what are you doing to us?
Source: Yahoo News
BN To Offer Free Wi-Fi Access
GV App Rejected: ATT Flexes Muscle With Apple's App Store
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hybrids - Mobile Users Should Consider It
On top of that, in the world's first ever ship of its kind, The Auriga Leader will be carrying over the US those awesome Priuses. What makes it so unique is the vessel will generate 40kW of power with its 328 solar panels for ship uses, thus, reducing load on the engines. The effort is a $1.68 million solar system Toyota contracted for it's own use.
To top it off, these hybrid cars are made in a plant that has its own array of solar panels capable of supplying half of the plant's power needs.
Going for the triple play, the new Priuses will also have the option for solar roofs to help the car's cooling systems.
I like to think that Onxo readers are generally pretty green and thought you might appreciate knowing this. I think in an indirect manner, hybrids with solar panels is another push towards better and newer technologies that has the potential to help even mobile tech.
I like to be able to see those solar panels on hybrids also serve owners on other ways. Charging stations for mobile gears. Perhaps even allow for mobile wireless stations to allow Wi-Fi access at some point in the future. And with incremental advancements in battery technology and greater solar efficiency, it's possible for these hybrids to provide power to the engine since most of the time, the cars are sitting in parking lots or driveways.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The Financial Times: Apple's iTablet Out This Christmas
However, when the Financial Times bring it up, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, particularly, because of the specifics they have been able to provide.
The main thing is that FT.com says the iTablet (or whatever Apple wants to call it) will be out in time for the Christmas shopping season.
We'll see...and there are a lot of information that have been left out. Such as the hardware specs, wireless connectivity, size of the storage, which OS it will run, and, most important of all, battery life.
More at On Apple.
Friday Movie: Stargate Universe
Anyway, this is this week's clip. It's from the new SyFy series, Stargate Universe. For SG-1 and Atlantis fans, this is a far different and appears to be a darker take on the Stargate realm.
And for the most part, I'm loving it. Can't wait for its debut this fall!
When they cancelled SG-1, fine, it was a long series and needed to move along. When MGM and SyFy cancelled Atlantis, that was a wrong move. I'm hoping they make it up with Universe. And they'll have mobile gears. Not the types we use but much cooler.
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Biking For Mobile
Friday, July 24, 2009
Mobile Tip: Tweaking Browser Plug-Ins To Save On Battery Life
It's so obvious. You can turn off your browser plug-ins when you're running your laptop or netbook off the battery.
I only heard it tonight so I'll give it a go tomorrow and let you know if it makes any difference.
More at Onxo Tips.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Webapps And Switching Between Platforms
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
More Americans Use Wireless Internet Than Ever
Mobile Tip: Using Stopify (From Anywhere In the World)
- head over to this proxy site
- find a UK postal code. London's a good place. You use this site for it.
- copy and paste this url "https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/" once you're at the proxy site. Keep in mind that there are a lot of ads on that page. Given the service we're getting, it's not a big deal. Go ahead. Click on an ad or two.
- Once you're in, you it's a 30 seconds signup procedure. And that's where you need an UK postal code.
Lynx (Text-Based Browser) For Mobile Platforms
the information I want quickly. No nonsense. A lot of sites offer
mobile versions of themselves but they're still a minority. On my
Macbook, I have the option of using Lynx, an old old text-based
And at times, I go beyond just browsing for only information I want.
I just browse with it. Why? Because I simply see only the
information I want because it's all text. And every time I use it, it
brings me back to the old days of computing on the Apple II or DOS
before the days of graphic user interfaces like OS X and Windows.
Now, if only someone can develop an standalone app for a smartphone or
simply create a webapp and duplicate what the text-based browsing
experience Lynx provides, there will be thousands of not millions of
mobile warriors who will appreciate this.
Not to mention all those Unix and command-line devotees who will love it.
And yes, I would pay for it. I've bought a lot of games for the
iPhone and almost no non-game apps. This Lynx-like app I will buy and
I'm sure many others will as well.
So, if you want to get rich, go work on it now!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
What Is Going On With Pre Sales?
Will Google Ever Debut gPhone or gTablet? It'll Have To
BN Gets Back Into eBook Market; Kindle Can't Catch Break
- 700,000 books - world's largest ebook store - to reach 1MM shortly
- 700,000 public domain books from Google.
- Works on Macs, PCs, the iPhone platform, Windows Mobile, RIM smartphones
- Upgraded version of ereader software coming. Free books as well.
- BN app for the iPhone includes ability to buy products directly from BN.com
- Support for ePub e-book standard. This is most excellent.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Toyota Offers Solar-Powered Wi-Fi Access
Trying To End ATT (And Other Wireless Providers) Bashing
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Google: Webapps Is the Future
802.11g Still Ahead of 802.11n Until 2010
- Total Wi-Fi chipset revenue will pass $4 billion by 2012.
- Set-top boxes currently have the largest adoption of Wi-Fi in non-portable consumer electronics applications. By 2013, shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled TVs, however, will exceed shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled set-top boxes.
- Although there have been draft n/802.11n shipments in most markets for some time, we will see the first shipments of draft n/802.11n-enabled portable CE equipment in 2009. These shipments will be dominated by personal media players. Digital still/video cameras will make up the majority of the remaining of draft n/802.11n-enabled portable CE equipment shipments in 2009.
- In 2008, Wi-Fi chipsets in mobile handsets grew by more than 51%. By 2010, In-Stat anticipates that this category will consume in excess of 20% of total Wi-Fi chipset shipments.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Kindle No More!
Verizon Wireless' App Store Concerns
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Analyst: ATT Will Be Toast Without iPhone
Interesting Mobile News Today
- If you're playing around with it and using SMS because you want to get out of paying for it and maybe hope that you can get rid of your texting plan, you might notice you are getting two copies of SMS. If anyone figures out how to receive SMS without going through the regular mobile texting application, please let me know.
Longer Battery Life Or Double The Battery Life?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Verizon Will Allow Access To Its Own App Store
Bill Gates Was Right About Cell Phones Being
Okay, this is Bill Gates after all so I'm guess he has a glimpse into the future most of us don't and he probably knows what he was talking about. That was in January of 2006. Well, perhaps that day is almost here.
Perhaps eventually, it'll be a variant of an Android-based phone. Microsoft could give away Windows Mobile to Africa's children with a cheap but powerful mobile device. Might even be an iPod Touch. Or OLPC might be developing a Sugar based handheld with touch controls as you're reading this.
For some in Uganda, that is happening to a degree now. The Grameen Foundation has partnered with Google and a local telecom to allow users access to information via SMS queries.
Why SMS? Most of the phones there are still simple cell phones with SMS capability. We're not talking about smartphones yet. But work is being done to create apps that allow information to be shared with the mobile users in Uganda and perhaps elsewhere.
An user simply texts a query. It gets sent to a database where then a likely answer is then sent back to the user with the information being sought. Also, a "Failed-Over Center" will collect queries that yield no relevant information to be analyzed in order to provide better services in the future.
Source: CNet News
It's not the same as the OLPC or even what Bill Gates had envisioned but I'm sure we'll get there in Africa and other third world nations soon. Progress will not be denied and Onxo will continue to keep an eye on what OLPC and other programs are doing to bring mobile tech to the poor and the opportunities they generate.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Mobile Platform: Multi-Task Good But Cut, Copy, And Paste More Important
Friday, July 10, 2009
iPhone App Store Turns One And Creates Ecosystem
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Sprint To Give $5 Billion To Ericsson Over 7 Years To Run Network
Mobile Tip: Heat Is No Good For Your Mobile Devices
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Google's Chrome Attack On Operating Systems
- Android seems to have just started gaining a foothold among hardware developers as well as app creators. Won't this confuse things?
- Also, cost will be an issue.
- Internet connection. Cloud computing will have a bigger role in all this than even Chrome (the browser) and Gears. Is Google finally ready with a solution for ubiquitous wireless Internet access?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
MJ Memorial Streams - A Peak At Wireless' Future
But today's record breaking streams for a lot of onlines news sites like CNN and MSNBC shows just how much people are relying on the Internet for their news, social aspects of their lives, and entertainment. But more and more, people are more likely to use their wireless devices in the iPhone (using the Ustream app) to get live broadcasts.
In fact just this week, Al Jazeera released their own iPhone app. What's different from other news apps from the likes of NYT and Bloomberg is that the Al Jazeera app offers live stream to the English feed.
This brings up the subject of the inadequacy of wireless networks being able to support hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of simultaneous streams over the wireless Internet. That time will come sooner than anyone expect. What may possibly stave off that day is the continuing efforts of the wireless providers doing whatever they can to restrict and hinder use of wireless Internet as it should be to hide the fact that by maximizing profit, they failed to build the infrastructure to adequately serve its customers and burden the load.
Here are some statistics from the morning's memorial stream:
- 7 Million simultaneous streams by Akamai
- 9.7 million live streams by CNN (25 million streams for the Obama inauguration)
- 6,000 updates per minute from Facebook users
- CNN served almost 11 million unique users, MSNBC served 7 million unique users
- Ustream (also offers iPhone app) served up 4.6 million streams and recorded 12K messages per minute.
And these new mobile warriors will definitely be using their new mobile gears for more than making calls or texting.
More stats at NewTeeVee
Monday, July 6, 2009
Justice Department Is Looking At The Telecoms
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Mobility And Porn
There has been quite a bit of headlines lately on mobile and Apple blogs about app rejections that borderline on apps providing porn or outright porn material. I just don't get this. I don't get Apple rejecting porn apps and why people need to have porn on the mobile phones and devices.
So if anyone can explain it to me, please do. For that matter, I don't understand porn in hi-def either. That's another matter I suppose.
Suffice to say, this isn't an Apple specific issue but one for the whole market. I'm not for apps that provide porn in one matter or another but I am definitely against anyone trying to censor or lock out apps of these kind. Perhaps it is a first amendment matter but perhaps companies shouldn't fear porn appearing on their mobile platform. Whether they like it or not, porn is ubiquitous and folks can get it via the browser.
Would Apple be sued for this someday? Well, if not for the sake of the mobile warriors who want porn apps, at the very least, a lawsuit would get Apple to explain more about their app approval (or disapproval) process that doesn't make sense to some.
Note: I don't know of porn games for the PC, consoles, or handheld games in the US. I am sure there are in other countries. Suppose if people want to bring those games to the US and Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft were to attempt to block their releases, would that be a bigger issue than it is now with mobile apps?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I spend about half an hour a day walk to and back from work. Then I spend an average of another 30-40 minutes running or workout. I work in an office environment but whenever I get the chance to get away from my desk to walk to the coffeemaker, pick up faxes, or for any other reasons, I do it.
So, I spend a lot of my day moving around. What if there is a way to translate those movements into energy for mobile uses? And on weekends, I ride my bike quite a bit to go to the market or gym. That's a lot of energy expended that I am sure can power my iPod or G1 to provide a few extra hours of battery life.
I'm swinging my arms when I move. I'm not just talking about having something in the shoes that can translate the kinetic energy into stored electric power. Though that would be cool wouldn't it? We're a t the point where nanotechnology can be used to create clothes that can potentially allow movements and the energy created to be stored in some manner.
Here is a device similar to what I'm talking about. The Dyson Energy Bracelet that takes into account the temperature differentials to produce electricity. If just a few degrees in temperature can produce electricity, imagine what a day's collective movements of 4-5 hours can produce.
As you probably know, there are jackets with flexible solar panels on same for years now. I can say from the looks, wearing a solar panel on your back will get you attention but not the type one would hope if you know what I mean. But if a jacket, pants, or shirt can be lined to translate the kinetic movements of your body and heat into electricity, it can be quite a useful tool.
For a mobile warrior like myself who works in an office. Law enforcement. The Fedex and UPS drivers. There are dozens of professions where constant movements is a part of the job. I imagine there could be a few of these folks who probably would like the extra power their muscles can provide their mobile devices.
If you know of such devices or research, please let us know and we can keep an eye its developments. Increasingly, more and more tasks will depend on mobile Internet. And since longer battery life for smartphones and mobile devices comes not from advancements in battery technologies but rely on more and more efficient electronics, "kinetic wears" such as the ones I'm talking about here can provide the wearer greater efficiency, or at the very least, not having to worry about their devices running out of battery.
The Dyson device (to be available in 2012) makers state a few hours of wearing it will change a mobile device and provide a few extra minutes of talk time for a cell phone that can be charged through a micro-USB. Suppose if they made it so that it can attach to the wearer's belt and be powered through his or her body, perhaps more power can be created than through temperature differences.
More on Dyson Bracelet.
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