Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Interesting Mobile News Today

I read up a lot on mobile news, blogs, and other bits of information. So, whenever possible, I'll just share with you what I think is interesting.

Kindle plastic cracks and now Amazon is being used. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. It's a $5M suit. Well, it's actually a protective case that caused Kindle to crack.

Apparently, Microsoft will be opening up more retail stores. And when possible, they'll be next door to Apple stores. Well, not quite next door. They're not that stupid. But close. I guess they're taking that ad campaign one step further and really make people compare and shot. Guess Best Buy is going to be on the way out in those commercials. Frankly, I'm looking forward to it. Competition is always for us mobile warriors. This is going to be interesting to watch.

Apple released a new version of their iTunes application. Always good for iPod And iPhone users. Not so good for Pre owners as they'll soon discover that their Pre won't sync with their iTunes library. A lot of hay will be made of this from both the Palm and Apple camps. I remember a time when Apple folks were like "Jobs should buy Palm". Regardless, did anyone really expect Apple not to do something about Pre-iTunes hookup? And how many Pre folks really care anyway?

Also, Google released Google Voice (GV) for Android which can be picked up through Android Marketplace. There is also a Blackberry version on Google's website. I got to spend some time on it with Dave the Mobile Warrior who will be testing out the BB version. There is no iPhone version though. HAHA (a la Nelson from Simpsons)!!! Given how ATT is, it'll likely be all crippled and not worth downloading. For those of us who are new to Google Voice and have questions or want help, here is Google's support page for all things GV related.
  • 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.

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