Thursday, December 30, 2010
With WP7 already having an app store already rivaling HP's Web OS in terms of numbers of apps, is there room for Web OS in the market anymore?
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I don't understand why people today are so inconsiderate. By that, I am referring to the kid. And belligerent, by that, I am referring to the old man.
Simply put, we are in the cusp of new social norms especially with pervasiveness of social media and mobile communications into our lives. Ten years ago, worries about digital devices like laptops, tablets, and cell phones, let alone smartphones, was not thing that airlines needed to worry about much.
Regardless, hitting under any condition is not acceptable. Sure, the man could be old-school. He'd probably approve of this kid's parents giving him a good spanking. But these aren't the old days and, even so, I'm of the school that spanking or any other physical coercion to change behaviors just doesn't work.
Back to what proper behaviors out to be in this mobile revolution that we are now a part of, we need to understand that we are just at the beginning of what mobile is and what we can do. But there ought to be some decent ground rules.
In this case, if a flight crew, concerned for the safety of a flight, asks nicely to comply with airline regulations (sensible ones such as turning off digital equipment during take off and landing), it makes sense to comply.
But if there happens to be a passenger who doesn't want to listen, let the flight crew deal with it. They are professionals and trained just for this.
As mobile warriors, we do need to be aware of just what kind of impact our mobile activities are having on our immediate surrounding and society at large. Tread light and carefully is what I am saying.
Just know that we live in a society where ever little mishaps could mean regulations, regulations, regulations. Don't let me get into it about politicians...sheesh....
More at CNN.
Sold out is what happened. In fact, there was a special promotion on the iSpot for $20. Apparently, that was after I bought mine for $100.
Thanks to Dave the Mobile Warrior for clearing up this matter. So if you go happen to go onto Clearwire's website to look for the iSpot and the great $25 a month access to WiMax with no need to sign a contract, you're out of luck.
If I had an online chat with a Clear rep who said:
Due to the ongoing popularity of the iSpot device, we are currently out of stock indefinitely. At this time, we are uncertain when this device will be offered again. The iSpot is still available for in-hand retail purchases only until the physical inventory is depleted. If you provide me with your zip code, I can locate a store in your area where you can inquire about this device.
So there you have it. If you want one, your only option is to go a Clear retail store. I don't know if it'll still be $20 or $100.
Regardless, this is a fantastic deal if you own an iOS device. You can't beat any mobile access deal. Even with a smartphone, you're looking at $30 a month from Verizon. And if you want unlimited access, you can forget about going to ATT. T-Mobile has fast HSPA+ but it still costs more than $25 and it's limited to what device which you have an account for.
With the iSpot, it's a mifi that allows you to connect multiple iOS devices like the iPod touch, iPad, and the iPhone. Yeah, that is great if you have an iOS device. And if you don't, you are out of luck.
Even so, the Clear Spot at $55 isn't a bad deal if you think about it. In my previous post, I wrote about my experience using the iSpot and my iPod touch. With a Clear Spot, you can use it with any device. Beats paying $75 and up for a smartphone access and being locked in for two years.
Note: I am very excited about the iSpot for more importantly, I am excited about the prospect of this mobile future where wireless data is all that we need and that voice communication are a function of it, not something that we are forced to sign up for. It's why I support what Clear is offering. And the cheap $25 access helps too.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
But I think more and more, that's looking less likely to keep Nintendo in the game. Consider that fact that decaded gaming devices, consoles or handheld, live for 3-4 years at a time. In an era where the iPhone is updated annually and new Android devices released throughout a given year, Nintendo, or Sony's PSP for that matter, just cannot stay up with the trend.
It is increasingly looking like Sony will bite the bullet and merge PSP with its Xperia phone and call it Xperia Play. For Sony, there is a lot of risks but the rewards could be huge. How about Nintendo?
I see three options. I don't see Nintendo with the staying power to just push out dedicated mobile gaming devices.
- Get into the phone business. Apple did it and I'm sure Nintendo can find a Japanese phone maker who would be happy to help Nintendo with a DSphone. Is this likely? No but stranger things have happened. Perhaps Nokia would a willing partner.
- Get out of the hardware business completely. Do what Sega did after Saturn expired. Would you like to see Nintendo's starters and deep bench of libraries on the iPhone, Android, PC and Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3? I see a lot of dollar signs there. I don't see this happen unless Nintendo really cannot keep technically with the rest of the mobile market. But it is certainly enticing and I would love to see it happen as a gamer.
- Create a platform and license it to developers and hardware makers. For instance, HTC can license Nintendo's designs to put it on its own phone. So could Motorola, LG, Samsung, or anyone else who wants to let its users catch Pokemons to battle.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And this is how it went down.
I did not notice it at first as I was busy hacking away on my Macbook, trying to promise myself that I would finish my nanowrimo project. For those who know what it is, I know, I know, it's already December 22nd. But better late than never.
But I felt someone staring in my direction. I looked up and saw a father standing in line with her daughter for their drinks. When the little girl walked away from her dad so she can get a better look at desserts, in the father's hand was a tablet.
I noticed that he was staring at the iPad that was on my table. I stared back. What was that thing? It was no iPad because the size of the thing was much smaller. The man was able to hold it like a big-sized paperback. And it had a wider-screen than the iPad.
And I know there is no iPad mini. Steve Jobs said so. No 7" iPad!
The staring ended when it was the father and daughter's turn to order. But after they got their drink, they walked towards my direction. I made a point to burn the image of the device into my mind.
Then there was a bit more staring. And I noticed the 3G signal on the screen as he walked by.
After they had walked behind me and I could no longer see the device, I googled the Tab. Then a couple of the other more well known Android tablets. It was the Tab!
So what do I think? I can't say much about it since I did not get to play with it or have it lay next to my iPad. I don't think the man would have agreed to anyway. Believe me when I tell you that his stares were icy.
But I noticed that he would tap on the screen with one hand. Specifically, with one finger. I tried to imagine myself doing that on the iPad. Easily done. I probably would type on the on-screen keyboard than tap at the keys in landscape model.
Then I imagine trying to type on the 7" screen of the Tab. I could probably do it by using my index fingers just like I already do now on the iPad in portrait model. But whenever I try that, I quickly tire and go back to the landscape model.
That's all for now. Oh, and the man was mostly reading from it. I think it was through the browser and not an ebook reader app or another reading app.
Again, just reporting on what I saw. I really should go into a Best Buy or visit one of the carriers to check it out. Anyway, I just thought I share my first Tab sighting. I'm not saying whether the 7" screen is adequate or not or whether Samsung jumped the gun by using Android 2.2.
Over all, it was pretty cool to see someone else using a tablet that did not have the Apple logo on it.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
So when there was interesting conversations, I was pretty engaged. Two weeks ago, I met a new friend from a family acquaintance who works at Facebook. That was interesting. But when the conversation ended up being about politics in the old country, I got bored rather quickly.
I was tempted to pull out my iPod touch and play with my games. That was before I got my iSpot. Now, I am fully capable of surfing the Internet for intervals of four-hours (the life of the battery).
Still, more options for my mobile device does not make it okay to use during dinner and gatherings. So what is the proper etiquette?
Last Thursday, I went on a late dinner-and-snack run with some college and Internet friends. The last one of the year. There were ten of us. I was the only one with the iPod touch while everyone else had an iPhone. One other did not.
Everyone, except the one who had a regular LG flip phone, was constantly checking Yelp, checking into Places and Foursquare, and looking up the latest sports score. I guess in that setting, it was okay.
But dinner with aunts, uncles, and grandparents who you rarely see probably isn't the place to be seeing what your friends are doing on Facebook or what Twitter is feeding you.
So, we've got Christmas and New Year left. I'm guess Christmas will be spent with families while New Year with the iPhone crowd. Pick wisely. You only have to see some folks a few times a year and it might be wise to spend it, for better or worse, focused on them.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Apple announced the Mac app store will be available on January 6th, 2011. Imagine waking up to this this morning. Apple isn't known for making product or feature announcements without a major press event. However, we have known for quite some time that the app store was going to open up soon. But the question remains: is the Mac app store going to have as big an impact as the iOS app store?
Only time will tell but given some of the chatters, the MAS (Mac app store) will have quite a few restrictions. No demo. No in-app purchases. Kind of a bummer. But perhaps this is likely because we are merely in the infant stage of the store and Apple will incorporate new features once both developers and end-users have had time to work out the kinks and the bloggers have had their say. Isn't that what happened with the iOS app store?
And I have questions that I think most users will want answered:
- Will we need an iTunes account to use it or is the Apple ID enough?
- If it's only the Apple ID that is needed, I wonder what MobileMe features might be liberated for all and not just paying users?
- Is the North Carolina data center going to be used for the app store?
- Is Apple asking for 30% for the fee from developers when developers now can keep 100% of the revenues for themselves if they sell the app through other means?
Those are just a few questions that popped into my mind when I found out this morning about the MAS. Hopefully, more details will be unveiled throughout the day. Meanwhile, prepare for Apple to release another OS X update that will incorporate the Mac app store feature.
Despite some questions and the restrictions placed on the apps, I do look forward to this. I think Apple has another feature that Redmond is likely firing up their copiers to add to their next Windows update. And I also believe the Mac app store will be a benefit to both developers and users once everything has been worked out.
Consider the six to nine months of the app store to be a part of the beta period. Not even Apple can foresee everything despite their experiences with the iOS app store. Plus, Lion will be available in June. I think that will also impact the development of the Mac app store as well.
More at Apple.
Well, Christmas is almost upon up and the calendar is just an artificial timeline that repeats ever 12 months and 365 days. I remember for me, Christmas came last April when I lined up at the Apple store for my iPad. And for some, this will be the GM's Volt that is said to be arriving at dealerships. And I'm a believer that the Volt will usher in a new era of EV and fuel efficient vehicles in the coming decade.
The Prius and the Insight has done much to help gain attention in the media and the mind set of everyone who wanted fuel efficient cars and to reduce their carbon footprint. The arrival of the Volt will take that another step. Able to drive between 35-40 miles before burning any petro is something that most people will be interested in.
Furthermore, Volt is coming at a time of GM's rebirth after being bailed out by the government. Whether libertarians and conservatives find varying degrees of disgust at government intervention or not, the technology behind the Volt is going to change the dynamics of the auto industry as oil begins another march towards $100 a barrel.
Also imagine a future where individual homes are outfitted with solar panels that can power our cars as well. The Volt is the first step in that direction. Together with self-generating homes capable of generating homes, EV can also help out with the power grid during peak hours as well.
Personally, I can't be more excited about this. As far as game changers go, folks, you'll want to mark this day. The Volt is a big deal.
More at Green Prophet.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
And yeah, I am very happy with this mobile investment. In fact, I was able to get it up and running in less than 5 minutes of opening up the box the iSpot came in.
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