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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Green: Spark, Mobile Solar Charger For Your Mobile Needs - One Step Closer To Self-Sustainability
Mobile Users Benefit If HP Licenses Web OS; Android And Windows Phone Could Take Big Hit
HP Touchpad: Consensus Reviews In, Full of Potentials Just Like Xoom And Playbook
Google Plus Success Depends On Privacy
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Surviving on 200MB of Wireless Data A Month? How?!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Ending Wireless Plans Propelled Me To Buy the iPhone 4 With Possible Upgrade Just Around the Corner
Monday, June 27, 2011
Pixar's Brave: $2 Billion At The Box Office Next Year
Still, it was no Toy Story 3. However, this new trailer for Pixar's upcoming blockbuster movie, Brave, that was previously shown on Cars 2 3D viewings, will put Pixar back on the path of breaking new grounds again.
It'll not only be Pixar's first fairy tale movie (recently Disney ventures into this realm has been dismal and Pixar is going to show them just how to get it right again), Pixar will go back to tell a new original story.
So, I'm going to call it. Pixar's "Brave" will bring in $2 Billion at the box office worldwide next year.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Albeit Slower, T-Mobile Only Option For Unlimited Wireless Access For iPad
With the GSM 3G iPad model, I am limited to AT&T in the United States. There is T-Mobile but a couple of things prevent most users from using their iOS devices with T-Mobile. Most users. I like to consider myself as more adventurous when it comes to my mobile needs.
See, the issue facing T-Mobile users from is that the 3G network and the iOS devices are not compatible. Hence, you're limited to EDGE speed even if you are able to get it work. Secondly, Apple has switched over to using micro sim cards. And those micro sim cards are not provided by T-Mobile.
So even if you're willing to go with the slower wireless speed, the sim card issue remains an obstacle. However, if you're willing to take the EDGE speed, you'll need to figure out a way to get your regular sim card into the micro lot.
So I went ahead and made the cuts. There are plenty of examples online on how to do this well. I read a couple and watched a few videos.
When it came time to do it, I ruined a couple of sim cards. I simply don't have the skills with razor blades. Instead, I figured out an easier way. Trust me.
A very pair of scissors. Yup. That's it. Cut around the metal part. Cut away the edges. Thats the easy part. Then there is some trimming the sim card into the smaller slot.
Make sure you it in the right direction. It didn't work the first time. I had thought I ruined another sim card. I took it out of the iPad and switched it around.
Whoola! Unlimited EDGE access.
-- Post From My iPad
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Disruptive iPad Changing How We Watch Video Again; Putting Cable Companies In Hot Water
After Time Warner was sued and eventually settled over its iPad app that allowed subscribers to stream services they order, Cablevision is being targeted by Viacom for virtually the same reason.
This is pretty impressive considering that the tablet market did not exist 14 months ago. And today, the iPad IS the tablet market. After all, the iPad accounts for about 90% of the world's tablet traffic and 97% of the US market.
It's likely we are seeing the beginning of a turmoil in the video subscription industry, namely cable and satellite. Don't be surprised if these apps are the precursors to video-only services for live TV.
$99 Tablet (Yup, That's It)
90% of Enterprise Hacked; Will Get Worse With Mobile
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Hulu Got Offered For Sale - Not Google. So Who?!
Israel Asks Apple To Remove App That Might Foster Violence And Hate
Versus: A New Series To Look At Present And Future of The Major Mobile Platforms And their Viablity
regardless of their sizes today and how they can survive through
tomorrow and even thrive.
I started thinking about this last night while listening to various
podcasts during my run yesterday. I think it's critical that we
examine where things are without getting too caught up in the various
fanboyism and take a good look at how things can turn out.
The iPhone 4 death grip was an issue but to this day, I cannot say for
sure if it was such a big deal. While Apple probably got a B- for how
it handled it, things could have turned out even worse for Cupertino.
Today, everyone is piling into RIM and its aging OS that runs on the
Blackberry. As far as I'm concerned, the Blackberry OS reminds me of
Mac OS 8 and 9 which was a patchwork that Apple desperately tried to
push out to compete with the better and faster Windows 95, 98, and
XP. Still, Apple prevailed and I like to see what are the chances
that RIM can rise like a Phoenix and remain a relevant mobile company
Also, Android with its never-seen-before growth has come to dominate
the mobile market. However, it's no secret that it is plagued by
malware as well as fragmentation.
And today, an analyst even believe that the release of iPhone 5 that
is like to be on multiple carriers including Verizon and Sprint could
not only further stem Android's share of thr market but begin to erode
its dominace in the US.
It'll be a fun look at the future. Maybe there will br a dark horse in
this fast evolving mobile war that comes out of nowhere and blindsided
even Steve Jobs.
Green: Another White House Green Fail
Monday, June 20, 2011
WiFi Based Charging
RIM Forcing Faulty Blackberries On Carriers And Users
Apparently, RIM has been putting a lot of pressures on carriers to release unfinished products and sell them through to end-users. Given the state of the Blackberry market and last week’s low than expected earnings and light forecast, I am not surprised.
In the past, Blackberry GOGO deals from Verizon have helped sustained growth but apparently with increased Android competition on VWZ and the addition of iPhone 4 this spring, even such deals have not helped RIM.
Source: BGR. http://www.bgr.com/2011/06/20/rim-is-black-burying-carriers-with-half-baked-blackberrys/
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Next Gen Mobile Chips: Quad-Core Or Supercharged GPU? What's Best For Battery Life
Friday, June 17, 2011
Friday Movie Clip: Vancouver Riots, Animated
They rioted. But that was only when the Lakers won. When the lackluster Lakers lost in the semi-conference finals to the Mavs a few weeks ago, we cried and cursed and promised to be better next year. But no riots.
See, no need to riot when you lose. You're not supposed to. So, when your Canucks lost, what was the riot for? If anyone had the rights to riot, it was the Boston Bruins fans.
Anyway, your naughtiness was capture in this animated recreation by the folks who brought us the Tiger Woods episode, cartoon-style. If that was your goal all along, you've succeeded. Well done...you're now forever immortalized by the Taiwanese, right up there with Tiger Woods .
Have a great weekend.
RIM Buyout Scenario and Questions
- Who's more likely to pull the trigger?
- How would it change the landscape?
- And is Apple really not as likely to be a RIM suitor?
Ani-Virus Maker Wants An Open Insecured iOS So They Can Sell Anti-Virus Apps
RIM: Making Money Still, Worry Is That It'll Stop With Increasing Competition
Apple Escalates Copycat Lawsuit Against Samsung; Sammy Needs To Also Watch Its Six For Nokia
Green: Solar Power to Drop to $1 Per Watt By Next Year
Green: 2012 And What A Moderate Or Conservative In The White House Means
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Unlocked GSM iPhones Show Why T-Mobile Sale to AT&T Should Not Go Through
Despite AT&T saying that T-Mobile is good for competition, I just don't see it. I'm not sure AT&T even tries to justify or explain that statement. But if there is one example right now that shows we should be against this merger is the unlocked iPhone.
If you go out there and buy the unlocked iPhone, you can use it only with AT&T. With a bit of an effort, you can get it work with T-Mobile by trimming your
However, you cannot enjoy the HPSA+ network that T-Mobile is calling 4G which theoretically is faster than AT&T"s on "4G" network. While AT&T is at 7.2Mbps, T-Mobile is moving towards 42Mbps. Having said that, if you manage to get it working with T-Mobile, you are stuck on
Now, here's the part you're waiting for. Even if you decided against signing up for a two-year commitment with AT&T and get the unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple, AT&T does not offer a lower and comparable voice and data plan. AT&T reminds us that their high rates are because of the subsidies they pay Apple so that post-paid users won't have to pay for the $650 or $750 upfront for the 16 GB or 32 GB respectively.
By that reasoning, shouldn't AT&T offer a plan that costs less because an unlocked iPhone paid for it in full?
The answer is no. Which really puts the high costs AT&T charges users unnecessarily higher. And that's okay. That's just business.
With an independent T-Mobile as it is now, a future iPhone that supports its HSPA+ network puts it in direct competition with AT&T. And traditionally, T-Mobile offers better rates than either AT&T or Verizon. In fact, T-Mobile does have better pre-paid deals than AT&T.
A lot of us think that Apple is about to release an iPhone for T-Mobile this year. I think once that happens, we'll see a lot of defections from AT&T to T-Mobile. And you know what? When that happens, I can't see how AT&T can explain why eliminating T-Mobile is a good deal for the average mobile warrior.
What going to be the kicker is that if the number of iPhone users defecting from AT&T to T-Mobile is such a huge number that AT&T's immediate bottom-line is affected and is forced to provide better deals to stem the loss of subscribers, it will really put a galactic size hole in AT&T's arguments, whatever they are, that the merger is good for competition.
Jailbreaking Has Been Important To Android and Even More so For iPhone
Android isn't open. Let's put that issue to bed. What is awesome about Android is that programmers have access to the various builds that allow the community to build on top of it or, in some instances, stripping away skins that are for the most part, unwanted and give users something to rail about on their blogs or in forums.
Once stripped, the native OS became more useful, faster, and took up smaller amounts of foot print. Take my G1, it's running a customized Android 2.2. This is a device that was left for dead by Google and T-Mobile. This is the maiden device that introduced the world to all that is cool and great about Android.
And jailbreaking or rooting isn't just Android. iPhone unlocking and jailbreaking is fast becoming an American geek past-time and, for a while, turned into a must-see cat-and-mouse game between Apple and a few determined hackers that are determined to pry open the walled garden.
And though Apple would never admit it, I think more than a few at Apple are happy that the home team lost. This is especially evident in the iOS 5 where a couple of keep features like notifications came through as a JB feature.
And then take WhiteD00r. Those are zeros, no "o". After Apple has abandoned the iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G, this group of hardworking folks has found a way to give these older but still awesome iPhones new life – multitasking and folders quickly comes to mind but with also many missing features enjoyed by only by the latest and greatest, the iPhone 4.
If I'm Apple, I would hire this group of programmers in a heart beat.
So as much as the carriers and device makers want to pretend these under-the-radar don't exist, they cannot ignore the impact that they have had on their mobile platforms. And, I cannot wait until Honeycomb and iOS 5 gets their turn.
Twitter’s New Features – Where Are They?
Since Twitter got started and became popular, there really has not been a lot of changes or additions that gives new users reasons to be more engaged on it or something that the media has gotten so "wowed" that it brought in new users in drove. There has not been a novel use of Twitter I've heard about in a lot time.
Should Twitter start to offer more services that allow users to connect more to followers and people they follow?
Recently, we find out that Twitter will beginning to offer a photo service. Rather than call that a new feature, I term it "a necessary encroachment" into already established services. And being added to iOS 5 is a boom for the microblog, it isn't the same as innovation by any stretch of the imagination.
I think in the next year or so, it could be critical for Twitter to out new features that will allow seasoned users like myself to continue to tweet and tweet more often.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
EA To Open Retail Store - What They Should Do For Mobile
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Shadow Inernet - For Those Who Want A Revolution (Or Break Through The Great Firewall of China)
Starbucks Mobile Card Coming To Android In July - Feel Safe Using It?
Did Apple Lose To Nokia On Purpose So More Lawsuits Can Be Launched Against Android Foes?
Facebook's Growth, One Way Or Another, Is Slowing And Could Shrink Due To Arrogance
HTC Programmers Failed Where Fans/Hackers Succeed
What's more crazy is that the open source community made of Android fans, in particular the programmers, are able to eek out Android versions time and time again after companies like
One factor in play is that they all want us to buy new handsets. Theoretically, we are buying every two years because of the two-year contract that comes with every subsidized Android handset. This is the same for iPhones and Blackberries.
The second factor here is the insane skins that they levied on top of the native Android OS to suit their business needs. A lot of us are just fine with running things on widgets but they seem to think that they can do better. Sometimes they do, however, most of the time, they don't. The case here with the Desire is memory issues. I'm certain if they take out the Sense skin, all of that memory problem will go away.
I'm not a bit lawsuit person but I think this is a case for that a class-action suit is required. If carriers and handset makers require us to sign up for two-year commitments, they should be required to update softwares and apps for the duration of that contact. If they can't keep their words, well, we should be allowed to end the contract and move on.
This is not an Android thing. This is an issue for all mobile warriors to be aware of and be concerned about, regardless of the phone you use or are a fan of.
More at Android Community.
Everyone is asking why...just because they can now? After all, we are so close to Apple releasing their next iPhone update.
Here's my theory Right about now is when Apple usually introduces new iPhones. So perhaps their contract with AT&T is up. That's the reason.
Apple's multi-year deal with AT&T was probably more complicated than just giving Ma Bell the right to BR the exclusive iPhone carrier until Verizon started selling the CDMA version earlier this year.
Once June rolled around, it freed Apple to start selling unlocked iPhones in the US. Now, we have to see what happens when the new iPhones are on the market. Will Apple continue to offer the new updated iPhone unlocked or is there a deal in place with AT&T to lock them down for a period of time?
By the way, it appears that Apple is only selling this through their online store so far and maybe even through the Apple stores but not through other retail outlets. So I think the chances of AT&T offering a lower mobile plan for unsubsidized unlocked iPhone users isn't likely to happen. Figures.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod touch
Monday, June 13, 2011
3DS Just Hit One Million Units Sold - What Are the Prospects of Mario Going Android Like Sony?
A More Down To Earth Assessment of iCloud And What It Means for iPhone And iPod Users
iCloud: Don't Get Too Excited Until We See It In Action
Potential Unlocked iPhone Could Spark Another Mobile Trend
And with phones continued to be carrier locked, it is possible that Apple's unlocked iPhone in the US could spark a rash of other mobile devices being sold unlocked.
I know that iPhones have been sold unlocked in other parts of the world for years but the US market is one of the biggest and most influential mobile market.
Suck unlocking could mean greater access to the latest and greatest mobile devices for users across markets. Right now, Apple and others stagger launches in different markets.
Take the iPad launch as an example. US users got it first but the reseller market is where the action's at whether we like it or not. And if Apple begin selling the next iPhone unlocked, totally expect a huge rush of demand for it from Asia where the markets typically trail US launches anywhere from 3 to 12 months.
And this could solve some demand problems. Take the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4 where hordes of resellers pushed out legitimate buyers. There was even word of a fight between a loyal Apple employee and unruly squatters. Maybe such problems can be solved buy unlocked iPhones.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod touch
As Facebook Gets Set To Go Public, It Loses Six Million Users In US
Facebook right now is its own worst enemy.
And yes, I know that it is still closing in on 700 million users but the US market is where it'll count. And this presents a great opportunity for others.
Others such as pre-startup like Altly.com that is trying to set itself up as an alternative to Facebook that gives users much more control over their privacy.
And recent shenanigans like forcing users to opt-out of facial recognitions and changing privacy policies in the dead of nights are just going to further alienate users.
So potential investors beware. Facebook is more likely to self-destruct with Zuckerberg taking all your money and privacy and walk away laughing.
More at Inside Facebook.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod touch
Sunday, June 12, 2011
iPod Touch Battery Life: 75 Min Skype Video Call; Apple Should Find A Way To Make Battery Life Even Better for 2012 Version
I spent all morning talking to an online friend on the other side of the world on Skype since about 7am this morning. It was a Skype video chat lasted about 75 minutes which forty minutes in got disconnected but I quickly dialed back. As you know by now, I'm obsessed with battery life. How power did this call chew up? 40%? 50%?
At the start of the call, I had read a little bit on iBooks and made a few queries about today's weather and the movie times for Super 8 on Siri. In all, I had been using the iPod touch for about 30 minutes before making the Skype calls.
In all, the call took about 33% of battery life.
Is that good? Well, it's better than I expected. At the end of the call, I expected to see the battery indicator closer to midpoint of the icon than the two-third point by my estimation.
The reason I am sharing this is because I do have a full day until 5PM PST when Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals start. Until I can safely get home with the iPod touch plugged into a socket, I reckon it should hold me over through the rest of the morning and the afternoon where two hours of time, I'll be watching Super 8.
My iPod touch is the fourth generation model. This is by far the fastest and most powerful non-phone mobile device on the market, Apple really has not done much to improve its battery life. Given its thin form factor, Apple has done a great job even squeezing out the battery life out of the touch. Impressed as I am, I cannot help but think that had Apple given the touch an extra millimeter or two, adding an extra half ounce to its weight, it might give us an extra fifteen to twenty percent more battery life.
On Apple website, the iPod touch is rated at 40 hours of music playback and 7 hours of video. The iPhone 4 has the same 40 hours of music playback and is capable of playing 10 hours of video on one charge. Apple also states the iPhone 4 can provide up to 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi. Though no information is provide regarding the touch's battery life under Internet use, we can safely that it is nowhere near 10 hours. I would say that it is 7 hours at best.
On top of that, I normally do not sit there in silence. Even now, I am listening to a podcast and before, that, I was streaming Science Friday from NPR. With such an use combination, it's likely I will would have likely achieve closer to 5 to 6 hours of battery life.
I consider this decent for a device this small and light. For a non-phone device, I think nothing comes close to what Apple has achieved with the iPod touch. However, I hope Apple seriously bump up the battery life on the next touch update. We are increasingly relying upon our mobile devices and smartphones for our daily computing and social needs.
Be it Apple, Samsung, or Google, these tech companies need to realize that our mobile habits have changed greatly even from a year ago. What constitutes heavy versus moderate use has to change.
Note: Even though iPhone's 6 hours of Internet use over 3G is pretty good, I would like to see Apple really bump that up to 10 hours somehow.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
iMessage Versus Everyone Else; Developers Has To Evolve Or Become A Wiki Has-Been
iMessage is already being herald as a winner. In the past couple of weeks, I have tried a few multi-platform messaging apps that served well enough. However, as with anything Apple, they can encroach at any moment into an field or function, that apps served, not previously available in its OS.
Developers of Whatsapp, Kik, KakaoTalk, and probably a couple of dozens others face a difficult choice this fall. Innovate or attempt to survive on other mobile platforms and leave iOS mostly to iMessage.
Like I've mentioned before regarding iCloud's impact on other cloud storage solutions, incumbents like Dropbox can see a silver lining in this. Apple competition does not necessarily mean the end of the world. There are positive examples of how Apple helped competitors.
- Just like the iPhone brought a lot of attention to smartphones.
- iTunes made it okay to download music.
- iOS-based Apple TV has been great business for Roku.
- iPad has developed a whole new mobile computing market that Microsoft previously failed to ignite on fire. While sales of non-iPad competitors haven't caught on, it is only a matter of time before Android, Web OS, Playbook, and even Windows 8 begin to serve as strong alternatives to Apple's tablet offerings.
I am sure there are a couple of other examples. I reckon iMessage will force many innovate. And innovate goes both ways, doesn't it? Apple has a history of developing a great app only to allow it to languish. Sometimes, they come up with an incredible update such as Final Cut or allow it to due a quiet death (I am beginning to think iWeb and Ping will go down the latter path).
What of Blackberry Messaging, BBM? Word on the blog street is that RIM will release an app for both Android and iOS. And WSJ reports that Google is working on their own multi-platform messaging app or reinventing gTalk to compete.
So, I think messaging platforms will benefit from the attention that iMessage is going to bring. Instant messaging could also get a second wind as a result.
Everyone wins right? Wrong. iMessage, BBM, Google's offering, and the other messaging apps as a whole will put a big dent into the SMS growth - a cash cow for the wireless cartels across the world.
I don't have to tell you just what a rip-off SMS is. And I am safely in the majority as far as this opinion goes. While analysts do not see a sudden torrential shift in the messaging market, I think they are wrong. Dead wrong.
I predict a huge drop in the next 12-18 months as the revenue from texting takes a big hit. Just like the app developers threatened by iMessage, the wireless industry across the world will need to change. Somehow, I don't see that happening. Maybe a few can move and innovate quickly enough but most will wake up one day and wonder just where their steady and reliable billions in SMS profit went.
iMessage is both good for the wireless industry and great for mobile warriors regardless of whatever mobile platform your smartphone runs on.
Twitter Versus Weibo
Friday, June 10, 2011
Microsoft Innovates And Here's Proof
Skeptical? Sure, who wouldn't be. But watching this Windows 8 video from Microsoft. Who says Microsoft does not innovate anymore?
Oh, and this is this week's Friday video clip. Have a great weekend!
Interesting Read On Twitter Integration with iOS - What It Also Means For Social Networking
Thursday, June 9, 2011
iCloud: What Does It Mean For Storage Solutions? Probably Good Things
One Billion Smartphones By 2015 - WP To Take Second Place
Mobile At A Food Fair - iPhones And iPads Could have Helped Us Do Better Business
Like It Or Not, China Makes Green Moves That'll Never Happen Here
Apple Should Prepare to Leave China (There Is Still Time To Execute Such A Plan)
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