BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
iPhone Ad Market Share Surges To 40 Percent
According to mobile advertising company AdMob, the iPhone's world-wide smartphone market share has reached 40% in just over two years. Meanwhile, competitors Nokia and RIM lost ground.
MotionX Offers $3 GPS App For iPhone
The iPhone this week got a new entry in the fast-moving category of GPS software: MotionX-GPS Drive is by far the least expensive of the half-dozen alternatives, with a "holy cow!" low price of $2.99, with an annual subscription of $25. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than any of the alternatives.
BlackBerry Round-Up: TiVo And Mac Support Arrive
Today two interesting bits of information concerning BlackBerries became public. First up, TiVo has launched a new, free DVR-scheduling app for BlackBerries, and second, RIM has said BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macs will be available Friday, October 2.
The Perils Of Relying On The Cloud
I rely more on the cloud as each day passes. GMail is my preferred email interface. Evernote houses most of my notes and web clippings. MyPhone keeps critical data backed up on my Windows Mobile phone. The cloud is awesome when it works, but when it is down, you may be temporarily cut off from your data. In the case of some Palm Pre users, when the cloud went down, it wiped their Pre's memory causing data loss.
The Verizon Hub Bites The Dust
Hi, my name is Eric, and I bought the Verizon Hub. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses and thought it would be really cool to have an Internet tablet in my kitchen. Turns out, I was wrong.
Oracle Fined $10,000 For Anti-IBM Ads
The Transaction Processing Council levied a rare, $10,000 fine against Oracle for comparing an existing TPC result with one it plans to report in the future.
FileMaker Beefs Up Bento
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
Motorola Cliq Will Cost $200
T-Mobile and Motorola said Tuesday the Android-powered smartphone would be available Nov. 2 for about $200 with a new two-year contract. I played with the Cliq when it was introduced earlier this month and liked it, but I think the companies may have shot themselves in the foot with the pricing.
Do Phones Really Need A Mobile High-Def Connector Port?
Some of the world's largest phone companies -- including the likes of Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson -- have banded together and formed the Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group. The group's plan is to create a new, standardized port for mobile phones that can feed high-definition video and audio signals to HDTVs. Is this really necessary?
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
CNN's iPhone App Lets Everyone Be A Reporter
Today CNN took its commitment to mobile news a bit further by releasing a dedicated application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. For the news junkie, consider this new app to be your constantly available source for a fix. There's increased opportunities for the budding iReporter, too.
Dvorak Users Dislike Qwerty Keyboard Dominance In Phones
Fans of the Dvorak keyboard layout sing praises of how much faster you can type than you can with a traditional Qwerty keyboard, so named because of the order of the first six letters on the upper row. With a PC, it is pretty simple - you just need to plug in a Dvorak keyboard and you are ready to go. With a phone though, you really don't have that option, at least with a physical keyboard.
FCC Seeks Comment On Spectrum Needs
As more consumers use devices like the iPhone for mobile Internet services, the FCC is asking if there is enough licensed spectrum to handle it in the future.
webOS 1.2 Officially Being Pushed To Palm Pre Starting Today
News of webOS 1.2's impending arrival has been floating about the Interwebs for weeks now. Today, it's official. Palm announced that webOS 1.2 is available for the Palm Pre. There are improvements a-plenty. Check to see the changelog after the jump.
Free Visual Voicemail For BlackBerries Available Via HulloMail
HulloMail first launched in the U.S. in July on the Android platform. Now, Hullomail is going after hardcore enterprise customers with a BlackBerry-compatible version of its free visual voicemail service. With Android and BlackBerry conquered, its next target is the iPhone.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
AT&T 'Pleased' With MMS Roll-Out. Customers? Not So Much
Several weeks ago AT&T posted a video explaining that it wanted to be able to offer its iPhone customers the best possible experience once MMS (multi-media messaging service) was activated for the iPhone. According to the user complaints plastered all over AT&T's Facebook page, MMS was barely functional over its first weekend of availability. Is non-working service part of "the best possible experience"?
Apple: 2 Billion Apps Served And Counting
Another milestone for Apple and its iPhone Apps Store: Two billion applications have been downloaded from the Apps store by iPhone and iPod Touch users. Oh, and Apple was sure to make us aware that there are now 85,000 applications available.
Palm Pre Free In The UK With Contract
The Palm Pre will hit the European market on October 16 and when it arrives in England, it will be free with a two year contract. This compares to $249.99 in the US, or $149.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. What gives? Why is the entry fee in the UK lower than in the US, or perhaps more importantly, why doesn't the Pre command a bit more respect in the UK?
AT&T Gives iPhone MMS Support
The carrier took its time rolling out the iPhone's multimedia messaging service capabilities in order to ensure its network could handle the traffic.
Motorola Taps Nero For Android Syncing
The Motorola Cliq is going to be a highly-sought device when it's released later this year, but we haven't heard about how users will manage and sync their multimedia files. Motorola said Friday it has tapped Nero to craft its desktop media software, and, from what I've seen, it looks pretty good.
BlackBerry Maker Pushes For Mainstream
More than 80% of Research In Motion's new customers last quarter were non-enterprise users who chose Blackberry smartphones over Apple, Palm, and others.
iPhones Can Now Send MMS Messages
It's official: The iPhone can (finally, at long last, thankfully) perform a task that many other phones have been able to do since 2002. It can now send and receive multi-media messages. Here's a quick look at how it works.
Verizon May Pass On Palm Pre
The move -- which at least one analyst questions -- would hobble Palm's plans to get back to the top of the smartphone market.
Is Palm In Trouble If Verizon Passes On Pre?
Late yesterday, a rumor suggested that Verizon Wireless had decided not to sell the Palm Pre smartphone. Neither Palm nor Verizon has commented on the story officially. If it's true, though, what future awaits Palm?
Ballmer: We Screwed Up With Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile 7 has been rumored for at least two and a half years and back then, everyone thought it would be ready to go by late 2008 or early 2009. Now it is looking more like mid-late 2010 and no one is happy about that, including Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO.
Technology To Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer
We've all heard of laptop or phone batteries catching fire, or have even seen video of a battery igniting. Dell, Sony, Samsung and others have all issued battery recalls in recent years to take batteries out of circulation that were more prone to catching fire. It is not something you want going on in your pocket where you have your cell phone or on the tray next to you in an airplane. A Taiwanese researcher claims to have a new material t