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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in January 2011
It was inevitable that this time would come. Mobile phones have long since surpassed PC purchases but 2011 will be the first year that internet connected devices, not merely dumb phones, will surpass sales of full sized computers.
Microsoft's history has involved a bit of heavy-handedness against those that have tried to hack or jailbreak their systems. That seems to be changing with Windows Phone 7 and the Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360.
A lot of sites, this one included, have been reporting since November that Microsoft was planning to release a big update for its new platform, including the much anticipated copy and paste feature. It is pretty obvious as this point that January will come and go with nary an update in sight.
Not since Moses famously said "Let my people go" has there been such pent up demand of users wanting to give up their cellular overlords as there is today. Verizon is doing everything it can to make it as easy as possible for AT&T iPhone users to switch to the big red Z.
The fruits of HP's acquisition of Palm are starting to show up. The HP Topaz tablet has been spotted and not surprisingly, the name "Palm" is nowhere to be seen.
Today if you want to remove the back of your iPhone you need a simple Phillips head screw driver found in any hardware store, or most kitchen drawers for that matter. Soon though that won't be an option. Apple has devised a proprietary screw head that will be very difficult to remove with out a specialized tool.
If you have service with either AT&T or Sprint, you might want to keep an eye on your bill, or at the very least, be very careful before making any changes that could garner some new charges for you.
Reports have been mounting that some Windows Phone 7 users were seeing really high data usage rates even when they weren't using their phones. Microsoft appears to have found the problem, at least the one that affecting the most people.
Microsoft still hasn't released any substantive sales data on Windows Phone 7, but we do have a few hints of its performance. LG has come forth saying that it has performed less than expected.
The biggest threat to Windows Phone 7 may not be Android, iOS or any other smartphone platform. Instead, it may come, indirectly at least, from Microsoft. With ARM support coming to Windows 8, at least one manufacturer is considering this an opportunity to try creating a phone running the just-announced platform.
Along with the much anticipated copy and paste functionality, Microsoft will also be blocking unlock tools like ChevronWP7.
Apple has applied for a trademark for the name "App Store" which has become the most popular store for buying smartphone apps. Microsoft has filed to block the application though claiming the name is too common.
The biggest news for Palm and WebOS in 2010 was the acquisition by HP. Many were hoping this would revitalize the platform, but WebOS continues to fly below the buzz radar tech sites. What's going on?
It is pretty much a done deal that Verizon will begin selling the iPhone soon, maybe in just a few weeks. Are you going to be standing in line to get one?
Everyone with a Windows Phone 7 device is expecting a pretty big update in the next few weeks that will add copy and paste among other things. Even more functionality is on the way, but not on the device itself. Rather, MS is adding more online and cloud support.
The carriers continue to change the definition of 4G to make their marketing pitch better. Numbers followed by the letter G are becoming as entrenched in the consumer's mind as processor speeds were in the 90's. While processor speeds didn't tell the whole story, they were at least accurate. The same cannot be said for the names used to describe the generation a particular network is. Marketing has won. Truth in advertising has lost.
With millions of applications flying off of the virtual shelves daily, Amazon is looking to get a piece of the action. Soon Android users will be able to buy apps from Amazon's soon to be launched marketplace.
Microsoft is getting ready to release an update to its Windows Phone 7 platform. The biggie is Copy and Paste, but that isn't all.
With unlimited data plans pretty much a thing of the past users need to be careful not to go over, especially if they have purchased a lower end plan. Windows Phone 7 may be making it impossible for some to keep data usage at a minimum.
Every modern day OS has its share of bugs and they range from the mildly irritating to critical security holes that demand a quick patch. Android seems to have one that can change, unbeknownst to you, the recipient of a text message you are sending.