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posted in April 2009
There is a new account on Twitter that gives you shopping assistance and since Twitter works on your mobile phone, this can be a useful companion when looking for something or when you have a question about a product. You just send @imshopping your question, in 140 characters of course, and it will respond with the information you are looking for.
Microsoft's Tellme subsidiary is announcing a voice service that will be available to carriers and manufacturers for free for use on Windows Mobile 6.5 this fall. Users will be able to push a button on their phone to activate the service and say things like "Text Steve Jones" and the device would open up the SMS application, create a new message and pre-address it to Steve Jones.
Software maker Handmark has created a new platform of software designed to aid carriers and device manufacturers launch application stores for their phones, as reported by the Kansas City Business Journal.
If you consider yourself a Blackberry ninja, able to pound out email after email on the device, even you might be humbled by what Peter Brett did. He thumbed his first novel while riding the F train.
The iPhone App Store has served up its one billionth app. This is an impressive achievement in the eight to nine months the App Store has been open. The numbers though have certainly been bolstered by downloads of apps that do little more than give a giggle or a grin shortly after downloading, only to be deleted a few hours later, like the iPint (fake beer app) or iFart (self-explanatory).
According to Reuters the European union is going to put price caps on text messages and data usage for users that roam in the area. This should be welcome news to travelers that try to keep in touch when overseas.
Sprint has released their new 2-in-1 Aircard 402. The card works in both a PCMCIA II slot or the newer ExpressCard slot. For someone that may have multiple laptops to work with, this may be very handy. As I look at my netbook though, an Acer Aspire One, maybe not so much.
Last week, there was a ton of news that Windows Mobile 6.5 would launch May 11. This came from an announcement on the Windows Mobile blog. It seems though that the word "launch" wasn't the right word, and there won't be a May 2009 lau
A surprising number of people use their personal phone for work to one degree or another. If it is for the occasional business call, most companies have nothing to worry about. If, however, they are using the phone to access corporate resources or store company information, it can be cause for concern. Tech Republic has a post with some interesting statistics on this unauthorized use of personal phones for company business.
Dell is rumored to be in talks with China Mobile according to this article. It has been reported that Dell would be getting into the mobile phone business but those rumors generally focused on a North America plan. They may be headed to China instead, and have their first phone ready to go before 2009 is over.
KPMG recently did a study of how consumers in the US engaged in online banking. The report said that 85 percent of those that participated in the survey "believe mobile banking is important but they do not want to pay for it" while 91 percent have never even tried use their bank's site through their phone.
In an effort to get some people to stop talking when driving, an inventor named Fred Wenz has been working on a device that would block cell phone signals in the driver's seat of the car. They have a provisional patent according to this article. I'm not sure about you, but I am not keen on the idea of using this technology for a number of reasons.
The New York Times published an article this morning on a few smartphones coming to market that are aiming at the iPhone. While these phones have some interesting features, they don't run any operating system that you'd be familiar with. Can a turbo-charged feature phone earn the title of a smartphone?
I read a post yesterday that was speculating that Microsoft may ship Windows Mobile 6.5 before all of the intended pieces were put in place and then rely on the update mechanism to release patches and updates after it ships. I have no idea if that is the plan or not, but if it is, I actually find it encouraging.
T-Mobile, the first carrier in the world to build a phone with Google's Android platform, is breaking new ground again. This time they are putting Android on a home phone and a tablet computer according to an article in the New York Times.
Windows Mobile 6.5 has been garnering a lot of attention since it was formally announced at Mobile World Congress in February and more details were shown at CTIA last week. This is not the OS Microsoft was hoping for - that will be Windows Mobile 7 due to be released in 2010, but don't let that detract from what Windows Mobile 6.5 has to offer.
I've seen a lot of speculation and opinions recently that mobile operating systems like Android will take over the netbook market, pushing Windows aside. HP is already playing with Android on their netbooks. It has been tried before. I don't see that happening in the near or far future.
There has been a lot of discussion about Microsoft's application store, dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile since its official announcement at Mobile World Congress in February. The latest bit of info on the application store is it will not work on any existing platforms.
HTC announced the HTC Snap this morning at CTIA. This is the BlackBerry-esque style phone that includes a fixed QWERTY keyboard and lacks a touch screen.