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posted in April 2010
By now you have heard about the recent open letter from Steve Jobs called "Thoughts on Flash." Mr. Jobs goes on for about 1,700 words to explain why Flash is bad in general, and for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specifically. Is he being reasonable, or just protecting his revenue stream and control over the mobile platforms Apple offers?
Today HP announced it was buying Palm. The big question is, now what? Does HP absorb Palm into HP's operations and keep the brand around for a while or does HP let Palm run free and provide financial and marketing support, or is it somewhere in between?
After a number of years of going through updates and upgrades, sometimes it appears best to just start fresh with an operating system, especially when it comes to mobile phones. Continued legacy support just holds the platform back. Leaving legacy code behind though means leaving legacy customers behind. Can mobile phone platforms afford to start from scratch?
The only thing that seems to be making the news lately about Palm is that it is up for sale, it is losing retail shelf space, its stock price is headed back down, i.e. nothing good. Well, some good new did come out of Palm's Developer Day recently that gives us a peek at some of the new features of WebOS by this fall.
In recent years Microsoft has let carriers and OEMs do just about anything they want with Windows Mobile phones they make and sell. In an effort to make sure the carrier logo is in your face as much as possible, lock you into their specific services or just make a dime by contracting with a third party, phones would often come with tons of unnecessary trial or full blown software, which users know as crapware. Microsoft is trying to put an end to it.
Rumors have been floating around this week that Microsoft would be offering cheaper Windows Phone 7 devices primarily targeted at developing nations. Microsoft has stepped up though and said that this is not correct. There is one spec for WinPho 7 right now and that isn't changing anytime soon. I think that is a good thing.
This must be the week of smartphone leaks. We've had leaks about Blackberry OS 6.0, the next gen iPhone, and some deep details about Windows Phone 7. Now we have our first hardware leak for a Windows Phone 7 and it is from
As anyone knows that has been following the impending release of Windows Phone 7 knows, the OS will not support copy and paste operations. Rather than just say that copy and paste is something Microsoft wants to do, they have begun a campaign to try and convince you that copy and paste is unnecessary.
On Monday some very specific details about the inner workings of Windows Phone 7 were leaked. Being a leaked document this early before phones ship, some of these may change, but I suspect most are pretty well locked in stone and we'll just see minor variances, if any.
Originally we heard rumors that Adobe Flash 10.1 would be available for some mobile platforms in the first half of 2010 but in a recent interview, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen indicated that the second half of the year is their target.
Opera Mini was just approved by Apple to show up in the app store and it has already become the most popular free download, surpassing one million downloads in a day. Is it on your iPhone yet?
FLO TV is a service that streams TV to your mobile device using broadcast frequencies with a special radio in the device. Now they are going to be integrating more advanced services like pay-as-you-go and DVR-like time shifting capabilities.
The iPad hasn't even been out for two weeks yet and there is already a Linux rival to the iconic device. As with all rivals, it seems to have more of everything - a larger screen, webcam and USB ports, the latter two totally missing on the iPad. Like all other things Linux though, will the market care?
The latest big news in the mobile world is Microsoft's announcement of the Kin platform. Well, that and Palm is for sale, but let's focus on the positive here, ok?
It looks like Palm has officially put itself up for sale. Sales of WebOS devices haven't been setting the charts on fire and the market has driven its stock price to record lows in recent weeks. Will a new owner have the resources to revitalize WebOS and make it a true competitor in the smartphone market?
After weeks of hype and perhaps a bit of peer pressure, most people that picked up an iPad did so sight unseen. Most, if not all, had previous experience with the iPhone which runs the same basic OS and everyone knew that. Still, with the larger size that is closer to a PC tablet than a smartphone, the expectations may have been different enough that after forking over between $499 and $699, buyer's remorse has set in.
One of the big debates on mobile platforms is whether or not multitasking is really necessary for smartphones. In general the power users argue it is. OS designers tend to shy away from it though in order to maximize battery life and minimize any lag on the device due to memory consumption or CPU bottlenecks. So which is it?
Less than a week after the iPad was launched, Apple is ready to announce its next product. Consumer's won't buy it, but just about everyone with an Apple device will be exposed to it and make use of it. Get ready for a whole new advertising campaign on your iPhone or iPad.
Microsoft has steadfastly maintained that it wouldn't jump into the phone business, but rumors about Project Pink have been swirling for months. We still don't have any official information, other than Microsoft is ready to make an official announcement next week on April 12.
The iPhone has been a game changer in the mobile space. With its world class mobile browser, it opened up the internet for the first time to true web browsing rather than running data through proxy servers that reformatted the data or anemic browsers that tried to reformat it for you so it would work on the small screens. One area that it, and its bigger brother the iPad, still can't do is Flash, but that may not matter as much anymore.
After several years of calling their platform Windows Mobile, Microsoft changed it to Windows Phone 7 Series when it was officially announced at Mobile World Congress in February. Now it will simply be called Windows Phone 7.
In January, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a temporary texting ban for truckers. Now there is a proposal to make the ban permanent. What shocks me is that this is only happening now, in 2010. Texting has been a deadly distraction for years for drivers. Why has it taken the federal government so long to implement this?