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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in July 2009
Microsoft will be hosting a number of developer camps for its WIndows Mobile platform in the coming weeks in at least six cities around the world. If you develop apps to sell or work on them for your enterprise, you might want to check these events out. The targeted platform is Windows Mobile 6.5.
Mobile devices seem to be closing the digital divide. More and more people are getting online with cell phones, but the uptake is really strong with minorities according to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
According to Daring Fireball, the AT&T has pushed Apple into blocking the Google Voice app from the App Store. This is just one more example of the carriers not getting it and trying to impose their petty restrictions on us for fear of becoming a dumb pipe.
We've all talked on the phone while driving and it definitely a distraction to fiddle with dialing and have one hand permanently unavailable for driving. Many states have passed laws prohibiting using a cell phone while driving unless you have a hands-free headset. Texting has become more popular, especially with people updating their Twitter or Facebook accounts. Though not illegal in many states yet, texting is far more dangerous than just talking on the phone according to a newly relea
Microsoft has opened application submission for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile application store, which is for its Windows Mobile platform. WinMo 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5 will be supported, which means when the store launches, there will be tens of millions of potential customers. To make things interesting, MS is having a "Race to Market" challenge for developers where they will be able to earn prizes, money, fortune and fame.
It is as if Palm developed the Pre to be the antithesis of the iPhone in that it has a nice QWERTY keyboard, but in doing so, they left out any sort of virtual keyboard, and that can be just as frustrating as having a virtual but no physical keyboard.
TerreStar has announced that they have successfully completed a call using mobile handsets with their recently launched satellite. How does a phone network sound that would be accessible from virtually anywhere?
Samsung will be shipping its mobile internet device (MID) sometime in August. It will run Windows Mobile 6.1 and be capable of using WiFi and WiMAX, but won't have any cellular capabilities nor any voice calling features.
We've all seen pictures and even video of Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 platform that shows big fat menus that even the pudgiest of fingers could manipulate. I was worried though that this feature might only be skin deep, but it seems MS has made a real effort to make the feature available throughout the device.
Verizon is going to be shortening the time it keeps an exclusivity agreement for a particular device for the benefit of smaller cellular carriers around the country, namely those with 500,000 subscribers or less. That's good new for those that don't need a national carrier.
There are a ton of cool features and services available for smartphones today. Location based services is one of the most interesting, but in doing so, you are giving the service provider an alarming amount of information about you whether you know it or not.
As Apple hits its one trillionth app download sometime today before lunch (or some other ridiculously high number that starts to lose meaning at some point) and other app stores are on the way from a number of other players, it strikes me that Apple has the right formula, but not because it is Apple or the iPhone, but because it is drop dead simple to understand for the consumer.
I think we've all at one time or another looked for an uber device, the mobile device that does everything we want, replacing the multiple gadgets we currently carry around. However, is that really what people want given the realities of physical size and technological limitations?
Just about everyone who cares now knows that Office 2010 is well underway and they may even have downloaded the Tech Preview for testing. The PC isn't the only platform getting improvements with 2010 though. Microsoft Mobile 2010 is a series of programs and services for smartphones and had a number of new features as well as enhancements to existing one's.
Samsung has filed a patent on a flip-out QWERTY keyboard designed to work with touch screen devices. Touch is fine, but for some things, a physical keyboard just cannot be replaced by a virtual onscreen keyboard.
At some point Dell will actually launch another mobile device after having discontinued its line of Windows Mobile based Axim's a few years ago. While there have been rumors of it being a phone, it may actually be an internet device running Android.
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has officially launched their mobile site. It has been in beta for quite a while but now it is on a new server and considered good enough to call it done.
The new administration in Washington is flexing its antitrust muscle and one of the industries the Department of Justice is looking at is carriers in the US, specifically as to whether device exclusivity agreements are anti-competitive.
There is no doubt Microsoft is in a position it doesn't like to be in regarding Windows Mobile. It isn't leading in market share, and quite often, when you read articles and reviews on smartphones, Microsoft's mobile platform is often omitted from the commentary. Microsoft faces an uphill battle to get the operating system back on center stage.
Help may be on the way if you are one of those iPhone users that doesn't like the lack of tactile feedback from the on-screen QWERTY keyboard. No, there isn't a new iPhone on the way with a real keyboard, at least, not that I know of. Apple has filed a patent to provide "localized tactile feedback" on a touchscreen.
Normally we talk about phones and services related to them in this blog but today I'm going to mention a new website for gadget lovers called gdgt. The site is a mix of social networking, a wiki, tech forum and review site. What's not to love?
A few months ago Barnes & Noble purchased Fictionwise, the owner of eReader.com, which is one of the most popular ebook stores on the internet. Pricing used to be similar to that of a physical book store, that is to say all over the place. Now they are matching Amazon's Kindle pricing of $9.95. In fact, they are slightly beating Amazon when you include the eReader reward program.