Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Apple releases iPhone 2.2.1 update - bug fixes

Apple released a minor update to iPhone software. The latest version is 2.2.1. You can download it via iTunes.

It fixes a bug (it was introduced in version 2.2) in photo software that caused blurry image when an image was saved from the mail application (MMS equivalent for iPhone). Another change is improved stability of iPhone Safari browser.

It is supposed to work with iPod Touch as well. If you are not sure, you can wait a day or two to hear about others' experiences before updating.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Google's GDrive storage possible this year

A number of news outlets are speculating that Google is working on the online storage that will make cloud computing a reality. According to the Guardian:

"Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data.

The Google Drive, or "GDrive", could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user's personal files and operating system could be stored on Google's own servers and accessed via the internet."

Microsoft's SkyDrive offers 25GB (yes that's GB) - FREE!

Microsoft's SkyDrive service offers 25GB of storage and is available now! The only limitation is that upload file size is limited to 50MB each. But it is still free storage that can be used to backup your pictures and other files. Check it out.

These services would work great with TrueCrypt which is the best encryption utility available. You can encrypt your files and then upload them to online storage for a backup!

Apple awarded the multi-touch patent

Apple (Steve Jobs, et al.) has been awarded the multi-touch patent on January 20th, 2009. This means less competition for iPhone multi-touch technology which is one of the great mobile phone innovations.

A similar technology seems to have been used in the upcoming Palm Pre phone and Apple COO Tim Cook has said that Apple will not let their intellectual property get ripped off. This could result in an interesting fight between the two as Palm has collected numerous patents over the years and if they find something in their portfolio to go against Apple for, Sprint customers might actually see a device like iPhone (even better for multi-tasking) available to them. They will still have a big challenge of duplicating the success of iPhone app store.

Here are the full details of Apple multi-touch patent. The patent is not available via Google patent search yet.

Customers not happy with BlackBerry Storm - Still sells 500,000 units

According to this Wall Street Journal article:

"Some Storm owners have complained about everything from clunky software for typing on the touch screen to the device's sluggish performance with basic tasks like dialing-by-voice or taking photographs.

"I found myself wanting to throw it in the ocean due to my frustration with its overall usability," said Steven Golub, a longtime Verizon customer from Morristown, N.J., who bought the Storm the day it was released, but returned it a few weeks later."

Other sites like CNET crave and Apple Insider are covering this too.

During the time I tried using a friend's BlackBerry storm, I wasn't excited about it. It is no iPhone.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Video demo of Nokia N97

Here is a video demo of Nokia N97 phone.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Some Gmail tips and Disposable Email addresses

Check out this article if you want more power and flexibility out of your gmail account.

It shows you how you can use one email account with different sites by using a . (period) or + in the email address and you can generate a number of email address combinations that can be used for different needs (such as for bills, friends, social networking sites, registrations, etc.). You can then track who is selling your email addresses!

Mailinator for disposable email addresses

Another option I like for disposable email addresses is Mailinator. It allows you to get a dispoable email address instantly (without any registration). Check out their site. Just keep in mind that the email addresses are really disposable and emails are deleted frequently so don't use it for anything longterm. It is best used for sites that require registration to post in forums where you don't care about the privacy of emails from the sender.
As an example, if I want to use an email address like mobilebookmarksblogspot@mailinator.com, all I have to do is just use this email address whereever I want (without any registration) and read my Inbox by going to http://www.mailinator.com/ and keying in my Inbox address "mobilebookmarksblogspot". It's that easy! Note that all emails sent to this address will be deleted within a few hours and that anyone (including you out there) can read this Inbox contents.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mobile networks handled Inauguration load fairly well

While the mobile networks had much higher network load in the Washington, D.C. area today, their preparations worked well and there were no major problems. Check out the PCWorld article for details.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More browsers available for iPhone

Apple has approved third party browsers for iPhone. These however seem to be more or less a different UI for the same browser engine as the Safari browser that comes with iPhone. They are like version 1 of a browser with many shortcomings.

It will be interesting to see if Apple will allow "true" third party browsers like Opera on iPhone. The included Safari browser is already the best mobile phone browser.

For more details on the new iPhone browsers, check out this PCWorld article.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Convert videos for mobile devices - Format Factory

Ever wanted to convert your videos to play on your mobile device (such as iPhone or iPod touch or other devices)?

Format Factory looks like something you could use. It can convert videos to many different formats and resolutions.

Combine this with Abyss Web Server X1M, you can watch your videos on your mobile device on the wi-fi home network!
(If you do use a web server on home network, make sure that you have a Router protecting you from outside).

I tested this combination to watch videos from PC on iPhone over wi-fi and it works great! You can play the videos directly from iPhone safari browser! And it is FREE!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Palm Pre - Better than iPhone?

I really like the OS and software on the new Palm Pre phone. It is as good as iPhone and even better in some aspects with true multi-tasking support and very finger friendly.

Check out all five videos of Palm Pre demo. They are worth watching. Its UI is gorgeous and smooth and the browser is based on the same Webkit engine that iPhone uses!

And did I say it does multi-tasking that iPhone doesn't? Now don't ditch Sprint for iPhone.

Palm Pre Demo Video 1:

Palm Pre Demo Video 2:

Palm Pre Demo Video 3:

Palm Pre Demo Video 4:

Palm Pre Demo Video 5:

Coming to Sprint in the first half of this year! It will also be available in other countries a little later.

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