Friday, February 27, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Video of LG Watch Phone

It speaks for itself.

Flat World Knowledge - Free textbooks online

A site called Flat World Knowledge has started offering free text books online. The selection is limited at them moment but it is getting some news attention.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Microsoft Recite - Voice Notes and Search for Windows Mobile

If you have a Windows Mobile phone (AT&T BlackJack II, AT&T Pantech Duo, HTC Diamond, Motorola Q9C, Moto Q9m, Palm Treo 800w, Palm Treo Pro, SMT 5800, T-Mobile Dash, T-Mobile Shadow, and T-Mobile Wing), you can download the technology preview (not the final version yet, more like pre-beta) of Microsoft Recite mobile voice search technology.
More information is available here and here.

Skype for iPhone coming? Maybe...

There are already a few apps (such as Nimbuzz and Fring) on iPhone that provide Skype VOIP phone calls when you are on wi-fi. But they aren't the best because they don't show contact status properly and sometimes take a minute or so to log you in. People have wondered why Skype hasn't released a version for iPhone when they provide versions for so many mobile devices.

According to this:

"Silverman refuses to be drawn on his specific plans for Barcelona. But industry watchers reckon Skype plans to release a version of its software for Apple's iPhone as it gears up to do to mobile what it has done to landlines.

Under Silverman, Skype has been building steadily on its products for mobile users. It now works with phones based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, and a slightly more basic version is available for owners of LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson handsets. The company also has a partnership with the mobile network 3, with a range of jointly branded phones. "

Full version of Adobe Flash 10 coming to mobile phones

According to this CNET article:

"Adobe announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress here Monday that Flash Player 10, which is the full version of Flash that runs on PCs, will be available on smartphones running Windows Mobile, Google's Android, Nokia S60/Symbian, and the new Palm operating systems. Devices with Flash Player 10 are expected to hit the market starting in early 2010."

While iPhone is not listed among the phones, it is known that Adobe is working with Apple to figure something out. It has been challenging for them.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Former Taliban ambassador loves his iPhone - really!

(Image Source: Al Jazeera English)
According to an article on Al Jazeera website:
"I could not believe my eyes. We had arrived to interview Mullah Zaif, the Taliban's former ambassador to Pakistan who is now under virtual house-arrest on the outskirts of Kabul, when he walked into the room, sat down on the couch and pulled out an iPhone. A former member of the Taliban! An iPhone! How times have changed.
"I'm addicted," he said, "the internet is great on this, very fast."He proceeded to show myself and our film crew his favourite websites. "
I had no idea that iPhone was selling in these locations! But it tells about the simplicity and power of this device. It is still the best at what it does.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Your desktop on the web - Microsoft Live Mesh

Microsoft is heavily pushing web based services these days. The FREE Live Mesh (beta) service looks very promising. It offers a number of options of synch'ing files between different computers and 5GB of online storage. You might also be able to stop paying for GoToMyPC (I haven't tried this yet). According their site:

"When you sign up for Live Mesh, you automatically get your own personal Live Desktop—your Windows PC on the web—complete with 5 GB of free storage. Synchronize files to your Live Desktop, and you’ll be able to access them using almost any web browser, no matter where you are.

And who says you can’t be in two different places at once? With Live Mesh, you can connect remotely from one computer to another, so you can access files, programs, and settings as if you were sitting in front of that remote computer. "

The full overview is here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Thinking about buying Kindle 2 - Check this out first

If you don't like Kindle and Sony Reader's small screen (most PDF documents/eBooks require 1024x768 resolutions for full page view unless you are using iPhone or Nokia N8xx tablet; Kindle is 600x800), you might want to wait until 2010 for Plastic Logic's reader.

Check out this video:

I bought Sony Reader over a year ago and promptly returned it because it was no good for PDF eBook reading. Nokia N800 worked much better and iPhone's PDF reader app (called Files) is wonderful.

If you wait 3-4 years, you will see color readers (and writers) based on long battery life E Ink technology.

Also check out these readers from iRex technologies. None of these provide the Amazon platform yet but Amazon should allow them rights/access to their store (unless Amazon wants to be in the hardware business).

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Coming soon - Microsoft Mobile phone online backup

Microsoft will soon launch their My Phone service that will allow Windows Mobile 6+ phone users to backup their phone data and restore when needed to the same phone or to a new phone.

For more information on Microsoft® My Phone service, check out this page.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Microsoft Ringtones for Windows Mobile phones

Download FREE ringtones for your windows mobile phone here.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Samsung Projector Phone = Cool

Check out this phone from Samsung. It has a built-in projector! It also has 5MP camera and OLED screen.

Check out the videos

Adobe still working on Flash for iPhone

Adobe CEO confirms that they are still working on Flash for iPhone which has been a challenge for them. This means that some day you will be able to watch more than YouTube and the sites that support iPhone. I don't really miss Flash on iPhone but if it is an option, I will take it. If the hardware is too limited, maybe the next version of iPhone will have support for it (just my guess). But Adobe confirmed that they are working with Apple because iPhone SDK alone is not sufficient.

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