SF AppShow

April 26, 2010

This week I’m attending the SF AppShow

- What: The SF AppShow discovers and breaks some of the hottest apps
– When: 7 PM, Tuesday April 27, 2010 (doors at 5:30 PM)
– Where: 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco
– Who: Mobile developers, bloggers, and friends

My readers get a 50% discount. See you there!


It’s playa time

August 28, 2009

Tomorrow I’m leaving for my yearly 10-day vacation in Black Rock City

I’m going to miss Nokia World and the live reports on the super awesome Nokia N900, but it’s OK – I’ll be back just in time for Mobilize (my readers get a 15% discount).

If you’re also going to the desert, look for me at Center Camp Cafe, where I’ll be volunteering most evenings. If you’re not going, follow me on Twitter, where I’ll try posting when possible :)

Beyond satellite service, and the occasional flaky WiFi, there’s extremely minimal mobile service at Burning Man for the first time this year.

I’ll be using my Samsung Memoir & the Nokia N97 for pictures, and my iPhone 3GS for videos.

It’s playa time – catch you later!


Thoughts on Nseries

December 13, 2008

Nokia Nseries

Dear Nokia,

Congratulations on the N97! It’s a very exciting product, but great devices alone don’t make you a leader.

So what is really needed for the Nseries brand to succeed? Here are my thoughts…

Read the rest of this entry »


Unboxing the Nokia N810

November 29, 2007

My Nokia N810 has arrived and I’m in love! It’s super sexy (full metal) and surprisingly small, thin and light…

Enjoy all the pictures, including a size comparison with the Nokia N800, Apple iPhone and Asus 701 (Eee).

Then check out Dan’s unlikely N810 vs. Eee battle of the $400-something Linux-based devices :)


Tasty bits – 30 31 32 (yummy chunks)

October 23, 2007

Another month, another triple edition of tasty bits… I just can’t keep up!

A device I just acquired, the Sony Ericsson K850i:
Sony Ericsson K850i Unboxing!

A device I recently reviewed, the BlackBerry 8320 (Curve):
T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi BlackBerry Curve Is Fo’ Real and Quite Tasty
UMA: T-Mobile’s secret weapon. Truphone: everyone else’s?
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8320 Unboxing Part 2 / Giveaway
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8320 Unboxing!
BlackBerry 8320 Wi-Fi vs. BlackBerry 8300 EDGE speed test
T-Mobile announces BlackBerry Curve with WiFi, we check it out
Another look at the BlackBerry 8320 for T-Mobile

Nokia N95 (I expect to get my hands on the US version soon):
A Brief Look at the Nokia N95 US 3G, PT. 1
A Brief Look at the Nokia N95 US 3G, PT. 2- Battery Life Comparison
A Brief Look at the Nokia N95 US 3G, PT. 3 – Build Quality
BL-6F Into Nokia N95 – Yes It Can Be Done, But…
Nokia N95 or Apple iPhone? – The Question Has Been Answered
Sling Player Now Available on Nokia N95
US 3G Costs Nokia N95 a Mere Hour of Battery Life
US 3G Nokia N95 Runs For Over 9 Hours On EDGE
US Nokia N95 Reviewed: Better Than the Euro Version
New Nokia N95-3: it’s what the original should have been
Unboxing the Nokia N95 8GB
All About Symbian Review: Nokia N95 8GB
Nokia N95-3 hands-on!
Nokia N95-3 with North American 3G now available
Hands-on (again) with the North American N95!
Wiimote used to control Nokia N95
Google Maps gets cozy with N95’s internal GPS

Nokia N810 (a device I’m very excited about, since I’m coming from the Nokia 770):
Nokia N810 Hands-On Gallery and Video
Nokia N810 Internet Tablet with QWERTY is peeped!
Third generation tablet on TabletBlog
N810 on TabletBlog
Nokia’s N810 Internet Tablet, MOSH to debut soon?
Nokia N810 gets official
Nokia N810 hands-on

More Nokia news:
S60 Touch Interface Launched
Nokia E90 review: Heavyweight champion

iPhone info (centered around the 1.1.1 update and Apple finally announcing an SDK):
iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps, Relocks iPhones and Sends Them to Semi-Brick Activation Limbo (Updated with video)
iPhone Installer App Updated to 3.0beta3 With Many Improvements
New anySim Gets Bugs Ironed Out, Now Integrated with Installer.app
250,000 Unlocked iPhones Have Been Sold
iPhone Dashboard Widgets Imminent?
iPhone Re-Reviewed (Verdict: Don’t Buy)
Apollo IM for iPhone hits 1.0
A note to both Apple and iPhone customers on the v1.1.1 update
Truphone demos VoIP for iPhone
iPhone update: facts and fiction
iPhone v1.1.1 baseband downgrade released
Orange to sell unlocked iPhones in France
iPhone / iPod touch v1.1.1 jailbreak code posted
MEX – the strategy forum for mobile user experience – Award surprises, Apple interface guidelines & our challenge for operators
Apple: “iPhone SIM unlockers will end up with iBricks”
How to relock your iPhone before the firmware update
“iPhone Dev Team” issues statement
Moment of Truth: iPhone Software 1.1.1 is out
iPhone: 90 Days Later
DIY iFlash for the iPhone
iPhone/iPod touch Remote Control
BusinessWeek: Why I Won’t Buy an iPhone
iPhone Dev Team announces public iPhone 1.1.1 Jailbreak
iPhone SIM Free announces 1.1.1 SIM Unlock, iPhone Unbricking
iToner working with iPhone Firmware 1.1.1
iPhone jailbreak interface INdependence updated to 1.2.2
iPhone Dev Team announces free unlock
Apple: “we plan to have an iPhone SDK in developers’ hands in February”
iToner 1.0.3 works with iPhone 1.1.1
iPhone programming 101: full header documentation released
Stacks on the iPhone

Walt Mossberg echoes (in part) my own rant about the iPhone:
Mossberg howls: “Free my Phone”

More Apple news:
Apple Macbook Touch Concept and Thoughts on the Newton 2 Rumors
We need a real handheld computer, who will build one? Apple of course
More “New Newton” rumors

Samsung P520 (Armani), G800 and more:
Samsung Armani Phone Hands On Video
Java Phone: Sun Microsystems and Samsung May Be Developing Cheaper iPhone Alternative
Specs Drop for Samsung’s Touchscreen, WiMax UMPC SPH-9200
Samsung i550, GPS Phone, officially announced
Samsung’s Armani phone has a surprise: a haptic feedback UI
Samsung’s 5 megapixel G800 gets launched, available next month

LG VX10000 (Voyager) and CU920 (Vu2):
Verizon’s Voyager- going after the iPhone crowd
LG Shine, Prada coming to AT&T as Vu, Vu2?

Google phone:
What’s the Google phone going to be? Hardware or software?
The Google Phone: It’s the OS dummy

Linux/DIY:
Compulab’s EM-X270 brings DIY to smartphones
Wired’s Open Phone Round-Up Tells the Bleak Truth

Other:
Motorola’s big ‘08 splash
Meizu’s MiniOne M8 GUI showcased further, still devoid of originality


DIY mobile phone

May 21, 2007

The Maker Faire was lots of fun again this year (read more about it here, here, and here). There was tons of interesting stuff to see, but this DIY mobile phone grabbed my attention!

The device uses off-the-shelf hardware like Gumstix modules and open source software like Linux. It’s being designed by members if the Silicon Valley Homebrew Mobile Phone Club and it’s a part of the Open Cell Phone (TuxPhone) project

Here are some pictures (with notes).


Tasty bits – 17

April 18, 2007

The Nokia N95 is now officially available in the US and is still getting a lot of love:
– More reviews, including video recording and battery life
Pictures of the user interface, and more pictures with the camera.
– A video, internals, and tips

In other news, there’s already some discussion of the Apple iPhone being offered with rebates

Sony Ericsson is apparently working on a new Symbian-based phone, the P700i – but for now, enjoy the LG KE850 (Prada) getting unboxed.

Here’s another touch-based device, looking an awful lot like the supposed Google phone!

Finally, Intel is betting on Linux for its MID (Mobile Internet Device) :)


Hello AirCard 860, goodbye BlackJack

April 14, 2007

Contrary to popular belief, I rarely get free devices to review! So after recently acquiring my Nokia N95, I decided to sell my Nokia N80 – I also decided to sell my Samsung i607 (BlackJack), and I acquired a Sierra Wireless AirCard 860

The AirCard 860 is extremely affordable and is HSDPA (1900/850MHz) and EDGE (quad-band) compatible. This is my first time owning a dedicated data card – mine is unlocked, and is working very well with both Cingular (HSDPA) and T-Mobile (EDGE) in Windows XP Pro.

I plan to test it in Linux (Ubuntu) as well :)


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