Sunday, June 27, 2010

Engadget: Apple iPhone 4 vs. Sprint HTC EVO 4G

The good folks over at Engadget have a good review of the Apple iPhone vs the Sprint HTC EVO which is an essential read if you are in the market for either new smartphone.

"Hoo boy. This is a tough one, isn't it? In our years at Engadget, we've rarely seen such deafening debate and adulation for a pair of devices. In one corner we have the iPhone 4, coming off a few relatively easy rounds atop the smartphone mind share heap. However, the Droid and its ilk have weakened Apple's spot, and here comes the HTC EVO 4G in for the kill, sporting a larger screen, 4G data, and all manner of HTC sexy. If the devices themselves weren't enough, the debate has turned into something larger and metaphorical, with Apple representing tight restrictions and a singular top down vision, while Google's Android stands for something perhaps a bit more haphazard but democratizing."

You can read the full story on the Engadget website.

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Palm CIO Magazine Ad

Admit it, you had no idea that Palm was trying to market their webOS phones the to enterprise. I didn't. So I was kind of surprised to be flipping through my back log of IT magazines and saw an ad for the Palm Pre and Pixi (no distinction between the "standard" and "plus" variety) in CIO Magazine.

The ad reads, in part:
"Palm Simplicity.
It's good business.

Mobile doesn't have to mean complicated. Palm webOS phones integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange, so here's no need for additional servers or middleware."

The ad ends with the line, "Learn more about how Palm can simplify your infrastructure at"

Let's hope that HP's marketing department can get the word out about webOS in a more meaningful way than Palm's could. The HP acquisition of Palm is expected to be finalized in the next few business days.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Apple: 3 Million iPads Sold; Unexpected White iPhone 4 Delays

Over the last two days, Apple has released statements about two of their mobile devices: the iPad and the iPhone 4.

Apple Sells Three Million iPads

In just 80 days of the iPad being available they have been able to sell 3 million of these "magical" devices.
“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

"Developers have created over 11,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch™ user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®."
It seems like just yesterday that Apple told us that they had sold two million iPads. Turns out, it was all the way back on May 31. Apple announced the sale of their first million iPads back on May 3rd.

Statement on White iPhone 4

Today, Apple released a brief statement regarding the availability of their White iPhone 4. The entire statement reads:
"White models of Apple’s new iPhone® 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected."
(The White iPhone 4 is so rare, that we couldn't even find a half way decent photo for this article.)

I'm not sure how popular white iPhones have been. I know that when black iPods where first introduced, I used to walk around saying that "iPods are suppose to be white." Now with the iPhone, the opposite is true. Phones are black, not white. I've only seen one white iPhone used "in the wild" since they were first introduced. With that in mind, it's hard to tell how much of a problem not having white iPhones available at the same time the black iPhone 4 goes on sale will really be. I mean, if you are have your heart, and credit card, set on getting a white iPhone 4 and can't get it when the black model goes on sale, are you really going to head to the nearest Verizon Wireless store and buy a Motorola Droid? Ya, I didn't think so either.

You can read the full iPad and white iPhone 4 press releases on the Apple website.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Gets OS Upgrade

BlackBerry Storm2 customers on Verizon Wireless are being treated to a maintenance upgrade to their smartphone's operating system.

Starting over the weekend, Verizon Wireless has been making the BlackBerry OS update available to their customers as an over-the-air (OTA) update. You can also download the update from your PC using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software.

The "713" update provides the following enhancements:
  • Improved text messaging
  • Improved international text messaging
  • Better calendar functionality
  • Streamlined music-player control
  • Enhanced video-player library
  • Improved IP modem tethering
  • Improved compatibility with Mac® computers
  • GlobalAccess Connect support
  • Enhanced Japanese language functionality

The upgrade also provides the following two improvements:
  • Call-duration clock displays the correct call time without affecting the
    current time.
  • Default countries are easier to set and access using the Smart Dialing
    country settings.

For more details on the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 OS update, visit the Verizon Wireless support website or download the upgrade details (PDF)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Apple iOS 4 Update Released

Today, Apple has released iOS 4, formerly known as iPhone OS 4.0, for iPhone and iPod touch owners.

The update, free for iPhone and apparently, also free for iPod touch owners, is available now. To download the update, connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer running iTunes 9, and the software installer will be downloaded to your computer.

No Legacy Support for You

Unlike previous iOS updates, the iPhone G2 and the first generation iPod touch will not be supported for this upgrade. Additionally, iPhone 3G owners will not be able to use the new multitasking features of iOS 4. If you want to get iOS 4 and you have one of these devices, you're going to have to upgrade your hardware.

iPad Out in the Cold?

No! Apple's iPad customers will be getting an upgrade to iOS 4, however, they are going to have to wait until the fall for their upgrade.

For more details, check out the iPhone or iPod touch pages on the Apple website.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Palm App Catalog Titles 50% Off

Palm is running a special 50% off promotion for most titles in their software store, App Catalog. Announced yesterday on their company Facebook Page, the sales runs until July 9th.

Now is a great time to stock up on apps for your favorite webOS smartphone without having to pay full price. To get in on the 50% off action, just launch App Catalog on your Pre or Pixi and go to town!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Facebook for iPhone, iPod touch Updated to 3.1.3

Yesterday, an update for iOS (formerly known as iPhone OS) was released to the Apple App Store.

The main improvements for Facebook 3.1.3 is the ability to watch videos, writing on event walls, and a change in how wide uploaded photos can be (now 720 pixels wide).

You can update to Facebook version 3.1.3 by hitting the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPod touch, or by using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

iPad owners: the iPhone/iPod touch application will work on your device in low res mode. While you can scale it up to 2x mode, in my opinion, the text looks terrible. I still recommend that you use Safari to browse to the full Facebook website.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Apple Earbud Replacement Program

While reading the July 2010 issue of MacWorld, yes, I still read paper magazines, I stumbled across an side bar article on Apple's earbud replacement program. According to the Apple notice, ear buds with in-line remote work intermittently or have stopped working altogether.

The following notice, Apple Headphones with Remote Replacement Program, is from Apple's website:

Apple has determined that the Apple Headphones with Remote included with the iPod shuffle (3rd gen) may fail under certain conditions. A very small percentage of iPod shuffle owners have experienced this issue. These headphones were included with the iPod shuffle (3rd generation) made between approximately February 2009 and February 2010.

If your headphones stop working or work intermittently as described below, Apple will replace them, free of charge, for two years from date of purchase.

  • Controls are non-responsive or work intermittently
  • Unexpected volume increase or decrease
  • Unexpected playing of voice feedback

Product Description
  • Apple Headphones with Remote - included with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic and Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic which exhibit the symptoms noted above are also covered under this program.

For more details on this issue, including directions for determining if you have a set of earbuds that are eligible for replacement, visit the Apple website.

If you are in the market for a new set of headphones for your favorite i-device, MacWorld has their complete headphone reviews online. MacWorld also has you covered with their headphone buying guide if you're not sure what to replace your stock Apple earbuds with.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Online

Apple has posted this year's WWDC 2010 keynote delivered by co-founder, Steve Jobs.

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduce the new iPhone 4. See the video-on-demand event right here, exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.

You can stream the keynote address directly from the Apple website, or you can download the entire video in iTunes via Apple's keynote podcast feed and watch it on your favorite Mac, PC, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or my personal favorite, Apple TV + 42-inch TV.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Steve Jobs at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview

Steve Jobs at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview

The full video interview with Steve Jobs has been posted on the All Things D website. I've been looking forward to this full video since last week. The only thing that I would have liked better would be to download the interview to iTunes so I could stream it up to my Apple TV so I can sit back and watch the video on my 42-inch TV.

HTC EVO 4G - Sprint's Best One Day Sales Leader

Sprint has announced that Friday's launch of the HTC EVO 4G was the best handset launch, ever. The one day sales of the EVO 4G on Friday, June 4th, topped last year's sales leader, the Palm Pre that features the webOS platform.

Friday sales of HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint - the record was previously held by both Samsung InstinctTM and Palm PreTM. In addition, the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.

"HTC EVO 4G is a clear winner for customers with the powerful combination of an amazing multimedia experience in 3G coverage areas that becomes even better in our growing number of 4G markets. It is terrific to see customers react so positively to this device and the innovative experience it brings to them," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.

The record pace of HTC EVO 4G sales led to temporary shortages of the device at some of the 22,000 sales locations across the United States, including Sprint retail stores, national retail partners including RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, and indirect dealers. Sprint and HTC are diligently working around the clock to increase inventory in all sales channels. Additional shipments are arriving in retail stores on a regular basis with many stores seeing daily deliveries.

"HTC EVO 4G has more than lived up to our expectations that it would be one of the most anticipated technology products of the year," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president - Product Development for Sprint. "We are working closely with our partners at HTC to increase the supply and get EVO 4G into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible."

You can read the full press release on the Sprint website.

Apple Introduces the iPhone 4

Earlier today, at WWDC '10, Apple introduced the iPhone 4 for the AT&T Wireless network.

Apple® today presented the new iPhone® 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple’s stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in super crisp text, images and video. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24, starting in the US at just $199 for qualified buyers with a two year contract.

“iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”

Apple’s stunning 3.5 inch Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels—four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78 percent of the pixels on an iPad™. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when the phone is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic than ever before on an electronic display.

iPhone 4 features a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor and built-in LED flash that allows you to take amazing pictures even in low light and dark environments. iPhone 4 lets you record and edit incredible HD video and the popular tap to focus feature now works while recording video. You can use the iPhone 4‘s LED flash for both still photography and video recording. The new iMovie® app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music, and users can buy it for just $4.99 through the App Store right on their phone.

The new iBooks® app will be available for iPhone 4 as a free download from the App Store and includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product. The iBooks app will sync your current place in a book, along with any bookmarks, highlights and notes you have created, between copies of the same book on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch®. iBooks users can also now read and store PDFs right in iBooks. There are now over 60,000 books available in the iBookstore, and users have downloaded over five million books in the first two months.

Pricing & Availability 
iPhone 4 comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on June 24 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4 beginning Tuesday, June 15 from the Apple Online Store or reserve an iPhone 4 to pick up at an Apple Retail Store. iMovie for iPhone will be available on the App Store for just $4.99 (US).

Also on June 24, a new iPhone 3GS 8GB model will be available for just $99 (US). iOS 4 software will be available on June 21 as a free software update via iTunes® 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch customers.

iPhone 4 will roll out worldwide to 88 countries by the end of September. iPhone 4 will be available by the end of July in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

For more details about the new iPhone 4, check out Apple's website. The full version of the iPhone 4 press release is also available online.