Friday, April 29, 2011

Motorola Sells 250,000 Xoom Tablets


Motorola Mobility, the handset and tablet device making spin off company from the Motorola mother ship recently announced their Q1, 2011 financials.

According to BGR.com, Motorola shipped something north of 250,000 Xoom Android powered tablets.  Not too bad for a device that doesn't have a fruit logo on the back, and certainly better than the ugly sales figures that are being tossed around by analysts for RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook.

Motorola's press material reads:
"The Company shipped a total of 9.3 million mobile devices, including 4.1 million smartphones and more than 250,000 Motorola XOOM™ tablets. In the first quarter of 2010, the Company shipped 8.5 million mobile devices, including 2.3 million smartphones."
 The good news for Motorola Mobility is that they are selling more Droid devices, smartphone and tablets, than they were a year ago and is holding their own against the pack of iPad wanna be devices.

If you are looking to pick up a Moto Xoom, Sprint announced today that they will begin selling Wi-Fi only version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet starting on May 8 for the "low" price of $600.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Apple White iPhone 4 Now Available


After months of delays and false starts, the iPhone 4 is now finally available in white.  Starting today, the elusive white iPhone 4 can be purchased directly from Apple at their amazing retail stores or online at Apple.com.  You can also purchase a white iPhone directly from AT&T and Verizon locations or their online stores too.

The white iPhone has the same internals as the black model and the only difference between the two versions is the front and back plates and the home button.

The pricing for the white iPhone 4 is the same as the black model: $199 for the 16GB version; $299 for the 32GB version.  A new two year service agreement is required to get the special pricing.
It's rainy out today, so skip standing in line and use one of the handy links below to order your white iPhone 4 and stay warm and dry.

Apple Online Store...
AT&T Online Store...
Verizon Online Store...

Phew!  I'm glad that's behind us now!  My guess that by this afternoon the iOS 5.0 and iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 rumors will be back in full force.

South Park Season 15 Premiere Takes on Apple

It has been something like 13 years since I last watched an episode of "South Park," but tonight's premiere episode of season 15 takes on Apple and the issues of "Locationgate."  Rumor has it that Steve Jobs will be seen in the episode, m'kay.

Check out Gawker for a short clip from tonight's episode.

[Via Gawker.com...]

Thanks to Paul A for the tip.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rumor: HP Pre3 To Run webOS 2.3

An article posted on gadget site Electronista.com today passes along a tip that HP's up coming Pre3 will run HP webOS 2.3 - an newer version of webOS over and above webOS 2.1 that is currently available on the Pre 2.

The table below clearly reads "SW Version WebOS 2.3."


So how about it HP fans?  Are you more inclined to pick up a Pre3 when it becomes available later this year?

[Via Electronista.com...]

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rumor: White iPhone 4 Lands on April 27th, T-Mobile Prototype Spotted


Just because it was a long Easter holiday weekend didn't mean that there was a shortage of new white iPhone rumors.

The first is that the white iPhone 4 will finally go on sale here in the United States this week.  Since this is a rumor, it is unclear if the near mythical iPhone will go on sale simultaneously for AT&T and Verizon Wireless or not.  After all of the delays, I personally hope that Apple rolls out the white iPhone 4 in both the GSM and CDMA flavors at the same time.  If the rumor is true, white iPhone 4's are already being shipped in advance of the debut of their retail sales date.

[Via AppleInside.com...]


As a side note, BGR seems to have gotten their hands on what appears to be a prototype iPhone 4, yes, it's white, running on the T-Mobile network.  The T-Mobile iPhone seems to have all signs pointing to test device, so don't expect any T-Mobile/Apple product announcements anytime soon.

[Via BGR.com...]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Apple Wireless Keyboard + iPad

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Earlier today I dropped by my local Best Buy. No, not to buy an iPad 2 - everyone knows that they are sold out.

I stopped by because I had a gift card and felt like playing with other people's money today. After looking around for a few minutes, I decided that I would "look" in the Apple Store section.

There on the shelf was an open box Apple Wireless Keyboard. Normally, the sell for $69 dollars, but this was $61. The box appeared to be in good condition so I picked it so I can pair it up with my 32GB iPad. it seemed like a better choice than the Apple iPad dock with built-in keyboard because I would be able to use my new Bluetooth keyboard with more devices.

After spending about 5 minutes setting it, I'm very happy with my new "toy". I also picked up a copy of the new iPad blogging app Blogsy, with which I'm writing this post with.

The keyboard, obviously, works with the iPad as well at other iOS devices. You can also use the keyboard with a Bluetooth enabled Mac running current editions of OS X. While I haven't tried it yet myself, if you have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC, and a Mac OS X/Boot Camp disc handy, you should be able to install the Apple drive for the keyboard and use it with your Windows box too. (Not too bad, if I do say so myself.)

The compact size of the keyboard means it is small enough to be carried around with me and my iPad so I can bang out blog post, long emails, or touch type and take notes in the many note taking and task management applications for iOS. I also like that fact that the face of the mini keyboard is metal. (The bottom plate is plastic.) The Apple Wireless Keyboard is powered by two AA batteries (included). This is a nice second keyboard, however, if it was going to be my primary, every day keyboard that I was going to use with my Mac Pro or MacBook Pro, I like the older Apple Wireless Pro keyboard better since it is larger and has a numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is available now at Apple Stores, Apple resellers like Best Buy, and online at Apple.com for $69.00.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Daily: Apple Shines On

In yesterday's issue of The Daily, writer Dan Gallagher, profiled Apple, Inc in terms of their up-coming earnings report for last quarter.  To open the article, titled "Apple shines on," Mr. Gallagher writes:
"While investors widely expect Apple to report its usual barn-burner results this week, some creeping questions have weighed down the computer company's high-flying stock recently."
The article continues on about the natural disasters in Japan and how they are preventing Apple from otherwise cranking out enough iPad 2 tablets to meet the demand for the popular item both here in the United States and abroad.

That's all fine and good, but I take issue Mr. Gallagher's third sentence which reads:
"In addition, a growing number of indicators have pointed to a potential delay of the company's next iPhone to later in the year, instead of it's customary launch period of midsummer."
Again, I don't have a problem with Mr. Gallagher reporting what was widely discussed over the last two weeks when Apple announced that their annual developer get together, the World Wide Developer's Conference, would be held on June 6.  On the March 28 notice that was sent out by Apple, which simply said, "Join us for a preview of iOS and Mac OS X."  In short, that was Apple's way of letting the legion of fans, geeks, investors, and yes, even journalists, that iPhone 5 would not be making a debut at this year's event.


If Apple, a company known for it's legendary product secrecy, hasn't yet announced the iPhone 5, which we all know is coming because "5" comes after "4," how can it be considered delayed or even late?  The white iPhone 4?  That was delayed and is late.  The iPhone 5?  I have to disagree.

Hit the read more link to keep reading...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Palm Sunday"


I always enjoyed this Foxtrot "Palm" Sunday cartoon by Bill Amend.  You can view the original here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rumor: The Mythical White iPhone To Arrive Soon - AT&T, Verizon

I don't know which is more plausible: seeing a unicorn or a real - not hacked - white iPhone 4.

AppleInsider.com is reporting that CDMA and GSM versions of the white iPhone 4 for both Verizon and AT&T are "nearly ready."

With some 8+ months having already passed since the black iPhone 4 went on sale, is there really anyone at this point, who has put off the purchase of an iPhone 4 just to get the white one?  I didn't think so.

[Via AppleInsider.com...]

Monday, April 11, 2011

HP TouchPad to Feature Bing Maps

If some recent photos of HP's upcoming TouchPad are accurate, webOS fans might be in for a bit of a shock.  It would seem that Google Maps, which has be a part of webOS from version 1.0, will be replaced by Bing Maps in HP's webOS 3.0 software.

WinRumors.com writes:
"It’s not yet clear whether the Bing Maps integration is due to a partnership or deal with Microsoft. HP has been a close partner to Microsoft on its Windows based PCs. Microsoft’s Bing Maps has a lead over Google on 45° “birds-eye” views but lacks the POI and retail data that Google contains."
For a long time, I've been a Google user, but I've been warming up to Bing, if for no other reason, it's not a Google service.

[Via WinRumors.com...]

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I've Got The 'End of Contract' Itch. What Do I Do Now?

Ok, so it's clear that two things are not going to happen in the next two months:

  • HP and Sprint release the Pre 2 or Pre 3 running webOS 2.1 or later
  • Apple and Verizon or AT&T will release the iPhone 5 running iOS 4.3 or later

So what am I suppose to do with my 22 month old Sprint edition Palm Pre running a pre-release beta build of webOS 2.0.1?

I think for the next six months I'm going to continue on Sprint (with at least four months going contract free), buying a replacement stock Palm Pre/Pixi battery, and going back to webOS 1.4.5.

My Pre has suffered the test of time and has at least three cracks in it's exterior casing, and one of the cracks has caused the microUSB door to fall out.  (For the record, I didn't break it off.)  The battery is holding about 60% charge these days, so a new battery is going to be a must to make it until Q4, which is when the iPhone 5 could be arriving.  (Some bloggers seem to think that the iPhone 5 will go live this summer with iOS 4, and get a major software upgrade in September or October.  Others think Apple will continue to run with the iPhone 4, in black and white, until the 'September-ish' timeframe.)

So that brings me back to webOS.  Don't get me wrong: webOS is a great operating system.  I really do like it.  It's just that it isn't grabbing the attention of consumers like iOS and Android are doing.  The webOS pre-release beta build that I have on my phone is working, however, the code isn't optimized to run on 2-year old hardware, and it is a bit 'sluggish'.  (HP, to their credit, hasn't released webOS 2.0.1 to the Pre/Pixi toting public.  The experience would be sub-optimal to anyone except the hardcore Palm fan - something I still consider myself.)

So, fellow Palm Pre users still rockin' it on Sprint, what are we going to do on June 6, 2011?  Time is almost up.