Wall Street Journal interview with Steve Jobs

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Jan 20, 2010 | 9 Comments

I just received a “teaser” from the Wall Street Journal about an interview in tomorrow’s edition with Steve Jobs.  The title of the article is Apple Sees New Money in Old Media.  Here’s the tease: With the new tablet device that is debuting next week, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the... 

I never, ever expected to see an app like this…

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Jan 17, 2010 | 9 Comments

I just got the press release and had to post this.  I’m sure that there are some (maybe even many) that will find it helpful and useful, but I find it quite humorous. ‘Navizon Teams Up With SitOrSquat to Guide You to the Nearest Clean Toilet When You Need It Most’ “SitorSquat is a handy tool that will help you find the nearest available public toilet when you need it most. In this case, it is Navizon’s speed... 

Maemo update for n900

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Jan 14, 2010 | 6 Comments

I turned on my n900 this morning and was notified of an over-the-air update to Maemo 5/PR1.1 (5.2.2009.51-1.002).  The download was 90MB and includes the following: Hutchison SIM cards are supported. MS Exchange 2003 support. and many, many other changes, fixes and improvements. A full change log can be found here. Technorati Tags: Maemo,n900,Nokia AKPC_IDS += "35503,"; Read More →

Ovi Store now open from the Nokia n900

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Jan 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

Technorati Tags: n900,nokia,Ovi Store Like, Mr. Hi-Definition I too have received a Nokia n900 phone and will be posting on it.  In fact I just turned it on for the first time yesterday.  When I did, an OTA firmware update was available that allows access to the Ovi Store directly from the n900 itself. While I need to play around with both the device and the Ovi Store, I thought that I’d pass along the news on the... 

CES 2010 is over—here’s my recap

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Jan 11, 2010 | 8 Comments

I’m back from another CES and as usual I’m glad I attended.  As I did this year, I generally allocate two days to wander aimlessly through the cavernous exhibits.  Similarly, rather than try to attend every press conference, visit every booth and post about everything that I see, hear or get told about, I prefer forming opinions and later write about those as recollections.  So here goes…. The media hype prior... 

HP iPAQ Glisten (AT&T Windows Mobile 6.5) Review

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 25, 2009 | 13 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a phone review and have been really looking forward to reviewing the iPAQ Glisten with the latest version of Windows Mobile Professional and a touch screen.  The iPAQ Glisten was announced in November.  Chris Leckness has already done an un-boxing and first look for MobilitySite.com here and a software tour here.  In the second of these postings, Chris points out that... 

Off topic quick report on the Dell Zino HD

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 19, 2009 | 7 Comments

I just received and setup an early Christmas gift that I got for myself—a Dell Zino HD which is a Home Theater PC (HTPC). I have a rather simple setup with only two devices connected to my LG 55LH40 TV: a Motorola DC3146 DVR with service from Comcast connected via HDMI and the Dell Zino HD also connected with HDMI. My black Dell Zino HD has an upgraded AMD Athlon 6850e 1.8GHz Neo X2 dual core processor, an ATI Radeon... 

It’s official: the Google Phone is coming!

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 12, 2009 | 11 Comments

I just got an alert from the Wall Street Journal: “Google Inc. has designed a cellphone it plans to sell directly to consumers as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the matter. The phone is called the Nexus One and is being manufactured for Google by HTC Corp., these people said. It runs Android, the operating system for mobile phones that Google developed, they added.” AKPC_IDS += "34861,"; Read More →

3% of AT&T Smartphone users consume 40% of network

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 09, 2009 | 6 Comments

And as a result, according to the AP from a posting on MSNBC.com changes are coming: “NEW YORK – Wireless data hogs who jam the airwaves by watching video on their iPhones will be put on tighter leashes, an AT&T Inc. executive said Wednesday. The carrier has had trouble keeping up with wireless data usage, leading to dropped connections and long waits for users trying to run programs on their devices. AT&T... 

Delta Airline’s GoGo Inflight WiFi

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 08, 2009 | 5 Comments

On a trip from Atlanta to Denver yesterday, I got a chance to use Delta’s GoGo Inflight WiFi service on a Boeing 757. I was impressed with the speed and ease of reconnection (I suspect that the system remembers and records your MAC address), but the process to sign up for the first time was slow, tedious and very cumbersome. The initial signup process must have taken me close to a full 10 minutes.  The process involves... 

E-Readers declared “hot” by the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 02, 2009 | 3 Comments

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, there is an extensive discussion and review of nine different e-Readers.  It’s a good article that addresses both the popularity of the devices as well as their limitations and potential drawbacks.  The article starts with: “Books are having their iPod moment this holiday season. But buyer beware: It could also turn out to be an eight-track moment.” I’m still... 

Beyond Gaming: Watching TV on Your Xbox

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Nov 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

There’s probably nothing much further from mobility than being a couch potato.   However, technology is technology.  Since many of us into mobile devices are also using gaming consoles I thought I’d pass along an article in today’s Wall Street Journal.. “For many consumers…videogame consoles appear to be the go-to living-room device—particularly for those who already own one of them. Microsoft, Sony and... 

Airlines are offering free Wi-Fi

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Nov 05, 2009 | 4 Comments

Having flown over a million real air miles, I used to be a road warrior and would have loved any kind of internet access in the air.  Now I read that many airlines are giving Wi-Fi away for free! For years, the airlines have been promising us Wi-Fi.  It has taken much longer to deploy given the all the financial challenges of the air travel industry. Harriet Baskas a travel writer for msnbc.com has just posted an article... 

T-Mobile “Project Dark” speculation

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Oct 08, 2009 | 1 Comment

Over the last couple of days there have been leaks and rumors across the web about T-Mobile’s “Project Dark.”  “Project Dark” is supposed to be a effort by T-Mobile to takeover position number three in the U.S. cell phone market from competitor Sprint. Most of the speculation about “Project Dark” has centered around an iPhone deal, 4G, different pricing plans or a combination things. How about a deal with... 

My new e-book reader, my new UMPC, my old Tablet PC

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Aug 24, 2009 | 8 Comments

It should be news to no one that most parts of our economy are not doing very well.  That situation makes it especially tough on those of us that crave the latest and greatest mobility gadgets. I’ve been a gadget collector for my entire adult life.  From a mobility point of view, I’ve been a very satisfied Table PC owner and user since late 2002 when they were first released.  Unlike many of my friends... 

GrandCentral Is Now Google Voice

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Mar 12, 2009 | 2 Comments

I’ve been a very happy user of GrandCentral for a couple of years.  Among its many features and benefits, the one that I have enjoyed the most is the ability to find me at any of my multiple phone numbers.   I had forgotten that it was still in beta release–until this morning that is.  GrandCentral has been re-launched as Google Voice.  For full details, including a complete list of all... 

Microsoft to Compete with Jott Using Recite

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Feb 15, 2009 | 7 Comments

For quite some time I’ve been a happy user of Jott.  In case you’ve not tried Jott before, Jott is an application “in the cloud” that allows you to “capture thoughts, create to-dos and set reminderswith a simple phone call.”   It does a lot more too.  You can learn more at Jott.com. Until recently, Jott was totally free.  A couple of months ago they started... 

Dell’s New Smartphone

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Jan 29, 2009 | 2 Comments

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell has been developing and will soon release a new smartphone: “NEWS ALERT from The Wall Street Journal Jan. 29, 2009 Dell, aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cell phones as early as next month. The company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an... 

Zune 30 freezing issue – [Update and Resolution]

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 31, 2008 | 3 Comments

Just posted at Zune.net.  Full details can be found here: http://forums.zune.net/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=408989 It’s a bug in the clock that will take 24 hours to work itself out.   I’ll be trying the solution myself (waiting 24 hours) and will report back if I have any ongoing issues.  Good luck with the solution and best wishes for a Happy New Year! [Update]  Looks like it will happen again in four years... 

Is Your 30GB Zune not working? Neither is mine!

Posted by Rich Bilancia on Dec 31, 2008 | 5 Comments

The official word from Microsoft is that we’re not alone.  According to www.zune.net/support : Status: Customers with 30gb Zune devices may experience issues when booting their Zune hardware.  We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it.  Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience! I hope this gets fixed soon. AKPC_IDS += "22927,"; Read More →
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