Microsoft Tablets To Be Announced October 11th

Posted by Zealot on Oct 05, 2010 | 7 Comments

Apparently Microsoft has more surprises up Steve Ballmer’s voluminous sleeves for this big event in NYC on October 11th. Not only will they be premiering Windows Phone 7, announcing the AT&T WP7 lineup AND the T-Mobile WP7 lineup…but Neowin is reporting that they will be finally letting us know how they intend to answer Apple’s iPad. Neowin has it from a reliable source that even through the focus is on Windows... 

HTC Mozart to Run Windows Phone 7

Posted by Zealot on Oct 05, 2010 | 14 Comments

It seems like the last couple weeks you can’t go anywhere online without running into yet another leaked WP7 handset. The one that was outed this weekend is yet another device from HTC, the Mozart. This will join the Mondrian and the HD7 in the rapidly expanding HTC Windows Phone 7 lineup, as well as probably more devices that have yet to be leaked or that I have forgotten about. The info comes from a PowerPoint slide... 

iPad Dethroning the DVD Player, CNBC Still CNBC

Posted by Zealot on Oct 05, 2010 | 21 Comments

A very interesting but somewhat ludicrous Fast Money column today shows that even though CNBC’s former Silicon Valley bureau chief (and infamous Apple fanboi and mouthpiece), Jim Goldman, left the station in July to work in PR, his spirit lives on, at least in terms of the station’s fawning worship of all things Apple. The core of the column is factual and speaks for itself. The iPad has out done the DVD player to... 

Samsung Tab Hits UK November 1st

Posted by Zealot on Oct 01, 2010 | 3 Comments

Well it is now official. The Samsung Tab will be released on all major carriers in the UK on November 1st. In addition it will be available at Carphone Warehouse, though no word yet on if those models will be unlocked or no. When the Dell Streak was first sold at Carphone Warehouse, it was still locked to O2 even iuf you bought it without contract, so read the fine print. Price? Well Sammie doesn’t mention it in the... 

WP7 Release Spurning Enterprise, Then Remaking WinMo’s Mistakes?

Posted by Zealot on Oct 01, 2010 | 13 Comments

Oh please Mr. Ballmer, say it ain’t so. Remember the dark days when Microsoft split its Mobile client into three flavors; first called Pocket PC, PPC Phone and PPC Smartphone and then Windows Mobile Standard, Windows Mobile Professional and Windows Mobile Classic (for some reason at the time, MS marketers missed the obvious fourth flavor, Windows Mobile Increasingly Irrelevant)? It appears that MS may be going for a... 

Scalpers Overwhelm Apple Stores in China

Posted by Zealot on Oct 01, 2010 | 1 Comment

If you needed more proof that the Chinese market presents a unique and challenging environment for Western tech vendors, here it is. Apple has had to take extreme measures in China such as making buyers present ID at purchase, have their iPhone 4s opened and activated in the store and even closing the doors of their four bright, shiny Chinese Apple stores for a time to try to deal with scalpers. The problem stems from... 

The Tablet/iPad: Crock Pot Computing

Posted by Zealot on Sep 28, 2010 | 10 Comments

Do you remember the Crock Pot? When I was a kid, it was THE hot new kitchen appliance available in stylish Avocado or Terra Cotta enamel. Everyone wanted one, people actually bought several. It was an enormous Christmas gift, hundreds of thousands of couples got them as wedding presents. A Pot you plug in, with a timer…how brilliant. It spawned a whole culinary movement, “Slo-cooking”, and thousands of books of... 

Tablets Coming from RIM, Sharp and…Amazon???

Posted by Zealot on Sep 28, 2010 | 9 Comments

This is life around the luxurious Mobilitysite offices these days…another week, another metric tonnage of Tablet announcements. This week we have more concrete information on the offerings from two anticipated new Tablet vendors; Research in Motion and Sharp. However, as the market scrambles desperately for some kind, ANY kind of differentiator for all these vaporware Tablets, each has a few surprises and a certain... 

Windows Phone 7: OCTOBER 21st, The Ads: RIGHT NOW

Posted by Zealot on Sep 26, 2010 | 7 Comments

Well, according to Neowin it is official. Windows Phone 7 will be rolling out on October 21st in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany with whole bunches of launch events and major partners such as Orange. In addition, there will be a special event hosted by Microsoft on October 11th  in New York City in which I would expect ALL the devices to be formally announced and debuted along with the final version of the OS. No... 

Android vs iOS 2010: Open Source Cuts Both Ways

Posted by Zealot on Sep 26, 2010 | 31 Comments

A year ago, things seemed so much clearer regarding mobile operating systems. Things seemed very black and white to me then. Apple was clearly in the wrong, autocratically locking down its mobile OS and hardware in order to control every aspect of the user experience. The apps you installed on your iPhone had to be approved by Apple and even the look and feel of your own handset was under their control, right down to... 

The Next iPad? Choose Your Rumor

Posted by Zealot on Sep 26, 2010 | 3 Comments

I don’t know why I am surprised that for all the rabid speculation that led up the the debut of the current iPad, the speculation about the second generation iPad is even more wild…mega-rabid even. Considering what a big hit the first version of the iPad has been, it stands to reason that people would want to see how Apple will try to top themselves this time. In fact there have been so many rumors, none of them really... 

iPhone 4 Opening Not So Impressive For China

Posted by Zealot on Sep 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

The iPhone 4 has finally gone on sale to China Unicom subscribers, and the opening numbers certainly look impressive on paper, especially when compared to last year’s iPhone 3 release. According to Apple, China Unicom has over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4 and more than 1000 people lined up at Beijing’s shiny new Apple Store for the unveiling. This is compared to just 5.,00 sold in the first 4 days for the iPhone... 

iPhone vs WP7: The Comparisons Begin

Posted by Zealot on Sep 24, 2010 | 4 Comments

To many of us, especially those who are not as techno-obsessive as others, smartphones are all beginning to look the same. Same apps, same specs, similar screens…yadda yadda. As I am somewhat known for being a gadget fan (aka “The freak with all the tech junk in his office”), more and more people now ask me when they are debating between two cellphones, “what is the difference, really?”. Often all I can do is... 

Box App Released for Android

Posted by Zealot on Sep 23, 2010 | 9 Comments

It is interesting to note that while cloud based applications have been a lot slower to catch on then was anticipated a year ago, cloud-based storage has become an essential element in today’s mobile environment. The ability to save large amounts of information on the cloud where it can be accessed by any of your devices has really freed up space on things like netbooks, tablets and especially smartphones. It has also... 

FileMaker Go Gets Major Update

Posted by Zealot on Sep 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

I have gone down on record already as being a big fan of FileMaker, ever since I first used their software on a Mac+ a few centuries ago. Very few companies have been able to take a program type as dry but essential as database management and make it so intuitive and pleasant to use. When FileMaker released Bento, their personal database creation tool for the iPad, I was eager to be among the first to review it and I... 

HTML5 vs Flash: The Movie

Posted by Zealot on Sep 22, 2010 | 9 Comments

Steve Jobs has three main reasons (well, at least three main reasons he talks about) for preferring HTML5 over Flash and therefore banishing Flash from his iOS devices. The first is that Flash creates security problems…and OK, he does have a point there and Adobe has been working hard to try to close all the various exploits and security holes found in Flash but there is a lot of work still to do. The second is that... 

App Court: Pocket Informant HD by WebIS

Posted by Zealot on Sep 21, 2010 | 4 Comments

Hear ye, hear ye! App Court is back in session, for us to take a quick butcher’s look at a popular application for one of the major mobile platforms and decide if it should be kept, deleted, or if the jury is still out. This session we will be looking at an App with a long and storied history. Pocket Informant by WebIS was one of the first big  PIM (Personal Information Management) applications and THE killer app on... 

The Anatomy of a Rumor: Samsung Tab and ChromeOS

Posted by Zealot on Sep 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

People often wonder how the blogosphere can sometimes treat rumors as established facts that prove to be so totally off base. Just look at a normal Apple product release cycle and you will see people go through a veritable 12 step process of gadget denial, acceptance, excitement and disappointment over features that Apple never promised or intended to include in the iPhone 9 or whatever. How exactly does that happen? Well,... 

Fall Promotion from Brenthaven

Posted by Zealot on Sep 19, 2010 | 4 Comments

Our friends at Brenthaven ,one of the world’s premier makers of cases and bags for all your electronic obsessions, dropped me a note yesterday telling me about a fantastic promotion they are running for Fall, but only until Sept. 26, so get a move on. Here are the relevant bits…. I just wanted to let you know about our newest Facebook promotion FALL into FALL with Brenthaven, where one lucky winner has the chance... 

Xperia X10 Ad Brings on the Models

Posted by Zealot on Sep 19, 2010 | 4 Comments

Sony Ericsson has released a new Xperia X10 that focuses on the ease of use of the Xperia X10 for people who may not be gadget freaks when compared to other smartphones…by turning three “models” loose on them. All I can say is, in order to preserve my hope in the future of the human race as a species, I am going to tell myself this ad is totally scripted and was not real test footage. Scripted. That’s my story... 

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