Well well well, if you were one of those people who got an iPad for Christmas and thought, “Well, thanks!” but thought to yourself, “Too bad the next one is coming out in a few months”, then perhaps you have another viable option.
Motorola has introduced the Xoom and by early looks, it seems to be a real contender. And it has Flash! Look here for more information but below I have provided a few details:
- High-def graphical capabilities
- Live processing with its dual-core 1GHz processor
- Outputting video from its HDMI port
- Pictures with its 5 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel chat camera
- Feature Phone customers now have the option of unlimited talk plans for $69.99 a month per person or $119.99 a month for a family plan with two lines included. The unlimited texting plans remain $20 a month for individuals or $30 a month for the Family Talk plan.
- Quick Messaging Device customers may now choose unlimited talk for $69.99, and Family Talk customers may choose unlimited talk for $119.99 per month (two lines included). These plans require a minimum of $20 per month for individual plans and $30 per month for Family Talk plans in texting and/or Web browsing packages for new and upgrading customers.
- All smartphone customers, including iPhone owners, can now buy unlimited voice and data for $99.99. For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans, unlimited voice and data is now available for $179.99 (two lines included). Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals, $30 for Family Talk Plans.
Read more over here, won’t ya?
If you’ve ever played with AOL Radio or even Pandora, you know that they’re pretty good for listening to “radio” but you can’t do anything else while doing so. I’m not sure if this application that Apple is developing will allow it to run in the background, but the rumors are that it will. Here’s hoping!
According to CNET, an Apple news site says the functionality of the application will be similar to what Apple built into the iPod Nano. That includes the ability to pause live FM transmissions and fast-forward when you resume playing.
According to 9 to 5 Mac, the delay in getting the app to market is Apple’s decision to integrate it with the iTunes Store, which is built into the devices. With this integration, people will be able to tap on a song they hear on the radio and buy it through iTunes.
Check out this great new store design in Scottsdale, Arizona – aka hell. I jest! (sort of)
Anyway, check out some of the features I found out about:
When looking through the wall of windows on one side, you can see straight through to the other side of the store and out another wall of windows. If that wasn’t enough to give you a feeling of space, the Scottsdale store also has a 75-foot long skylight.
If you’re like me, you’re pretty excited about the iPhone 3.0 OS coming out. While it won’t officially come out until “summer”, it seems we’ll be getting it sooner than later, especially with the Palm Pre taking some of the thunder right now. I found some information from PC World that sheds some light on what you can expect. The good news is that you shouldn’t need a new device to get the updates, which makes me happy – in the past I wanted to smash my Apple products because they keep creating new stuff too quickly! Without further ado, here’s the info:
1. Push Notification
One of the longest-running requests, push notification has been discussed since last summer. The system, which would let apps receive information from Apple servers even while they’re not actively running (think IM programs), was set to debut last September. The missed deadline led to speculation that the feature might be dead in the water. So could push notification finally make the cut for iPhone 3.0?
“It seems that it would be a high priority from a competitive standpoint,” notes Dan Hays, a mobile industry expert who serves as director of PRTM Management Consultants. “That’s definitely one of the big opportunities for Apple.”
2. Adobe Flash Support
After on-again, off-again development, support for Adobe Flash has continued to evade iPhone users, often proving for many to be one of the device’s most annoying omissions. Aside from the “technical challenge” said to be presented with placing Flash on the iPhone, politics seem to play a big part in its absence. There’s always hope, but you may not want to hold your breath on this one just yet.
3. Advanced Bluetooth Functionality
Many fans of the iPhone have been asking for expanded functionality in the Bluetooth realm — you know, the ability to perform tasks like file-sharing or wireless keyboard connecting. This could be one of the simpler features to implement in the iPhone OS, yet it may not be at the top of Apple’s list.
“It’s not clear to me that it would be a big driver of additional sales,” Hays points out. The speed of Bluetooth, he says, limits the practicality of its transfer power. “I would see it as something that they might be likely to do, but not necessarily a high priority.”
4. Copy and Paste Options
I suspect almost all iPhone users would get on-board with the idea of added copy, cut, and paste options within the platform. An odd omission in the first place, one would hope this basic ability will appear in the 3.0 release.
5. Background Processing
The much-requested multitasking support could actually have a shot in iPhone’s 3.0 release. Apple has previously cited the risk of draining too much power and hurting performance as a hurdle for the addition. Rumors as recent as early February, however, suggest that 3.0 could be the turning point.
More and more is coming about the Palm Pre and yes, Apple might be showing up with a new iPhone but in the meantime, the Pre could really be a competitor. Once you add the “App Store” type functionality AND then make it compatible with iTunes, you’ve closed a major gap right there. Here’s some information I stumbled across on CNET:
Just found this article about the next version of the iPhone, check out this excerpt:
The new iPhone rumors started in 2008 and began gathering steam after the March 17 release of the iPhone 3.0 software developers kit (SDK), which contained, among other things, configuration files suggesting that the device would have voice controls, a digital compass, an autofocus camera and would be capable of making, editing and sharing video clips.
The next wave hit in mid-April, when Chinese language newspapers 1) reported that Apple had placed orders for 4 million next-generation iPhones and 2) listed purported suppliers for the phone’s chips and key components — including a 3.2 megapixel camera.
A third wave of landed in early May, when someone on a Chinese forum posted what appeared to be an iPhone screen shot with more detailed specs, including:
- 32 GB of storage (up from a max of 16 GB)
- a 3.2 megapixel autofocus (as opposed to fixed focus) camera
- a 600 MHz CPU (up from 400 MHz)
- 256 MB of RAM (up from 128MB)
- a digital compass and FM receiver.
Last week saw the publication of the kind of reports that immediately precede a major Apple release: two sets of detailed specs presented as if they were fact.
The first set was leaked to a relatively new site — AppleiPhoneapps.com — by an unnamed source whose credibility the author could not vouch for. The second came from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber — a veteran Apple watcher with one of the best track records in the Valley.
If you’re a garage sale lover, there’s a new free app for the iPhone called appropriately enough “Garage Sale” and it uses your GPS to locate sales near you. So cool, here are some details below.
NEW FEATURE: We have added an RSS feed that shows Craigslist garage sales in your area!
Welcome to Garage Sale App, where our goal is to use the iPhone network to create a nationwide garage sale forum! This app is basically the craigslist for garage sales!!
Garage Sale App provides easy to use services at your fingertips that are designed to make the process of advertising and finding a garage sale in your area more efficient and effective.
Once you download the app for 99 cents you can create a FREE account and start using our services:
FIND A SALE
Find a garage sale in your local area. Not only do we provide you with a listing of garage sales near you, but we also generate a street map that you can follow directly to the location!
POST A SALE
Post your own garage sale so that it can be viewed by anyone with an iPhone. You can also add specific items you are selling that members can search for by keywords.
NOTICE: You must be connected to the internet via wifi or Edge/3G to use this service. Only U.S. Residents can post listings at this time.
Just awesome, very integrated and user-friendly. Goes on sale June 6 for Sprint. Maybe this is finally the iPhone “killer”.
Watch it here.
If you’ve ever avoided joining AT&T because of coverage, Verizon is clearly known to have the best in most markets, you might want to consider it now. Especially if you have been eyeing an iPhone for the past couple of years. Check out this article from the Seattle PI:
AT&T Inc. said Friday it will buy the assets of Verizon Wireless in 79 mainly rural areas for $2.35 billion, a deal that will affect more than 1 million subscribers.Verizon Wireless was forced to sell the service areas, which are spread over 18 states, to satisfy regulatory conditions of its purchase of Alltel Corp.
The areas are mainly Alltel territories that overlap with Verizon’s own coverage, but also some Verizon territories and areas covered by Rural Cellular, another carrier Verizon bought last year.Dallas-based AT&T, the country’s largest telecommunications company, was the expected winner of the auction for the assets.
AT&T is getting spectrum licenses, cell towers and 1.5 million subscribers in the deal. Since AT&T phones aren’t compatible with Alltel or Verizon phones, these subscribers will need new phones to use AT&T’s network.AT&T said the deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. After that, it will take less than a year to convert the areas to its own network technology, which will require about $400 million in investment.
The states with areas included in the deal are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
Do people still use the T-Mobile Sidekick? I’ve never really played with one but I think they’re kind of cool – anyway, the next version is coming out and here’s a little video all about the new features.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
If you haven’t noticed, the major players in the online music industry have implemented variable pricing. The more popular a song, the more it costs.
I wonder how much a Samantha Fox song would cost cause you know, naughty girls need love too.
Well, not for me because the last thing I want is the ability to be leaving a laundromatwith a thought of ‘Hmmm what should I do now?’ followed by my iPhone app giving my proximity to some skeezer in the apartment building across the street. However, I do know a few people who are on their way to the AT&T kiosk ’round the corner to one up. As if I really needed another reason to think my phone is a germ metropolis – thanks MENSA guys!
The iPhone is a hotbed for location-based social networks, which tap into the phone’s geolocation features to help users find nearby friends and strangers that they might like to meet. We’ve seen a handful of dating applications that cater to the straight community, and today brings the launch of Grindr (iTunes Link), one of the first iPhone applications geared towards gay and bisexual men.
While privacy is an issue for all location based social networks, it is of the utmost importance on gay networks. Without proper security measures, bigots could easily download such applications and use them to pinpoint targets for hateful slurs and potentially even violence. Grindr deals with these issues by obscuring a user’s absolute location by default. Rather than plotting each user on the map. Grindr displays how far away they are (distances can range from a few feet to miles away). READ MORE HERE
Send more than one photo at a time, copy and paste, and MORE. iPhone 3.0 looks pretty damned good. It’s kind of funny, the most basic things the iPhone should have are presented and people (like me) get super-excited – they have a gift, don’t they?
Check the short video here.