Posts Tagged ‘Mobile’

Verizon iPhone

The WSJ reports that the long, long-rumored Verizon iPhone will be entering mass production by the end of the year.

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

I think it’s unlikely a Verizon iPhone will be confirmed by Apple before the end 2010. I’d put my money on confirmation in early 2011 – after Apple wraps-up the 2010 holiday shopping season.

Encyclopedia Britannica’s iPhone Apps for Kids

I’m lucky to work with a great team of developers and artists at Concentric Sky, and we’re doing some work that I’m really excited about. Recently, we completed work on a line of iPhone applications for Encyclopedia Britannica that we think kids are going to love.

Encyclopedia Britannica’s Volcanoes, Ancient Egypt, and Dinosaurs, now available for download, were designed for kids ages 8 – 14. The applications feature a variety of games and a lot of interesting content. Kids can test their knowledge by taking, and re-taking, the built in quiz. Quiz high scores can be shared with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

The games included were developed from the ground-up by our developers. Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzle, Magic Square, and Scratch Off were all designed to get kids interested in the content to improve learning. My kids love playing Memory Match, the cards are themed for each application and the pictures are pulled from a large media collection. Pics and Videos, the built in media gallery, provides easy access to a large collection of pictures and videos. Pictures and videos are cross-referenced with the content and games included in each application. Pictures and videos are mapped to the globe, making it easy for kids to zoom-in on a satellite view of a volcano or a pyramid in Egypt. High-resolution graphics were included to take advantage of iPhone 4′s new Retina Display – and it was worth the extra effort.

We think kids, and parents, are going to love this line of applications from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Apps, Apps, and more Apps

Interesting infographic.

New iPad Commercial

Apple did a great job with the new iPad commercial. It’s inspiring and it communicates one of the biggest benefits of the iPad without even saying it — freedom. Go Apple. Go.

Email Center Pro – Collaborative Email

Email Center Pro - Collaborative Email
I spent quite a bit of my time in 2008 working on a collaborative email solution for the SMB market called Email Center Pro.

Email Center Pro is a web-based service that makes it easy for business people to collaborate on and manage "shared" email addresses like customerservice@ and info@. I like to say that Email Center Pro turns "shared" email addresses from "money takers" into "money makers" by improving response time and response quality.

We officially launched Email Center Pro in April of 2008 and since then we’ve been using feedback from our customers to rapidly evolve the service. Some of the new features we’ve added over the last eight months have been documented on the Dead Simple Software blog. I’m a big fan of our recent improvements to the way we display conversation history.

I’m really proud of of the way we’ve evolved the service this year and I think our subscribers appreciate the work we’ve been putting into the service. I’m looking forward to the continuing evolution of Email Center Pro in 2009.

Disappointed iPhone Owners Abound

I stumbled into a post on the Signal vs. Noise blog by David today looking for a solution to my iPhone woes. iPhone 2.0: The glory wore off in wash describes David’s frustration with the iPhone 3G/2.0. It’s a good post and David’s experience with the latest iPhone firmware mirrors my own. Boo….. Boo…..

There were 69 comments associated with the post and the bulk of them were from unhappy iPhone owners echoing David’s complaints – I expected more Apple zealots to jump up and defend the mighty iPhone but they were largely absent.

I’m really disappointed with the upgrade and I sure hope Apple produces an update to resolve the problems quickly. I can tell you one thing – business users are going to hate the under powered and poor performing iPhone 3G/2.0. If it isn’t a good phone 1st – what’s the point?

I Want an iPhone – David Pogue – NYTimes

NYTimes technology columnist David Pogue rocks, sings actually. Watch David Pogue “I want an iPhone” to the tune “I did it my way” for a laugh. I got a laugh out of the AT&T jab at 2:40.

iPhone – Can you hear it now?

The complaints about the iPhone on AT&T’s network keep coming in.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0 – iPhone Reality Check

A next generation web browser and UI really DOES need a next generation network to deliver the next generation mobile web.

iPhone – 700,000 Sold Over Weekend

MacNN | iPhone shatters AT&T record, dwarfs RAZR

Apple over the weekend sold more than 700,000 iPhones to rocket past analyst predictions and shatter AT&T’s record by selling more iPhones in three days than Motorola’s RAZR did in its first month.

The iPhone Review

If you’re going to read one iPhone review, read this one.
iPhone Review – Engadget

Steve Gillmor On iPhone

Steve Gillmor’s quick-take on the iPhone. Happy or not? Watch the embedded video below and find out. By the way, I’m loving my Motorolla Q on the Verizon network. The iPhone might be great but the network counts for a lot – complaints from switching Verizon customers, accustomed to Verizon’s great network, are already coming in. For me, a network with excellent sound quality, coverage, and reliability is more important than the phone. Can you hear me now? I’m not knocking the phone, I’m knocking the network it’s tethered to.

Motorola Q vs iPhone

Motorola Q


I ordered a Motorola Q on Tuesday from my cellphone provider – Verizon. The Q is coming my way via FedEx, I should have it by tomorrow. The Q is replacing my Motorola RAZR, which I’m quite fond of, but needs at the office necessitate the upgrade. The upgrade also means I won’t be getting an iPhone any time soon. Some of you might find this surprising considering my recent iPhone posting frenzy.

Why did I opt for the Q over an iPhone?

1. Cost. The Q, $179 – the iPhone, $499, or $599. 2. Proven track record. The Q is a great phone and a reasonably good PDA – it has the track record to prove it. The iPhone might suck. Even if it doesn’t V 2.0 will be better. I’m going to give Apple some time to make it better and cost less. 3. Windows Ecosystem. I live in the Windows world and so does the Q – it remains to be seen how well the iPhone will do in a Windows world. 4. Verizon. Verizon provides the best all-around service of any carrier I’ve ever used. The phones work, I get great coverage, they don’t drop calls, and their customer service is excellent. Switching from Verizion to AT&T (which I’ve had bad experiences with) for an iPhone isn’t worth it. 5. Zimbra. We’re switching to a Zimbra mail setup at the office – I know the Q supports Zimbra Mobile – the iPhone may not. 6. Microsoft Outlook. I spend a lot of time in Microsoft Outlook. The Q has great support for Outlook – the iPhone may not.

I’m still a big fan of Apple’s products. I have an iPod and I use it almost everyday. I still really like the iPhone and I hope it’s great. I’m just waiting for a V 2.0 that’s better (more storage, better carrier options, a replaceable/extendable battery) and less expensive. The 1st iPod shipped in 2001 with 5g of storage – today, for the same money, you get 80g of storage and a much better product. I’m going to wait – at least a year. More to come on my Moto Q experience.

Update 06/21/07

See Apple already working on cheaper variants of iPhone 

iPhone Optically Excellent and Energized – Now in Hybrid ; )

iPhone Delivers Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time
// Apple upgraded the official battery time estimates for the iPhone this morning and confirmed that it will ship with a glass front panel – the glass front panel makes me feel better about just how durable this thing is going to be.

CUPERTINO, California – June 18, 2007 – Apple today announced that iPhone will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours – more than 10 days – of standby time. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.

iPhone Available 6 p.m. June 29th Your Time Zone

Happy hour with the iPhone | Tech news blog – CNET
The American public will get its first chance to buy the iPhone at 6 p.m. in each local time zone, Apple confirmed Wednesday. [Source - CNET]

Mac Rumors Featuring iPhone Details from AT&T Traing Manual

iPhone Training Guide 

On Friday Mac Rumors published a series of, what appear to be, scanned copies of an AT&T iPhone training manual. They do a good job of summarizing the scans (so you won’t have to wreck your eyes trying to read them) and the scanned copies are available as well. Apparently, someone that goes by cindynjgirl79 sent them the scans. The Google search on cindynjgirl79 produces some interesting results – maybe this is cindynjgirl79′s MySpace page – it’s 3rd in the results. There aren’t going to be a lot of surprises left when the iPhone ships on June 29th.

Indie iPhone Ad Spacetacular

Check out this Indie iPhone Ad. The concept and production values are great. Really impressive what people can do these days with a decent computer and a digital video camera. 69,979 views in about 3 days and Apple didn’t pay a dime for the Ad – nice.

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