In a not very surprising aftermath to the launch of Apple's iPhone 4 handset a few days ago, mobile phone dealers have struggled to meet demand. Both Optus and Telstra said the demand was unprecedented and in efforts to help cope with such demands somewhat, Telstra stores implemented an ad hoc customer prioritisation system.
An optus spokesperson has said that all of its stores had sold out of the phones within 15 hrs of launch.
As it stands now, many more are on order and the large telcos are taking down customers' details who go onto a waiting queue to obtain one from the next batch coming in. Apple are said to be working overtime to help replenish inventories ASAP. Telstra is expecting new stock to arrive by this coming Wednesday.
Our Download of the Day today is MediaMonkey 22.214.171.1249 Beta.
MediaMonkey is a music manager and jukebox for serious music collectors and iPod users. It catalogs your CDs, OGG, WMA, MPC, FLAC, APE, WAV and MP3 audio files. It offers an intelligent tag editor which looks up missing Album Art and track information via Freedb and the web, and an automated file and directory renamer to organize your music library.
Organize music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful, intuitive interface
Automatically lookup and tag Album Art and other metadata
Manage 50,000+ files in your music collection without bogging down
Play MP3s and other audio formats, and never again worry about varying volume
Record CDs into OGG, MP3, FLAC and WMA files
Convert MP3s, OGG, FLAC and WMA files into other formats with the Audio Converter
Create playlists and music mixes quickly and easily to suit any occasion
Synchronize with iPods / MP3 players effortlessly and convert tracks on-the-fly
Download audio content using the new integrated Podcatcher.
Use MediaMonkey for Parties or other public places with Party Mode
Create Statistics and other Reports of your music collection as Excel, html, or xml files.
Customize MediaMonkey with Skins, visualizations, plug-ins and scripts to make it do what you want it to.
Plus much more...
The latest happenings from around the web - August 1st, 2010
- Gigabyte X58A-UD9 and GTX480 Quad Sli @ Overclock3D
- eMachines ER1402-05 @ Techreviewsource
- ASUS M4A89TD PRO Motherboard @ Vortez UK
- AMD 890FX Mainboards Roundup: ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI @ XBit Labs
- Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 GC 1GB Review - Can SLI 460s beat the GTX 480? @ PC Perspective
- Nvidia Quadro 5000 Professional Graphics Card @ XBit Labs
The past couple days have been sprinkled with rumors of Android 2.2 finally being ready for release over several handsets, and now it has been made official. Engadget got word directly from HTC that Froyo, the newest Android OS, will be available this weekend for owners of the HTC Desire in Europe.
This rollout is for unlocked versions of the phone; those that are locked into a carrier may have to play a little bit more of the waiting game to get their hands on Froyo. This update is expected "in several weeks' time" as testing is finished up. Along with the OS, the update for the Desire is also unlocking 720p recording mode, the HTC App Share widget, iTunes sync, and the Smart Caller ID feature.
An as of yet unannounced smartphone from Samsung, currently dubbed the "Cetus," was uncovered in a post by the Bluetooth SIG. Coming with Windows Phone 7, this is the first handset seen with Microsoft's OS that is outfitted with a front facing VGA camera listed as a "video call" camera.
Video calling is not a feature that Microsoft has officially stated that Windows Phone 7 supports. Skype announced a couple months back that they would not be working on an app for Windows Phone 7, so either Samsung is supporting the feature with its own software or Windows Phone 7 is capable of more than we are currently wise to. Other specs for the Cetus include a 4 inch 800x480 display, 5mp camera, Wireless N and Bluetooth capability, and an FM radio.
The Kindle app from Amazon got a pretty good facelift today. The iPhone and iPad version is receiving several new features, including a 250,000 entry dictionary and the ability to look up words on Google or Wikipedia. The dictionary, which other apps like iBooks and Barnes and Nobles's ereader already support, allows you to tap any word on the page to get a definition. The update also allows searching within books on the iPad and adds support for fast app switching on iOS 4 devices. The app is free and available for anyone running iOS 3.0 or later.
The rumor mill got restarted yesterday with the report that RIM had acquired the domain blackpad.com, and now it seems that will indeed b the moniker for their tablet project. The folks at Bloomberg apparently received some info from a source at RIM that the Blackberry inspired tablet will indeed be called the Blackpad and have a 9.7" screen. The tablet is hoped to be "introduced in November," although no projected shipping date was leaked. Here's hoping that this announcement date means we will get to play with the device at CES, though.
It seems the rumors were true; Froyo is indeed right around the corner from hitting the EVO 4G. In an official announcement, Sprint revealed August 3rd as the date that the EVO 4G will receive the long awaited Android 2.2 OS update.
I live in Texas where it is hotter than the surface of the sun for most of the summer. A remote start system lets you get your car nice and cool so you can actually touch the controls without being burned when you get in.
If you use an Android phone and want a remote start system the Viper SmartStart application is now available for Android devices. The application was previously only available for the iPhone and Blackberry handsets.