Well it has finally happened; WebEx is coming to the iToy. Although I am not surprised I do wonder how effective it will be.
The new client for iPhone will leverage WiFi and 3G connections. I would hate to see it over an Edge connection though. The application will be free from the App Store and will support audio, texting in a messenger like method and the ability to view content shared from other attendee's desktops. As of the current release video is not supported.
Read more here.
Taking advantage of the 3G and WiFi abilities in the latest generation of iPhone, the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for iPhone will be available as a free download. In addition to the ability to participate in WebEx meetings, users will have the ability to exchange instant messages as well as view content that is on other meeting attendee computers, provided that they are sharing their desktop or presenting. Currently, video is not supported.
The ability to use your iPhone as a conduit to attend WebEx meetings on the go is a great offering for the iPhone to offer. We have to wonder, however, if being able to attend meetings on the go is really a good thing.
Best Buy is now flogging refurbished 3G iPhones to US consumers. These iPhones (which were returned to the store less than 30 days from their original purchase) can be had for a $50 (US) reduction in price. That means that with a 2 year indenture you can pick up gently used iPhone 3G 8GB model for $149.99 and a 16GB for $249.99.
The announcement from Best Buy follows WalMart's announcement that they would begin selling the iPhone 3G for $197 (8GB) and 297 (16GB).
Best Buy has also made the statement that these prices will be extended to owners of the original iPhone who are eligible for an upgrade.
CNet has more here.
The move comes a little more than a week after megaretailer Wal-Mart Stores began selling iPhones at $197 for the 8GB model and $297 for the 16GB model.
Refurbished iPhones are also available from AT&T, the sole wireless carrier for the devices. Apple itself has also sold refurbished iPhones in the past, but a check of its Web site shows no such offers at the moment.
Best Buy representatives were not immediately available for comment.
If some of you are wondering what to spend your XMAS money on this year, Wal-Mart have an awesome deal going for 8GB iPhones at the moment. You can pick one up for just $197 and there are 16GB models on offer for exactly $100 more.
It isn't quite the mega $99 deal that 4GB models were rumoured to come in at around this time, of which has now been dismissed entirely. But it's a great opportunity to pick up a higher capacity model at an attractive price point nonetheless.
Thanks to Yahoo for the heads up.
Since it is Monday and I am feeling a little grumpy I went looking for some Apple bashing news (not really but it makes a good lead in). I did not have to look very long as I happened upon a nice little article about the iPhone and its affect on non-US carriers.
Now in the US there is only one iPhone partner and that is AT&T, they reap the sales benefits even if the phones end up unlocked and on another carrier.
In Europe this is not the case and it seems that the iPhone has become something of an Albatross according to Strand Consulting. They recon the iPhone is as vapid as Paris Hilton according to their 2008 predictions ("when we compared the iPhone to Paris Hilton. We said both were beautiful, but ultimately little more than media hype"). They blame the issue on the press, something I find odd considering there is almost as much bad press on the iPhone as there is good.
Read more here.
It is no secret that we here at Strand Consult have been critical about the iPhone, on the other hand our analyses during 2008 have shown that there is not one operator that has increase their turnover, revenue or improved their market share due to the iPhone. In our latest iPhone analysis LINK we document that a number of operators have issued profit warnings based on the iPhone. We have documented that the closer partnership you have with Apple, the worst business case the iPhone becomes from an operator's point of view. We are somewhat shocked by the enormous focus there has been on the functionality of a telephone that has such a tiny share of the market and we feel it is sad that there is not more focus on the functionality of the billions of telephones that customers have actually purchased and are using every day.
The Apple App Store is adding the popular SimCity to its increasing list of games available for the iPhone and iPod touch.
SimCity is available for the low cost of $9.99 and features well thought out controls. There are some reported bugs left over from the Demo and Beta stages but for the most part the initial reviews are good.
Read more at CNet here.
While some of those issues have been fixed--the game runs fairly snappy now, when loaded--I'm experiencing the game crashing and a slowdown in actions like zooming. From the early reviews I'm seeing on SimCity's App Store page, I'm not alone in experiencing this.
And unfortunately, loading even the more bare-bones previously saved city takes a long time (I'm talking minutes). Maybe for some, that will just add to the nostalgic experience--I remember this was an issue on my old PC back in the day as well. For others, it'll be annoying.
You had to know it would happen, as with most locked down items, the more locks you put on it the more some people will want to pick them.
The gang from the Dev Team has finally found a way to unlock the iPhone 3G. This particular hack took quite a while as Apple dumped more security into the iPhone 3G and the 3G network is different than the 2G but in the end they won out.
The Dev Team is looking to distribute a package that will allow full unlocking of the 3G on December 31st.
Read more at Gizmodo.
While it took a little longer than the free iPhone EDGE unlock, it does sound like this is the real deal. The team is claiming a successful unlock-now the next step is to package it up in a user-friendly GUI app like Pwnage Tool.
The only catch is that it will work only with iPhone 3Gs with baseband version 2.11.07 or earlier, and it must be jailbroken.
Despite many rumors about a Zune-Phone, it looks like we won't be seeing one at CES 2009.
Fudo over at Fudzilla has been keeping in touch with someone at MS about this, but there was no need to cite unnamed sources as Brian Seitz, Group Manager for the Zune products, went on record to say there would not be a Zune-Phone launch at CES 2009
Read more at Fudzilla.
In a strange turn of events, Brian Seitz, who is the group manager for the Zune products, went on the record to let everyone know that while Microsoft might have something special to show at CES, it will not be a new mobile handset carrying the Zune branding. Normally, Microsoft does not comment on speculation or rumors, so the decision to publicly deny this rumor is a strange turn of events.
Seitz did suggest that the CES announcement might have something to do with the much rumored "Project Pink," which opinions seem to be mixed as to what this could actually be. Our sources seem to be mostly in agreement that "Project Pink" is actually a set of consumer-focused premium services that are being developed for Windows Mobile devices that will include Zune services and other service offerings that will come from the Danger acquisition.
There is a saying; "if you can't beat them, join them" well it seems that Google might be privy to that little saying.
Unlike their Fruity counter parts Apple Google is releasing a Developer's version of the G1. This phone is completely unlocked and unrestricted (software wise). To get one according to Mobile Crunch all you have to do is shell out a onetime Developer's Fee and the $399 cost of the Phone.
Read more here.
To nab one of these, you'll need to register as a developer on the Android Market site, pay the one-time $25.00 registration fee, and slap down $399 big ones for the hardware.
Google plans to expand the territories that it's available in, but initially you may purchase one if you are located in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Hungary.
President Elect Obama does not want to give up his cherished Blackberry phone. Despite the security (personal and data) that surround the device.
He is fighting with the laws that prevent the president from having such a device and the ones that exist to preserve all presidential communications for posterity.
The Blackberry (and indeed almost all Cellular devices have means to be tracked remotely. This (to me at least) would seem to be reason enough to do away with the device as it puts the President at risk to long range remote attacks. But not for Obama, I guess he is hoping that big red "s" he is going to have tattooed on his chest will protect him.
The Sidney Morning Herald has more here.
According to excerpts of the interview released by ABC, Obama said one change he was resisting was having to give up his beloved BlackBerry.
A president's email may be subject to public records laws and can be subpoenaed by Congress and the courts. It may also be a security risk for him to carry a traceable mobile phone.|
Giving it up, Obama said, "is a problem".
During the campaign, he was often spotted thumbing the device and was known as a bit of a BlackBerry addict.
As if the iPhone and Apple need more problems it has now come to light that the iPhone 3G is being shipped with hair line cracks in its casing.
The finding of these cracks (which show up everywhere on the phone) are leading to another lawsuit aimed at Apple over the iPhone 3G.
Apple Insider has a good write up complete with pictures; take a look here
The 23-page suit, filed in a New York district court by Nassau County resident Avi Koschitzki, joins a chorus of complaints (1, 2, 3, 4) filed earlier this year, each of which charge the iPhone maker and its exclusive US wireless carrier AT&T with misrepresenting the performance of the new touchscreen handset by advertising it as "twice as fast" as its predecessor.
"Based upon information and belief the 3G iPhones demand too much power from the 3G bandwidths and the AT&T infrastructure is insufficient to handle this overwhelming 3G signal based on the high volume of 3G iPhones it and Apple have sold," Koschitzki's attorneys wrote
Talk and ye shall receive, or something like that. It seems that Google is launching a voice initiated search utility for the iPhone.
The little app that should appear soon in the iPhone's appstore will take your speech, send it to Google for interpretation and then send you back the same tangle of half-hits you currently get from typing in your searches.
Read more here.
By using a way to distinguish between voice and keyboard input by using the phone's accelerometer and proximity sensors, it can tell when you have the phone at the side of your head, similar to how the Iphone screen switches off when you're in a call.
Instead of interpreting your voice on-the-fly using the Iphone hardware, a recording of the voice query is sent to Google's servers for interpretation, sending back results "seconds later".
The search results will include local information when relevant, taking advantage of the in-built Iphone AGPS that lets it determine its own location.
This is Bill, he is my virtual friend. See Bill on his virtual Cell Phone? Boy when I was a kid they kept telling me to live in the real world. But I guess no one gave the gang over at VMWare that talk.
VMWare (an EMC Company) have added another platform to their virtual list. Now they are going to virtualize the mobile phone platform. That is right, you will be able to run multiple OSes on your smart phone now. The new technology is called MVP (Mobile Virtualization Platform).
MVP information here
VMware MVP is a thin layer of software that is embedded on a mobile phone to decouple the applications and data from the underlying hardware. It is optimized to run efficiently on low power consuming and memory constrained mobile phones. The MVP currently supports a wide range of real-time and rich operating systems including Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0, Linux 2.6.x, Symbian 9.x, eCos, µITRON NORTi and µC/OS-II.
VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform will help handset vendors reduce development time and get mobile phones to market faster. In addition, end users will benefit by being able to run multiple personalities-for example, one for personal use and one for work use on the same phone
It seems for all of the talk about the iPhone being a toy and not being ready for business it is certainly sturdier than its competition the RIM Blackberry.
Mobile Crunch has some numbers compiled by Squaretrade that show the iPhone is 50% less likely to have problems requiring repair or replacement after one year of ownership.
Read more here
The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds. SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans. The malfunction rate for iPhones after one year is 5.6 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for the Blackberry and 16.2 percent for the Treo.
The study projects that the failure rate for the iPhone after two years will be between 9.2 and 11.3 percent, compared to actual two-year failure rates of 14.3 percent for BlackBerries and 21.0 percent for Treos.
It seems that the determined smart phone hacks from the XDA Developers Forum have found a nice way into the file system behind Google's G1 Phone.
Using a small application called PTerminal they have given access similar to the SSH access on the iPhone.
It remains to be seen if this will be as big as the jailbreaking of the iPhone since the G1 is not as locked down.
Read more at ModMyGphone.
Well, it didn't take too long. G1 is jailbroken. Full system access, read and write, has been obtained. And this method is quite easy. A few folks at the xda-developers forum discovered you can start telnet on the device by downloading PTerminal from Android Market, and then you can telnet to the device from your computer.
Details have surfaced on LGs upcoming Prada II, the sequel to their first touchscreen smartphone which hit the market over a year ago.
a press release confirms the phone is coming and should arrive before the year's out. It also makes mention of the extensive feature-set which includes 7.2 Mbps HSDPA connectivity as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth, a 3" touchscreen, slide-siding QWERTY keyboard, 5 MP camera, FM-radio, microSDHC slot and more.
The asking price of 600 Euro seems a little steep, especially considering the phone lacks GPS, but the phones' distinctive styling and all the other bells and whistles might seal the deal for you alone.
You can read the full announcement here.
Seoul, Korea- October 13, 2008 - LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created the PRADA Phone by LG will release its second handset before the end of the year.
Almost identical to the highly successful original, the new telephone has a hidden secret. In one smooth movement the ultra-thin keyboard slides from under the handset. As serenely as it appears it slides invisibly, effortlessly away - a modern icon of mobile style and design with an extra competitive edge.
A Norwegian chap by the name of Erik Kristiansen has managed to create an application for the iPhone which allows the hugely popular phone to run Windows Mobile.
Seen during the myPhone 2008 exhibition in Las Vegas recently, the application boot loaded is still in beta, however even still, it seems to work pretty well loading up Windows Mobile in only a few seconds.
Check out the interview with Erik below.
There is more from the myPhone 2008 exhibition over at this website.
We've seen a lot of repeated information and a gazillion different angled shots of ASUS' upcoming P6T Deluxe motherboard for the Core i7 (Nehalem) platform over the past couple months, but what we haven't seen before is this "OC Palm Edition", spotted over at DonanimHaber.
The obvious (and probably only) difference with this offering is the inclusion of the USB driven OC Palm device, which resembles a similarity to the appearance of typical hand-held PCs. What this device is said to do is allow on-the-fly overclocking via all the important system parameters that you would usually only have access to in the BIOS. The downside is that it's apparently handled by software rather than being a direct link to the BIOS itself.
TmoNews has gotten hold of some pics along with a bunch of specs and info on T-Mobiles highly anticipated G1 phone which officially gets the wraps taken off it at 10:30am EDT tomorrow.
Glancing over the specs, we can see its dimensions of 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63", weighing in at 5.6 ounces. The HVGA display outputs a resolution of 480x320 and its memory is expandable at up to 8GB (no mention of which format yet).
Other confirmed features are a 3.1MP camera, 5 hour talktime and 130 hours in standby, along with both 3G and GPS. A little oddity has been mentioned in regards to purchasing the phone from stores; apparently it will only be sold where the stores are within a 2-5 mile radius of T-Mobile's 3G coverage areas.
More details here.
ASUS hit the news headlines pretty hard yesterday with the release of its AiGuru SV1 Skype videophone.
It left some wondering what the point of it is was since if you have a PC and a webcam, you can do the exact same as this thing which is selling on the Skype website for a rather pocket hurting $300 USD.
Nevertheless, the folks from Engadget managed to track one down and had a bit of a hands-on play with one. The device is pretty funky looking, has a nice enough interface but the let down is the actual video quality.
Check out the gallery of pictures over at Engadget, right here.
HTC today took the covers off its latest phone and this one is a truly a stunning gem of a product. Say hello to the Touch HD - it's packed with features we don't even know where to begin.
Oh yes, starting things off it gets a fancy large 3.8-inch wide-screen 480 x 800 WVGA display. That is a full one inch larger than the original Touch. HTC also packs in its TouchFLO 3D user interface over the top of the installed Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. HTC reckon its interface is much better than what Microsoft came up (and we wouldn't disagree agree with that), making it quicker and easier to call people, access messages and so on.
There are two cameras on this baby - the main one is a 5 megapixel with auto focus and a second VGA level camera for video calls. HTC pack in a fairly generous 512MB flash ROM for storing photos and ringtones and whatever else and there is 288MB of RAM to power the phone, which is more than usual. It uses the Qualcomm MSM7201a 528MHz processor too which will provide plenty of speed.
As far as connectivity goes, you get pretty much the works: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and GPS/AGPS.
At press time there was no details on pricing, however it will be available sometime in Q4 of this year. You can find more details over at the press release we uploaded here.
The beautiful city of San Francisco, CA is hosting Apple's 'Let's Rock' event and as expected, a number of iPods have managed to get a mention in the roll call.
With Apple not forgetting its roots, Engadget first reports on the iPod classic, which at $249, gets a storage capacity upgrade to 120 GB and now bears the sole responsibility for the iPod classic name, on its shoulders.
How about the 4th generation iPod nano? $149 and $199 for the 8 GB and 16 GB flavours, respectively, with nine colour choices on the palate.
Add a wider display and what is apparently, the thinnest iPod ever, and you could overlook the claimed 24 hour battery life for music playback, together with a host of other enhancements.
Now into futuristic mode, the iPod touch features a slimmed down steel case, hardware volume controls and a built-in speaker too. It boasts a claimed 36 hour battery life for music playback and comes in at $399 for the 32 GB, $299 for the 16 GB and $229 for the 8 GB options.
Despite featuring the same display as its predecessor, the UI has got some love and attention and the Environment hasn't been ignored either.