Friday, March 26, 2010

Cisco helps advance the greatest thing since the Internet

Check out :"Cisco sinks funding into WiMAX-supporting Grid Net, looks to ride the 'smart energy' wave

This article came from the Engadget Android App, which features everything from the latest smartphone news, to reviews and hands-on looks at laptops, HDTVs, gaming, and more.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

T-Mobile USA Says They Ditched Yahoo For Google Because Consumers Demanded It | mocoNews

T-Mobile USA executives explained that it abruptly ended its year-old exclusive search deal with Yahoo, and replaced it with Google (NSDQ: GOOG), because it is what their subscribers wanted. “It was customer led; the Google brand is associated with Internet and search,” Ian McKerlich, T-Mobile’s director of mobile web and content, told mocoNews today.

We were the first to report last week that T-Mobile dropped one search provider for the other, leading to to significant shift in control of the U.S. mobile search market away. Google now has deals with T-Mobile and Sprint; (NYSE: S) Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) works with AT&T (NYSE: T) and Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has partnered with Verizon Wireless. Clearly, the space continues to be fragmented, but T-Mobile’s sudden change of heart raises an important question: Will carriers continue to be able to lock-in lucrative contracts with search providers with the promise of directing traffic their way when consumers are demanding to use other services?

McKerlich said for other reasons, the switch made sense. T-Mobile was the first carrier to work closely with Google on rolling out its Android-based devices, so having a “single partner across our own portfolio,” allowed it to cut down on the number of messages T-Mobile had to deliver.

T-Mobile said it started updating its web2go Web portal with Google search back in February. As part of the switch, it made other updates to the service, including making it more touch-friendly and easy to personalize. But it also changed the way it lumped together both mobile content results with web results into a single page. If a subscriber searched for “Beyonce,” both ringtones and general web results would be returned. McKerlich: “We believed in federated search being well suited for mobile devices, but federated results were confusing to the consumer. Now we have more of a pure play search.” Seattle-based Medio Systems continues to index and return content results in the Google deal, just as it did for T-Mobile with Yahoo, but they will only show up when someone searches the download store.

The web2go portal is now available on 94 percent of all T-Mobile phones, including the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Cliq, BlackBerry devices, a majority of feature phones, and even the upcoming HTC HD2. T-Mobile said the changes, including the switch to Google, has led to a 300 percent increase in traffic per customer, and in the case of the Cliq, 25 percent of customers have customized their home page. Of course, users can still opt to open a web browser and go to any search provider it would like, such as Yahoo or Bing.

McKerlich declined to discuss the financial arrangement between T-Mobile and either Google or T-Mobile. “In either relationship, both of them were attractive deals when we did them.” Is T-Mobile concerned that it is becoming to reliant on Google? McKerlich: “I don’t really think so. Certainly if the consumers say they like Google, we’ll give it to them.”

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Microsoft Confirms No Windows Phone 7 Series Upgrade for Current Windows Mobile 6.5 Devices |

Natasha Kwan, Microsoft’s General Manager for Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific market, has stated that all current Windows Mobile 6.x.x devices will not be upgraded to Windows Phone Series 7, including the HTC HD2 that many have thought met initial specifications “because it doesn’t have the three buttons”, pointing to the requirement that Windows Phone 7 Series devices feature a maximum of three hardware buttons.

Kwan further stated:

“Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable.”

Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, futher stated that “there are some hardware components that the HD doesn’t have.” which can be taken to mean that the HD2does not feature components powerful enough to meet the yet unknown Chassis 1 specifications for Windows Phone 7 series.

The complete specification for the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices is expected to be revealed during this month’s MIX developer conference in Las Vegas.

Microsoft will also update Windows Mobile 6.5 to 6.5.3 before the Windows Phone Classic rebrand takes place, and Kwan states this will enhance the experience for 6.5 users.

“A lot of 6.5 applications have been built very much from the old paradigm of the stylus. Those legacy apps will be a lot more compatible on 6.5.3 because we have magnifier technology which lets you use your finger for navigating, even though it has a much bigger surface area.”

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Chasing Strength

It’s 1:22am EST. What are you doing?

I’m still up. I went upstairs to my room at 11:30pm.

I can’t sleep.

I spent the weekend at a conference.

That’s right – I go to conferences on subjects that I want to learn more about – things that make me better at what I do.

So I go and hang out with people who are smarter than me and have already done and are currently doing what I want to do and are where I want to be.

And I meet other people who are like-minded. They want to do and be the same.

And it’s cool.

What do you want to do?

What do you want to be?

Strength comes in many forms. Become great at what you do. That’s the path to strength.

Go find out what you love to do and do more of it. Become stronger.

Aspire for more. Be stronger.

Become great. Be strong.

Then give back.

That’s real strength.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

- Winston Churchill

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HTC Legend Review: Frankly, It Feels Expensive - Htc legend review - Gizmodo

HTC Legend Review: Frankly, It Feels Expensive

With HTC's upcoming crop of Androids, you'll be able to separate people into two distinct groups: those who spring for the brainier, better-specced Desire, and those who get bowled over by the beautiful, yet lesser-specced Legend.

The Desire (or Nexus One) is the final word in the Androidsphere—it's a mark of someone who knows what they're doing, who wants to show people they NEED that extra computing power. If you compare it to the Legend, you could be justified in saying Legend-salivators are more shallow, ignoring the might of a Snapdragon processor in lieu of a unibody aluminum shell and slim build.

You'd be wrong, however.

I Mean, It Is Just a Sequel

The internal upgrades are minor, when you consider it next to the HTC Hero, but like the Empire That Strikes Back, sometimes sequels are far better than the original. While we found the Hero "tragically flawed" in its slugginess, the Legend's slightly more powerful 600MHz processor behaved—well, like a legend. The 3.2-inch screen has the same amount of pixels as the Hero, but swaps the HVGA for a more superior AMOLED. The 5.0-megapixel camera is still the same quality, but has the much-welcomed addition of a flash. You get the picture—the Legend is building on the Hero's quality in incremental upgrades, but every change, however minor, radicalizes the experience of using the Legend.

It's running Android 2.1, which as any Hero owner knows should be released as an over-the-air update soon. One day. The jump from 1.6 to 2.1 is impressive—it's a lot faster, the multitouch is better, there's greater integration of social networking profiles with contacts, and HTML5 support, amongst other—admittedly small—changes.

Design Works

Plain and simple—the Legend is the most well-built phone I've ever had in my hand. You just know when you feel the weight of it, the cool curved exterior of the unibody aluminum shell, and touch the ultra-responsive touchscreen. It's that sensation when you first tenderly held the original iPhone, which has been long-missing in the market.

The bottom and top of the back is actually made from rubberized plastic though, so there are no issues with wireless signals—unlike the first generation of the iPhone. Removing part of the case reveals a very thin battery and a touch-sensitive catch which keeps the SIM and microSD cards encased. It's a small point, but it's also the most polished example of a phone's innards that I've ever seen.

Just like BlackBerry, HTC is migrating its trackballs to optical trackpads. This is a relief, but in actual fact I barely had to use the trackpad—only when having to make an edit when typing out messages or emails. The screen is just so responsive, with nary a wrongly-actioned command made, that you can imagine HTC forgoing the trackpad altogether at a later date.

Only eight buttons reside on the Legend's body. The on/off button up top, the two volume controls on the top left, and then on the lower face, home, menu, back and search. They all worked well, though the home, menu, back and search keys did feel a bit cheap in comparison to the high-end feeling of the rest of the handset.

Same Old Camera?

HTC's used the same 5.0-megapixel camera as we saw on the Hero, but the addition of a flash is a new and exciting step for them—strange as that sounds. As you can see from the two photos below, the flash is very strong—too strong, I'd say. However, the quality is decent in lowlight conditions—noisy for sure, but I've seen worse.

Lowlight in a cinema before Alice In Wonderland 3D

In daytime I had a lot more luck. Testing it out on some cakes in my kitchen in the late afternoon sun retained the nice rays of sun across the cakes, with the yellow of the flowers showing up bright. But even at 5MP, the general image performance isn't enough to ditch your point and shoot just yet.

Testing indoors with daylight

More Sense Than HTC Sense

Most manufacturers are skinning Android with their own proprietary interfaces...MOTOBLUR, Mediascape, S-Class, they're ok, but I'd almost rather use Android in its natural flavor than have to put up with some of their issues.

There just ain't no Android phone like a HTC Sense Android phone. It's simply the best skin an Android could ask for, even without the minor improvements seen in the Legend. By far the pick of the bunch is the new "Leap" view—or "Helicopter view" as it was known in-house when designed. It works much like Mac OS X's Exposé function, bringing all seven homescreens up as thumbnails. The feature is very useful, particularly if you just can't remember which screen your mail, or the weather widget, is listed on. The pinch command takes some getting used to, but once you've got the gesture down-pat, it's a godsend.

Leap—or helicopter—view

But with ever feature that will be used often comes one with no point at all. FriendStream is a nice enough widget, which collates all your friends' updates from Twitter, Facebook and Flickr into one feed, but for anyone who's a purist and likes to see every form of update on each social networking site, it will be removed quickly from the homescreen. I preferred using HTC's own brilliant Twitter widget, Peep, for the full Twitter options, and the Facebook app to see every form of action. The Flickr integration is handy, being able to see when my contacts upload photos, but not necessary if you get email notifications already.

Plus, FriendStream just felt slow sometimes—in fact, on a very speedy phone, it felt incongruous in comparison to everything else, often updating with tweets quite a few minutes later than the Twitter widget did. It's not a big problem, but for someone who relies on Twitter heavily as a source of entertainment, it became a source of frustration.


Respectable Battery Life

The Legend ran 36 hours before it died on me. Not too bad, considering I had an hour-long call plus about five shorter ones, sent and received around 20 text messages, and spent almost a whole day browsing the web, checking Twitter, and showing it off to my friends. After the horror of seeing my G1's battery deplete in half a day when I first bought it, the Legend's 1300mAh battery ran to my satisfaction.

The Legend Is The Most Solid Android Phone I've Used

True, other phones may be better specced, but with that premium build it's like comparing a Sony Vaio (not a bad laptop, sure) to a MacBook. Sometimes there's just no contest. While the extra horsepower and added touches of the Nexus One and Desire are nice, I found the Legend more than satisfactory.

It wasn't sluggish, certainly didn't have bugs or issues like the G1 and Hero, and while it'll inevitably slow down and have you cursing the fact you didn't spring for something with a Snapdragon chip, I'm going to award it possibly the highest accolade a reviewer can gift a device: I'm going to upgrade to one.

It's not the best Android phone. That badge still belongs to the Nexus One, or possibly the Desire, when we review it. But it's one of the best all-rounders, when you consider the hardware—and the feeling you're left with once it leaves your hand. I feel bereft without it.

Superb hardware quality

HTC Sense is better than ever

Addition of camera flash

Super-fast and responsive

FriendStream could be faster

Camera flash isn't perfect

The HTC Legend hasn't been announced for the US market yet, with the European launch sometime this month.

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Nice pussy, Kat. Reply

I just promised my daughter that our next phones will be Droids, so she is PUMPED. What I did not mention, is when I will get them, and she is trusting enough not to ask.

Silly child. Reply

No US? Here's to hoping we'll at least get the Desire. I'm looking to get a new phone in May/June.

Any cell people with the know? Reply

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Who's the cute blond munching on the popcorn? Reply

Remember! This is all built on apple technology, so it shouldn't exist. Stealing, people. Stealing!

*PS: Fuck you, jobs-o. Reply

It is just so pretttttty. Must resist gadget lust. Will not force European friends to get me one. I will not! Reply
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And this is why, come November, I'll either be using a Desire or Legend as my SuperPhone of choice. Reply

Ever sense I saw your infatuation for this device when it first came out Kat, I knew you'd be doing a review of it.

Sense is a patent owned by HTC, not Apple Reply

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"swaps the HVGA for a more superior AMOLED."

What? Reply

I know I'm hitting a flame wall with this comment but that chin is just too much for me. Reply
Don Nguyen promoted this comment

HTC is knocking these android phones out of the park. If the "Incredible" (I think that's the name) drops for Verizon anytime soon I'm gonna have to snatch it up ASAP Reply
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If the desire looked like this I would get it. This is a Awesome phone especially the really innovative bottom. Reply
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i'm waiting for the HTC Jet Li

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