Check out this usatoday.com article. Of interest are:
The fact that AT&T is paying “about $300 per device”. No wonder the iPhone 3G is superficially cheap!
The impression that the iPhone made the mobile web “dead simple”. Despite the existence of Nokia and it’s very capable MiniMap browser. But then again, you can’t argue with the results of effective marketing.
Coverage of AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, who is credited with AT&T’s cozy relationship with Apple. He’s been lauded as “all for wireless” and having the balls to sign up for what’s currently a “no-brainer” deal.
Surely, Apple’s and AT&T’s efforts to keep …read more
Handlink’s Wi-Fi Kiosk is an admirable combination of the old and the new.
This coin-op 802.11b/g wireless access point is a throwback to better times, a golden age when the coins in your pocket were good for something other than tossing to a hobo in the street while on your way to buy a $5 coffee and enjoy some “free” Wi-Fi.
The kiosk works like this: drop in some pocket change and you’ll receive a ticket with an access code. When your time is up, you’ll need to go back and feed the meter.
I imagine it’s designed to work in …read more
The Apple iPhone could be a truly great gaming platform. Huge, bright screen, a processor fast enough to throw around some 3D graphics, motion sensors and — from a developers point of view — a big installed user base.
The only problem is the lack of buttons. A touchscreen keyboard might work OK for typing emails, but for games, where split-second timing is needed to avoid death, or even better, kill some ducks, you need some buttons.
The answer comes in the form of the iControl pad, a standard set of buttons and a D-pad mounted on a case into which …read more
This rather clunky-looking Apple iPhone add-on brings real GPS to the soon-to-be-obsolete original iPhone.
Consisting a Holux M1000b GPS unit, a custom dock-connector cable and some software which requires a jailbroken iPhone to run.
Here’s a demo video below in which the GPS seems to work fine, updating your position on the iPhone’s built in Google Maps application every second or so:
What it also shows is that you’ll need a minimum of three hands to use it. Darn. I only have two… har har.
You can check out some screenshots over at the company’s blog that show the software turning the …read more
I’ve mentioned once or twice (maybe even more) about how difficult it can be to enter text information on cell phones. Rawr!
Even phones like my BlackBerry Curve with a full QWERTY keyboard have their quirks. Google thinks it is annoying, too.
The big “G” has been studying how to make filling out search fields in its mobile search products better. Its answer involves fewer “clicks.” Exactly.
Google actually conducted an entire study on this subject. It is called “Query Suggestions for Mobile Search: Understanding Usage Patterns.”
In a blog posting, software engineer Maryam Kamvar writes:
“In an effort to help our …read more
Hop-on earlier today launched a no-frills, $10.00 USD phone that the company says is ideal as a backup phone, when traveling abroad, or for people interested in only making calls.
The Hop 1800 is a prepaid cellular phone with no display. The device works with more than 40 U.S. wireless carriers, including AT&T, Cingular, and T-Mobile. Hop-on also offers wireless service.
The concept behind the new device is to offer a phone to people who need it only to talk. U.S. travelers in Europe or Asia, for example, could buy a local SIM card to avoid expensive roaming fees, or people …read more
Hey Apple iPhone fans, a few more reports have surfaced about the 3G version of the Apple iPhone. w00t!
This tasty round of nuggets tells us that the iPhone will include the ability to GeoTag photos (which means it will have GPS), users can toggle the 3G radio on and off, and I have some predictions on exactly when the iPhone will be available.
Continue reading my gadget loving friends as I have compiled a nice round-up of some recent wireless 3G and Apple iPhone 2.0 news that’s been circulating around the blogosphere.
GPS: According to Engadget, screen shots of the iPhone 2.0 …read more
How would you like to have super internet surfing at 1.2 gigabytes per second speeds from a small dish on your home window? Thanks to Japan, they’ve just launched a satellite that carries new technology to boost internet speeds for homes and businesses around the world. Last Saturday, at 555pm, the WINDS satellite was launched from the Japanese island of Tanagashima that promises such speeds. That piece of expensive tin can is a a joint project of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
I wonder if they will charge by the second in Japanese yen, ouch.