In trying to figure out what exactly is at the heart of the problem (don't say Apple's "control issues"), I heard an interesting perspective on this brouhaha from Todd Barr, vice president of marketing at Bandwidth.com, a nationwide CLEC voice carrier that sells voice and data services to businesses. (Note: Fellow CNET blogger Matt Asay … Read more
The countdown is well under way for Microsoft's Windows Mobile app store, called Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is slated to arrive in early fall alongside the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. Yet on Tuesday, mobile media company Handmark outmaneuvered Microsoft, releasing a rival application for Windows Mobile phones: HandMarket Apps for Windows Mobile.
Handmark's HandMarket app store is compatible with phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and up. At launch there are 600 applications and games each, plus about 50,000 ringtones and wallpaper items. Prices range from $0 to about $60.
HandMarket fits what can … Read more
This is one of life's fundamental dilemmas.
You had a couple of beers over dinner. Now you're at the movies, and suddenly you need to go to the restroom.
But you want to know whether the monster with the green eyes, yellow lips, and voice like Charlton Heston will, indeed, eat the heroine before her beau is released by extra-terrestrial terrorists.
Thanks to RunPee.com, your problems are now behind you.
RunPee is dedicated to analyzing movies and working out the precise minute for you to annoy the other 12 people in your row, scuttle off to the … Read more
Music service iLike, best known for third-party applications on platforms like Facebook, made its big iPhone app launch today. The company has rolled out an app for alerts about local concerts, and also launched its previously announced program for bands and artists to create custom fan applications.
Apple still has to approve the "Local Concerts" app, according to a release, but iLike is excited about its potential impact regardless.
"It's something that we really felt was a good idea on paper as we started developing it," iLike CEO Ali Partovi told CNET News, "but … Read more
Verizon Communications is about to open up its new Widget Bazaar to third-party developers to create an "app store" for its Fios TV service in a move that could forever change how people watch TV.
Verizon first announced the Widget Bazaar just a couple of weeks ago. Initially, the company described it as a storefront for new widgets or applications developed by Verizon partners for its Fios TV customers. At the time, Verizon executives downplayed the possibility of a sprawling Widget Bazaar teeming with thousands of applications developed by third parties.
But now Verizon is making it clear … Read more
We could have talked about yet another Apple tablet rumor but the chat room vetoed it. The chat room rulez! We do discuss Google's CEO leaving the Apple board and Microsoft shipping the normal Windows 7 to Europeans. And also robots that can run. That's not a good idea. Especially if they run towards you.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1032
Google’s Schmidt resigns from Apple board http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10301612-37.html
Microsoft: No browserless Windows 7 after all http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10301299-56.html
FCC’s Speed Shockingly Fast Looking Into iPhone-Google Voice Fiasco http://www.businessinsider.com/fccs-speed-shockingly-fast-looking-into-iphone-google-voice-fiasco-2009-8
AT&T Does Not Manage or Approve Apps for the App Store http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20090803/att-does-not-manage-or-approve-apps-for-the-app-store-though-we-may-bitch-about-the-ones-we-dislike/ http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=22069
Apple tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/personal_tech/article6736587.ece
Analyst claims first hand knowledge of Apple gaming, home media center tablet http://www.9to5mac.com/apple-tablet-september-barrons
Defcon air traffic control hacker: Excuse me while I change your aircraft's flight plan http://deals.venturebeat.com/2009/08/01/defcon-hacker-excuse-me-while-i-change-your-aircrafts-flight-plan/
Verizon drops pricing on almost all existing smartphones to under $99 http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/08/02/verizon-drops-pricing-on-almost-all-existing-smartphones-to-under-99/
Radio Shack rebadged “The Shack” in mobile push http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/08/02/radio.shack.rebranding/ http://www.radioshack.com/theshack/
Robot Runs For Real http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/93586-Robot-Runs-For-Real
To paraphrase the old Sara Lee commercial, nobody doesn't like free apps.
Good luck trying to find them, though. Sure, the App Store lists the top freebies in each software category, but what about the apps that have just been price-reduced to $0? iTunes offers no way to find them.
However, FreeAppAlert does find them for you. The site catalogs all iPhone apps that previously cost money but are now free (either temporarily or permanently).
If this sounds a bit familiar, it's because I recently wrote the 148Apps' Twitter feed that notifies you when an app's price drops to zero.… Read more
There's a big disconnect between what the media likes to write about and what the enterprise likes to buy. I suspect this is largely because the future is a much more interesting topic. Enterprise software might be a great topic for advertisers for Lunesta or Ambien, but it's woefully dull for everyone else.
So, the media talks about PHP and other Web-scripting languages, but stodgy chief information officers continue to buy Java and .Net.
And while cloud computing is one of the hottest topics in technology media, the vast majority of IT decisions center on which on-premise software … Read more
Apple developer IDFusion on Monday is launching Bodega, an application that brings a Mac App Store to users' desktops.
Bodega is intended to do for Mac software applications what Apple's App Store did for the iPhone--give users a place to purchase and download applications. The store kicks off with 150 applications, and IDFusion said it will be quickly adding more apps.
In an interview with CNET, Phil Letourneau, the user interface designer for Bodega, said that IDFusion is trying to learn from the mistakes that Apple made with the iPhone App Store.
For instance, Apple has been heavily criticized … Read more
Google is taking its marketing strategy for Google Apps to the next level by renting prominent billboards in major U.S. cities.
Commuters in New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco will be greeted by a progressive series of ads for Google Apps starting Monday and running for a month. The idea is to catch IT managers stuck in horrific traffic spots like New York's West Side Highway or San Francisco's U.S. 101 and press them on the benefits of switching to Google Apps with a different ad for each day of the week.
Google has steadily … Read more