Today, HTC America announced that its non-smart phone, non-laptop, not-really-sure-what-to-call-it HTC Advantage is now available for purchase at CompUSA and Amazon.com for $899 (gulp). The Advantage represents a new product category for the company, and it isn't designed to be a complete laptop replacement. Instead, the Windows Mobile 6 mobile computer is "the perfect device for three days on the road," according to HTC's description. Just marketing fluff? Well, check out the device's specs:A 5-inch VGA touch screen and a magnetically connected full QWERTY keyboard Small enough to put in a large coat … Read more
The brawniest smart phones may be equipped to withstand a hearty flinging across the room, and the brainiest may be able to finesse your multimedia or autocorrect your photos, but few can do on their own what CodeWallet Pro and eWallet Professional (various versions) can to manage and secure your data in a central, locked-down location.
I'm not talking about one smart phone with separate notebook, word processing, e-mailing, and database programs that have been shrunk down from their original desktop formats to disco with your data. I'm talking about programs that have been made with mobility in mind, that regard themselves as serious guardians of very sensitive information. Whether they stand up to the task and whether you really need them are issues we'll get to. To begin, let's take a look at eWallet Professional and CodeWallet Pro (which shall henceforth simply be known as eWallet and CodeWallet).… Read more
As many of you know, the world of tech can be such a frustrating waiting game. Companies will tease you by announcing a hot little product, but it can be months and months before it actually comes to market. Take the HTC Cavalier S630, for example. The successor to the T-Mobile Dash already has passed FCC tests but we're still waiting for an official carrier and availability announcement. Lucky for us, we were able to get an unlocked version of the Windows Mobile 6 smart phone from Mobile Planet, so take a look at our slide show, and check … Read more
Huzzah, all hail the HTC Kaiser! The latest Windows Mobile 6 smart phone from HTC has been given the thumbs-up by the FCC, clearing the way for a U.S. release. According to the FCC filings, it appears there are, in fact, three models: the HTC KAIS100 with a 3-megapixel camera; the KAIS110 with no camera; and the KAIS120 with a 3-megapixel camera on back and VGA lens on front. All three run on the GSM/HSDPA network and have integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The smart phone also features a slider design, full QWERTY keyboard, and pivoting screen. There'… Read more
Apple CEO Steve Jobs usually waits until the end of his keynotes to deliver the real news. We'll start from the start.
This post kicks off One More Thing, a personal blog in which I'll share with you my take on Apple, the chip industry, and the gradual evolution of mobile computing as the PC starts to look more and more like the clock radio. It's going to be a combination of news and commentary, mostly on Apple but also on the chip industry and the development of the truly mobile computer.
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Compared to the other cell phone carriers, Verizon Wireless has been a bit of a Johnny-come-lately as far as updating its smart phone lineup. Sure, it got the RIM BlackBerry 8830 not too long ago, but we're still waiting for the upgrades to the Verizon Wireless XV6700 and Palm Treo 700p, both of which are more than a year old. Not ancient by any means, but take into account that Sprint has already released updated versions of their equivalents: the Sprint Mogul and Treo 755p.
Well, don't cry, dear Verizon customer, there seems to be hope in sight. … Read more
Smart Technology is the innovative new line by Pottery Barn. I couldn't stop laughing when i first saw this over on Cool Hunting... is this the sign that technology has truly become ubiquitous in our everyday? Or have we just redefined what makes something "smart"? Honestly, take a look at this new line of products... classic Pottery Barn styled pieces get more intelligent with the integration of speakers, powerstrips, and holes for cables to come through... Below are a few more pieces from the collection. All of this makes me wonder whether there is a need for the services of someone willing to adapt all of your antique furniture to better house your tech... embedding speakers, powerstrips, wifi boosters, splash pad chargers that work beneath that gorgeous wood inlay?… Read more
After getting the green light from the FCC just a couple of weeks ago, Research in Motion today officially took the wraps off the RIM BlackBerry 8820, the company's first smart phone with integrated Wi-Fi. Available through AT&T Wireless later this summer, the 8820 supports 802.11a/b/g standards and is compliant with Wi-Fi security protocols, including WEP and WPA. In addition, the BlackBerry 8820 is the company's thinnest full QWERTY device to date (beat it, BlackBerry Curve), and has built-in GPS for out-of-the-box support for location-based services such as TeleNav GPS Navigator. Other highlights … Read more
It's not the Windows Mobile 6 software upgrade that some of you may be pining for, but Palm has released updates for the Verizon Wireless Treo 700w and Treo 700wx smart phones. The updater for the 700w brings support for dial-up networking (DUN), the A2DP Bluetooth profile for stereo Bluetooth headsets, Today screen enhancements, new dialing preferences, and additional compatibility with Bluetooth car kits. Sadly, Treo 700wx owners don't get as many perks, but you do get A2DP support, DUN improvements, and more daylight saving time features. Both updates are available now for download from Palm's support Web site.… Read more
I found this submission for the "In the Trenches" series to be intriguing. If you wanted to find someone with experience analogous to working in an open source community, where would you look?
According to Janice Smith of The rSmart Group, in academia. This may be particularly true for Janice, given rSmart's focus on open source applications in the Higher Education vertical, but I think it's telling that Janice found the same sort of collegiality and community-approach in open source as she had in her previous life in academia.
But let's hear it directly from Janice:
Name, company, title, and what you actually do
Janice A. Smith, The rSmart Group, Senior Education Consultant. I conduct on-site client assessments, develop requirements, design customizations, offer virtual and on-site training, and provide functional/technical support for an open source application in higher education and K-12.… Read more