On 8 August 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST begins on the second Sunday in March, this Sunday 11 March, and ends the first Sunday in November. This change in DST requires that every computer, mobile device, many software applications, servers, or other piece of electronic gear that automatically updates its time based on the old settings apply an update. There are updates for Windows PCs, Apple computers, Windows Mobile devices, Symbian devices, Palm OS devices, and BlackBerry devices.
The Mobile Gadgeteer
Professionals are doing more today on the go than ever before. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as iPads, Android tablets, cutting edge smartphones, portable gaming,
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
The Vulcan FlipStart ultramobile PC is one of a few devices, like the DualCor CPC, that were announced a couple of years ago and then became vaporware that only had occasional rumors bringing it back to life. According to a Crave article it appears that the FlipStart is actually going to be released soon. The Vulcan FlipStart E-1001S is a full Windows XP PC similar to the Sony UX series, but with a flip-open display revealing a keyboard rather than a slide-up display. Rumored specs have the device sporting a Pentium M CPU, 30GB hard drive, 512MB RAM, 5.6 inch 1024x600 display, and EV-DO WWAN support. For the US$1,999 price it better also have integrated WiFi and Bluetooth.
Most of the topics covered in this week's podcast, MobileTechRoundup show #93 focus on mobile phones after James and Kevin chatted a bit about the new HP tx1000 device. We talked about the Nokia N80ie, T-Mobile and its EDGE data service issues, Boingo Mobile, and Netvibes2Go. There was also some good news we heard about, Dynamism partnered with Best Buy.
As a member of the Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program, I get the chance to check out different high end multimedia mobile phones and post my honest thoughts and experiences with the devices. The latest Nseries device that I have had the opportunity to check out for over a month is the Nokia N80ie, Internet Edition, (aka Nokia N80-1). Nokia released the N80 last year and you won't notice any external differences between this latest model and the N80. And if you have an existing Nokia N80 you will be pleased to find out that Nokia just released a firmware update that you can perform yourself at home and turn your Nokia N80 into a Nokia N80ie Internet Edition. While the N80ie is a high end multimedia device, it is also one that could just as easily fit into the enterprise market with its integrated WiFi radio and VoIP support out of the box. 24 images of the N80ie are posted in this review of the N80ie.
As a mobile gadget fan, I like seeing what I can do with mobile technology and finding ways to make my life a bit easier and more efficient, but I am a bit concerned about security and the confusion with all of these different clients and services. For most of the services you can enter your bank account information and have money deposited and withdrawn from your bank through these wireless services. Are you concerned about the security of your money? Will any of these mobile money clients ever really find a place in the mobile market?
It is a well known fact that Nokia leads the converged device/smartphone market throughout the world, as confirmed by recent IDC and Canalys reports. In fact, as of the 4th quarter of 2006, Nokia had about 50% of the worldwide market share in converged devices. RIM and Motorola were in second and third with the majority of the Motorola devices being Linux based devices selling in Asia. The IDC report then had Sharp and Panasonic (Linux) in 4th and 5th, while Canalys showed Palm and Sony Ericsson. The second through 5th place vendors shown each have something from 5 to 8 percent of the market share, but there is a catch all vendor labeled Others that has 23.5 percent (IDC) or 24.3 percent (Canalys). Who are these Others and where are all the Windows Mobile devices?
Many people wonder why WiFi is an important feature to include on a smartphone and Nokia is showing the true power of the mobile user with their S60 smartphones that support VoIP clients. Developers are also doing a great job in creating a number of VoIP clients for users to choose from and most are in beta stages at this time. In this article we take a look at Fring, Gizmo Project, and Truphone on three S60 3rd Edition devices. Fring supports Skype, Google Talk, and MSN Messenger so this single client may be just what you are looking for to unleash the power of WiFi on your mobile device.
GrandCentral and TalkPlus are two Voice 2.0 services with different target markets, but you can use them together on mobile devices like the Nokia Nseries to have ultimate control over your incoming and outgoing phone calls. You no longer have to be restricted to your wireless carrier's basic voicemail and call management features, but you can have complete freedom and control of all your phones and your numbers with advanced voicemail capabilities.
MobileTechRoundup show #91 began with a bit more talk of Windows Mobile 6, including what devices will be seeing upgrades. Kevin then explained why he likes the Zune Marketplace and how most of us have been renting content for years so why not rent music and get more of it for your consumption? James let the readers know how they can get their own free Zune too. My contest for the i-mate JAQ3 was mentioned. Kevin, James, and I also discussed our favorite devices announced at 3GSM and I personally went for the Nokia E90 Communicator that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Other discussions covered the topics of Windows Vista Sideshow on devices, Opera pre-installed on Windows Mobile 6 devices, Nokia 3GSM announcements, and the freeware of the show from Microsoft.
The great folks at Comunicano previously sent me some press information on GrandCentral and I finally had a chance to setup an account last weekend. GrandCentral is a service that lets you obtain a single phone number and then tie that phone number to you for life. You can have your home, mobile, and office phone numbers all ring when your new GrandCentral number is dialed and answer it wherever you desire. You will never have to change phone numbers again and more importantly to me is the advanced features and control the service gives you. And just this week, GrandCentral added the ability to tie your Gizmo VoIP number to your account and I already added my Gizmo number.