This is a peek into a technology writer’s home office, aka Mobile News Manor, discussing gadgets, apps, best practices using same, and ebooks. This week was PlayBook time.
The mobile space is exploding with smartphones in every pocket and tablets on the horizon. James Kendrick brings you the latest news from the mobile world and a breakdown of what it means to you.
James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' writing has appeared in many print publications: Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine, Information Week and Laptop Magazine to name a few. James' coverage of the mobile technology sector has regularly appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com and CNN/ Fortune online. Not just a writer, James has filmed numerous video reviews and how-tos that have garnered well over a million viewers. He has appeared on local news segments and been interviewed by the Associated Press on mobile technology topics. Additionally, James has been podcasting about mobile technology for years.
Say what you will about the BlackBerry PlayBook, I am convinced RIM is going to sell boatloads of them. There are millions of hardcore BlackBerry owners, and I believe RIM will sell many of them a tablet.
Verizon now offers two mobile hotspots for use with the 4G network, one from Samsung and the other from Novatel, and I've been testing them to see which is the best. Check out the face off to see which one gets the nod.
The prediction that Amazon is working on a tablet has set off a round of buzzing. Make no mistake: Amazon doesn't want to sell you a tablet, they want the tablet to sell you lots of other stuff.
Acer is making waves in the hot tablet space with the release of the unique Iconia Tab W500 tablet that has a detachable keyboard option that turns the thin slate into a full-fledged Windows notebook.
RIM's PlayBook tablet just went on sale yesterday and the company sent me a tablet to take for a spin. I'll need to spend more time with the slate so until then here are some thoughts about the PlayBook and the experience right out of the box.
Yesterday the Sonos folks released an app for Android that turns the phone (or tablet) into a full wireless remote controller for the Sonos home system. Here's a hand-on review of the app.
T-Mobile isn't just waiting for absorption by AT&T, it wants to get all up in your Facebook with the launch of Bobsled. Bobsled is an application for Facebook that permits VoIP voice calls over Facebook chat.
I get a lot of email asking what I think about various devices, and often I have already published a review. Here's the collection of reviews I get asked about most often, covering phones, tablets, apps, and laptops.
Today the BlackBerry PlayBook becomes available for order from retail outlets and from RIM directly. The app that lets owners access email on tethered phones is available too, except for AT&T customers.
If you have been waiting for the Novatel 4G (LTE) MiFi to become available on the Verizon network, your wait is over. The MiFi 4G is for sale today on the Verizon online store.
I just received word from Lenovo that the ThinkPad x220 will be available tomorrow, April 19. I reviewed the x220 a month ago and it is the most popular review I have written on ZDNet.
Rapid advancement as we've seen in smartphones leads us to expect such advances to continue, but I believe it is slowing down. I'm having a hard time trying to determine what the Next Big Thing in smartphones might be.
ZDNet's 20th anniversary: An incredible milestone in this business sends me careening down memory lane with abandon. My first laptop was a 30-pound behemoth.
Mobile technology, smartphones in particular, are very personal devices. The fact of the matter is that no matter how personal these phones become, there is no perfect device nor platform for everyone.