HTC cracked down on phone modding and several of its recent phone models have featured a locked bootloader. Owners have cried foul loud enough that the company is rethinking about locking down its phones.
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.
Acer is reported to be readying an Android tablet based on the Intel Oak Trail processor for the July timeframe. The Android Honeycomb tablet is allegedly in mass production according to suppliers.
The enTourage eDGe was an innovative two-screen eReader but not competitive and it is going away; the online bookstore supporting it was closed for good. Owners need to turn to Google Books for future content as per the company.
T-Mobile announced new smartphone plans that seem to be positioning it for membership in the AT&T family soon.
Disturbing news cropped up that Google is looking for rooters and denying them full use of rooted Android devices. Content providers may push Google into full-blown DRM hysteria aimed at rooted Android devices.
Some Sprint customers using integration with Google Voice offered by the carrier are seeing unexpected hits on their mobile-to-mobile minutes, sometimes resulting in overage charges.
The HTC Flyer will be available at Best Buy this Sunday, but we have one in our hands. This photo gallery compares the Flyer to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
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 the talk was all about ugly laptops.
Novatel has produced the first embeddable module to get certified by Verizon for its 4G LTE network.
Big Red has been testing the smartphone waters for a long time but is finally ready to swim in the Windows Phone 7 pool with the introduction of the HTC Trophy.
The race to NFC is hot enough to imply it will bring great benefits to smartphone owners, but the way things like this work I am not so sure it's all that.
Texas Instruments and Fossil have begun showcasing a new product that shows real promise. The Meta Watch uses Bluetooth and open-source software to get timely information from a smartphone for displaying on watches.
Amazon is continuing its tech ninja moves into the Android ecosystem with the PopCap deal for games for the Appstore.
I was blindsided this week with the realization that the appearance of laptops, more importantly how 'good' they look, is one of the top criteria that many folks use in the purchase decision.
The ThinkPad X1 I am testing has a chiclet keyboard that has surprised me with how good it is. It is in fact so good it has replaced another ThinkPad keyboard as my franchise keyboard.