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 XOOM has landed.
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.
Noah Kravitz of TechnoBuffalo and I are proud to launch Good to Go: a weekly video show covering the hot topics of the day. In the first show we are talking tablets and where we think the market is headed.
One concern many have expressed about the Motorola XOOM is the scarcity of apps in the Android Market optimized for the tablet. This list of apps reflects how the apps I use heavily on the Galaxy Tab work on the XOOM.
While I like a good tablet in my hands, I am not so big a tablet fanboy to understand that the laptop is not going away any time soon, post-PC blockbuster or not.
Here's what you need to know about the iPad 2: it's thinner, lighter, faster, got cameras and is more capable than the iPad, for the same price. It shuts out the competition, and it is game over for tablets.
I am a tablet fanboy, and I admit my excitement over the expected iPad announcement to take place later today. Whatever is announced will further the evolution of "comfort computing."
The Verizon CFO indicated today that the carrier's conversion to metered data usage will take place this summer, about the time Apple is expected to introduce the next iPhone model.
Last week I ran two polls to find out what smartphone platforms are currently being used and will be purchased next. The polls of readers are now closed and the results are surprising.
T-Mobile and Danger, a subsidiary of Microsoft, are turning off the Danger Service used by Sidekick phones on May 31 of this year. T-Mobile Sidekick customers will no longer be able to use the devices without the service.
The courier deposited a brand new Motorola XOOM on my desk this afternoon and I have been getting familiar with the new tablet running the Honeycomb version of Android. Take a look at the video and see what you think.
There are a lot of Twitter apps for every mobile platform, and the Android Market is full of them. These are my picks for the top Twitter apps for the Android platform.
The banter was fast and furious this past weekend as I had the privilege of appearing on the Meet:Mobility podcast, and had a blast talking mobile tech with the hosts.
Twitter has a reputation for inane social interaction and fun stuff, but it is increasingly becoming a serious source of breaking news with a profound impact on how we get information.
When Zynga released Words with Friends for iOS and Android, it was almost certain my free time would start disappearing.
ABI Research has published a report containing tablet sales figures for the third quarter of last year, and it was an iPad quarter. Of the 4.5 million tablets sold during that period, a whopping 4.2 million were iPads.