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Dell selling Nokia phones - bad news for carriers

Stefan at intomobile points to new listings on the Dell website showing unlocked Nokia handsets. This is a big deal. One of the stumbling blocks Nokia (and other high-end handset manufacturers) faces is getting distribution for these devices in the company stores operated by AT&T and T-Mobile (the two largest GSM carriers here in the US). I always treasure the look on the faces of the young people working in the local T-Mobile store when I walk in with a new unlocked Nokia handheld multimedia computer. Brief but enjoyable rock star status.

June 16, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Is Safari a honeypot for the iPhone?

I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person. I came across the interesting notion that Apple chose to release the Safari for Windows beta to have the hacker community expose and document holes in the browser in advance of the iPhone release at the end of the month. Macenstein has a good theory on this. Sounds pretty plausible to me.

June 16, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Microsoft and Linspire play nice

Wow. Talk about the lion laying down with the lamb! In a joint announcement today, Microsoft and Linspire, a Linux distribution popular with consumers and SOHO said they will collaborate ina number of areas to promote interoperability and a better user experience for Linspire's customers. While maybe not the biggest deal Microsoft has announced recently, it's noteworthy as another indication of the company's increasingly relaxed posture towards Linux and has more than a bit of irony attached to it.

June 13, 2007 by Marc Orchant


A cautionary Vista story - steep curves ahead

Chris Shipley, the executive director of and impresario behind the DEMO Conferences is hardly a technology lightweight. Every year, she and her team evaluate hundreds of emerging technology companies and products and cherry pick the best and brightest to appear under the DEMO microscope for their legendary six minutes of scrutiny. So when I read something like this, I know there's trouble in Vista-land...

June 13, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Zoho launches Creator 2.0

Zoho announced today that a new, improved version of Creator, their database application builder, has been released. If you've ever struggled with "simple" tools like FileMaker Pro or Microsoft Access you know that constructing an application that draws on one or more database files can get very complex very quickly.

June 12, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Parallels 3.0 a worthy upgrade

I've been using Parallels Desktop on my MacBook for some time to give me access to certain applications for which there is no counterpart on the Mac and have been generally quite pleased with the performance and usability of the virtualization software. I run a Vista Ultimate virtual machine and have found virtually nothing I do on a regular basis on a standard PC beyond its capabilities.

June 8, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Treo 700p patch problems - bad to worse

This is beyond bad. I've heard from a number of people through various channels about the post I put up a few days back concerning the ongoing delays in getting a patch out for Treo 700p users and the ham-handedness with which they're being handled by Palm. Some are concerned it is a sign of the imminent demise of the company's remaining good name. In the latest tragic chapter in this affair, the company has now pulled the lone patch made available to date for Sprint customers.

June 6, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Kingston does it again with microSD reader bundle

Check this little guy out! Kingston has just introduced a tiny USB reader made specifically to support the microSD cards that are increasingly being used for data storage in phones and other mobile devices. This unit is literally the same size as the tip of my index finger.

June 6, 2007 by Marc Orchant


Big day for browser releases

While the browser market is still essentially a two-horse race, that is not stopping other contenders from trying to break into the game. Netscape has just released version 9.0 (beta 1) of their Navigator browser (based on core Mozilla code) which has a number of very interesting ideas in play, And Camino has just been revved to version 1.5 and uses the same Gecko rendering engine as Firefox and the same Mac keychain as Safari.

June 5, 2007 by Marc Orchant