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Mystery: The missing iOS7 keyboard

Apple released iOS7 as an upgrade for qualifying iPhones and iPads yesterday. The crisp redesigned interface includes a clean new keyboard. Problem is it's not in many apps yet, including Apple's.

September 19, 2013 by

A closer look at what's new in Windows 8.1

Most of the attention devoted to Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update has focused on the Start button. But if you get past that controversial addition, there's plenty more to see. New and improved apps, Internet Explorer 11, tweaks to the onscreen keyboard, and a surprising change to File Explorer are all there too.

May 31, 2013 by

Mac launcher Alfred updated to 0.9

Whether you're a keyboard jockey, shortcut maven or just like to save time, Alfred can make you more efficient. Alfred is one of the few Mac apps that I use daily and that I don't think that I could live without.

May 12, 2011 by

Facebook rethinks data-share option

Facebook has temporarily disabled a developer option that could have resulted in the disclosure of personal information.The social networking site said in blog on Tuesday that it was rethinking an option that would have allowed developers of Facebook apps to gather contact information, including home addresses and mobile phone numbers.

January 18, 2011 by

HTC Desire Z

The 3.7in. HTC Desire Z is a relatively bulky and weighty smartphone thanks to its slide-out keyboard. With plenty of apps, HTC Sense and the new cloud-based service, this is a very capable Android handset.

November 11, 2010 by

Google Edu Apps vs. Live@Edu: number nonsense

ZDNet's resident student blogger, Zack Whittaker, suggested yesterday that Google was losing the battle for cloud-based groupware dominance in schools to Microsoft's Live@Edu offering. To that I say two things: I'm not thinking so andThe numbers get in the way of much more important considerationsGoogle claims 7 million active student users of its Apps for Education.

February 25, 2010 by

Microsoft doesn't believe Google Apps numbers

Google Apps has been picking up some steam recently -- announcing a huge deal with the city of Los Angeles, and revealing numbers that suggest over 20 million users and over 2 million companies using the service.Microsoft, on the other hand, doesn't believe the numbers Google is touting -- saying that millions of those users are students through schools using a free version of Google Apps.

November 2, 2009 by

Cloud vs sand: Google vs Microsoft

The numbers don't lieAn independent study found on-site Microsoft apps - Office and Exchange - cost 20x in capital dollars and 5x-6x more than Google Apps on a 3 year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) basis. How can Microsoft compete?

May 5, 2009 by

CTIA 09: Is the Palm Pre keyboard the Achilles heel of the device?

Since I didn't have a chance to see the Palm Pre in person and there are no review units out yet, I couldn't really pick a favorite in my first Clash of the Touch Titans article. Last week I was able to see the Pre in person and get my hands on it a bit. I shot a video of the Pre in action showing some 3rd party apps and overall user experience. I will say that the experience and some of the functionality look quite amazing. However, I was able to also get my hands on and enter text using the Pre keyboard and found it to be a major disappointment that may be the Achilles heel of the device. I find the onscreen keyboard on the iPhone to be much better than the Pre keyboard. So far we have only seen keyboard input as being the only way to enter text so you always have to switch to portrait mode to do this and my first impressions were not good. In the photos I saw before I actually touched it I thought it would be more of a Treo 800w or at least Treo Pro keyboard, but it is much more similar to the Palm Centro keyboard with rubber sticky keys/bumps set on a flat panel. The keyboard felt pretty cramped and I am sure I could get used to it over time since I do have magic thumbs, but Palm was always known for excellent Treo keyboards and to not put one of these types on this new flagship product may be an issue for many people.

April 5, 2009 by

Are iPhone 3.0 improvements enough to get you to buy an iPhone? They are for me

I followed the live coverage of the iPhone 3.0 event over at GDGT Live and am leaning more and more towards picking up an iPhone 3G for myself soon. The key improvements include cut/copy/paste, notifications via a push server, Bluetooth improvements, landscape orientation and keyboard support in all key apps (including email), and more involved developer API support.

March 17, 2009 by

Follow four writers and four MIDs on the Mid Moves tour around the world

Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) were the hot topic of CES 2008, but we never really saw them hit the market in large numbers in 2008. At CES 2009, there were MIDs again shown to the crowd, but the small notebook (aka netbook) category is what people seem to be more excited about. I think the familiarity with the keyboard is a tough thing to overcome and personally wonder if MIDs are relegated to niche markets. If you are interested in mobile computing and MIDs, then I recommend you check out and follow the Mid Moves project this week. Four well-known mobile bloggers are out and about around the world and posting wireless from different models of MIDs as they try to showcase and test out the capabilities of these devices.

January 20, 2009 by

The App Store is not a free market

In previous installments I've blogged about Craig Hockenberry's (Icon Factory) and David Barnard's (App Cubby) thoughts on the economics of the App Store.Hockenberry bemoaned the proliferation of "crapware" that higher-priced apps are forced to compete with while Barnard posted actual numbers from the App Cubby bank account.

December 19, 2008 by

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