First they hijacked my T-Mobile service, then they stole my Google and Twitter accounts and charged my bank with a $25,000 Bitcoin purchase. I'm stuck in my own personal Black Mirror episode. Why will no one help me?
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If you read my post on "checkpoint friendly" bags back in July you may be wondering what is going on with this program. Starting on 16 August, the TSA announced they were ready allow compliant "checkpoint friendly" bags through the X-ray machines while remaining in the bags. The TSA always has the option to check any back going through the machines, but this new program should help in many cases. I was sent an evaluation bag from Aerovation and then made a trip to Singapore in late August that served as a perfect test trip for the bag and I am happy to report it made it through the system just as intended. Check out my image gallery and the YouTube video they posted below.
I've written about TouchDown for the Google Android a couple of times (here and here) and as I have said in those posts it gets better and better on a regular basis. I have been using beta versions and the latest available beta supports PUSH email, ability to send attachments, device-local drafts, and more. The folks at NitroDesk, Inc. were able to sign a licensing agreement with Microsoft to support direct push capability through Exchange ActiveSync. I think this is one of the first products for the G1 that provides this functionality, even though a couple others are working on it as well.
The 2.0 update for the BlackBerry PlayBook will provide Android support and to promote this functionality RIM is holding a developer promotion.
One area for improvement in reading ebooks on iOS devices has been the lack of support for public library books. The new Bluefire Reader looks to change all that with their free application.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is a new accessory for the PlayBook, but is priced way too high and is too small to be something I would buy for my PlayBook.
We should start seeing more and more official Android ports appearing on the BB PlayBook so users don't have to side load these apps.
In this week's podcast we covered a couple major software updates and lots of new device news from MWC. We also revealed our iPad 3 ordering plans, which are to be expected.
It seems people are having issues competing with the iPad and it doesn't help that buggy firmware updates are released and an executive in charge of of the product leaves either.
RIM needs to do something soon and if we see them launch BB OS 10 this year with hardware similar to the Dev Alpha device then I think they are still in the game and may even take the third spot behind iOS and Android.