Great Words, Mr. Mossberg

A shortsighted and often just plain stupid federal government has allowed itself to be bullied and fooled by a handful of big wireless phone operators for decades now…. It severely limits consumer choice, stifles innovation, crushes entrepreneurship, and has made the U.S. the laughingstock of the mobile-technology world, just as the cellphone is morphing into a powerful hand-held computer. – Walt Mossberg, All Things DigitalI loved the article that Walt Mossberg wrote yesterday for All Things Digital.

Is Google the Best Search Engine?

Sure not all the same amount of pages were indexed, but I could get answers quickly and accurately, usually within the first 10 hits…. Instead, I learned of a drug rehab center in Cedar Hills, links to massage therapists and florists in Cedar Hills, and how to search for a home…. I see that (the fourth place engine with 3.49 percent) paid to place a link on the page that offers “mileage” specific search results.

iPhone Confession: I took it back

I used it Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.What did I like:- thought the WiFi was awesome…miss that from the Nokia E61 I used for a short time.- some web-based iPhone apps like the one for Facebook, iPhoneMiles- media and music support- Apple-centric sync — worked flawlessly for meMixed emotions:- keyboard / touchscreen…I can go either way as I got used to it pretty quicklyWhat I missed:- copy and paste (simple example: my wife texts me asking for a mobile number of friend — I had to write the number down on paper first before I could send it on)- shortcuts and streamlined steps to data and email applications- device optimized browser rendering — wasn’t sold on the “cool” pinching- SureType adding a period and many auto correct typing features- one-handed operation — felt like I had to use two hands to work the keyboard quickly – overall faster speed of applications I took the phone back, paid a $60 restocking fee, and quickly went back to the comfort of my BlackBerry Pearl. I love the navigation speed, SureType correction, texting, address book, calendar, and email push functionality on my Pearl. The size and light weight of the Pearl still makes it a winner.

Engadget Nailed it for Palm

Peter Rojas, Ryan Block, and Joshua Topolsky nails it for Palm over at Engadget today. Great read!I can’t think of a bigger misstep from any tech company as big as Palm…. Iomega rode high for a while, but CD burning, USB, and Flash made them obsolete.

Wireless Evolving: New Spectrum and VoIP

First, USA Today reported on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin’s interest in changes the control wireless carriers have over devices, bandwidth use, and wireless applications…. Instead of using a traditional “GSM” device to make calls over the GSM network, a device with built in WiFi offers alternative ways to connect…. “Our users are no longer just using Skype on their computer desktops,” said Eric Lagier, Skype’s head of business development for mobile.

iPhone is in the House

She’s bemoaning that she’s the only one that hasn’t had a chance to play with it. I did let her go through the activation process. But between Dallen and me, we’ve tried out every function on the phone.

Palm announcement that they’re cooking their own Linux OS

Now get it on a phone that isn’t the size of brick and release by May 30th, two weeks before the Apple iPhone…. My wife is anxious and has already put her money aside for the Apple iPhone as she’s had it trying to get her phone to work with iCal and Contacts and such. The “reality” of her high-quality iPod sync today leads her to believe the iPhone will be better than other solutions.Is it too late?

Rate your geekness by counting cords

So tonight I’m working on the road. Just finished a focus group here in St. George, Utah. I need to get a video captured and onto a DVD for a 7:30AM meeting with a client tomorrow. So I decided to power up. The result was too funny. I plugged in all my gear — or […]

Google in the client software business?

Google’s effort to add new functionality for mobile devices is a natural and killer evolution that shows the web’s migration from destination to service. Today’s announcement of an email client for mobile devices enables highly-functional software as a service.

Q1 for the “Smart” iPhone

Jesse Tortora, research analyst at Prudential Equities, has reported that Apple will release two phones into the market. 1) a slim phone with a music playback2) a smart phone, including integrated keyboard, video and music capabilityAnalysts expect the phone to be officially announced at Apple’s MacWorld Conference in January of 2007.

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