Archive for April, 2010

HP To Buy Palm for $1.2 Billion

28/04/2010

Breaking news, fresh off of the wire: HP just finalized agreements to buy Palm for $1.2 billion dollars.

HP’s $1.2 billion dollar purchase breaks down to roughly $5.70 per share of common stock. While this is spot on with the $1.2-$1.3 billion pricetag Palm was rumored to be shopping around as of late, it’s still a mammoth difference from what Palm was trading at just months ago. In October 2009, Palm was worth about $17.46 per share; by January of this year, that was down to $13.41. It has, unfortunately, been a downward spiral ever since.

And for all you webOS fans out there: Don’t worry — it doesn’t look like the platform is going anywhere just yet. It appears that the companies plan to continue the development of webOS, leveraging HP to “rapidly accelerate the growth” of the platform.

HP has seemingly been lightening their efforts in the pocketable mobile space lately — but with the iPAQ line and countless Pocket PC handsets behind them, they’re by no means strangers to it.

However, the smartphone space might not be HP’s only interest here – given HP’s recent desire to take on Apple in the tablet space (with the HP Slate) and that Windows-powered tablets just don’t seem to sell, might we see a webOS-powered tablet sometime in the future? Paired with the proper hardware, webOS could easily make for an absolutely incredible tablet experience.

Even if HP abandoned webOS altogether (which, again, doesn’t appear to be the plan right now), they just bought them selves a monstrous card to play: Palm’s patent catalog. It’s a porcupine tactic: It’s hard to make a big dent in the smartphone biz when every company around can throw patent infringement suits at you — but when you’ve got hundreds upon hundreds of patents (or quills) in your armory, people are going to be a whole lot more careful about stepping on you.

Contrary to previous whispers, it appears that CEO Jon Rubinstein will be staying with the company. To quote the release, “Palm’s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company.”

Read more at MobileCrunch

The saga of Apple’s next iPhone

28/04/2010

We’ve taken a close look at Apple’s next iPhone and it’s been quite a ride. Here’s what happened:

Apple lost the next iPhone which they had cleverly disguised to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got our hands on it and shared all the details with you, including a dissection. In the meantime, our servers melted and our tech team worked overtime.

We discussed how Apple missed chances to get the next iPhone back and cleared up some conspiracy theories by explaining why Apple didn’t leak the iPhone to us. (Heck, it’s not even about the iPhone!)

In the end, Apple asked to get their phone back and we returned it.

Read more at Gizmodo

10 Reasons why the iPhone is still the best (part five)

27/04/2010

Part five

Overall quality!

I am very aware of build quality when I buy stuff. For example a new car, a new jacket, new shoes, and so on.

I love when stuff feels expencive, exclusive, solid, and well built.

Therefor I love the iPhone. It feels well built, it feels solid, it feels exclusive. There is no wobbly parts, no covers that feels loose. The front is one big peice of glass, the back is sleek, glossy plastic and the whole thing just feels right.

I’ve had my share of phones and the iPhone is by far the terminal that has the highest quality score of the all.

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (part four)

21/04/2010

This does not so much concern the phone itself, but the tons of accessories that has been made for this unit.

When you see a person yapping on their iPhone, you can bet your shorts he / she has spend some amount of money on accessories. Why is that you ask? The answer is simple… because its made tons of it. Everything from docks, skins, covers, headsets, FM-transmitters, carkits, docks you can put in your hot-tub, and the list goes on.

Third-party iPhone accessories is big business, really big business, and thats great. Because it enables the consumer to customize their phone to their liking. I for instance, have a Paul Frank cover and earphones from Creative, and all this allows me as consumer to get the most out of my user experience.

The Geneva Model L is an example of what great accessories has been made

How about an iPhone Wall Dock?

Put the iPhone in your car?

And there you have it. Yeat ANOTHER reason the iPhone is, and still will be the best.

Comment or email me if you want to prove me wrong!

This is the new iPhone (Video)

19/04/2010

Looks amazing right?

This is the new iPhone!

19/04/2010

Holy f%¤#, some guy over at Apple actually lost his prototype iPhone in a bar!

Read the whole story over at Gizmodo

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (part three)

18/04/2010

Part Three

Third party apps and the App Store

Yeah, yeah! I know you hate me, but I haven’t heard a single argument proving me wrong. So here is yet another reason the iPhone still is the best.

One of the reasons to choose a smartphone terminal is the ability to customize and adjust the type of software and applications that is important to you. The App Store is by far the best system for downloading and enjoying third party apps.

6 reasons the AppStore is the best:

  • Simple and intuitive UI
  • Description, reviews, and screenshots on one page
  • Two clicks, and its downloaded
  • Everything is categorized by genre, free apps, apps that costs money, and top 25
  • The largest library of apps on the market
  • Apps are downloadable OTA, or through iTunes
  • Many apps are exclusive to the App Store

The closest competitor to App Store is Android Market, but it lacks the simple UI and “fluid” feel of it. It also has fewer apps and has suffered greatly with technical issues and alot of bogus applications.

So there you have it, another reason the iPhones is still the best. Comment or send me your hatemail here.

iPhone OS 4.0 is now official with over 100 new features

15/04/2010

The sneak peak event on iPhone OS 4.0 is now over. Steve Jobs was on stage and he promised tons of new stuff for the next-gen iPhone OS. There’s multi-tasking, app folders, social gaming plus so much more.

As you’ll see from this slide there are many new interesting features, but in their presentation Apple decided to concentrate on the “7 tentpole ones” – as they call them.

iPhone OS 4.0

1. Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking on the iPhone – well, how about that! It took them 3 years and three (almost four) generations of iPhones to come to that. They know they’re late but Steve Jobs is promising their implementation is the best so far. And multi-tasking won’t slow down or drain the battery.

The way they do it on the front-end is simple. Double tap the hardware key and the task switcher appears as a dock below whatever app is running. Oops, there goes our only shortcut key.

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Multitasking

On the back-end things are different. Instead of keeping all apps running in the background, they allow apps that need multi-tasking access to 7 background services. So it’s actually the services that run in the background – not the actual apps.

The background services seem more than enough to cater for the needs of various applications. They include background audio, VoIP, background location, push notifications, newly implemented local notifications, task completion and fast app switching service that takes care of returning apps to you in the way you left them even though they DIDN’T actually run in-between.

The new local notifications will allow scheduled alerts such as one from a To-Do app. Finally!

2. Folders

Next up are folders. But not the file system variety. No, sir! You’re not getting a file manager on the iPhone just yet.

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Folders

The new iPhone Folders will do what the Categories app does for jailbroken phones. It allows grouping of applications into meaningful categories (such as Zombie Games, for instance) so you don’t have to flick through all your homescreens for some blood-splatting action.

3. Improved email

The Email app on the iPhone now will offer a common inbox for all email accounts setup on the phone. No more flicking back and forth. And corporate users will be glad they can have more than one Exchange account setup.

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Improved email

Fast inbox switching is also available now along with threaded email conversations. And you can also open attachments with an application you’ve downloaded from the AppStore.

4. iBooks

The iBooks e-book reader you’ve probably seen demoed on the iPad will now be available to the iPhone as well along with the iBookStore and free copy of Winnie The Pooh (not kidding!).

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iBooks

5. New features for enterprise

Targeting the enterprise clients, Apple has introduced a bunch of new stuff such as better data protection (email encryption with your PIN code), Exchange Server 2010 support, SSL VPN support, mobile device management and wireless corporate app distribution.

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New features for enterprise

6. Game center

With iPhone OS 4.0 gaming will get a new social networking aspect bringing it up to speed to the Windows Phone 7’s Xbox Live interconnectivity.

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Game center

With the new Game center you’ll be able to invite friends for online multiplay, you’ll be able to post scores in Leaderboards and unlock Achievements.

7. iAd mobile advertising solution

The final “tentpole” of the new iPhone OS is a new mobile advertising system for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch that called iAd.

iAd will allows developers to integrate ads into their apps so that they can possibly release free, ad-sponsored versions of their apps.

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iAd mobile advertising

With iAd users will be able to click on advertisements and check them out (even video content) from within the application they originally saw them in.

Apple will be selling the iAds and will host them as well. In return they’ll be getting 40% of what the advertiser is paying. Developers get the rest.

Misc stuff

As of iPhone OS 4.0, users will be able to add a wallpaper image to the springboard itself. It’s something jailbroken iPhones have had for years, but it’s nice to have it out of the box as they do on the iPad.

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Setting up a wallpaper image

As we already said, there are lots of other new things such as Bluetooth keyboard support, search in SMS/MMS, tap-to-focus in video recording, Places in photos sourced from the geotagging information, web search suggestions, recent web searches list, photo rotation, workout uploads to Nike+, gift apps, etc.

Availability

The new iPhone OS 4.0 will be available this summer (along with the new iPhone we presume) but they’re issuing a developer’s preview today so we should hear a lot more about those new features in detail in the coming months.

The iPhone OS 4.0 will be available to the iPhone 3G and 3GS as an update. However many of the new features, INCLUDING multi-tasking won’t work on the iPhone 3G. There’s no word about the iPhone 2G yet.

And since the iPad is a hot topic right now – yes, it’s also getting an update to iPhone OS 4.0 – however later on – in the fall.

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (Part two)

14/04/2010

Part two.

The display!

I’m probably going to get alot of s#”t for this, but I think the iPhones display is the best… ever…

Why do I think so? First of all, I hate slow, sluggish and unresponsive phones (Read: SonyEricsson Satio, Nokia 5800, HTC Diamond) and like many smartphone users I text a bunch, I send 20 – 50 emails a day, and I’m on Facebook and Twitter. For all of these tasks, the iPhone screen is perfect. It’s fast when writing text / email, it’s accurate, its forgiving when typing fast, and so on.

Lets face it, capacitive screen technology is not a new, mystical technology. It’s availible to every manufacturer, and I claim that Apple is the first of these manufacturers that has really perfected the use of touchscreens. I agree that there is bigger, brighter, shinier screens out there, but they don’t compare to the iPhone… at all…

So there you have it. You can hate me all you want, and if you would like to prove me wrong, comment or email me!

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (Part one)

12/04/2010

I’ve decided to make a ten point list of reasons why the iPhone is the best smartphone on the market. I do this mainly to fuel the ongoing battle of the smartphones, but also to create a discussion and to find out if the iPhone really is the best.

Part One

K.I.S.S.

Keep it simple stupid! One of the key features of the iPhone is its simplicity, and user friendliness.

I am fortunate to work in the telecom buisiness and I have access to almost any smartphone terminal on the market but I still haven’t seen any terminal that is as simple, sublime and user frendly as the iPhone.

If we compare the iPhone OS to its largest competitors, Android, Symbian, and Blackberry OS. I think its fair to say that none of theese even comes close to the UI of the iPhone. I recently used the SonyEricsson X10, HTC HD2, HTC Legend, and let me be the first to say that theese handsets are great in so many ways. But none as simple and easy to use as the iPhone.

But what is most important to smartphone users? Multitasking? Speed? Social media? User friendliness? I say all of the above. I would not function in everyday life without e-mail, calendar, Facebook, and Twitter, and I have used many different handsets the last 3 – 4 months but like I said, not once have I felt as comfortable using theese handsets due to the fact that none of them is really simple.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the iPhone is perfect, it has its obvious flaws, and like many consumers I am willing to look past them and see what the iPhone is really ment to be: A simple, easy to use, fast, and good looking smartphone.

So I claim that the iPhone is the best smartphone handset when it comes to user friendliness, simplicity and that is has the most streamlined user experience on the market today! I really want your opinion on this, so please comment or email me