Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Whatchamacallit: finding a name for those devices in your pocket

Multipurposesmartdevice (MSD), multifuntionportabledevice (MPD), personaloperatingdevice (POD),... What is in a name you might ask, well to me the name is everything. The name conveys an idea of function, a name conjours up memories and stereotypes and once it reaches our mind it begins its journey through the process of cross referencing and cataloging until it is converted into an impression and then we draw a conclusion about the name we just heard. We then form an emotional reaction to that name based on our brains computations. So when you hear the word smartphone, what thoughts come to mind, what images pop into your head, what is the emotional reaction you feel?
As mobile tech advances, pulling us along in its wake, I have pondering the accuracy of the term smartphone as the moniker for the next generation of personaldatadevices (PDD).  To me these devices do more than just take and receive calls, they are multifunctioningintelligentdevices (MID), they are multipurposesmartdevices (MSD) and they are intelligentpersonalassistants (IPA).  My poor examples should not belittle the challenge in deciding what to call these products which have moved far beyond the realm of cellular phones and more into the world of minimobilecomputers (MMC), or pocketmobilecomputers (PMC)/mobilepocketcomputers (MPC).
The challenge with coming up with a name is that it has to not only convey funtion and purpose but it also has to sound good.  Just as the names we use today have become adjectives instead of just titles, the name of these personalcommunicationdevices (PCD),  has to sound, taste and feel true.  The final name has to invoke a simple image, cause an emotional reaction, and elicit an organic response, in order to be the one.  So... What do you suggest, by the way all the ones mentioned above have been copyrighted, jk.  Some other ideas worth mentioning are: Smart Device (SD), PocketPC is old but usable, mobileoperatingsystemdevice (MOD), minicomputingdevice (MCD), personaldatacommunicator (PDC). I'll admit that last one was trash, you can do better?, what  would you call it?

Monday, December 7, 2009

LG Expo demoed: its a projector and a cell phone

So maybe you've wanted to be able to use your phone to project unto a wall or some other surface and have even tried duct taping a mini projector unto the back of your phone and found the Frankenstein product too ugly to bear.  Well thanks to LG, you can save your duct tape for your next brilliant invention.  The LG Expo features a built in fingerprint sensor, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera, and runs Windows mobile 6.5.  Also as you can see in the video it has a qwerty slider keyboard and features LG's new S class UI. 
The phone is expected to be released by AT&T on December 7th for $199 after mail in rebate and 2 year contract, expect the project to cost an additional $179 on top of phone price.

Verizon facing some heat from the FCC over ETF charges

Remember a while back when I posted an article about Verizon raising their ETF fees.  Well I guess I wasn't the only one that thought that this was a questionable move, it looks like the FCC is now asking questions of their own.  Specifically "do customers still have to pay the $120 left on their contract after the 2 year contract" and "how visible is the details of this ETF on customers contracts".  Here is a copy of the letter.
Verizon has argued that they raised the ETF to make up the cost for advanced devices they sell to customers at a subsidized price.  In other words, the reason you are able to get the Motorola Droid for $199 subsidized, retail $560, is that Verizon pays the remaining $360 of the phone price and locks you into a contract for 2 years to make up that cost.  The FCC doesn't seem to care.
The FCC has been taking a more proactive role as a consumer watchdog lately.  In fact, four U.S. senators recently proposed a legislation that would limit the amount that carriers can charge for an ETF, and also make the fees more accessible to consumers.  Could this spell the end of the ETF? maybe, but not likely, hopefully Verizon will wise up and fall back in line, so I can finally get that BOGO offer for two Storm 2's and sell them on Ebay for a small profit, hahaha.

Source:  InformationWeek

Crackberry news: all the goods from the world of Blackberry

 Trapster is a Blackberry app that warns you of upcoming speed traps and speed cameras so that you can hopefully slow down in time to avoid a ticket.  God knows I need this app.  The app has just been updated to version 3.5 so if you haven't tried it out yet it might be worth taking a look at.  This combined with your in dash radar detector should help you avoid a trip to the courthouse, or losing half your paycheck over a traffic fine, but if you're a baller and can afford a 109mph traffic ticket like Adrian Peterson then ignore this. More info about Trapster is available here, Trapster is also available on all other devices.
Source: Crackberry

BOLT is a free browser that is possibly one of the fastest options for mobile browsing.  The app is built on Bitstream's Thunderhawk browsing technology, meaning it is the product of over 5 years of mobile browser development and has been optimized for speed, usability, and performance. 1.6 offers improved performance, the ability to make BOLT your default browser, a password manager, and more, get it from boltbrowser.com, oh and you're welcome. Source: Blackberry Rocks

One thing that has been missing from the Blackberry App world is the inclusion of.....you guessed it THEMES.  Well wait no more, now you can purchase and download themes directly from App World's catalog of 151 themes in 9 categories.  Unless you like getting your themes for free, if thats the case then I suggest you visit:  Pimpmyberry.com , Themes4bb.com, or just do a Google search for free Blackberry themes. 

Speaking of free stuff.  Check out SMS Contact and Forward, Reply, and Edit.  SMS Contact enables you to sent contact infomation via SMS and you can also define what contact information you would like to send.  FRE does exactly what the name implies, go to your message hit menu, choose Reply & Edit or Forward & Edit and well, you can figure out the rest.  You can find them here.  Source: Blackberry Rocks

Motorola Opus: makes a sound arguement for switching to Boost

Typically I avoid posting rumors because I dont do well with disappointment but this one is almost too good to ignore.  You know that company called Boost? yea the one with the $50 unlimited everything plan, and the crappy phones, ok what if I told you that they could be getting a full featured Android phone.  Yea I know, I know.  Sounds too good to  be true to me too.  According to the Blogsphere (the world of bloggers) there is a strong possibility that the shiny device you see above might end up on Boost Mobile, so if you've been holding off on getting Boost because the phones suck, well....
There is no release date yet and this is still in the rumor stage, but if it is true, then I guess I'm out of excuses, now to figure out how to get out of this damn contract.

Source: BGR

Google's got Goggles everywhere, visual search now possible

Thank you Google for continuing to push the limits of technology and showing others that a company can offer great products that make consumers lives easier without charging an arm and a leg.  The good folks at the mighty G have done it again, their latest product, called Goggles (love that word) brings visual search to Android devices running OS 1.6 or higher.  Heres how it works:
If you see a book, a picture, or are outdoors and want to know more about the store you are standing in front of holding your camera; fire up Goggles.  The app has an augmented reality feature that can instantly tell you the name and other pertinent information about the building in your viewfinder. (see the video above).  Another feature of Goggles is being able to take a picture of an object you would like to know more about and Goggles will give you detailed information about that product, it can identify books, pictures, landmarks, logos and even grab the content off a business card and add it instantly to your address book. 3 geeks up for this one, keep em coming G.  If you've got Android 1.6 what are you waiting for, of course its free.

Motorola DROID update 2.0.1 get yours now

Dear Droid owner,
I envy you soo much, besides having one of the coolest devices on the planet you also are receiving the very first update to the OS today.  Congratulations, its not OS 2.1 so you wont see a lot of major changes but I've heard that the update comes with several tweaks.  The reported improvements include; improved battery life, a more stabilized OS, camera auto focus improvements, three way calling enhancements, incoming call audio improvements, elimination of background echo when using bluetooth, instantaneous arrival of visual voice mail notices, and blah blah blah.
If you haven't done so yet, go ahead and update your device and enjoy all the added functionality.  You deserve it, and I'm not jealous, my Sony Erricsson W810 can still run laps around your stupid Droid.  If you've upgraded please list some of the new functions you discovered in the comment box below.

Instructions for OS Update

Source: Andronica