On this week's episode of Dialed In, we discuss the latest Palm Pre news and how Sprint and Palm nearly gave us a heart attack this morning. Plus, Nicole takes a look at the wacky LG Versa and we answer a reader's question about why everyone complains about Windows Mobile and, well, apparently we have some strong feelings on the subject.Listen now: Download today's podcast
Rumor of the week Rumor about the LG Rumor 2
There is apparently a rumor that an LG Rumor 2 will replace the LG Rumor (say that three times fast). The original LG Rumor came out a year before the Samsung Rant, which has a similar design except the keyboard slides out the opposite side. We gave it high praise for its easy-to-use keyboard, though it had a pretty mediocre feature set.
Now it appears the Rumor might have a sequel, at least according to this post on the Sprint Users forum. We definitely hope for a better camera and EV-DO with the new version, but it might maintain its … Read more
Updated at 9:35 p.m. PST with updated list of Atom Z5xx series processors.
A lot happened in the chip world Monday. Amid all the commotion, Intel announced a new line of Atom processors.
In addition to Intel's watershed deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to essentially co-manufacture Atom processors, Advanced Micro Devices officially split in two, and Spansion filed for bankruptcy protection.
But in case you missed it, Intel also rolled out new Atom Z5xx series processors. Four "unique" new versions in all, according to Intel. What's different about this Atom announcement is that … Read more
We've been using the LG Versa for the past few days, and we wanted to love it, we really did. The LG Versa holds so much promise --it's the first touch-screen phone we know of that has the option of adding external modules.
In fact, it comes with a detachable QWERTY keyboard module included in the box. The idea really appealed to us; we could attach the keyboard when texting is a priority, and detach it when we wanted to lighten the load. It was like combining the best of the LG Dare and the LG Voyager in one convenient package.
All that, and the LG Versa has three customizable home screens, a full HTML browser with Flash Lite so we could watch YouTube on the fly, EV-DO, GPS, and stereo Bluetooth. So what's not to love?
The one sticking point turned out to be the browser. For some reason, the touch-screen response within the browser was incredibly stubborn. I ended up tapping at a button an average of 8 to 10 times before it would respond. When tapping the menu button, for example, the phone would vibrate, and there would be a clicking sound, but still the menu wouldn't pop up--at least not until several attempts later. … Read more
According to the Vogue piece, Bill and Melinda Gates, in addition to making their home a no-iPhone/iPod zone, have forbidden their three children from using the devices (no word on rules for other Apple products).
The article's mainly about the Gates Foundation and how it's trying to solve "hunger in the world." We certainly appreciate that, but we'll stick with the inane superficial stuff here, thank you very … Read more
The authors Guild might be afraid of the robotic voice of the Kindle, but Wil Wheaton sure isn't. Neilsen lays a bombshell with the news that job search sites have increased traffic because of, you guessed it, these troubled times. And Hearst is planning their own large format e-reader for their magazines.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 920
Facebook wants you to ring in on policy http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=56566967130
It’s not always about money; sometimes hackers just hate you http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2009/02/its-not-always-about-moneysometimes-hackers-just-hate-you.ars
Neilsen: Job search … Read more
Verizon Wireless and LG on Wednesday officially announced the LG Versa, saying the modular touch-screen phone will be available as of March 1. The Versa is so named for its promised versatility--it will come with different attachments so that you can customize the phone to your liking.
For starters, the Versa will come with an attachable QWERTY keyboard for easier texting. If you prefer to go without the keyboard, the Versa is still usable as a standalone touch-screen phone, especially with its generous 3-inch diagonal display.
The Versa's display also boasts an animated 3D interface, plus you can customize three different home screens with three different layouts of your choosing. There's also a full HTML Web browser that supports Flash(!) and RSS feeds, and you can keep up to three browser windows open at one time. The Versa also has a built-in accelerometer. The QWERTY keyboard attachment has a small, monochrome, external, organic, LED screen on the back, too.… Read more
This post was updated at 3:55 p.m. PT with comment from Orange.
LG pretty much owned the first day of CES last month when its chief technology officer popped up onstage and casually took a call via the LG watch phone on his wrist.
But those looking forward to owning the touch-screen, 3G-enabled timepiece might have second thoughts when they hear the price. A report from Mobile Today in the U.K. says that exclusive European carrier Orange will be charging 1,000 GBP, the equivalent of about $1,500, when the phone becomes available.
The only thing … Read more