Mark your calendars, my friends. On September 12, Palm will be making an announcement about a "new device" from their friends "across the pond." Eh? Well, we certainly know it's not going to be the Foleo. According to Palm employee Stephanie Richardson's blog, the news won't be about the Palm Centro smart phone, either. So what oh what could it be? Do you guys have any ideas? Or what would you like to see from Palm?
At the Office 2.0 conference, as you probably know, every attendee got an iPhone with their paid admission. There was a very useful iPhone-friendly Web site set up, and several companies were showing off shiny new iPhone business applications.
But is the iPhone a business-class product? I talked to the developers making applications for this platform, and to attendees at the conference, and came up with a disheartening answer: It is not. From the two-handed interface to capricious keyboard to the slow Edge network to the lack of a real developer's interface to the phone, it's just … Read more
Apple has signed a patent-licensing agreement with a company called InterDigital for what appeared to be $20 million, plus ongoing royalties, that covers the current iPhone and hints at a 3G successor.
Interdigital broke the news in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, amid all the hubbub related to the iPhone pricing flap. The company said it has signed a seven-year licensing agreement with Apple retroactive to iPhone Day that covers the technology used in the iPhone.
Here's some exciting news for those of you who have an iPhone and want to have the Star Wars Imperial March play every time your mother-in-law asks you for help installing the latest sudoku game: with a bit of file-extension tweaking and judicious use of the new iTunes 7.4 for Windows or Mac, you can now customize your ringtones without having to donate another 99 cents to Steve Jobs' favorite retirement fund.
J&R is offering this well-liked smart phone for more than a quarter off its usual price. The A1200, also called the "Ming," does everything but pick up your dry cleaning. You can scan business cards and automatically add them to your contact list. You can view Power Point, PDF, Excel and Word files. You can take a video up to two hours long, write notes on the color touch screen, listen to MP3s or the FM radio, and, oh yes, make phone calls. Its smoky translucent cover is also pretty unique, which, in combination with its … Read more
We know better, but we all do it anyway. We're negotiating traffic, the cell phone rings and it's that call we've been waiting for...the one that has to be answered. We take it, knowing full well we're putting ourselves, our passengers and others on the road at risk.
In Britain, that offense might just land you in jail for two years, according to an article on the Evening Standard's Web site. The story, which has bloggers typing away, says penalties for "dangerous driving" are being stiffened because of widespread public concern about … Read more
Undeterred by iPhone mania, Nokia continues to chug along with its own music phone efforts and has just come out with a new portable speaker device for its Xpress handset. That's a good thing, considering some of the unfortunate alternatives we've seen out there for other phone speakers.
Rather than something that looks like a genetic experiment gone awry, Nokia's MD-6 "Pocket Speakers" take on a sleek form that looks something like a cigarette lighter as seen on Krunker.com. Following that theme, it has a hinged top that opens to reveal both speakers at … Read more
Oh, gray lady, what depths have you sunk to that you feel you must quote Rob Enderle?
Rob Enderle, president of the Enderle Group, a market research firm in San Jose, Calif., was skeptical of the store credit.
"A $100 credit could be perceived as adding insult to injury," said Mr. Enderle, noting that store credits are seldom well received.
Compared to what? Nothing? The Macalope's not sure you're completely familiar with the term "adding insult to injury", Rob. And again with the passive tense? Passive/aggressive much?
"It's a … Read more
And, in case you hadn't heard, in a letter posted on Apple's site, Steve Jobs claims to have read "hundreds" of irate emails regarding the iPhone price drop and is therefore issuing $100 worth of Apple credits to us early adopters. Did he really read all of those emails? Hrmmmm.
While Apple is not under any obligation to do so, it was still nice of them. Now, I know some people will be like why not $200, or why not cash-money. May I repeat, not any obligation to do so. Besides, only us geeky types who … Read more
Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.
Even this probably won't satisfy some people (you know who you are!), but the Macalope at least is well pleased and considers the matter closed.
Now leave Steve alone so he can finish his lunch.