Guest post: Jean-Louis Gass?e looks into Apple's MobileMe launch misfire and whether Apple can run a worldwide wireless data synchronization service for tens of millions of users. The essay was originally posted on Monday Note.Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest. So goes one of the many proverbs of our computer lore. As Apple found out last month with the MobileMe launch misfires, the lofty promise of "Exchange for the rest of us" translated into a user experience that was neither simple nor easy--in a highly visible way. Four weeks later, the service … Read more
According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter by way of Reuters, Microsoft is talking to talent agencies and production studios in Hollywood in hopes of licensing some exclusive video content for the Zune. This isn't a first for Microsoft: the company has exclusive Internet-only shows on MSN Video through its MSN Originals program, and just last month the company announced a plan to offer original short movies through the Xbox Live service.
Are these rumors true? I have no idea. Will they help the Zune? Probably not. Exclusive video makes sense for a game console because it's … Read more
It's been a month of mixed reviews for Apple's iPhone 3G. One on hand, millions of users have clearly given the Apps Store a vote of approval by downloading 60 million applications to their phones in the first month. Even though many of them are free, Apple CEO Steve Jobs tells The Wall Street Journal that translates into roughly $30 million in sales, or 1 million bucks per day.
The bad news for Apple is the constant stream of complaints coming in about the phones' 3G connectivity. In Monday's edition of the Daily Debrief, I sit down … Read more
In one of his recent--and subsequently parodied--attack ads on U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, Republican John McCain accused his rival of being too much of a celebrity and not enough of a political leader.
That was what I first thought of upon learning that the Obama campaign has instituted text-message alerts to inform supporters of the candidate's choice for vice presidential running mate.
We've known it was coming for a long time, but only Monday did T-Mobile come clean by announcing the Nokia 5610 Xpress Music. As the big brother to the previously released Nokia 5310 Xpress Music, the 5610 offers an upgraded and music-friendly feature set in a slider design with a brilliant display. Inside you'll find an Xpress Music player, a 3.2-megapixel camera, full Bluetooth with a stereo profile, an FM radio, a microSD card slot, USB mass storage, voice dialing, a speakerphone, and messaging and organizer applications. Unlike the original model, the T-Mobile 5610 doesn't support … Read more
As reported on Moconews, T-Mobile USA is planning to launch an open development platform for all of its phone platforms from upcoming Android to Java to Sidekick and Windows Mobile.
Starting this fall, T-Mobile USA will take the extraordinary step of ditching its traditional deck on the phone and replacing it with a platform that's open to almost any developer, multiple sources have told us. Think of *Apple's* App store, but for the entire carrier's handset line-up from smartphone to feature phone.
Google is making it easier to check up on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing from your mobile phone.
Searching for any Olympic sport on Google's mobile Web site will bring up, in addition to the regular search results that Google would normally offer, a timetable of Olympic schedules and results for that event. The search also works in 35 other languages, and Google has created an additional mobile Web site as a general repository of Olympic information.
When results start to come in, mobile searches for things like "swimming medals" and "French medal count" … Read more
Motorola quietly released a series of new Linux-based mobile phones this week. There's been a lot of noise around Symbian moving to open source and Google's Linux-based Android mobile platform, but both open-source Symbian and Android are still just press releases and talk.
Motorola's new ROKR line, however, is available now. You don't have to wait to buy a Linux-based phone. You can start calling with one today.
Who is behind these phones? The LiMo Foundation, which has been releasing a slew of new handsets and signing up new partners. By the time that Symbian and … Read more
It's all the goods from the Crave blog. Brian Tong and Bonnie Cha give you a peek at the newest Sidekick; copy and paste on the iPhone is here...sort of; and listen to music with Brandon, Brenda, Dylan, and Kelly!
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T-Mobile USA is adding new subscribers, but the No. 4 wireless operator can't seem to catch much ground on its larger competitors.
Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA's parent company, reported second quarter earnings on Thursday and gave some detail on its U.S. operations. While T-Mobile USA increased revenue for the quarter by about 14.3 percent compared to a year ago, the company is not adding as many new customers as it has in the past. Total revenues rose to $5.47 billion from $4.78 billion in the prior-year quarter.
In the second quarter, T-Mobile USA reported … Read more