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Loaded: OMG, we <3 the new Sidekick!
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>> Like, OMG, it's the new T-Mobile Sidekick. We're going to show it to you up close and personal. We also have lots of Microsoft news for a change and some info about the upcoming iPhone. It's Wednesday, April 22. I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get loaded.
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>> Natali Del Conte: So I've just come from the T-Mobile Sidekick launch party. We tried really hard to get T-Mobile to give us one, but they were not having it. So we settled for a first look. See for yourself.
>> This is the latest generation of the Sidekick and it's a 3G model. We're here at the T-Mobile Sidekick launch event but this phone actually doesn't come out until mid-May. You can see, it's significantly thinner than previous versions of the Sidekick, but otherwise it's very familiar to Sidekick users, same scroll wheel, same flip screen, same keyboard. Again, this is a 3G model. It has GPS and turn-by-turn navigation over Windows Live maps. It's also got a 3.2 Megapixel camera and the ability to stream live video to YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, whatever your social networks are preferred, and it's also got a home Twitter application as well.
>> Amazon streaming video service now has HD movies and TV shows. This is Amazon's video on demand. This means you can watch over 500 shows and movies on anything that streams Amazon, such as the Roku or the TiVo. Now, I know 500 is not a whole lot when it comes to titles, but Amazon still does have over 40,000 shows and movies in standard definition. I expect they'll be migrating more titles to HD gradually, which is bad news for Blue Ray. The new Facebook application for Blackberry works with your existing phone contacts. That is cool, and a page out of the upcoming Palm Pre.
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>> FaceBook for Blackberry Version 1.5 will update exiting photos in your Blackberry contact list with your Facebook friends profile photos. You can make this association yourself or just click a friend's name to view the info. It will also add information such as birthdays and calendar events into your Facebook activity. And you can integrate messaging and status updates into a threaded log as well. The Ap is available now in about a dozen languages at Mobile.Blackberry.com. You can now send instant messages in Hotmail. This feature is a bit late to the party, but still a nice addition for Hotmail users. Microsoft added the ability to send IMs on its Web site and the feature is already available in France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the U.K. Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic have announced plans to build a personal health record service based on Microsoft's HealthVault technology. The Mayo Clinic Health Manager will focus on general adult and pediatric issues such as immunization records, pregnancy and asthma. But in following months they plan on adding on-line management for conditions like Type 3 diabetes and high blood pressure. The HealthVault technology apparently is open enough that people need not be patients at the Mayo Clinic to use this service. Hopefully, we'll start to see more medical institutions embrace this. I still remember carrying about a giant envelope filled with my medical records and X-rays, like last week, when I had glass in my foot. Last Microsoft story, I promise. The company is reportedly testing identity-based security in some Washington State schools. Students and teachers would carry ID cards that would let them access grades, curriculum and schedules on a PC. A card though? What about bioauthentication, or face recognition, or passwords even? This does seem like a step backwards, but we will reserve judgment until we see it in action. [inaudible] is reporting that there's evidence in the latest iPhone OS 3.0 SDK for voice control. While nothing has been confirmed, the speculation on the Web is that this will be more than the usual terrible name recognition that's standard on most phones. It will supposedly be compatible with the Springboard Ap Launcher and the built in Spotlight Search. Borrowing from the new iPod Shuffle, the OS will likely speak back to you as well. This technology has been built into Macs for years now. Maybe it will blame AT&T when my phone drops the calls.
>> AT&T sucks. Too bad.
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