A phone worth keeping

pbAbout a week ago, a colleague of mine wrote an article about what’s the right phone to choose when you want to buy a new phone. I think that he was right, but a different concept that I found on the great world of internet, and truly, is just a concept, made me think about a totally different design and idea about how we can choose what phone we want and how to make that phone to be perfect for each human being. We all are different and we all want something special, just for us. Of course, even in this concept, you probably won’t have a completely unique phone, but that won’t be a problem.

The concept is called Block Phone, and as you can see in the video, it would be an extreme upgrade to all we knew so far about electronic devices. First of all, we all know that the electronic devices, as you can see in the video, are not made to last…the technology is advancing so fast, and the devices that yesterday were the ultimate generation, tomorrow will quickly be left behind by the newer amazing ones. This is making the electronic waste the biggest ever of the modern world.

The components are customizable and upgradable! So, you won’t need to buy a complete new phone, you will be able to upgrade just the part of the phone that you want! Display, processor, battery, camera, wifi, memory, etc… Exactly how you can see in the video, all the parts.

Well, for the moment is just a concept, but I really hope that it would be under development in a short time. This for sure will open many doors for the electronic industry, and we will reduce the electronic waste. In my opinion, it’s a win-win situation for all mankind…well, maybe except for the big companies. But I still hope the leaders of those companies are human.

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Microsoft Behind the [Mobile] 8-Ball

An interesting development – Bill Gates admits that Microsoft’s mobile strategy is clearly a mistake

windowsphone_en-us_how-to_wp8_news_spotify-news-3-460x460I’ve been saying it for years – since about 2004 actually – Microsoft has no idea what they want (at the time Windows Mobile, and now) Windows Phone to be when it grows up. They have no idea how tablet computing fits into the “mobile” picture. Apparently, according to an interview by CBS This This Morning/60 Minutes and article by Preston Gralla, Bill Gates agrees.

Honestly, it’s about time.

Microsoft has this ugly habit of wanting the [computing] world to conform to Windows, and it’s clear the world has moved on. If Microsoft wants to stay not only relevant, but profitable, it’s going to have to accept this and develop a mobile strategy that correctly and appropriately positions and empowers them. Right now, they don’t have a [mobile] clue.

In his article, Gralla says,

If Microsoft had done mobile right years ago, the iPhone never would have gone on to become such a success, and Apple would not be the dominant player in mobile. Microsoft would own mobile as well as the desktop.

I happen to agree. The world was thirsting for a smartphone or mobile device that converged the items they wanted in one place – PIM data, music, video, internet, etc. – into a single device. Microsoft had Exchange ActiveSync, WMP and an a couple different integrated content stores. It had an established application catalog in a number of different vendors, such as Handango. Had it understood how mobile should have worked, it could have gotten to the party first and taken everyone down the mobile path via their vision.

Unfortunately, Ballmer didn’t (and in my opinion, still doesn’t) understand the mobile computing market. He may be a brilliant marketing and businessman, but mobile is something that has escaped him from the get-go. What is needed from Microsoft at this point are big, bold moves powered by their branding and most importantly, their checkbook. Ballmer needs to find someone in the mobile market he trusts and then must let them define the vision and strategy

If Microsoft doesn’t get its mobile act together and define a clear mobile strategy that augments and is not encompassed by Windows, it may find itself permanently behind [the 8-ball], and eventually out of the game entirely.

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Apple’s Low Cost iPhone – Good or Bad Idea?

Apple LogoBelieve it or not, this isn’t as slam dunk as you might think it is…

Emerging markets are a big deal.

In areas like China, Korea, parts of Africa, etc., where there are untapped consumers just waiting to buy a smartphone, the right device at the right price can sell and sell very well. Low cost, low margin phones are intended to make money in volume sales.

According to an article published on TUAW, former Apple CEO John Sculley agrees that Apple needs to produce the low cost device, which for many in those markets, is the only computing device they will own. While Sculley acknowledges that there’s “nothing wrong” with the current iPhone, he also acknowledged that Samsung is very good at what they do, and implied that Apple needs to figure it out and provide a competing product.

Sculley agreed that Tim Cook is the right person to lead Apple at this time due to his operations experience. Apple’s decision to cut its product update cycles to 6 months instead of 12 will require solid supply chain experience, and that’s right up Cook’s alley.

While its still unknown if a low cost iPhone would make an appearance in either the US or Europe, there seems to be a shift in thought in the smartphone arena. Lower cost, unsubsidized devices seem to be the direction that the world wants the industry to go. That being the case, I suspect that we’re going to see a number of exciting changes over the next year or so.

Whether or not a low cost iPhone is a good or bad idea is going to be validated by Apple’s financial and stock performance. The markets seem very fickle right now, with Apple stock jumping 3-5% over the past couple of days on news of component order cancellations and their 2013 product pipeline, respectively. Until the world decides that Apple knows what it wants to be when it grows up, I’d expect a great deal of fluctuation in their stock price and speculation in the news regarding the company’s viability in a post-Jobs era.

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Remember things big and small from your everyday life with Evernote

One of the most important things that you can do with your mobile device, your computer or laptop is take notes. If you’re a student, educator, or business professional, then you know what I’m talking about. Keeping track of action items, assignments, lesson plans, etc., is something that everyone has an interest in. That’s one of the reasons why I like Evernote. This multifunction tool has specialized functionality in order to keep you organized.

Evernote makes it easy to remember big and small things from your everyday life, using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use, anytime, anywhere. All you need is a connected device and available bandwidth. Evernote does the rest.

With Evernote, you can remember the things that YOU like. You can instantly save everything cool and exciting you see online. You can snap a photo, record some audio and save it to a note and have that note, with that cool content sync to every one of your connected endpoints. As such, you can take notes anywhere. If you’re always on the move, your notes and important information should be too. With Evernote, those important items are on every computer, phone and device you use.

Since notebooks sync instantly, Evernote makes it easy to work with remote friends and colleagues. You can share your notes and collaborate on projects with friends, colleagues and classmates regardless of their location, time zone, etc.  Evernote can be used to bring project information and teams together regardless of who is working on which parts, and can centralize all your information.

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Siri-like alternatives for Android

Iris is… Siri in reverse and it’s inspired from the iPhone 4S feature: Siri. Iris makes your phone talk on topics ranging from Einstein to Mozart. Well, to me it is more as a voice assisted Google search but there is potential in this app and if you ask the right thing, Iris will talk to you about things ranging from Philosophy, Culture, History, science to general conversation. As I noticed, for all queries based on common topics, Iris is likely to provide you with information from Wikipedia.

Note: You need to have “Voice Search” and “TTS library” installed in your phone for Iris. to work. Most of the phones have these pre-installed, if not please install them from Android market before you try Iris.

What can Iris actually do?

  • Call someone
  • Text someone
  • Search something (on the web)
  • Lookup for a contact

What’s new in version 2.12 alpha ?

  • Ice cream Sandwich Inspired user interface
  • New Design, new logo.

Download Iris

Skyvi is another “Siri for Android” and knows about everything from local businesses to food nutrition! Skyvi makes witty remarks and even tells jokes. The app has a social side too, letting you access Facebook and Twitter using voice.

Key features in Skyvi:

  • Fun chats, witty remarks, tells jokes
  • Access Facebook with voice
  • Access Twitter with voice
  • Tweet or Update Facebook with Voice

What’s new in version 1.0 ?

  • Facebook / Twitter integration is optional
  • Major Speed improvements
  • Ongoing notifications can be toggled
  • Witty remarks, jokes, and personality added
  • You can ask now for things near you

Download Skyvi

If you’re looking just for an app which do accept voice commands (e.g.: to drive more safely) and perform predefined actions such as:

  • Send texts and emails
  • Voice dialSearch the web
  • Find local restaurants, shops and other businesses
  • Get directions
  • Update your status on Facebook or Twitter and check in with foursquare
  • Get answers to just about any question
  • Buy movie tickets and book hotel rooms
  • Open other apps and so on,

you may want to try Vlingo and/or Sonalight, however, these apps can’t be deemed as Siri-like assistants.

 

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Manage all the contents of your mobile devices and mobile phones with Mobile Master

My smartphone is my life. I live in my phone. If I were to lose it, I don’t know that I’d know which end of my life is up. I rely on my phone to keep track of all of my PIM (Personal information manager) data, which is what Mobile Master helps you do. It’s a PIM data management application for your phone.

Years ago – back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s – the only way to get data from your PIM management system, say Outlook or Lotus Notes, to your organizer was to use some kind of synching software like ActiveSync or Palm Desktop, depending on the type of PDA you had. This became even more important once PDA’s turned into smartphones (or what we at that time called a converged device).

While many people are using smartphones that today either use BIS/BES (Blackberry Information Server or Blackberry Enterprise Server) or Exchange ActiveSync (Google and Gmail, as well as Apple’s iPhone both license Exchange ActiveSync to make Push work for their operating systems), not everyone uses a smartphone.  This is where applications like Mobile Master come in. It’s an application for mobile phone management and SMS communication that can be used to exchange data between mobile phone and PC, via cable, infrared, or Bluetooth.  The system automatically detects the mobile phone and assigns it its own profile, making it possible for you to manage several phones on the same PC, with the same data, without creating chaos with that data. A programmatic assistant helps you configure and manage all the settings. Even users with little to no prior mobile device knowledge can, download their phone’s address book, calendar, email and tasks to and from their phone and PC with just a few mouse clicks.

Mobile Master supports most phones by Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung or BenQ Siemens; and supports email clients and contact programs like Outlook, Lotus Notes, Palm Desktop, Thunderbird, Tobit David, Eudora, The Bat! and Outlook Express. Mobile Master also supports Novell GroupWise. To check if your phone is supported, take a look here: here.

Download Mobile Master

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5 suggestions to protect your Android phone

While trying to keep the open-source policy for Android operating system, the Android Market doesn’t have such a stringently screening process as the Apple Store. Therefore many applications have been reported as harmful and have been withdrawn from the service.

In case you are an Android phone user and want to keep your phone safe from potential threads, you should follow five basic suggestions given to betanews by Tony Anscombe from AVG Technologies:

1. Think of your mobile device not as a phone but as a computer, for that is what it is. Be just as wary about phishing attempts made via mobile email or text as you would on your computer. Avoid unknown sites when using your mobile browser, and don’t click on links before authenticating the sender.

2. Download apps only from trusted sources and pay special attention to the names of these apps. If you want Angry Birds, then download Angry Birds — not Angry Biiirds or some other slightly altered name. Usually you can also tell legitimate and fraudulent apps apart by their file images.

3. Do not root or jailbreak your mobile device to get around limitations set by your carrier or device manufacturer. Doing so will also remove any protections built into the device in order to defend against a number of mobile threats.

4. Be careful when using Wi-Fi. Don’t view or transmit sensitive info in public hot spots. Disable Wi-Fi auto-connect to prevent connecting to a malicious host, and when you are ready to connect, look around for public displays that will tell you which legitimate host to connect to.

5. Install security software. Per the first point, you installed security software on your computer, right? So why not do the same for your mobile phone? A number of free solutions are available online.”

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DJ ToneXpress The Ringtone Creator

There was a time when we were all obsessed by poliphonic ringtones and by ringtone editors. That time has gone because now you can upload any audio format on your smartphone without any additional settings. But in case you still encounter problems in doing so, or you need an advanced ringtone editor, DJ ToneXpress The Ringtone Creator can offer you a wide range of features to edit your desirable song for any type of mobile phone.

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