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32nm Chips Coming Soon!

September 11th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
IBM thinks “cloud computing” is a bogus concept that is useless. IBM also working on voice-based web while working on a new chip consortium. No browser for Yahoo. Why didn’t they buy Netscape way back when? History would have been different. Google search share up to 71-percent. Google only track for nine months now. Text messages over-priced. Everyone is jacked up about iTunes8 and Spore. France Telecom may do an e-Reader. tech5
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Yahoo Skidding?

September 10th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
More analysis of Apple iPOD, RIM counters with Blackberry assault. Virgin Atlantic announced 3G handset. nVidia under assault with shareholder lawsuit. Google going to link the world to satellite ISP. This is not a new idea. DTV switch-over craps out as predicted. 911 will access cam phone. Yahoo skidding. Microsoft may buy Citrix while selling Greenfield. New York Times asks, “Who uses AOL? And Why?” tech5
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Google to Digitize NYT Archives

September 09th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Apple rolls new iPods, thin is in. Nothing seriously hot. People still concerned about Jobs’ health. Microsoft has new Zune which can order music from songs you hear on the radio. Huh? Collider fires tomorrow. Google rethinks privacy policy. Finally! Google to digitize old newspapers. Will make them all searchable. GM Volt photos accidentally released. I think it may be a publicity stunt. Real Network gets ink for old idea. Why? Sony 24.6-megapixel full frame sensor camera. Wow. Michael buys $100 million of own stock. HP breaks the 24-hour battery life laptop. tech5
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Will Chrome lead to Google Linux?

September 02nd, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Googlers gah-gah over the Google Chrome browser. Will Microsoft be affected? I think not. Chrome is more of a competitor to Safari than anything else. I think it leads to the Google OS. Dell bringing out a ultralite notebook. WiMAX rolling in Baltimore. 802.11n still in draft mode? Why? GUN now 25 years old. Picassa to add face recognition. New iPods on Sept. 9? Looks like it. tech5
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Spam Works? Oh no!

August 19th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
iPod batteries overheating in Japan. Meanwhile, Jobs says he’ll fix crashing iPhone. More on the bigfoot scam. Google Android phone is real. Yahoo opening up Buzz to the public. Sounds like Digg to me. Researchers say Vista gets dumped from 1/3 of enterprise PC’s. Microsoft dropping fees left and right. They also like tailored search now. IDF in play in San Francisco. MSNBC behind the times. 29-percent Internet users buy from spam solicitations. tech5
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iphone 3G, pleeease.

July 11th, 2008 | Category: Apple,AT&T,ATT,GPS,HSDPA,iPhone,live stream,qik,voip,Wi-fi

This is silly, just silly.

I have to agree with Leo Laporte (of twitlive.tv) and many related to the industry when It’s said that you may be wasting your money if you let “At this time” screw you into a contract for a partially functional (based on definition) device!

Leo’s been online (live) since the first Apple store opened in New Zeland, on Friday July 11th, 2008 convering the launch of the 3G iPhone! And, although I don’t have his following, I have been re-streaming Leo’s audio for those that can’t view it, but want to stay connected via audio only. (my live stream on the right menu). This has been nice for those who only have their mobiles or capable of a .pls stream.

Just as a plug for me and Leo, (as it’s my site)… I re-stream Leo whenever he’s online, for those interested in a mobile version at a lower bit rate for ease of cellular streaming.

But…, the title of the post is really, “iPhone 3G, pleeease.”

So far this is what we’ve learned about the new iPhone 3G.

1. It’s got GPS (but it seems to act more like triangulation) the kind that google maps uses for mobile devices. Hmm, not turn by turn… seems that’s what GPS is mainly used for.
2. It has 3G (thus the title). However, as it’s been repeated, 3G is really (At this time) only available in Major Metro cities (and not even all of them). In fact, there is more wi-fi coverage across the globe than 3G, so you decide which you’d rather use and (NOT) pay for?
3. Apps, Shmaps. Software is cool, but many other devices that have many other cooler and “completely functional” hardware have been open for development for a long time!

These seem to be the 3 most noted changes in the launch of this new device (and the apps don’t really count) since the software version 2.0 enables new apps on the old iPhone, and if you can install Google Maps on the old iPhone, then your “triangulated” GPS has been available since it was installed. Sooo… it seems 3G is the only enhancment. No?

Personally, I’d not get screwed into a contract, and rather have the immediate option to buy the device and plug my own/old sim to work. Sadly, Apple descided that was not a good idea (for who knows what reason)?

In addition to all this, with all the activation problems, (servers down, etc.) Apple and or AT&T “At this time” are sending people out of the stores with an inactive device. This may just lead to some never activating it “under contract”. Rumor has it, it only took approx 3 1/2 hours to unlock it yesterday (Via someone in New Zeland). This of course won’t take long to get into the wild for everyone to use, and thusly, if you have a device that is unactivated (opposed to activated forcefully in the store)… you may just be able to unlock it and pop in your existing sim.

Hmm, I’d love to know the numbers on that one.

If you don’t need the cellular, just get an iPod touch, install a VOIP client and use wi-fi for phone calls. :) Hey, at least your coverage would be greater with Wi-fi. ;)

One positive thing I can say, even though the new iPhone STILL does not have video recording (built in) (as I understand it), a company called qik.com will allow you to do just that, and live at the same time. So, if you’re one of the secondary “early adopters” of the newest iPhone, don’t fret completely, it has one improvement. (oh wait, the old iPhone can do qik too). DANG!

Thoughts, if Apple and At This Time are going to go into a shady @$$ deal like the last and this one, things really need to work, immediately! No? Or, was it your intention to have many unactivated devices in the wild?

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