Stories for Dec. 29, 2004

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Every time I have been waiting for a shipment from UPS I have wondered why you cannot track through a RSS feed.  This would make it simple to add to the feed reader and provide a status update upon demand.  An enterprising .NET developer named Jason […] Read more »

Not that Halo. The iPod’s success has drawn so many Windows PC users to the Apple brand. The Halo effect is the resulting purchase of other Apple products – namely computer systems – because people have come to love the iPod so much. It’s brilliant, and […] Read more »

Marc Orchant of The Tablet PC Weblog has a great article explaining why Microsoft OneNote is the note-taking program he keeps coming back to for daily use with his Tablet PC.  Many Tablet owners are trying to decide if other note-taking programs would better serve their […] Read more »

Trevor of The Student Tablet PC has written an interesting article that discusses using Infopath with the Tablet PC in a real world application.  Infopath is a Microsoft tool for deploying enterprise-wide forms for collecting standardized data.  In his example Trevor shows how Infopath coupled with […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 28, 2004

Think Secret, which has a Barry Bonds like record when it comes to reporting news about Apple, (it has gotten them sued you know by Apple!) is reporting that Apple will introduce a barebones iMAC powered by 1.25 GHz G4 processor on January 11, at the […] Read more »

Wired posted quite the interesting article about 2 men who, for six months snuck into the Apple Headquarters to write a script. 12 hours per day, 7 days a week, for 6 months, Ron Avitzur snuck into his former employer’s offices to write a Graphing Calculator […] Read more »

SBSH, the producers of the great Pocket PC program Pocket Breeze, have just released an enhanced calendar program for Windows Mobile based Smartphones.   Papyrus looks really nice and the screenshots show it to be a useful calendar replacement. The release is a public beta so Papyrus […] Read more »

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No really! Apparently, a prank story on a spanish language website, Canal PDA, indicated that Apple was going to set up its own mobile carrier business. Low and behold, like everything that is Apple related, the news spread across the blogs, and even major Mac enthusiast […] Read more »

Anyone who has read my published stuff for any length of time at all knows I am extremely passionate about mobile technology.  I have been trying, using and lugging mobile devices around for more time than I care to admit.  It is this obsession with mobile […] Read more »

Audible announced today they are now supporting the Creative MuVo TX, MuVo TX FM, MuVo Micro, and MuVo Slim portable digital audio players.  Owners of the Creative audio players can go to the Audible web site and download a firmware upgrade for the MuVo that enables […] Read more »

China Mobile’s banning of mobile messaging company Sohu from its service for a year has been listed as one of the big events in the Chinese… Read more »

The Yankee Group has released some data that shows the promise of mobile content.
By the end of the second quarter of 2004, wireless data u… Read more »

In a broadband enabled life, no piece of software is as crucial as a database – from our cell phone records, our blog entries, our address books, and of course all the information we need to store about our music collections, digital downloads and emails. In […] Read more »

Tablet PCs are perfect for viewing electronic magazines and I am always on the lookout for good alternatives for reading material.  I stumbled upon Home Computer Magazine completely by accident and I have to recommend it as a good read.  The magazine is already on its […] Read more »

Wall Street Journal’s Jesse Drucker has been all over the trend of wifi-enabling cities, and has done some seriously good reporting. Today Drucker talks about growing number of cities which are planning to roll out their own WiFi Clouds, including San Francisco, Cleveland, LA, Milwaukee and […] Read more »

James Enck has posted a 5MB torrent file to Prodigem, shot on his SPV C500, and he calls this A Luddite idiot’s testimonial on Prodigem. So why should we be paying attention? Enck explains: “Dozens of cities and towns are rolling out Wi-Fi as a way […] Read more »

Kaplan has long been known as the authority when it comes to preparing college-bound kids for the dreaded SAT/ACT tests.  Recently they announced with Handmark the availability of Kaplan Mobile SAT/PSAT-ACT 2005.  The program contains over 1200 questions and tips to help prepare for these all […] Read more »

I get a lot of email from people wanting the ability to take notes that can be captured digitally into a computer.  These requests are mostly from students who can see the benefits of a Tablet PC but don’t have the financial means to get one.  […] Read more »

Seagate has always been associated with hard drives as one of the longest running manufacturers in the business.  They have a 5 GB portable drive called the Pocket Drive that is perfect for portable use.  The drive even has a 4 inch USB cable that retracts […] Read more »

Better jump fast as today’s Woot! is the HP iPod with 40 GB drive for just $319.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Read more »

Ask anyone, and they will all tell you that 2005 is going to be a breakout year for the Internet Voice technology. Just like a teenager who gets his(or her) drivers license and burns rubber, many are expecting sales from VoIP to zoom, and of course […] Read more »

Internet Telephony talks to Popular Telephony founder Dmitry Goroshevsky who promptly trashes the whole concept of PBX. “What do I need all this infrastructure for if I just need a phone? There is no longer a need for an $80,000 PBX (or IP-PBX) or even the […] Read more »

Just kidding! Actually this is a pretty cool development especially for those of us who love to drive and are constantly on the move. The Texas Department of Transportation and Coach Connect Corp. are bringing free wireless internet to Texas 102 safety rest areas, with access […] Read more »

Back in the go-go 1990s, like every other chip company Triquint Semiconductor tried to expand into the fiber optics business. A chip maker whose main business was wireless handsets, the company bought its way into the optoelectronics business, which seemed smart back then, but is not […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 27, 2004

I am a firm believer in using any tool that helps accomplish a certain goal or that helps me be more productive and efficient in my work routine.  I use a LOT of different utilities to accomplish this, some that serve a stand-alone function and others […] Read more »

Cisco bought a lot of companies this year, but the focus was mostly on software for the market leader in switches and routers. The acqusitions, included software players that help improve security of Cisco’s core offerings and also companies that have developed products for the VoIP […] Read more »

Walter Hutchens has uncovered a couple of cheap innovative cases for the Sony U computer.  Lots of photos of both cases and links to purchase on his blog.  My favorite is this one: Read more »

The good folks at Engadget are now running their 2004 Engadget Awards where you can vote for your favorite gadgets.  The competition is divided into 17 different categories such as Gadget of the Year, Worst Gadget of the Year, etc.  Head on over and enter your […] Read more »

Marc Orchant has done it again with a nice review of Josh Einstein’s wonderful Tablet Enhancement for Outlook (TEO).  TEO adds native inking to Outlook for tasks like creating appointments and tasks.  The unique approach that Josh has taken with the current version of TEO is […] Read more »

Alpha-Data’s USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure is nothing special unless battery operation is important to you for mobile use.  You supply your own hard drive (up to 80 GB) and the Alpha-Data will power it with four AA batteries.  A copy function is also supported that […] Read more »

I have taken a long time in writing something about the tsunami/earthquake tragedy in South and South East Asia. It is not because I did not want to say something, it was because I was too emotionally vested and perhaps could not put two words together […] Read more »

South Korean governement has chalked out a plan for a new broadband convergence network, that would need an investment of around $58 billion, reports The Korea Herald. “The Korean information and communication technology sector is heading toward a stagnant state and it needs to come up […] Read more »

Andy points to a report on Pacific Epoch which says that there might be 2 million users of Skype’s chinese version. And then asks the most important question: “Everyone looks at Skype’s impact on telephony, but what about on IM? Of late I personally have been […] Read more »

Broadband and the presence of always-on connections is changing consumer behavior. From making phone calls over the Internet, to buying clothes online and downloading songs for 99 cents a track, the always on lifestyle is finally become pervasive. “People are more able and willing to just […] Read more »

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