mobile computing

6 posts

First Cut: Key Comparison of Apple/AT&T versus Google/T-Mobile.A

If you are looking for the nuts and bolts differentiators between the iPhone and HTC’s Dream see below: Apple iPhone: 1.  Known quantity.  Good, bad or indifferent it’s been on the market for a full year plus. 2.  Fully programmable soft keys and interfaces makes the phone capable of handling change over time. 3.  Tight integration with photos and music.   Google G1 (i.e. HTC Dream): 1.  Full querty keyboard accessible via a slide away touch screen.  Similar to the interfaces created for the HTC 8525 deployed through AT&T. 2.  Google StreetView is integrated into a compass positional feature in […]

Let the games begin!

Just as you thought all the excitement surrounding sport and competition was over with the closing of the games in Beijing, you are just in time for one of the most interesting face-offs in history:  Apple versus Google. For those not with a geek or technical focus, Google has developed a mobile phone software system and it has been code named Android. Very much like Google, they developed the system and then released it to the tech community with visions of fame and fortune in the form a of a contest for developers. With applications now written a very big […]

iPhone ActiveSync. . . the missing link.

Apple’s adoption of ActiveSync for the iPhone is awesome.  ActiveSync now makes it possible to get all of your corporate email, contacts, and calendar synced to your phone.  However, you have to use it exclusively. If I have personal contacts that I don’t want to be pushed to my corporate work account, I don’t have the ability of keeping them off the company’s server.  Or let’s say I want to mark my calendar with a particular appointment that I don’t want to have appear on my company sponsored account.  Not possible. Allowing the user to select what information is propagated and where […]

Fuzer. . .one solution to email aggregation.

There appears to already be some movement afoot in the email aggregation space.  A new service is in private beta called Fuser.  This service does not attempt to replicate mail but effectively provides an interface that points and communicates to all the necessary systems under the covers.  I have checked it out and it appears to be compelling.  What I like right out of the box is that if you respond to a message, then it appears as if it came from that address.  I wonder if there is a mobile phone interface. . . like for the iPhone maybe? […]

Mobile email – caught between the push and the pull

I am getting very excited with the up and coming expiration of my existing cell phone contract.  I will be getting an iPhone.  My wife will have hers before me since she will qualify for the discounted price of the phone sooner but I anticipate that in the not too distant future I will also share in the experience.  I currently have an HTC phone running Windows Mobile 5.0.  I have had various mixed experiences with managing my email through this phone and it has dawned on me that there is a missing service:  a unified email portal that aggregates […]

Apple iPhone. . . why it’s so much bigger then actual size.

The iPhone represents a paradigm shift in computing.  It’s presence in the market represents the first time consumers have access to technology that up to now has only been baking in the lab:  multi-touch.  Check out Jeff Han’s company: Perceptive Pixel  Jeff is a hardware systems researcher at NYU that is exploring the possibilities with multi-touch in a very big way.  His global visibility came when his TED talk, given back in 2006 showing him play with a large flat panel system was posted.  I watch Jeff’s presentation on TED as well as the demo video on his website and realize […]