In the grand scheme of things, there are more important things going on both here in the United States and abroad, but being a technologist, I’m excited that our new President, Barack Obama, will get to keep his beloved BlackBerry. Cool!
I like the article that appeared on BlackBerryCool.com:
“Want Obama wants, Obama gets. Scoring the first major victory of his nascent term, the White House announced today that President Barack Obama will indeed keep his BlackBerry (eat it, Sectera Edge). President Obama will use the BlackBerry to keep in touch with “senior staff and a small group of personal friends.” As we’ve mentioned previously, Obama’s decision will have significant effects on the transparency of his communications.
Gibbs said the presumption from the White House counsel’s office is that e-mails will be subject to the Presidential Records Act, the law that requires the National Archives to preserve presidential records. But he also said that some exemptions in the law allow for “strictly personal communications.” He did not say how that classification would be determined but made clear that the device could be used for both business and personal communication.
How did Obama get the deal done? By turning the NSA loose on his BlackBerry:
On Monday, a government agency said that the Obama administration — but that is probably the National Security Agency — added to a standard BlackBerry a super-encryption package…. and Obama WILL be able to use it … still for routine and personal messages.”
Rock on, Mr. President!
Looks like Sprint isn’t the only one jumping the gun and prematurely posting details about Palm’s upcoming hardware. This time the mobile electronics retailer Elite-Electronix has posted what appears to be a pre-order page with the full product specs for Palm’s not-exactly-announced-but-we-knew-it-is-coming unlocked GSM Pre smartphone. The site also lists the unlocked GSM Pre as having a $599.95 USD price tag with an expected ship date as June 2009.
[Thanks to Mark for the tip.]
HTC, the company best known for their stylish smartphone design kung-fu, has announced their latest smartphone, the HTC Touch Cruise.
The Touch Cruise is a Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 powered smartphone that features another stunning industrial design. The Touch Cruise just looks great!
Included in HTC’s latest smartphone is a built-in GPS that not only integrates with an optional vehicle cradle to provide turn-by-turn navigation, but also integrates with HTC’s new Footprints software. With the GPS enabled Touch Cruise and Footprints, customers are able to take photos and an audio recording while tagging the photo with co-ordinates provided by from the GPS receiver.
“The new HTC Touch Cruise is the first mobile phone to offer HTC Footprints, an application experience that enables people to permanently chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favourite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific geographical location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS co-ordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.
Flipping back through their photos, HTC Touch Cruise users will be able to retrace their steps to that exact location in just a few touches. Unlike other devices with geo-tagging functionality, HTC Footprints works effectively outdoors and indoors, offering a more accurate record of location for future reference and navigation.
“Just as we have seen GPS technology transform how people navigate to new places, we are now seeing location-based applications like HTC Footprints changing how we interact and carry our memories,” said Peter Chou, President and CEO, HTC Corporation.”
The published specifications for the HTC Touch Cruise are:
- Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm
- Weight: 103 grams
- WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
- Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
- 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
- HTC TouchFLO™, 4-Way navigation wheel with Enter and HTC Footprints™ buttons
- 3.2 MP camera, with fixed focus
- Internal memory: 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM
- microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
- Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g wireless
- Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
- Battery: 1100 mAh
- Talk time: GSM: up to 400 minutes
- Standby time: GSM: up to two weeks
- Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
HTC is expected to begin shipping the Touch Cruise later this spring. For more details, check out the HTC Touch Cruise website.
It looks like Sprint is angling to iron out a deal with electronics retailer Best Buy to be retail sales location for Palm’s newest smartphone, the Pre, when it goes live later this year. Information news website Bloomberg.com writes:
“Sprint Nextel Corp., the money-losing U.S. wireless carrier, is in talks with Best Buy Co. to sell Palm Inc.’s Pre once the phone makes its debut this year, potentially putting the device in more than 1,000 stores.
“I’m really excited that they’re back in the game,” Score said of Palm in an interview. “We’re working with Sprint on that, but no official announcement as of yet.”
Palm plans to introduce the Pre, which uses its new WebOS operating software, in the first half of 2009. Sprint spokeswoman Michelle Mermelstein said the company hasn’t confirmed any decisions about its retail partners and declined to give further details on pricing or the date of the release. Palm spokeswoman Leslie Letts didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. “
In a separate rumor, it is said that Palm’s latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the Treo Pro, could be coming to Sprint as soon as February 15.
The Boy Genius Report is reporting today that the Palm Treo Pro make a brief cameo appearance on the Sprint online store today and then just as quickly disappeared.
There have been a lot of rumors around the Internet about Palm’s next Windows Mobile device on the Sprint network, including photos of the retail packaging of the Sprint Treo Pro edition. Earlier this week, PalmInfoCenter was reporting that the new CDMA edition of the Treo Pro will get a bit of a boost from the rumored hardware tweaks over it’s unlocked GSM cousin.
The good news is that the Pro is coming to Sprint and the cost of the device with a qualifying 2-year contract agreement will be $249 after rebates are applied.
I’m not sure how I missed this last week. My guess is that I’ve spent too much time at work and not enough time at home obsessing about my BlackBerry. But it would appear that a CDMA version of the BlackBerry OS 4.5 for Sprint’s Curve 8330 is making the rounds on the Internet. The build number of the leaked software is 188.8.131.52.
Remember, this is a leaked version of the BlackBerry OS. Install it on your production units at your own risk! If you brick your Berry, Sprint won’t help you out with this one.
Check out the BerryReview.com thread…
Check out the CrackBerry.com thread…
This week on the 1SRC Podcast, I cover the recently announced Pre smart(er)phone powered by Palm webOS. I talk about what is really cool about the new hardware and software as well as some of the things that I don’t. (I’m not a big fan of sliders. Maybe the Pre’s slide out keyboard will be better than the sliders on the Tungsten T, T2, and T3.) I also cover some of the things that I really want to know more about, like how Synergy works, how will the Pre sync with a Mac or PC without going out to the cloud, and whether or not there will be tools to sync over a wired connection.
Listen to 1SRC Podcast 204…