android · apple · google · gps · ios

Tick & Tracker GPS Tracking Applications for Smartphones

With kids both big and small gearing up for tonight’s candy extravaganza, parents looking to let this kids spread their wings a little bit and roam the neighborhood with their friends might want to pick up one of the many GPS tracking applications for Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS.

apple · att · iphone · verizon

Apple: White iPhone Delayed Until Spring, 2011

Apple has announced, sort of, via a company spokesperson, that the elusive white iPhone 4 won’t appear until the spring of 2011.

John Paczkowski, of the Digital Daily blog, contacted the iPhone maker and received the following word:

“We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this spring.”

I suspect that the changes of us seeing a white iPhone 4 on AT&T or Verizon are right up there with seeing a white unicorn nibbling on your front lawn when you wake up tomorrow morning.  Rather, I suspect, as some other have commented, there may not be a white iPhone 4 at all, and that Apple may have quietly decided to wait until the iPhone 5 is announced to begin shipping a new white iPhone.

In the mean time, comedy sketch group JLE has posted the following YouTube video.  Recoded in a style that emulates one of Apple’s promotional videos, this skit had me laughing out loud, clapping my hands, and stomping my feet.

[Via Digital Daily…]

apple · att · ipad · Uncategorized · verizon

AT&T Begins Selling Apple iPad

Not wanting to be out done by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, currently the only wireless carrier in the United States to sell Apple’s insanely popular iPhone, has also begun to sell the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G on Thursday.

AT&T and Apple® today announced that all three iPad™ Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T stores starting Thursday, October 28. AT&T will offer customers3G Apple iPad Data Plans, complete with Apple’s easy, on-device activation and management. All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.

“We can’t wait to showcase the amazing features of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in our stores across the country just in time for the holidays,” said Glenn Lurie, AT&T President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “With our breakthrough iPad data plans starting at just $14.99 and access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots around the country at no extra cost, our customers will have the best of both worlds.”

“We look forward to expanding the reach of iPad allowing even more customers to experience the magic of iPad for themselves,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “As we approach the holiday season, we are very happy that customers will now be able to buy iPad Wi-Fi + 3G at AT&T stores.”

Pricing and Availability

All iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available beginning Thursday, October 28 in AT&T Stores across the US for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB. Domestic data plans for iPad are priced at $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB with no term contract. Both plans include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.

For more information, visit the AT&T website.
apple · ipad · verizon

Verizon Begins Selling Apple iPad + MiFi Bundles

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless began selling Apple’s iPad tablet bundled with a Verizon MiFi cellular hot spot.

Beginning [October 28, 2010], Verizon Wireless customers can purchase the Apple® iPad™ at any of the more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide.

Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi™ 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32 GB + MiFi, and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64 GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to customers who purchase an iPad with a MiFi beginning at 1 GB of data for just $20 monthly access. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.

iPad customers can use the Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and Verizon Wireless’ 3G network to browse the Web, read and send e-mail, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books, and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface on the go, wherever they are in Verizon Wireless’ nationwide 3G coverage area.

The MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows customers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

For more details, visit the Verizon Wireless website.

hp · motionapps · palm os · pixi · pre · web os

MotionApps Halts Sales of Classic, Turns Source Over to Palm [UPDATED}

[Editor’s Note: We have been contacted by MotionApps to let us know they are not closing down the company.]

MotionApps, the developer behind Classic, the Palm OS emulation layer for HP webOS 1.x devices like the Pre and Pixi, has halted sales and turned over the source code and the intellectual property (IP) over to HP’s Palm unit.

MotionApps has posted the following note to the Palm user community on their blog:

“We are sad to announce that Palm has removed Classic’s ROM from the new webOS 2.0 device ROM which will result in Classic not working if utilized with Palm’s new webOS 2.0.
This is contrary to our agreement with Palm and was done without our approval or consent. Based on this action, MotionApps will immediately stop selling Classic. However, as a courtesy to our clients, we will continue to support existing Classic customers on webOS 1.x for the immediate future.
Be that as it may, we believe in PalmOS and we want to do what we can to help Palm succeed in their future endeavors. So we decided to hand over the entire Classic source code and all of our accompanying IP to Palm so that Palm can do what they want to do with Classic and make it available with webOS 2.0.
Palm now has all the pieces to manage and control Classic’s future.
Thank you all who supported us along the way and who love PalmOS the way we do.
MotionApps Team”
A similar message appears on the MotionApps main website that simply reads:
“With the release of Palm webOS™ 2.0 MotionApps will no longer sell or support future versions of Classic.
We have decided to hand the entire source code and all accompanying IP over to Palm so Palm can assume full control of Classic’s future life and shape.
We had great time building Classic and supporting its vibrant community. Palm’s way of supporting MotionApps has become too disruptive for us and we no longer believe that we are in a position to provide our customers with the best product and service.
Our work is who we are so we respectfully choose to exit.”
So it appears that MotionApps, as a company, closing down along the decision to halt sales of Classic as a third-party application.
As a Classic owner, I’m sorry to see it go, however, I have received little or no utility out of Classic recently.  This is mostly to do with the fact that I am no longer using Palm OS apps on my original Sprint Pre.  I’m willing to bet that HP thinks that most of their customers will be in the same boat as me or, simply, they may just want to the cord with Palm OS.  Either way, it doesn’t matter, what’s done is done.
The interesting thing that will happen sooner or later is that all of us who purchased Classic for $30 will be forced to HP webOS 2.0 when is gets pushed out as an over-the-air update to our Pre and Pixi smarphones once our wireless carriers certify the new software.  What remains to be seen is whether or not a customer can decline the receipt of a major HP webOS upgrade like 2.0 and continuing using webOS 1.x and Classic.


MotionApps has contacted informed me they are not closing down, but, rather, simply halting the sale and further development of Classic.

“MotionApps, as a company, is not closing down along the decision to halt sales of Classic as a third-party application.

We are simply shutting down Classic as a product only to focus on other products and services that we are working on, some of which are public and some of which are yet to be released in the future.”

I’m glad to hear that MotionApps is staying in the software game and look forward to their new projects.
android · best buy · galaxy tab · google · samsung · sprint · verizon

Briefly Noted: Samsung Galaxy Tab Sprint Pre-Order, Best Buy On Tap

In addition to today’s RIM BlackBerry Playbook news, more details about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab have surfaced.

First up, the Google Android powered Samsung Galaxy Tab will begin shipping for Sprint customers on November 14.  If you want to make sure you get yours on launch day, starting today, Sprint is accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy.

“The 7-inch tablet will launch online and in select stores on November 14, and it will run $399.99 with a new 2-year contract. As far as what that 2-year contract entails, Sprint is making two data plans available alongside its first tablet offering: a 2GB option for $29.99 per month and a 5GB option for $59.99 per month.”

Also, we have learned by way of leaked Best Buy advertisement, the Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy tab will sell for $499.  The specs are the same as the Verizon and Sprint editions of the tablet, minus the cellular radio.


blackberry · blackberry tablet os · rim

Briefly Noted: RIM BlackBerry Playbook is reporting some new information about RIM’s BlackBerry tablet, the Playbook.

First up, RIM finally gave a live demo of their Playbook tablet at the Adobe MAX conference.  If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the conference today, you can check out a video that has been posted to YouTube.

Secondly, if you can’t wait to get your Playbook on, you can now download the Playbook simulator for Mac OS X and Windows PC when you sign up as a developer on the BlackBerry website.

Game on!