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When Palm demo'd the Pre a year ago in January, the phone was seen as the company's last chance to reverse its fortunes. Despite positive reviews and praise for the company's WebOS and Palm Pixi, the once-dominant cell phone and PDA manufacturer has continued to lose ground (and money). For Q3 2010 Palm reported a loss of $18.5 million. That's significantly better than a year ago, when the company lost $95 million, but the company's quarterly results are ominous for multiple reasons. First off, there's an awful lot of unsold inventory building up in partner stores. Palm may have shipped 960,000 phones last quarter (up 300 percent year-on-year), but its sell-through figures were much lower at... Read more...
Once upon a time, back when cavemen ruled the Earth and I was in college, the "in" thing to do (if you were a nerd, anyway), was to port Doom to various Windows mobile phones, PDAs, G3/G4-era Macs, graphing calculators, and other assorted devices with limited functionality and horsepower. Now, some 13 years later, porting Doom has apparently become too easy. Two separate Android developers have raised the ante and released functional ports of Quake II and III for the Motorola Droid. Perhaps a screen shot dropped on a phone render—but source code is available and functional. That's quite a feat, considering the technological improvements that occurred between Doom's release... Read more...
Up until today, most every major home automation or A/V control application for phones was reserved for the iPhone. It felt like every major developer was only coding apps for controlling equipment for Apple's App Store, and so it's a breath of fresh air to see something like this. Verizon's FiOS service, which just became one of only two TV providers in America with access to HBO Go, has yet another notch in their belt today thanks to a new app for Motorola's Droid and HTC's Imagio.FiOS TV users can now use either of those smartphones to control their DVR and TV content, which kills the need for a remote to do those tasks. It's the early days of seeing phones replace remotes, and with these... Read more...
A number of iPad-related stories broke over the last couple days; we've rounded up some of the larger topics into a single news post. First up, graphic designer Paul Threatt took exception to some of Apple's iPad advertisements, several of which purported to show the device running Flash without a hitch. In the screenshot below, the iPad is surfing the New York Times and displaying a slideshow that's only viewable on a browser with Flash installed. Threatt didn't just complain to the company, he filed suit with the FTC, alleging that Apple's ad conveyed false/misleading information about the capabilities of the device. From the complaint: In several advertisements and images representing the... Read more...
Michael Dell, it seems, likes to live with his upcoming products a bit before the company releases them to market.  Apparently, the casually unsuspecting Dell CEO decided he'd show off his goods to a passing-by member of the TechCrunch team.  And no it wasn't a Rolex knock off but perhaps something just as flashy.  The Dell Mini 5, as he called it, is a 1GHz Snapdragon-driven MID (Mobile Internet Device) running the Android OS.  It reportedly has a built-in 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.  Have a look-see... The Mini 5 is a 5-inch tablet PC that is rumored to be selling for the hefty sum of over $1K but that's before contract with a 3G carrier of... Read more...
Apple's iPhone has been generating tons of demand ever since it was unveiled in 2007, and right from the start, consumers seemed to adore the touch screen. Unlike many phones before it, the iPhone uses a capacitive screen, which reacts instantly to finger presses without the need for a stylus. Right or wrong, the phone has been hailed as the touch screen king for years now, but MOTO Development Group decided that it was finally time to put the supposedly mighty panel to the test. A simple DIY performance analysis between the iPhone, Google's Nexus One, Motorola's Droid and HTC's Droid Eris put each of the modern smart phones to the test, with the primary objective being to find out which screen... Read more...
Google's mobile app store, the Android Market, has grown significantly since its inception. According to unofficial numbers from specialist portal AndroLib, the Android Market now has over 18,000 apps. Perhaps just as interesting is the fact that 61% of the apps are free. While initial reports from AndroLib suggested that Google had surpassed the 20,000 app milestone, a company spokesperson later set the record straight and deflated the numbers. According to the spokesperson, "there are currently more than 16,000 free and paid apps in Android Market." Even though the Android Market has enjoyed respectable growth, it's still far behind Apple's App Store, which currently has over 100,000 applications... Read more...
AT&T has lost the first battle in its fight against Verizon's anti-ATT-network ads. The company has sued Verizon, saying the maps and statements made in the latest Verizon ads confuse consumers. At issue in the lawsuit, the maps (above) compare Verizon and AT&T 3G coverage. AT&T says that the maps are interpreted by many as indicating that AT&T has not coverage in those areas not marked blue in their map. Instead they simply indicate a lack of 3G coverage. It's clear that Verizon has the advantage in terms of 3G coverage in the U.S., though their CDMA technology has plenty of minuses. At least, however, they don't drop 30 percent of their calls. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy... Read more...
Slacker is making its Slacker Radio app available for Android phones. With the app, music lovers can create a nearly unlimited number of custom stations or enjoy over 100 expert-programmed Slacker genre, seasonal, and spotlight stations, and over 10,000 artist stations. To help you create the perfect custom radio station, the app lets you mark songs as favorites or ban songs and artists. Slacker also provides artist biographies, album reviews, station fine tuning, "peek ahead" song previews, and song lyrics. The Android version of the app supports vertical and horizontal orientation as well as the ability to run in the background while controlling the app from a widget on the desktop. You can... Read more...
It's the third day in a row that Google has celebrated the upcoming 40th anniversary of Sesame Street with a different Google Doodle, but that's not what drew our attention to their home page. Google has always said it wants to keep their home page sparse, yet today, there was a rarity: an ad. It's not as though Google has never put an ad on their home page (think back to Chrome, and the T-Mobile G1), and of course, this is Motorola Droid launch day, and there's nothing like highlighting your well advertised and much-hyped product, is there? Granted, it's really Motorola's and Verizon's product, but still ... At any rate, there's a hard limit of no more than 28 words on Google's home page, and... Read more...
We just finished up our second podcast with the folks at TechVi. In this installments we talk about our recent performance tests on USB 3.0 and SATA 6G drives, Dave breaks down a "consumer level" $800 SSD with massive performance, plus two new notebooks running Intel’s CULV processors and a deep look at the Moto Droid.  Show Notes:0:20 — USB 3.0 Performance Preview1:30 — FusionIO PCI Express SSD4:05 — CULV Notebooks5:15 — Motorola Droid... Read more...
Verizon's DROID from Motorola finally goes on sale today & offers many things the iPhone just can't, like taking pictures in low light settings, a hardware keyboard, running simultaneous applications, a 5-megapixel camera, interchangeable batteries, and open development for the platform. The features are there but are they enough to convince users to switch?We take a deep-dive look at Motorola's HOT new DROID smartphone:https://hothardware.com/Articles/Motorola-DROID-Review/... Read more...
There's no denying that the Motorola DROID is receiving a lot of hype. Not only is this phone a big deal for Motorola, who has struggled to produce widely successful handsets since the famous RAZR flip phone, but the DROID is also the first handset that will be released as part of a partnership between Google and Verizon Wireless. Combine this with the fact that the Motorola DROID has been called Verizon Wireless' "iPhone killer" and you can see why there's so much buzz surrounding this smartphone.The Motorola DROID has a lot of interesting and cool features that will make it a <HOT> item, including Android 2.0, the latest version of the open-source Google operating system. The DROID also... Read more...
Verizon has pulled no punches against AT&T and the iPhone of late. In addition to the "Droid Does" ad which has garnered rave reviews, they've also done the "There's a Map for That" ad which points at the lack of 3G support nationwide on AT&T. However, AT&T feels that ad is misleading, and has sued. The "There's a Map For That" obviously mocks Apple's "There's an App For That" iPhone slogan, but really aims at noting the coverage differences between the two carriers. The ad makes its point quite graphically, and therein is AT&T's issue. Verizon's ad puts up comparative maps showing 3G coverage for AT&T vs. Verizon. While sad enough for AT&T when taken in that context,... Read more...
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