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UPDATE: Google, can we get 2.2 please?? I love Frozen Yogurt

With Google’s own smart phone, the Nexus One dying a slow death what  can the massive company to keep its momentum going and increase market share, just like it did earlier this year? They should finally release the newest iteration of their Android Operating System, 2.2 (aka Frozen Yogurt) to the masses of devices that they have now on the market.  It seems that there is a new Android device on the market every week in the US let alone the number of phones that are released throughout the world.  The world of cellphones move so quickly that even if a phone is out less than a year it can disappear.

Google needs to capture our attention NOW, don’t wait until later when we are almost falling asleep.  In the past few months, Google along with handset manufacturers HTC, Samsung and Motorola have released some of the best devices that have ever come along.  With devices getting bigger and more powerful like the HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid along with all of the Samsung Galaxy S devices (Vibrant, Fascinate, Captivate, Epic 4G) we as consumers need to be able to take advantage of everything each one of these beautiful devices has to offer.

Showing off why you should get an android device needs to be a top priority of Google.  With the announcement of OS6 by RIM looming and with the demand for iOS 4, Apple is going away anytime soon either, Android needs to strike while the iron is hot.

If I had to guess, Google and the respective manufactures will announce 2.2 for the HTC incredible, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S phones on August 1st, just before RIM makes their little announcement.

Update: it looks like I was pretty close in my assumption that Google would soon release 2.2 for some of their newer phones.  Well it looks like August 1st was a few days too early as the official date for some Fro-Yo love for HTC’s newest phone.  However, as of yesterday, August 3rd, all systems seem to be a go as many users, including your’s truly, received an update to an official version of 2.2

Update 2: Other good news out of the Google camp, the Motorola Droid has an official upgrade as well from Big Red, so check those notification bars boys and girls.  Samsung has also said it plans to officially release Froyo for their Galaxy S series of phones by September!

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iPhone users, Today is YOUR day…

So at first we just heard the rumblings of a jailbreak which would work for all of the iOS devices, we then saw it in action, and a few days ago it was brought to the masses courtesy of @comex.  Sure that would have been enough for most smart phone owners, but iPhone users have always demanded more and today is the day in which that comes true. 

The boys over at the iPhone Dev-Team have just released their newest tool, and what will surely be their most popular.  That’s right boys and girls, you can now carrier unlock your iPhone 4.  The device will of course have to be jailbroken before this can be done, but all-in-all the whole process takes less than 5 minutes.

So, if you were one of the lucky few to already get their iPhone 4, what will you do? Will you stick to the walled garden that is Apple? Or will you take the leap and stick it to the man?

Brian May: Guitarist, Rockstar, Doctor and Author?

I grew up on Queen. It warped my understanding of music and ruined most other bands for me. Very little seemed to match the genius that pressed into the vinyl. So it came as no surprise to read that guitarist Brian May had returned to college to earn his PhD in astrophysics thirty four years after dropping out. Since then he has authored two well received books.

In 2006 Bang! The Complete History of the Universe was released. Co-written with two others, the book is a straightforward explanation of the Big Bang and the expansion of the universe. It met with positive critical response due in turn to both it’s fascinating subject matter as well as the authors’ ability to explain advanced scientific theories without falling back on simply printing a series of ever growing math equations.

His newest book is A Village Lost and Found. Essentially the end result of a lifetime fascination with stereoscopic 3d images, Village is a collection of photos May discovered, depicting life in a village in the 1850s. Through a reported thirty years of research he collected the full set of 59 stereo cards created by Thomas Richard Williams, all of the unnamed town. Eventually, in an inspired move, May posted one of the images on his website asking if anyone knew the small church pictured. Quickly it was reported that the chapel still stood, located in Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire.

The collection comes with a stereoscopic viewer so the reader can see the images in the 160 year old 3d technology. Kind of puts the current film trend in perspective, huh? A must-have for history buffs and photography fans.

Android, it swyped my heart

In life we are all faced with decisions… Paper or plastic, top or bottom, over or under,  boxers or briefs, paper-scissors or rock, vegan or meat-eater.  Recently I was faced with a life changing decision-BLACKBERRY or ANDROID….
It all started February of 08 when I got my fist blackberry the 8130 Pearl from vzw.  I loved the phone, much to the dismay of most…ok all of my friends.  The thing that I loved the most was the compact size of the aforementioned 8130 and after playing with it I LOVED the keyboard!!!!  It made drive txting (at the time it was not illegal) one-handed txting was a snap…did I mention I loved the keyboard.  Say what you want about the phone itself but I will slap my mom if she bad mouthes the keyboard.
 

Then I had the blackberry 8900 from t-mobile. It was my first ever full qwerty phone.  Loved the camera, the updated 4.6 OS, the much much much better trackball 2.0 as I called it and a blackberry exclusive BB Messenger. Great phone but found it cumbersome when drive txting. Soon, I sadly found myself missing the suretype keyboard. 
 

During the time I had the 8900 the mytouch dropped on t-mobile, since I may or may not have been working for that company I was able to demo the mytouch.  Loved the OS. Loved how much fun the phone was.  Loved the size.  Also since it was my first touch screen wasnt totally happy with the virtual keyboard…again missing the ease of the suretype keyboard. Over all my inital experience with Android OS was a positive one. Read more…

“This Sunday, in Shandong, you better be ready for some broadband access…”

“China Broadband Inc, a provider of cable broadband services and publisher of digital and analog program guides in the Shandong Province of China, has announced that former WWE executive Shane McMahon has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.”

Thats right, sports fans. Shane O’Mac is now the CEO of China Broadband. This really isn’t particularly newsworthy to the majority of us. I just really enjoyed reading this. You’d never see Time Warner hiring the progeny of Vince McMahon. Shane will probably do very well and is actually a great acquisition. Let’s not forget that Pay Per View was created for the WWF in the 80’s, so I’d say he has the experience to run a video on demand service.

The Comic-Con Effect

I recently read an article on the effect the explosion of comic book films has had on the movie industry. The author took a very negative (and frankly, insulting) view on the whole thing. Outside of making the usual comments about fat virgins in a basement, he attempted to make a connection between the recent dearth of good films and the growth of San Diego ComicCon’s influence. So let’s break down the multiple ways this man is an idiot.

Most obvious is that the golden age of Hollywood ended at least thirty years ago, while SDCC only became a sounding board for film makers in the last 6 years or so. Now if you wanted to place blame with comic readers for the state of sci fi and action films, I could see the correlation. You’d be wrong, but I’d understand. I mean Avatar was flashy garbage; compare the plot, dialog and direction to the likes of Alien. Completely different levels. But while that is mostly the fault of technology replacing acting on the scale of whats important, none of it explains why we’re not seeing epic dramas, touching romances or even decently intelligent comedies. At some point you have to stop searching for a fallguy and realize that the movie studios themselves may possibly carry some of the blame here. Read more…

The UAE/Blackberry situation

We’re about a week in to the hubbub surrounding the United Arab Emirates decision to ban Blackberry usage. As has been discussed by numerous tech outlets, despite claims that its for safety issues and such, this is clearly a ploy aimed at controlling what kind of information is available to citizens of the country by a conservative government. UAE has been pretty open-minded compared to other countries in the area, but I guess it’s too much to hope for a lack of censorship (considering we can’t even get that here in America, maybe that’s a lot to ask).

My real issue here is with the announcement that this will also affect foreign travelers. Simply put, this could be absolutely devastating for a country whose economy is based almost solely on tourism. With billions being spent on extravagant hotels and resorts despite the horrible economic state of the world, the loss of the income from business travelers could literally push the entire country over the edge into complete financial collapse. Obviously, no company is going to want to send their employees to a conference somewhere they have limited access to the internet.

I fail to understand how this government can overlook their own teetering level of debt and essentially cut themselves off at the knee. How they plan to continue to compete in the global market after removing their primary income is confounding,

Updated: Blackberry Torch (9800) gets official

Well it looks like AT&T was a little impatient in waiting to announce the newest smart phone from Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion.  The Blackberry 9800 went live on the carrier’s website a little bit early today before the ATT/RIM event even started.  Some newly found details of the device include: 3.2in (480×360) display w/ slide-out QWERTY keyboard and optical track pad, web-kit browser capabilities, Blackberry OS6, 5MP camera on the back (none on the front), 802.11 B/G/N capable wi-fi and some pretty nice memory options; 512 MB RAM + 512 MB Flash + 4 GB Flash + 4 GB MicroSD.

So what do you think of this new venture by RIM?  Do you think it will be a hit or do you think it will face similar issues that the Blackberry Storm had when it was first released?

Update: The Torch will be exclusively on AT&T and will be released on August 12th, for the not so bad price tag of $199.99.  Of course to get this price, you have to sign the customary 2-year contract for either a new customer or be eligible for an upgrade.  The phone will be available at AT&T company owned retail stores and online at www.att.com/blackberrytorch, as well as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and RadioShack stores.  As always with any AT&T Smartphone, the device will require either a $15/mo 200mb data plan or $25/mo 2GB data plan.

Update 2: The Torch will launch with OS6 as will other upcoming Blackberry devices.  The Pearl 3G, Bold 9650, Bold 9700 will also all get an update to the new operating system.  However, as per usual, there was no release date for the other devices.  RIM only said that the OS will be “Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead.”