Smart Phones

Some Windows 7 Phones brick after first software update

Redmond Developer has reported the first Windows Phone software update had about a 10% failure rate because some phones had inadequate storage or poor network connections. In some cases, the phones “bricked”, becoming unusable. As a result, Microsoft has suspended sending out software updates to Samsung Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The real irony? The update was a fix to the Windows Phone 7 update software.

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Networking, Smart Phones

Nokia Turns to Microsoft to Escape Phone Market Flames

Nokia and Microsoft have announced that they are joining forces to take on the established leaders in the smart phone marketplace.In a joint event on February 11 in London, the chief executives of Nokia and Microsoft announced a new partnership, in which Nokia would move to Microsoft’s mobile platform as its primary smart phone operating system and contribute its expertise in mobile to make Windows Mobile better.

This is something I like to refer to as “irony”.

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Palm, Smart Phones

HP’s Touchpad and Phones Challenge Apple, Eventually

 

Woody Allen said that 90 percent of life is “just showing up.”  That’s something that Hewlett-Packard has yet to do in its attempt to take on Apple’s iPad and iPhone and its competitors’ Google Android devices—show up.  And no matter how shiny and wonderful the latest crop of gadgets derived from the remains of Palm are, there’s still the small matter of showing up to be dealt with.

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panasonic, point-and-shoot cameras, RAW, Smart Phones

More Shooting Off About Cameras

 

When I wrote about the slow demise of the pocket point-and-shoot camera and the rise of the cell phone camera, I got some pretty vocal feedback from digital photography enthusiasts and friends in the technology world.  My declaration that it was time to stop worrying and love the cell phone camera illicited responses that generally fell into three categories:

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Smart Apps, Smart Phones

Google Makes Getting Phone Apps Easier for Android

 

There are now more phones loaded with Google’s Android smart phone software in the world than there are phones running any other phone “operating system”—including Windows Mobile. Blackberry, the Apple iPhone OS, or the Symbian OS used worldwide by Nokia and others.  And with the introduction of “4G” data networks, wireless companies are planning on selling a lot more.

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Phone apps, Smart Phones, Social Networking

The Point-and-Shoot is Dead

 

Getting ready to head out in the snow, and choosing between a video camera or a digital point-and-shoot? Don’t bother with either. I have come not to praise the digital point-and-shoot camera or handheld video camera, but to bury them.

The relatively inexpensive digital camera introduced millions to the era of digital photography, for sure. But the days when it made sense to buy one have passed, even for the most avid amateur.  And cell phones are largely responsible for that.

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