June 2008 - Posts
An article in today’s Wall Street Journal
The Internet giant and more than 30 partners announced in November a bold plan for a new breed of handsets based on a suite of mobile software called Android. At the time, Google said it planned to have the new phones on the market by the second half of this year.
Google now says that the handsets won't arrive until the fourth quarter. And some cellular carriers and makers of programs that work with Android are struggling to meet that schedule, people familiar with the situation say.
T-Mobile USA expects to deliver an Android-powered phone in the fourth period. But that launch is taking up so much of Google's attention and resources that Sprint Nextel Corp., which had hoped to launch an Android phone this year, won't be able to, a person familiar with the matter said.
China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world with nearly 400 million subscriber accounts, had planned to launch an Android phone in the third quarter but it has run into issues that will likely delay the launch until late this year or early 2009, a person familiar with the matter says.
Meanwhile, the Android software has yet to win broad support from large mobile-software developers. Some say it is difficult to develop programs while Google is making changes as it finishes its own software.
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Needless to say I didn't bring the right phone with me. Plenty of photo ops but I need my 3 megapixel camera, not this lousy 1.3. Dang....
Band is on break. Will get more pictures later but I don't think I can get any closer without being in the band.
Last time I heard music like this I needed to breathe out of my mouth.
I've made it to Nashville...staying at Opryland. Hanging out tonight in Jack Daniels Saloon.
Not sure of the name of the band but they are playing some great music.
I’ll be posting more later on. I loaded the new Phoenix/Alpha release of RSS Bandit this morning. I’ve not had time to test the sync to Google Reader but will. I will say this though. RSS Bandit is a resource HOG. It not only hogs CPU but memory as well. I’ve tested several readers over the last few days, similar situations in all of them. I loaded the same RSS feeds, tried to set the same update intervals, and compared them. RSS Bandit by far walloped the others in resources. And I’m not certain at all why it takes so long for the feeds to load (I end up watching the counter in the lower right corner as it’s “loading” the feeds. I’m still leaning towards a lesser known RSS reader at this point because as I mentioned, it’s fast, and leaves a very small footprint. It doesn’t have all the features of others, but at this point it does what I need fairly well. I’ll post summary results of what I tested and how much resources it used.
Several have emailed me on this so keep them coming. I’d be interested in what you use and why. I’m a news junkie, and need my fix.
Off to Nashville so will post more later.
Key new features are a download manager for viewing pending podcasts/enclosures and integration with Google Reader, NewsGator Online and the Windows Common Feed List.
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You many be wondering as I did, how in the world can mobile phones save the airlines $600 million?
Research by SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, shows that the world's 3.2 billion mobile phones could be transformed into indispensable air travel tools within five years, and if used as passenger tracking devices they could save cash-strapped airlines up to $600 million on reducing flight delays.
As personal travel folders, mobile phones have the potential to hold boarding passes, baggage tracking information and payment data making travel truly paperless and location independent. There is also the future possibility that they can be used to store visa and biometric information.
The report distributed at SITA's Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels, includes research from Cambridge University which demonstrates that technology such as location sensing via mobile devices could save airlines up to $600 million by tracking passengers, sending messages and moving them to gates more efficiently; improving turnaround times and reducing delays.
A quick reminder to all who may have been running RC builds of Vista SP1 for awhile. Any build less than 6.0.6001.18000 will expire June 30. Make sure you update prior to that date!
I’ve been testing several different news readers over the last few days, and watching resource utilization at the same time. A few days ago, Outlook 2007 slowed to a crawl, only to discover one of the news readers I was testing had jumped up to high utilization, became a memory hog, and was dragging my system. As soon as I shut it down, normal operation resumed.
So, my watch resumes. I’m testing three at the moment. I’ll report later which three, which one used the most resources and slowed my system down.
I’ve tried Google Reader, and it’s just too slow. And yes, I’ve tried Outlook RSS feeds but don’t like the way that works either. And yes, I’ve tried News Gator (FeedDemon) since it’s now free but it’s basically tied to the web and only updates when the web says to update (can’t change the update frequency).
So, more later…but needless to say, two of the three have jumped way up in utilization, and one remains extremely low utilization (and extremely fast). I trashed testing two others because it won’t restart correctly after shutdown.
A cell phone may help Delta Airlines passengers avoid long lines at the airport.
The carrier, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration, is testing a paperless mobile check-in at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Additionally, the program allows customers with Internet-enabled phones to download an electronic boarding pass directly on their handsets.
"Passengers can now quickly check in for their flight while en route to the airport in a taxi or walking from the parking lot to the terminal," said Steve Gorman, executive VP at Delta, in a statement. "The check-in process now can take place from anywhere, at any time within 24 hours of flight departure.
Customers could proceed to the security checkpoint where TSA agents would scan the electronic pass from the mobile phone. Users would still have to show identification before being allowed through security.
After getting though security, the passenger could present this electronic boarding pass at the departure gate, and then get on the plane. Currently, the test program is only available for domestic flights.
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Is the problem growing? Just out of curiosity, I jumped over to Verizon, and guess what?
Yep, both the Moto Q9c and the Moto Q9m are out of stock. Looks like the Moto Q9h (Global) with AT&T is the only version available right now.
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