Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:00PM - By danseitz
We all know them. Many of us kind of hate them. The Bluetooth headset, though, is a staple of modern life. Whether it’s something you need or something you want, millions of people have one plugged in their ear.
And it may be paving the way for their smartphone to be hacked.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:08PM - By danseitz
Well, that was disappointing.
OK, OK, so the event hasn’t officially kicked off yet: since everybody and their mom is liveblogging it, we won’t be covering it until after the announcement is over. But there have been a few leaks and apparently all that perfectly reasonable and intelligent speculation about the iPhone 5 has turned out to be premature.
So how do we know it’s the 4S? Japan!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:00PM - By danseitz
Every year it happens. We wait with bated breath for the fall, when the new iPhone arrives and makes everybody curse their old iPhones for the now dated pieces of crap that they are. But even for Apple, it’s been unusually closed-lipped this year about the new iPhone’s debut. We know one is coming, thanks to enormous numbers of leaks from Sprint, and we know Apple always refreshes its products once a year. But we didn’t have a date.
That is, until now.
Friday, September 16, 2011 3:00PM - By danseitz
RIM has been struggling for years, ever since Apple introduced the iPhone and became a major player in a market the BlackBerry had had all to itself for nearly a decade. Then Google introduced the Android OS, and things got worse pretty quick.
Now, they’ve released their latest financial results, and things do not look good at all.
Thursday, September 8, 2011 3:00PM - By danseitz
Five years ago, Sprint was a dead company walking. Every quarter saw customers run to more reliable or cheaper services. It was freighted down by the Nextel network, which it couldn’t get rid of and was a massive financial drain. It was a joke.
Now, it’s become a scrappy fighter, and it’s finally getting the iPhone. What happened…and how did Sprint go from zero to hero?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:00PM - By danseitz
AT&T and T-Mobile announced earlier this year that they were planning to merge, as Deutsche Telekom, a worldwide wireless company, felt it couldn’t innovate or compete and was getting out of the market. Considering AT&T’s…ah…reputation for customer service and network stability, the news was not exactly greeted with praise.
Now it’s starting to look like that hostility is going to put an end to the merger for good.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:00PM - By danseitz
Pretty much if you want to put out an application in this day and age, especially for anything mobile, you have to put out an iOS version. Apple pretty much controls the smartphone and the tablet computer market. Defying them is practically fiscal suicide. You’ve got to have deep pockets to defy the biggest company in the world.
You know, like being the biggest web store in the world. Or the biggest retailer.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:00PM - By danseitz
If there’s one thing that’s annoying about having two major phone OSes in the marketplace, it’s that nobody cares about the small fry like Windows. Granted, Windows Mobile has a history of failure, clunkiness, and general pain, but it’s only got so much to work with.
Anyway, Windows Phone users are about to get a function almost as crucial as air to most people: Skype. And this after all that talk about it never happening!
Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:00PM - By danseitz
Remember all that hype about Android being this incredible open-source platform that everybody forgot about once it was revealed that meant “only kinda open, and definitely not to the idiots we sell products to?”
Turns out Sony missed that memo: in fact, they’ve put up very clear and concise instructions on how to unlock the bootloader on select Sony phones and start modifying it to your exact specifications. They just disclaim any of the mortal harm that will almost certainly befall you if you do so.