"We don't track anyone", said Saint Jobs recently with regards to the iPhone's location tracking outrage. So, it must be a glitch? A bug? Surely not the first fruit of a patent Apple applied for in, ahem, 2009; a patent entitled "location histories for location aware devices". Tracked and intrigued? Head over to PCWorld for all the details.
If you thought Nokia was taking it easy until it miraculously churns out a Windows Phone 7 handset in, ahem, 2012, think again. In one market, 40 new handsets have been lined up between now and December, and 12 of them are smartphones, smoking hot from the burning Symbian platform.
The Hindustan Times call it the Nokia blitz attack, and no wonder: hardly a tech blog hasn't written off Nokia and Symbian as has-beens in these past few weeks, so the sudden announcement of 12 new Nokia smartphones for the Indian market comes as a sneak attack out of the Finnish smoke.Click here to read more...
In part 1 we covered various third party browsers and mobile search portals such as Skweezer that help you cope with poor connection speeds - while also letting you use most of the web with even the dumbest of feature phones. And last week, in part 2 we served up some common-sense solutions to everyday web woes such as stubborn mobile versions of websites that trap you in a wap Groundhog Day of winter 2005.Click here to read more...
These past few weeks articles containing the words Nokia and Symbian have generally read like obituaries. But now we are promised new Nokia flagship phones coming with the Symbian OS and "GHz+" processing power. That, and - scout's honour - that current devices will get some kicka*s updates well into the future. Believe it? Nokia's own Purnimar Kochikar says so over on the Nokia Developers News.
Nicely coinciding with our guide to better mobile browsing, Opera's browser gurus have just released Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11. Find out about the difference between mini and mobile on the Choose Opera Blog, and type www.mini.opera.com into your phone's browser to start downloading. Oh, and no iPhone version, yet.
Better browsing, reloaded. Welcome back! In part 1 of this guide we told you how to surf the web with your phone when you are suffering from poor connectivity: patchy coverage, no Wi-Fi or an underpowered phone.
This week we'll tackle some more specific issues that can ruin your mobile web session even with the best of signals on the best of phones - those moments when you wish that whole internet-thing hadn't caught on in the first place because it just distracts you from watching paint dry.Click here to read more...
The mobile internet. There has got to be a language where the term translates directly into "heaven and hell in the palm of your hand".
Although mobile web browsing is certainly not an Apple invention, the iPhone – love it or hate it or really hate it – has certainly given the way we can use the internet with our phones an enormous boost.
Thanks to the iPhone, mobile phone browsers are becoming ever more feature-rich – the latest Android handsets support full Flash (which the iPhone doesn't, ironically enough), and so on.Click here to read more...
Tweet tweedle di tweet... 3 Mobile has just confirmed that Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread is coming to their HTC Desire. Of course, HTC has already told us that much, but didn't give us a timeframe. 3 hasn't either, but hearing directly from the network rather makes us hope it's soon. More details over on Softpedia.
Recharge your Android. Again. CyanogenMod RC 7 has just been rolled out. The new CM release candidates are available for download for handsets like Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Aria, HTC Evo, HTC Slide, HTC Desire Z / G2, or HTC myTouch 4G. So, what are you waiting for? Get ROM-cooking over on CyanogenMod.
As part of its keynote yesterday, Microsoft showed off the latest power move of Windows Phone 7: turn your phone into an Xbox 360 Kinect controller. Sounds boring? It's not. Check it out on YouTube (just don't try to watch it in IE on your WP7 handset).
As if we hadn't been distracted enough by the to and fro regarding the white iPhone 4, now some interesting rumours about the iPhone Nano or Mini (or Stevie?) start coming in. According to CultofMac and Softpedia the miniature iPhone will store everything in the MobileMe cloud. No onboard memory. Zip.
A tweet by Russian phone guru Eldar Murtazin stirred a bit of a frenzy earlier. The smartphone doyen claims Nokia are already working on a follow-up to the not-yet-released Nokia N9, which he dubs the Nokia N9-01 in keeping with Nokia's rather murky naming conventions. More on Nokia Mobile News.
There are over 10 million secrets to be shared, they say. But no, this is not about a leaked Wikileaks phone; this is a new teaser video for Samsung's next top-end smartphone – they call it "The Next Galaxy", the rest of us have been calling it the Samsung Galaxy S2. Either way, you can check out the vid for yourself over on Youtube.
Recently I took my six-week-old HTC in to the shop for repairs. Waiting in line, I overheard a sales advisor and his prey talking about the virtues of various phones. The term smartphone was used excessively, to the extent that I nearly swore to never use it again myself. By the time I got home, however, another thought had entered my mind: "what exactly is a smartphone?"
I kicked Google into gear, and a search confined to the the year 2010 alone revealed that the word was mentioned online approximately 490,000,000 times. That's right: every second in 2010 smartphone popped up on the internet some 15 different times. The more focused search "definition for smartphone" overwhelmed me with another few million hits. Undeterred, however, I took out the shovel and dug.Click here to read more...