Archive | June 26, 2007

iphone reviewed

some of the first official reviews are surfacing. david pogue of the ny times has some great things to say (he is a mac guy of course). walt mossberg from the wall street journal also had some wonderful things to say. usatoday’s edward baig also had good things to say about the iphone.

walt stated:
We have been testing the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the country. Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.

the real test will be when someone from pc mag or something like that gets their hands on the thing – then we will see what they have to say…

overall, the reports are the keyboard takes some getting used to, but after a few days – very manageable. the simplicity is stunning – one button to take you “home”. the network seems to be the shortfall (att wireless) which really stinks since they have an exclusive until 2009…

friday, friday, friday…

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iphone activation (wow!)

Apple and AT&T have worked together to produce this beautiful phone, but what about the usual headaches of getting the phone, waiting in line, activation, etc. for a product like the iPhone (you know, everyone wants one), that could be painful.

apple has integrated the itunes apple id with the iphone so activation is done on your home or work computer through itunes. everything from activating the phone, porting a number from another carrier or changing from an existing at&t plan to the iphone can be done in minutes from itunes!

check out this apple video about how to activate and sync the iphone.

goo central (thanks gigaom)

the rumor of the day (monday from gigaom.com) was that google may be looking to buy grandcentral. as some of you may have read, i have been looking at grandcentral as an easy way for me to transition from the south-east back to the north-east without having to send out countless emails updating people with my contact info (specifically home and cell phone).

i think this would be a great team (google and grandcentral). so far, neither have stated or announced anything – but i’ve been sold on grandcentral for the last couple of months and cannot imagine the resources (financial and technical) of google would negatively impact grandcentral.

more to come as i find out more. ear to the ground people…

tangerine (for iTunes, not to eat)

the potion factory relased an application called tangerine a while back. for about $25, the application polls your iTunes library to build custom playlists based on time and music (BPM and beat intensity).

i’ve downloaded the software and currently having the system dig through the 6700 tracks i have in my library. once that is done i will do some playing and update with how well the system works.

from the get go, there are some neat things. tangerine looks like it will take 1-2 hours to dig through the almost 7000 tracks, reasonable for that number. once you have everything indexed, you can tell the system to put together a 1 hour playlist for running with varied intensity, increasing intensity etc. for how you like to work out.

i’m going to make a couple of playlists for my nano tonight and see how it does. more to come…