Author Archives: Steven Grady


Android 1.5 Cupcake rolling out OTA

Android 1.5 Cupcake rolling out OTA

It looks like G1 owners in the U.S. are getting the Cupcake update for their G1's pushed down over the air. The update should appear on devices soon, and there have been many reports of the update across the country. Looks like most everyone should get it today. The update brings some improved UI features, an onscreen keyboard, some widget features, and more improvements. Hit up Android Community for more information!

[Via Android Community]

Zune HD gets hands-on

Zune HD gets hands-on

Gizmodo got their hands on Microsoft's answer to the iPod Touch: the Zune HD. So far, they've only had a few minutes to play with the device, but their impressions are favorable. Giz claims that the UI is nicer than the iPod Touch (and the iPhone) and the overall design and "beauty" of the device is much nicer than that iPod Touch.

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Google I/O Day 2: Google Wave [Updated x2]

Google I/O Day 2: Google Wave [Updated x2]

Vincent is once again at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, and right now, he's sitting through a keynote on the new service from Google called "Google Wave." Google Wave is referred to as Hosted Conversation. It's a new tool for communication and collaboration Basically, what Wave will offer is a place to host all of your communication mediums and archive them all. Wave combines your email and instant messaging into one aggregate service.

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Apple announces this year’s Back-to-School offer

Apple announces this year’s Back-to-School offer

Students who purchase a new Apple computer (excluding the Mac Mini) will be given a free iPod Touch to go with it. the iPod Touch and new Mac have to be purchased at the same time in order for the student to receive the rebate on the iPod Touch. The rebate is  in the amount of the 8GB iPod Touch ($229), though students can purchase the 16 or 32GB versions and just pay the difference.  Apple runs a back to school program every year, usually starting in June. This offer goes through September 8th, and all College, University students and professors, as well as K-12 teachers are able to take advantage of the offer.

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Palm Pre to have Push GMail

Palm Pre to have Push GMail

My Pre reports that a tipster with a webOS emulator has found that the Pre will utilize IMAP IDLE. This means that users on GMail will have near instantaneous reception of new emails. That’s right, it’s getting pushed down to the phone from the GMail servers.

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Next iPhone will have Google Latitude built in

Next iPhone will have Google Latitude built in

Vincent is at the Google I/O keynote right now, and they've just announced that the next iPhone (meaning yes, there will be another one) will have Google Latitude built in. In case you're wondering what Latitude is, the service is built into Google Maps, and offers users real time location of their friends and family, with the ability to use the GPS to send notifications of location to whoever they want to. Of course, all this information is protected if you don't want to share it, but for those that do, it allows a great way of communicating with and finding people near your location.

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Zune HD Announced Today

Zune HD Announced Today

Those mock up photos leaked earlier in the month turned out to be the real deal. Microsoft announced the Zune HD today. The device is meant to compete with Apple's iPod Touch. The HD comes from the device's support of HD Radio and 720P HD video (through the optional docking station) and will feature a 3.3" 16:9 multi-touch OLED display. This makes it the first portable media player to include HD radio, giving it a higher quality sound than standard definition radio.

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Microsoft equipped 1 Millionth Ford with SYNC

Microsoft equipped 1 Millionth Ford with SYNC

Steve Ballmer reported today that Microsoft SYNC is now in 1 Million Ford company vehicles, including Ford Fusions, Focuses, and even Lincoln MKS luxury sedans. The Bluetooth integration features that SYNC provides gives drivers wireless and even voice control over their phones and mp3 players. I personally enjoyed using SYNC during my test drive in California and Microsoft has a winning product here. Obviously since they've just achieved 1 million units.

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Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ Review and Demo

Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ Review and Demo

I wish I was a DJ. Or at least, I wish I was talented enough to use the Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ effectively. I play drums but I can't mix beats, so I had to call in reinforcements. My good friend DJ T.A.I. offered to help out with taking a look at the Pacemaker, and he was able to throw together a short demo for us in the very short amount of time he had the device.

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