When the YUBZ Talk Mobile handset arrived at the Mac|Life
offices, half the staff said words to the effect of “Why would anyone
ever use that!?” and the other half fell into the “That is so rad!”
camp. If you harbor a certain aesthetic sensibility (and an abiding
belief that Bluetooth headsets make everyone look like robots--but not
in a cool way) then the Talk Mobile is for you. It’s a handset for your
cell phone that’s modeled after an old landline telephone receiver. It
comes in nine colors, and, to our delight, even sports the iconic
Despite what they say about idle hands (hint: it has something to do
with an evil workshop), there are times when you simply want your hands
free. Say, when your in-flight meal arrives as you’re watching a movie
on your iPhone or iPod touch. Or when you’re reading on your touch and
need your hands free to grip the handlebars of the elliptical machine.
Or when you simply want to give your weary hands and arms a break. This
is where the In Your Face Viewbase comes in.
Remember when Ralph De La Vega, AT&T's Wireless CEO, suggested that the carrier might have to figure out some way to effectively better manage the bandwidth of their 3G network?
Well, he's not the only one singing the "iPhone's hogging up the airwaves" blues. Turns out the Chairman of the FCC has that same song stuck in his head, and between the two of these men, iPhone users could be running into some stiff opposition to their unlimited access plans.
Like lots of people these days, I get most of my music either from my collection or through on-demand internet radio sources like Pandora and Last.fm. The last time I actively listened to the on-air radio must have been years ago.
Clearly, I am not the target market of this rumored in-house app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
We’re amazed how many iPod speaker docks these days still won’t play
nicely with the iPhone--it’s been two-and-a-half years, people! Which
is one of the reasons we’re so excited about iHome’s iP1. Besides being
iPhone-friendly, it also looks great, a piece we wouldn’t mind having
in our living room. The sound is a step up as well, which is fitting
since the iP1 is the first in iHome’s new Studio Series line. And
here’s the kicker--the iP1 features some high-tech circuitry that makes
it rock even harder at the touch of a button: the Bongiovi button (more
on that in a bit).
iPhone users were pretty stoked to hear that AT&T, perhaps prompted
by FCC proddings, was going to begin allowing VoIP apps such as Skype
and Vonage to use their 3G network. But perhaps what the large print
giveth, the small print taketh away?
If Apple doesn't have a 10-inch tablet prototype in testing right now, I'll print this column and eat it.
got tech vendors and unnamed sources leaking like mad various tidbits
about the hardware and software specs, while publishers and content
providers suggest a whole new market share for Apple to conquer. Then
you've got this.
Fatigued of tablet rumors yet? Some of us are. Then something comes along that really jazzes us up.
first these whispers started out rather vague, with conflicting sizes
and hardware specs, but as the year closes out specifics are starting
to coalesce. Is it a secret too big to keep or is it the bandwagon of
rumor-mongering? Only time will tell. While we wait, let's follow along.
While it's only two years too late, AT&T has decided that for a
select few users they would add MMS functionality two weeks early.
While the official date is set for September 25th, it's possible the
carrier might attempt a slow-roll-out of the new service just to let
steam off ahead of the launch.