This week's reviews include one of the hottest phones from this year's Mobile World Congress, the HTC Desire S. It's the follow-up to the best-selling HTC Desire, but can it top the highs of the handset it replaces?
We've also fully reviewed Android 3.0, the tablet OS that hopes to conquer the supremacy of iOS as well as the incredibly quick six-core Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition.
Apple greeted the final week of March with an announcement that the 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take over Moscone West in San Francisco from June 6-10, with developer tickets selling out the same day at $1,599 each. At the same time, pundits began spreading the doom and gloom that there would be no June iPhone refresh this year… but is it fact or fiction?
Research in Motion is finally launching their own answer to the iPad on April 16 in the form of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and if the rumors are true they’ll even be hitting iOS with a new BlackBerry Messenger app shortly thereafter.
Android users got a treat this week with the release of Mobile Firefox, only a week after Mozilla unleashed the desktop version of Firefox 4 to the world. Available now on Android Marketplace, Mobile Firefox curiously skips Adobe Flash support in favor of HTML5.
In case you didn’t know, the Children’s Book Fair is underway this week in Bologna, Italy, where iOS developer FrogDogMedia has announced it’s joining forces with Germany’s zuuka! GmbH to create “the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s entertainment.” Take that, Disney!
Google's looking to put an end to the annoying task of having to carry around your wallet and your cellphone with you wherever you go. The search engine giant plans on testing mobile-payment service at various stores in New York City and San Francisco in the next four months, so that consumers can happily give their money away without the added inconvenience of pulling out a wallet and swiping a plastic card.
Getting a bunch of people coordinated is seriously one of the toughest things to do. Sure, you could use Google Docs, a massive email thread or some kind of travel website to keep track of what's going on, but does that every really work? No.
However, what you can rely on is that everyone's probably got a cell phone on hand, and GroupMe works on a variety of mobile platforms to help unify you and your crew and keep you all on the same page. GroupMe enables you to create a group, keep track of these folks, communicate with them via social networking and SMS, and even share photos. In addition, you can also have a group call to keep in touch with one another the old-fashioned way--via an actual group chat. Follow along to find out how to use this application to better organize your life--and your posse.
While most eyes are on the iPad 2 at the moment one analyst at least reckons that Android tablets are set to take the market lead.
And in the OMG PANIC department, news came out that over-reliance on sat navs could cause death. Hopefully some of us will be left alive, though, as the UK government is pressing on with a £50m broadband plan to bring high-speed internet to rural areas.
So if you live in the country, get rid of your sat nav or your dreams of finally getting to watch cats playing the piano on YouTube without the constant buffering may never be realised.
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Even though we live in a (almost) completely digital age, there is still a need for the physical medium of ink and paper. Whether you’re in college or work a job, paper will still be around for many years to come. One of the biggest disadvantages with printing, however, is that most mobile devices that we use can’t print to a local networked printer, or an internet-connected printer. That’s where Google Cloud Print comes in.
This free service allows you to set up your home or work PC to accept print jobs from a mobile device or a spiffy Google Chrome netbook from around the world. So long as the device is linked to your Google Cloud Print account, you can print to your home or work printer wherever you have an internet connection.
Rovio Mobile's head of business development, Peter Vesterbacka, made some intriguing comments today about Rovio's ambitions for the future of the company. Rather than offering up the standard, humble public relations comment of "right now, we're just focused on making great games," Vesterbacka instead gave us a quick glimpse into their long-term vision of the company. Rovio definitely isn't resting on their laurels. From recent comments it seems they're intent on growing their business into a major player in multimedia.