Can YouTube Help Verizon Wireless' Video Business?
Next month YouTube, the popular video-sharing site recently acquired by Google, is going mobile on Verizon Wireless cell phones that use its Vcast service for on-demand video clips. YouTube will benefit from the deal by monetizing its free content, but Verizon Wireless will need to lower the price it charges for its video service if it wants more subscribers to tune in.
Can u rd ths msg? Texting 101 For Parents
Can you read your children's text messages? If you have trouble deciphering them, you're probably not alone. Many parents complain that they cannot understand the arcane jargon of SMS.
Not Quite Ready To Eat My Words On The Video iPod
I got an e-mail yesterday from Philip "Swanni" Swann, president of TVPredictions.com, who I disagreed with in strong terms in a blog post more than 13 months ago. "Ha ha ha!" his e-mail said. "How does it feel to be eatin' them words now, biotch?"
Actually, no that's not what he said. He was very polite. He said: "After this week's Nielsen dismal report on the video iPod, are you planning an update on your Oct. 17, 2005 criticism of my predicti
The Treo 680 Is Here
The Treo 680 is here, available now with a contract from Cingular for $200 or, unlocked from Palm, for $400. As a Treo 650 user myself, the two most interesting features for me: Internal antenna, and, most intriguingly, the ability to decline calls with a text message, which sounds ever so much friendlier than just hitting the "REJECT!" button and sending the caller to Voicemail Hell.
Municipal Wi-Fi Is As Trendy As Curbside Recycling
There was a time that curbside recycling was the check-the-box status symbol for a progressive city, and cities did a lot of trial-and-error before they found models that actually made environmental sense. City-wide Wi-Fi is the new recycling. The trials are starting. Get ready for the errors.
Sneak Peak Of New Windows Mobile "Crossbow"
Pics and reviews of the newest version of the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS have hit the blogosphere. The new OS, codenamed "Crossbow," is expected to debut sometime in the first half of 2007.
Apple iPhone: Mid-2007?
FoxConn Electronics in China is lined up to manufacture the iPhone, Apple's rumored cell phone. They'll hit the market with 12 million units in the middle of next year. That's according to a report on CNN/Money. The guy from CNN/Money says he read an article in Chinese in the Commercial Times. So this is hardly reliable; don't whip out our credit cards just yet. OK, bloggers --
And It Doesn't Have Custom Ring-Tones, Which Is A Plus
Artist Duncan Wilson has created a wireless communicator that looks like the two-Dixie-cups-and-string we all played with as kids. "Tug the cord to activate, squeeze to talk and hold to the mouth and ear," he says.
I'm going to quote the entire rest of the text from the page now, just
Review: Microsoft Zune Found Wanting
The New York Times's David Pogue reviews the Microsoft Zune and finds it wanting, both in absolute terms and compared with the iPod:
But what, exactly, is the point of the Zune? It seems like an awful lot of duplication [of the iPod] - in a bigger, heavier form with fewer features - just to indulg
Two companies are looking to use cell phone location data to track traffic: "By using anonymous data from wireless providers to mark how fast cell-phone handsets are moving -- and overlaying that information with location data and maps -- IntelliOne and AirSage hope to offer more detailed information and pragmatic advice than other firms that monitor traffic through radar, helicopters or cameras. But some critics are