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Ask.com Adds Mobile Driving (Or Walking) Directions

Posted by telecommatt on January 7, 2008

Ask.com launches mobile voice assisted driving directions – Download Squad

This impressive step forward eliminates the necessity of having to type in the address.

I’m all about mobile tools, and I’m usually lost, so, for me, this is good stuff! I haven’t had a chance to try this yet. If you have feedback, let us know how it works for you.

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I Rant About Pownce Mobile, Then Take It Back, Sort Of…

Posted by telecommatt on December 18, 2007

Get Pownce-ing on your mobile phone! – Download Squad

Two of our main issues with Pownce, the Twitter and Jaiku-like social web service, have been their lack of mobile support and…

I am in total agreement here. Pownce is a great service, possibly more usable than Twitter, but the lack of mobile support has annoyed me from the beginning. In fact, now that I think about it, I’ve virtually ignored Pownce for at least this months now. Why? No mobile support. And who, but the lucky few have unmonitored and unfettered internet access at work, much less the ability to install a desktop chat client?

But wait no longer! Pownce has opened itself to the mobile world at last! If I sound sarcastic it’s because I am. The new Pounce mobile interface may work marvelously if you dropped a paycheck on an iPhone. It probably works on a Nokia N95. Is there some reason they couldn’t design an interface that works on your average mid-range mobile handset? Is there some sort of elitist thing going on here where if you didn’t pay more for your phone than you do for your groceries you’re relegated to the Pounce-fringe next to the people who can’t install the Pownce client on their machines because they still work for the man instead of for themselves?

In my humble, misguided, and irritated opinion, I should not have an issue accessing this site using Opera’s award-winning mobile html browser. After all, Facebook seems to be able to cater to all with their mobile offering. And Grand Central. And Digg. And Bloglines. And you get the point…

Follow up note: Immediately after finishing my above rank,I attempted to log in to the Pounce mobile site again, just to make sure I wasn’t doing something, well, stupid. And it worked. I was able to log in with no problems. So, after some informal testing, here are my findings:

 Phone: Samsung AH920
 Browser: Sprint native browser application
 Results: 4 successful logins out of 10 attempts
Comments: Failed logins always returned the same message that requested I turn cookies on.
 Browser: Opera Mobile 4
 Results: 0 successful logins out of 5
 Comments: Failed login message was the same as above. After 5 consecutive unsuccessful attempts, I chose not to attempt another 5 logins.

 Conclusion: WTF?

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More Of Zoho Goes Mobile With Creator

Posted by telecommatt on November 20, 2007

Zoho Creator Now Mobile, Beating Google to the Punch Again

Zoho has been pretty good and quick to extend the majority of its suite’s solutions for mobile access, and now Creator isn’t the one that’s left behind.

Zoho’s done it again… I love these guys! If you haven’t used any of the Zoho apps, you’re really missing out. I use Zoho apps for everything from blog articles to multimedia projects. In fact, I just did an interview where the product demo was done through Zoho Meeting; and it worked flawlessly. Again, if you haven’t used Zoho before, go and try.

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Sprint Mogul: Good Phone, But Where’s My GPS?

Posted by telecommatt on November 12, 2007

HTC Mogul PPC-6800 (Sprint) Smartphone reviews – CNET Reviews

The Sprint Mogul by HTC brings some needed design and feature updates to its predecessor

HTC MogulThe most likely candidate to replace my aging Samsung AH920, which apparently needs emergency surgery. I like the design. I like the touch screen. It has a solid feel in the hand. I like the sliding qwerty keyboard. I just wish it weren’t powered by Windows Mobile. Since I don’t use Microsoft Office products on my home PC, the ability to sync them with a PPC does me nay good. It also lacks GPS capability, something I use regularly. Still, it seems to be the best choice at the moment.

Oh yeah, I was told today by a Sprint rep that beginning March of ’08, existing customers will qualify for rebate offers when upgrading their handset. Thankfully, this will replace their questionable I’ll-give-you-$75-towards-a-new-phone-if-you-promise-not-to-switch policy, which I find to be rather insulting since $75 off a new handset amounts to pretty much nothing.

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Why Sprint Is Raising The Stress Level In My Life

Posted by telecommatt on November 12, 2007

My phone strikes again… In the beginning, there was the picture mail issue. When I send someone a pic, I’m never sure which pic they’ll get. Sometimes it’s the right one. Sometimes not. Mostly not. Sprint was never able to fix it and I gave up trying.

Then it began randomly crashing and restarting. And the startup time began to increase. A minute, two minutes, five minutes. My PC starts up quicker than my phone.

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Last week I tried to send a pic, hoping it sent the right one for once, and a message popped up: Fatal Error. Good, now I can’t send the wrong pic anymore because I can’t send pictures at all! I thought that was bad, but last Friday I tried to record some video and another message popped up: Recording failed. Sweet! If I look at the features that now work properly, I would have been better off taking the bloody free handset that was offered when I signed up!

So, I called Sprint and asked if they could walk me through a software reset. The lady flat out told me no. (Which is odd, because I’ve done this with them over the phone before in order to prove that my picture mail was zonked.) She sent me to a Sprint repair store. At the store, the guy tried all sorts of behind-the-counter tricks, but my phone apparently won’t accept a factory reset. Seems strange, but he’s the expert, so I’ll do as he says. He informed me that I need to visit a Sprint service center instead. I gather that they’re going to rip my phone apart and perform some sort of surgery on it.

Why not just get a new phone? Because Sprint offers existing customers a paltry $75 discount on a new phone. WTF?! That’s like asking me to switch carriers rather than stay with you, because I can go out and get a better phone for the same mediocre service and pay less money! I’ve got a decent background in business and I’m trying to understand the business reasons behind such a slap-in-the-face policy, and I can’t.

Okay, end of rant. Now, I just have to find the time to get to the service center during the business day, on a day when I won’t need my phone. Oh, that’s right! I don’t have days when I don’t need my phone! Frickin’ Sprint!

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Is Your iPhone Hazardous To Your Health?

Posted by telecommatt on October 15, 2007

iPhone’s hazardous chemicals | Greenpeace International

Scientific tests, arranged by Greenpeace, reveal that Apple’s iPhone contains hazardous chemicals. The tests uncovered two types of hazardous substances, some of which have a

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Firefox is Finally Going Mobile

Posted by telecommatt on October 11, 2007

Mozilla aims Firefox at mobile devices | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone

Mozilla has set up a group to develop the Firefox Web browser for mobile devices, hiring new staff and elevating the priority of the work to the same level as desktop computers.

I’ve reviewed Opera Mini over at eHub, and run both Opera’s mobile browser and Mozilla’s Minimo browser on my Nokia tablet. While I commend Opera for their mobile products, I was disappointed with the now-discontinued Minimo. For all of Opera’s success on the mobile platform, I miss the flexibility that Firefox plugins provide.

As I’ve said before, I feel that Opera offers a better product than Mozilla. But until I can get the same amount of flexibility that my Firefox plugins afford, I’ll be a Firefox user. I have a feeling that the same will happen in the mobile space– give me plugins or give me Firefox.

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Matt’s Cuppa LinkRoundup for 9-22-07

Posted by telecommatt on September 22, 2007

I’m behind on my news feeds again. And that means it’s time for another Matt’s Cuppa LinkRoundup. Here are a few stories that I thought particularly interesting. Please comment or contact me with your thoughts.

Weekend Web 2.0 roundup for September 22nd

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lypp

LyppFree
group calls from a cell phone, mobile device or a desktop computer.
This service uses your existing landline (if you still have one) or
mobile number, but calls are done through IM applications like AIM,
Google Talk, MSN and Yahoo! The service is currently getting ready to
launch in a private beta.

Somewhat skeptical about mass adoption here. I’m wondering who will find value in this. Is this likely to be conference-calling-on-the-cheap or party line 2.0?

Science: How Evolutionary Biology Explains Office Politics

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There may be ancient evolutionary impulses behind modern-day office politics.
If human nature is shaped by our monkey pasts, and the tens of
thousands of years our species spent as hunter-gatherers, we might want
to use some 100,000 year-old solutions to fights over the printer,
snarky sysadmins, and lateral promotions. In that spirit, Stanford
neuroscientist and author Robert M. Sapolsky offers Lifehacker some lessons from human prehistory to solve modern-day office dilemmas.

Now ask yourself, “Doesn’t that explain a lot?” Makes you think about your boss and coworkers in a whole new way, huh?

Information Addiction: A recent survey shows most Americans are …

A recent survey shows most Americans are uncomfortable going more than a day without the internet; online activity also lessens the amount of time people spend having sex and socializing with friends face-to-face.

No comment…

Office Supplies: Temporarily Pin Documents with Your Stapler

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Blogger Jacob Grier discovers what Wikipedia calls “the least known
stapling method”: pinning. If you rotate the plate on the bottom of
your stapler, it will bend staples outward instead of inward to fasten
things temporarily. Easily remove a pinned staple by pulling it along
the plane of the document. Many modern staplers don’t have this feature
any more, so pick up an old-school model to try it out.
The stapler’s secret [Eternal Recurrence]

Ah, the joys of being a cube warrior again! Apparently, everything in my office requires a staple. I’ve seen staple marks on single sheets of paper often enough to no longer be surprised. As for “modern” staplers, a modern stapler in my little cube nation is one that still works! Which means I’ll have plenty of opportunity to try this little trick out.

Windows: Find Out If Your Computer Is Secretly Connecting to the Web

If
you are trying to track down why your computer is running so
slooowwwly, try using this simple DOS command from Digital Inspiration
to uncover a possible problem:

  • Type cmd in your Windows Run box.
  • Type “netstat -b 5 > activity.txt” and press enter.
  • After say 2 minutes, press Ctrl+C.
  • Type “activity.txt” on the command line to open the log file in notepad (or your default text editor)

This .txt file will have a record of everything that has made an
Internet connection in the last couple of minutes; you can then check
your task manager to find out where it is and take care of it.
Is Your Computer Connecting To Websites Without Your Knowledge [Digital Inspiration]

I might pull this out and file it under Tech Tips. It drives me crazy when something suddenly starts using my PC that isn’t me! Most of the time, it’s nothing to be concerned about, but when it gets in the way of what I’m doing, it’s gotta stop. This is especially true if I’ve been running Firefox for a while and it’s started swallowing my RAM whole.

Major Media Companies Found Hacking The Pirate Bayfrom Mashable! by Kristen Nicole

Some leaked emails at the MediaDefender-Defenders has granted The Pirate Bay
the proof it needed to file charges against several media companies.
These emails prove that some major record labels and film production
and distribution companies have hired professional hackers and
saboteurs to destroy The Pirate Bay’s trackers.

Okay, that’s just sad!

Beware of PDF Files! Adobe Security Vulnerability Found.

Don’t open any PDF files anytime soon. Better yet, don’t
even go to any websites where PDF files may be embedded. According to
hacker Petko Petkov, there’s a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat/Reader
that lets malware into your Windows box with no prompts of any sort.
All you need to do is open a PDF file or open a URL that has a PDF file
embedded.
Petkov says that this has been confirmed for Adobe Reader 8.1 on
Windows XP, though a comprehensive list of other affected versions has
not been compiled or published. It’s important to note that this
vulnerability has not been confirmed by any third parties or Adobe as
of yet. A similar vulnerability for Quicktime on Firefox had been found by Petkov as well, and has been addressed with Firefox’s latest release 2.0.0.7.
[via wired]

Wow! Major setback for Adobe! Not to mention the entire corporate world… In the meantime, I highly recommend Foxit. It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s not Adobe.

Help Find Memory Leaks in Firefox

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If you’re a Firefox enthusiast, the Mozilla community is
currently looking for additional volunteers to help reduce memory usage
and fix any memory leaks in the browser. If you’re not a
programmer, Firefox programmer Jesse Ruderman says you can still help:

“If you’re a Firefox user, an easy way to help is to browse
with a trunk nightly build wrapped in a script that calls leak-gauge.pl
when Firefox exits. If it reports that documents or windows leaked, try
to figure out how to reproduce the leak and then file a bug
report.”

The goal of the project is to reduce the memory usage in Firefox 3.
On his blog, Ruderman details a number of leaks that have already been
identified and fixed.
For more info on Firefox 3, check out the project’s wiki page at Mozilla.

Count me in! I very often will find that I have to do silly things like eat and sleep when I’m in the middle of a project or writing assignment. I prefer to leave Firefox running so I know exactly where I left off when I come back. And it’s not uncommon for me to find that Firefox is consuming a whopping 350+MB’s of memory. A portion of this is due to memory intensive Firefox extensions, but the majority is due to a known memory leak in Firefox itself. So, if you’re a Firefox user, roll up your sleeves and lets tackle this memory thing!

Your Very Own Podcasts–The Easy Way

So
you want to be a star? You don’t actually have to want to be a
star to begin recording and distributing your very own podcasts.
Increasingly, businesses and web sites of all stripes are turning to
podcasting for everything from online marketing to tutorials. Also,
many commuters and travelers now get business information from
podcasts. Web workers of numerous kinds can benefit from learning to
produce them, whether they are for audio blogs, remote presentations,
tutorials intended for a workgroup, or other purposes.

The good news is, the equipment you need to do very professional
material is either inexpensive or free, and there are multiple ways to
distribute your content to audiences that can grow in size if you
engage them. In this post, I’ll delve into some of the best
choices for your podcasting effort.

I’ve posted about podcasts and podcasting before, and I can’t stress enough the value a quality podcast can create for any business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a SOHO working in the basement or a marketing exec in a 500+ employee company, a quality podcast proves that you are the expert in what you do. After all, why does Emeril have a product line that sells successfully? Because he has a show that proves to people he’s the expert, with a personality that people come back for, and that people walk away from having learned something that’s important to them. (Just a note, podcasts don’t have to be audio-only. Vodcasting, with video, adds an entirely new dimension with which to engage your audience.) Do you know more than your competition? Prove it! Podcast it!

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Sprint, Microsoft, TellMe, GPS: I Ask For the Nearest PIzza and My Phone Knows the Way

Posted by telecommatt on September 19, 2007

Sprint, Microsoft Deliver Mobile Search Innovations

Enhanced mobile search for Sprint features GPS and open Internet

For all my raging about Sprint, I have to admit this is pretty cool stuff. I’m actually excited to try it out, and it sounds like I might be able to ditch previously reviewed pay-for-play app Mapquest FindMe.

You can find the entire article, as well as my commentary, here.

http://jkn.com/View?j=850922.364577634701

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Yet Another iPod Touch Post: I’ve Been Converted!

Posted by telecommatt on September 5, 2007

I have not bought an Apple product since about 1985, and even, it was my dad that bought it because my allowance was only a dollar a week. However, after today’s iPod Touch announcement, I will openly admit that I want one! What changed my mind? Integrated wi-fi. Although it’s basically an phoneless iPhone, this is still serious business. You’re telling me that I can carry my music and access my web apps on the same device? And that it’s software is upgradeable through a software push so it’s likely that there will be new apps added in the future? Plus it’s got the multitouch screen and over 20 hours of battery life. Sold!

iPod touch Web

Tom Krazit from CNET’s Crave blog did a really nice live-from-the-event post (which is where I got the photo from) with down to the minute details. Check out his post and my thoughts here.

Note: You have to read my annotations from the bottom up, since that is how the timeline runs. You’ll see when you get there.

http://jkn.com/View?j=846902.137935433839

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