Rush Limbaugh is one of the most polarizing figures in America. As a fellow tech geek, I love to hear his comments on Apple products and the company as a whole. And even if you don’t agree with Rush’s politics, he’s dead on when it comes to his opinion on everything Apple.
I finally received the Nokia N9 upgrade notification on my phone on November 23rd while in Bangkok Thailand. I knew that I could have download the update onto my computer and performed a manual install off of the USB earlier but I wanted to see how the OTA upgrade worked.
I was doing some traveling on the 23rd and wanted to be in a spot where I had a WiFi connection as was recommended by Nokia. So I had to wait a full 24 hours until I was back at home. Once there, I performed the recommended backup and then pressed the update software button. But nothing happened.
Nothing in life is perfect and that even goes for the Nokia N9. I’ve already admitted in previous blogs that I love my N9. But…I do have some complaints at the same time. For one, the Facebook app is pretty weak sauce. It’s horribly slow and you are often presented with the now famous black screen with the: “FacebookQML not responding” message. After 10 seconds or so, the app kicks back in but it’s very annoying. Also, the Facebook app lacks the ability to check-in and really seems outdated compared to the iOS Facebook app.
When I first started using the Nokia N9, right away I knew there was something special about the display but I couldn’t put my finger on just exactly what it was. You see, when you use the N9, it’s almost as if the icons on the main screen float in mid-air. This is because the black background produces no light whatsoever…as if the LCD’s were simply turned off. It truly is remarkable and puts my iPod Touch 4th Generation Retina display to shame despite the Retina displays higher pixel count.
I did a bit of digging and discovered that Nokia is using a technology in their AMOLED screens called ClearBlack. This new technology uses a polarized filter between the Gorilla glass and the LED lights that blocks light when it shouldn’t be seen by the end user–this is obviously most useful with the color black.
I should note that Nokia is using this tech not only on the new N9 but also on the E7 and C6 phones. But in my opinion, ClearBlack is perfect for the minimalist-look of MeeGo on the N9.
Many people are currently in the same boat that I was. You’ve been using the iPhone for years and feel like you’ve spent so much time with iTunes creating all your playlists that it would be a shame to not be able to use them again. So much so that it is causing you to rethink your plans to buy the super-cool Nokia N9 because it doesn’t play nice with iTunes.
I read about how to make a SIM into a Micro SIM when the original iPad came out. But because I never had a device that actually used a device that required a Micro SIM, I never attempted this until just a few days ago.
I finally put my money where my mouth was when I previously stated that the Nokia N9 was the most interesting smartphone of 2011. When Apple finally announced the iPhone 4S, I honestly was a little let down with their offering. After all, nobody I know was asking for a faster processor, marginally better camera and voice recognition with a slightly modified OS. Instead, I was looking for something completely different from end-to-end and the Nokia N9 does exactly that.
To start, the hardware of the N9 is absolutely first rate. Nokia has been in the hardware “biz” for a long time now and it really shows. The phone is very light, yet it feels like you could drop it without any worries. For those of you that are really concerned, Nokia was nice enough to include a protective silicone case. The great thing about this particular case is that it really becomes part of the phone as it fits very snugly and doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk. Also included with the N9 is a pair of headphones, USB charger and AC adapter.
The big news today is that the new iOS 5 beta 5 has been released by Apple to developers. For those of you that don’t know, iOS 3 had a total of 5 betas and iOS 4 only had 4 betas before going Gold Master (GM) which means the software is ready for the real world.
So after rooting my Nook Color that came pre-installed with Android 2.1, and playing with SD bootable versions of Android 2.2 and honeycomb 3.0, I finally decided to check out Android 2.3 in the form of CyanogenMod 7.
According to their “About” page, CyanogenMod is a “customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices”. CM is basically a group of android developers that are very talented at modifying the Android open source project source code for developing ROMs for a range of hardware devices. And back in January of this year, CyanogenMod decided that the Nook Color was a worthy hardware candidate.
I’ve been to plenty of lunches and dinners with various friends, family and business associates where the conversation hits one of those common yet uncomfortable lulls in the conversation.
At CES 2011, Cisco Systems came out with several new announcements. One of the biggest announcement that was co-introduced by Verizon wireless was a new 4G wireless WAN interface for Cisco ISR G2 routers. The new card can be installed in a router and use Verizon’s new LTE network for access. If the 4G signal is not available, the card can fall back and use 3G signals. Verizon has partnered with Cisco and will begin selling packages to small and medium sized businesses that can use the Cisco hardware to access Verizon’s LTE network anywhere in the nation.
Does your wireless telephone carrier use GSM? I use T-Mobile in the USA and AIS 12Call while in Thailand. Both of these cellular providers use the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) stardard. In fact, GSM is the most widely used wireless standard in the world.
Do you hate having to take your gloves off to use your iPhone? I do too. That’s why I was happy to see some new advancements in touchscreen technology.
Palm has a great smartphone OS. It’s too bad nobody bought one. Perhaps with the HP merger of Palm fairly far back in the review mirror, the marketing department for the Pre 2 will do a little bit better job of promoting the newest Pre with webOS 2.0.
Verizon seems to be one of the few US wireless carriers that “get’s it”. It was recently revealed that Verizon will specifically target their LTE wireless broadband network in 30 Cities that have NFL football stadiums. The goal is to have these 30 cities blanketed in 4G wireless by the end of the year.
Cisco Systems and Jawbone will team up to create hands-free wireless headsets that can transparently move from mobile devices to Cisco IP phones. This is a very small but cool feature for those of us that have Cisco IP phones and like to use Bluetooth headsets for both our mobile and desk phones.
Both Cisco and Avaya have recently unveiled flat-screen tablet devices to be used in enterprise environments. The problem is that the cost of the tablets are considerably higher than consumer based tablets that run the same Android operating system. Competing consumer devices that also run Android include the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab as well as upcoming models from LG and Motorola.
Are you planning to visit Thailand for either business or pleasure in 2010? If so, you will probably want to stay connected to people at home. AIS is Thailand’s largest cellular phone provider and their 12Call prepaid SIM cards are widely popular with both local Thai’s and tourists. But those traveling to Thailand might find that the costs of international calls is a bit expensive. That is why AIS has a 1-2Call Tourist SIM card. The card offers international calling starting at 4 Baht per minute. In addition, you can send SMS messages start at 5 Baht per message. These are typical prices if you know the special 12Call international codes to punch in before making a call but this SIM card simplifies the process so you don’t have to enter in any codes. It’s not a bad deal if you plan to make several overseas calls. I personally would rather use Skype or another form of free calling my overseas friends and family but if you are moving around throughout Thailand than it can come in handy.
I am currently doing extended travel throughout Asia and have been calling Northern Thailand my home for almost a year now. During my travels, I have been adding, removing and tinkering with various iPhone apps that are useful to me while I am abroad.Â Some of them have been great while others a complete letdown.Â Fortunately I’ve found several that I never leave home without while living and traveling in Thailand and other Asian countries.Â Below are my list of the top eight iPhone apps that I use regularly while traveling internationally. You may find one or two of them that you never really considered useful when traveling.