Category Archives: Smart Phone
We talked about Kevin’s current corporate environment with Blackberry. Kevin and Jim spent some time looking at Outlook Mobile, Calendar features, the People Hub and some of the Office integrations in Windows Phone 7. We also spent a fair amount of time doing a demo for each application.
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We closed the show with some things that are currently missing from Windows Phone 7 for the Enterprise.
Store Your Music in the Cloud? Installing the Amazon Cloud Player Uploader and get 5GB Free with 20GB after purchase.
Weeks ago, Amazon announced that it would begin to provide 5GB of cloud storage for Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. In its most practical application with the online storage of music, Amazon has now released a Windows Uploader that will allow you to easily upload multiple music files and folders to the cloud. It does require an Amazon account, which is free. You can sign up for an account here.
Even better is the offer to up your storage to 20GB per year with the purchase of one mp3 album. Now your music, both that which you have purchased (in any form, from any store, ripped from CD or mp3) or purchased from Amazon directly can be accessed from anywhere, via a internet connected web browser or smart phone that has the Amazon Cloud Player.
Start at Amazon.com. Select MP3s & Cloud Player
Select Upload to your Cloud Drive
Select Download now and run the installer
The install of the Amazon MP3 Uploader does require the installation of Adobe Air. If you don’t currently have it installed on your system, it will install it. Select Continue.
A year ago this month I was getting ready to move away from the MotoQ that I had been using for the previous 2 years on Verizon and was moving back to Sprint. My only real option at the time was the newly release Palm Pre. While at the time I compared it to the iPhone, there was never really an option of moving to that platform. I’m a Sprint guy and needed to stay with Sprint (besides, I have a iPod Touch). I know this kills some of you.
Fast forward a year and it’s time to make that decision once again, except this time there is a new sheriff in town. The only real smart phone option for guy like me is the new HTC EVO 4G.
The list of specifications are impressive:
- 3G/4G capability
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor
- 4.3” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
- World-class HTML browser – bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks
- Android 2.1, with access to more than 35,000 apps on Android Market (2.2 coming soon)
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking
A new iPhone application for all you news and poll junkies is now available. Gallup (who I work for, full disclosure) has released version 1.0 of it’s soon to be very popular iPhone application that is free to download on iTunes. The application gives you access to all the latest daily numbers from US polling (like the President’s approval rating), the top news stories from gallup.com as well as the latest Gallup videos via YouTube. Nothing is more than 2 taps away. But remember, please don’t try reading it while driving. I know, it’s tempting.
A couple of features that may not be so obvious at first glance.
1. News articles also contain very readable charts and graphs to help explain the trends. While small, they can be zoomed in on for clarity.
2. You can share the news articles with a friend (or even an enemy that you are trying to sway) via email with a single tap from within the application and using your current contacts. Have fun with this one.
3. The videos stream very quickly via the YouTube application and are each just a couple minutes in length. When they are done, you will automatically be taken back to the Gallup application or you can tap done at anytime to return.
The newly released add-in for the Windows Home Server (more info at The Home Server Show or MediaSmart Server.net) from Nigel Wilks and Alex Kuretz, which was primarily developed to render the health status of your Windows Home Server on an iPhone or iPod Touch, has an additional benefit! Maybe only for me?
I was installing it tonight and testing it on my Touch when it occurred to me that I should be able to get this working nicely on my Palm Pre. Sure enough, it looked great! I’ve included some photos below.
The add-in is a keeper. Thanks Nigel and Alex. Keep working on it!
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