February 2009


Tumblr’s iPhone App

rikin: Thanks for the pointer to Tumblr’s blog clarifying the Tumblerette/official Tumblr app relationship. Just follwed them on my tumblog and added their RSS feed to my list of readings. I’ve been playing the Tumblr’s iPhone app a bit myself for the past day and must say I like it a lot.

Originally posted as a comment by Todd Ogasawara on mediabistro.com: MobileAppsToday using Disqus.

Tumblerette is now the official Tumblr iPhone App! (and it’s free!)

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Fingerprint Scanners Never Caught on in Windows Mobile Devices

Fingerprint scanners have been available on a few WIndows Mobile devices since at least 2003/2004 (perhaps earlier). The HP iPAQ h5550, for example, was introduced around this period with a fingerprint scanner. Such biometric components have not caught on in the intervening years. One possibility is that it is probably inconvenient to take off a glove (in cold environments) just to unlock a PDA or phone.

Originally posted as a comment by Todd Ogasawara on mediabistro.com: MobileDevicesToday using Disqus.

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Google Sync Error on Windows Mobile Smartphone

Google Sync is working fine (so far) with my iPhone. And, I thought it was working ok with my HTC Vox (Windows Mobile Standard Edition). However, it is not working ok with the Vox today. ActiveSync reports 108 calendar items need syncing (seems a bit high since it synced ok just a day or two ago) and then fails after syncing exactly 44 items during each attempt..

The support code reported is: 0x80004005

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Did Google Sync for iPhone/Windows Mobile Make Outlook & MyPhone Obsolete?

I posted two items over on my MobileAppsToday blog…

Google Sync (Beta) for iPhone & Windows Mobile: Think Before You Sync!

Microsoft MyPhone Service Free, But Not Comparable to Apple MobileMe

…that got me wondering if:

1. The Google Sync for iPhone & Windows Mobile made Outlook obsolete
2. If it made Microsoft’s MyPhone service obsolete before it even went live?

Microsoft stopped shipping Outlook with some lower-priced Microsoft Office bundles a while back. And, Windows Mobile smartphone hardware vendors stopped including Outlook with those phones around the same time. So, it is cheaper and easier to sync with Google Calendar and Contacts that with Outlook. And, since MyPhone is not out yet, people will probably try Google Sync.

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Toshiba TG01 Unique Windows Mobile UI is a Bad Thing

I’m going to disagree with my writing partner, Bryan, on this point. More unique proprietary interfaces for Windows Mobile is a bad thing. We already have TouchFlo from HTC, Panels from Sony-Ericsson, & one or two others that slip my mind. Microsoft needs to fix Windows Mobile’s UI experience so vendors don’t feel compelled to fix it in yet another unique difficult to support way that fragments the market and user experience.

Originally posted as a comment by Todd Ogasawara on mediabistro.com: MobileDevicesToday using Disqus.

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Testing Brightcove Embedded Player

We started using the Brightcove video distribution service over on MobileAppsToday and MobileDevicesToday. I wanted to see what it looked like on my personal MobileViews blog. So, here’s a short video I created earlier today for MobileAppsToday.

The video demonstrates how Google Chrome works with multi-touch on the Asus Eee PC 1000HA’s trackpad under Windows 7 Beta. Note, that Google Chrome does not work with multi-touch on an Asus Eee PC 1000H running Windows XP.

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