March 2009


AT&T Selling Nokia E71 for $99.99 After Rebate w/2-Year Contract

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ZDNet & Nokia Expert’s Matt Miller and I discussed the unavailability of Nokia S60 smartphones by U.S. carriers in MobileViews Podcast 20 last week. Now, Engadget tells us that…

AT&T pulls trigger on Nokia E71x and Samsung Propel Pro

The E71 will be available for $99.99 if you agree to a two year AT&T contract and send in the rebate form. The E71 looks like it has an excellent QWERTY thumb keyboard and should be just the thing for heavy email, texting, and Twitter users.

BTW: I’m @toddogasawara on Twitter.

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Podcast 20: Conversation with ZDNet/NokiaExpert Blogger Matthew Miller About Nokia Smartphones

Matthew Miller is a prolific mobile technology blogger. You’ve probably read his blog/articles on ZDNet in two blogging venues:

ZDNet The Mobile Gadgeteer
ZDNet Smartphones and Cell Phones

More recently, he has been writing a Nokia-focused blog on NokiaExperts.com.

Matt and I focused our discussion on Nokia S60 smartphones in this 35 minute podcast #20.

– You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
– You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
– You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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Windows 7 Beta Atheros Ethernet Driver Works on Asus Eee PC 1000HA

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I discovered that I couldn’t use the wired Ethernet port on my Asus Eee PC 1000HA running Windows 7 Beta while in Seattle visiting Microsoft earlier this month. This was a problem since the Seattle Sheraton Hotel room I was in didn’t provide WiFi access – just wired Ethernet access.

However, when I fired up the Eee PC this evening, Windows 7 Beta had a notification icon telling me that a solution had been found (see screenshot above). So, I downloaded the Atheros AR8131/AR8132 Ethernet Controller driver that was linked in Microsoft’s notification page and installed it. Atheros provides the driver in a RAR archive file. So, I had to download and install 7-Zip to unpack it.

I tested wired Ethernet access after installing the driver on the Eee PC 1000HA and everything worked fine. I wish this driver was available 4 weeks ago!

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Utada’s English Language Music Video is This Week’s Free iTunes Music Video

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How often does a father and his teenage daughter agree on anything? So, I find it pretty amusing that my daughter and I actually enjoy the same musical artist named Utada Hikaru (surname – given name order, btw) a lot. I was even more amused when I noticed that Utada’s new English language music video (she’s bilingual, btw) is the iTunes free Music Video of the Week in the U.S. You can find it here…

Utada: Come Back to Me (iTunes music video)

It should be free until the end of next week Monday (Mar. 30).

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BillShrink.com Helps You Cut Costs as the Gas Pump: Revisiting Podcast 17

TechCrunch reports that…

BillShrink Brings Its Cost-Cutting Engine To The Gas Pump

At this point I bet you are saying, “Hey, what does this have to do with mobile technology?” Well, actually, this particular announcement does not. But, it gives me an excuse to point out that I interviewed BillShrink.com’s CEO Peter Pham last month. In that podcast (#17), I asked him how BillShrink.com could help people save money on mobile phone bills.

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MobileViews Mini-Podcast 6: Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile Sound Check

Skype just released Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile. I tested it on an HTC TyTn (touch screen) running Windows Mobile 6 to check the sound quality. You can listen to a brief sample I recorded in the podcast embedded here.

– You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
– You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
– You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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