November 2009


Google Maps Street View on Motorola Droid (video demo)

Google Maps for mobile Street View on the Motorola Droid (Android 2.0) is interesting (something not on the iPhone). But, in my first test (see above), the augmented reality aspect seemed a bit off. It seemed to track my vertical movements (pointing the Droid up and down) but not side-to-side.

Still, it was interesting to finally try it in person since Street View only became available for my area yesterday.

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Maxi Mini-Podcast 16: Droid-Android Discussion with Frank McPherson

Mini-Podcast 16 started out as a podcasting recording experiment. I used a LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen to record this by placing one of its two stereo headbud/microphones in the ear that I held my phone over. This is instead of using Skype to make the call. So, this podcast’s audio quality is definitely a step below my usual podcast. But, it gives me more flexibility in scheduling podcasts.

My old friend Frank McPherson (Windows Mobile expert who has been using Android phones for the past 13 months) and I planned to speak for only 5 to 10 minutes to create basically a sound check podcast. But, it is impossible for the two of us to start talking about mobile tech for just a short while. So, this “mini” podcast turned into an 18 minute 38 second long one – longer than some of my regular guest podcasts. So, this really should have been Podcast 38. But, I’ll leave it with its current designation.

In Maxi-Mini-Podcast 16, Frank and I talk about Android related topics. Originally, the plan was for me to live vicariously through Frank’s Android experiences. However, I bought a Motorola Droid this past weekend. So, this podcast and ones to follow may be more of a expert (Frank) – novice (me) type discussions.

Frank and I briefly catch up on his T-Mobile G1 experience and his upgrade to the myTouch 3G in August. We also touch on the few days of experience I have with the Moto Droid. You can find Frank’s blog at…

http://frankmcpherson.com

So, how’s the audio quality? Bearable for a short (under 20 minutes) podcast?

– 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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Test photo posted directly from the Droid

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Using WpToGo on a Droid to post a photo to this blog directly from my Droid.

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Test post from Motorola Droid

Using WpToGo app on a Motorola Droid to create and post this blog entry. The Droid keyboard is, unfortunately, not a good one. The “chin” to the right of the keyboard digs in to my palm making typing physically painful.

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Voice Dialing Using an HTC Touch Pro2 & Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone

Demonstration of using a Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Touch Pro2 to voice dial with a Bluetooth car speakerphone.

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Mini-Podcast 15: MarketWatch iPhone App Text-to-Speech Sample

The recently released free MarketWatch news app for the iPhone has an interesting feature: Text-to-speech to read stories on an iPhone.

MarketWatch 1.0.0

This 2 minute 5 second podcast provides a brief sound sample of a MarketWatch story being read on the iPhone 3G’s speaker.

– 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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