Monday, 29 August 2011
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Both are of course Windows Phone 7 partners and with Mango having been RTM'd early this seems like an appropriate date for them to be announcing new WP7 Mango phones.
With Fujitsu's Mango phone due to start shipping to the Japanese market now would seem to be the right time for it to arrive in Europe too.
Only question is, can Nokia get their Sea Ray WP7 handset out of the door first...
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Today brings the news that HP have signaled the end of Web OS devices, bringing to a conclusion the saga that started off as the Palm Pilot all those years ago. It shouldn't come as any great surprise to mobile industry watchers though, after all HP has a track record of not 'getting' mobile that stretches back as far as their involvement in mobile devices.
This isn't the first failure that HP has had, this is the company that took Compaq's all conquering iPaq line and buried it amongst the also-rans. Not forgetting its less than successful Jornada...
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Society continues to sink to ever lower levels of mindless, rampaging capitalism and the latest manifestation of this is a new app called Parking Auction, currently in limited beta.
The premise of this app is that as you vacate a parking space you advertise it and other drivers in the area bid for the space.
Given the choice between an app that notifies other drivers that you're leaving a space and performing a public service; or selling something that you don't own and have no legal right to sell, the current generation of filthy money grabbers would take the anti-social option every time.
I can see this getting messy when someone returns to their car, advertises the space and makes a deal, then find somebody else waiting for them to leave the space. The end result as spaces are blocked for the purposes of completing the auction don't bear thinking about, especially in some of the gun-happy areas of Britain's inner cities and most of the US...
Coming soon: an app to sell off information on OAPs living at home alone in return for a percentage of the returns from their mugging...
Those kids on the streets weren't out there looking for political and cultural revolution. No, for the most part they were taking the opportunity to get their noses in the trough, spurred on by the unfortunate events in Tottenham.
Lest we forget, Britain has become a country where banking 'institutions' can plunge the country into financial crisis, whilst those responsible continue to rack up their bonuses. Where politicians commit fraud to milk even more cash out of an already generous expenses system. Where social services leave defenceless children in the care of people who will beat them to death. Where hospitals stop cleaning their wards and hundreds die as a result. Where doctors and nurses are murdering their patient's en masse. Where the police collude with the newspapers to invade individual's privacy.
Against that lot, an iPhone, Xbox and flatscreen TV looted from the local branch of Currys looks like pretty small potatoes frankly... especially when you consider the example being set.
We truly live in broken Britain but is there any hope of it being fixed? I seriously doubt it.
Monday, 8 August 2011
On a national scale it appears the ongoing financial meltdown, collapse of the stock markets and London riots don't amount to enough of a crisis to drag our Prime Minister back from Chianti-shire.
This summer's turning into a giant political Where's Wally game...
Monday, 1 August 2011
Pairing Nokia's mobile know-how with Mango promises something of a special phone and I wonder if this could help boost Microsoft's penetration in the UK in particular, where Nokia have historically found a strong market.