Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MacBook Air Vituka Case review

This is my review of the Vituka case for the MacBook Air.




Cost $35

Mizar MacBook Air Smart Pouch review **Update**

This is my review of the MacBook Air Mizar Smart Pouch.



Update:


Cost $55
Ebay

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Now I see the need for cross platform messaging apps

When I was living in the United States, I didn't see the big deal with cross-platform messaging applications.  Like most Americans, I had an unlimited messaging plan and communicated with most people through text messages (SMS).  I've downloaded and attempted to use some of the messaging applications that have come out and they all seemed the same.  The apps typically replicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and were released on every platform possible.  RIM did their best to bring lawsuits against most of the app developers because they all would have the ability to send a message and see when it got delivered and read which is a key feature of BBM.  This is probably the reason why people are still using BlackBerry today if it isn't a work issued phone.  Since none of these apps provided much benefit over SMS, and would get shut down for being too much like BBM I would play with an app and then delete it about a week later when I realized I hadn't used it since the day I installed it.  The major problem with all of the messaging apps, is the fact that you need to convince someone else to use the same app.  None of the apps would integrate with SMS messages so you can only chat to other people using the app.

Now that I have moved to Korea the need for cross platform messaging applications has never been greater.  My current cell phone plan is 300 minutes and 300 messages with unlimited data for about $44/month.  The price is great for data since you can tether with almost any phone and you can walk around with a mobile hotspot for about $40 cheaper than you can in the US.  The problem with that is 300 text messages simply isn't enough.  I don't mind the limited minutes because I rarely talk on the phone but since I am a supervisor of roughly 40 people, I need to pass information quickly and to multiple people at once.  SMS messaging typically handles that for me as I can text 20 people at once and not have to worry about who got it and who didn't. 

Since most people in Korea have limited plans like I do, the need to communicate with others makes it a requirement to have multiple cross platform messaging applications.  I was briefed by other people here in Korea as well as the employees at the cell phone shop to download a few messaging apps because I'll end up using those the most.  Most Koreans use KaKao Talk as their messaging app of choice.  I don't see any major benefit of this app versus any other but somehow, KaKao Talk is the one most commonly used. 

There is no need to review any of the apps since they all basically work the same.  They all use some method of letting you know when a message has left your device and reached their servers, as well as when it was delivered to the other phone.  All of them allow for some method of customizing the look and feel of a chat along with customized alerts.  They also offer transferring of media files such as pictures, videos, and voice notes.  There is nothing really special about any of them except for the fact that they are on all mobile platforms except for Windows Phone in most some cases and they are all free to use and save users money by being data only applications.  If cell phone plans in the US were more like those used overseas, these apps would be popular in the US as well.  But since everyone is forced into $20 unlimited messaging plans, these applications will be popular outside of the US and just a after thought within the United States.
 
Messaging only apps:
KaKao Talk (Android, BB, iOS, WP8)
Whats app (Android, BB, iOS, WP8)
PingChat  (Android, BB, iOS)
Kik (Android, BB, iOS, WP8)
LiveProfile (Android, BB, iOS)

Voice and text messaging:
Skype (Android, BB, iOS, WP8)
Viber (Android, iOS WP8)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Android Market updated to ver 3.1.5 (Update: this is the updated Korean Android Market)

I opened up Android Market today to see if I had any updates waiting for me and I found that the market was updated to version 3.1.5.  This update brings a Windows Phone 7 Metro UI look and feel to the market.  It's still not as fluid or intuitive as WP7 but it's a much appreciated update.  Check out the video after the break.

Update: While I was looking around the net, I'm realizing that this update must be just for the Korean market. Yesterday, my phone was running the old version of the market which is like the one seen here.  Now today, it looks to jump right into the "apps" section of the market.  In the US, users get to pick, Apps, Games, Books, Movies but here in Korea, you only get Apps.  You can see here in the US Marketplace where it looks the same as the Korean Marketplace only in Korea, you don't get the Android Market homepage.

So for those in the US, move along, nothing to see here.  For those in Korea, welcome to 2 months ago, sorta.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Android news round up

As some of you may have realized, this past week was a pretty big news week for Android.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

iPhone 4S breaks sales records

Despite "ho hum" initial reviews of the recently announced Apple iPhone 4S, the new iPhone set sales records on its first day of availability.  Apple reportedly sold over 1 million units on its first day of sales and it's expected to sell over 4 million units before the weekend is over.  Net revenue over the weekend is expected to surpass the first 4 Harry Potter movies combined which is saying a lot considering the popularity of the movie series.  The iPhone 4S helped Sprint and AT&T set sales records for cell phones sales in a day.

Though the iPhone 4S is cosmetically the same as the outgoing iPhone 4, the phone is upgraded with a new dual core A5 chipset, 8mp camera and Siri.  Siri is a mobile assistant that you can speak to and get results spoken back to you.  An example of this is saying, "How is the weather today?" and Siri will get your location and local weather and respond, "It is expected to rain, you should bring an umbrella."  Siri is used throughout the OS and can be used for multiple tasks such as creating reminders to sending emails.

Some say that the iPhone 4S is selling well because it's the last phone that Steve Jobs personally helped create.  I've also heard heard that it's called the iPhone 4S because its "For Steve".  I doubt that is true but some will make that association.  Regardless of how you may feel or why you decide to purchase the iPhone 4S, there is no doubt that Apple is yet again proven to be a marketing genius.  Apple's shares closed at $422 gaining 14% this week, it's highest closing price ever.

5 Reasons why I think Android is better than Windows Phone

I have been using Android phones for almost 2 years now and I have become a big fan of the operating system.  I recently purchased a HD7 to test drive Windows Phone 7 (WP7) because I broke my LG G2x.  I gave the phone a good chance to win me over for a week and then for another week after the Mango update came out.  Ultimately, I felt as though WP7 was underwhelming in a few areas resulting in me going back to Android.  Keep reading as I list 5 reasons why I think Android is better than WP7.

Friday, October 14, 2011

About me


I am a tech geek that's just having fun reviewing and commenting on mobile technologies.  I'm not a fan of any particular product since I've owned almost every mobile operating system available today.  I cycle through phones faster than most people probably change the oil in their vehicle.   I've also owned a multitude of tablets, smartwatches, and computers so my knowledge of mobile technology is pretty vast.  Ask me anything about mobile technology and I'll probably I have the answer or an opinion.

Feel free to check my website out and follow me:
Webpage:  www.mobilechaos.net
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mobilechaos
Contact me:  www.about.me/ojdurham
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherDurham/
Twitter:  @causingchaos
Email:  mobilechaostech@gmail.com

Google Voice adding MMS support


If you don't have a Google Voice number by now, you are missing out one of the best mobile technologies going available.  Google Voice allows users to pick a phone number from anywhere area code in the United States and use that number to accept phone calls on your cell phone, office phone, home phone or any other number you want to link it to.  Use this link to find out how Google works.  Keep reading to find out about Google Voice, now with MMS.

HTC EVO 4G+ Review

Here's a video going over my HTC EVO 4G+





Engadget video
HTC Website

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Korean phone buying experience



I'm in the Army and I recently changed duty stations from Arizona to South Korea.  I was excited about this change because I know that South Korea is a country full of cheap technology.  The average internet speeds are supposed to be in the 30mbps range, the cell phone coverage is supposed to be outstanding and a lot of the newly announced cell phones come here first before they reach Europe or the United States.  A perfect example of this is the Samsung Galaxy S2 that was released here about 6 months ago and is just now reaching the US.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs passes away at 56

Apple announced today that Co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56.

Apple's board of directors released this statement:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. 

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. 

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Love him or hate him, the guy was a genius that changed the way a lot of people view mobile technology.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

iPhone 4S announced

Tim Cook from Apple just announced the highly anticipated iPhone 4S in Cupertino, CA.  On the outside the 4S looks exactly like the old iPhone 4, but on the inside it's "all new." It now has a dual-core A5 CPU alongside a new dual-core GPU that supposedly boosts graphics performance by up to 7x. Up front is the same 3.5-inch Retina display we've all seen before, and around back is a glass plate. Those antennae around the sides (which caused many users so much trouble) have been revamped and iOS will intelligently switch between two different sets on the fly to avoid dropping calls no matter how you hold it. Those antennae are connected to a dual-mode GSM and CDMA radio that will let Apple's handset roam the globe while enjoying either 14.4Mbps HSPA+ or EV-DO Rev. A.

The iPhone 4S will be available for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on October 14th, pre-orders start on the 7th. Pricing for the iPhone 4S will be $199 for 16gb, $299 for 32gb and $399 for the 64gb size.  The iPhone 4 will be available for $99 while the iPhone 3Gs will be free on contract both in 8gb size.




You can see how well the new iPhone stacks up to the competition here.
Via: Engadget

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

4 New Amazon Kindles

Amazon held a press conference in NYC today to introduce 4 new Kindles all of which should set the e-reader and tablet markets on fire.

First up is the new Kindle
The new wifi Kindle will be priced at an ad supported $79 ($109 without ads) and it is 30% lighter and 18% smaller than the old Kindle. 

Next is the Kindle Touch
The Kindle Touch will be priced at $99 ad supported ($139 without) and features a multi-touch display.  The Kindle Touch will be roughly the same size at the regular Kindle but it will be a few ounces heavier.

The Kindle Touch 3G
The Kindle Touch 3G, priced at $149 with ads ($189, without) is the same as the Kindle Touch except it has free 3G data on AT&T's network.  With 3G, the Kindle Touch 3G will be able to download books on the go using whisper net, this is a must have if you are an avid book reader.

Lastly the Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire, priced at $199  is a 7", tablet that is running Android although you wouldn't know it by the looks.  It is running is own custom skin on top of Android and it won't have access to the Android Market but you will be able to download apps from the Amazon Appstore.  There is only 8GB of storage on the device with no memory expansion available.  You will however be able to use Amazon Cloud Drive to store all of your Amazon purchased media (videos, MP3's, etc).  Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream from the Amazon Instant catalog of over 10,000 TV shows and Movies.  The Kindle Fire does not have front or rear camera but honestly cameras aren't used very often on tablets anyway.  The Kindle Fire will be released on November 15th.

The Kindle e-readers are a welcomed upgrades from the previous kindles.  They are priced cheaper than Barnes & Noble's Nook e-readers and basically have all the same features.  The ad supported versions of the Kindle are the best options for many people out there.  The ads are only displayed while the kindle is turned off and they do not intrude on the operation of the device.  Non ad supported Kindles show pictures of authors and poets while turned off so replacing those pictures with ads should be worth saving $30.

The Kindle Fire is priced cheap enough that it could be an impulse decision for many people.  I can foresee many of these purchased as gifts and given to parents or kids who wouldn't otherwise purchase a tablet.  I don't see the Kindle Fire as an iPad beater or my favorite tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but rather as a cheaper alternative that will have mass appeal because of the price.  Imagine the iPad as the elephant in the room and its about to be swarmed by 100 monkeys.  It might take a while but eventually it'll be overtaken by sheer numbers.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Run Windows on your Mac with VMware



VMware updated its Fusion software to ver 4.  With VMware Fusion 4, you can run Windows from your Apple computer without restarting.  VMWare allows users to run Windows in a virtual machine which means you can run windows in a window on your Mac.  This is great for those users who love to use a Mac but need to run programs that are Windows only such as .exe files.

I installed VMware and the whole process took about an hour.  After installing it, I was able to run Windows 7 OS in a virtual machine without too much hassle.  Windows does run as if it was on a 3-4 year old computer so don't expect perfection.  Imagine clicking on something and having to wait 1-2 seconds before the computer registers the click.  It works, just not perfectly.

Alternatively, you can run Windows OS on a Mac computer using Bootcamp but you will have to restart your computer and boot into Windows to use it.  With VMware, you can just click the icon and run Windows along side of your Mac OS X.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th Tribute

On this day, September 11th 2011, 10 years after the attacks on the US, I can proudly say that I am happy to serve and proud to serve my country.  I joined the US Army before the attacks 10 year ago but that doesn't change the fact that I have dedicated 15 years of my life to protecting this country's freedom.  I have inspired my younger brother to join the Army and even my youngest brother to join if he can.  I love my country, I love my job.  I don't ask that you respect me, I only ask that you respect what I do.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why I gave up on Windows Phone 7

I recently purchased a HD7 Windows Phone 7 device hoping to spend my last month or so in the states testing out WP7 and seeing if it could be a device for me.  After about a week using the phone exclusively, I gave up and went back to Android.  Find out why after the break.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Updated: Lost iPhone 5 really?

Here is the rundown of the latest media stunt out of Cupertino, CA.  Here's the quick summary,  last year, Apple claimed they lost an iPhone 4 in a bar and it was found by some guy who sold it to Gizmodo who gave it back to Apple.  Now suddenly last week Apple reportedly lost another iPhone prototype in a bar called Cava 22.  Now news come out that the SFPD has no reports of a reported lost iPhone.

UPDATE:  Now supposedly the San Francisco Police Department get involved in the new lost iPhone case

So what exactly happened?  Did Apple really lose another iPhone prototype?  Did Apple think the same marketing stunt would work two years in a row?  I mean really, haven't we heard this song before?  First Apple loses an iPhone prototype in a bar.  Then Nokia says, "We lost one too".  And now Apple tries the same trick again.

In the end whether Apple lost another phone or not, the Steve Jobs marketing phenom is working on all cylinders even thought he's gone. 

Weekly update 2 Sep

Click the link until I figure out how to embed this podcast---> http://db.tt/PkOaW7k


Steve Jobs steps down
Galaxy S2
Nexus Prime
Blackberries
DOJ files suit against AT&T
IFA
Tablets 
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ViewSonic Tablets announced at IFA

ViewPad 10pro
I wrote a post for SMR on ViewSonic tablets that got announced at IFA and a few others as well.  Looks like this holiday season is going to finally be the year of the tablet, quality tablet that is.

Link

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Windows Phone 7: 72 hour impression

I purchased a Windows Phone 7 HD7 for T Mobile to test drive for a month or so before I go to Korea. Click past the break to see my impression of Windows Phone 7 after 72 hours.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekly update 20 Aug 2011

Here is a video of my review of the tech world for the last week or so.  I touched on a few topics such as:



Google buys Motorola Mobility
HP kills off webOS
Nexus Prime rumors
WP7 Mango coming soon
RIM BlackBerry OS7 Torch and Bold phones
iOS announcement in Oct

If you have an question please feel free to hit me up via email, blog, twitter, about me, youtube, or facebook.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cinch (OS X application)

Here is a quick demonstration of an application called Cinch available in Apple's App Store that allows your Apple computer to resize windows like you can in Windows 7.  It costs $6.99 which does kind of suck considering you can get the same for free with a Windows 7 computer. Check out the video after the break.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back up your SMS and reply from your desk

Here are a two good Android apps that can allow you to be more productive with you phone by backing up your SMS messages and allowing you to receive and respond to SMS messages from your desk.



The first app is SMS Backup+. Once you set up the app with your Gmail account, it will automatically send your SMS messages to your Gmail account and label them "SMS".  You can also set up the app to archive (mark as read) your SMS messages so they won't show up as new messages in your email.  This app will forward both incoming and outgoing SMS and MMS message. The added feature of sending MMS messages is great because now when someone sends you a picture of your sweet niece or nephew, you don't have to worry about saving it to your phone, then emailing the picture to yourself just to get a copy on your computer. Just wait 3 minutes and the photo will be in your email, waiting for you to save it to your computer from your email.  Having an archive in your Gmail of all incoming and outgoing text messages is great to have in case you need to "refresh" someone's memory when they deny that drunk text that they sent you last week.  Another feature of this app is that you can restore you messages if you need to.  Have you factory reset your phone?  Did you lose your phone?  Either way, using SMS Backup+ you get all of your old text messages back on your phone with little hassle.  You cannot respond to text messages from your email so this app will only back up and restore your messages which can be a life saver.




Next up is DeskSMS.  This app is from the popular clockworkmod group and it will allow you to send and receive SMS messages from your desk.  Right now the app is in beta but you can still get it on the Android Market.  With DeskSMS, you can get your SMS messages, sent to your Gmail account, Gtalk account, via a web page or even a Chrome extension.  With this amount of variety, you should be able to get your SMS messages at home using your Chrome browser extension or even at work where you're probably not the admin and not able to install any add ons.  Simply go to http://www.clockworkmod.com/desksms/ and log in with your Gmail account.  This app works flawlessly from what I've experienced with it and now that the Chrome extension is available, I won't ever have to leave my desk to see who just sent me a message.  This app will not forward MMS messages but with SMS Backup+, you'll have those in your email already.  This app will work wonders for those who work in buildings that act more like a Faraday Cage then an office.  Leave your phone by the window where you get signal and you won't walk out the door and get bombarded with text messages that you've missed while you were at your desk.


These two apps provide Android the type of versatility that neither iOS nor Windows Phone 7 is providing right now.  I'm sure you can jailbreak an iPhone and find something similar to these apps in Cydia's app store but you have to void your warranty to get them.  I don't think WP7 has anything like but I'm sure someone from SMR will correct me if I'm wrong.  Both of these apps are readily available in the Android Market and you don't need to void your warranty to get them working.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dell Steak 7 Reveiw

I call the Dell Streak 7 the little tablet that could. It's not the best tablet on the market but it gets the job done for cheap. I look at it in terms of vehicle shopping. Yes their are Ferrari's and Porsche's out there and they are no doubt great cars. But the average American gets to and from work in their Honda Accord just fine. That's where the Dell Streak 7 comes into play. It's not the greatest tablet out there but if you want to save some money and still do 90% of what anyone can do with an iPad or Galaxy Tab 10.1 then the Dell Streak 7 is the tablet for you. If you want to carry your tablet without a big bag, case or excessive bulk, the Dell Streak is for you. Everything is great about this tablet except the Screen resolution (800 x 480 pixels). Webpages and pictures are pretty grainy but it's nothing you can't overlook by its cheap price. The Dell Streak is a great device for what it is, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to get something to chill on the couch or by the pool with.

Dell Streak 7 at Amazon

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi 16GB White Edition

I know I've been AWOL for a few months but here is my review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB White edition.

First off, I have to say that I love this tablet. I don't know if its the great screen, the fact that it's not an iPad or just because of the keyboard dock but I love this tablet. I can honestly say that I could take this tablet with me for a week long trip and probably not miss a beat. With apps like Netflix, and Zinio I can have my media taken care of. Dropbox and Google Docs can handle minor work related docs. The keyboard dock can allow me to type out an email or a blog post without getting pissed off. This Tablet is just great.

If you have any questions, just ask in the comments. I know I didn't hit much detail in the video.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Phosphor watch review

I picked up a Phosphor watch a few weeks back from Amazon and here is the review for it. I only paid $110, I don't have a clue why it's $170 right now. Maybe the increased demand since people seeing me wear it raised the price, LOL. Anyway, here goes the pros and cons:

Pros:
Great display
Lots of comments
Great viewing angles

Cons:
I could say that the battery hump is a con but it's really not.



@PhosphorWatch
@causingchaos

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

T-Mobile's 3G data is getting better in my area




I still don't know how I feel about the AT&T / T-Mobile merger just yet. I do know that T-Mobile has the fastest service in my area (Sierra Vista, AZ) and I wouldn't want to lose this speed. I know its not super fast HSPA+ but since I live in a small city of 50,000 people I wouldn't expect any sort of real 4G technologies here any time soon so 3G is fine with me. I know some of you may laugh but considering that when I moved here 5+ years ago, T-Mobile was still rocking GPRS and only got EDGE service in 2007. Now just 4 years later, they are blowing the other cellular networks out of the water, AT&T and Verizon both included.

I'll be happy if the merger means a better, faster network. But if AT&T leaves out the little guys like Sierra Vista, AZ, I'm gonna be pretty pissed.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

UPDATE: AT&T buys T-Mobile USA for $39B


A bit of shocking news came out today. AT&T agrees to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $25B cash and the rest in stocks said to total about $39B. The merger between the two companies is not expected to formally take place for about 12 months. The merger will change the mobile landscape in the US because currently AT&T is the nation's second largest carrier at about 90 million subscribers and T-Mobile is 4th with about 33 million. AT&T and T-Mobile both use GSM technology for their phones but they use different bands for their 3G networks. Merging 3G technologies will not be a hurdle they will have to cross as AT&T has plans to start deploying their 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network this year.

Once the merger finalizes, AT&T will once again be the largest carrier in the US totally approximately 120 million subscribers. I guess T-Mobile is getting the iPhone after all.....sorta

UPDATE: More news was dropped today with details about the merger between AT&T and T-Moble. Apparently T-Mobile has some provisions in place in case the merger is not approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If the deal does not get approved, AT&T will have to pay T-Mobile $3B, be forced to accept roaming agreements in areas that T-Mobile does not have coverage and release some of its AWS (3G) bands that are not critical to their network. Basically, if the deal falls through, T-Mobile will gain coverage, 3G frequencies, and pocket $3B in cash.

Additionally, AT&T released its plans for what they will do to T-Mobile's network. First, they plan to allow customers to roam for free between both networks basically instantly giving AT&T coverage to the entire country. Secondly, they plan to move T-Mobile customers to AT&T's 3G networks on the 850MHZ band. This will obviously happen as customers are available to upgrade their phones as the customer service reps will sell you a phone with AT&T 3G bands. The average customer won't have a clue what network their phone operates on so that transition should be seamless. AT&T will also switch to dual band towers to service EDGE and 3G networks across the integrated AT&T and T-Mobile networks. As customers leave the 1700MHZ T-Mobile 3G network, AT&T will incorporate that network into their 4G LTE plans.

This may seem like information overflow for non tech savvy people but just know that once the merger happens (if it does), your current T-Mobile phone will have better signal in more areas (albeit only on EDGE) and the next phone you buy will more than likely be from an AT&T store that used to be a T-Mobile store. You will also see faster data rates (download and upload speeds) as some of the strain currently on the AT&T network will be pushed over to the T-Mobile towers. This should improve voice and data quality on both networks.

In summary, if you have AT&T or T-Mobile, your network just got a lot larger and a lot better even if your cell phone plan and customer service just got a lot worse. At least some of you can stop bitching about not getting the iPhone on T-Mobile. In about 12 months, you'll be on AT&T and can soak up all of Steve Jobs "mistruths" see for yourself what the iPhone has to offer.


Source BGR, PhoneScoop, PhoneScoop

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wow, Apple's Safari browser hacked in 5 secs



At the annual Pwn2Own conference, Apple's Safari browser was exploited in 5 seconds. Apple issued an update to Safari 5.0.4 but the update still had the same vulnerabilities and was still exploited in seconds. Microsoft's Internet Explorer didn't fair much better, it was also exploited fairly easily.

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) - Use Google Chrome or Firefox because neither was able to be exploited as of yet during the Pwn2Own conference.

Read more Here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Download this app "Plug in Launcher" NOW!



This app will allow your Android phone to launch any app when you plug in a USB cord or 3.5mm audio cable. Download the app from here and set up your preferences for the USB and Headset ports and you're all set. I set my G2 to start Pandora for the Headset jack and the stock Android Clock for the USB. This will allow my phone to act like a Nexus device does when inserted into a dock.

I've tested this out and I have to say that it works perfectly. 5 stars from me.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Update: Find your lost Android phone with Plan B





If you've lost your Android phone don't fret just yet. Plan B, which is a new app from the makers of Lookout has your back. Install Plan B via the Android Market and your lost phone will start emailing you, your phones location. As your GPS signal locks in its location, Plan B will email you coordinates telling you how accurate the GPS signal is. I tested out the app and I have say that it works perfectly. After I installed the app, I was receiving emails before I even had a chance to switch windows to look at my email. I clicked the first email and my GPS signal was within 48 meters. When I finished looking at the map I already had another email with a better GPS signal within 6 meters.

I could have really used this app when I went to Vegas and lost my BlackBerry 9700. Lookout doesn't make this app for BlackBerry but I wish they would have.

UPDATE:  Plan B really works.  Read this story from Ars Technica to see how one editor used Plan B to locate his phone that he left in a cab in San Diego.

Ars Tecnica story

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Launcher Pro for Android updated.....And its pretty damn cool!

Launcher Pro v0.8.3 was released today for Android and I have to say that it's a pretty cool update. Basically they changed the screen transition animations and now you have four different options to choose from when you flip through your screens.

Options are:

Scale
Rotate
Flip
Cube

All of them are fun to play with but I have to say my favorite is Rotate.

Check it out!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tweet almost anything from a Mac


If you've downloaded the twitter app from the Mac App store you have the ability to tweet almost anything from your mac. Right-click from your Mac and you should have the option to tweet.

Check it out via notebooks.com

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Want free apps from Apple's new Mac app store?




Apple released its Mac app store today. Guess what? It's cracked already........
Free apps for everyone.

Link