GadgetTrak is a piece of software that you install on your mobile phone or laptop. The software will periodically check in and let you know the physical location of the device. If a camera is present, for example on a laptop, it can even take a photo of the thief and email it back to the owner. The software cannot be disabled by the thief.
For a Mac or Windows laptop, the price is $34.95 per year.
For Android and Blackberry phones, which includes remote data wipe ability, secure encrypted backup and a loud piercing audible alarm even if the device is in silent mode, the price is $19.95 per year.
For iPhone, iPod, and iPad, the GadgetTrak app is .99 cents, The iOS version does not include remote data wipe, but does include remote camera and push notification support to inform the thief of the GadgetTrak software’s presence.
Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.
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For a couple of months now there has been some buzz surrounding the upcoming Blackberry tablet known as the Playbook. Is it for real or just a lot of hype over nothing, like some of the recent phones from RIM? This CES provided a hands-on which finally gave people a chance to find out.
This relatively small 5×7 device has created a rather large hubbub in recent times and since I haven’t had the chance to play with one I decided to see what the lucky few have had the chance had to say about it.
Frankly I have been a bit surprised. I expected a bit of a downer, given the recent spate of bad luck RIM has had with new products. But I have seen the gaming, multimedia, and video conferencing capabilities called “sexy”. It has been deemed a “flash loving” device, which immediately separates it from the Apple iPad. In short, I have not found any real negatives in any of the major reviews I have read.
Of course, with or without Flash, it still has an uphill battle to compete with the iPad. We have also seen a proliferation of Android and Windows 7 tablets at CES, which also pose a direct threat to the Playbook. While Windows 7 has been widely maligned as a tablet OS the ones I have seen in the past few days may change that sentiment.
We don’t have an exact release date for the Playbook yet, but it doesn’t appear to be too far off. If they can get to market in a timely manner and beat a lot of the other tablets that debuted this past week then they have a shot to at least find a spot in the market, if not take a decent portion of it.
With a reported 150,000 units sold in the first week, and a nearly instant price cut, the Blackberry Torch doesn’t appear to have met RIM’s expectations. But I’m unsure how it could have been any other way.
To start with, 150,000 units is a good opening figure for any company with the single exception of Apple. Compare it with the HTC Evo 4G and Palm Pre, both of which sold in broadly similar numbers. Frankly, this tells me that at any one time, there are only about 150,000 people ready to upgrade.
Secondly, while I know plenty of people who have work-supplied Blackberries, I know of only one friend who has one as a personal phone. Thirdly, companies tend to purchase in batches and rarely upgrade to the latest phone just because it’s out. Consequently, I think 150,000 units for business-orientated (smart)phone are good opening figures.
RIM with the Blackberry brand has something that no other phone really has – its association with business. If you have a Blackberry, it says you are serious about business. Obviously, RIM has to defend its territory and often the best form of attack is defence, but it’s too easy to get into Apple-beating mode when faced with the iPhone threat.
There’s no doubt that the battle lines are drawn between Apple, RIM and Android. All are vying for the top spot but RIM has the corporate foundation to push out from. With Microsoft down and out at the moment, RIM should be locking down the business market tight. The Torch is a great phone for that as it’s generally considered to be the best Blackberry ever from the reviews, even if it’s not quite up to Android, iOS and WebOS standard.
RIM needs to forget about the opening numbers game and go for the long-term.
IDC‘s latest press release on mobile phones and smartphones in Europe shows the sector grew 8% in the past year, that smartphones represent over a quarter of all phones shipped and that current leader Nokia is losing market share.
The total mobile market grew 8% year-on-year with over 42 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2010. Of this, smartphones were 12 million units, representing 28% of the market and up 57% on last year. Mobile phones actually dropped 4% showing the trend towards the more powerful devices.
Overall, Nokia still rules the mobile market, with just under 33% of the market in the first quarter but this is down 9% in the year. Samsung runs a close second with 29% of the market. No-one else has anywhere near the market share of these two. Even Apple and RIM only have 7.0% and 5.6% respectively.
Looking at just the smartphone market, Nokia is still out front with nearly 41% market share, but again this is well down from 57% last year. Apple is second with 25%, closely followed by RIM with 20%.
HTC comes fourth with 7.5% and consequently, Android outsold Windows Mobile for the first time. No sign at all of Palm’s WebOS devices which anecdotally have only sold well in Germany.
To honest, anyone familiar with the space doesn’t need IDC to tell them that Nokia is struggling. Partly it’s because the smartphone range isn’t great, but I think Nokia just isn’t hip anymore. Forgive me if I’m being shallow but Apple = cool. Blackberry = cool. Android = cool.
The full tables are in the press release but they’re not labelled very well. The first table is the total mobile phone market, the second table is the smartphone market.