Smart Phones Getting Smarter

Smart Phones Getting SmarterWith my recent purchase of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, I’m on my third smart phone. It’s been quite an interesting ride.

The first one was an HTC PPC-6700, running Windows Mobile 5 with the original incarnation of Alltel EVDO, integrated WiFi, and a slide-out keyboard. The phone had terrible battery life, and the operating system was sluggish. I personally found the slide-out keyboard to be next to useless, and it’s presence made the phone too thick. On long phone calls or with intensive data usage, the phone could get hot enough to cause it to lock up or reboot without good ventilation. Nonetheless, I kept it for a couple of years, passing it on to one of my younger brothers when I was done with it.

Smart phone number two was a Sprint HTC Touch. It had the same sized screen, but was much thinner and sleeker. It had a bit better battery life than the 6700, but not by much, and no WiFi. The operating system was still a bit sluggish. Sprint and HTC upgraded it to Windows Mobile 6.1, and with the integrated GPS chip, it functioned with the included Sprint GPS Navigation software, which is actually quite good. For about a year and a half, I used this phone as my podcast aggregator (with a paid aggregator app) and playback device, which actually worked reasonably well. A $20 dollar keyboard app gave me an iPhone-style onscreen keyboard to replace the next-to-useless software keyboard included with Windows Mobile. I used this phone up until a few days ago, keeping it for about two and one half years.

Enter now the Evo 4G. I have to say this is probably one of the most impressive, satisfying gadgets I’ve ever owned, and that’s saying something. Compared to the HTC Touch, the Evo is about ¾ of an inch longer and ½ an inch wider and about the same thickness as the Touch. The Evo’s large touch screen is spectacular, and the Android operating system is extremely responsive and smooth regardless of how many apps I have running. The integrated WiFi hotspot is fantastic and works incredibly well, though it can cause the need to reboot the phone after downloading about 1.5 gigabytes of data. The Evo stays very cool while in use.

My conclusion? The best computer is the one that’s in your pocket.

GNC-2010-06-17 #585 Headed for Honolulu

Ok Headed for Home Saturday morning. We are having a meetup tonight at Dinosaur BBQ in downtown Rochester all welcome i’m buying dinner. I have had a lovely time here in up state NY and look forward to coming back. Was much more than I anticipated. Look forward to being home and back in the Studio for a while. Join me live from Honolulu on Monday evening.. Big thank you to all the new and contributing insiders.

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GNC-2010-04-20 #568 Murphy’s Law Strikes

My Faithful audio recording machine refused to record tonight, but we had the backup recording machine and everything went as planned. Congrats to Jeff that won the Ring Central contest and will get a years free worth of service. On Friday’s show we will give away the Roku to a lucky listener plus we will pick the iPhone application developer winner as well. Great show tonight with lots of great content.

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GNC-2010-01-04 #541 Live from Vegas

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Flash Videos out of Sync?
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TiVit device for IPTV for iPhone!
PopBox to compete with Roku!
Skiff Reader by Sprint!
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Hot Startups by Scoble.
What do you want to know about Ford?
Pretty People club kicks out Pretty People?
Apple to ship Tablets “Really who Cares?”
Spirit at 6 end may be near.
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GNC-2009-11-30 #532 Live from Texas!

What does a GPS and a Traffic Jam equal? Detour! I think you will get a kick out of how my GPS saved me hours in my car stuck in a massive traffic jam in I35 in Texas. Find out how Julie wife of long time listener Ronald was able to score days off work by using GotoMyPC. I have a new contest you need to listen to win you have a few short days to act. My 2009 24hr Podcast Charity Announced!

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Top Mobile Apps of 2009.
Crunchpad Dead before Arrival.
Apple Retail down Online Sales Up!
Malware Software Faceoff!
Hadron Collider cranks up the Juice.
ICANN no more Redirecting!
Solar Prices to come down 30%?
Get your wallets out for Hulu.
UK Newspaper puts up Firewall.
Hulu focuses on Search.
Who complains the most about companies and how?
Fix that Scratched DVD or CD.
NASA Prepared to take last Module to ISS.
FCC to go forward on White Space Database good for us!
Google Chrome OS on Macs!
Fake Lab Meat food of the Future?
Is your employer taking advantage of you?
Psystar only sold 768 Computers?
ASUS Motheboard lets you mod with Bluetooth.
Intel Chip Roadmap!
Perfect Band-aid!
Do you really want this in your car?
Small Towns + High Speed Internet = Increased Property Values!
What did you buy on Cyber Monday?
How to pick out the Perfect Domain!
iPhone to go to T-Mobile?

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GNC-2009-11-26 #531 Thanksgiving Special!

I hope your belly is full of food, lets see if we can fill your brain with Tech I also introduce Skypesaurus. I cover in detail why I walked away from the Twitter Advertising deals. Plenty of tech to cover tonight. Plus we are going to extend to the Tuesday show the GotoMyPC challenge. I want to hear about your Thanksgiving tech support horror stories as well.

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UK Hacker Extradition to Proceed.
iPhone Worm Developer now building iPhone Apps.
Silverlight for iPhone versus Flash?
Windows 7 Passes OS X
Free WordPress Templates
Emblaze Mobile.
Don’t upset your web developer.
Is Coke in Trouble?
Microsoft going after Copyright Violators.
MPAA thinks we the public is Liars.
Kindle 2 gets PDF Support.
Mininova shuts down illegals Torrents.
Best and Worse Gadgets.
Climategate?
More Black Friday Ads.
Godfather of Spam goes to Jail.
Verizon thinks their King of 3G?
Microsoft and Apple users play games.
Some people question everything?
Weird is all I am gonna say.
Apple wants Psystar shut down now.
Black Friday Camera Deals.
Joost is in Trouble.
Run Chrome OS on a USB Stick.
Shuttle finishes up at ISS.
iPhone App Rejected see the List.
No more Space Tourist for now.
Google Wave and Why.
US Zip code Map scribbled.
Cuban on the Economy.
Deal Roundups.
Electric car you are going to want.
Robo Suit in Action.
Bad Black Friday.
Windows 8 Time Line Questioned.
Bing Does Video.
Mac Sales Price.
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GNC-2009-11-03 #524 Where we are going from here!

I talk about the plan I am laying out for the show, while the Audio format will not change I am moving aggressively to improve the video quality in an effort to be in a position for what I feel is forthcoming in the new media space. The exercise while expensive is one that I think is one that I need to take to see if the content will bridge over time into as big a hit with video hit as the audio format is.

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Congress to lockup NAB and Musician Rep to battle out bill terms!
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Pirate Bay Closure increases P2P sites by 300%!
Google and Asian Telecommunications companies lay new Fiber Cable.
Pepsi looses battle it did not know it had to fight ordered to pay 1.26 Billion?
Sarbanes Oxley may be waived to small public companies?
Google playing Logo games with Firefox in Google Search?
Adobe plays hardball with iPhone and iTouch users who do not have a clue.
Apple to bring TV to iTunes for $30.00 a month Sign me Up!
Sprint turns on Wimax in some cities is your area next?
iPhone + Intel P55 Chip + Windows 7 equals a broken iPhone Sync.
Idiot ejects himself from Airplane Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
Microsoft Data Center in Chicago pretty amazing pictorial.
Dell Customer Support replaces mans Laptop with a Hard Drive!
Do you have a Femtocell in your home if so listen in.
Hulu subscription realities are charge for service imminent?
Scobles Tech News Feed is Money.
Cisco knows where the world of Media is headed buys Chinese set-top box company! Follow the money folks.
DIY USB Charger simply simple.
Review of Video editing suites all under a $100.00.
Does CBS 60 Minutes have any street credibility left?
Google Voice Search goes Mandarin.
How are you getting your mobile Apps built DIY or hired Firm?
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I think Google just killed the Mapping and GPS industry. The wolf in sheep’s clothing strikes again.
Hacker earns 1 million in providing free Internet Service and now faces 6 Felony counts. DIY Prison terms.
Japanese HTV full of trash and ready for De orbit Incineration.
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GNC-2009-09-17 #512 Back in the Swing

Back in the swing and adjust mixer is on my travel checklist. Huge amount of news tonight including some very controversial stories that will get your hair ruffled. Heading back to Hawaii on Saturday regular studio show next week.

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Some Developers get App hotline Telephone number!
Dan Lyons insults Twitter users!
Mac users switching to Windows 7
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Apple 9 Update Perspective.
Music Industry Insanity Continues!
Convert iPhone to Blackberry.
Lunar Orbiter comes up with the goods!
Worldwide Gaming Pandemic?
Sprint to dump more money into Clearwire.
Newspaper dimes out anonymous poster!
HP Windows Home Server Upgraded.
iPhone Jailbreaking tool updated!
Japanese Cargo Carrier docs at ISS!
Arctic Ice Melt Off
Google Publishing!
GPS Tracking Approved!
Wall Street Journal Pay or no Play!
Podcamp Montreal!
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GNC-2009-09-14 #511 In the City of Angels

I really do hate traveling as I am so spoiled when I am back in the studio in Hawaii. This show I talk a bit about Twitter and trust, do you trust the people you follow? Look forward to the meetup tomorrow night with show fans. Early show again on Thursday evening so join me for the live recording.

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AT&T MMS Roll Out Early?
Google forms own consumer advocacy org?
VEOH Wins against Universal!
Aircraft tracking by Satellite.
Cyber Criminals going after Small Companies!
Windows 7 and Cablecards.
NY Times serves up Malware.
Bing goes Visual!
T-Mobile to buy Sprint?
Master Gene Found!
Windows 7 Upgrade to take more than day?
Bank Robbery or Identity Theft?
New Cannon Camera rave reviews!
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New iPod Touch Yawn?
802.11n finally a standard?
Ladder Safety device!
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Is cell phone tracking going to be our demise?
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Fun shuttle image!
Are you cleaning your showerheads?
Linux Admins tend your servers.
Why is NASA seeding clouds?
AT&T and Gaming shocking statement.

GNC-2009-09-11 #510 Lots of Apple News Today

Not surprisingly Apple dominated the news but not to worry I have a great variety of content tonight for you. My day started early but I am energized by a early morning meeting I had which I will discuss. I should note that I take a few minutes to remember 9-11, please take a few moments out of your day today to think about everyone that has sacrificed over those and ongoing world events. Also I announce a 1 time good deal where you can save some extra money listen to cash in!

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iTunes 9 breaks Pre Sync Again?
Is Symantec crying wolf?
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Release Pre-Release music go to Jail for Long Time!
Cool Google Internet Stats UK Version.
Can a Domain Name cause a Libel Suite?
New Hubble Images will Blow you Away!
Japanese Space Freighter H-II on way to ISS!
AT&T says they will double Mobile speeds by 2010?
Major Microsoft Security Issue for Vista and Win 7!!
Shuttle Delayed for Weather!
Why no Camera for new iTouch?
Google Voice Voicemail straight to Gmail.
Can Google save the Newspaper Industry?
Leave your iPhone at home for Private Microsoft Events!
Unlimited Call, Data, Text & MMS from Sprint $70.00!
Google shocks the world!
47 Bug fixes for Apple Users!
Tree Power Literally?
iPhone update cuts Tether?
Featured Apps cash in!
Apple Theft Alarm Patent.
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