These are the first looks at screens from the HTC Incredible, a Verizon phone that will go on sale at Verizon stores and Best Buy on April 29. Verizon has not acknowledged the existence of the phone or made any official announcement about its release but the most active forum thread about the new phone has people reporting every conversation with a loose-lipped Verizon employee, every blurry photo of an inventory sheet, every mockup of an advertisement – more than 25,000 forum messages in the last few weeks. It culminated today with a leak of the entire 206-page product manual, quite a feat for a product that does not officially exist yet. […] continued
If you want to kill some time today, TechCrunch has a list of this year’s April Fools jokes. You’ll be able to quickly discover why Google’s main search page has been renamed “Topeka,” or go try out YouTube’s “TEXTp” mode, or go buy some unicorn meat at Thinkgeek, or about fifty more.
Maybe I’ve been following these for too many years – most of them are a bit of a yawn. Google has added one quiet little touch that I like – it’s reporting the time that it takes to run a search today in odd pseudo-scientific terms (“jiffies” or “epochs”) instead of seconds. […] continued
The new little device in your pocket knows where you are – and that’s the next thing that’s going to change the world. Location will be the most important thing that happens in technology this year, and in the long run it will likely be as significant as the rise of social networks in the last few years. You might not be part of this yet but don’t underestimate it!
For some people, this is hardly news. iPhones and Android phones have featured built-in GPS for a long time. Even basic GPS functions are constantly improving; Google announced another upgrade for Google Maps on Android phones last week that adds eye candy (wallpaper showing a live map of your location), as well as redesigning the results screens and adding new gestures to make it easier to use. […] continued
Back in the old days – say, six months ago – buying a smartphone meant signing up with AT&T for an iPhone (and sighing at AT&T’s shortcomings), or settling for something less capable from another carrier. Things are changing fast – here are a few random highlights.
Google’s Nexus One phone is only available online, sight unseen, for the unsubsidized price of $529, or a subsidized price of $179 through T-Mobile. It was just released in a version that can be used on AT&T’s network, and word is that a Verizon-compatible model will be delivered shortly. Click the buttons on the online demo! […] continued
If you read gadget sites like Engadget or Gizmodo, then you already know that the world changed today when Microsoft unveiled the “Windows Phone 7 Series,” the next generation of its software for cell phones and a serious attempt to break up the iPhone monopoly on cool handheld devices. Readers of those sites found out that western civilization has finally reached its fruition and mankind is likely to evolve into a higher form of life.
The attention span on those web sites runs about three weeks, so chances are they’ll be distracted by something else shiny by the middle of March. […] continued
Windows 7 is a staggering achievement. Microsoft delivered exactly the right product at the right time and will completely dominate desktop computing for the foreseeable future.
Microsoft shows no signs of being able to do anything similar in any of the other areas that will be important to consumers and small businesses in the next ten years.
At some point in the next few months, Microsoft will roll out revamped versions of its Windows Live family – Hotmail, Messenger, Skydrive, and the main Windows Live portal. Some screenshots have leaked but very little information has been revealed about the details. […] continued
If you are running Firefox, you can get the new version by clicking on Help / Check for updates. Presumably it will soon be offered automatically when you launch Firefox.
Switching from IE is easy: start at this page and you’ll be given lots of information about what to expect. Firefox imports favorites and passwords from IE automatically. If you’re using LastPass, you can separately install the Firefox add-in and all of your passwords will begin working immediately. […] continued
I’ve prepared a list of computer safety tips for years. Over time, the advice to keep critical programs up to date has moved to the top spot on the list. You don’t have to spend all your time reading technology news but you do have to be able to identify which reminders are legitimate when they pop up from the system tray.
There’s a weird news story to illustrate why updates are important: the entire network of computers at the University of Exeter has been locked down and taken offline for days because a virus has been raging through it. The virus was able to spread because the computers had not been updated with critical updates for Windows that were published four months ago. […] continued
On Tuesday Google announced that it would no longer comply with Chinese censorship demands and might cease operating in China altogether. As I understand it, Google has set up a separate search page that operates within China and censors some search results as requested by the Chinese government.
I believe Google also cooperates with the government in blocking access to Google.com. Update: Apparently Google.com can be reached from Chinese computers but search results are censored. […] continued
Google announced today that you will soon be able to store any kind of file online in Google Docs, which until now has been basically limited to text and spreadsheets. Anyone with a Google Account will be able to store 1Gb of files online and access them from any computer.
If you’ve been following along, then this sounds like old news. Microsoft has let you store files online for free using Windows Live Skydrive since 2008, with a current storage limit of 25Gb, not a paltry 1Gb. There are some differences – Google will allow you to upload a single file that’s as large as 250Mb, Skydrive is limited to 50Mb files (both limits presumably to mollify the entertainment industry); Google will let you buy additional storage space, Microsoft does not. […] continued