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Get Easy Software to Convert Your DVD

Posted by admin | Posted in General | Posted on 10-05-2011

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The iPhone Is Now a Phone. Who’da Thunk?

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After years as an iPhone customer on AT&T, I forgot what it was like to have a reliable, working phone.

But over the weekend, when I called buddies with both an AT&T iPhone 4 and subsequently a Verizon iPhone 4, we could immediately tell the difference.

“Holy crap, you sound so much better,” a friend said after I switched to the Verizon handset while walking through downtown San Francisco. “That’s amazing. I can actually hear you.”

Now I really know what “network congestion” means. Switching from an AT&T iPhone to a Verizon iPhone is like finally being able to breathe clearly after years of battling allergies. People can hear you better, and you can hear them better. It’s that simple. That’s the key reason so many people have clung to Verizon while resisting the shiny allure of the iPhone.

As we all suspected would be the case, the iPhone is a better phone on Verizon than it is on AT&T. It is not, however, a superior media-consumption device.

That’s simply because Verizon’s 3G-transfer rates are slower than AT&T’s. For the few days I’ve had the Verizon iPhone, I’ve been riding my motorcycle all around San Francisco to test its performance against the AT&T iPhone. The AT&T handset on average scored significantly better in speed tests: 62 percent faster for downloads and 38 percent faster for uploads. (If you’re curious about test procedures, check out our explainer and our interactive map on Gadget Lab.)

In real-world use cases, the Verizon iPhone’s slower transfer rates are noticeable. Netflix streaming is smooth on both devices, but on the Verizon iPhone, compression artifacts are more apparent: The video stream is adapting to the slower transfer rate (compare the screenshots in the gallery at the top, or see them here: AT&T, Verizon). Loading websites in Safari was faster on the AT&T iPhone, and so was installing apps.

However, the AT&T iPhone completely failed multiple tests when it could not connect to the network, whereas the Verizon iPhone was able to successfully get a connection in every location and complete every test. That’s important.

Notably, there were two persistent AT&T dead zones in San Francisco where the AT&T iPhone repeatedly failed to place a call or transfer any data — Gestalt bar in the Mission District and Velo Rouge cafe in the Inner Richmond district — while the Verizon iPhone was able to make calls and perform our bandwidth tests at each location with zero problems.

This all corroborates results of earlier independent studies comparing 3G networks: AT&T has a faster network, but Verizon has more coverage and therefore a more-reliable network.

The question remains whether the iPhone will inundate Verizon’s CDMA network as it did AT&T’s GSM network. That could ultimately degrade the service quality and make it a crappy phone all over again. But there are already a ton of Android customers on Verizon’s CDMA network, and the upcoming Android phones will be compatible with the next-generation 4G network, so I’m guessing the Verizon iPhone will remain a superior phone in terms of reliability and call quality.

And so far, the Verizon iPhone is pretty damn reliable. It has a hot-spot feature to turn the handset into a Wi-Fi connection to share with multiple devices. I used the hot spot to do work on my laptop for six hours without getting disconnected. (It was plugged in — no iPhone’s battery would have lasted that long on its own.)

However, earlier in the morning when I received a phone call on the Verizon iPhone, I was booted off the hot-spot network. This is a limitation of Verizon’s CDMA network: It does not support simultaneous voice and data transmissions, which may be a big minus for some customers, especially business-oriented “power users.”

Otherwise, the Verizon iPhone is the same smartphone we’ve all grown familiar with since the iPhone 4’s debut in summer of 2010. It’s got the same glass body, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera for FaceTime, which all work the same as its AT&T counterpart.

However, I did notice one odd difference when holding the Verizon iPhone next to multiple AT&T iPhones. The AT&T iPhone’s screen is a little bluer, and the Verizon iPhone’s is a little whiter. Both look great, but personally I prefer the whiter Verizon iPhone display. This is only a minor difference, though.

If you have the liberty to choose between AT&T and Verizon to buy an iPhone, your best choice depends on what you value. If you enjoy making phone calls, the Verizon iPhone is the obvious winner. Or if you’re an AT&T iPhone customer and your reception is just pathetic wherever you live, then by all means, pay the price and jump ship to Verizon.

With all that said, if you use your iPhone more often as a general computing device rather than a phone, then the AT&T iPhone’s faster transfer rates should serve your needs.

WIRED It’s a better phone, period. More likely to pull a signal, even indoors — this could change the way we converse at bars. Hot-spotting is well-integrated and very easy to use. Has a whiter, slightly better-looking display.

TIRED Slow data transfers compared to the AT&T iPhone. Sluggish app installs take away from the App Store’s instant gratification. Video streams are compressed more heavily, so Netflix and YouTube are uglier. No simultaneous voice and data transmissions thanks to the limitations of CDMA.

Photos by Jonathan Snyder/Wired.com

Comcast Updates iOS App to Fix Crash Bug

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Comcast Xfinity Logo Comcast has updated the iOS version of its Xfinity TV app to address a bug that crashed the app at launch.

The Xfinity app, version 1.5.1, also expands available video content through Comcast’s “TV Everywhere” network, lets users filter their content by genre and network, and gives users mobile access to the same TV channel lineup they’d find in their home TVs.

Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad users can download the update for free at the Apple App Store. Meanwhile subscribers who own a Mac can also stream movies and TV shows at the Xfinity TV website.

“Whether our customers are relaxing around the house or traveling around the country, we’re bringing them a huge selection of great content at their fingertips, all for free,” said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Interactive Media, in a statement. “Our development team will continue to add even more choices and personalized options to the Xfinity TV app, giving our customers access to the entertainment they want, where and when they want it.”

This is Comcast’s fourth update of the iOS app since it launched in November. Since then the app has reached more than two million downloads, the company said in a statement.

Comcast released a major update to its iOS app in February that let users stream on-demand content, which the Android version still lacks. Since February, Comcast said it has doubled the amount of content available for streaming to nearly 6,000 hours, by partnering with 25 more publishers.

Apart from mobile, on-demand streaming, Comcast’s Xfinity TV app works as a remote control that lets users browse and schedule videos remotely, as well as program and manage multiple DVRs.

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HTC Inspire Is Short on Looks, Big on Everything Else

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I’m not always sure where HTC draws its inspiration from. But the new Inspire, the latest top-tier Android phone offered by AT&T, definitely filled me with a sense of déjà vu.

Like HTC’s EVO 4G and HD2 before it, the Inspire is a hefty, slate-style smartphone. Below the huge 4.3-inch 480 x 800 WVGA touchscreen lies the usual strip of capacitive navigation keys. Centered on the upper portion of the phone’s back is the standard protruding camera lens. Everything else — from the brushed aluminum body to the recessed volume and power buttons — follows the same pragmatically drab blueprint. Snore.

Though my inner phone fashionista was a little deflated, there’s actually very little to knock. Save for eyesores like a finicky battery door and an oddly placed headphone jack, the Inspire is extremely responsive, easy to use, and, even with the exceedingly large screen, it’s comfortable in the hand. Like most slate phones, its overall looks are designed to take a back seat to the big screen, where all the e-mailing, browsing, YouTubing and sexting happen, so we can’t fault it too much for being a wallflower.

On a similarly predictable note, the Inspire’s vitals are what we’ve come to expect from modern Android devices: a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of onboard memory (with an 8-GB card included), a sharp 8-megapixel camera, and even a little Dolby sound.

So the main differentiating factor here is the software, and HTC has wisely overhauled its Sense UI for the device. The response when switching between tasks is noticeably faster, and even boot times are speedier. Pinch-to-zoom is snappy and web pages scroll smoothly. It’s still a bit of a nightmare for the widget-averse, but otherwise everything works swimmingly.

Of course, the other big draw is the Inspire’s speedy 4G data and hotspot capabilities. (For those keeping score, the Inspire cruises on AT&T’s HSPA+ flavor of 4G and not LTE. Be sure to check out our primer on the fundamental differences over at Gadget Lab.)

Though it isn’t bleeding-edge fast, the Inspire’s connection speed is a noticeable improvement from what we’re used to seeing on AT&T’s network in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paired with the Inspire’s ability to spread the love with up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, I was pretty much sold on the whole package.

To be fair, I did have a few complaints. It was a struggle to get the phone to last for an entire day without a recharge. And Android’s weak video chops — in this case, I used Blockbuster and a live TV app — are made painfully apparent by the phone’s gorgeous, sharp screen.

Despite these minor quibbles, I can’t really dis a serviceable, feature-filled, sub-$ 100 smartphone of this caliber. Would I brave a snowpocalypse full of wolverines to get one? Absolutely not. But with its balance of value and power, you can’t deny the Inspire’s appeal.

WIRED Powerful phone at a great price. Lookit that screen! Dual mic noise canceling keeps calls clear. Overhauled Sense UI is snappy. Finally, a camera worth using. Built in DLNA for streaming media to home theaters.

TIRED Accessing the battery results in broken fingernails. Hotspot occasionally drops devices (like they’re hot) and tethering service will cost you extra. Headphone jack is woefully located at the bottom of the phone.

Photo by Jim Merithew/Wired

Report: HTC CEO Is ‘Very Committed’ to Windows Phone, Mango

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HTC Trophy Following yesterday’s announcement of “Mango,” the next version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system, HTC CEO Peter Chou said he was “very committed” to Windows Phone.

“We have some Windows Mango phones,” Chou told Reuters in an interview at the e-G8 summit in France. “We are very committed to Windows phone products.”

HTC was one of the launch partners for Windows Phone 7 last October, and currently has three devices out in the market, theHTC Arrive, HTC HD7 and HTC Surround. Like other WP7 devices, all three ran into some delays when Microsoft tried updating devices to ‘NoDo.’ HTC’s fourth WP7 device, the HTC Trophy (pictured), hits Verizon stores on Thursday.

At the “Mango” launch on Tuesday, Microsoft also announced hardware commitments from Samsung, LG, Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE, and “especially Nokia,” according to mobile communications president Andy Lees.

In February, after Nokia announced its partnership with Microsoft HTC spokesman Keith Nowak said the partnership would not affect HTC’s commitment to Windows Phone.

“Having Nokia join into the Windows Phone ecosystem validates our decision to commit to the platform,” Nowak said.

Athough HTC has a longstanding partnership with Microsoft, its mobile fortunes come from its numerous Android devices. Earlier this month IDC reported that HTC sold nearly 10 million devices in the first quarter, its best performance ever, capturing 8.9 percent of the market.

In late 2009, before the WP7 operating system rejuvenated Microsoft’s slagging mobile strategy, Chou let slip his frustration about Windows Mobile. “Windows Mobile innovation has been a little slow and interest in Windows Mobile phones has been declining,” he told Chinese publication Alibaba News. The next month he backpedaled, calling Microsoft its “stronger partner.”

For more on “Mango,” see Windows Phone Mango Adds 500 New Features.

Editor’s note: This story corrects an earlier version. HTC has launched three, not two, WP7 phones: Arrive, HD7, and Surround.

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7 Essential Things Every Geek Should Know or Own

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[Photo: Pop + Shorty]Happy Geek Pride Day! May 25 is here, and while the date coincides with other events such as the 1977 theatrical release of Star Wars: A New Hope, Towel Day, and a celebration of Terry Prachett’s Discworld, it’s a day to bask in being a geek. But just to make sure, you may want to check the GeekTech list of things a good geek should own or know. If you have or know a few of these things, congratulations. If you don’t, see this as a shopping list of what you need.

(And a special thanks to those who contributed ideas via our Facebook page!)

A Geek Should Own…

Flash Drives: Any self-respecting geek should have some form of portable drive. And not just one or two–you should have an entire collection of them. You should know then how to partition your flash drive properly. Your flash drives should contain a collection of system utilities and perhaps a Linux installation or two (hat tip to Joe S. on our Facebok page for the tip!).

My box o’wires. Yours needn’t be this messy!Cables-Lots of Cables: Having a box of miscellaneous cables is great. It isn’t only useful for finding a spare in case a cable goes missing, but you’ll also have cables for just about any unforeseen circumstance. You’ll probably find the box will be mainly made up of Ethernet cables, but this is good for wiring up your whole house.

Don’t forget to put a cable in your bag (be it a USB or a specific charger cable) just in case your latest cool gadget, laptop, or otherwise runs out of juice, or needs hooking up to a PC.

A Home-built PC: Nothing shouts Geek cred like a homemade computer. Not only are you proving how well you can navigate yourself around a PC, but it also means you got to pick what went inside–faster RAM, big memory, impressive graphics and maybe more than one monitor are just a few examples of how cool a geeky homebuild is. You should have just about every screwdriver imaginable, as well as an anti-static wrist-strap set (hat tip to Simon on our Facebook page for the tip!).

A Soldering Iron: Because…well, why not? You never know when you’ll have to hack together some hardware. (Hat tip to Joe S. on our Facebok page for the tip!)

Geek Tech blogger Chris Brandrick modelling a geeky Threadless tee.A Geeky Tee (Or Two. Or Twenty.): Chances are, you’ll wear your geekiness on your sleeve–literally–with a geeky tee. A geek slogan or motif or something to do with geek culture are all legitimate and potentially cool. If you’re looking for a cool geeky tee, there are plenty of places online to find good ones: Pop + Shorty has a couple of sweet t-shirts aimed at the fashion conscious geek, and Threadless occasionally sells some great geek-friendly designs too.

And of course, it never hurts to add some geeky buttons. If you’re a Web designer, you might appreciate this one (pictured at top).

Should Know

How to Code: All geeks should have even a basic degree of coding knowledge. Depending on what coding you find most interesting–be it computer programming or Web design–you should be able to lay down the basics from memory. For instance, if HTML is your thing, you really ought to know your img src from your a href. If you know the HTML basics–plus a little about CSS and how it works–you get bonus points.

Keyboard shortcuts: Knowing your way around the keyboard is pretty useful, especially if the time comes when your mouse stops working and you need to stop what you are doing and shut down (and we have all had those kinds of mouse issues). Plus, keyboard shortcuts are mega useful in programs such as Photoshop–they save a ton of time.

On the desktop, the best of you will know how to rotate screen (and know that not all computers can do this, as it depends on the graphics card), bypass the recycle bin, run the command prompt as an administrator, or create your own shortcuts. Then there are all the neat shortcuts available to a savvy time-saver in web browsers too (here’s a good one for mainly IE users: type a word into the address bar, then press CTRL and enter).

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Motorola Droid X to Get ‘Gingerbread’ Upgrade on Friday

Posted by admin | Posted in Cell Phones & Plans | Posted on 09-05-2011

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Droid x Pop the champagne! A member of Motorola’s Droid family is getting upgraded to Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread!

On Wednesday Verizon Wireless announced that Droid X users would start receiving the update on Friday, May 27.

According to Verizon, enhancements that come with the update include a new user interface with new colors, a download manager for your apps and attachments, faster access to the numeric keyboard mode, and autosuggestions to group your contacts faster.

Update instructions are posted here. You can either download it manually, which is useful when you’re roaming, or wait for the over-the-air update.

This means that a Motorola employee wasn’t fibbing on Monday when he told a forum of disgruntled Droid users, all still running Android 2.2 Froyo, that their Gingerbread updates were on the way. He specified that Droid X was scheduled to receive the update by “the end of the second quarter of the year,” (i.e. June), barring Verizon’s approval. Other Droid phones are scheduled to receive the update by the end of the third quarter, he said.

Last year, Motorola launched a number of Droid phones through Verizon Wireless, including the Droid X in June, the Droid 2 in August, and the Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro in November. All currently run Android 2.2.

Google’s newest available Android OS build, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, debuted in December on the Samsung Nexus S smartphone. So understandably Motorola Droid users, like numerous other Android device holders, have been wondering when they are getting some Gingerbread. Oddly, even Motorola’s newly-launched Droid X2 device comes with Froyo.

Earlier this month Google announced that the next OS version, Android 3.0, or ‘Ice Cream Sandwich,’ will come out in the fourth quarter. But so far handset manufacturers and carriers have not given Android users much confidence that they will receive their OS updates in a timely manner.

According to Google, by the end of April only 4.3 percent of Android users were using six-month-old Android 2.3 and above.

For more on Android fragmentation, see “Android Fragmentation: FUD and Facts.”

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Sony Hackers Take Canada

Posted by admin | Posted in Cell Phones & Plans | Posted on 08-05-2011

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Sony PlayStation 3 Hack Apparently it’s still “cool” to hack anything to do with Sony.

On Tuesday, Sony Ericsson Canada’s eShop, an online store for mobile phones and accessories, was breached, exposing the personal details of thousands of users. Sony Ericsson has disabled the website and claims it was not conncted to any Sony Ericsson servers.

“On 24 May, Sony Ericsson can confirm that it experienced a security breach of an externally hosted website in Canada,” said a spokesperson. “As a result, approximately 2000 customer records, including first name, last name, email addresses and the hash of the encrypted passwords were obtained by an outside party.

“No additional personal or credit card details have been compromised.”

This is the tenth known Sony hack since attacks against the Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services in early April. According to The Hacker News, the personal details of a thousand users in Canada were exposed and posted not only on Pastebin, a storage ground for text files mostly used by programmers, but in users’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. Lebanese hacker “Idahc” claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yesterday we reported that Sony Music Japan’s site was breached through an SQL injection; on Sunday the personal details of users of the Sony Music Greece website were posted. Hackers also managed to infiltrate Sony’s subsidiary ISP, So-net Entertainment Corp., and make off with around $ 1,225 in redeemable gift points; another hack launched a phishing site on one of Sony’s servers in Thailand.

As a result, Sophos security consultant Chester Wisniewski recently wrote in a blog post that “there is an enormous target on Sony’s back.”

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Double Feature: Motorola’s Phone-Laptop Combo Is a Mixed Bag

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All the high-end phones coming out these days match up pretty closely on features. So how about something totally different — a phone that doubles as the guts for a full-sized laptop?

The Motorola Atrix is a 4G Android phone for AT&T that performs well enough on its own, but it’s also available with one crazy-unique accessory: a laptop-shaped dock. There’s no additional processing power in the laptop, but with the phone piggybacking on the laptop’s rear hinge, your tiny device instantly gains a much more human-sized interface: a big keyboard and a big screen.

It turns out this is better in concept than in execution, and the dock is a bit too expensive for most, but we give Motorola points for going against the grain.

First, the phone. The Atrix is one of the nicest Android phones I’ve used. As a piece of hardware, it’s marvelous. The back is thin plastic, which may turn some off, but I found the weight and feel to be just about perfect. The screen could be bigger, but at 4 inches, it’s certainly big enough. The image is bright and sharp. And it’s Gorilla Glass, so it has a pleasing feel. Perhaps most importantly, the Atrix passes the pocket test — it’s comfortable in my front pocket and my keys couldn’t scratch it up.

There are two cameras, of course, with a 5-megapixel sensor and an LED flash on the back. The quality of photos and HD videos is only OK, not spectacular but about as nice as others in this generation of smartphones.

The sleep/wake button is at the very top-center of the phone, and — this is very cool — it doubles as a fingerprint sensor. To my surprise, it actually works quite well. You can set it up to unlock the screen with a swipe of your left or right index finger, and most of the time, it recognized me on the first swipe. I passed it around to friends every change I got, and nobody else could unlock it.

Inside, there’s a 1 GHz dual core processor, which supplies some serious brawn. Scrolling through apps and web pages is very fast, and with very few exceptions, the response time for the pinch-to-zoom and double-tap-to-zoom interactions is the fastest I’ve seen on an Android phone. I installed mobile Firefox, and even though the pre-release browser is sluggish on other phones, it was snappy on the Atrix. Video playback is flawless. It’s only running Froyo (Android 2.2), so you’ll have to wait for that Gingerbread update.

Motorola has loaded its Motoblur skin on top of Android, and it adds some nice customizable conveniences like the ability to see recent messages and social updates inside little widgets on the phone’s desktop. You can also set up one-tap tweeting, automated photo publishing, quick access to media playlists and a stack of favorite contacts. Motoblur does bake the social experience into the phone on a deep level, so you can kill the widgets if the social web isn’t your bag.

Now, about that HSPA+ 4G radio: Your results will obviously vary depending on where you live and the availability of 4G in your neck of the woods, but even here in San Francisco where our AT&T network is notoriously sucktastic, I got data speeds noticeably faster than my iPhone 4. It also held calls better — no drops! — and calls connected in just a few seconds. I took it with me on a trip north into the wilds of Marin county, and even in places where the iPhone 4 and other AT&T 3G phones couldn’t get a signal, the Atrix showed two bars and had no problem completing calls or sending and receiving data.

The Atrix can also be used as a mobile hotspot, which works exactly as advertised, though AT&T tacks on an additional $ 20 monthly fee to your data plan. To access a piece of functionality that’s built into the phone, that’s super weak.

We did our standard battery run-down test — playing a video on a loop with the brightness cranked and all the radios on — and the Atrix lasted a little over six hours. It was the same when slaved to an HDTV via the phone’s HDMI port. Just making calls, browsing the web, using apps and talking to some Bluetooth speakers, it lasts well into the second day without needing a recharge.

So here you have a solid phone that’s well worth the price: $ 200 with a 2-year contract, $ 600 on its own.

There are a few docks available — a multimedia dock, the big laptop dock and an automotive dock (which we didn’t test).

The multimedia dock seems superfluous. It has an HDMI port and USB ports for a keyboard, but you get an HDMI cable with the phone, and you can just as easily use a Bluetooth keyboard, so really, the dock mostly just props your phone up while it charges. It does come with a remote you can use to browse your multimedia when you have the Atrix connected to an HDTV, but you can also use the phone’s touchscreen. The dock costs $ 130, or you can buy a version that comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse — both of which are quite nice — for $ 190.

The laptop dock is more exciting, but it’s $ 600 — or $ 500 if you take advantage of the Atrix’s launch promotion, which requires you to buy the phone and the dock together and sign up for the top-tier $ 45 monthly data plan.

Whether or not that’s a good deal depends on how you work, what sort of software you require, and what you like to carry when you travel.

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Nokia Plans Frequent Windows Phone Releases

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Nokia’s Windows Phones will start coming out at a relatively rapid clip after the first one appears later this year, Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, Jo Harlow said today.

“We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that,” she said.

The first Windows Phones came out in October, and we haven’t seen many devices since then. According to recent sales figures from Gartner, the phones haven’t sold very well, although our Reader’s Choice survey shows that the relatively few people who own Windows Phone devices love them.

The slow pace of Windows Phone hardware may be due to Windows Phone 7 being a “secondary platform” for manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, Harlow said. But as Windows will be Nokia’s primary platform, Nokia will focus more heavily on Windows Phones, she said.

“We’re going to keep coming with new devices in order to have something to talk about,” she said.

Nokia already seems to be influencing the Windows Phone platform. Along with the mapping software that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed when they made their agreement in February, Harlow said that some of Nokia’s cloud services may help fill Microsoft’s gaps in countries where Microsoft doesn’t have a major presence. For instance, the Nokia Music Store may take the place of Zune in countries where Microsoft’s music store isn’t available.

Nokia’s future Windows Phones may also come on CDMA networks in the USA and use non-Qualcomm chipsets, Harlow said.

Nokia’s attitude towards CDMA “has changed” and “we are in discussions with all of” [the U.S. wireless carriers], Harlow said, then saying nothing, but smiling when I responded, “CDMA devices are in the works.”

Microsoft’s existing relationships with U.S. carriers will help Nokia get on shelves here, she said.

“We are working in a collaborative way across the triad of Nokia, Microsoft and the operators,” she said.

Nokia has been a Texas Instruments customer for many years, but switched to Qualcomm for its first Windows Phones, as Microsoft requires Qualcomm chipsets in Windows Phone devices. That may change, though.

“You have to have multiple chipset suppliers that allow you to address different levels of performance, different parts of the business geographically given different modem requirements, etcetera. So the starting point is clearly with Qualcomm … we are in the process with Microsoft of defining other chipset suppliers as well.”

 

Meet the GeekTechers

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Oh, hi there! Welcome to GeekTech, PCWorld’s blog devoted to covering the latest in cutting-edge tech. We cover new PC components, future tech, hacks and DIY projects, robotics, Lego, and more–nerdvana might be a good way of putting it. If this is your first time here, take a look around and see if you like the place.

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Who are the people behind GeekTech? We’re writers, students, rocket scientists, astronomers, musicians, programmers. We come from all different backgrounds. We’re, well, geeks. Here’s what got us into geekdom to begin with, what our favorite geeky books are, our geek role models, and our favorite geek WIN/FAIL moment. Enjoy.

Dan Berg

Geeky lure: Growing up in Alaska, my family always emphasized the outdoors rather than computers or even TV. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I became interested in gaming enough to track events and tech growth online. Even then, it was more of a passing interest rather than something I became enthralled in. I think that my interest in tech was more of a slow growth rather than a sudden urge.

Favorite book: Oh jeez… I haven’t read anything in, literally, years. I’ve read textbooks, but not much more than that. Seeing as that’s the case, I’ll just say The Dresden Files. I really enjoyed the series and would have gotten into it even more if I hadn’t lost one of the books while riding a four-wheeler down a beach.

Geek role model: I have two, and I refuse to choose between them. The first is the literary genius Stephen Fry. The way the man can string a sentence together is inspirational. My other geek hero is Dr. Michio Kaku, the physicist. I love all things physics and the way Kaku can describe physics makes it all the more interesting.

WIN/FAIL moment: I think the best geek moment I can remember was a few weeks ago. I found a graphic of a shirt decal of several of the Doctors from Dr. Who playing as the band The Who. I shared it with [PCWorld editorial assistant] Armando Rodriguez, and a frenzied search began between the two of us to find the shirt. As it turns out, the shirt was on a site called TeeFury, who sells one shirt type of shirt everyday and only once. As it happens, we came across the site on just the right day to purchase the Dr. Who shirt, despite randomly stumbling across the the two month old graphic. It doesn’t sound very epic, but it was to me.

Geeky lure: From as early as I can remember I have always had an interest in tech, which exploded when our family got our first PC in the mid-nineties (It was a Gateway). Following the PC’s introduction, I spent hours playing Transport Tycoon, until that is, the Internet arrived in Brandrick household.

Favorite book: My student cookbook. It got me through some tough times.

Geek role model: My grandad was always tinkering with random gadgets, which without doubt sparked an early interest in my now inner geek. Oh and although not a true geek, Gary Vaynerchuck is a pretty inspiring chap.

WIN/FAIL moment: A definitive fail: Recording a special Christmas podcast for another Website, only to leave my laptop on all day before uploading. I return to get the podcast online only to find the hard drive wiped and the podcast deleted. Hardly a personal fail, more of a technical one, but a disappointing one all the same. The lesson? Always back up.

Geeky lure: My family came quite late into technology, so I was actually in my mid-teens before we picked up a computer. I was a big, horrid machine that always seemed to break down. However, I got a great deal of satisfaction from tinkering with it and mending it myself. I guess my love for tech kind of blossomed from there.

Favorite book: If I’m honest, I haven’t read a lot of geeky books. I generally prefer to read scraps of information online from others (feel free to suggest some to me though as I love to read!). Though I want to get into coding etc when I have some spare time so I’ll probably be picking up a few chunky textbooks on the subject and reading up!

Geek role model: Not so much a role model, but I have great admiration for some of the developers and modders out there with their great hacks. So… you!

WIN/FAIL moment: I have more fails than wins. One ultimate fail was trying to install an operating system onto my parent’s computer, but wanted to do a fresh install, rather than run it straight over the OS. However I made an error somewhere, got too technical and what should have taken under an hour ended up taking three days and having to ask someone else to do it for me–I still blame it on my parents having a bad computer!

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (@geeklil)

Geeky lure: Let’s see…when I was in kindergarten we had our first group computer class. The teacher was showing us how to open word documents or something, and I was bored so I started pressing random keys on the keyboard. I discovered that if I combined them, they did things (yes, I discovered keyboard shortcuts). Suddenly computers were much more interesting to me.

Favorite book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Geek role model: My keyboarding/web design teacher, Marguerite Arnote. She gave me practically unrestrained control over the school website. Also my AP CS teacher, Christina Devitt. It was during her class that I learned you really can start dreaming in code.

WIN/FAIL moment: Heh. I was at a Broadway show with a group of people from work. I was chatting with the guy next to me, and during intermission I asked him how old he was. He asked me to guess, then he said, “You know what? I’ll tell you…in hexadecimal. I’m 1…D.”

I looked at him and said, “Okay, so you’re 29.”

His jaw dropped, and he sputtered “Wait…what…you know hex?!

I nodded and he turned to the guy sitting next to him and said, “I just met the woman I am going to marry.”

Geeky lure: My interests have been in the nerd camp for as long as I can remember. Roleplaying games, computers, gadgetry; I dig it all. My dad is a gadget lover as well, and we went from an Amiga to a Commodore 64 when I was a kid. Loved those things. I still have an original Radioshack Pong TV game console in the basement, somewhere.

Favorite book: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I happened to get that before Snow Crash et al, and it really pushed me into that genre. I’ve since devoured all I can of it. I should note that I’ve got a soft spot for Roger Zelazny as well. <3 The Amber Chronicles. Terrified that Disney owns it.

Geek role model: Will Wheaton. That dude went from Wesley Crusher to, well, whatever he is today. But I follow him on twitter so he must be doing pretty well for himself. That’s my answer, don’t judge me and no it isn’t a man crush.

WIN/FAIL moment: I think this is a little bit of both. When I was a young teen ager, a friend and I used to be addicted to a strategy war game on his Apple2c. I can’t remember what it was called, some 2D bit of awesomeness. Well, one summer we huddled around that computer and built a map to play on, but not any ordinary map. We drew out The Forgotten Realms (of AD&D) with it entirely from memory and discussion. Fact checking after (via my Forgotten Realms Atlas!) showed we were pretty on the mark. Oh, the map had balance issues, as you can imagine. All those mountains in the west suck.

Mike Keller

Geeky lure: Circa 1991, my dad would bring home his insanely great 16MHz Powerbook 100 from work. You gotta love those monochrome, passive matrix displays- perfect for text-based adventure games.

Favorite book: Give it up for Tolkien! The Hobbit is just as great today as it was when I was 10.

Geek role model: I’ve streamed every Steve Jobs keynote since QuickTime 4 came out in 1999. Sure, the man is a bit eccentric but I was one of the few who actually remembers his triumphant return as iCEO, and I still get a little excited for a good old fashioned Stevenote.

WIN/FAIL moment: For my CS capstone project I wrote a 3D racing game in openGL called DeathKart. It featured a sweet Batmobile car model and a soundtrack furnished by Iron Maiden. Playing a video game that I wrote, on a huge projection screen, while Maiden blasted at my professor and peers was a wholly satisfying moment. I’m pretty glad that “Aces High” actually played a pivotal role in my graduating college.

Geeky lure: My earliest memory of using a computer was an old, third-hand Macintosh II. It had an encyclopedia and being the 7-year-old boy I was, I immediately started looking up dinosaurs and printed pictures of them using the dot matrix it was attached to. Since then, whenever there’s anything electronic in the room I have an irresistible urge to try it out.

Favorite book: 1984 by George Orwell.

Geek role model: Stephen Hawking. The man is at the forefront of theoretical physics and cosmology, while he cheats death everyday for the last 50+ years.

WIN/FAIL moment: During my early High School years I storyboarded my trilogy of RPGs, and spent about a week in total, trying to program the intro in RPG Maker 2000. In the end I drew sprites for all the main characters, got musical themes for each of them, cobbled together the first village and a tenth of the dungeon. Then I tried to make my first animation which took a day itself. It was crap. After that, I promptly closed the program and never looked back.

Rachel Martin

Geeky lure: My family is all engineers and scientists; my teenage rebellion consisted of insisting that I’d major in English. That went out the window with my first chemistry class and the realization that, while writing about made-up things is fun and interesting, actually making the made-up things happen is even more satisfying.

Favorite book: Matilda, hands-down. Hitchhiker’s Guide runs a close second.

Geek role model: Douglas Adams infused all his writing, no matter the topic, with a passionate fascination that I as a reader couldn’t help but catch. The Salmon of Doubt showed that he was interested in just EVERYTHING, all at once. I can only hope to capture that kind of curiosity and enthusiasm, worded with such articulation.

WIN/FAIL moment: I’m particularly fond of the Scrabble hack on the MIT Media Lab, from 2007.

Nick Mediati (@dtnick)

Geeky lure: I was hooked from the first time I touched an Apple IIe (with a green screen, no less) in Kindergarten. Up to that point, I had never touched a computer before.

Favorite book: The Macintosh Bible. It was a large reference/how-to book whose first edition came out before the “For Dummies” books were household names. It used a mix of humor and useful information that made it a fun read, even if you know everything in it.

Geek role model: My brother-in-law; to a young geek his room full of old PCs and equipment was a geek wonderland.

WIN/FAIL moment: One morning I came to the office, sat down at my desk, and powered on my PC, and heard the worst noise coming from it. Fearing the worst–a dead hard drive–I called the helpdesk and asked to have it checked. The helpdesk technician retrieved my PC, tested it, and found nothing wrong with it.

She brought it back upstairs, hooked it back up in my cube, and powered it on. It made the weird sound again. She then pulled out my keyboard tray and the noise stopped. It turned out that a key was stuck on the keyboard, which resulted in a rapid-fire system beep that sounded like something much worse.

Geeky lure: I’ve just always been interested in Geekdom for as long as I could remember, but the movie Apollo 13 was a movie that I watched frequently as a kid. I’d say that was my first small step toward the moon.

Favorite book: My favorite Geeky book is definitely Experimental Composite Propellant by Terry McCreary. What can I say? I fly rockets!

Geek role model: Mr. Scott Brielmaier, my high school Physics and AP Physics teacher. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t have gone into rocket science.

WIN/FAIL moment: So this one time(always a bad way to start a story) my friends and I were making rocket candy in our makeshift lab. And then the state of the art curing oven (toaster oven) exploded in flames. Good times were had by all.

David Saetang

Geeky lure: I grew up the son of a watchmaker, so I was always watching my father taking apart things and putting them back together. Ever since elementary school I was always playing with LEGOs and things like that, so that’s where my curiosity about “complex (multi-part) things” came from.

My father and older bother are both really into sound systems, so that’s where I started working with “real” electronics and discovering how things work.

Favorite book: I’m an absolute fan of the Ender series from Orson Scott Card. Ender’s Game is my favorite book of all time. If that doesn’t count as geeky, I remember reading Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead wayyyy back in the day when it first came out.

Geek role model: I’m going to have to with a tie between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I know that’s a cheap answer, but maybe I’m leaning more towards Bill Gates.

WIN/FAIL moment: I remember back in high school I got into an exclusive summer program at a top engineering school. My buddies and I installed Quake 3 Arena on every computer (including PCs and Macs because we don’t discriminate) in the network; and no one from that summer has any recollection of anything we were supposed to learn that summer. It was awesome.

Alessondra Springmann (@geektechlet)

Geeky lure: I got started by playing Beast on my dad’s IBM clone in the 1980s and making “art” with Kid Pix on my neighbor’s Macintosh. Eventually I graduated to repairing computers at my high school, working at my college’s computing helpdesk, soldering iBooks back together, and running Solaris boxes out of my closet to make up for my college’s lack of VPN.

Favorite book: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, which taught me all the cryptography I needed to know. He even autographed my copy of Anathemwhen he spoke at MIT!

Geek role model: I’m a huge fan of Ethan Zuckerman who uses technology to improve the lives of people throughout the world, not just by improving access and legal infrastructure but also by helping individuals share stories. Plus, he talked at ROFLCon, likes lolcats, and taught a class I to ok called “Digital Democracy”.

WIN/FAIL moment: Anything from hacks.mit.edu (nerd pride!), especially the solar-powered subway car on the big dome.

[Last updated: May 24, 2011 / Originally posted: May 24, 2010 11:34 PM PDT]

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Nokia’s MeeGo Device Still Coming Out Soon

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MeeGo Netbooks and Tablets: Hands-On Nokia is passionate about Windows Phone 7, but it’s still flirting with MeeGo.

“You’re going to see the first MeeGo device soon,” Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, Jo Harlow said in an interview on Wednesday.

Intel’s MeeGo OS, which was developed as a joint project between Intel and Nokia’s previous administration, was one of the losers when new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the company was switching to Windows Phone 7 in February. But, at the time, Elop said the company would use MeeGo for some cutting edge devices.

Since then, rumors about Nokia’s MeeGo device have been flying around the Internet; it might be called the N9 or the N950, it might run an Intel Atom processor, and it might or might not have a QWERTY keyboard. There are even YouTube videos purporting to show the device, but none of them are verifiable.

“I’m not going to comment on what’s been floating around the Internet,” Harlow said. “It’ll be more of a high-end device that certainly will attract the early-adopter geek. I think there’s some innovation there that we believe captures the imagination.”

Without Nokia, MeeGo has been drifting in the market. I was unimpressed with MeeGo tablets and laptops I saw at Mobile World Congress in February. Recent announcements by Red Flag and other Chinese software companies, though, show that the OS may have a chance in that market.

Windows Phone 7 is triumphant at Nokia, but Harlow had some kind words for the platform that could have been, and left the door open to more MeeGo devices in the future.

“We made the decision not to continue to develop the MeeGo platform simply because it wasn’t mature enough yet to build a whole portfolio around,” she said.

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Happy Geek Pride Day!

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Happy Geek Pride Day! That’s right; today (May 25) is an actual holiday of sorts celebrating one of nature’s finest creatures–the geek. And as you might expect, we here at PCWorld’s GeekTech blog have a couple fun stories up our sleeves to observe the occasion (we had to do something–we have “Geek” in out name!).

In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. What got you into geekdom? What’s your favorite part of being a geek? Any nerdy role models? What’s the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done? And how do you plan on celebrating this illustrious occasion? Tell us in the comments!

And after you do that, why not take a few minutes to get to know your GeekTech bloggers?

Finally, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you to all our readers who have made blogging for GeekTech so much fun. If you’re a regular reader, thank you for the support, and for helping us grow. If this is the first time you’re visiting the blog, welcome; we hope you like what you see here–we like to think that we’re just getting started. :)

The Year in Android Phones — So Far

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We’ve seen a flood of Android phones so far in 2011. We got our first whiff of the coming deluge in January when we went to the Consumer Electronics Show and saw around a dozen really impressive models on the show floor, all with big displays, 4G radios, beefy processors and promises of epic battery life. Some had interesting add-ons, like big physical keyboards for thumb commandos, or the Motorola Atrix’s whacky full-sized laptop dock.

Some of these Android handsets have since arrived, and there are plenty more to come.

This collection represents the best Android phones we’ve received to test here at Wired over the past few months. So, if you’re in the market for an Android phone, start with this short list of our recommended picks.

Of course, there are older phones on the shelves that are still great options, like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G. But in these pages, you’ll find the newest generation — the head of the class of 2011 so far, and a couple of standouts from the end of 2010.

Photos: Jim Merithew and Jon Snyder/Wired.com

HTC ThunderBolt Launches on Verizon’s 4G Network With a Bang

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If I told you I test-drove a Lamborghini Aventador, what features would you most want to hear about? The feel of the perforated leather steering wheel? The purr of the 700-horsepower, 6.5-liter V-12 engine? Or would you rather hear a poetic description of the gas in the tank and the highway I raced it on?

Indeed, the HTC ThunderBolt is an excellent piece of hardware. It’s not quite the Lamborghini of the mobile phone world, but it certainly tops every other 4G device currently available from HTC, and it’s the first phone to run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network (That’s the “highway,” and don’t worry, we’ll get to that in a minute).

Unlike HTC’s EVO or Inspire, the ThunderBolt’s 8-megapixel camera sits flush against the back of the device. It’s a perfect gesture of form and function, which vastly improves the feel of the phone, and also prevents the lens from scratching. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat. The optics are satisfying: The dual-LED flash was surprisingly effective, even in pitch dark. The 720p video quality and color saturation were solid.

The ThunderBolt’s brushed metal kickstand is as well-constructed as it is practical: I used our ThunderBolt like a Chumby — to stream e-mail or RSS while working at a desktop. And the phone’s vivid, oversized 4.3″ WVGA TFT touchscreen was also fantastic for video playback.

Under the hood, too, the ThunderBolt is no slouch. The 1-GHz Snapdragon processor is zippy, to say the least. It comes loaded with Android 2.2 and with version 2.0 of HTC’s own Sense user interface on top.

OK, so what about that highway? The ThunderBolt is the first phone to run on Verizon’s 4G LTE, a network which — up until now — was reserved for laptop data cards or dongles. The short of it: LTE is really, really fast. While web-browsing, I experienced minimal clipping. Pages loaded, at times, in a matter of half-seconds. On average, downloading apps took about 10 seconds, literally.

We ran a few side-by-side speed tests in various locations throughout San Francisco. LTE mightily outperformed the other networks. In one instance, we tethered an iPhone 3GS on AT&T to the ThunderBolt. According to SpeedTest.net’s latest app, the Wi-Fi clocked in at 5.77 Mbps (down) and 3.15 Mbps (up), whereas prior to tethering, the iPhone only logged 0.14 and 0.03 Mbps, respectively. In another instance, we fired up an HTC EVO 4G on Sprint. The absolute best (4.862 down, 1.025 up) was no match for the ThunderBolt (7.529 down; 6.261 up).

Of course, it’s worth wondering whether LTE can continue serving up the same speeds as more users flock to the network. Because, hey, a newly paved backcountry road can’t stay traffic-free and smooth forever, right? But if you’re considering this phone, you should take solace that Verizon is expanding its 4G network to 147 cities this year.

So, what’s not to like about the ThunderBolt? Test-driving the device felt a lot like racing a sports car with a 3-gallon engine. The high speeds are alluring, but really punching it means you won’t get nearly as far.

When tethering the phone and streaming music via Rdio, the 1400-mAh battery served up a measly 2 hours, 45 minutes. That said, dialing the data usage back down to basic web surfing and e-mail, along with reducing the screen brightness, granted us closer to 6 hours. Sure it’s no fun driving a car 35 mph when you know you can get up to 125. Then again, it beats walking.

WIRED An ample 8 GB of on-board memory (woot), plus a whopping 32 GB microSD included (WOOT!). At 0.56 inches, profile is trimmer than a supermodel. Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera makes you look good when chatting. Standard-sized 3.5-mm headphone jack. 2750-mAh battery upgrade available. Prestocked with apps like Adobe Reader and Kindle.

TIRED Battery tended to heat up faster than a car with a faulty radiator cap. A tad on the heavy side at 6.23 ounces. Loudspeaker is rather tinny — and hidden behind the kickstand. Flash content cannot be viewed while Wi-Fi hotspot is in use. No HDMI port.

Photos: Jon Snyder/Wired.com