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Link Quick Review of Samsung Charge and Moto Bionic

Since we write mobile software and need to test on a variety of hardware we buy a lot of phones. And I often carry two phones around, an Android device and my iPhone. Sometimes I forward my main number, which is associated with my Verizon iPhone, to my Android device. Alas, I can’t forward the [...]

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Link The Robot Gets Some Love – Announcing Phanfare for Android

We are pleased to announce Phanfare for Android, available immediately in the Android Market. The Phanfare Android App will allow you to upload photos and videos directly to your Phanfare account from your Android smartphone. We took a different design approach with our Android App versus our iOS App. Because Android allows tighter integration, we [...]

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Link Google Needs Apple to Innovate in TV

Apparently Google is having trouble getting TV content providers and distributors on board with Google TV. No surprise there. Traditional cable companies and other players have little incentive to give up control to Google, whom they view more as a competitor than a partner. Android was accepted by incumbents precisely because the carriers and handset [...]

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Link My Week with Android: Action Items for Apple

My week with Android is over. I am back to my iPhone. I dropped a call on the way in to work. Good to be back. I truly believe that Apple has the better product right now. The hardware is smaller, lighter, and more attractive. The software is more intuitive, better polished and better looking. [...]

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Link Droid Day 6: Swype is great if you flour your finger

One of the major benefits of Android, according to its boosters, is that Android is open. So open in fact that you can even change the default text input method. My Droid X came with Swype, a new fangled way of entering text by drawing a path through the letters. I have been using Swype [...]

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Link Droid Day 4: Droid Does

Droid does: reset the volume on my Jawbone bluetooth headset each time I reconnect. cause the message “this disk is not readable by this computer” when plugged into my MacBook Pro. (Easily fixed by following these instructions). eat through my battery by late afternoon, unless I reboot it periodically to kill errant processes. Note that [...]

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Link Day 3 with Android: Understanding Apple

In the United States, high-end Android phones and iPhones are essentially the same price. The Droid X was $199 after rebate, and the iPhone 4 is $199. Apple made a very deliberate decision in the US to achieve that price parity. They gave an exclusive to ATT, a weaker carrier, in exchange for a whopping [...]

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Link A Week with Android: Day 2

At this point I have removed most of the Motorola widgets from my home screen of my Droid X. I have customized my home screen with weatherbug, something I could not do on the iPhone. I have downloaded Android Task Killer. I have figured out my way around the interface. It is just not as [...]

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Link Can an Algorithm be Worth $100MM? Google Thinks So.

We received this note from Google today regarding the On2 product that we used to use to convert video. Google purchased On2 for over $100MM last summer. At the time, we figured they were purchasing On2 for the patent portfolio. I guess we were right. They recently announced the new Google webm video format, based [...]

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Link Google App Engine vs. Amazon Web Services

We use Amazon’s S3 storage service here at Phanfare and love it. I especially like that while we are leveraging Amazon’s cost position and development budget, we could probably swap out the service for a competitive service or our own service if we really had to. Google’s new App Engine offering, which gives you a [...]

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