August 2010
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    Sep »

Day August 20, 2010

How is Flash Player 10.1 for Android?

Avram Piltch of Laptop Mag:

After spending time playing with Flash Player 10.1 on the new Droid 2, the first Android 2.2 phone to come with the player pre-installed, I’m sad to admit that Steve Jobs was right. Adobe’s offering seems like it’s too little, too late.

Sources: Laptop Mag, Daring Fireball, SlashGear

Facebook Places now live on iPhone, plots checkmate in check-in game

Location is perhaps the single hottest thing in mobile right now. With location-sharing services like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt amassing millions of users and with untold amounts of potential revenue to be had, it is no wonder that the social networking giant wants to rule the check-in game. You can check out Facebook Places in the latest version of Facebook’s iPhone app or at in any mobile browser that supports HTML5 and geolocation.

Sources: Facebook, TechCrunch

Nokia N9 leaked — running MeeGo, sporting MacBook Pro look

Nokia has always made fantastic phone hardware, but its software and overall user experience have left much to be desired the past few years. iPhone and Android phones have effectively gobbled up large chunks of the smartphone market which Nokia previously dominated. The N9 is Nokia’s latest attempt to recapture the high-end market. It appears to be an all-aluminum horizontal QWERTY slider à la Apple’s MacBook Pro complete with chiclet-style keys. The N9 also appears to have a 4″ capacitive touchscreen of unspecified resolution and an 8 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. The most notable point, however, is that it seems to be running MeeGo — the brand new mobile OS that was born from the marriage of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. With how impressive pre-alpha builds of MeeGo have been running on tablets, this could be a real winner for Nokia — or another letdown. Click the source links for pictures and video of Nokia’s N9.

Sources: Engadget, SlashGear

‘PalmPad’ coming in early 2011

During HP’s Q3 2010 earnings call, Todd Bradley fielded a question about the impact of tablets on netbook sales. The response included a confirmation of the release of ‘a webOS-based product in early 2011’. It looks like Palm will be blowing everyone away with the ‘Hurricane’ at CES 2011 just like it did two years ago when it unveiled the Pre and the highly acclaimed webOS mobile operating system. HP recently trademarked the name ‘PalmPad’ and it most likely will be the name of the upcoming webOS tablet. As an avid Palm fan, I am eager to see how well webOS scales to the tablet form factor.

Source: PreCentral