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  • One possible way Square works

    Posted on December 1st, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    Square was launched today. I whipped out a quick diagram (in Dia) of how it might work since it’s not apparent from the website. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    This design provides a simple, extensible solution. The key module here is the card reader which plugs in to any device with an audio jack. At present, of course, only the iPhone/iPod touch feature the Square Up application. I am pretty sure it will soon be available for a plethora of smartphones out there.

    Square Up

    Square Up

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  • Apple iPhone for AT&T Subscribers: Still no tethering

    Posted on June 8th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    apple-iphone-mail

    Yes, blogs are all over AT&T for not supporting tethering on the iPhone – that is, the ability to connect to their 3G network from a laptop connected to the iPhone. Why? Because of the obvious strain on their data network. My guess is that AT&T will offer it within the next 4 months, but have a different pricing structure. Using 3G on the phone will probably still continue to be “unlimited” (otherwise it would be foolish of AT&T to go into a tiered structure), while data usage when the phone is tethered will be capped.

    There are several things that annoy me about the iPhone, none of which seem to have been addressed with the release of the new iPhone 3GS. (While we are on the subject, could they not come up with a better name?) Multitasking is absolutely essential, and Apple has failed to deliver yet again. Granted, the average user on the street does not care – but if Apple keeps thumbing their nose at business and power users, it’s only going to be a matter of time before they switch to other brands.

    FWIW, I have an unlocked/jailbroken/(insert favorite verb) first generation iPhone running on T-Mobile. It is slow as hell, and I can’t believe I am still using it. Oh wait, I know the reason why: I can’t afford to buy a new phone right now.

    In the middle of it all, Palm decided to release the Pre – a touchscreen phone tied to Sprint (at least for the next few months). I got to play around with it for a few hours during the launch event, and I will post my thoughts later.

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  • Sprint and the new Palm Pre

    Posted on June 8th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    Just received a PR email from Sprint about a groom who almost abandoned the altar in order to buy a Palm Pre phone.

    On Saturday at 7 a.m., Theodore was 14th in line at an Atlanta-area Sprint store, fidgeting for his new Pre. His wedding was scheduled for 8 a.m. As much as Theodore wanted Pre, he wanted his bride, Anita, to see him at the altar at the appointed time. At 7:45, he abandoned his wait and left his line-number and credit card information with a Sprint store employee, asking that he “hold the 14th phone for me.” The Sprint store employee obliged. Minutes after the recessional, the newlyweds returned to pick up their phone, spending the first minutes of married life with a Ready Now consultant who walked the happy couple through Pre’s setup and features. The new Mrs. Travis later revealed that her reaction was “You did what?” to her husband spending the hour before their wedding waiting for a phone, but later admitted, “I guess I kind of understand now.”

    Wow. And they ask me why I hate marketeers.

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  • Nokia E71x Cell Phone Appears on AT&T

    Posted on May 4th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    Just came across this bit of news that AT&T will carry the Nokia E71x (no doubt a North American version of the E71). I decided to look it up on the AT&T website. Here’s what I saw.

    Nokia E71x

    Nokia E71x on AT&T

    Looks like somebody wanted to play with the HTML title tag.

    Anyway, at 0.39″ thickness, this is a sleek, full QWERTY phone that I wouldn’t mind owning. The phone’s got a 2.4″ display which is a bummer, but hey, I can connect to the Internet directly using either the data cable or Bluetooth – assuming AT&T hasn’t disabled it. Oh wait, there’s no mention of it on AT&T’s website about this feature, which leads me to believe that they have, in fact, disabled it.

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  • Nokia Easy Meet

    Posted on April 14th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    (Read the service details from Nokia Betalabs)

    Nokia Betalabs unveiled its latest baby, the Nokia Easy Meet. A collaboration tool, the service lets you share content on your phone or PC. Once you create an account and login to the service (yes, this one does not integrate with your Nokia account – a complaint that the other commenters share on the Betalabs blog), you are provided with the option to view existing meetings and create a new meeting. When you are in the process of creating the meeting, you also add invitations which can be sent as email notifications or SMS messages.

    Once participants receive the SMS/email, they open the link in the message to join the meeting, where they can access content shared by the meeting organizer; they can also share content of their own with other participants. Types of content that can be shared include PPTs and images (JPG/PNG). You can also chat with other participants.

    Since this is a web based service, you can access it with any phone with a decent browser. So I proceeded to sign up with my iPhone, as that’s the only working phone I have at the moment.

    The UI essentially sucked ass on the iPhone’s safari browser. While the site looked okay in Firefox, I am pretty sure it would look better on the Nokia phones. We’ll see. (At least one of the commenters there was unhappy that the site was not optimized for the Nokia 5800 touch screen phone).

    I am still not very convinced about the value of the service. Remember that it’s still in beta and may be scrapped at any time. I will continue testing it for a couple of days and see if this is something that’ll take off.

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  • Gmail Mobile Enhancements with New Engine for iPhone/Android

    Posted on April 7th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    According to this post on the Google Mobile blog, there have been improvements made to Gmail for mobile, but only if you are an iPhone/Android phone user. Now, I have both phones. When I opened Gmail on the Android (T-Mobile HTC G-1), it prompted me with a “Faster Gmail available! Update Now” message. Clicking on the link produced the above popup. So basically, I had to install Gears on my “computer” (nevermind that this is actually a phone). Before I could check the “I trust this site…” box (while in reality I don’t ;-)), the popup disappeared.

    And now when I click on the Update Now link, nothing happens. No popup, no gears, nothing. When I opened Gmail on the iPhone, the Update Now link was not even shown. Welcome to the improved version.

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  • iPhone DevCamp NYC

    Posted on April 7th, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    There’s an iPhone DevCamp at the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday April 19, 2008. I will be attending, and if you’re interested, go sign up at http://barcamp.org/iPhoneDevCampNYC. If you’re a member of MoMo-NY, you know what the invite password is already. If not, go sign up and check out the message archive. I am still not sure if I want to dive into Objective C “just so I can develop for the iPhone”, but let’s see.

    Be sure to tag your flickr, technorati, digg, etc. posts with “iPhoneDevCampNYC”.

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  • Browser Market Share

    Posted on December 5th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    (Via Russ)

    WTF? I mean, What The Fuck? I want to know what they’re smoking, because I bet it’s something illegal and messes with their mind.

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  • New Google Mobile Platform: Operating System, APIs, IM and Mobile Browser

    Posted on November 4th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    This report from PC World indicates a new mobile platform from Google, targeted at Microsoft and Symbian, and talks of a freely available common core that third-party manufacturers can modify and extend.

    I can just imagine, when the phone is about to crash (for whatever reason), and you get the message: “This message is brought to you by so-and-so.”

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  • Nokia Maps

    Posted on September 13th, 2007 Sandeep 3 comments
    Nokia Maps

    Ever since I got my hands on the sexy Nokia N73, I have been playing with Nokia Maps on it. This is my first S60 3rd edition device, but I just haven’t had the time to develop apps for it. Yeah, work has been getting in the way of my hobby :)

    Anyway, the Maps application on the N73 crashed a couple of times, but otherwise has been a useful tool to have for using as an offline GPS. I don’t have a data plan yet — heck, I don’t even have a post-paid plan for the N73 yet. I should get one soon. I used Maps to get to New York City and back. Except for the parts where there were construction works going on, the Maps application showed easy-to-follow directions. The 3D view is very helpful as well.

    The app is slow at times in getting you directions. This is a big drawback when compared to an online mapping application like Google Maps on the Apple iPhone. The iPhone simply contacts Google Maps and gets direction info, but the offline mapping takes its own sweet time on the N73. And if I receive a call when it is calculating the route, sometimes it crashes as well. That happens on the iPhone as well, so I’m not complaining. I haven’t upgraded to the voice directions because it requires a Bluetooth GPS receiver. I want to see how many days I can make it without splurging on a GPS. Let’s see.

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