The iPhone may be looking a little shaky with all of those cracks and dropped calls (yeah, we totally went there), but it appears that an Apple a day keeps the… buyer’s remorse away. The University of Michigan’s National Quality Research Center found that Apple was the number 1-rated in customer satisfaction on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Apple’s score of 85 was a full 11 points above the industry average, and 10 points above the score of Dell, the number 2-rated computer manufacturer. This ranking represents a historic high in the industry. Now if we could only get our hands on that MacBook Touch…
Showing some love to the GOP, Sprint used a press release to boast shamelessly (no, seriously – they’re really darn proud) about the exciting network enhancements that residents of the Twin Cities will benefit from as a result of the Republican National Convention. In short, “the Twin Cities are awash in expanded capacity”, says Sprint. Further, “Sprint is not just prepared for the three-day convention; it’s prepared for any unfortunate emergencies that might crop up.” Let’s just hope that includes “wardrobe malfunctions”. Of note, while the release does mention a Satellite Cellsite on Light Truck (whatever the heck that means), the struggling carrier declined to state a position on immigration.
If you aren’t planning to catch the Hogwarts Express when it leaves on September 1, you might want to use the time you’ll save packing between now and then to run over to a Verizon store. It seems as if they’ll be discounting select data devices through the end of this month. Prices of discounted devices are as follows:
- LG enV2 – $79.99 (reduced from $99.99)
- LG Voyager – $99.99 (reduced from $149.99)
- Blackberry Curve 8330 – $99.99 (reduced from $149.99)
- Blackberry 8830 World Edition – $149.99 (reduced from $199.99)
Looks like a great week to replace that RAZR you just dropped in the sand with something a little more 2008 (or 2007, as the case may be).
Although the winner of the Barack Obama Veepstakes is still a secret (not for long), Motorola is proud to announce that it is the official two-way radio provider of the Democratic National Convention. Why the Democrats are still using two-way radios, we haven’t quite figured out … but Moto tells us that the “mission-critical communication hardware” will include more than 900 iDEN (read: Nextel) Push-to-Talk units to connect the members “smoothly and efficiently”. We guess we won’t see Joe Biden toting a Curve around Denver while clutching a Louis Vuitton bag on CelebrityBlackBerrySightings.com!
It looks as if the Indian government is not content with its inability to decrypt their citizens BlackBerry e-mails, and is threatening a shutdown of Research In Motion’s devices in the country as punishment. Business Standard reports that the Indian government desires access to RIM’s proprietary e-mail network, in order to monitor e-mails being sent and received through the country. It is reported that a meeting will take place on March 14th, involving RIM representatives, members of wireless companies within the country, and representatives of the Indian government. Hey, China finally allowed BlackBerrys and you so know they have a shady back-door. Should India be given one as well?
Barack Obama fans, this one is for you – you can now call your phone the BarackBerry. We started the month with the Apple iPhone supporting Microsoft Exchange functionality, and now it appears as if Research in Motion is taking another step towards the consumer market. The maker of the BlackBerry device announced that it is partnering with will.i.am and his website, Dipdive, to create a mobile version for BlackBerry devices. The website, heavily geared towards Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, will "bring the artist into a direct relationship with the fan," according to RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie. Now all we need is Hillary Clinton and John McCain RIM applications – heck, even Ralph Nader may need one. We just find it funny this was announced Thursday, you know, the day Apple announced their SDK and Enterprise details?
Apple recently applied for a patent to allow users to purchase items through their iPhone. The last major annoucement for the iPhone from Apple was the ability to purchase songs wirelessly and this appears to be the next evolution of the technology. For a couple of years now, Japanese cell phone users have been able to make purchases from their phone in Japan. This however, seems to be a different technology utilizing the iPhone’s built in Wi-Fi allowing it to be rolled in with the current generation iPhones and iPod Touch. We all know the drill by now, right? Keep your eyes on the upcoming Mac World for the possibility of this annoucement. Or possible not.
It’s an annoyance to keep checking a site or your RSS reader every now and again to stay on top of the latest news, right? Instead, wouldn’t it be great if you could just receive a text message every time it’s updated? It’s Web-Alerts.com, and what it does is let you punch in a website with an RSS feed or the site directly, and then updates get forwarded to your phone. You get a preview, therefore you only need to go online if its worthy of your time. There’s also a really neat feature that lets you use keywords to nit pick just what you fancy. Sounds expensive? Not all all, it’s free. The again, you might have to talk to your carrier about being charged for incoming text messages, but if you aren’t, you’re in the clear! Now you’ll never have to miss out on the breaking news as it happens.
In case the world of Internet strangers wasn’t scary enough, Match.com has now added a new feature to their service, called Little Black Book. Clever name, and definitely out-of-the-box thinking. With it, Match.com members can be linked through Facebook with other singles looking for love. And, as expected, it will also hook you up with singles on Match.com, but who might not be on Facebook’s social network. Not revolutionary enough? How about this…your friends and family can team up to create a profile for you in an effort to get you a date. Now, the world of getting fixed up has extended to your Internet. Sure, it requires your approval, but we envision that sinking-heart feeling when you get a "request for approval" on your Facebook page signaling your friends’ and family’s desire to set you up with strangers in some kind of weird inter(net)vention. Pass.
Apple named it FireWire, but Sony preferred i.Link, so we suppose neither liked the boring standard name IEEE1394. Then again, who cares what it’s called, the important thing is the IEEE1394b standard is getting a boost to 3.2 gigabits per second with a new electrical specification called S3200. You can’t deny that’s quite a jump from the current 800 megabits per second. But that’s not all folks, because the 1394 Trade Association has just begun to open the goodie-bag. Anything eSATA or USB 2.0 can do, S3200 can do better. And why stop at covering your computer in S3200 compliant cables, when you can do it with your TV. Apparently the new specification is set to take over the realm of HD, and move signals further and at better quality compared ordinary HDMI cables. We’re game!
Regional carrier SunCom Wireless, famous for Harry Connick Jr.’s stunning marketing voice and "Worryless Wireless," officially passed a hurdle in its effort to be acquired by T-Mobile USA. The SunCom / T-Mobile merger agreement, announced on September 16, 2007, was passed by a majority of SunCom (NYSE: TPC) shareholders and is now awaiting FCC approval. SunCom expects the buyout to be completed by April 2008. In the meantime, since T-Mobile’s preliminary BlackBerry Pearl 8120 launch date is February, take advantage of the regional goodness and pick up a SunCom BlackBerry Pearl 8120 — the first US GSM carrier to offer it–while you can.
We don’t feel bad or look down upon people who aren’t as tech-savvy as the folks who read this site. We actually feel bad for people who, because of their ignorance, actually take it out on those that are savvy. The latest case-in-point is a teacher who gave a student detention for using Firefox instead of the usual Internet Explorer in class. In spite of trying to explain to the teacher that he was doing nothing wrong, the teacher punished him anyway. Make the jump to see the letter that went home to his parents…
If you have an iPhone and you love your mobile internet, you might want to start crossing your fingers or invest in cellular voodoo spells. According to Arbor Networks, you’re very likely to meet a hacker through your phone sometime during 2008. But before you start thinking that it’s just the voice of a hater, this claim is backed up by the director of security from nCircle Security (seriously, what’s with all the lowercase first letters?). They say that going after the new big thing, such as the iPhone, is basic hacker mentality, and the new SDK developer’s kit will just help hackers hide malware in the flood of 3rd party apps coming soon. The iPhone has already been proven vulnerable through a bug in the TIFF images, so a fast spreading malicious worm isn’t an implausible scenario. And just when you had stopped believing in the boogeyman, the scare stories just get that much more real.