Steve Wozniak took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down with a Bay Area affiliate of NBC to discuss his take on the current situation over at Apple now that Steve Jobs won’t be gracing the hallways of 1 Infinite Loop until June. The discussion was in typical Woz style (though somewhat un-Woz in that he was mindful not to say anything bad about jobs) and provided a more rational look at Apple’s current and future situation than any analyst we’ve heard from to date. With Jobs gone until June, a lot of analysts and investors are panicking, fearing that Apple has automatically lost the innovation that it is famous for; an absurd notion to say the least. To this point Woz made sure to stress that with any tech company, products are in development for 12 to 18 months before they hit the street. Because of this, future products from Apple are “not going to be disturbed.” In fact, Woz made an excellent point that having Jobs away from Apple will allow him “rest and peacefulness”, something which could ultimately benefit Apple as it would give Jobs lots of time to think up “better concepts and products and ways the future could be…” Video after the jump.
Well look who decided to come back and poke its head out again. The Motorola i9 we first showed you live images of back in October is making news again as official pics begin to scatter across the internet. This sweet-looking love child of a rambunctious RAZR and ROKR is apparently gearing up for a release soon and it will likely be well received among the dumbphone crowd, assuming the price is right. A 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, ModeShift and integrated GPS are among the features that might draw in Sprint customers. So, iDEN people, first the 8350i is made official and now this – you guys feeling the love or are both the handsets already old news?
Granted, The Boston Globe basically tossed up a bunch of softballs but it still gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling any time Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, or OPK as he is affectionately nicknamed, simply utters the words “US market”. It lets us know that somewhere, somehow, Nokia does in fact still remember that Americans use cell phones. Yes, Nokia’s track record with supporting the US 3G spectra (AT&T’s at least) in high-end phones is most definitely improving. We still aren’t seeing Nokia actively push S60 devices to market here however, and Nokia’s US market share sits in the mid-single digits as a result. S60 fans here in the US are hoping that the recent release of the Nokia 6650 via AT&T is the start of a trend but we’re skeptical at best. Enthusiasts hoped the same thing when the E62 was released, and then the N75. OPK was pretty direct while speaking to the Globe however:
We are investing more in the US market. We are expanding our research and development activity in San Diego. We’ve got lots of people there designing phones now that are specific to the US needs and the US market.
Kallasvuo went on to say that Nokia’s approach will cover all market segments here in the US, not just smartphones, and that LTE will be the technology of choice for Nokia when it comes to 4G. Nokia will still dabble in WiMax as we’ve seen with the N810, but LTE is the way to go for the Finnish giant. Oh well, there’s plenty more fish in the sea, Sprint. Hit the read link for the full yet brief interview with OPK.
Well hello there Mr. Shen. If anyone was wondering what Asus had up its collective sleeve in the coming months (through 2010 actually), CEO Jerry Shen just sat down with Laptop and seriously broke it down. He wasn’t shy at all in talking about where the company is now and where it’s headed. Here are some highlights from the hour-long interview:
- First and foremost among the interesting morsels taken from the Shen interview, Asus will be skipping Vista entirely and jumping right from XP to Windows 7. Burn!
- Asus has currently sold about 4 million Eee PCs and it’s hoping to hit the 5 million mark before 2009 rolls around. Ambitious.
- The all-in-one Eee Top will start shipping very soon. Ok, well we already knew that.
- The Eee Stick gaming controller will soon be released along with compatible games. It will be offered as part of a bundle and as a stand alone accessory at a price point south of $100.
- Next year, Asus will offer an Eee PC that hits the $250 price mark – in the first half of 2009 in fact. Two new models will be announced at CES this coming January.
- Last but most certainly not least, Shen claims that Asus will release a touchscreen Eee PC rocking Windows 7 sometime in 2H 2009! You hear that Microsoft? Time to get the lead out…
We just met up with Pharrell at the studio for a quick interview and we covered a wide variety of topics. From his gold iPhones and BlackBerrys, to this new online art gallery he put us onto, to world-traveling, we got it on camera! We also drop a few hints at the end about what we’re working on…It’s going to be war out there on the streets!
We caught up with recording artist Sean Kingston here at CES who was performing for a Sony Corporate showcase. He’s definitely on the ball when it comes to gadgets; an iPod Touch, Sidekick LX, Sony Ericsson phones, and a home recording studio. Now, where are all those "Beautiful Girls" he talks about…
We got a chance to sit down, so to speak, with HTC America’s VP, Jason Mackenzie Monday evening. There was this little, tiny announcement you might have missed, and we wanted to pry in a little deeper with one of the new partners of the new Open Handset Alliance. Known for their superior Windows Mobile devices (let’s face it, that WinMo device in your hand is most likely made by HTC), they are diving in to Android-based devices to expand their portfolio. How does this play out with their Windows Mobile line-up? Is HTC going in a new direction? Better yet, when will we actually see an Android-based device? All the answers, friends, are after the jump in our interview!
We were on Power 105.1 FM last night with DJ Clue, and went over everything from the hottest holiday gadgets, to the new BlackBerry 9000 series, and even took listeners calls! To everyone that called in, thanks! We had such a tremendous overload of callers that we were only able to get to one person! The whole audio from last night is below. Let us know what you think!
We were supposed to be on last Friday, but some things came up, which ultimately delayed us from going on air. Well, we’re ready to rock tonight at 7PM with DJ Clue on Power 105.1, and we’ll be on the radio for the first time ever! Make sure you tune in, and even hit us up, ‘cuz we’re taking calls! If you want to be on live with yours truly and the world-famous DJ Clue, call up Power 105.1 starting at 6:30 PM at 1-800-585-1051. If you live outside the NY / NJ / CT area, you can stream it live at the link below! Also drop some comments if you’ve got any questions you’d like answered on air.
Yeah, you heard right! We’re going to be on Power105.1FM in New York City tonight at 7PM with DJ Clue. We’ll be going over the hottest new phones for the holiday season, talkin’ trash, and best of all, taking listener’s calls! If you got a question or just want to hit us up live on the radio, call Power 105.1 at 1-800-585-1051! If you’re not in the NY / NJ / CT area, you can stream it live by clicking over to Power 105.1 below, and hitting the "stream live" button!
UPDATE: Due to some unforseen issues, we’re rescheduling our Power 105.1 appearance! Stay tuned!
We recently had a chance to speak with TeleNav’s Communications Manager and self-proclaimed "best publicist in the world," MaryBeth Lowell. The conversation moved from TeleNav’s software (and it’s rapidly expanding features) to their plans to support the iPhone.
Additionally it seems that the have added a Quasi-Helio Buddy Beacon feature that enables users to broadcast their location to friends and even supply directions on how to get there. Our big question was in regards to the BlackBerry 8820 GPS locking and if TeleNav played a role in that. TeleNav agreed to give us (5) 3-month licenses for any device for 5 of our lucky readers, so if you would like to be included just leave a comment on which feature you would like included in a future version of TeleNav and we’ll pick the 5 people with the best ideas. Hit the jump for some highlights of our conversation!
That’s what we’ve been told! You remember the Sprint BlackBerry Pearl 2, right? It should have integrated GPS, but apparently WiFi won’t make its way into the mix. Since the date we were given was more like a timeframe, please consider it such. Anyways, you just might be able to pick one up before you have to go see those people you see once a year. You know, the ones called family? If this helps lighten your day, I guess we can reveal it…In addition to the news on Sprint’s BlackBerry Pearl 2, we got word that the CDMA Curve is planned for release early in Q1 of ’08. Possibly on Sprint.
Yeah guys, it’s that same HTC Kaiser we’re talking about. The intel from our always-reliable-super-excellent-slightly-demanding HTC source, is that the HTC Kaiser is now delayed from July, to August. Not much is known at this point just why HTC has made that decision, but it could be because of some carrier pressure to not give up on their current HTC TyTN variants quite yet. Also you can best believe their trying to get a really solid OS ready for such an impressive device. Viva la HTC!