Places has been added to Google Maps. Places allow you to locate restaurants, coffee, ATM, Gas Stations, and many other thing near you. It is not like you could not do this today with the generic search, but this does make Google Maps more like the traditional mapping software users are familiar with. This release also includes bug fixes. The updater a m.google.com has not updated for 4.4 so use the link below if you want to update
It appears India is not the only country concerned with getting access to BlackBerry Messenger conversations. The UAE (United Arab Emirates) telco was unable to monitor what people are saying on their BlackBerry’s. The solution is to institute a ban on internet access, email, and instant messaging on BlackBerry devices starting in October. BBM is not going to make it until October, the UAE plans to block that service later this month. Now RIM can bypass this block by complying with the request, but that will have a serious impact on RIM globally.
RIM is in one of the worst situations. RIM likely will not comply with the request (demands) of the UAE or India, but what if 5 or 10 more countries threaten a ban? If they comply how many countries will ask for the same data. It is almost damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Time will tell how this play out.
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I know that every BlackBerry user isn’t an iPod Touch owner and visa versa, however, the combination of the two devices often seems to be as common as peanut butter and jelly.
Today I sat in a meeting where every user at the table had a BlackBerry and 4 of the 6 BlackBerry users also owned an iPod Touch. As we got to talking about it we all came to the same conclusion… The BlackBerry is the king when it comes to anything related to communication (messaging and phone). The iPod Touch is great at the multi-media and application stuff. Yeah, I know… Ground breaking details. The thing is, we ALL wanted an iPod Touch with a 3G data option like the iPad and a camera. No one wanted the iPhone (as a phone) as we all want to avoid paying again for a voice plan we did not plan to use.
I was listening to the Tech News Today podcast and at the 25 minute mark of episode 14 they said something about RIM that almost made me fall over. Before I get into the story let me set the back drop.
Back in June 2009 RIM acquired a company called Dash Navigation. Dash had one great feature… The ability to update traffic patterns based on information aggregated from all Dash Navigation devices. As you were driving the Dash navigation unit would report back your traffic speed and GPS location allowing other Dash users to get real-time traffic information based on info from all other Dash users.
Say what you want about Research in Motion, but, you have to give them credit when it comes to providing users with options. In an iPhone world, Apple provides you with features and you either learn to like them or buy another product. That being said, I hope that Flash in the upcoming BlackBerry 6 browser will allow users to enable or disable the loading of Flash content. When I think of RIM’s focus on security as they design devices it would lead you to believe Flash will not only be an optional feature but off by default. I am not sure if this is a good thing for Adobe or end user experience but I can already see the reports, BlackBerry 6 Browser Sluggish Due to Flash. Essentially replay every article being written about Flash and Android today.
I felt odd sitting at the airport chatting with a group of teenagers about why they all carried BlackBerry Phones. The conversation started off with 4 kids, but, soon ballooned into a brain storming session with nearly 30 talking about how they liked BlackBerry. I was not shocked these kids liked the BlackBerry as Robb has talked about how his daughter and friends love BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) on the Simple Mobile Review Podcast. What was interesting was almost every kid had an iPod Touch, and those without an iPod touch, had an iPod for music. I suspect no one here is shocked by this fact, but, it was interesting how this fact perfectly supported the statements of Michael Gartenberg on the Engadget Podcast 195.
We have all had that bad day where we run our mobile phone battery deep into the red zone. It is pretty much inevitable that you will get an important call right right before you recharge it, usually while on your way back to power. It is at this moment you witness the final exhausted effort of your battery before violently powers your phone off and puts you into a panic wondering how quickly you can resume the call. On my BlackBerry Storm I have had the battery die on many occasions… call it failure to plan or a bad set of events.
One of the nice things about a large screen on a mobile device is the ability to watch movies and video without straining your eyes too much. A problem for travelers, however, is holding your device at a proper angle while squished into your seat on flight where passengers are packed in like sardines. Your ability to create a platform for you phone from your unopened package of shortbread cookies and an ingeniously folded cocktail napkin is impresssive… at least until your flight hits turbulence right as you are dozing off and your mobile hits the floor.
This is where the MovieWedge comes in handy…
To say I was excited to get the BlueAnt Q1 to review would be an understatement. I’ve been looking for a Bluetooh headset that would support A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) because I listen to podcasts quite often but don’t always have my wired stereo headsets with me. [Read more…] about Review: BlueAnt Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset