Your loyal mobile reviews crew takes a look this week at a bold smartphone-within-a-tablet, and Sprint's latest FCC punch at AT&T. We also debate the consequences of refusing to pay for a phone that costs you just a penny. Join us for all the news, reviews, and laughs on this week's Dialed In podcast.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
When you accidentally call someone from your phone, they may hear background noise in your house, or a conversation they shouldn't be privy to. Even worse, it could be an international number that is extremely expensive to call! Here are three tips to help you prevent pocket-dialing from your Android phone.
1. Install an app that confirms calls before you make them. It is unlikely that you will select someone to call and manage to hit the Call button in the confirmation window. There are many choices for this style of app, in this example Call Confirm … Read more
Microsoft goes all tropical on us with the announcement of Windows Phone Mango, the next big update to the Windows Phone operating system. We discuss all of the Windows Phone news, the latest 4G markets, and a cavalcade of Verizon smartphones that include the Motorola Droid X2 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)… Read more
Opera Mini 6 (universal) was released earlier today for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, bringing this version of the alternative browser to iOS devices for the first time. We have had a chance to put the slimmed-down browser through its paces and think it offers several features that users will like. With the right tweaks, it may even become the favorite over Apple's Safari--if people are willing to give it a try.
The clean, elegant interface hides multiple useful features, with only five buttons to choose from, along with the address bar and search box. The main Opera menu … Read more
Watch out, folks! Nicole and Jessica are armed with sound effects this week and they're having a blast (me, I have to make my own sound effects) but in between the sad trombones and breaking glass, we talk about the latest rumors floating around about upcoming devices for AT&T and T-Mobile. Meanwhile, Verizon is prepping for a big end of the month with the launch of the Motorola Droid X2 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and we have all the details. Also, are HTC and Motorola in danger of becoming the next RIM? We discuss this and … Read more
It was a very special Dialed In this week, and not because of Google I/O. Rather, smartphone genius Bonnie Cha returned to San Francisco for a visit and we got to host her in the studio. So instead of us fumbling to make the connection to New York, Bonnie herself (and not Bonnie Bear) was in the chair. Google I/O, however, did offer a lot of news, from more details on Ice Cream Sandwich (the OS version, not the dessert) to the debut of Google's movie rental service. Also in the podcast, Jessica trashes the design of … Read more
Fortune doesn't always favor the butt-dialer. In fact, has any butt-dial ever enjoyed a good result?
I ask because I bring you news of someone who might be another victim of butt-awful fate.
According to the Associated Press, three men with seemingly ill-intentions were discussing stealing things from people's houses in upstate New York.
It so happened that one of them enjoyed perhaps an imperfect lock on his cell phone. Or perhaps, he had his body positioned in such a way that the cell phone was activated.
In any case, it seems that this activation led to a magical key or two being depressed--to 911.
Kevin Walsh, sheriff of Onondaga County, told the AP that the alleged miscreants were driving not far from a place they had robbed some time previously. … Read more
This week, Bonnie, Nicole, and I team up to consider burning questions. Is AT&T fit to govern another company's resources, will RIM's three biggest BlackBerry World announcements pass muster, and is the cell phone holster revolution about to begin? All that and more on this week's Dialed In.
Editor's note: Due to some technical issues, the first minute of the podcast is missing, but there's plenty to discuss, so jump right in.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
NewsHP Veer 4G coming to AT&T on May 15 … Read more
A significant update to the Opera browser's Speed Dial feature launched today in Opera 11.50 alpha (download), along with Opera Next, which includes a mechanism that makes it easier for Opera fans to automatically download under-construction builds of the browser. Opera Next will install separately and alongside the "stable" release of Opera, sporting a silver Opera logo much like Google Chrome Canary is visually distinct from the other versions of Chrome with its all-yellow icon.
The new version of Speed Dial introduces support for Speed Dial-specific extensions. Originally developed by Opera, and now in use in … Read more
While it's got Sync, tabs on top, and a menu button, Firefox still lacks one feature that all the other major browsers have in one form or another: the "speed dial." Originally from Opera, the feature is the visual implementation of your most recently or most frequently visited Web sites on the new tab page. Firefox add-ons have stepped up to fill the dial void, but implementation in each is uneven.