I was struck by how Android devices and device manufacturers are trying to compete on features. Faster processors, brighter screens and other such intensely geeky positioning was their formula for combating the iPhone freight train.
And that’s not working.
Almost to Friday…only one day away. So I have some tech news including the new Facebook Messaging, improvements to Google’s product search, a keyboard for the iPhone 4(?!?), and LTE for Verizon. Let’s get to the tech.
- On Monday, Facebook announced it’s new Messaging feature (which is not e-mail) but will tie in all the different ways people can contact you. A universal inbox if you will. Well Jonathan S. Geller of BGR.com, got an invite and gives a hands-on review.
- Google is looking to improve product searches for this holiday season. If I actually shopped for holiday gifts…I’m sure I’d be pretty excited about this.
^If you’ve ever wanted a keyboard on your iPhone 4…here ya go ^
- Verizon doesn’t have LTE yet, but that’s not stopping them from planning on how to charge customers. The plan Verizon execs are looking to put in place is an interesting one though. Charge customers for the speed of the data, much like their land lines. I can understand and go for that.
I hope you’ve been enjoying Burnt Toast and Tech…don’t worry I’m not going to end it. But I want to expand upon it. I’m looking to add longer feature stories. I’m going to try to have at least one a week. I’m a smart guy with lots to say about technology…and if I want to start my campaign to work for a large technology blog (or Wired…or TWiT) then I have to showcase some more of my skills. So I’m working on some topics, but if you have anything in particular that you’d like me to cover, drop a comment and let me know. Until tomorrow, mahalla.
Welcome to another interesting morning in tech news. Yesterday Facebook had a press conference bringing in lots of new features that are possibly so intriguing that I may start using it. Foursquare isn’t trying to be left behind in the geo-location apps either according to the CEO and co-founder…and then we have some MySpace news. so grab you cup of coffee (or tea) because here’s your burnt toast & tech…
- Yesterday Facebook had it’s mobile announcement…and things are about to get interesting. Facebook has announced Deals, which is exactly what I was referring to late last week. When you check in to certain places on Facebook, the dealer may offer you a coupon or donate to charity on your behalf. I’m sure this list is only a sampling of the businesses that will get involved in this. Watch out Foursquare…
- Since we’re talking about Foursquare and checking into places…the CEO of Foursquare, Dennis Crowley, recent spoke about “what happens after you checkin”. Foursquare is looking to start recommending places based upon where you’ve checked in before, brand discovery, and better deals…Watch out Facebook…
- Did you know that digital apps can be sold out? Well neither did I but apparently that’s what happened when SkyFire, another mobile phone browser already available on Android and Windows Mobile, went live in the iTunes App Store. Apple then decided to pull the app. < sarcasm >I’m sure it had nothing to do with SkyFire being able to play Flash…</sarcasm >
- Last week, MySpace (remember them…before Facebook…it allowed you to be all custom with your profile and put up music and glittery images) got a redesign. This week, News Corp is looking to sell them. In News Corp’s earnings call they were stating the dire straights of MySpace (they are down $70 million when compared to the same quarter last year).
^umm tell me that’s NOT awesome!!! ^