I spent a few minutes with the BlackBerry Storm today and I have a few things to mention about it. The device is very pretty and the display looks absolutely gorgeous. The click of the screen feels okay, it isn’t great but wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I especially wasn’t happy with the fact that the screen almost feels like it tilts when you press it.
The keyboard is horrible. It’s very difficult to hit the correct key and there isn’t enough visual feedback indicating you actually clicked the right key. Compared to the iPhone keyboard this is amateur.
AMD on Monday catered to the budget set with a new, faster version of the Athlon X2. The 7000 series is the first based directly on the “Stars” architecture used for Phenom chips and carries both a 2MB smart Level 3 cache absent on previous Athlons and a faster 3.6GHz HyperTransport bus (up from 2GHz), all of which are said contribute to better performance per clock.
It seems unlikely that this would be announced at an event that doesn’t feature Steve Jobs. But, let’s be honest it doesn’t seem very likely to begin with. Why would Apple make such a change to a brand new platform. Too many developers would have to make too many changes to their apps too early in their lifespan, the App Store will only be 6 months old at the rumored time of release. Absolutely ridiculous. Unless of course, this new iPhone wasn’t compatible with the App Store, but isn’t that what is currently making the iPhone so great?
Many have been waiting for this and it is finally here. The iPhone 3G has been unlocked and will be released soon.
The Dev Team has also announced that sometime before Christmas there will be a live demo of the unlock streamed over Qik. The stream will be announced via Twitter as it begins.
We have been working hard on a few other things. The main one being the 3G unlock codenamed “yellowsn0w”. This is now completed and is currently being packaged into a user-friendly application with the simplicity that you see in QuickPwn or BootNeuter.
I was actually thinking of writing a post asking what the heck happened to the Garmin Nuvifone but I guess Garmin is actually moving forward with it. Today we find out that the Nuvifone now has FCC approval.
Ustream.tv is working on a mobile streaming application and unless there was some trickery going on in the video above it looks like it may be a Qik killer, at least in terms of stability. Now all they have to do is release an iPhone application and I’m in. Especially since the iPhone doesn’t have video recording capabilities, as long as Ustream archives streamed video like Qik does it will be the first way to record video without jailbreaking (that I know of at least).
I have already been in contact with at least one company that plans to solve the Macbook to HDTV issue. MonoPrice.com, a wholesale distributor of computer cables and accessories based in California, has informed me that Apple fans are on their radar and a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI video adapter is on the way. “Yes, we will carry this item soon. However, it won’t be available until end of January 2009 or so,” a company representative said via email.
MonoPrice.com makes some awesome stuff. There cables and adapters are just as good as everyone else but unbelievably cheap when it comes to pricing.
With the release of WordPress 2.7 I was reminded of a feature that I had forgotten about. The Press This bookmarklet feature which essentially makes short form blog posting much easier.
As many of you know I have been writing a Tumblr blog for quite some time as well in addition to this blog, but what I’ve found is that having two blogs isn’t exactly ideal, so what I am going to begin experimenting with is doing all of my posting on this blog instead.
In situations where I would normally post to my Tumblr blog I am going to be using the Press This bookmarklet to post it here instead. I will also be seeing if there is a way to exclude these posts from an RSS feed so that if you don’t want that content you can subscribe to the non-tumblrized feed and just get the longer form content.
This is mostly an experiment and there is no telling whether or not it will continue but I’ve found myself posting here less often because of the lack of time and would love to do more of my posting here. I’ve also found myself in the middle of a Tumblr post wondering whether or not it was long enough or inciteful enough to be pushed up to my main blog, hopefully this will help with those situations.
I do however want to give credit where credit is due. My original reasoning for starting the Tumblr blog was to try and emulate John Gruber’s linked lists on his site Daring Fireball (linked is a post announcing that Daring Fireball Linked Lists will be available to everyone) but I haven’t been happy with the way it has turned out so have decided to add that to this blog.
I will begin posting this content in a new category called Linked List and soon will have links to RSS feeds of just this content, just the main content, and both the main and linked list content.
If you have any comments regarding this new addition to the blog, please let me know in the comments. If you would like to see what kinds of additional posts will be added here you can check out CyberSurge.Tumblr.com, the additional posts will be very similar to the ones already posted there.