This is the first post by Joe, the new commentator on this blog.
The European Union recently accused Microsoft of hurting competitors by bundling Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system. If Microsoft looses this lawsuit, they will most likely be forced to unbundle it. What will Microsoft do then? Browsers don’t come on CDs anymore, and how can people download a browser without having one already installed? This is like going back in technology. Browsers will have to be sold in stores. Microsoft isn’t going to like that, so there are two things they can do. The first is to include a minimal browser that opens to a page with a list of browsers to download. Microsoft isn’t going to do that and people want to surf the web out of the box. The second choice might be what Redmond is forced to do. They may have to include an open-source browser. How can Microsoft be forced to include a competitor with its operating system? They would be shooting themselves in the foot.
We have an exclusive look at the final specs of the Sprint Treo Pro from their sales brochure. This conforms that it will 128MB of ram, something that has been up for debate.
Today, I'm going against the format for a special report. I got to play around with the Palm Treo Pro. Now, I know that it's been out on GSM for a while, but it's been carrier-less, so you would have to buy it unlocked for like $ 500 and then use the—wow. As I was writing this blog on Word 2007 Word stopped working. Vista identified the problem, recovered my work, and I got back to typing away at this blog. Just wanted to mention that little tidbit.—AT&T or T-Mobile networks to work the phone. But now that Sprint is readying to unveil the Palm Treo Pro, all that will change. There will be a subsidized price, and it was going to go on sale Sunday, the 25th. But Palm and Sprint decided to delay the launch to February 15th. You may have heard the rumor that this is the case, however I know the truth. Many big companies try to go high up into the company to try to find out what the top guys know. But us here at Tech Talk with Haub, we like to see what the lower guys know. You know, the employees that convey this stuff to the consumers anyway. And because of my high status in the Tech World I got the inside scoop from a manager of a store, that the Treo Pro comes out on the 15th. I also got to play with the device. The store had one for the employees to use and to learn, and I appealed to their better nature and got to try it out for myself. This is the CDMA version, with a better processor a little less RAM and a little more ROM. I might have been one of the first people to use this phone before it comes out. The verdict? It is a very good phone. Well built, solid in the hand, a good, but small keyboard, a great screen, and Windows Mobile is actually pretty quick on this device. While I don't really like WM, it actually complements the device. The phone looks like the Pre on the outside, sleek and rounded, and this phone has a volume rocker, a WiFi switch, a ringer switch, a mini-USB port, and a 3.5 millimeter standard headphone jack. The Pro also has Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, Office Mobile, and a great set of PIM apps. It also has a touchscreen at a resolution of 320x320. And a 3.2 Megapixel Camera. It is rumored to sell around $250 with a two year contract. I also tried out the Samsung Omnia and the Blackberry Strom. I would wait on those two, but not on the Pro. If I was going to wait on the Pro, I would wait to see what the Pre was like. Tell me what you think of the Palm Treo Pro.
So I know a guy who just bought an used Iphone 3G and is going to unlock the phone to work on T-Mobile first off, let me state that I don't believe in unlocking devices unless there is more power to be used, like the PSP, which I have unlocked. I especially don't advise unlocking anything under warranty, because it voids the warranty. (By the way, the PSP is like 3 years past warranty, and I hardly ever use it anyway.) This person tells me: "I know that the Iphone will work on T-Mobile's 3G because I know a guy who has that on his phone already. He can unlock the phone for 25 bucks, and no worries." Now I could be wrong here, but the T-Mobile 3G network and the Iphone 3G don't mix. What I mean is the T-Mobile 3G network uses the 1700 spectrum for Downloads adn the 2100 spectrum for upload. AT&T 3G network uses the 850 spectrum for download and the 2100 spectrum for upload. And why would Apple spend more money to put extra radios in the phone that the phone doesn't use? Well the correct answer is...they don't! the Iphone only has 850, 1900, and 2100 radios in the phone. And you can't switch that. So, you may ask yourself, "Hey, can you use the 2100 radio for 3G uploads and then regular edge for downloads?" Well, to my understanding, no. It's all or none, my friends. And also, unlocking the Iphone is much different then a regular phone. Especially with the Iphone 3G. To my knowledge, you have to download like 3 programs. Change some code, and how the Iphone interacts with the computer, and then use the programs. My friends knows a man who can do this. I don't doubt that. What I also don't doubt is the possibility that this man is conning my friend out of 30 dollars in addition to the 300 he spent for the phone itself. And that's just wrong. Now, I could be wrong adn I could see my friend tomorrow using an Iphone on a T-Mobile 3G network. Or I could see the face of a guy who spent $300 to use a phone that is now much slower to use. And even I don't think the satisfaction of saying "I told you so" will fix the bad feeling I will have in my stomach.....oh wait, yes it will. My four half pennies.
No regular news tonight except for New York gets a new senator on Friday. I have no idea who it is.
Today is the first real day of Barack Obama's presidency. Can he keep his Blackberry? I don't see why not. The only thing is that a hacker can use the Blackberry to find where President Obama is. You can do that on any phone, really. Blackberry can make a special phone for Obama, I'm sure. All this talk about his classified e-mails being read and all that garbage can be fixed in this next sentence. Just keep your personal e-mail on the phone. It isn't that hard and if it's anything that classified, why is it being sent over the web anyway? That sort of stuff should be presented in person. I mean really. Is our government that lazy? And not to be cruel or anything, but he isn't the most liked president ever been elected, and I'm not talking about the issues. If someone wanted him dead, he could do it another way. And in big events, people already know where the President is going and when. So the phone is just a big over-exaggeration. My two-cents.
Now for some regular news. Today is the first day of Barack Obama's presidency. The most favorite dog in America is the Labrador Retriever, and the Super Bowl Matchup is Steelers Vs. Cardinals.
1. The Portable GPS dies. Sorry, but Garmin is the only one of you companies to stay alive because they are making a phone. Smartphones have GPS's in them, and in most cases they are better because they are updated more often and have cool features, which justifies the monthly cost of their service. So sorry GPS, you have the same fate as HD-DVD--death.
2. Windows 7 will be the perfect Vista. Sorry Mac fans (myself included), but Microsoft is gonna get it right this time, luck number 7 (Actually it's 9 if you count Windows 3 and 3.1, but whatever). Simple name, same experience as Vista (that's a good thing, yeah I know) no driver problems, faster bootup and shutdown, better UAC (that's a biggie), better management of all system components, and an overall better OS. Windows 7 will be then next Windows 95; revolutionary.
3. Google Android will surpass the Apple Iphone's Slim OS X as the most widely used OS in North America (not the world, which is controlled by Nokia's Symbian). So many phones are coming out with Android on them in 2009, that there is no way this doesn't happen. Sorry Apple.
4. Apple is going to make something really..................BAD. I know, I know, you will all scold me in your comments, but the company that can do no wrong has been getting some bad publicity lately, and they will do something stupid, and bring back thoughts of the Newton, and when they had fired Steve Jobs and not brought him back.
5. Palm will go out of business, OR (that's a big or) hit the big time with Nova. We don't know too much about it yet, but that is the prediction. Short, simple, and to the point.
Now it's your turn. come up with some predictions of your own, agree with mine, agree to disagree with mine, or lambaste me for my stupid ideas, and how I don't deserve to live. It's up to you.