15 iPhone 3.0 features we'd like to see

iPhone 3g

Tomorrow (March 17, 2009), the new iPhone 3.0 software will be revealed and explained in Cupertino and there has been plenty of hubbub since the inception of the iPhone asking for new features. Here is an article listing the top 15.

  1. System wide custom cut/copy/paste
  2. Push notifications/background apps
  3. Landscape mode in every app
  4. Mail improvements
  5. Sync notes & To-dos
  6. Better app organization
  7. Customizable tones
  8. Full Bluetooth support
  9. MMS improvement
  10. Video capture
  11. Turn by turn directions
  12. Application data sharing and syncing
  13. Include spotlight for iPhone
  14. Use as a modem
  15. Voice dialing

The two I would say are definite ‘must haves’ would be:

  • cut/copy/paste
  • running multiple apps

The one that I didn’t see mentioned in the article (although it was in a comment) was the ability to run flash.

If you are really interested, be sure to listen in when they make their announcements tomorrow, you can monitor Macworld. com or follow them on their Twitter feed.

Tron 2 Movie Trailer

tron poster

The original Tron was released in 1982 by Disney. It was well before its time in utilizing computer graphics and is widely considered the inspiration for movies like The Matrix and other CGI-heavy movies.

A sequel to the cult science-fiction movie Tron is under production under the direction of Joseph Kosinski. No official date yet for the release of Tron 2 but we may fairly expect if for 2010. Its exciting to see they have Jeff Bridges in the sequel, considering he was the hero in the first movie, although his motives seem to be a bit more sinister in the sequel.

This trailer is poor quality (looks like it was videoed at the Comic Con), but for those of us that weren’t there, this is the only way to see it right now.

Additional information about the project can be found here:
http://tron-2-trailer.blogspot.com/
http://teaser-trailer.com/2008/07/tron-2.html

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Blackberry Storm is Here!

waiting in line

I am headed to the Verizon store right now to get my hands on the Storm.

Five reasons this device could really be an iPhone killer:

  1. It has a better camera –
    The iPhone 3G comes to the table with a puny 2 megapixel camera and, at the moment, doesn’t offer video capture. The BlackBerry Storm, however, features a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, variable zoom, auto focus and a flash that has the ability to provide continuous lighting while recording video. For many smartphone buyers, a decent camera is becoming a more important component. And the BlackBerry Storm does it right. In the day and age of content sharing, the Storm makes it easy to snap and upload high-quality photos while also sharing video — a win-win.
  2. It has better ‘push’ email for corporate email accounts -While the iPhone is capable of making e-mail look and work pretty much exactly as it does on a home computer and supports e-mail from Yahoo, Gmail and AOL, along with most IMAP and POP mail systems, it’s BlackBerry that takes the biggest piece of the e-mail pie.The Storm continues BlackBerry’s 10-year legacy of mobile e-mail, working with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise. It also ties in e-mail access for consumers with most popular personal e-mail services. While the iPhone does now integrate with Microsoft Exchange, it doesn’t have the proven track record of corporate e-mail greatness that BlackBerry brings to the table.
  3. You can edit documents, spreadsheets, etc -The BlackBerry Storm comes preloaded with the DataViz Documents to Go suite for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from the handset. For mobile workers, this capability has become a must. The iPhone, however, offers document viewing, but not editing for Microsoft Office applications, though there are downloads available that will enable editing.Still, having that capability out of the box puts the BlackBerry Storm one more notch above the Apple iPhone 3G.
  4. The Storm’s touch screen is “clickable’ -Maybe a minor feature, but the BlackBerry Storm’s “clickable” touch screen could be a deal breaker when considering what smartphone to buy. Sounds a bit petty, but you know you want to check it out — it’s the world’s first. I am truly excited about this considering the haptic research I have been involved in relates directly to this technology.The clickable display responds like a physical keyboard and supports single-touch, multitouch and gestures. The BlackBerry Storm’s clickable touch screen depresses slightly when the screen is pressed, allowing users to feel the motion, and is released with a click, similar to that of a physical keyboard or mouse button. The clickable screen gives users confirmation that they have made a selection. Certainly, someone at Apple central will devise an application that makes the screen clickable, but having the first device with that feature will make it a draw.
  5. Blackberry will launch its own app store -Last month, RIM unveiled plans to launch its own application store, similar to the AppStore for the iPhone and the Android market for the Google Android-based T-Mobile G1.BlackBerry’s Application Store Front will enable users to find and download applications to their smartphones. It’s set to launch in March 2009. The storefront will let developers set their own prices for applications, similar to Apple’s AppStore, and developers will retain 80 percent of the revenue their applications bring in. BlackBerry users will be able to buy directions directly from their smartphones and pay for them through eBay-owned online payment service PayPal. Apple’s AppStore caught flack for offering dozens of applications deemed as useless and unproductive. While there’s no proof yet that BlackBerry’s application store won’t fall into the same hole, BlackBerry has said it plans to allow companies with BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Professional Software have control over which applications users can download and use.

For those who just want to know the final details, there is a great specification sheet

Specifications

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* BlackBerry 101
* Specifications
* Where to Buy

Features Available

BlackBerry Storm

* Wireless email
* Organizer
* Browser
* Phone
* Camera (3.2 MP)
* Video Recording
* BlackBerry® Maps
* Media Player
* Built-in GPS
* Corporate data access
* SMS
* MMS

Size and Weight

* 4.43″/112.5mm (Length)
* 2.45″/62.2mm (Width)
* 0.55″/13.95mm (Depth)
* 5.5 oz/155g (Weight)

Data Input/Navigation

* SurePress™ touch screen
* On screen keyboard: portrait SureType® and Multi-tap, QWERTY landscape

Voice Input/Output

* 3.5mm stereo headset capable
* Integrated earpiece/ microphone
* Built-in speakerphone
* Bluetooth® v2.0; mono/stereo headset, handsfree, phone book access profile, and serial port profile supported
* M3 (Rating for hearing aids (PDF))

Media Player

* Video format support: MPEG4 H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.264, WMV
* Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA ProPlus

Display

* High resolution 480 x 360 pixel color display
* Transmissive TFT LCD
* Font size (user selectable)
* Light sensing screen

Notification

* Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones
* MP3 ringtones
* Vibrate mode
* LED indicator

Approximate Battery Life

* Up to 15 days (Standby time)
* Up to 5.5 hours (Talk time)

Memory

* Expandable memory – support for microSD™ card
* 1GB onboard memory
* 128 MB Flash (flash memory)

Modem

* RIM® wireless modem
* Tethered modem capability

Email Integrations

* Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
* Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
* Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
* Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
* Integrates with existing personal email account
* Integrates with optional new device account

Device Security

* Password protection and screen lock
* Sleep mode
* Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
* FIPS 140-2 Compliant (FIPS Validation in Progress)
* Optional support for S/MIME

Wireless Network

* UMTS/HSPA: 2100 MHz
* North America: 850 MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
* North America: 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
* Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
* Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
* Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz CDMA/Ev-DO networks

Additional articles and videos are available here:
Blackberry Storm Articles

Blackberry Storm Release Date

storm

Verizon has finally given a release date and a price for the Blackberry Storm.

They will be available November 21. The price will be $249.99 with a $50 mail in rebate with a 2 year agreement. Total price $199.99

compare the Storm and the iPhone here.

additional stories and videos about the Storm:

Blackberry Storm Articles

Pre-Order Blackberry Storm

BB storm

There have been several announcements over the last week regarding the Blackberry Storm and its upcoming release.

Seems that Best Buy is now taking Pre-Orders for the phone. Customers will pay $50 in a fully refundable deposit and then get an appointment to come in and pick up the Blackberry Storm right when it hits the shelves. If the customer misses the appointment or decides not to buy the Storm, the $50 is returned to them. Hey, no risk!

Although there are no confirmations, it appears that the Storm will be available Nov 16. the Unsubsidized cost will be around $500 and with a 2 year contract with Verizon, it will likely cost about $200.

To see the inside scoop on the pre-order, check out the BoyGeniusReport site.

These announcements are coming soon after the voice and data plans announced by Verizon.

According to Verizon, global connectivity is a key component for the BlackBerry Storm. With that in mind, Verizon is offering voice service in 200 destinations and data service in more than 150 locations worldwide.

“The BlackBerry Storm allows for roaming in South America and Japan and also provides 3G data speeds on select international networks, giving customers high-speed connectivity when they’re abroad,” Verizon said.

Verizon said Thursday that the BlackBerry Storm comes preinstalled with a SIM card—a rarity for a Verizon device—so customers who plan to travel abroad can activate global service at the time of purchase by calling Verizon Wireless prior to leaving the U.S. For frequent global travelers, Verizon is offering a Global Value Plan that delivers discounted roaming charges on calls made to and from 130 countries for $4.99 per month.

In addition, Verizon is offering BlackBerry Storm users GlobalEmail on the device, which offers access to corporate e-mail and attachments, along with personal or POP3 e-mail accounts both abroad and in the U.S. The unlimited GlobalEmail plan offers full-rate data pricing and covers Web browsing, picture messaging and Visual Voice Mail in the U.S. and overseas. GlobalEmail Data Plans will be available for $69.99 monthly for a stand-alone data plan and $64.99 per month when added to any voice plan.

Business users who have five or more lines will also be able to purchase a GlobalEmail plan for the BlackBerry Storm by calling Verizon directly.

Additional stories on The Blackberry Storm

Sep 25 Introduction to Blackberry Storm

Oct 15 First Reactions to Blackberry Storm

Nov. 5 Blackberry Storm Update

Additional information from Channel Web.