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This PlayStation Phone…May Just Work

PSP Phone - photo credit, Engadget

PSP Phone - Photo Credit, Engadget

One of my favorite tech blogs, Engadget just got their hands on some product shots of what appears to be the PSP (or Playstation) phone.  It will be running Android.  It has a slide-out….gamepad.

This idea is just so out there – it may just work.   Where will this product pick up where past failures, such as the Nokia N-Gage failed?  Can Sony-Ericsson, on the brink of irrelevancy, claw their way back into the consideration set?

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Ping…"Sniff Sniff"…You Stink

“Ping, it is a social network for music” – Steve Jobs, and Josh Topolsky, who does a great impersonation on the Engadget Podcast

One of the features rolled out in the new iTunes 10 is Ping, an integrated social network that is linked to iTunes and users share away with the world the music that they listen to directly through the program everyone needs if they want to put content on their iPhones or iPod touches.

Slider and Maverick Discuss Social Networking

"Slider, let's discuss your social networking strategy, the one that launched without Facebook Connect."

Ping now has been in market for a few weeks now and I just got around to signing up for it.  Based on the above description, it makes a little sense, don’t you think?

Ping launched with the best of intentions, but the worst of executions and an idea that already is flawlessly executed by another online music service.

However, that isn’t necessarily the point.  MySpace was doing an admirable job when Mr. Zuckerberg decided to grow Facebook outside of just .edu email addresses.  Napster was just trucking illegally along before the RIAA came in and ruined things, but led to the rise of iTunes.

How does Ping miss the mark?  Hit the jump below to find out how if you mix a little arrogance, topped with framing it in a piece of bloatware anyways will lead to – little usage and little incentive to get your friends to join along on the fun.

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My Unofficial Rules of Foursquare

As an avid Foursquare user now for some time, I think it is cool that more and more people are starting to discover the “game” of it all and using it as a way to meet up with friends.

There has been a few times where I have used it to meet up with people who were near me, discover new places and also as a Superuser, close venues that are no longer with us.  I also feel since I was an early adopter (shout-out to by friend Ken who introduced it to me), then I get to make some rules for all the newbies that are getting on board.

So, I give you – my unofficial rules to Foursquare, as I have declared myself the official arbiter of what can and can’t be done.

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I Didn't Make the Cut

600,000 did though – congrats to those who are getting iPhones that:

  • have apparent yellow screens
  • if you hold the phone just right, will lose reception
  • scratch pretty easy for being as strong as a supposed sapphire or whatever

I think I will just wait a month. I think by then I will have my sights on the Droid X.

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iPhone 4 Upgrades Crashing AT&T, Apple

Well, I didn’t see that one coming.

Here’s Engadget’s coverage…

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iPhone 4 – Has Google Truly Closed The Gap?

With one swoop, the mobile world took notice as Steve ushered out his latest iPhone on his terms, the iPhone 4.  One nice thing about the product leak heard around the world, is that Apple had to tell a different story than they planned to fire up the hype machine to drive people into line on June 24th.

Steve Jobs gets ready to conference in Mr. Ive

Here's To You Mr. Ive, Hopefully Wi-Fi Holds Up

There are several unhearalded features in the new iOS 4 that will be coming to the 3G, 3GS, and now the iPhone 4.  I am not going to go deep into some of the big features that Steve talked up, such as FaceTime and the “Retina” display, but some of the other features that Google should take into account when trying to knock the iPhone off the proverbial mobile pedestal.  For all of those thinking they may ditch their iOS device, read on.

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Sharing is Caring!

As I continue to experiment with the blog, I have found a way to add the standard sharing buttons on the bottom of my posts. Be on the lookout for the below, and if you find me insightful, spot on, completely off-base or want to shamelessly re-tweet and share my posts, I won’t stop you.

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MobileMe: Apple's Unsung Sharing & More Service

I previously covered in my last post a quick, easy and really cool way (at least in my opinion) of sharing your iPhone photos.  Flickr is a feature rich, free service that really fits the bill for what most users need, the ability to share images with large groups of people and be very straightforward and easy in doing so.

This post is more for Mac OSX users than it is for Windows users, but something still that everyone can take advantage of.  The reason most people haven’t, is that this service costs $99 a year.  Is it worth it?  So far, it isn’t anything you couldn’t get from Google in one way, shape or form, but it is something that is very easy to integrate with existing Mac OSX offerings and has some cool features as well.

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How to Share your iPhone Images, Part 1

Half of the fun in taking photos on your iPhone is sharing your candid and/or artistic attempts with your friends.

Now, with a traditional digital camera, you would have to go through the process of downloading the photos to your computer, and then uploading them to the service of your choice for sharing.  With the iPhone and it’s advantage of being constantly connected to a “high-speed” internet connection (this is AT&T we are talking about here) as well as the ability to geotag, sharing photos with your friends is even easier than before.

Now I am not going to go into the upload to Facebook option within the iPhone app to share your photo among friends.  I know that exists, so there is no need to remind me, and the features of the app I am going to talk about surpass the abilities of the Facebook application.

The app that I am going to talk about in this section is the Flickr application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Oh Hai Flickr for iPhone

Now there are many nice advantages to a Flickr account in general, but you will need to create one to use it on  your iPhone.  With Flickr, you can upload tons of images for free, share them with friends, find like-minded friends, burn hours looking at those like-minded friends, and so on – but what’s great about this is that these functions are available on the mobile app, along with the ability to tag your location of where you uploaded the photo from, and put it on a map.

Upload Screen for Flickr

Andy is quite the scenery photographer

So when you download the app and also find your friends on the service, the app does this cool little montage of  your friend’s photos.  In this instance, I am greeted by an awesome vacation photo from Andy, our flag football quarterback.

Flickr Upload Screen

Tag it!

Go ahead and tap on the camera in the right hand corner, snap a photo or select one from your library on  your iPhone.  Feel free to enter the meta data provided (I actually recommend doing it later when you are online, but that’s just me) but be sure the “Tag Current Location” switch is on.  Now, when you upload this photo, the GPS coordinates are stored with the photo, and Flickr will then display where you took this photo on a map.

To me, this is where the fun starts.  I have been at this whole Flickr thing now for a few months, and it makes me realize a few things.

My Flickr Map

My whereabouts, according to Flickr

  1. I need to upload more photos
  2. I need to go more places

As this gets built out, I can then see my photo stream, where I took them down to the street address and click through  my memories, and where they were taken.

To me, this is the killer feature.  Plus, you can also have prints of your iPhone pictures made, have them put on a hipster framed canvas, make a cool card or photo book, just stuff you can’t do on Facebook if you upload your photos.

Next post, I will go into the MobileMe feature for Apple users (Windows peeps can use it too) as a venue for photo sharing, storage, and other perks.

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iPhone Photo Editing – First Rounds

The camera on the iPhone 3GS is quite an upgrade over the camera used in the iPhone and the iPhone 3G.  Sporting the 3.2 MP camera with autofocus, you get slightly clearer photos as well as the ability to set the subject in focus.  It is not a bad camera to have on your person most of the time for candid shots, and also gives the flexibility to edit photos as well as leave your artistic touch on a photo.

With roughly $8.00 in your iTunes account, you can crop, color correct and otherwise edit away with your two fingers.

Below I used the photoshop.com application for iPhone (free, iTunes link here) to turn this photo of the Pioneer Square Pergola from a standard color photo, to a much more vintage black and white photo.

There are many more things you can do with photos, which I will slowly start to publish here.

Pioneer Square Pergola Before Image

Pergola Before Photo

Seattle Pioneer Square Pergola After

Pergola After Photo

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