Month: August 2019

Ubuntu Announces Plans for a Mobile Operating System

Ubuntu Announces Plans for a Mobile Operating System


In collaboration with Intel, Ubuntu plans to develop a mobile version of its popular operating system. Although all details are sketchy at this point, and in fact plans are currently being worked out at the Ubuntu developer’s summit, it appears that Intel may be designing a mobile internet device, using Nokia wireless technology, and running this new operating system. Little is known, or for that matter decided, at this point as to the details of this new operating system, specifically what devices it will be compatible with, but it appears it will bring the famous GNOME desktop environment to handheld computers. To the delight of Linux enthusiasts everywhere, Open Source software may finally be finding its way into the world of mobile computing.

In case you haven’t heard of it, Ubuntu is a popular distribution of the Linux operating system. It is designed with usability in mind, and is aimed at average users rather than geeks, who make up the vast majority of Linux users. As is the case with all versions of Linux, Ubuntu is Open Source, meaning that it is a collaborative effort, and that it is entirely available free of charge. This means that unlike commercial software, which makes up the vast majority of what we use, individual users are free to mess with the source code, and make any modifications they see fit. Through internet forums, these philanthropic nerds can coordinate their efforts and create new and improved versions of software which, in general, tend to be far better written and far less buggy than their commercial counterparts. And, for the end user, they are entirely free. In fact, Ubuntu takes this concept so seriously that it is willing to ship free CDs of its operating system to anyone who is interested. If you are interested, check out www.ubuntulinux.com.

This Mobile Ubuntu will be Open Source’s first foray into the world of mobile technology, a world which, at this point, is small and dominated by few companies. The new Ubuntu Mobile will really be up against Windows Mobile, which is currently the only major advanced mobile operating system on the market. Ubuntu will likely prove to be a major competitor, fueled by the simplicity of mobile devices, a factor which will further eliminate the technical know-how needed to run the operating system. Further spurred by the release of Ubuntu-specific mobile devices, the release of this new operating system will likely be quite successful.

Sources: 
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2007-May/000289.html…

Choosing a Cell Phone: Things to Consider Before Purchasing

Choosing a Cell Phone: Things to Consider Before Purchasing


Choosing a cell phone can be hard. After all, there’s so many different models, with so many different features. It can be really easy to just grab the latest and greatest phone and call it good, but that phone might not be what you need. Different people use different phones for different reasons. Some people might text a lot, while others need a phone capable of scheduling their appointments. Some people might only use them to talk. The phone that’s right for you will depend greatly on your individual needs.

Price 
One of the biggest factors that is going to influence a person’s choice in cell phones is the price. Not everyone can afford to drop a lot of cash on a phone. Even the phone with less fireworks and glitter can be quite expensive. Before buying a cell phone, make sure you’ve got your budget figured out.

Camera 
Many cell phones are capable of taking photos, but this might not be a feature you need. Sometimes it can be hard to find a phone without a camera! If you’re not planning to use your phone’s camera often, don’t worry about how many megapixels it is if it comes with one. If you do plan to use the camera on the phone, try to find one that takes decent photos, ideally, three megapixels. If possible, test a camera on a phone out prior to purchasing it.

Texting 
If you don’t plan to use your phone for texting, you won’t need a QWERTY keyboard. A simple twelve-key phone will most likely be more than enough. If you plan on texting a lot, you may want to find a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, or a touch screen to make texting easier.

Planning 
If you use your phone to schedule appointments and keep track of tasks, make sure that the phone you’re looking at has an easy to use calendar program. If you stop by a cell phone shop, you can often test out the programs on the demo phones. If you use the calendar a lot, make sure that the program isn’t frustrating, confusing or difficult to use. The last thing you need when scheduling an appointment is an issue with your phone.

Internet Use 
Although many phones are capable of connecting to the internet, some are much better at displaying it than others. If you plan to use your phone to access the internet, make sure the internet browser is easy to use and easy to view. Many phones can access the internet, but display it strangely. You can always ask to test a phone’s internet out before purchasing.

Social Networking 
Many people connect to social networks through their phone. For those that do this often, having a phone that has applications specific to social networks such as facebook, myspace or twitter can make it much easier to post status updates and upload photos.

Touch Screen 
Some people love touch screen …

New Cellular Services Are Available that Transform Your Cell Phone

New Cellular Services Are Available that Transform Your Cell Phone


It is so great to be alive in this day and age, when so many innovations abound! Among the most exciting of all innovations is the advent of enhanced cellular phone services.

I can remember when just having a mobile phone was a mark of distinction, and when they were the size of a brick. Now, even the little old ladies in the grocery stores can be seen chatting away while they shop for vegetables.

Cell phones have already become a personal statement among the younger crowd, with flashing antennas, charms, novel ringtones, and even pink phones broadcasting uniqueness. Literally millions of ways to personalize your phone are now available, I have included two good sources for ringtones and accessories in the links below.

This is just the beginning of what the mobile providers have planned!

Innovative new service provider Amped Mobile www.ampdmobile.com announced their new EV-DO service at the February CTIA show , which includes broadcast shows available for the very first time over a mobile phone. Imagine, watching your phone as if you were watching TV! Amped also allows users to play realistic 3D games, download music as if the phone were an iPod, and view their bill in real time over the mobile screen. The Kyocera phones they offer are designed for the younger crowd, and boast large screens and sleek industrial designs. Look for this new provider to take market share from youth-oriented T-Mobile in the months to come.

Now, not only can you watch TV type shows on your mobile phone, you can create and share them. The new company YouTube allows you to use your video camera phone to shoot video, then share it with a wide audience by uploading it to their site: http://www.youtube.com/my_profile_mobile YouTube is organized to allow groups to form, allowing you to share your videos only with your friends and family if you choose.

Family oriented service provider Verizon Wireless has just added a new phone to its mix, the V-cast, which allows music to be downloaded and shared. This phone has a camcorder, stereo speakerphone, 1.3 megapixel camera, and Bluetooth link. It is now going for $49.99 on Verizon’s website after rebate: www.verizon.com

It is clear that service providers are sick of losing customer to the next great deal from their competitors. They have found that the only way to keep customers is to give them more than voice services. I can hardly wait to see what comes next!…