Archive for June, 2010
A friend of mine is currently overseas for the next few days or so and has been communicating through BBM via Wi-Fi. The majority of people who travel for pleasure very rarely purchase an international sim or upgrade their plan accordingly if possible. Even if network coverage is available, most people don’t want to run the risk of incurring costly roaming charges. Using BlackBerry services over Wi-Fi can also be useful if you happen to be in a place that has poor data coverage but does have Wi-Fi available.
I did some further research to find out exactly which BlackBerry services can be used over a Wi-Fi connection. Now keep in mind, even though your cell coverage is turned off or unavailable, you must have a data plan in order to take advantage of most of these services, including BBM, BIS Email, Etc. To turn off your Mobile Network, click on the antenna icon and you will find the selection right above Wi-Fi. Please view RIM’s chart listed below for BlackBerry services that are available over Wi-Fi connections.
**Note: If your are viewing this on your BlackBerry device, make sure your browser is set to Page View in order for correct chart layout. You can hold ‘Z’ to toggle between Column & Page view in the BlackBerry browser.
|BlackBerry services||Service provider with GSM®/EDGE network or UMA network||Wi-Fi network and service provider with GSM/EDGE network||Wi-Fi network and no service provider with GSM/EDGE network or UMA, and no UMA available||Enterprise Wi-Fi network and service provider with GSM/EDGE network, and no UMA, and no UMA available||Enterprise Wi-Fi network and no service provider with GSM/EDGE network, and no UMA available|
|services from the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (for example, messaging, organizer data synchronization)||X||X||X||X||X|
|services from the BlackBerry® Internet Service (for example, messaging, browsing)||X||X||X||X||X|
|services from the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service (for example, application push, application access, browsing)||X||X||X||X||X|
|instant messaging using a collaboration client (for example, Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server)||X||X||X||X||X|
|instant messaging using a third-party instant messaging application (for example, Windows® Messenger)||X||X||X||X||X|
|service provider messaging (for example, SMS)||X||X||X|
|content downloading provided by a wireless service provider (for example, ring tones)||X||X||X|
|web browsing provided by a wireless service provider (for example, WAP)||X||X||X|
|voice plan provided by a wireless service provider||X||X||X|
So you are a Canadian wireless user, and like me have been patiently waiting to renew your vows for another 3 years and get that hot piece of cell phone we adoringly call the iPhone 4. With its affordable $199 and $299 subsidized pricing, yes all is good in contract country. But what if you aren’t eligible for upgrade? And, are dreading the release date because impulse will force you to pay that astronomical retail price being implemented by Apple?
Well, I have an answer for you, but you may not like it. To pour salt in the wound, Business Week has dissected the device, part by part and released the proposed price it costs Apple to mass produce it. Are you ready for this? $188 US, that’s it. For a device that easily sells for $500+ even used, this speaks volumes on Apple’s ability to sell, mass produce, and market generally low cost products.
So for any of you who are in the full retail cost category; I do apologize for posting this, I just had to.Follow me on twitter
I’m not sure how I found ReelDirector or how much I paid for it at the time. With the release of iMovie for iPhone, which is only usable on iPhone 4, my memory was fired and I dropped ReelDirector on my phone (it had never been used prior). I immediately hit the application to see what it was capable of. My findings were surprising. While it lacks Apple polish, it’s certainly capable and the final versions of edited videos have more bang than anything that could be put together on other phones available (OK OK!, that was a cheap shot! I don’t mean it!). I even compiled a test video and compared it to the desktop iMovie.
Read the full review and see my comparison video…
Apple’s iMovie for iPhone
This application is a bit specialized. I have no frame of reference if mobile is kept in mind, except iMovie for iPhone 4, which I have not used. So, my comparisons will be drawn to desktop editing conventions and practices. ReelDirector’s draws a lot of inspiration from the desktop version of iMovie. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The latest version of desktop iMovie bases everything around clips, rather than a timeline. Individual functions on that clip are processed individually (go figure). These kinds of concepts work well on mobile, where screen size is limited.
iMovie and ReelDirector – cut from the same cloth
The application is not inherently simple to use. It does come with a sample video edit, preloaded with lots of useful information – take the time to watch it. I found myself getting the hang of it fairly quickly after messing around with it. Basically, the process works as follows:
- Create project – Here, predefined settings can be set for font, style, transitions, etc. If you’re doing a simple video, make changes here and they won’t have to be individually applied to each clip.
- Import photos or video – There’s a rapid fire mode for photos. Video must be compressed first.
- Hold on a clip and drag it around to re-order - à la iMovie.
- Apply text, transitions, or trim clips – Selecting a clip will bring up a pane that will give you individual control over clip behavior. Want to cross dissolve to start and fade to black at the end? Change clip volume? Want white text at the top? Make those changes now.
- Add music or recorded sounds – More on adding music in a bit.
- Finish everything by tapping “Render ” – This compiles your creation.
- Save to camera roll – For publishing and sharing.
The application doesn’t necessarily force you to do it this way, but jumping around, especially with a lot of clips, would be time consuming.
You’ve got options
I made a sample video with various plants in my Minneapolis neighborhood. I tried to specifically use combinations of photos, video and audio to really see how flexible the application was. The 1:20 video took me about 10-20 minutes (as a novice to the application) to put everything together and an additional 10 minutes to render. Rendering will pause if the application is closed, I expect background rendering to be added soon. I also made virtually the same compilation in iMovie (with no advanced effects like, stabilization). This took me about 6 minutes import and combine and an additional 3 minutes to render.
I’d feel guilty if I didn’t disclose that I kinda cheated. Music, it can’t be loaded from the iPod application, it must be sideloaded. This can be accomplished by using the iTunes file sync (which is fabulous!) or using a companion application over wifi. The question is: if one is not aware that they will be putting a video together, then must wait to get home to add music, then why not edit it on the computer? I guess it’s possible that one could preload a bunch of movie ready songs with the anticipation that they might be used someday, but that’s pretty impractical. Still, music may not be necessary for every movie, but it’s worth mentioning.
Multiple project support + project options
We’re having some issues on our end getting embedded videos to display correctly. To see the completed project, you’ll have to click below:
It’s pretty obvious that the ReelDirector version butchers the sound (use headphones!). It’s crunchier than tap dancers on Chex Mix. Further, transitions and Ken Burns effects on still images are marred by grainy pixelation. These two factors on quality instantly kill any real application and demote it to “make quick videos to share with friends” status. I personally can’t tell if the actual video quality is any worse, but I wouldn’t be too surprised. Who would expect a wimpy iPhone app to beat a desktop video editor, though? Me. The quality should at least be similar. My iPhone already does everything, this shouldn’t be excused.
It’s poignant to note that making movies with ReelDirector is FUN. I had a blast creating something special on my phone, ready to share. There’s an sense of accomplishment when the project is finished. That being said, I would definitely not want to edit anything over 5 minutes. The tedium would be overwhelming, not to mention the rendering time. I actually have no recommendation, 3GS owners will have to take what I said and make their own decisions. For those that want their phones to literally do everything without upgrading to the latest version, check out ReelDirector. I believe the price was reduced to $3.99 from $6.99 to compete with iMovie for iPhone. That’s not a bad price at all for iPhone 3GS holdouts.
This application was paid for by GuruClark using ReelDirector version 3.0.1.
This is the second EVO 4G update to be rolled out. No surprises there however, as Sprint and HTC even before launch of the EVO stated they would be updating the device quite frequently. The latest update sent out to users is said to have fixed the weak WiFi signals some were seeing in addition to improvements to the Exchange ActiveSync security policies, and network improvements to address battery life. Battery life and weak WiFi is likely highest up there on end users list so be sure if you have been experiencing issues with that, might want to give it a look. Keep in mind it may not be available to everyone as of yet, so you’ll need to keep checking. Version 1.47.651.1 is what you should be looking for.
Like it or not, the iPhone has always been a huge seller. With the latest sales figures released from Apple, this certainly is not going to change anytime soon. Despite all the issues that arose shortly after release and despite the White version not even being available, Apple has pushed 1.7 million iPhones to waiting customers. These are not even the full sales figures, these numbers are just simply based on what Apple has available to them now.
CUPERTINO, California—June 28, 2010—Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
iPhone 4 also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD 720p video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform.
Benjamin Bach is not only a good friend of the site, but also a renowned real estate agent in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He recently compiled an in-depth list of what the iPad can do for budding real estate agents and it’s very informative.
He discusses daily use. what apps to use, and what issues you can possibly expect to encounter. A definite must read for the enterprising agent looking to expand past PCFollow me on twitter
Good morning to all; In wake of the G20 summit (which shook up Toronto over the past weekend) I felt like sharing some destruction as well, this time of the cellular variety. The victim is the most abused cell phone on the market today: The iPhone 4. This thing has been out less than a month and has been not only plagued with criticism, but it has also been blended, dropped, dissected, and now in true anarchist style; shot.
Take a look at the video
What’s funny is that the damage to the phone isn’t far off from the damage incurred from the drop test a few days ago. Wonder what further abuse this thing can take? Guess I’ll just have to sit back and wait on the video.
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A cellular phone skin (cover/protector) can come in many different colours, and materials which can say a lot about one’s personality. Here is my short list on what your phone skin could say about you. Please take this seriously as the following has been researched based on psychological science.
The Naked Phone (no skin)
You are a highly responsible and organized individual. Your phone does not dictate your identity as its primary use is for business purposes. You don’t feel your phone requires any protection as it usually sits in a holster on your hip, or at the side of your leather office bag. Furthermore, you know where your phone is located at all times and would never carelessly drop it due to any scatterbrain activity as this is completely against your nature.
Black Dark Coloured Rubber or Plastic Skin
You are a highly practical and a down to earth person. Your phone means quite a lot to you, yet you don’t want to draw attention to yourself or your phone as you relish those under the table tweets and quickie pillow talk texts. Furthermore, you didn’t think beyond having a suitable non-coloured protector to your phone which occasional dropping would protect.
Solid Colour Skin – White
You are a bold individual that is highly neat with a unique style. You own special cleaners for your phone and skin that you use on a daily basis. Your phone is always in perfect condition. You shudder at the thought of it being placed on a cement floor or wet bar; this would never happen.
Solid Colour Skin – Bright (Yellow, Pink, Green, Orange etc..)
Depending on your colour, you are a range of extroversion that may include the need to have people notice your phone and comment on its brilliant colour. You are loud and noticeable in your demeanour and feel that your phone should match that similar personality. You drop your phone a few times a week due to multi-tasking and frequent scatterbrained activity. Furthermore, you feel the need to switch up your bright colours as your tastes of colour and style change like the weather.
Intricately Designed Skin
You are a creative and unique person that believes your phone could be an actual living spirit. You have decorated your phone with jewels, caricatures, or purchased uniquely designed skins of graphics with a mixture of colours. You are most likely an iPhone user who enjoys music, application use and taking pictures – you may aspire or take part in design or creation of ideas as your profession.
Whichever skin your cell phone wears, whether it is unconsciously or deliberately, be mindful that it generally doesn’t go unnoticed. It is directly related to your personality and mobile lifestyle.
Its pretty clear that the Smartphone world is more competitive than ever before. RIM is a company that created phenominal corporate-centric devices that pretty much gained a huge chunk of the consumer market by accident. There was and still is something about these BlackBerry devices that’s so addictive.
From time to time, over the past couple of years, it seemed like RIM didn’t really feel the sense of developmental urgency that clearly existed in the Smartphone game. In my opinion RIM was moseying along, banking on the ‘CrackBerry’ addiction to spread and gain market share.
Over the past few months, seeing RIM’s plans, leaked or official, it shows they mean business. With many new devices on the horizon, the coming of BlackBerry 6, Beta Zone, App World 2.0, BlackBerry Shield, BMW ConnectedDrive, and so on, its pretty clear that RIM is going to hold down their spot. Read on down to see what you may have missed this week in BlackBerry at TheCellularGuru.