About two months ago at&t asked me if I would be interested in trying out one of their new devices as part of their brand ambassador program, of course I said yes. About two weeks ago I received the BlackBerry Torch from at&t along with a simcard that will have valid service on it for a year. For more information visit the at&t share site on Facebook.
For the past two years I have been an iPhone user and I currently have an iPhone 4. Prior to getting the iPhone I used BlackBerrys, so when I was told by at&t that I would be receiving the Torch I didn’t expect to be Wowed by it. Sure I have heard great things about the torch and how they were making it the FUN Blackberry, but having used Blackberries in the past I just couldn’t think of a blackberry device as anything but a business phone.
So again I wasn’t expecting much from the Torch when it arrived at my door step, I expected it to be just like any other blackberry I have used in the past. But I was wrong and I discovered how wrong I was right away, the torch is fun!
When I owned a BlackBerry I was fortunate enough to have a case by OtterBox. As can be seen from my review of that case, it really saved my phone! Having transitioned to Android, I was very excited to hear that OtterBox released cases for my Nexus One phone, specifically, the black Commuter Series case.
Last year HP blew us away when they introduced the first 100% touch screen web connected all-in-one printer the HP Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web. I thought and then and so did many others that this was as far as printer tech could go what more could you do besides improve inks and print speed?
Well HP obviously didn’t think the Photosmart Web was the end of the line as this year HP brings us the Photosmart eStation. An all-in-one (Scanner, Copier, Web Connected Fax, Printer) with a detachable android powered slate. I am sure it will be a WebOS powered slate in the next version.
So I’ve released some new open source solutions targetting SharePoint 2010. Screenshots after the jump! These addons primarily target end user experience and greatly increase the ease of use for uploading with metadata and just general browsing.
-Automatic Treeview Metadata Navigation
-Silverlight host webpart without the 5 second limit
-Silverlight upload form
SharePoint 2010 – Extensions
As part of the at&t brand ambassador program, today I recived a brand new Blackberry Torch with a years service and I unboxed it. Check out my unboxing video below and in two weeks I will have a full review up.
Today Symantec has officially released the 2011 version of their security suite of software, and after using the beta for months and the final version for about a week it is indeed the best modern version (ver. 2009 – now) of their security suite.
I am pretty sure Symantec is tired of people like me beating a dead horse when we constantly bring up their resource hogging past. But I feel I have to bring it up because a lot of people still think Norton Security software is the same old piece of shit it used to be. It’s not! It’s actually the best security software on the market. But you don’t have to take Symantecs word for it, or mine for that matter. Why don’t we just look at what a Trend Micro sponsored study concluded. In their study they concluded that Nortons Security software was even better than theirs. I am sure the Symantec CEO Enrique Salem is giddy because of these Trend Micros results. Wouldn’t you be giddy if your competitor said you rock?
I knew Samsung made netbooks but I was unaware of their netbook line until recently when I saw them showing them off at a press event here in NYC.
One particular model caught my eye and that was the R540 which I was lucky enough to get on loan from Samsung. It caught my eye because it was a simple yet elegant system with a 15.6 inch widescreen LED backlit display. I don’t know about you but simple is the new black. The R540 is powered by Windows 7, an Intel core i5 processor and an ati Radeon graphics card with up to 4GB of DDR3 memory (4GB on Test system), 500 GB drive and optical drive (Blu-ray available).
I travel a lot and when you travel a lot you often find yourself making friends with the guys and gals that work at the counters of various Kinkos around the country, or spending an arm and a leg just to scan 1 or two documents.
So being able to get the ScanJet Professional 1000 Mobile scanner to review would not only be a fun experience but a money saving one as well.
A few years ago when the Motorola Razr was the hottest phone on the Market and Cingular Wireless was still around there was a little known program that I was apart of. I don’t recall the name exactly but I am pretty sure it was called My Cingular (someone from at&t feel free to correct me on the name).
The program allowed Cingular now at&t customers to talk about their phones on myspace which at the time was very popular and other sites like xanga and they were rewarded with points that they could cash out for prizes I still have some of the things I cashed out my points for like a Sean John Book Bag with a little cingular patch on it. There were also surveys that you’d fill out to earn points and if you uploaded a camera phone picture you also got points. They even from time to time offered tickets to concerts for free!
If you are an apartment dweller in a big city like I am, you probably suffer from what I call iPhone Syndrome. Symptoms are great sex life, phone and shitty service.
The problem in cities like NY when it comes to cell phone reception is not the lack of coverage but the thick walls, and the tall buildings. Some high rises in NYC have horrible cell service because they are so high. If you have ever stayed in a Hotel in NYC any room over the 6th or 7th floor tends to have horrible cell service, and a lot of high rises have ZBoost type devices installed in them.