iPhone and Siblings To Get Wireless Printing

Yet again, iOS gets all the cool stuff before the rest of the universe. This dish is based on the operating system, iOS and its 4.2 update which should touch down in November.

Have you ever found a website on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and thought, “Damn, I wish I could just print this!”

Swear no more, Apple junkies, for iOS 4.2 will have wireless printer support via Bluetooth!

I do believe the feature will be known as AirPrint and it sounds pretty promising. Not only will you be able to print, but you will have many of the controls you do from the average PC.

  • Print que
  • Print range
  • Single/double-sided printing

Those are some that I’ve heard of. I’m assuming they will also have landscape/portrait controls as well. So to all the Apple fans out there, you won’t have to wait too long. iOS 4 should be reaching an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad near you some time in November. Get ready for it!


Verizon Loves Sharing, Sort Of

Here’s one that tech geeks and especially #teamandroid supporters will be a bit upset at.

Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be releasing it’s own VCAST store as a direct competitor with the Android Market. Don’t get why this is such a big deal? I’ll try to keep it brief.

Google is a business like any other. Android is their software. Verizon chooses to bloat just about every one of their Android devices with their own overlay, meaning they aren’t running genuine, direct from Google, Android software.

By Verizon choosing to directly compete with the Android Market is sort of a slap in the face. Android, most people won’t know of. But mention “Droid” and of course now everyone knows that you are talking about. Android is the software, Droid is hardware from Motorola, on the Verizon network. Verizon has done an excellent marketing job by the way, because people now think anything running Android is Droid. Well played, VZ.

Android’s first device, the G1 was a T-Mobile product. Since then however, Verizon has gotten just about all of the high end phones, and has done all of their own branding to the extent that Android has now become AnDroid to the average non-geek, leaving Google kind of out there in the limbo of attention and brand pushing, while Verizon soaks up most of the glory. So much so that some people, when presented with Android devices from another carrier (ex. T-Mobile) believe they aren’t “real Droids”. I hope you get where I’m coming from with that one.

I guess for the most part this is not a big deal to many. Hell, it may even be a minor deal to Google (for now). Verizon has the same attitude all over the board, which is my personal reason for not being a part of their community. Jerks, money hungry jerks at that. Soon, they’ll try to take Google’s name out of everything it seems. Maybe then it will be a real issue for Google.

My (selfish) suggestion: Bring all the Android goodness over to T-Mobile where Vanilla (direct from Google) Android phones are what we love!

The only thing I see good about the VCAST store is that you can get the charges of paid applications directly on your phone bill, as opposed to whipping out your credit/debit card, using PayPal, or having to open a Google checkout account.

Google doesn’t really get revenue from the Android Market, but the hard working, average joe developers do (those who charge at least, since the underbelly of the Android Market is overall a great community of people who donate when an app is free and kick-ass).

VZ users with Android devices will now have to open two different stores to explore all of the app choices. Although this is a minor blow since it does not affect Google’s pockets too much, perhaps attention should be paid to the fact that Verizon one-uped their douchebaggery by eliminating Google’s search which DOES generate revenue and replacing it with Bing (a Microsoft product!) on the Samsung Fascinate, which is as you guessed it, an Android device aka a Google OS (operating system) device.

I wonder if Google regrets shaking hands with the VZ now. Either way, I dedicate this song to you Verizon. It sounds like you wrote it yourselves. Enjoy!

Taylor Swift Makes My Knees Cringe

Oh Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. May we have a flashback?

I admit, I felt bad for you when Mr. West interrupted you. At least he let you finish, but Beyonce had…

…oh wait.

Anyway, that was a year ago. An entire year ago. You’re not still mad about this are you? I hope not. In your song you tried to comfort Kanye? He’s still an innocent? Let me tell you what he still is.

[Drumroll please]

He’s still not giving a damn. He knows he’s an asshole, he knows he’s a douchebag. His song proved it, don’t you think? I think it was a bit cry baby-ish of her to still be riding this thing like a fat man on a pony. Let it go, lady! I really think even Kanye let it go. His performance was a song about him but he’s not beating himself up over interrupting you, Taylor. The man, according to things he has said himself, is trying to change himself a bit as a person, not as a VMA participant. The man basically labelled himself a douchebag and an asshole, although I think she is one for riding this for so long in what can be only labelled, in my opinion, as a pity party. Besides, who could stay mad at this face?!

I don’t think he sucks. He’s an amazing artist, but as a person I guess he can be a bit of an asshole. But it takes a lot to come out and say that about yourself and show humility, something he’s not known to be fond of. Plenty has happened to this dude, but I’d like to bring to light a reality check for Taylor Swift. He wasn’t concerned with you, and you had very little to do with his recent changes. We all know who did, though.

Faster Than a New York Mood Swing

It was so strange watching the aura of the city go from fashion on the 10th, to somber on the 11th.

WTC, the way we remember it

There’s now a major aspect of New York missing. Has been for 9 years now. The skyline many of us grew up seeing, knowing, changed by one day. Everything we believe in was tested and to the test we stood, as strong as ever. It took resilience, power, emotion, strength, and fear to bring us together. I still remember that day, not as if it were yesterday, but more like a nightmare. Astounding; so much so that it feels like it never really happened.

With so much going on from the building of mosque’s to the burning of the Quran, the climate is a frigid one in this country right now. In this cold body, the heart of it all rests here. Where it began, and probably where it will end. New York City has handled this situation well. We refuse to fear, we refuse to live how they want us to.

Walking through the streets of New York I see many Muslim protesters, claiming to know that the United States will burn. Handing out “literature” they attempt to inform Americans that we are all damned, doomed, etc. The message may vary, but I’ve seen some pretty extreme messages.

Aside from it all, we continue to work towards the future. If you want a perfect view of how far back we’ve come, take a ride on the free Staten Island Ferry. The view of a building structure I didn’t recognize made me smile. The frame work of the new towers is now high enough to be seen easily from the Hudson River.

We all have issues. Our countries have them, our people have them, our religions have them. Fact is that nothing is perfect, but war violence is rarely the way to attain peace. We’ve just evolved, or rather de-evolved, to believe that they need be in place. Forget your country, forget your religion. What does that say for us as humans, really?

Three’s Company: Apple, RIM, HTC

I’d like to start this post by thanking The Mobiler for this shot from their post a while back. Be aware I chose a picture of older devices for a reason. Hope you can figure why during the read. Although the devices have changed immensely, minus BlackBerry which seems to be like an intricate game of Where’s Waldo in which Waldo changes his shirt and calls himself a new name, the point is still the same and some things in life don’t change.


Call me when you get it together.

You may be asking yourself, “What the hell is he talking about?!”

Here is my beef. It’s simple.


Hi HTC, it’s me again. Call me when you learn to strap worthy enough batteries on your devices. Android devices, predominantly, run on HTC devices. I think it’s a safe bet that most people bank on HTC when it comes to their Android devices. Sure you have other OS’s running on some devices, but who are they, because no one cares. There are only 3 dogs in the race.

Anyway, HTC I ask that you PLEASE get a grip and acknowledge that regardless of what the software “says” it conserves, many Android users root their devices. Wait, that isn’t your concern! Okay lets stick to non-rooted users who end up with a dead battery with an hour and a half commute left at night. Strap the battery better. Your phones are like toilet paper during diarrhea that has some good amount, but just not enough to close the night right. Thanks. Your battery just left me with this stain.


Hi RIM, it’s me. I’m a faithful, even though I tend to cheat on you for hours at a time with my HTC device running Android software. Don’t worry, at the end of the day, I still hold you tightly in my grip. I just need one thing to come to your attention. PLEASE understand that we, your faithfuls, need apps too. Android and Apple have markets that kick ass, our App World is more like an App Bodega. Have an open mind, and give us some things we can actually use. I have TD Bank. There’s not even an app for me to use in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!! You know why people don’t bother making BlackBerry apps as much as the competitors. Loosen up and have some sex with an open experience. Thanks!


Seriously, my message is quick, simple, and painless. Call me when Steve Jobs is abducted by aliens or something. Your entire company attitude blows like the winds in westerns that push the tumble weed around right before someone turns around and shoots someone else. To top it off, you put Americas biggest jerk as your front man. Congrats.

P.S. Just hug an android! You might as well, since it seems to me your latest software on the iPhone looks a bit *cough cough* Androidesque. Just saying!

I have a BlackBerry for many reasons which cannot be beat, but I wish someone would compete with what BlackBerry does best. Maybe then they’ll step up to the plate and stop just getting by.

Take Off Your Mosque

If you don’t live under a rock, or in Arkansas (sorry Arkansas readers), you’ve probably heard of the controversy over whether or not a mosque should be built merely minutes away from Ground Zero.

The argument is that a mosque this close to a place where many people, not only Americans, lost their lives to terrorist acts by Muslims is a slap in the face of every man, woman, child, and ferret of America. I’m sure many of you feel the same.

The tension of this issue in New York City is understandably thick. On one hand, we fight for our freedom, for everyones freedom, yet we don’t want to allow Muslims to build their place of worship. On the other hand, we protect all that is ours. Sacred land deserves sacred treatment, hence the reason we usually don’t have our birthday parties on peoples graves.

Either way, there is a balance that needs to be maintained. Who do we look to for balance? Greedy politicians? Nope. Religious leaders? Nope. Al Sharpton? Hell no! We need rich people! Those are the people who make America tick, no?!

Now humbled Americans patiently await a bid to buy the space by one of our many rich friends, one specifically being the one and only, Donald Trump. Although the Trump can’t control the small animal upon his head, he could very well bring smiles to the faces of many Americans and show some strength and unity in New York City if he chose to buy the property that may one day house a mosque.

Will the Donald step up to the task, or will he stay away from it? Who knows! I’m not Who, so I don’t know. Only time and money will tell.

T-Mobile G2 w. Google Info Released

This morning T-Mobile USA has finally revealed some more in-depth specifications on their newest Android software based device, the G2. The G2 follows the course of its predecessor, the G1. What makes this phone so special is that it will be T-Mobile’s first device to truly function on its new HSPA+ network. This means that it will function at speeds faster than 3G, while technically, not 4G either although T-Mobile assures it will be able to function “at 4G speeds”. In essence, we could call it 3.5G, I’d say.

On T-Mobiles dedicated G2 page they have a picture of the device (seen above) as well as a description. Unlike when Google dropped the Nexus One and gave the better deal to new customers, T-Mobile is staying loyal to their faithful by giving current customers exclusive access to pre-orders which begin later this month.

Specs on the G2 include:

  • Android 2.2
  • Snapdragon (not the Scorpion we all thought) MSM 7230 processor
  • 800 MHz CPU (most hope this is an under-clocked 1 GHz)
  • High Definition video camera capable of recording 720p videos
  • 5 MP camera with flash and auto-focus
  • 4 GB internal memory, with an included 8 GB memory card (supports up to 32 GB external memory)
  • Adobe Flash enabled web browser and much more

More details will come of the device soon. For now, I think that the long awaited G2 should be just like the first – simple, sleek, and kick ass minus plenty gimmicks. Plenty of Android users are disappointed with this device. Complaints stem from things like it being less than 1 GHz, although numbers aren’t everything, to the fact that it has no front facing camera. I guess everyone wants FaceTime now. I believe the G2 will still have amazing sales. Far better than the other company that tried to do something revolutionary, Research In Motion, with it’s BlackBerry Torch 9800 which, to me, screams epic fail. Android fans unite and still have the most close-knit mobile community out there. I’m sure many will be ready to root this device and throw on a brand spanking new ROM on it that will push it to it’s limits. Rock on rooters!

To see more details on and a closer look at the T-Mobile G2 with Google please visit T-Mobiles shop site here.

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