Desk Pets

Are you getting tired of playing Solitaire when you want to take a little break? I've got just the thing for you--DeskPets. They are a veritable hoot.

At present there are two species: the Skitterbot and the Trekbot. The Skitterbot is an arachnoid-like robot that skitters around on six legs. It looks something like a tarantula, but unlike true arachnids that have eight legs, Skitterbots only have six legs. The Trekbot kind of reminds me of a robotic racing wheel chair without a passenger.


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The Mamba Shift Laptop/Tablet Toter by Boog

Not only will this spectacularly sleek and stylish backpack accommodate your laptop and or tablet, but there is also plenty of room for lots of peripherals, your lunch, and whatever else you may need while trying to keep connected when out and about.

The Mamba Shift Laptop Backpack by Boog has to be one of the finest pieces of backpack craftsmanship and design I've ever seen.


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Programmers' / Webmasters' Corner: Real-life problems of the Windows Phone 7 browser and fixing them

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OK, so, you want your pages to be rendered on the current pre-Mango (pre-7.5) Windows Phone 7 correctly? Don't be mislead that all(!) the other mobile platforms render them OK. Some of these platforms:

- Bada using even last year's version 1.x+; see THIS
- iOS
- and even the, otherwise, scripting-wise (see e.g. THIS) hugely restricted Opera Mini

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Quick tip: flashing the beta version of Bada 2.0 to your Samsung Wave (II)

Now that Samsung seems to be still dedicated to the Bada platform and has even been releasing a continuously worked-on and enhanced firmware, I decided to fully support it and also purchase two current Bada phones (the high-end S8530 and the middle-of-the-road S723) to post on programming both the new and the old Bada versions and to (help) port some genuine iOS projects to Bada.


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SPB Software adds new features to SPB Shell 3D!

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SPB  has added more cool features to their already popular Shell 3D product, including more 3D features, landscape support and more. Read on for full PR info or go here...


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Rick Steves' Audio Europe for Android available!

I've taken a handful of trips requiring travel through Europe in the past 10 years. Would have been nice to have taken some extra time to actually tour the best sites and sounds in the area. A virtual tour guide on my phone or computer might have convinced me to do it! Now you can not only bring along one of the best sources of travel information on Europe, you can bring him along for free! Read on for full press info on the new Rick Steves app (now available for Android)...


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HTC Status coming this Summer to AT&T!

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If you are a serious Facebook user, you might want to consider a phone built just for you. The Android-based HTC Status is that phone. Coming later this summer, the Status will include a Facebook Share button that keeps all your Facebook friends updated on your location, pix and much more. Read on for full press release details...

 


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Migrating data from Nokia phones to Android; other Android and OS X (Windows virtualization) tips

Today, I've played a bit with Nokia feature phone -> Android migration, file system access and Skype. I elaborate on them, should you face the same problem

Let's start with the second: file system and the phone with probably the best price/value ratio, the ZTE Blade. To make it visible for XP, you'll want to download the file system drivers from HERE.


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Synchronizing PIM data on Android

This won't be strictly a programming-related post, but as you may find this information useful, particularly if you want to quickly get your new Android phone synchronized without reading through tons of (largely outdated) articles and spending hours reading forums for user opinions, I still post it.

Unfortunately, synchronizing PIM (Personal information management) data (calendars and contacts; let alone tasks!) with Android phones is in no way as seamless as is with, say, Palm OS, Windows Mobile or even the iPhone.


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AT&T HD7S Reviews, Phones on Sale, Music & Videos Hub in WP 7.1

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Reviews of the AT&T HD7S are appearing, and PocketNow reports that there are some differences between it and the similar model from T-Mobile. This week we'll note new information about the Music & Video hub in the forthcoming Windows Phone 7.1, as well as some special offers from Amazon on Windows Phones.


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Microsoft Previews Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango)

Last week Microsoft held a major press conference in New York City during which they previewed the next version of their Windows Phone software. They are calling it version 7.1, contrary to the earlier rumor that it would be labeled Windows Phone 7.5. This week I'll point you to the press conference video and other videos, as well as news and information about the 500 new features it will offer.

Press Conference Introduces Windows Phone 7.1


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Spb Releases Time app for Android!

The timeless time app from SPB software now available for Android, with skin features (and free skins), World time, multiple alarm settings, and much more...Read on for full release info and links.


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Release Dates Set for Verizon Trophy, AT&T HD7S

After much anticipation, the Verizon Trophy and HTC HD7S are finally going to be released, with online orders of the Verizon device beginning May 26. This week I'll also note other phone-related news, such as Sprint's HTC Arrive selling for a penny, as well as movies available from Paramount that come as apps.

Verizon Trophy, HTC HD7S


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Great New Features Coming in Windows Phone 7.5

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Many details of the forthcoming Windows Phone 7.5 came to light this past week, with an official preview apparently slated for May 24. This week we'll outline these new features, which include voice dictation, turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance, Bing Audio, Bing Video, Bing Image Search, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook Chat, and more.


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Estimates of Slow Windows Phone Sales, Photos of Verizon Trophy

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Microsoft hasn't ever said how many Windows Phones have been sold, other than saying how many had been shipped to carriers and retailers. Now some estimates are appearing, and the numbers aren't that good. Still, AT&T reports being satisfied with sales. This week we'll also note the appearance online of photos of the Verizon HTC Trophy, which could be available this week.


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Verizon Windows Phone Now Listed Online, Windows Phone Tips

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We've weathered a lot of false rumors regarding the arrival of a Windows Phone Verizon, but now it looks like it's really going to happen. Soon. This week I'll also point you to some handy Windows Phone 7 tips from the developers themselves. And we'll look at the latest steps Nokia has taken in pursuit of their Windows Phone offerings.


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Case-Mate introduces new BlackBerry PlayBook Case line!

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Case-Mate recently announced new cases for the BlackBerry PlayBook.


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SBSH Releases SafeWallet for webOS!

SBSH has now released a version of it's award winning ewallet program for webOS. Now you can sync your account, and password information seamlessly from your webOS device and your PC or Mac.


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