Category Archives: wireless data

iPhone as your social network

I had a chance earlier this week to try the new Facebook application for iPhone. The app, developed by Joe Hewitt, is a version of Facebook optimized for the iPhone. Many of the core features of Facebook are available on … Continue reading

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AOL launches improved mobile search

AOL today released its new beta of mobile search. Congratulations to rockstar developer Alan Tai and product manager Farhan Memon. Alan did much of the initial prototyping on his own time while we worked to get approval. I pushed the … Continue reading

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Status from Minneapolis: we’re fine

During weeks like this, I’m reminded that wireless and long distance networks that we take for granted aren’t designed for major emergencies. They’re engineered for average peak usage and can quickly become overloaded when tragedy strikes. After this week’s 35W … Continue reading

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Crying babies and cell phones

Among the top complaints among restaurant customers are screaming babies and cell phones. Now you can combine the two. My friend Jonathan mentioned that he wanted to capture the dulcet sounds of his five month old for posterity. I suggested … Continue reading

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The iPhone extravaganza

I made my visit to the Temple of Jobs yesterday, reaching the Apple store on Stockton Street about 9:30 p.m. The live van for the local NBC affiliate was parked outside waiting for the 11 p.m. newscast. Inside, the store … Continue reading

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Kill time anywhere with YouTube mobile

NewTeeVee reports on the launch of YouTube mobile. Now you can kill time watching YouTube videos anywhere, assuming you have a phone that can display streaming video. You should also have an unlimited data plan, lest you have to hold … Continue reading

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Getting Google Street View in your pocket

WHERE has released a clever hack that lets you pull up Google Street View pictures on your cell phone. Just find a business and if it’s in Street View coverage, you’ll see a link to view the picture. Google’s own … Continue reading

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Hunting for free WiFi

I’m not a coffee drinker, so the Starbucks brand means exactly one thing: no free WiFi. I was walking through Georgetown yesterday and grumbled (and shot this picture) as I walked past the Starbucks on M Street in my quest … Continue reading

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WHERE gets personal with easy-to-create custom widgets

I’ve written before about the WHERE platform, a location-based service platform that allows developers to create custom location applications. Now just about anyone can do it, with very little technical knowledge. You go to Google’s My Maps, plot your points … Continue reading

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Catch the train with Google Maps expanded public transit data

Google announced that they’ve added more public transit information, including schedules in select markets. Google points to a map of Zurich to illustrate schedule information. Click on one of the tram icons. In some cases, you must then click on … Continue reading

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