Provataki writes: Has the OEM market gone too far? OSNews reviews a taiwanese WiFi phone that was originally announced with lots of fanfare from sites like Gizmodo and Engadget because it is the only such product that can do both VoIP SIP and Skype. Apparently though, the phone is buggy, the Skype functionality requires a PC with an old version of Skype running on it, it has major usability issues but most importantly, it can be hacked and easily fried if someone on the same WiFi network uses a telnet client to login to this almost-unprotected VxWorks-based phone (login/password is 1/1 and the telnet port can't be closed down). Where is quality control for products that are imported in this country?
Provataki writes: Magnatune seems to have the right idea and even the right motto: 'We Are Not Evil'. They are a real record label but they give away 128 kbps mp3s of all their artist's songs for free. If you like what you hear you can purchase higher quality DRM-free FLAC, Mp3, OGG, AAC, WAV versions at a price you set! If you don't, you can always keep, share or delete your legally downloaded 128 kbps mp3, your choice. They are sharing profits 50/50 with their signed artists and they allow consumers to share their purchased songs with 3 friends. What sets them apart from other 'free music' web sites is that they actually sign artists that are able to produce high quality music and are serious about their work (rather than just being a random mp3 hosting site). Also, the artists keep all the rights to their work!
Provataki writes: OSNews has a detailed review of the second effort from Motorola to kill the iPod: the ROKR E2. The phone was officially released just last Monday in Asia and it features a QVGA screen, 1.3 MP camera, full music and video capabilities, FM radio, Bluetooth with stereo sound support and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Anonymous Reader writes: In an interview, Motorola's opensource guru Guy Martin clarifies the future of mobile Linux at Motorola and the rest of the companies that have joined in their consortium. He mentions that eventually an SDK will be released so hackers can write native C++ applications (their framework is based on Qt Embedded, but not on Qtopia) and binary compatibility between phones running on the same platform will be pursued.
Eugenia Loli writes: GEOS managed to offer nearly all the functionality of the original Mac in a 1 MHz computer with 64 Kilobytes of RAM. It wasn't an OS written to run on a generic x86 chip on a moving hardware platform. It was written using immense knowledge of the hardware and the tricks one could use to maximise speed. OSNews has a 14-page introduction with screenshots.
Eugenia Loli writes: Research company Telephia released a study announcing that over 34 million Americans use the mobile web and that the Openwave XHTML browser holds the biggest market share with about 27%. While not very well known, Openwave is one of the driving forces behind mobile SVG, IM and WAP, while they recently announced their Linux browser port on top of Trolltech's Qtopia. Motorola's MiB browser is following closely behind with 24% while Nokia in USA holds only a 13% and Access Netfront a 9%. According the PDF, Americans are mostly interested in mobile email, sports news, maps and weather rather than visiting random web sites.
Eugenia Loli writes: According to a recent research it seems that the cellphone web browsing landscape is much different than most people would expect based on their desktop browser experiences. Openwave rules the cellphone market with 27% and Motorola follows closely with 24%. Nokia is at a mere 13%, although when taking into account worldwide statistics on smartphones-only, Nokia's S60/80/90 phones are beating everyone else with over 64% of that particular market share. No word on Opera Mini though...