Mike Thoene


Do you drop a lot of calls?

by on Oct.21, 2011, under Mobile

It’s easy to say that your carrier drops a lot of calls, but what about you dropping your phone while carrying it? Watch the above video to see if the iPhone 4s or Samsung Galaxy S2 fares better at different heights.

Oh, and.. this isn’t the most scientific video..but it seems to be decent for every-day dropped calls 😉

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AT&T announces two new test facilities in US, three total

by on Feb.18, 2010, under Mobile

As I have been reading around the web lately, AT&T is planning to invest about $19,000,000,000. That’s billion. The first step appears to opening three ‘test labs’. At least that is what a press release states.

Two of the labs will be located in the States, which is great for jobs, and then another will be somewhere outside of the US. Verizon opened a similar test center last year.

Mobile broadband traffic has gotten quite large as of late, over five thousand percent in three years, that’s astonishing, yeah, but it makes sense since so many children are getting cellphones at a younger age. My 12 year old niece just got one with unlimited texting.. not really saying that’s a good thing. Anyways, both AT&T and Verizon are working on networks that on a technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE for short. Commercial deployment of this is scheduled some time in 2011 and is said to give higher speeds to 3G.

The press release goes in to detail about the test centers effect on AT&T, and apparently it will “enable AT&T scientists and engineers to work directly with device makers, application developers and network equipment providers to expedite development of an ecosystem of mobile and wired broadband services and capabilities for consumers and business users.”

It’s great seeing a new test center such as this opening up, especially in the United States. It should offer a few new jobs here and there for a bunch of new people, as it will focus on software development, prototyping, and equipment testing for cell phones in the mobile sector. On top of that, the center will also be used a little bit for development of AT&T’s wired broadband service, and also U-verse TV.

I am excited to see what new stuff they pump out! There have not been any specific locations yet as to where these jobs will be popping up, so don’t start packing your bags getting ready to move just yet. But be ready because job postings will be available sometime before 2011, guaranteed.

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Apple vs Google, This time it's hitting the iPhone

by on Jan.20, 2010, under Apple, Google, Mobile, Search Engines

According to Businessweek, hell is going to freeze over. The Apple iPhone might be losing it’s default browser of Google to Bing, and Apple said that hell will have to freeze over before Apple partners with Microsoft at all.

It’s a pretty risky deal, I personally hope that they still allow Google to be chosen as a serach engine on the iPhone, but I don’t thinkg the rivalry will go quite that far, at least I certainitly hope not.

Microsoft and apple are also rivals, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t work together or make products for one anther’s operating systems. At least Microsoft does, with it’s Office application like Word and PowerPoint. I don’t see many Apple applications ported over to PC.. but I guess with Apple’s low market share it seems to be justified.

“Apple and Google know the other is their primary enemy,” says one of the people, who’s familiar with Apple’s thinking. “Microsoft is now a pawn in that battle.”

If these battles are successful, it could also mean that Bing could eventually replace Google as the default search engine for Apple’s desktop version of Safari as well.

With Google’s entry into the mobile phone business as well as Apple’s recent acquisition of a mobile ad company, the two businesses have encroached on each other’s territories. Apple has even been said to be working on distancing itself from Google’s Maps data in the iPhone, which will be amazingly difficult for the iPhone to replace. Because of recent reports of Apple having billions of dollars to toy with, I really don’t see that part to be much of a problem, I am sure they can qcuire a company that can make a competing map application without much of a problem.

The future will definitely be different, especially in a week with the hundreds of reports of the new Apple product being an “iPad” or an “Apple Tablet” or whatever they may call it. We’ll have to see, and I can’t wait open my eyes!

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Remotely lock your computer or laptop, even if you didn't have hands.

by on Jan.19, 2010, under Mobile, Software

Phoenx Freeze, an application designed with one sole purpose: Locking your computer if you aren’t near it.

This software seems so simple at first glance, that you might just walk away from it without really giving it a chance. Well I gave it a chance, though about it, and deemed it to be worth it! The software is relatively simple, all you do is follow it’s instructions and you need to have a bluetooth equipped cellphone.

The premise is this, when you are near your computer, it will magically itself because you are in close proximity, but when you move away from your computer, it locks itself! I suppose this would only work if you keep your phone in your pocket or if you keep your purse with you at absolutely all times, if not it pretty much defeats the purpose.

On the website for the application, it states boldly “laptop”, well I went ahead and tried it out to work with a bluetooth dongle attached to my home PC, and it worked just the same. I am guessing by “laptop” they mean that you need to have a bluetooth enabled computer, in some way, shape, or form.

It works pretty well, and since I work out of my home and don’t really have an office where snoopy people could get onto my computer, I don’t have much to worry about. The only thing I can find a good use for this for myself would be for family get togethers when there are little kids like my 10 year old nephews around (who have their own Facebook….), it will keep them from being on it when I am not around, which is definitely great for me. Otherwise, if you work in an office and your desk is open to predators, I suggest getting this for yourself and, if you don’t have one already, a bluetooth dongle which you can pick up for about $20 shipped from NewEgg.

For more information, and to download the trial edition of PhoenixFreeze (and to buy it, too) check out http://www.phoenixfreeze.com/

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