Sony Ericsson used its official product blog to let fans know that it is delaying the release of Android OS 2.1 for their Xperia line of handsets. Originally listed for a September rollout, the company is now looking at late October and beyond.
Sadly, the Xperia X10 will still be nearly a year behind the competition when it finally does see Eclair. While other phones like the Motorola Droid have gone from 2.0 to 2.2 in the same span of time, Sony Ericsson has been behind the curve since day one.
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Who says you can't take it with you? Dropbox for BlackBerry taps into the Dropbox.com cloud storage service to let you view uploaded files on your smartphone, including streaming music and videos. It's a two-way street--you're also able to upload files, like photos, to your Dropbox account. You can snap a new one or dig into your media gallery on the phone. If you're so inclined to share, a menu option will generate a link for you to e-mail to friends. That's nice and all, but come on, Dropbox, dip into BlackBerry's other … Read more
Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 makes its way today onto Motorola Droid X phones (Verizon Wireless), in tandem with the rollout of Android 2.2 we've been expecting for this device. Flash Player 10.1 is bundled with the Android 2.2 update and makes it possible, when enabled, to visit Flash-compatible Web sites from the browser of any Android phone running OS 2.2 (Froyo).
We took some time to play with Flash Player 10.1 on a Droid X demo unit, and found performance to be hit and miss. Video playback, Flash graphics and menus, and Flash games ranged from faithfully rendered to choppy to static. CNET TV, for instance, played audio perfectly, but video playback wasn't always up to speed. Still, it was watchable on the whole, and it beats having that content blocked.
Before launching an attack on Adobe, keep in mind that touch-and-go performance of the Flash Player isn't entirely on Adobe's shoulders. Just as mobile-optimized Web sites are significantly easier on the eye, the Flash Player will have better luck with Web sites made with mobile Flash in mind.
"We don't expect Flash content to work exactly the same way on the mobile phone as they would for the desktop," an Adobe spokesperson told CNET during an interview. Even higher-end phones lack many of the hardware capabilities necessary to silkily handle HD streaming TV or games that perform at peak on a PC that's been outfitted with an able graphics chip.
That said, it's certainly in Adobe's best interests to smooth out the process and bring more players on board. Adobe has already gotten a start with its m.flash.com site, which aggregates sites like Kongregate (Flash games), The Sims 3, Sky Sports, and BBC News that play nicer with the Flash app than other unoptimized sites might. … Read more
Address books are a dime a dozen these days, so to stand out, a program had better knock our socks off. Free Address Book performs its duties as promised; however, we found its awkward navigation a big turn-off.
The program had a seemingly user-friendly interface. The design was very clean and professional-looking, with straightforward commands. But upon closer inspection, we found the program awkward to navigate. When we first launched Free Address Book, the window ran off our screen, so we tried to adjust it. Instead of resizing itself with the window, the page content ran off the page and … Read more
Owners of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Pro who've been wishing the portable hard drive came with USB 3.0 rather than merely USB 2.0 just got their wish.
Seagate announced today a new portable drive in its FreeAgent GoFlex family, the 1.5TB GoFlex Ultra-portable. The drive not only comes with USB 3.0 standard but boasts 1.5TB of storage, making it what appears to be the largest single-volume portable external hard drive currently on the market.
Other than the amount of storage, the new drive has the same superflexible design as the GoFlex Pro, meaning it can be used with any type of connection--be it USB, FireWire, or eSATA--merely by swapping out the adapters.
The GoFlex Ultra-portable comes with a USB 3.0 adapter, while the GoFlex Pro comes with a USB 2.0 adapter. These two adapters, like all GoFlex adapters, can be used interchangeably.
Note, however, that while the GoFlex Pro supports USB 3.0 too, you'll need to buy a separate adapter that costs around $40. Notably, the GoFlex Ultra-portable is the first portable external drive in the GoFlex family to support USB 3.0 out of the box.… Read more
Windows' built-in Remote Desktop Connection utility is a bit basic; it offers few options, and multiple connections fill up the taskbar, making it awkward to switch among desktops. If you regularly access multiple remote machines or just want an improved remote desktop client, check out RD Tabs from Avian Waves. It uses a tabbed interface to manage open remote connections with a familiar functionality similar to current browsers, keeping everything in one spot. But it offers so much more than just better organization, with extra features like password encryption, remote terminal server management, connection thumbnails, and command line scripting.
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