Amid the news of China picking a fight with the U.S. over Google, and Jammie Thomas-Rasset getting her fine reduced, we've got a goldmine idea for NASA. Gene wrote in to explain that instead of selling off the shuttles, NASA can just leave them parked at the space station. And we took it further with some suggestions of how and where to park them and what to do with them afterward.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1151
Some of you who have been basking in the beauty of your new Nexus One Googlephone may not have tried out all of its delightful features.
And what I am about to tell you may lead you to utter some naughty words. Please, go ahead. I have heard them all, in several different languages. And I respect the vehemence of the vernacular.
However, your Nexus One will not be so charmed by the vigor of your tongue. It will, dare I utter the word when referring to a product from the newly emancipated Google, censor you.
You see, the pungently … Read more
Recently, I wrote a post about some of the multitouch issues that are plaguing Nexus One owners. Some users have complained about buttons being unresponsive after the phone is powered on for a half hour,whereas others are seeing their touch commands not register at all.
Though CNET has yet to experience such problems, a writer from AndroidCentral posted a video of his Nexus One not registering touch commands. Watch the video and you'll see that when the phone finally does recognize his touch, it brings up the speech input option after he presses the letter D.
To be … Read more
Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney is forecasting that Google will sell between 1 and 3 million Nexus One handsets in its first year.
Depending on your perception, however, that number can be construed as a potential success or a disappointment. Apple's iPhone shipped nearly 5.5 million units in the first year and Citigroup estimates that the first year sales of the Motorola Droid will be more than 7 million.
Other than "stop the presses!" the next best thing a journalist can say is that a colleague is "on assignment." It sounds so mysterious and important and I was glad to be able to say it this week about Bonnie. Ms. Cha had to miss Dialed In this week because she's off to a Nokia press event in New York City. We don't know exactly what will happen, but Ovi should take front and center.
Without Bonnie and Skype Nicole, Jason and I managed to hold down the fort with talk of bling-worthy phones, … Read more
After only a few short weeks, could it be that the honeymoon phase has ended for some Nexus One owners? Forum posts are alive with disgruntled users complaining about a variety of issues, with this week bringing news of issues involving the touch screen.
A thread started earlier this week by a user reported that their Nexus One was registering the wrong keys when tapping on the screen. After a quick power cycle, the problem disappeared, but the user doesn't appear to be alone. We have yet to see such issues on our Nexus One review model.
Whether software … Read more
Welcome to the 411, my Q&A column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have the same questions, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at email@example.com. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
I'm moving to Europe some time in the next month, and would like to get an Android phone in the interim. I'm interested in both the Nexus One and the Droid. Do you know which one I should get? -- Hank, via e-mail
Since you're moving to Europe, a Nexus One would probably be best because it's an unlocked GSM phone that you can use with any SIM chip in the world. I would definitely opt for the no-contract version here of course, since you don't want to be tied down to T-Mobile. The Motorola Droid, on the other hand, is a Verizon/CDMA product that you would not be able to transfer over easily. But if you have your heart set on the Droid, you can try to get the Motorola Milestone, which is its GSM cousin. As far as I can tell, it's virtually identical in almost every other way.
I saw your CNET article concerning cell phone radiation. Do you have any information on cell network extenders like the Verizon Wireless Network Extender that supposedly improves your cell coverage within the home. I assume the unit would emit radiation, but would it be anymore than say from a wireless router? Also since the cell phone receives a stronger signal would it decrease the level of radiation? -- Albert, via e-mail
That's a good question. I would assume that extenders do emit some radiation, but I don't think it is a significant amount. Plus, you're not keeping the extender next to your head the whole day.… Read more
This week has been big on Google. The company's Nexus One's pricing has gotten a few tweaks and The Woz declared it his favorite gadget--quite a statement coming from the co-founder of Apple, makers of the iPhone, the Nexus One's direct target.
Speaking of Apple, one of its lawyers accidentally let slip the fact that the infamous Apple tablet might someday exist even though it doesn't really exist. This is due to Gawker's $10,000 bounty on anything confirming that the nonexistent tablet exists. I hope he takes PayPal.
Speaking of people messing things … Read more
This might be one of the most fruitful ads Google has ever enjoyed. And it wasn't even created by Google.
According to NBC Bay Area News, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was on the set of an education program called "NBC Class Action" when he was asked an entirely innocent question: what is your favorite gadget?
Wozniak reportedly replied: "Well, it's the latest one. It's a non-Apple product, but it's a gadget that just came out yesterday."
You will be stunned into February to hear that this remark was made the day after … Read more
Remember when we said existing T-Mobile customers had to pay more for the Google Nexus One if they wanted it under contract? Well, Google and T-Mobile have heard the complaints and decided to change their pricing...just a little.
When the Nexus One first debuted, existing customers without data plans had to pay $279, while those who are upgrading their plans had to pay $379. Now, Google says all existing customers will get the $279 pricing regardless of their data plans. Those who did pay the $379 will get a refund, and of course this does not affect those who … Read more