Tuesday, May 27, 2008

AreaGuides Network - New Look?

For the last several weeks the rumor mill has been a buzz about a possible new look for the AreaGuides.com Network of regional community postal websites. Today, we can confirm that the southern sites in the network including LakeNorman.com are already sporting a new improved look and feel.

The new look is by the web design firm of Bedford Falls Graphics based in North Carolina. Confirmed sources high up in the AreaGuides organization have indicated that this new design should be fully implemented throughout the network by the end of June. The founder of AreaGuides Craig Shipp of Merritt Island, Florida said "We are all excited to see the AreaGuides.com Network moving to the next level. There are many new developments that will be announced in the near future that I think all of our users and sponsors will find helpful. We are all about providing easy-to-use tools to the members of our communities and now with this expanded partnership with the folks at Bedford Falls Graphics I believe we will all be saying 'WOW' on a regular basis."

Friday, May 23, 2008

What's next after 3g?

Long Term Evolution - I can't wait!

Although 3G technologies deliver significantly higher bit rates than 2G technologies, there is still a great opportunity for wireless service providers to capitalize on the ever-increasing demand for "wireless broadband" and take advantage of the technology innovation that improves the economics of deploying mobile broadband networks. Consequently, there is an expanding revenue opportunity from a growing pool of consumers and business professionals who are demanding the same experience and applications that they enjoy on a fixed wireline connection over wireless -- anywhere, any content, stationary or mobile. The solution is LTE, (3GPP Long Term Evolution), the next-generation network beyond 3G. In addition to enabling fixed to mobile migrations of Internet applications such as Voice over IP (VoIP), video streaming, music downloading, mobile TV and many others, LTE networks will also provide the capacity to support an explosion in demand for connectivity from a new generation of consumer devices tailored to those new mobile applications.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Apple on a roll...

Report: Apple to be hub of the digital home by 2013
The next five years are going to be very interesting for Apple if a new report from market research firm Forrester is correct. The company predicts that Apple will rule the digital home by 2013.

Here's the full story from Macworld:

Sprint goes after the iPhone

Sprint's Instinct iPhone killer? I don't think so but if you're staying with Sprint than it may be the next best thing to a real 2gen iPhone!

Sprint confirmed this afternoon that the Samsung Instinct, Sprint's answer to the Apple iPhone, will start showing up on store shelves on June 20.

The phone, expected to cost between $200 and $300, initially is expected to be available in limited markets. It also will be available first to Sprint customers who sign up for one of the company's "Simply Everything" plans.

For full story see: http://sprintconnection.kansascity.com/?q=node/546

HSUPA Coverage - High-Speed Data for new iPhone

I've already talked about the new iPhone that's due sometime after June 9th and here's an article that talks about AT&Ts rollout of their high-speed data network that the new iPhone will be taking advantage of. This is more exciting news for the AreaGuides.com Network as they are planning the launch of their iPhone friendly sites this summer.

"The second half of June 2008 will mark a new era for AT&T. Will the Apple 3G iPhone show up on AT&T with HSUPA support around the 18th of June?"
See full story:

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

iPhone More Good News

It seems like every day there is more good news for those who plan on buying the next iPhone. We should all know more about the gen 2 phone on June 9th but one thing is for sure Google and others are gearing up for lots of iPhone users. See the following stories:


Photo taken withTreo

The mountain photo posted here was taken with my Treo cell phone and then e-mailed to this Blog to post here...all within a few seconds...if you click on the photo you will see the full size photo...as cell phone cameras get better so will the quality of photos posted...

Mobile Posts

I am posting this using my mobile phone as a demonstration of the real time aspects of a blog...the photo could have been taken at any event and posted in real time....in this case I e-mailed the post to my blog's e-mail address using my Palm Treo PDA phone. Now days most phones can support e-mail and many have cameras built in so taking a photo and attaching it to the e-mail is a piece of cake. All I did was put the title in the subject line of the e-mail and this copy in the body of the e-mail and attached the photo. The photo is automatically sized to fit the blog. Fast and easy...the way I like it!

Craig Shipp

Pangea Festival

Frederick.com keyword "Pangea"

Google Apps on iPhone

Now, there are a few more reasons to embrace Google and the google apps. Today I read that Apple may sell as many as 45 million iPhones by the end of 2009 (maybe 20 million in the US) and then I received this e-mail from the Google beta team I'm working with:

New iPhone interface for Google Apps

It just got easier to access Google Apps on an iPhone. Bookmark
http://www.google.com/m/a/frederick.com from your iPhone's browser, and you'll have streamlined access to Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs on the go. For more information on mobile access, visit