Steve Jobs calls the new MacBook Air the future of laptops

During a 90-minute presentation on Wednesday at Apple headquarters, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple鈥檚 latest thinner MacBook Air 11-inch and 13-inch models, along with the new operating system. The redesigned Mac notebook combines features from the iPhone and iPad with those of a MacBook. The new MacBook Air features a multi-touch that offers you an iPad/iPhone-like experience. Instead of a hard drive, the new thinner, lighter and expensive Mac laptop uses flash storage....

October 28, 2010 路 2 min 路 344 words 路 Omid Farhang

Security issues on Android

One unique security feature of Android is the permission check when installing 3rd party apps. The system lists all permissions that an app requires and asks the user to check if that鈥檚 alright. Such permissions are the ability to receive your location, send or receive text messages, internet access, phone calls and many more. The user can be sure that the app is not doing any of such activities without the appropriate permission....

September 20, 2010 路 4 min 路 670 words 路 Omid Farhang

Skype 5.0 beta brings five-way video chat

Video chatting is on the rise. Yesterday, we got to take a look at Qik鈥檚 mobile video chat client for the Sprint EVO 4G, and today, we get to take a look at Skype鈥檚 latest development: five-way video chat. Today, popular VoIP and chat client Skype launched a beta of Skype 5.0 for Windows, which includes a free trial of group video calling, a re-designed call view window, improved video snapshots gallery, and improved browser plugin performance....

May 19, 2010 路 1 min 路 131 words 路 Omid Farhang

What about the WiMAX networks that aren't Sprint/Clearwire?

With Clearwire and Sprint pushing for mobile WiMAX coverage in 80 U.S. markets by the end of 2010, and promising three new WiMAX-powered smartphones in the near future, it鈥檚 easy to lose sight of the wireless technology as a solution for rural residential broadband. Today, Kansas Broadband Internet (KBI) announced it is moving ahead with the construction of its own WiMAX network with PureWave as the exclusive hardware provider. The finished network will cover 18 counties, and more than 12,000 square miles....

May 11, 2010 路 2 min 路 314 words 路 Omid Farhang

Sprint Drops Plan to Offer Google鈥檚 Nexus One

Although Google announced only last month that Sprint would carry its Nexus One phone, the carrier has since retracted from that plan. Gizmodo reports that the carrier will instead focus its efforts on the upcoming HTC EVO 4G it will be launching this summer. Both devices are Android phones, but the EVO is arguably more full-featured and will take advantage of Sprint鈥檚 4G network 鈥 the next-generation cellular service that will be more akin to true mobile broadband with faster speeds than current 3G networks....

May 11, 2010 路 2 min 路 226 words 路 Omid Farhang

AT&T, Verizon stand against FCC's ‘Third Way,' Sprint on the fence

With Congress鈥 dance card already overflowing with major social and policy reforms, including in the financial sector, the likelihood that it could pass a major reform to the Telecommunications Act for Internet regulation during the Obama Administration (however long it lasts) is quite low. Faced with a pair of no-win scenarios, the FCC last week opted to propose a 鈥淭hird Way鈥 for broadband regulation that could at least get its foot back in the door 鈥 a way that literally asks judges and attorneys-general to substitute 鈥渢elephone鈥 for 鈥渂roadband鈥 in various clauses of existing law, except for those sections where doing so wouldn鈥檛 make any sense....

May 11, 2010 路 5 min 路 1050 words 路 Omid Farhang

Men in blue suits raid Gizmodo

Many bloggers and commentators are making much of the fact that San Mateo police served a search warrant on the home of Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen and confiscated computers, servers and other equipment, probably as a result of his postings about the capabilities of the lost prototype Apple 4G iPhone. Gawker Media, which owns Gizmodo, made public the fact that it paid $5,000 for the prototype iPhone which was accidentally left in a bar by one of Apple鈥檚 software engineers last month....

May 4, 2010 路 2 min 路 355 words 路 Omid Farhang