September 29, 2010

RIM officially entering the tablet battle

RIM has made a move and has confirmed today that it will be releasing a new table device to be called Playbook. It is expected to hit the US market in early 2011 and Europe in Q2 2011.

At first sight the design is pretty sleek and well designed. Some of the Playbook's strengths include multitasking (runs on an OS called QNX, which RIM has presented as capable of doing "things that you have never seen before"), front and rear cameras, it will support wifi, 3G, 4G and bluetooth, among others.

The feature that has surprised me the most is its size. It has a 7-inch screen, which makes it significantly smaller than the iPad (9.7" screen), making it lighter and easier to carry around. I just wonder whether this means if the Playbook and the iPad will be competing for the same users. The device is name is pretty good one and does not resonate to the typical "business" theme usually associated with Blackberries; pretty much the opposite.

Another big battle is coming. I have no need yet for a table device - my laptop and iPhone work good enough for me - but I look forward to looking into this further as months go by and new players come to the market.

September 20, 2010

The Social Network

"The Social Network", David Fincher's movie based on Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook will be coming out in a couple of weeks. There is quite a lot o buzz about it, so I am just posting a pretty thorough article about Zuckerberg published on The New Yorker. It is quite long but worth reading

"The Face of Facebook"

I am also posting a link to the movie trailer (nice song!) and official site. I look forward to watching it.

September 7, 2010

Baby is home

After two long years struggling with the blackberry storm, the iPhone
4 is finally in my hands. let's see how it works!

September 5, 2010

Gmail's Priority Inbox

I have just installed Priority Inbox, Gmail's new feature that allows you to have an inbox separate from the actual "Inbox" where you store those emails that you find most important. I have just used it for a couple of hours but it definitely works for me.

I used to conduct this prioritization on Gmail by adding stars to emails but they were not so intuitive and and easy to find as they are with Priority Inbox. When I am working on my desktop-based email program I try to keep in my inbox only those emails that require additional attention or follow up. Now Priority Inbox does this for me.

The new feature is supposed to be able to classify your emails as priority or non-priority and to improve such classification as the user confirms or modifies the status that Gmail gives to each received email.