Google Earth on the iPhone

As the first Google Android phones hit the market, a new Google application finds its way to the iPhone: Google Earth.

Google Earth for the iPhone obviously packs the power of its parent application. But it also makes good us of all of the iPhone resources, the multipoint touch screen, the GPS positioning system, the motion capture, making it a very slick application. The navigation in a 3D environment is really impressive.

Make sure high bandwidth is available as Google Earth is as data savvy as it is in its desktop version.

Gmail, Google Maps, now Google Earth, the boundary between the iPhone and Android based phones gets thinner everyday. In the end, who is the winner if not Google?

Needless to mention that Google Earth is available free of charge from the AppStore.

Fring for the iPhone 3G

About one year ago, I already mentionned why I loved Fring. now Fring has recently released an official version (V1.0.1.4) for the iPhone 3G or the iPod Touch.

It installs in a snapshot and off you go… Once signed in, I recovered all my previous settings and contacts. When used for a call, you will be prompted which service to use for each call – Skype, SIP or Cellular in my case – could not be easier.

Pros:

  • Straightforward install for the Apple AppStore
  • Support of numerous services
  • Access to the iPhone contact list

Cons:

  • No resident software, software needs to run to receive incoming calls
  • WiFi only, no calls when connected on 3G or EDGE networks

WordPress for iPhone

Mad about your iPhone? Here is a good way to spend a lot of time playing with its virtual keyboard: write posts on your WordPress blog. Install WordPress for iPhone now and off you go!

WordPress for iPhone

WordPress for iPhone is a free application available from the AppStore and installs very easily.

WordPress for iPhone supports the minimum requirements to efficiently post on your blog. Text, title, tags and categories are supported. WordPress for iPhone allows for posting on multiple blogs (wordpress.com hosted or not), supports local and remote drafts, allows preview of posts and, last but not the least, publishing of the posts.

You want to post what you see? Easy, take a picture, WordPress for iPhone allows for including photos available on your iPhone into your posts.

While WordPress for iPhone does not feature all the plug-ins available for WordPress, it provides a rather complete featureset for an efficient blogging on the go.

The only limitation may reside in your ability to write long posts using iPhone’s virtual keyboard, you will have to be patient.

YouTube on your TV

Watching YouTube videos frequently? This is for you.

Google Media Server helps you watching Youtube videos and other digital media files on your TV. All you need is a UPnP enabled device and installing Google Media Server (Google desktop is required to index your local files). Windows Media Center does the same when dealing with local files but Google Media Server adds the web streaming.

HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray

And the winner is… Blu-Ray!!!

It was just another battle between formats, remember the BetaMax vs VHS war.

Since Toshiba, the main driving force behind HD DVD, recently announced it would no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players, we’re settled for Blu-Ray. OK! But is it really the end? Is Blu-Ray really the winner? And for how long?

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What makes sense in Microsoft taking shares in Facebook?

Everybody now heard and read about Microsoft’s decision to take 1.6 % of Facebook. A 240 M$ deal. Not so bad. But what does this mean?

The official answer is that Microsoft will be Facebook’s exclusive advertising company. Is that truly worth 240 M$?

There probably more behind this.

What will this mean for Microsoft’s Live Spaces? It would not be the first time that creativity comes from acquisitions. Look at Yahoo! recent decision to drop Yahoo! Photos for Flickr which they bought two years earlier.

More, on the operating systems topic, many people say that Microsoft’s Vista could probably be Microsoft’s last operating system and that the future will be to Web based operating systems. Could this step be seen as a way for Microsoft to acknowledge this and a move to a future answer to the Google’s Google Aps initiative?

Obviously there is far more behind this move, probably a first step for the necessary future move for Microsoft to go for more online business, but it is too early to say in an ever changing world. Many open questions but a good topic to follow up.

Why I love Fring

While I have not tested Fring yet, I have no suitable WiFi phone but it should not last, I already love Fring !!!

Having a one-stop solution to my mobile phone, my landline-over-ADSL-with-low-rates-phone, my Skype phone nightmare is more than a dream.

In a couple of words, Fring is a piece of software designed to run on your mobile phone and that routes the transmission to the media available: standard mobile, mobile data (3G), WiFi and so on with regards to the dialed number in order to optimize the cost of the communication. Fring also support various IP based solutions such as Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk and SIP. For sure mobile phone operators won’t like that. Running on one single device means that all my contacts’ information does not need to be replicated on various devices, what a relief!

It seems to like Symbian OS as numerous Nokia phones appear to be supported by now. Windows Mobile based devices is also an option but it crashed on my HP IPAQ nx2495… No doubt an iPhone version of Fring will come with time.

No business model is claimed by now. Advertising based operation or big player buyout?