All in all, I'm glad I passed on going to 3GSM this year. Not only do I have a lot on my hands (from tough technical puzzles to long, weary transatlantic phone conferences), I also don't have to wrestle the crowds at the exhibition - my RSS feeds bring it all to my desktop.
As a result, I have something like 300 new items to plow through. And real work to do, so here are a few highlights:
- Nokia announces support for Windows Media, and licenses ActiveSync. The two companies that mobile operators avoid the most have joined forces. Can you say "de facto monopoly"? Whatever the motivation on either side, this is the most important announcement for multimedia services. With that and the Flextronics deal... Fear.
- The K600 is now public.
- Besides the rather ugly E1060 and the dubious SLVR V8, Motorola also launched an HSDPA data card, the D1100. It's coming, folks.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Verizon bought MCI. About time, too.
And I would be remiss if I didn't link to the PowerBook HD rumor that is making the rounds. I don't think it will happen, though, since Apple has always stuck to precisely the same dpi across all of its displays (I had a link to that info somewhere, but can't find it right now).
If you're a photography buff, Todd Dominey has just launched SlideShow Pro, a highly enhanced version of the open-source freeware I used for my site headers (see Credits). At US$20, the only thing stopping me is that I haven't had the time to figure out the extent to which it can be customized/modified. Oh, and my cronical lack of time.
And yeah, I know it's Valentine's Day. I use Google: