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The Amazon Kindle Comes To The UK

It's finally here. The Amazon Kindle is now available to order through Amazon.com. According to the Amazon website it will use the 3G  network but without any mobile phone contracts. With access to 250, 000 books and newspapers such as New York Times and The Daily Mail this is looking extremely tempting even to the owner of a Sony E-Reader like myself. The device will cost $279 and can be bought here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015T963C//ref=amb_link_84995193_2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=gateway-center-column&pf_rd_r=054RKV5NH0EYVHGTZHTH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=472917413&pf_rd_i=468294. Is anyone thinking of getting it? Let me know if you are and why.Image from Amazon.com.

Blackberry Bold Caller Exception Tip

I recently picked up a BlackBerry Bold and I must say I love it. I would tend to put my phone onto silent at night and this has led me to miss a few important calls. So when I got the BlackBerry I wondered if it had anything up it's sleeve to prevent this and it does. I thought I'd blog this tip for anyone who hasn't found it but is interested.1. From the home screen navigate to the profiles menu item and select it.2. Scroll to beyond the bottom of the screen, after Off, and you'll find an option for Advanced.3. Select it and you'll see an option called "Use Active Profile Except for:". Scroll down to the check box "Important Calls"4. Press the BlackBerry key and select Edit from the menu.5. In the resulting screen you will be able to choose the contacts from whom a different profile can be used, the profile the phone should use when they contact you and finally the ring tone for any incoming calls.6. Once you've made the changes press the …

Ghostbusters Game Save Bug

I've been playing the Ghostbusters game from Atari for a few days now and I must say I'm really enjoying it. I'm not sure if that's just because I love the game or because I grew up loving the cartoons and films and I'm getting a kick from being able to catch ghosts along side the greats. Either way the game really is great fun.
However, it has rather an annoying bug. Twice now I have accessed the career menu to be presented with a New Career option and that's it. No way at all to play on from my last saved position. Apparently this is quite common and there's an easy workaround.
Simply load into the Multiplayer game and then exit back to the Main Menu. Go back into career and you should be able to restart again almost as if nothing happened. I say almost......Sadly the game removes all you Tobin Spirit Guide Tokens and Artifacts. My finances were unchanged but I have heard of other people losing those too. It seems to just have varying degrees of impact.
Bein…

Office 2010: The Movie

Just watched the video on YouTube, I’ve embedded it below, and it’s fantastic. The boys on Redmond really have gone all out for this one and it really shows. Great job on the advertising. Now lets hope the product is equally as good. Microsoft Office 2010 Movie

iPhone OS 3.0

Well that's the new OS downloaded and installed on my iPod Touch and I can't help wondering what all the fuss has been about. This update feels even more anticlimactic once it's actually living on your iPod. There's just nothing to it. Nothing really changes. There's no little red circles on Twitter apps suddenly appearing to tell you that someone more has left 140 characters of wisdom, there's no oomph when the device boots in again for the first time after update...there's nothing.
TUAW have posted a little reading material for all those people who are downloading their updates for the iPhone and iPod Touch. A link to it can be found here and it takes you through everything you can look forward to when your little shiny piece of Steve restarts. Seeing it laid out there there's not really that much to cheer about.
I am glad to see the landscape keyboard get introduced to the rest of the apps at last because that was getting very annoying trying to type a…

Windows XP on an iPod Touch

I was browsing the App store the other day looking for a new game to play and I came across Paper Toss. The App itself is great fun and being free it's well worth a look. While playing it however I noticed something in the background that made me laugh. The developers had included a computer running Windows XP. In fact it's in all of the levels of the game.
I've posted a screenshot of the game.
The game was developed by Backflip Studios and is available now from the App Store. Review coming here soon.

WWDC 2009 Approaches

At 10 am tomorrow, 5pm UK time, Phil Schiller is due to take the stage in San Francisco. The Apple rumour mill has been in overdrive around this particular keynote for very good reason. There is a lot of hope that Dear Leader, otherwise known to you and me as Steve Jobs, will make a surprise appearance and bring with him some amazing piece of technology that will mark his return to Apple. I don't think it's going to happen, it might but I really doubt it. I'm going to make a couple of predictions in this post covering WWDC tomorrow and what I think will happen in the rest of June. I honestly feel that tomorrow is going to mirror the Macworld keynote. During that event Phil did an excellent job of introducing products that were, lets face it, boring. If Steve had been in full health I don't think he would've been able to make those announcements anymore exciting than Phil made them. Tomorrow's likely to be the same. Phil can introduce us to Snow Leopard and iPh…

Why Steve Jobs Still Being Involved In Apple Is Bad News

The Wall Street Journal reported some great news for Apple fans, Steve Jobs is still making the big decisions. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook runs the day-to-day operations at Apple, these people say. But Mr. Jobs has continued to work on the company's most important strategies and products from home, they say. He regularly reviews products and product plans, and was particularly involved in the user interface of the new iPhone operating system that Apple unveiled last month, these people say.This sounds like great news doesn’t it? Steve may not be well enough yet to return to the day-to-day operations of the company but he’s certainly well enough to stay involved. Even if he never returns to the day-to-day operations he can still take on a roll of Chairman with oversight of product, or something like that. This news story prepares us nicely in fact for such an announcement in a couple of months in WWDC.As with every story though there is another way to look at this one. I got …

Is This The New Zune?

Engadget has published this picture of what they are reporting to be the new Zune from Microsoft. Even though these devices are not available in the UK I did own one of the older devices and I really didn't see any reason for it getting the abuse that many have thrown it's way. Let's face it, it played music and let you watch videos on a good quality screen and using stable and easy to use software. If the device had been smaller there really was very few negative things you could say about it.

This new Zune looks excellent. Very stylish and hopefully as easy to use as it's older siblings. The similarities to the iPod Touch are obvious but that's not a bad thing and not a new thing. To compete in this market though Microsoft need to offer the ability to play the DRM free iTunes tracks on the player and the media software. I believe that this is the only way they can hope of getting converters. It's impossible to move to a new player if your songs won't play …

The Missing Windows Mobile Component

I’ve been looking into developing on mobile platforms recently and after looking at Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Palm I’ve come to an unusual conclusion regarding the Microsoft offering. Everyone knows the UI is weak in comparison to other devices so I’m not going to look at that. I’m actually talking about the developer tools for Windows Mobile. Downloading the SDK for version 6.1 is nice and easy from Microsoft.com but the problem emerges when you start looking for a supported environment. Android and BlackBerry use Eclipse plug-ins which are free to download as is Eclipse itself. If you own a Mac you will get Xcode when you download the iPhone SDK and once again these are free. Microsoft’s free Visual Studio Express environments are not actually supported for mobile development. You have to go out and purchase a copy of Visual Studio before you can develop for the Windows Mobile platform. To me this is a massive flaw in the Microsoft model. Google, RIM and Apple…

Bing? Windows Live? MSN!

Microsoft have been attempting to brand their online experience for months and years now and things appear to be getting worse. I am personally a fan of the Windows Live brand. I think it completely captures the one product Microsoft is best known for and conjures the image of Windows being online and available. So why not stick with it?The fact is that they do not seem keen on sticking with this brand and there are many rumours about rebranding of Live Search. So what about simply going back to the best known online brand Microsoft have, MSN. I was on a call with Microsoft today and while I was on hold I was listening to an ad for spaces.msn.com. That sounds much better than anything Microsoft have managed to come up with lately and the portal that is currently in place is very well known and developed.So my question to Microsoft and Softies everywhere is this, why not bring back and support MSN? Or if you don’t want it then give it to me.

Another Nice Microsoft Ad

Microsoft have released their second ad and it’s another good one. Nice to see the Redmond guys starting to take good jabs at Apple at last. Microsoft Ad 2

Jobs at WWDC '09?

Apple have announced today that WWDC, Worldwide Developers Conference, will start on June 8th 2009. From a technology viewpoint we have to expect a new iPhone, the full release of iPhone OS 3.0 and Snow Leopard. On their own these are three exciting announcements but there may be one more announcement that will blow the rest away. The return or retirement of Steve Jobs.

I suspect that we will see Steve Jobs appear at WWDC during the Keynote. Unfortunately I also believe that this will be his final appearance as Apple CEO at WWDC. If Steve is unable to remain as CEO then the best time for him to leave will be after Apple announce three excellent new products that will keep the company secure for another year.

My only concern is 2+ years down the line. I've heard people say that since Tim Cook is doing such a good job as acting CEO he will make a good CEO. However, lets not forget that Steve is still in charge. He made it clear in January that he will still be making the big decisions…

Installing Ovi From Nokia

After hearing that Microsoft may be releasing a version of Apple’s Mobile Me for Windows Mobile and some non-windows mobile devices next month I decided to check out what Nokia had on offer first. On paper their current service list looks quite impressive. Email, contacts, calendar, file sync from your mobile device to the cloud, Nokia Services, and some sort of PC Suite, more details after I install it and get to play with it for a while. I’m currently using an N96 and have the new Nokia Messaging email client setup. While not perfect it is an excellent offering and one no S60 owner should be without.I’ve used the calendar and contact sync to connect to the cloud and everything uploaded without a hitch. Now I want to see if I can tie the Ovi PC Suite into MS Outlook with Outlook connector. If I can then Nokia really have managed to offer virtually the perfect all round solution. Head over to www.ovi.com for a look.

Microsoft About To Release A Good MobileMe?

According to Neowin Microsoft are going to introduce the world to their MobileMe compeditor next month:"SkyBox" is a service for users to sync a phones information with the web. Microsoft will be offering automatic backup and restore services, access and management of phone data and provide easy communication and sharing with others. The service will also allow syncing of contacts, email/SMS, calendar items and pictures into the cloud, similar to Apple's MobileMe. The difference from Apple's offering is Microsoft could be set to offer this out to non Windows Mobile devices. "SkyLine" will be aimed at small businesses. Offering similar functionality to SkyBox, businesses will be able to setup their phones with Microsoft's Exchange hosting with their own domain names. "SkyMarket" was originally discovered in September 2008 when Microsoft advertised several external job positions. SkyMarket is the codename for Microsoft's mobile marketplace, …

The Steve Jobs Email

The following is taken from the Wall Street Journal: Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal
with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health
continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else
at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my
health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought. In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to
allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have
decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and
I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As
CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our
board of directors fully supports this plan. I look forward to …

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave

The Wall Street Journal are carrying the story that Apple CEO is taking a medical leave of absence until June:Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, in email to employees, said his health issues are more complex than thought and is taking a medical leave until June.Tim Cook is going to take over the day-to-day running of the company. Apple shares are currently down over 7% as of 22:06 GMT.At this stage I’m not going to guess what’s wrong with Steve. All I’m going to say is that I truly hope he makes and full recovery from whatever is wrong and my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. We look forward to seeing him back on stage introducing us to new iPods in September.

Windows 7 First Impression

I’ve had Windows 7 installed on my Macbook for a couple of days and my first impression has been very positive. This is an extremely stable OS and on Boot Camp it’s actually running better than the Vista installation I had on before it.Before I touch on the OS I’m going to make a quick note on installing it. If you own a Mac avoid Parallels. I have a fully upgraded copy which identified Windows 7 and was a breeze to setup. On logging in for the first time however things did not look right. After a quick Live Search I discovered that Parallels does not support Aero and seems to have an outdated video driver. To appreciate Win7 fully you really need to have Aero active. Install it onto Boot Camp and enjoy a great OS.The first thing you really notice is the new taskbar. Whatever anyone else says this is a fantastic addition. It’s easy to tell the difference between running applications and shortcuts. A quick mouse over a running application and you get a set of thumbnails, not a big dea…

22Hundred.net Change

This is just a quick note to let you all know about a change that has been made to 22hundred.net. Up to now I’ve been doing reviews and posts in this blog. However I want to try to write more reviews in the future. In order to achieve this and make it more accessible I’ve decided to separate out the reviews and place them in a new part of the site. For reviews please check out http://22hundred.net/Reviews and don’t forget to sign up to the atom feed to make sure you never miss a post. The reviews that were on this blog can now be found on the new site.

CES Prediction

Well the CES keynote is approaching and after the disappointment of the Macworld keynote we’re hoping that Microsoft can make the most of this opportunity. On the Apple keynote I thought Phil did an excellent job considering the products he was introducing. I would like to see how he would deliver an iPhone level announcement. I suspect tonight’s keynote is going to focus on integration. Hopefully they’re going to show us how Microsoft products fit together and how they fit in with future products such as Windows 7.1. Windows 7. This has got to play a major role in today’s keynote. Showing the integration with Windows Live, ability to run on Netbooks and finally the availability of the beta to testers.2. Zune Phone. If this product is ever going to be announced then this has got to be the time to do it. The HTC Touch HD is getting great reviews even though it is running Windows Mobile 6.1 and Macworld had nothing that the media can really get it’s teeth into. This new competitive Wind…

Macworld 2009 Review

Well that's it for the Macworld keynote, or the Philnote as this years was called, and it was a bit of a damp squib. Now that's not to say that there wasn't a couple of interesting stories coming out of the keynote.

The first one could be iwork.com. I expected an online office suite from Apple and we got it but they've disappointed us. This is basically Google Docs but they're going to charge us for it. If Microsoft announce the availablility of Office live tomorrow the Apple suite is going to disappear into the mists.

The second interesting announcement was the removal of DRM from iTunes. While this on it's own is long overdue it will be welcomed and with Windows Media Player 12 supporting AAC in Windows 7 this couldn't have come at a better time. It would be a great if this could be extended to those of us who have DRM tracks already but I'm guessing that isn't going to happen.

It was a pity Apple couldn't finish their Macworld run with at least …

The Onion and Apple

The Onion posted an excellent parody of Apple over the last couple of days. The video can be found here. A few of the points made in the video are actually a quite accurate. Lines such as:
Apple fan: “I’ll buy anything if it’s shiny and made by Apple.”

“It remains to be seen whether the Macbook Wheel will catch on in the business world, where people use computers for actual work and not just dicking around.”
My personal favorite was:
"...next generation Macbook Wheel which will be 4oz lighter due to it's lack of screen, hard drive or wheel."

Macworld 2009 Predictions

Well it’s that time of year again and while this years Macworld has been overshadowed by the news of Steve Jobs health, get well soon Steve, and the revelation that Apple are pulling out of Macworld after this years show it’s still time to make a few predictions. I’ve noticed that no one is highlighting the fact that this years Keynote could see the introduction of a new product. Steve being ill means that his avoidance of Macworld had nothing to do with lack of products.

So in the light of this news lets see what we’re in store for tomorrow.
1. New Mac Mini. Going from the rumors this one appears to be a sure bet. Going to be interesting to see if this evolutionary product will show that Apple are taking an interest in the mini or is this going to be a hobby like Apple TV.

2. New iMacs. Almost certainly will be larger in size with higher specs. I’ll be interested to see if there’s cinema display size iMac. Considering the fact that the Macbooks were redesigned to fit in with the iMac de…