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Forget Wireless Contracts with Boost Mobile and the New Incognito

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

With the economy in such a rut, many of you might feel like you can’t handle signing a “normal” cell phone contract. You still need a phone, though – for practical purposes. I can think of very few who don’t actually carry their own personal (or business) communications devices. Still, long-term contracts can be sticky – and less than optimal in some situations.

Boost Mobile may just have a solution for you.

The all-new SANYO Incognito SCP6760 phone is launching soon. It’s flip-designed with a full QWERTY keyboard.

Incognito

The phone (itself) is going to sell for only $129.99 (not including taxes), and will have free shipping when purchased through the proper link. Most important to note, however, is that there are NO contracts required to use it. You can purchase a $50.00 Monthly Unlimited Plan with nationwide coverage.

This plan includes unlimited text, voice, AND Web access. The phone has a 2 megapixel camera and a VGA camcorder, so the unlimited Web feature will come in handy when you want to upload pictures and videos from your phone to share with your friends and family.

Additional features include both picture and video messaging (MMS), stereo Bluetooth support, and GPS-enabled hardware. Oh, the Incognito’s speakerphone option will come in handy when you don’t have a headset and need both hands free to do something.

To me, the “glow-thru” touchscreen (which appears on its mirrored surface) seems quite remarkable:

Incognito

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Of course, the high resolution 2.6″ display is nothing to sneeze at (and if you do sneeze at it, please wipe before using the phone again).

Pick up a SANYO Incognito if these features and price-points fit the bill – a very economic bill.

Why Does Apple Restrict the iPhone’s Abilities?

I have a problem: I get NFR copies for many iPhone apps.

This, itself, isn’t an issue – but the iPhone can only display up to 144 apps at one time. This limitation is artificial, as I have an insane amount of free space on the device. I currently have 250 apps in my iTunes library (out of tens of thousands available storewide). Many of these great apps can no longer be synced because of this imposed limitation. Consequently, I’m not carefree with what I choose to install on the iPhone anymore.

The solution: Apple needs to enable some kind of Spotlight search for installed apps on the iPhone, showing (a) the most recently used and (b) the most used apps – on two separate sheets.

I know that some people are content with having ~10 apps on their iPhone, but that (to me) seems like such a waste of resources and potential. I’m addicted to iPhone apps, I admit it – especially the free ones. Why is Apple not letting me access the full potential of this platform?

So, I admit that I’m an extreme case. How many apps do you have on your iPhone? I asked my Twitter followers:

alberodelcolore: 95apps! using 50…

about 10 hours ago

BrianCBock: Apple needs a way to sort iPhone apps into categories. Maybe using itunes? And maybe show me a count of how many uses.

about 11 hours ago

Chiron1: Last count I had 138 apps on my iPhone

about 13 hours ago

skaterD: 62 apps

about 19 hours ago

unkleEL: I have about 100 apps in my library and maybe 20 on my phone some I rarely use so I don&#39t add them

about 20 hours ago

iLoveEnglish: So the limit on how many apps you can have on your iPhone is 144? Does anyone really need that many apps on an iPhone?

about 20 hours ago

mseneschal: @chrispirilloI have 70 apps. Of those I use about 2 pages (32) apps frequently. I try to have only productive (less distracting) apps.

about 21 hours ago

caseygotcher: I had about 10-12 installed, but my Touch 32GB just got ripped off last week.

about 21 hours ago

mobiledivide: 70 on my iPod touch. Use about 10 on a regular basis.

about 21 hours ago

MikeKukielka: I have a mere 112 apps, bringing me to 8 pages.

about 21 hours ago

Jaylor36: I have 53 apps installed right now … 236 is crazy

about 21 hours ago

robpickering: 114 and I love each and every one of them.

about 22 hours ago

VxJasonxV: 16 apps * 3 pages + a page with 10 apps + the 4 dock apps. 16, 32, 48, 58, I have 62 iPhone Apps? Cripes…

about 22 hours ago

bsappleby: how much space does that take up on your iphone out of curiosity?

about 22 hours ago

Bdog80: I have 88, what r your current favorite cant live without apps?

about 22 hours ago

easy_way: about 15

about 22 hours ago

Tsuimonster: I have 106 Apps right now, so… eh.

about 22 hours ago

kursed: I&#39ve got 42 installed on my iPod touch, but it just so happens that i&#39m only regularly using 10 of em.

about 22 hours ago

fixorater: 77 at the moment… crazy eh?

about 22 hours ago

daveinthecloud: Not many. Less than 20.

about 22 hours ago

aaron_bennett: 229 in library, and 144 on the phone. Apple, we need to be able to organize, categorize, and have more than 9 pages FFS!

about 22 hours ago

r0b: I&#39ve got 40 but use only about 15 of them regularly.

about 22 hours ago

christophertran: i have 500. but dont like to clutter up my desk. they are free apps….(most of them)

about 22 hours ago

jdntx: I&#39ve about 40 apps, because I try not to use my iPhone for gaming. For example; my N64 controller

about 22 hours ago

firespyer: 30 and I thought I had alot

about 22 hours ago

TreyRust: I got to my 9th page then just a few hours ago I cleaned it downed to about 61

about 22 hours ago

ATTFJamie: about 12 are worthy.

about 22 hours ago

randallholahan: I have had as many as 100 but I continulally purge, usually keep around 50-75

about 22 hours ago

brennanmuir: wow.. I have 104 all

about 22 hours ago

Louis0nFire: No more than 20.

about 22 hours ago

gurubrandon: How many of those are purchased?

about 22 hours ago

natetronn: 144 at once is all Chris can handle? Man you can do better then that! “There&#39s an app for that” don&#39t-cha know 🙂

about 22 hours ago

glendesjardins: I have 86 apps on my iPod touch, including the pre-installed ones – all free but 1 (Apple Poker)

about 22 hours ago

teamsoteria: I have about 40 apps. I can&#39t keep up with you on the apps.

about 22 hours ago

keybcoder: I have 211, I hate that is up too 144 apps!

about 22 hours ago

feeish: Wow and I though I had a lot with ~100

about 22 hours ago

macboy16: i have 120 apps on my ipod

about 22 hours ago

briantellectual: That is nuts! I couldn&#39t imagine using that many. I only have 43.

about 22 hours ago

iGeekW: i just got my SpringBoard filled up. 173 apps in iTunes. btw “Uno” is worth checking out if you don&#39t have it already. eYa l8r

about 22 hours ago

Tsuimonster: If you think you can do better than that video&#39s producer, then YOU do it!

about 22 hours ago

EricStegemann: 148 is max on Iphone/touch hence www.148apps.com

about 22 hours ago

Michaelaking: i thought my 63 were alot dang.

about 22 hours ago

ATTmobilemusic: My iPhone is maxed with music apps, social networking apps, some remote access tools, and games/apps for my daughter.

about 22 hours ago

charlesjbarry: More importantly Chris, how many do you actually USE? I have four pages of apps and use maybe ten. LOL

about 22 hours ago

lynngg: No thanks, I will stick to the BB Storm

about 22 hours ago

bugboy: i have 85 but i keep mine to ones i use at least once a week.

about 22 hours ago

thegame87: HOLY SHIT BATMAN I have like 10!! If you had to choose just 10 to use what would they be?

about 22 hours ago

Linux on the iPhone: So What?!

Sure, it’s interesting to see that Linux on the iPhone is possible – but it’s anything but a practical development. Such was my sentiment on Twitter a half hour ago… and the responses are pretty much in line with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. I asked – who would want this?!

TreyRust
TreyRust @chrispirillo umm.. me? I don’t like the restrictions of the apps.. but you have a point… just get an android phone if you want linux
Surrender1224
Surrender1224 @chrispirillo in its current state no one. However if they get more support for it then I can see it being a big thing. Who knows tho.
Jonathan Rothwell
jrothwell @chrispirillo to expand its functionality…? Maybe it’s just me being dense, BUT…
David Sterry
weex @chrispirillo I want that. We’d alone better off with a powerful free software communications device.
James Savage
catfacts @chrispirillo In its current state no one, but after it matures it may offer server possibilities 😛 Honestly, nothing MobileTerminal can’t
Joshua W.
joshua_w @chrispirillo Well I’d like to play with Linux on my iPhone. I really would like to be able to dual boot Android.
Fabien Poitras
Devon H.
drummer2207 @chrispirillo Wouldn’t portable Linux be so cool? An operating system on an iPhone and iPod Touch
Wagner Skellington
Skellington @chrispirillo It makes no sense! I agree with you. Absolutely!
TechBabe
TechBabe @chrispirillo “that’s as useless (and pointless) as tits on a boar…” I’ve gotta’ use that somehow. Maybe on a conf call.[Need a job first]
FazzMunkle
FazzMunkle @chrispirillo Isn’t iPhone OS already a *nix type OS? I’d use the term POSIX, but I’m not knowledgable enough to know if that’s right.
brad
Matt Smith
mattstech @chrispirillo Because it’s cool! OK, it’s not so practical yet – but imagine running Android on the iPhone! Talk about cross-platform love!
Joshua Schnell
macgasm @chrispirillo what if you could duel boot into a full os of linux on it? Would that change your mind?
Roman von Contzen
berlinista @chrispirillo “Redefining “user unfriendliness”: Linux is ported to the iPhone… for some reason” via Dr. Macensteinhttp://bit.ly/UT5t
Robert D'Alesio
dalesio @chrispirillo But just think, if they can get linux on the iphone, they may be able to get other OSes ex: Android???
Oli
Steake @chrispirillo Forgive me here, but JESUS, witch linux geek wouldnt!
Jackson Miller
jaxn @chrispirillo I would like to at least try a dual boot iPhone with Android. (I saw a dual booth with Windows Mobile a while back)
Eric Cumbee
ericcumbee @chrispirillo useful probably not but, it would be cool i guess thats enough to make it worth it to many.
Ryan Becker
ryguy999 @chrispirillo Some crazy people are too obsessed with Linux
Craig
BigDonVespa @chrispirillo isn’t that like iphone turning itself into a wannabe iphone killer? And Failing?
AJ Cutshall
Nicholas Butler
loudmouthman @chrispirillo yeah that about sums up more thoughts. Linux on the iPhone. So another platform for linux to not quite work properly on then.
Derek K. Miller
penmachine @chrispirillo Because it’s there, Chris. Because it’s there. Remember Linux on the old iPods? How even less useful was that?
Zetacon
Zetacon @chrispirillo I’m surprised if Apple would allow that.

What Tools do You use for Mobile Productivity?


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It’s super-easy to do things on a computer. If you’re mobile, and don’t have access to the Web… how do you manage to do what you need online? You could always call a friend, but then you’d have to give out your usernames and passwords. Do you really want to go to that kind of hassle? Why not check out Dial2Do?

Dial2Do lets you do common tasks by just calling a number and speaking. Use it to send Email or text messages, record reminders to help you remember things, post updates to your Twutter or Jaiku stream and listen to your favourite internet content. It’s easy and handsfree.

When you dial we ask you two or three questions like “Do what?”, “To who?”. You say what you want and then we’ll look after the rest. We recognise what you said and look after getting your action carried out.

For people who are always on the go, this can save you an insane amount of time. Send out important emails while you’re stuck in traffic, or even Tweet to ask everyone if there’s a clearer route. There are other services out there like this, but this one is seriously intensive on what you can do.

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Teaching You Tech Terms Today


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Just like the word espresso is often mispronounced, so are a lot of tech words mispronounced, and misused.

  • Palm Devices are not PalmPilots. Palm devices haven’t been titled PalmPilot in over 8 years now. It’s time to stop calling them PalmPilots. You can thank a lawsuit by the makers of the Pilot pen for this. They are to now be called Palm devices or Palm Treo, Palm V, Palm VII, Palm PDA, etc..
  • Cell phone’s aren’t cellular anymore. Most phone companies don’t use cellular technology anymore. Yet nobody uses the term “wireless phone”. Calling today’s wireless phones “cellular” is like calling a CD a cassette tape. Yes there are still some cellular networks, but why call a phone that doesn’t use cellular technology a cell phone? Heck, they often aren’t even a “phone” anymore. They are mobile devices. They do far more these days than to just act as a phone.

If you have other tech terms that you are trying to get through someone’s head, and they just aren’t listening? Send me an email or leave a follow up comment to let me know so I can share them with the world.

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MoveDigital is Moving Forward

You’ve probably seen the news – Senator Edwards is using BitTorrent to distribute video now! Like Dave says, it’s a big deal. I didn’t realize that Gary Lerhaupt had the Senator lined up when he emailed me about his new MoveDigital service last night. Not sure if the following points are available anywhere else, but… here are seven things you can do with MoveDigital (as relayed by Gary himself):

  • Sign in with your Prodigem account or create a new account (all Prodigem users get a free year of service).
  • Upload your files to be served as direct downloads.
  • Convert your video and audio to mobile phone format (3GP) so that they can be streamed directly from your MoveDigital mobile page.
  • Create torrents of all your stuff.
  • Use the rectangular Web widget (the rectangle to the left of each file you upload) to easily reblog your links. The HTML for the embed can be found from the Share button.
  • Once you you have your widget on your blog, people can click the Share button to directly add bandwidth into your account to help you out (each 5GB they add, adds 1 to their own account) – aka social bandwidth sharing.
  • Enjoy the fact that bandwidth on our service acts like prepaid cell phone minutes with unlimited rollover. That is, it doesn’t recycle at the end of the month and it only disappears when you use it. Moreover, for direct downloads we only charge you for bandwidth for files which are completely transferred. If someone stops half way through, no bandwidth is considered used (though torrent and mobile hosting are done per byte).