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Apple announces Ping…FAIL

So a few days ago, at Apple’s release meeting, Steve Jobs announced a new musical social network called Ping.  Two days after the release, over one million people had signed up for the service.  Needless to say, not too many of them liked it.

Ping is a free downloadable software made by Apple that allows its users to view photos and videos of their favorite musicians and artists and also to get updates on concert dates. Not only that, but Ping allows users to connect with friends online to talk about different songs, movies, or albums.

Now that all might seem great BUT there are some pretty big mistakes Apple made here.  First off, Ping is only available for users living in the United States.  What’s with that? Next, when signing up for the network, you are forced to choose what genre of music you would like.  This would be ok if they actually had genres that people listened to. Cabaret, swing, folk song?  Who actually listens to that stuff???  Anyways, besides all of that, Ping is empty.  There are not many artists signed up for users to follow.  I know, Ping was just released, but if it continues to be like this, then it’s definitly not worth signing up for.  And finally, there already is a Ping.fm that works 10 times better than Apple’s,  i guess Apple likes copying good ideas.

What are your thoughts on the new Apple Ping? Comment below.

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Samsung Wave 723…not good enough for the U.S?

Samsung has recently announced a new smartphone entering their lineup,  the Samsung Wave 723.  No exact date has been set, but the Wave should be released to the public sometime in September of 2010.  The phone will cost around 240 euros (or around $300).

The Wave itself has a very nice metallic look, but unfortunatly there is a leather flap covering the front of the phone connected at the bottom.  To me, this does not sound very convenient.  Sure, people like to protect their phones from scratched and what not but that’s why companies make cases, to give the owner the option of purchasing one or not.

The phone will have a 3.2 inch touch screen display, GPS, Wi-Fi capability, and Bluetooth.  Not only that, but the Wave will also have a 5 megapixel camera with flash and a 3.5mm headphone jack which is becoming popular among smartphones.  The down side to this phone is the small amount of internal storage.  The Wave has 90MB of storage while other smartphones, such as the Nokia N8, have around 16GB of internal storage with options of upgrading to around 48GB.

The phone is said to be heading to Germany and later will go to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Even though it will be available in all of these other countries, it most likely won’t make its way to the US because of the hype of the Iphone and Android devices.  So if you are interested in getting this phone, your only option as of right now may be to get it on their online store.

Dell launches its first smartphone…failure?

As more and more smartphones have been coming out on to the cellphone market, Dell
decided it was their turn to step into the contest to make the greatest smartphone yet (or so they think).

Supposed to be launched earlier this year, Dell delayed the launch till now. The phone is
called the Aero and will be sold for $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. The phone itself runs on
Android 1.2 which is a pretty outdated software as of now.

The phone has a 3.5 inch touch screen display and runs on a 624MHz processor which is no competition to the 1GHz chip used in many of the new smartphones being made. The Aero will have a 5 – megapixel camera
and also has Wi-Fi and GPS and of course, you can download apps from the Android
marketplace.

In my opinion, the phone is an OK device but it won’t last long or at all in the smartphone
crowd. To me, the only appealing detail about the phone is the cheap price of it.

What are your thoughts on Dell’s new phone?  Leave a comment below