Tuesday, June 22, 2010

AT&T Looks to Android to Help with Network Problems

AT&T just launched an Android version of its Mark the Spot app, which lets customers report the precise location where they dropped a call, had no coverage or had a failed call. The idea behind this app is that AT&T can track and improve their services.

Everyone in the tech community has known about the problem AT&T has had with dropped calls but it is good to see that they are trying to do something about it. Mark the Spot records the data where customers received poor cell phone service and sends it to the provider. With the data AT&T might just be able to do something about their constant drop calls.

iPhone users have had their own version of Mark the Spot for several months now, and that information has actually helped improve coverage in places. AT&T Android users may want to familiarize with the app because they may end up spending quite a bit of time with it until things improve further.

Monday, June 21, 2010

iPhone OS 4 Unleashed to the Masses

If you haven’t already tried downloading it, you can grab iOS4 for your iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch via iTunes. After you get done searching around on Bing (we all know that’s what you’re really looking forward to), you can check out some of the interesting apps taking advantage of all of the other must-have new features like multitasking and quick switching.

Unfortunately, Apple’s idea of “multitasking” doesn’t involve apps refreshing in the background so we still can’t get real caller ID on the iPhone like we can on Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry, but there are a few apps that can take advantage of Apple’s newest API features. Engadget’s got a list going over at http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/ios-4-apps-the-best-of-whats-new-and-updated/ including their impressions of updated apps like Dropbox, Evernote and Pandora. Make sure to check them out and let us know what you think.