Tag: Browser

Review: Kingston Wi-Drive

 

With CES in full swing now, and the need for collaboration between our editing and blogging team with all the hundreds of pictures and videos everyone is taking, I was pleasantly surprised when our friends at Kingston let us try out their 16gb Wi-Drive. Essentially a USB flash drive with a wi-fi hotspot built in, this would allow everyone to share the same storage right from their phones. Labeled as iPhone/iPod only, their is also a beta Android app in the market that works surprisingly well, on top of the hidden ability to use it from any web browser on the network.

The Yay:

Battery: The Wi-Drive has a built-in rechargeable battery. I haven’t been able to find any specifics on the length of a single charge, but I haven’t been able to run it out yet.

Simplicity: This really couldn’t be any easier to use. Holding the power button turns it on, doing it again turns it off. That is the only thing you can physically do with the Wi-Drive. After jumping on the Wi-Drive hotspot, the app is very easy to use. You can even navigate to its IP address from any browser on the network, so accessing it from a laptop is just as easy as using a phone.

Configuration: The configuration options of the Wi-Drive are accessed either from the app, or from navigating to its IP on your network, exactly like you would configure a router. Once their, you can configure all your standard Wi-Fi options, including adding WEP/WPA security to it to prevent people from jumping onto it and tampering with your files.

Weight: Despite being essentially the same size as my phone, it is incredibly light, and wouldn’t be a burden at all to leave in your backpack all day.

Compatibility: The Wi-Drive is advertised as compatible only with Apple iOS devices. However, there is a Beta Android app in the Android Market that works fine.

Charger: Although not really a selling point, the Wi-Drive also comes with a 1.2amp USB wall charger. Not only does that charge the drive fast, it also charges whatever else you plug into fast. For comparison, computer USB ports charge at 0.5amps, most Android phones charge between 0.8 and 1amp, and iPhones charge at 1amp.

The Nay:

Connection Method: One fatal flaw that prevents the Wi-Drive from coming with me everywhere now is the fact that it uses Wi-Fi to connect to other devices. This causes a problem because if you’re phone is connected to the Wi-Drive, it no longer has a data connection. This means that anything besides calls and text messages are out of the question while connected to it. This is a big deal because using group chat apps like WhatsApp to collaborate with the rest of your team who isn’t with you is impossible while connected to it. I would have preferred Bluetooth, or at least a Bluetooth option. Also, it is limited to 3 concurrent connections at once, which seems a little low to me. This could potentially be raised in a future firmware upgrade, but right now it’s a little on the low side. Read more

Firefox 8 For Android Released

Firefox 8 has been released for Android devices. I really like the access to open tabs from other devices option. This update includes speed improvements as well as better security. If you have not tried Firefox yet we suggest you do. Let us know if you like it.

You can download Firefox 8 directly from your Android device via this link.

Here is a short video highlighting uses of Firefox.

Dolphin Browser HD Released For iPad

It was just two weeks ago we told you about Dolphin Browser coming to iPhone. Now the iPad version has been released Dolphin Browser HD. Dolphin has kept the same reasonable price of FREE.

iPad Features Include:

Gestures

An example of gestures is to draw a “G” to bring up Google or a “F” for Facebook. iPhone users can now train their application and create any gesture they want.

Webzine

Webzine brings the elegance of a magazine format to website content. In Webzine, iPhone users can access articles on their favorite website by scrolling down the page, or by swiping right or left. Then simply tap” to open the full article in an elegant format. Read more

Skyfire Browser "Sold Out" for iOS

Skyfire hit the app store with a bang this morning and just a few hours after launching was pulled by Skyfire Labs. It looks like all the planning for capacity was extremely short of what the iPhone community was going to do to their servers.

We were able to purchase a copy of Skyfire before it was pulled and have been very impressed by its speed and interface. We did have long waits rendering flash video but that is to be expected with today’s overwhelming load on Skyfire servers. Read more

BOLT Mobile Browser Updates to 1.7

Last week Bitstream Inc. celebrated the one year anniversary of their popular BOLT mobile browser with an update to version 1.7. Originally released for public beta in February of 2009, the company is reportedly very excited with this announcement and is continuing to push forward to lead the industry in hopes of becoming the ideal choice for your mobile web browsing needs.

The obvious goal in mobile web browsing for any developer would be to recreate the desktop web browsing experience. With the advanced capabilities of smartphones, the margin between a mobile experience and a desktop experience is shortening at an exponential rate. This is evidenced by phones such as the iPhone, Droid, and Nexus One; just to name a few. With BOLT, Bitstream Inc. has not only been able to emulate this experience, they have done so while providing compatibility to a wide range of mobile phones aside from smartphones. From very basic handsets to more advanced devices such as the BlackBerry, it is this niche that will set BOLT apart from the competition in the saturated race to being regarded as the best mobile experience. Read more