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HTC Dream, Android's 2nd Phone

 

HTC released the Dream late October, catching the eye of anybody interested with Google’s Android operating system.  

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Android SDK 1.1 Available

Dan Morrill, one of Android’s developer guys, announced today that the SDK for Google Android has been released.  “This new SDK has all the new APIs, as well as a new emulator image to let you test your applications.”  So if you’re a coder, and you’re looking to jump on the horn and develop some Android apps, now is the time to do it.  Read the release notes here.

Kyle Hates Linkshare

It’s not like me to dedicate an entire post for the sole purpose of complaining.
Wait, yes it is.

Linkshare

The reason I’m taking time out of my life to flame Linkshare is because of their complete disregard for the quality of their system in its entirety.  It’s a mouthful, but I can write something negative about everything Linkshare does… they’re amateurs, simply put.  

Linkshare, a United Kingdom company, can be compared to the United States based Commission Junction (cj.com) only for its functionality.  CJ far surpasses Linkshare’s ability to unite both publisher and advertiser successfully.  Linkshare has no incentive to make you, the publisher, any real money.  Linkshare’s goal is money alright, for themselves.    

#1.  Linkshare.com is down as of this post.  I figured this is a good start to my list.

#2. Linkshare does not respond to support tickets.  What?  Did the postman lose my letter in your online support ticket system?  Of course when I asked them questions regarding my tax information (i.e money), they respond in under an hour.  

#3. Almost all of Linkshare’s advertisers are second teir, meaning less likely to bring YOU in any profit.  YOU ARE A TOOL TO LINKSHARE!

#4. Linkshare’s portal for tracking and managing publisher sales is complete dog-sh*t.  Let me show you this screenshot: (oh… wait, their site is currently “performing maintenance”).  I was going to show how their dashboard does not display at all using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.  Really? IE only?

This rant is a result of many, many months of using Linkshare actively, earning money along the way.  I’m still not happy, Linkshare does a poor job of handling their clients, both advertisers and publishers.  Commission Junction still needs a nosejob or two, but not compared to Linkshare who looks like they just got out of a 30-car pile up on an icy bridge.

1st Android Update, RC33

Google Android’s first update, RC33 is now available for G1s.

Thanks to the guys over at xda for this one:

 

  • Download the RC33 file that’s posted at XDA Developers hereVERY IMPORTANT: If you have root access (”jailbroken” G1), this update will NOT work for you. Community member JF has been very helpful in modifying updates to work for those with root access.
  • Once you download the file to your computer, it should appear as: signed-PLAT-RC33-from-RC30.f06aa9b3.zip. This next part is important. Rename this file asupdate.zip.
  • Make sure you have a Micro SD Card in your G1. Connect your G1 to your computer via USB. You should see the USB icon in the top left corner of your G1. Drag it down and enable the USB connection to your computer.
  • On the desktop of your computer, drag and drop the update.zip file to your G1, placing it in the root of your Micro SD Card. Then, unplug your G1 from your computer.
  • Turn off your G1. Make sure it’s completely powered down. Then, turn it back on by holding the Home and End keys. Wait for the icon popup after the T-Mobile G1 logo screen. Slide open your keyboard and type Alt + L. The event log should be displayed.
  • Press Alt + S to begin the update. If you have properly renamed the file to update.zip and placed it in the root directory of your Micro SD card (meaning that it’s not in any other folders), the update should begin.
  • Be patient. The update will take a few minutes. Be sure to follow the on-screen instructions. You will be instructed to press the Home + Back buttons to finish the update. Be aware that your G1 will reboot a few times to properly install the update.
  • Enjoy your new, shiny RC33 update, complete with Google Latitude!
  • WM6.5 and WM7 Dates!

    Windows Mobile 6.5

    While Microsoft may not be directly commentating on this information leak, many of Microsoft’s “secondary” sources are predicting dates for the highly anticipated Windows Mobile 6.5 update.  Also, Windows Mobile 7 is going to be pushed back until sometime in 2010 onlyl because 6.5 is being release later than expected.  Here are estimated release dates:

     

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 RTM (release to manufacturing): April 2009
  • First Windows Mobile 6.5 devices from cell phone makers: September 2009
  • Windows Mobile 7.0 release to testers: November 2009
  • First Windows Mobile 7.0 devices from cell phone makers: April 2010
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    Thanks to WMExperts for doing their due diligence.