January 27, 2009

Flexilis Beta Release 4 is Out!

Flexilis Beta Release 4 is now out and ready for download!  This was a major update focused on improving stability on the mobile client and a significant upgrade of the web application interface focused on enhancing usability. This release reflects a great deal of feedback from our beta users which the Flexilis team has worked to incorporate. Some of the notable changes include:

  • New and improved web application interface
  • Added support for HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro
  • Improved stability of mobile application (12 major enhancements)

We’re particularly excited about the new Flexilis web application interface.  …We incorporated feedback from our users and some new ideas from the team to produce a simple, beautiful, and usable interface which will make it easier to interact with your device and data. We think you’re going to like it. :)
New Web UI
To check out all the new updates, just visit http://beta.flexilis.com/ and log in to your account.  Your mobile client will automatically download and install the new updates at its next scheduled sync.  If you’d like to view a full list of changes and get more details about this release then take a look at our changelog.

The team would like to thank everyone that contributed feedback and bug reports for this release.  If you need help or would like to send us a report, you can e-mail support@flexilis.com or use our contact form to get in touch with us any time.  We love receiving your feedback! Everything that you send us helps to improve Flexilis and ensure that you and your mobile device remain safe and connected.

Enjoy!

-The Flexilis Team

Update 1 (1/28/2009 11:20 PM): We just pushed a server update that substantially speeds up contact viewing and contact backup.

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January 14, 2009

CES 2009: A glimpse of the future in the mobile world

When it comes to seeing what’s  hot in the electronics/gadget market each year, there’s one place that is a must-see:  The International Consumer Electronics Show, aka, CES. Every year electronics companies, researchers, and tech-enthusiasts converge on Las Vegas to experience the latest toys scheduled for the upcoming year, including everything from car audio, to home automation, giant flat screens to the latest laptops, and so much more. I decided to go down to check out some of the new and hot mobile and Bluetooth products coming out, to get a glimpse of what’s in store for us in 2009.

palmpre1One of the biggest announcements in mobile devices was surely the Palm Pre, by Palm. Why was this Palm device the hot gossip on the show floor? For starters, it was rocking a whole new interface, not the old Palm interface we’ve all known for years. You can definitely tell Palm realizes they need to start catching up to the design aesthetics of the iPhone/G1/etc scene, and they’ve made a great effort here. The user interface was very smooth and fluid, and very finger friendly. It also is strutting a more powerful processor than the iPhone, (ARM Cortex, vs. iPhone’s ARM 11), which adds some great 3D, & multimedia capabilities as well. For those of you hungering for the other specs on it, it’s got:

-3G/WiFi/GPS
-3.1-inch 24 bit color 480×320 Display
-Bluetooth 2.1 EDR with A2DP support
-3 MP Camera with LED Flash
-3.5 mm headphone jack
-8GB of internal storage

Overall, not a bad piece of hardware, by any means :)

Nokia N97I also finally got my hands on the N97, Nokia’s big entry in the finger-friendly phone game. The interface is very clean and useable, & very intuitive. I think most people could have most of this phone’s tips and tricks figured out in minutes just from playing around with it. It’s also rocking some amazing features; one of my favorite’s being the massive 32GB of internal storage, with support for an additional 16GB via MicroUSB. That’s a serious amount of bits and bytes in your pocket. Other Features include:

-3.5 inch 16:9 touch screen
-QWERTY slide out keyboard
-5MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash
-GPS
-3G, WiFi,
-3.5mm Headphone jack

motorenew1Also from the mobile phone category that I saw and liked was the Renew, the world’s first carbon-neutral phone, from Motorola. This phone isn’t a high end device with many bells and whistles, but is awesome on the “going-green” side of things. The shell is made of 100% recycled water bottles. There is no paint used in manufacturing process, the plastics are dyed, to make things even greener. They’ve also removed screws, and glue, which you find in most cell phones, and instead have made use of making pieces that snap together and lock in to place, but can unlock and disassemble easily when needed in-house or when it times to separate the recyclable parts of the phone from the rest. Motorola has also teamed up with CarbonFund.org to offset all of the carbon produced in the manufacturing process, as well as for the distribution and operation of the phone throughout its life span.

Other notables include T-Mobile’s new update to the Shadow, the Shadow II, which rocks a slicker look, faster processor, and UMA support, as well as the E63, a very blackberry-esque handset by Nokia, The HTC s743, a candy bar slider Smartphone, similar to the look of HTC’s Touch Diamond.

On the Bluetooth side of things, I didn’t see a lot of anything crazy  this year, but there were some interesting devices that caught my eye:

Motorola’s H780 Headset. I know what you’re thinking, “A headset? I’ve seen plenty of those before.” This one is sporting Motorola’s “Crystal Talk” technology, which filters out background noise extremely well, making sure the person on the other end of the line can hear you crystal clear, even when on a noisy CES show floor. (Yes, I tested that out. :-) ) It was definitely great to see Motorola finally stepping up to the line with other noise-cancelling competitors, like Aliph’s Jawbone, who was also there showing off their “New jawbone”, with slicker looks, less weight on the ear, and earbud options for those who dont want to wear the wraparound earpiece.

Parrot Bluetooth SpeakersAnother in the ‘cool-Bluetooth-device’ category was the Phillipe Starck ‘Parrot’ wireless Bluetooth speakers. They featured designer looks, with 100W output, and 360 degree immersive sound, for audio streaming from your mobile devices, laptop’s, and other bluetooth-enabled audio devices. They sounded amazing, I was definitely surprised.

Another company, called NONIN, was showing off the world’s first bluetooth enabled fingertip oximeter (for checking health/pulse/etc data) which enables it to talk to your PC to upload health information to a doctor when needed, or, as in one example they discussed, possibly being able to send that data through your cars internet connection, to the proper authorities in event of an in-car emergency.

Speaking of in car Bluetooth, last but not least was an update to Microsoft’s SYNC system in vehicles, with an announcement that new upgrades to the SYNC systems will now introduce “911 assist” and SIRIUS Travel Link navigation, which should use your phone’s internet connection to send and receive map data and more when needed.

Overall, it was a good show this year.  We’re you at CES? Let us know what you saw or liked in the comments below, and of course, be sure to check us out on Twitter as well at: http://www.twitter.com/flexilis , and if you havent signed up to be on the beta list for Flexilis, be sure to do so over at http://beta.flexilis.com

-Chris

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