Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Give yourself any ringtone you want on a verizon phone, Free.

This is probably old as the internet, but I've had friends of mine ask how I get such cool sounds on my phone. It's simple, really. All it requires is a phone capable of receiving PIX and FLIX messages (preferably for free, right), a Gmail account, a computer with a headphone and microphone jack, and one of these:

                                                  This is a Male-to-Male jack for audio.

The next part's simple, no Batman assassinations necessary!     

   At this point, I'm assuming either you are running Windows OR are familiar with how to record sounds on your computer.
First, locate the Sound Recorder application (for current Windows versions, start > Sound Recorder). You can pick a third party app if you want, but this is just out of the box Windows we're dealing with here.

I pray this isn't actually necessary.
Next, find the sound clip you actually want to record. Go to the point in the clip that you want to start at, plug the male-to-male cable into both the headphone and microphone jacks, and ensure your volume is up.

A quick tip though: when you begin recording, make sure your sound is up at least to 80 % and that you click "record" on the sound recorder BEFORE you click play on your clip.

Once it is recorded, save it, etc. Go to your Gmail account and add the sound as an attachment to the e-mail, with the adressee field filled with <yournumber>@vzwpix.com (for verizon wireless customers).  Not sure how to send it to your phone? Have your phone send a picture to your e-mail first, then just reply.

Already have the full clip without needing to record? You get to skip the recording parts!
Just e-mail the sound or video to your phone.
Ta-daa! Now go irritate your friends and aquaintences with sound clips you thought were funny at 2 in the morning.

Smartphone with 2ghz processor coming by the end of the year?

So, there are rumors abound that Motorola is currently working on a smartphone with a 2ghz central processor, and they have slated to release it by the end of the year.  As a computer geek myself, a few flags fly up at this incredible boost in power:

First, a 2gHz processor, regardless of size, will still have relatively enormous thermal dissipation issues in relavance to the current chips in smartphones. You certainly don't want your phone bursting into flames in the palm of your hand even if it could play Crysis on high settings.

Next, with more heat comes more resistance, and in order for the processing chip to maintain its processing capabilities under higher thermal duress, it needs to draw more electrical power, ulimately increasing the heat and (even if they deal with the thermal dissipation issues) depleting the battery incredibly. The Motorola Consumer Site for the Droid X states its battery to be a 1540 mAh battery, weighing in at little more than an ounce, which in and of itself is a pretty powerful mobile device battery. However, will a battery similar to this one (lets say up to 1700mAh) even stand a chance against a 2gHz monster? Will the battery be big and clunky, or will it require constant recharging throughout the day? That being said, will it have a huge screen akin to the X or will it be more like the Droid 2? Perhaps the 2gHz is a "spike limit," where, in a burst, the phone could utilize up to that much processing power, but not continuously. These will all be limiting factors in battery life, and it will be interesting to see how Motorola tackles this issue alone.

Personally, I think we should be seeing faster, reliable chipsets of this kind of power in netbooks before we see them in phones, more of a proof-of-concept if you will. And who knows? This could probably just be hype to keep peoples' attention and keep Motorola on its current gravy train, or maybe they may just wow us come the holiday season.