iPhone 3G Available today, July 11!

Amazing new features at half the price of the old iPhone, make the iPhone 3G very appealing. New features include, fast 3G wireless technology, GPS mapping, support for enterprise features like Microsoft Exchange, and the new App Store.

The Washington Post wrote an article about the 10 things 3G iPhone is still missing. In this article it says with these missing features added, the 3G iPhone could come pretty close to perfect. Some of the items missing are MMS capabilities, no added option to edit text in an email message or note, no way to shoot video, and no way to view flash animations or films.

There are always things that could be improved, features to be added, fixes that should be applied, but from first generation to second generation, Apple has proven itself and is showing no signs of slowing down. The new features give the iPhone more appeal but its the price that really seals the deal.

Where to buy iPhone – Only available in Apple Retail Stores and AT&T stores.

What to bring – Credit Card, Social Security number, Valid Photo ID and current wireless account number and password or pin.

For more information and to watch the informative iPhone guided tour, check out the apple webiste.

Most Brilliant Gadgets of 2008

It was brought to my attention the other day that the year is already half over and we are on the downward slope towards Christmas. So I was thinking about Christmas and gifts and knowing that the time for picking out gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people is coming. I searched high and low for the best gadgets of 2008. I found some great sites with some fabulous gadgets.

For the hard-to-buy-for lady in your life, check out, The Hottest Gadgets in 2008 on geeksugar.com or shiny shiny A girls guide to gadgets. The gadgets on these sites have a lot to do with a womans fashion sense. Chic laptop bags, jazzy cell phone or camera cases, glamorous bright phones, and any other gadget you can think of, made with the stylish woman in mind.

As for the hard-to-buy-for man in your life, check out, Top 20 Gadgets Men Want at AskMen.com or 10 Awesome Gadgets You Should Grab for 2008 on popularmechanics.com. Both sites have some amazing gadgets, from the low-priced small gadgets to the extravagant large gadgets. Some of the gadgets that are on my list are the Polaroid PoGo, Merrell Gatherer Jacket and Nakamichi Sound Space.

By the end of the year I know there will be many new gadgets for the new year but maybe that means we will be able to get these brilliant 2008 gadgets at a lower price. What are some of your favorite Gadgets of 2008?

Emergency Text Messaging Notification

Universities all over the Nation are using text messaging to instantly communicate to all students that sign up, wherever they are located. How it works is that the University sets up an account with a company like e2Campus, Rave Campus, or Mobile Campus and in the event of an extreme, campus-wide, life threatening emergency, the University would text message alerts to students, faculty and staff. Knowing that over 90% of all students have cell phones today, text messaging alerts are the ideal way for schools to communicate swiftly and effectively.

Not only are Universities going to be using emergency text messaging notification. In an article from CNN, the FCC has approved an emergency alert text-messaging system for all cell phone companies that choose to participate. The FCC representative explained how the plan would work. Cell phone companies that voluntarily opt into the system would send text-based alert messages to subscribers in response to three types of events:

1. A disaster that could jeopardize the health and safety of Americans, such as a terrorist attack; these would trigger a national alert from the president of the United States

2. Imminent or ongoing threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes

3. Child abductions or Amber alert

Even Businesses, Organizations and some High Schools are taking advantage of this effective way to send emergency alerts.

Check out this article at NewScientist.com for more about text message disaster alerts.