An artist who really needs no introduction – the late, great Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Song.
Here are a just a few of my favorite songs by Ella. I really loved her versatility.
Check out this two-part biography on Ella.
Google announced another improvement to Gmail (and e-mail powered by Google Apps) today. When you receive an e-mail with Microsoft Word document attached (either doc and .docx) you an view it online simply clicking “View” at the bottom of the e-mail.
The file can still be downloaded, if you’d like. Additionally, once you have the Word file open, you edit it by clicking “Edit Online.”
Clicking “Edit Online” will open the Word document in Google Dos. Upon completion of the editing, the file will be saved in your Google Docs folder. If you want to return the document as Word file, you can export any file from Google Docs in Word, pdf, rtf, text, HTLM or OpenOffice formats.
Yesterday, Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced its latest addition to Droid family of Android-powered devices on Verizon Wireless—the Droid X.
The Droid X will cost $199 (after a $100 rebate) under a two-year service contract. In a move similar to AT&T with release of the iPhone 4, Verizon is letting anyone eligible for an upgrade in 2010 buy a Droid X at the discounted rate. In fact, you can opt to select any smart phone without penalty. So, if you had your heart set on the Droid Incredible, you can accelerate your renewal date.
The optional 3G Mobile Hotspot service is $20 per month. It allows you to connect up to five compatible WiFi devices. The data on this plan has a 2GB cap. (The previous plan cost $30, which only allowed you to tether one device, gave users a 5GB cap). Anything over the 2GB cap will cost you 5 cents per megabyte
Now, if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I was all aflutter about the HTC Droid Incredible. I was aware this Motorola device was in the works, but knew if the Droid X came out this summer, and I liked it, I would likely gift the Incredible to my son, and get the Droid X. My primary interest in getting the Droid X is the additional screen real estate, as well as HD video capture. The Droid X is larger, though, so I’ll really have to see how the extra size feels—particularly the camera hump on the back, toward the top.
There is a more objective preview, including some test video, of the Droid X over on Engadget. I will post some review videos from some of my favorite sites as the become available.
In addition to the standard line up of shells, cases and car chargers, there are two nice accessories for the Droid X — a tabletop/desktop dock and a car mount.
I have also been encouraging my wife to hold off on upgrading for her, now dated, Blackberry 8830. The only catch for her is that she is probably more partial to a physical keyboard. She tried the Motorola Droid, but wasn’t too fond of the slider keyboard—a common criticism. I’ve heard the Droid X is very easy to type on because the screen keyboard is really big. Well, if my wife doesn’t go for the Droid X’s touch screen, the Motorola Droid 2 is expected to come out in the next couple of months with an improved keyboard and faster processor. Here’s a spy shot of the keyboard differences that leaked out last week, as well as some video from Android & Me.
I was scrolling through some articles this evening, and saw a reference to British singer Skye (an acronym for Shirley Klarisse Yonavive Edwards). Skye has released two solo albums — . Before going solo, she was lead singer for the London-based group Morcheeba.
Here is another nice song from the her debut solo album, “Mind How You Go.”
Check out this cool cover of Blondie’s 1980s hit, “Call Me.”