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Palm Pre is Pre(mature); I’ll live in the iPhone digital universe

Beyond the media-pr hype, based on actualities , interface, reliability, and features, I think this first Palm Pre might just be Pre(mature) in comparison to the iPhone 3.0. The iPhone is a significantly better platform; it’s a better phone, years ahead as a phone-music player, greater and more effective utilitarian mobile device with a universe of options; period! Without a doubt, the marketing zing of Pre can only go so far; where the Pre rubber meets the road, the superior capacities and interface preeminence and overwhelming assortments of software options make the iPhone a much better choice.

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Palm Pre is Pre(mature); I’ll live in the iPhone digital universe

By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com and The Black Business Journal, Houston

www.USAfricaonline.com/iphone3vspre.chido2009.html

June 19, 2009 cannot come faster; it’s the day the new iPhone 3.0 comes into the marketplace. My continuing need to live more in a better digital universe, my preference for one device for phone-web-contacts-utilities-video-music-gps-sms-moneywatch apps compel yet another upgrade to the new Pre, BlackBerry or iPhone 3.0.

Beyond the media-pr hype, based on actualities , interface, reliability, and features, I think this first Palm Pre might just be Pre(mature) in comparison to the iPhone 3.0. The iPhone is a significantly better platform; it’s a better phone, years ahead as a phone-music player, greater and more effective utilitarian mobile device with a universe of options; period! Without a doubt, the marketing zing of Pre can only go so far; where the Pre rubber meets the road, the superior capacities and interface preeminence and overwhelming assortments of software options make the iPhone a much better choice. I will not “upgrade” to Pre, at this time. Therefore, I will wait for a few more days for the new iPhone 3.0, even with AT&T’s atrocious pricing fees and toxic international rates for multimedia execs like me who travel and like to use their phones outside the U.S. Oh, lest I forget, this Palm Pre cannot talk abroad…until, yes until….

I am following Apple’s June 8-9-10, 2009 developer’s events with special interest. The iPhone 3.0 announcements offer 100 more feature factors to live in what I call the iPhone digital universe. Earlier, on Saturday June 6, 2009, I drove to the Sprint store at Highway 6 near Westheimer in west Houston to buy the long-awaited Palm Pre. Before that visit, I read at least 30 reviews of the Pre. I looked forward to “upgrading” my Palm Treo to Palm Pre.

I own 3 series of the older and latest Palm Treo (with mac friendly software); I bought the iPhone the first few hours of the day it was released in 2007. Also, I owned the latest, sweet, reliable iPod Touch 3G until it was stolen 3 weeks ago.

Before I tell you why, specifically, let me state that I am a new tech-gadgets pro user. I own several products from the Apple Macintosh platform. Regardless, without any sentiments, I do not keep inadequate Apple gadgets.

I used the very first iPhone for about 10 days, painfully without the Spotlight software to navigate almost 5000 contacts on my business-family lists. That iPhone was clearly inadequate. Apple users screamed while Apple dragged ts feet until recently with a universal search capacity. Reasonably, the Apple sales and tech staff in 2 Houston stores said to me at the time: “this first version of the iPhone is not quite for you due to thousands of names/contacts.” I returned the iPhone, and kept my trusty Treo.

I’ll narrow things to 6 key issues for me on this Pre versus iPhone option:

1) First impressions and impact. I took the Pre last Saturday, turned it on, and slid open the device which exposed the sharp edges. The edges still make me wonder if Pre’s chief evangelist-key funder Roger McNamee Pre and Jon Rubinstein are hiding the fact that the Palm Pre is a nail-cutter, a weapon of sorts, too.

2) On capacity. The Pre is, without beating about the bush, a junior iPhone wanna-be, even with all the multi-tasking and push technology potential and measurable prowess. Pre has a much smaller screen, too little buttons, plasticky, toyish and rammed too close to each other.

3) Reliability. An effort to task it on multi-aspects of performance forced a crash. Understandable for a version 1.0. I called a Sprint staff….Restarted and back to operations….

4) Response to tactile communication. The hand gestures and all that tactile signals by a Sprint staff seemed forced on Pre, and did not respond well; he murmured and we moved to another Pre.

As he struggled with the gestures, I remembered my ever responsive iPod Touch. Was this a cynical joke rigged by Steve P. Jobs via this Sprint staff to task my patience with the Palm Pre, and compel and instant comparison with the iPhone and the real Mac universe? Nah. The guy told me around 5pm ‘we sold some, and there are about 10 left….’

5) Size really does matter. Pre is a good size for those who seek a smaller phone. I need a mobile internet device-phone-pda not something that feels like a make-up holder. I need a full fledged phone or better.

6) The abysmal lack of softwares for the Pre that could do one 90th of what one stuffed iPhone could raised value, functionalty and utility challenges, too. The iPhone smashes the Pre here in a manner comparable to having The Rock in wrestling match against Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel!

Welcome back, Steve Jobs, Long Live the iPhone and Apple!



Chido Nwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), is Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com (first African-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the internet), USAfrica The Newspaper, CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal, USAfricaTV, AchebeBooks.com, and several blogs/e-groups, has been a participant at the World Technology Forum in San Francisco by PRI/BBC and contributing analyst to CNN’s Inside Africa, VOA, and newspapers/sites. He has served as an adviser to the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) and appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC news affiliates. www.USAfricaonline.com/chido.html
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This USAfricaonline.com commentary is copyrighted. Archiving on any other web site or newspaper is unauthorized except with a Written Approval by USAfricaonline.com Founder.

•USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com (characterized by The New York Times as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks) established May 1992, our first edition of USAfrica magazine was published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994; and CLASSmagazine on May 2, 2003.



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USAfrica: Buhari to debate Atiku, Moghalu on January 19; rising Sowore not listed

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As the countdown to the February 2019 presidential elections in Africa’s most populated country continues, Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) have announced the “names of political parties” that they have pre-qualified to participate in the 2019 vice presidential and presidential debates.

The Executive Secretary of the NEDG, Eddie Emesiri, listed the parties as the following: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

The Presidential debate will hold on Saturday, January 19, 2019 while the VP debate will be in Abuja on Friday, December 14, 2018.

President Buhari, a retired army general who does not warm up to contrary even if helpful views, USAfrica notes, will have the opportunity of counterpoint exchanges with his 2015 former ally Atiku Abubakar, and especially from the  former deputy Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank Prof. Kingsley Moghalu. 

Significantly, the debate excludes Omoyele Sowore, the activist-journalist and young candidate who is among the top canvassers and most travelled candidates (inside and outside Nigeria) in search of votes. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica [Houston] and USAfricaonline.com

https://usafricaonline.com/2018/05/19/usafrica-why-saharareporters-sowores-disrupt-the-nigerian-system-message-is-gaining-momentum-by-chido-nwangwu/

 

 

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Global Terrorism Index ranks Nigeria, Somalia and Egypt among the worst hit.

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The Global Terrorism Index for 2018 has been released by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which recorded 3 African countries of Nigeria, Somalia  and Egypt among the worst hit. Iraq’s almost daily blasts placed it at the top, followed by Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan. 

The GTI found that “the global impact from terrorism is on the decline, it also shows that terrorism is still widespread, and even getting worse in some regions.”

The United States is at number 20. 

The Index ranked 138 countries based on the severity of terror attacks throughout 2017, and found that “The total number of deaths fell by 27 percent between 2016 and 2017, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Syria. The overall trend of a decline in the number of deaths caused by acts of terror reflects the increased emphasis placed on countering terrorism around the world since the surge in violence in 2013.”

“In the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Northern Africa, there has been a resurgence of terrorist activity in the past two years, most notably of al-Qa’ida. As of March 2018 there were more than 9,000 members of terrorist groups active in the region, mostly concentrated in Libya and Algeria,” it noted.

The GTI assessed the total global economic impact of terrorism at almost $52 billion.

USAfricaonline.com notes that the attacks by Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its affiliates mainly in the north east and exponential rise in the violence unleashed by the Fulani herdsmen negatively affected the country. By Chido Nwangwu @Chido247

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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting muslim Shiites

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Nigeria’s army (has) posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group (last) week.

In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.

“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.

“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

Nigeria’s defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja. The army’s official death toll was six.

Amnesty International said Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an “unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police”.

The United States embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was “concerned” and called for an investigation.

“The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters…. Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed,” said Agim.

“We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us…at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle.”

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is almost evenly split between a mostly Muslim north — which is predominantly Sunni — and a largely Christian south.

Experts have warned the government that a heavy-handed response to the group risks sparking conflict in a volatile region where poverty is widespread.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups.

Zakzaky is facing a culpable homicide charge in connection with the 2015 violence. He remains in jail despite a court order granting him bail.

On Thursday, 120 of 400 IMN members arrested by police on Monday were  charged with “rioting, disturbance of public peace and causing hurt,” said a court official in Abuja on Friday.

According to court documents seen by AFP, the IMN members had been ordered to disperse but they “refused and started throwing stones at the police officers and other members of the public and thereby caused them bodily harm”.

All the suspects pleaded not guilty and were granted bail with the court hearing to resume on December 5.

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