The fashion world and tech world have a lot of similarities. Phone manufacturers try to design a device that users not only find useful but beautiful. And fashion designers try to strike the same balance with every pieces they make. Often, the tech world and the fashion world finds their self intersecting. LG has worked with Prada on several devices. Motorola has made phones designed by Phat Farm, Baby Phat, and Dolce & Gabbana. Samsung recently made a Giorgio Armani version of its Galaxy S. And back in 2006, T-Mobile’s came to two fashion designer to make limited edition versions of the Sidekick 3; Diane von Furstenburg and LRG. Sadly this week Jonas Bevacqua; the Co-Founder and designer behind LRG died at the age of 34. His creative influence has stretched way beyond just fashion. He has done everything from design ATV to working with Monster on a special case for the iPhone that cleaned the screen every time you take the phone in and out. The footprint he leaves is one that shows the only limits are the ones you set for yourself.
This week, the tech world saw everything from the end of a tech era to a design merger between phone and tablet. Like every week, I will sum up some of the top stories in 140 characters or less.
– Asus shows off the Padfone. A phone that can be combines with a tablet dock. It is slated for a Christmas release.
– Sony Ericsson updates the Xperia X10 to Android 2.1. It adds features like HD video recording & multi-touch but is still 2 versions behind.
– The Pantech Crossover hits AT&T June 5.It runs Android 2.2 & features a QWERTY keyboard & 3.1 inch screen.
– LG brings the Genesis to US Cellular. The dual touch screen sideway clamshell phone has a QWERTY keyboard, and is runs Android 2.2
– Apple iWorks apps makes their way to the iPhone 3GS and later & iPod Touch. Page, Keynote, and Number cost $9.99 each.
– The HTC Sensation will hit all T-Mobile stores by June 15th. Wal-mart and other store will have this dual-core phone as soon as June 12th.
– T-Mobile adds 14 more HSPA+ markets. Now its 4G service is available in 184 markets.
– AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega stated at AllThingsD that they are considering a shared data plan so user can split data between your devices.
– After May 31 Danger services are no longer available. The service gave older Sidekicks access to cloud storage and data.
– Google’s Offer launched in Portland Oregon in June 1st. Offer will give users special daily deals.
– Sprint’s Evo 4G Gingerbread update can be manually downloaded starting June 3rd. The update will be pushed OTA starting June 6th.
– AT&T spent $320 million on Convergys’s assets in Cincinnati SMSA & its tower holdings. They now have total control of this holding.
Pictures of the Week
RIP – Jonas Bevacqua